Santa Anita for Thursday 10 March 2016
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OK card today. Let's call it a 6 on a the 1 to 10 scale of things.
Best of luck as always!
race 1 below average clarity
2 Lynne's Legacy 2 decent 3rd place finishes in two grass races on firm turf.......blinkers on for today and an improved recent work.....might have improved with the equipment change.......and good post to work with to get smooth trip
4 All That Heat displayed some impressive early speed 1st time stepping on the sod in her 2nd lifetime start.......blinkers off for today to help her slow down some in the early stages and have something left for her stretch drive.......Bejarano sticks around likely concurring with the equipment change
6 Lethal Legacy her latest which was her 1st route race on the sod is better than appears.....broke slowly and checked on the 1st turn shuffling her back to 2nd to last on the back stretch.....showed life from there beating 1/2 of her ten foes.....better trip and a small move forward and a visit to the circle of joy might be in the cards
race 2 average clarity
5 Walking On Water both lifetime races fit well here.......trainer has had a very strong meeting to date.....meets leading rider stays up.......added 1/2 furlong appears to be a plus........and the 7 panels won't help very many in this affair
2 Diablo Caballero beaten by our top selection in his latest but he was finishing a little better down the stretch.....so maybe the extra 1/16th might make the difference........or .......of course......a move forward
4 Deep Consideration should fit well at today's level but not necessarily to win as he sure appears to be a hanging sort both in examining his running lines and looking at his overall record (18 0 7 4)
3 Tossin Bullets
race 3 above average clarity
4 Lob City believe this filly is better suited to route racing........seems likely to snatch the front end and with good speed rider Maldonado at the controls.......back in 6 days rest is a concern but the trainer has a decent history with limited starters over the last 1/2 dozen years "back in very short rest"
6 Regal City GG invader switches trainers from a 4% trainer in 2016 to a 15% trainer in Dean Pederson......filly seems likely to sit in a nice stalk position and for the "new kid in town" Santiago Gonzalez.........that is a dangerous proposition
2 Art of War best by far on conventional dirt......needs to overcome a lack of punch in the very late stages if she wants to get her diploma.......and maybe a 4% rider (at the meeting) and a 0 for 19 trainer as well
race 4 above average clarity
7 Nazareth last two races fit well in this protected spot (which is a good sign the connections don't want to lose this gal) and today this mare gets a rider upgrade......should be very tough if she holds form
2 Audra much better filly since the blinkers were taken off 3 races back......so.....her two grass races with the blinkers might not be a true indication of her turf potential......we should find out today
1 Jennyway U Want It very good history starting from the 1 or 2 post and 2 of those 3 efforts were at one mile and on the SA turf........should be a major player
4 Miss Gifted
race 5 average clarity
6 Mr. Cartagena voided claim in last but I'm not too concerned about it as it appears Perez wants this fellow rather than than 2 horse who he has been quite successful with (4 2 0 2)........very impressive run for this 4 yr old gelding in his last dueling in strong pace on a dull rail and still holding on for 2nd.....seems loose here but also has the ability to win without it too......such a deal
5 Derby Glass the trainer is cold but he has a good history 3rd out following a layoff which is the case here for this gelding making a multiple level drop......and back to Bejarano who won for fun on this fellow 3 races back
7 Rainbow North 2 for 7 on conventional dirt........0 for 9 on the grass......drops........and drops with choosy Gary Stevens sticking around.......doubt he would be in the saddle if this gelding had a significant physical problem
2 Rob's Pal
race 6 below average clarity
7 Grazen Sky strong effort last year turf to dirt......turf in last - dirt today.......back to Gonzo who has a good history on this colt.........getting 10 furlongs is a ? mark or I would have given this race a better clarity rating
6 Doyouknowsomething bad ride by Talamo in his last running very wide despite a decent post and only 5 foes.......adjusted for trouble fig is quite solid.........jock should be out to make amends.......like our top choice the 1 1/4 mile distance is a ? mark
5 Generosa weak history on the grass so he might be much more dangerous 1st time on the dirt since arriving in the USA......good history at the distance in Brazil.....seems dangerous
1 Tale of Life
race 7 below average clarity
7 Little Bit Lovely solid dirt sprint (taken off the turf) race in latest which was her 1st endeavor at SA since shipping from GP.....believe better on the grass and she has a good history at 7 1/2F or 8F on the sod....tough when she gets the early lead and she has a decent shot at getting that here 1st time running for Peter Miller
2 Tiz a Kiss very seldom works anywhere near a bullet drill and this Baltas filly just did.......Bejarano has been a good fit with this gal and is back aboard this afternoon......believe this late runner is up for her very best this afternoon
4 Chati's On Top good history turf sprint to turf route......also has a good history with Gonzo on her back.....both are the case today.......seems well meant........and that my friends is 1/2 the battle
Long-shot consideration: 5 More Than Less nice history prior to arriving in sunny Cal......1st race in S Cal was a tune-up off of the long layoff....and next start she competed in a marathon at 1 1/2 miles which she doesn't seem to want any part of at all........today's turf one mile fits........seems like "put up or shut up" applies today for this mare
race 8 average clarity
5 Hail Mary Play all three races fit when Phillip D'Amato has been the listed trainer.......three year old seems best at SA......ran 2nd to a next out winner.....drops a notch.....a superfecta of reasons for yours truly to place as top choice
1 Tiz Pleasant bet hard in first 6 lifetime starts (all with top jocks) which were in 2015 and ran well in all of them......2 starts in 2016 (not with top jocks) were in non-claiming affairs and both didn't have any support at the windows.......seem like dirty her up exercise to keep the claiming vultures at bay.......and you guessed it.......back to a top jock.......hmmm
9 Jovial Jewel all three lifetime races which were run at Tup seem like a decent fit for today's race level.......and Eric Kruljac is decent with invaders running off of short rest........17 days off sure qualifies for that
2 Heed to Speed
10 Street Goddess
7 Lady Wedge