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Santa Anita for Sunday 21 February 2016

Feel as though I have a good handle on Sunday's race card as you can tell by my clarity ratings.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   average clarity

5  Atascadero   solid work regiment for this Hollendorfer 1st time starter with speed and endurance put in.........sure seems meant and ready..... and if he is.......Jerry Hollendorfer is very reliable when it comes to well-meant MSW 1sters

4  My Special Image   very weak history for Gallagher the last couple of years with 1st time starters but at one time he was quite dangerous.....and the works sure hint it's back to the "good old days" this afternoon

1  Rhett's Image   lone lifetime race was run over a year ago at it was a nice 3rd in a very fast heat and it was a key race.......French isn't all that hot off of long layoffs but this fellow is working too well to ignore

6  Uncle Chato


race 2    average clarity   (same selections for off the turf)

1  Tiz a Billy   both races down the SA hill grass course and good.......sure seems to have an "experience " advantage as no one else in this field has been down the hill......good works and he has shown the ability to cope with the one hole

4  He's a Tiger   undefeated in 2 lifetime starts both of which were on the AW at GG.......most that appreciate the GG synthetic usually can handle the grass to some trainer in Bonde and he convinces Bejarano's agent (or maybe visa versa) to ride

3  Hot Ore   three-year old gelding runs well fresh and he is 3 months "fresh" today.........won by almost 8 lengths in his only race on the SA turf sure don't see many 8L wins on the grass


race 3    average clarity

5  Univited   race lacks speed and this Baffert colt has some......lifetime best in both early speed and final time came the only time he ran two turns with the blinkers on.......blinkers on today......might be muscled up some coming off a turf the switch to Bejarano

3  Curlin Road   seems to be running into shape.......should be forwardly placed with Maldonado in the irons which on paper appears to be an advantage in this spot.......definitely a player here if his improving trend continues this afternoon

6  Curlin Rules   not much in sprint MSW debut but strong drills since and he sure is bred to go "long"........lone mount of the day for Espinoza seems significant

2  Fin de Semaine

Long-shot consideration:   4  Stardust Moon   not much in 3 lifetime starts......but......blinkers on and vastly quicker drills........believe will try to get a jump on the field and attempt to wire the field.......Cassidy hits with a "bomber" now and then usually with a smile on his face and seems due


race 4    average clarity

2  Ok Doll   strong MSW debut and then tossed a clunker in her 2nd lifetime endeavor.......switch to the meets top gun in Bejarano and improved recent drill.........good spot for some early gas which she has......seems poised for a rebound

4  Gust   little support at the windows in MSW debut likely because Miller and friends had no idea how their filly would handle a very sloppy track........ran decently on the goo and has put in two decent reassuring works since........seems very dangerous 1st time on a fast surface

6  Jeana Baby   another Miller runner exiting the same race as his barn mate no. 4 Gust......and the same comment given for Gust applies here for Jeana Baby

5  Vagabond Princess


race 5   above average clarity

6  Tribal Tribute   voided claim when last seem in late July.......can't be claimed today so D'Amato brings him back fully ready off of the bench to take advantage of a level he dominates when he is right.....and the time off appears to have mended what ever was troubling him

8  Little Jerry    seems like a ton on the drop if he is ready as he appreciates sitting close or on the lead and can get that position here.......hard for me to tell if he is in good shape even though a feel as if I have a good handle on the way Baltas trains/operates

9  Royal Banker   seems like a telltale step up for an O'Neill runner who ran 5th at two levels lower.......rather sure it is because of the way he has been working lately which is night and day better than he has in the past......the craty conditioner might have found the trump card for this five-year old gelding

4  Montego Bay 


race 6    above average clarity

6  Gnarly Dude   good history at today's distance......last race set up for him with plenty of pace up front to flatter his late's affair also seems to set up for him.......claimed by Carava who is having a good meeting and Carava must like what he sees as he steps this guy up 3 levels of claiming

2  No Contingency   seems like a good claim by Diodoro who is very dangerous following a claim.......sure like that this previous lead type only was able to stalk and win......and stalking might come in handy here

3  Giant Ego    horrid trip in last running wide near the pace-setters on a solid rail bias day......drops claiming tag in 1/2 today and makes a monumental rider upgrade.......drop seems suspicious but if this fellow is still in relatively good health he should be a handful for this competition

5  Secret Ovation


race 7    average clarity

7  Casino Fever   3 of 4 lifetime starts fit solidly here including her latest......trainers on fire and Pedroza knows this filly well have been in the saddle for all 4 lifetime starts.......easy to put on top

8  Paschalitsa   best ever and it is somewhat disguised is her lone race at today's 5 1/2 furlongs.....two solid drills put into her by Sadler who is waking up from the slight case of doldrums of late

4  Yodelsong   decent history when sprinting........and 5 1/2 seems as if it is a good fit........still........will likely need her lifetime best to take down this affair

6  Jen's Tribe


race 8    average clarity

5  Miss Star Maker   excellent history with 2 wins and 2 2nd's since the blinkers were removed 4 races back.......likes the front end and should get it here.....don't see any "chinks in the armor" for this filly

2  Peggy Sue's Loose   at her best taken off of the pace something which Prat didn't do in her latest......see ya Prat......hello Bejarano.....highly likely to take back today thus putting herself in the race but enhancing the chances of our top choice as well

7  Lily Kai   likes 6 to 7 weeks between starts and gets it.......loses Bejarano to our 2nd choice.....T C Baze will do.....1 fo 1 at today's one mile turf wins in 4 other grass races at other distances

4  Chaming Starlet


race 9    above average clarity

7  Jersey Chaser   plenty of speed put into this O'Neill 1st time starter which is an obvious asset in only a 5 1/2 furlong affair......and he puts Maldonado aboard who right now is the most reliable gate rider around in S Cal........sure appears O'Neill means business with this debut runner

4  Straight N Strong    seems better with the blinkers off and they are wisely removed for today......should be in the hunt from the get go with only 5 1/2F to last......... and with a switch to a good gate rider in Gonzalez

1  Prowling Around   yours truly usually can't tell diddly squat from the a.m. works that Miyadi puts into a horse.......but......when his 1st timers come from a successful producer ( 7 winners from 7 starters with 1 Stakes winner in this case) they are often ready to roll

5  Sharpest One

3  Black Clover

Posted on February 21, 2016 at 10:28 am by richs · Permalink
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