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Santa Anita for Friday 26 Feb. 2016

Decent looking card at Santa Anita this afternoon. Let's call it a 6.5 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   above average clarity

4  Dirt in Your Face   multiple races are better than appear in print and most by quite a bit......sloppy ride by Prat in last......up and coming jock seldom gives back to back poor rides

3  Spirit World   not too bad of an effort 1st out following the Mullins claim........3 reassuring works since.......might be the one to overcome if he builds off of his latest

6  Unusually Big   both lifetime races on fast rated SA dirt fit well and both are well hidden by bad trips........not the best of horses getting out of the metal monster breaking poorly about 70% of the the switch to arguably S Cal top gate jock in Maldonado is a good move

5  Vodka Texted You


race 2    average clarity

3  Privileged   4 of her 5 lifetime conventional dirt races fit and 1 for 1 at the somewhat specialized distance of 7F.......reliable rider/trainer team

5  Hennythelovepenny   another who won the only time she competed at 7 furlongs.......Peter Miller is solid with horses dropping and with the blinkers back on......both are the case today

6  Master the Blues    new trainer in Ted West takes over and he seems to have this mare in good shape off of a prolonged work regiment........been away 2 1/2 months following a couple of dismal efforts but takes a significant drop and if she can rebound she will be a player


race 3    average clarity

2  No Tricks for Jack   last two efforts off of short rest of 3 weeks (her last and her Oct 9th race both at SA) are very strong efforts/figs.......two weeks rest for today.......and........7 for 19 at the distance.......that'll do

3  Clem Juice   5 of her last 6 races fit well........2 for 2 lifetime when she was able to get a 1/2 length lead or it seems like a good move to switch to a route where her chances of getting the lead are enhanced

4  Abets Abet    seems like a good claim by Knapp and company of a filly who is a major player in this spot if she manages to hold form......her last two endeavors are quite strong.......Knapp is having one of his best SA meetings in some time......and I like that he leaves Talamo up who has ridden this mare in her last 4 races

7  Bayonet


race 4    average clarity

4  Shortstormcoming   on the improve with each and every start.........and the cut back of one furlong sure appears to be a plus for this grass horse who should be forwardly placed from the get go......and......with with a hot speed jock in Maldonado

6  Cool Green   lifetime best was his lone grass race run two back which was run at today's one mile distance........that effort fits fine here and today we get a rider upgrade......such a deal

3  Cimpl Man   nice awakening in 4th lifetime start and 1st on the sod which was down the SA hill.......very impressive a.m. work since........1st at a route but likely owns a decent DNA for one.......Mike Smith's only mount of the day......almost always a positive

1  D Day Dude

Long-shot consideration:   2  Tuscan Dreamer   last might have been nothing but a turf sprint public work-out and if that is the case look-out today as this colt is brilliantly bred to appreciate a turf route


race 5   average clarity

1  Dancing Sunset   good time to drop off of a dismal effort in her last so as to keep the claiming vultures at bay........solid 5F drill 6 days ago hints at rebound city.......very formidable in this spot if there is trainer in Bonde

2  Amazing Lady   flashed some significant early speed in her MSW and tired........drops into MC this afternoon......switches to a speed jock.......gate to wire win to graduate might be in the cards today

5  Brite Echo    works hint this Mike Harrington 1ster is meant and ready to roll........pedigree screams the shorter the distance the 5 1/2 furlongs likely is a plus

7  Treacherous


race 6    average clarity

4  Ain't Misbehavin   all 3 races since D'Amato took over the training duties of this four-year old fit well here..........believe this guy will sit closer to the front this afternoon with a couple of speed building works put in by the sharp conditioner

3  Trust Your Caddy   Jedd Josephson is dynamite when he ships and he is shipping on down from GG off of 3 solid races on the GG synthetic......a.m. preparation is very strong.......all systems go......just needs to handle "real dirt"

6  Real Big Deal   lone win came turf to dirt......turf to dirt today........and........Mr. Kruljac is usually at his most dangerous 3rd out after a layoff which is the case today

5  Howdy


race 7    average clarity

9  St. Joe Bay   last off of the layoff is very impressive racing 3 wide pressing a decent pace and still managing 2nd.........seems likely to stalk or press the 6 horse and put him away and go on with it......believe he will have to be caught in late stretch

4  Zuri Chop   big wake up in latest in his 1st down the hill but it was run 4 months ago regiment suggests the connections want her ready fresh as does the fact that Desormeaux wants the mount back

3  Horse Laugh   owns some solid efforts/figs for today's given level running down the hill at SA last Spring.........two straight dull races but working up a storm seemingly out of nowhere........something sure seems "tweaked" for the better

1  Hawkedon


race 8    average clarity

4  Top Notch   last might do the trick in this soft looking group but a move forward 2nd out after a layoff likely will be what we need......2 reassuring works since her last hint we will get one

5  Watch Me Now   very strong works for a Keith Desormeaux 1st timer as the trainer doesn't really push them too hard in the has tossed 2 winners from 2 starters.........Keith's bro rides the filly.......only cost $4.5K at sale so starting at a $50K claiming price doesn't concern me whatsoever

2  Jazzy J H   not the 1st youngster allowed to run herself into shape by trainer Paula Capestro........five year old mare has shown steady improvement with each and every race to the point that if the trend stays intact she will be a par like competitor today.....and par is usually good

3  Malibu Rum Run

9  Herunbridledpower

1  Golden Light

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 7:56 am by richs · Permalink
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