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Santa Anita for Saturday 2 April 2016

So so Saturday card this afternoon. Be back with you tomorrow.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

2  Snicker   one nasty duel in his MSW debut which was on the dirt.....switches to the grass with an OK pedigree for it and adds blinkers....shot at winning gate to wire down the hill if he takes to the lawn for Hollendorfer and company

8  Dreamy Martini   out for air after his MSW debut was taken off of the turf.......very strong bullet work has tossed 3 grass winners.....seems likely to show what he has today for Cassidy who can be tricky to say the least

10  Bombard   nice work regiment for this R Mandella 1st time starter who is bred awfully well for the green carpet.....seems dangerous in his MSW debut

9  Remesses

Long-shot consideration:   6  Jimmy Shoes   totally toss out his ease in his MSW debut as he wanted the turf......showed solid drills at LA for O'Neill prior to his we get to see what this colt really has


race 2   above average clarity

6  Lady Wedge   step up of one claiming level hints Bonde likes what he sees........and his filly  just keeps getting better........and better........and better.........and.........

3  Sambamzajammin   seems just the opposite as our top selection in that she seems to be slipping rather precipitiously.......but........her recent drill hints she might have enough left to handle this significant drop

5  Spicy Blonde   lead type only has a shot at getting what she needs here.....and if she gets it she might be difficult to wheel in with the 7 lbs bug boy up in Brayan Pena


race 3    average clarity

4  El Nino Terrible   finally appears to get what he needs as in a loose lead.....seems likely to open up 1 to 3 more lengths on the field.......won't be easy to catch if he does.......especially if he gets yesterday's speed track

6  Celebrity Status   last couple fit solidly for this Ellis trainee......but with Gonzo hurt it is back to Baze who has only hit the board once in 5 mounts on him.....still.........he should get a good trip stalking our top pick

5  Qatar's Pearl   best of the off pace runners but sure likes to hang......Pena best be all over him late if he wants to win this


race 4    average clarity

7  Hobbits Hero   5 for 8 at one mile on the sod.....the step up of one claiming level should be no problem at all if this fellow holds form for Miller and company 1st out after the claim.......and Miller wisely retains Bejarano

1  Te Rapa   decent layoff effort in latest as he sat way to far off a pedestrian pace and still passed 1/2 the competition at one claiming level higher.....expecting much more today 2nd out after the long break

9  Husband's Folly   most of his career is competitive at today's level.....but he is often at the mercy of the fractions being set

4  Street Maven


race 5    average clarity

4  Cat Burglar   gets to compete on his favorite surface and distance......should sit 1st or 2nd saving ground........Baffert/Bejarano at the helm......all systems go

5  Blue Tone   7 yr old gelding has won 3 of his last 4 non-Graded races like since June but shows a very strong work regiment for Hess who doesn't usually push them too hard in the a.m......Hess has been in a slump but might get things jump started here

1  Songforjohnmichael   impressively continued where he left off way back in Oct 2014 with a solid win.......fits just fine if he manages a logical move forward 2nd out following the extended hiatus from the game.....Hendricks has quietly had a good SA meeting


race 6    average clarity

7  Gone With It   three year old has really gotten sharp and ran a race in his last that would have led to his diploma if he wasn't caught so wide having to deal with the 11 post and a large field.......needs to go off form not to be a major factor here

1  Clude   blinkers on today......1st time running as a gelding.......drops out of MSW racing to low-level MC.......and one hot rider/trainer combo in Prat/O'Neill....away since July but his a.m. prowess says.......ready

3  Informed Strike   Matt Chew has won with 4 of his last 10 MC 1st timers many of which went off at decent prices........and his youngster is working well enough to be ready

6  Sea Cat

Long-shot consideration:   2 Captain Akers   owns some strong back numbers that look awfully tough here.......trainer is decent 3rd out after layoffs......turf gimme in last in a protected race......full go today.......look for Maldonado to try to get the lead


race 7    average clarity

7  Guns Loaded   seems to have found a new home and that home is the majestic SA hill grass course.....last two firm rated races down the hill sure stamp him as the one to overcome......and one reliable rider/trainer combo to get the job done

8  Outside Nashville   seems quite sharp right now and his only race down the hill is decent......owns some early speed.......should be able to get a nice stalk position

4  No Silent   might be the one to beat if he manages to bring his "A game"......lone mount of the day for Hall of Fame jock hints that he will

5  Hay Dude


race 8    below average clarity

4  Derby Glass   last wasn't bad but what draws my attention and leads me to placing him on top is his back to back bullet works since his last....and the fact that the meets top gun sticks around

6  Lucky Shoes to Win   vastly improved since the fronts were added for this fellow three races back.......seems best competing off of 4 or 5 weeks rest and gets it....should be a major player

2  Dustin's Passion   1st time running as a gelding and his recent works hint the surgery has done as intended.......drops and draws the red-hot and in demand Flavien Prat

5  My Ole Bud


race 9    below average clarity

5  River Hoss    back to Maldonado who got the most out of this colt two races recent speed work.....last seems like a dirty him up effort in a MSW race to drop and maybe not get claimed.......if so look for a strong effort from start to finsih from this youngster

12  Jazzy Cat   a little too ambitious in last being placed in a MSW race .........especially off of a year layoff......drops back to a level he fits better.....cut back of 1/2 furlong seems like a plus

2  Jason X L   works seem fairly decent for this Eurton 1st time starter but maybe more importantly the meets top gun (and by a wide margin) sees fit to take the mount......dangerous

4  De Kafinator

Long-shot consideration:   11  Stormin Forest   prolonged work tab for this Paula Capestro 1ster with a few works of merit and hints of some speed........Paula is 0 for her last 13 with MC 1st timers but has hit the board with 4 of them.......dangerous and at a handsome price


race 10    average clarity

2  St. Joe Bay   sprint - sprint - route scenario for this Miller charge who was only a 2L beaten 4th in a Grade 3 the only time he ran a route on the grass......very impressive 2nd down the hill in last.....seems ready for best

4  Shortstormcoming   Kimberly Mars has done a nice job steadily improving this gelding......and the recent a.m. work hints the trend can continue......both the 2 & the 4 have some early gas but they are also capable of rating so let's hope they don't duel

11  Zinvor   best set of works for a Kitchingman laid up horse in quite some time.....four year old sure handles the one mile turf distance with 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 races at the distance.....difficult post but at least Espinoza knows this fellow well having been aboard for 8 of his 10 lifetime races

9  Storm Comin Thru

1  Film Freak

10  To The Bar


race 11    average clarity  (ARABIANS GRADE 1)

11  F Sixteen

3  Paddy's Day

4  Easter Man

2  Thess Is Awesome

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 7:35 am by richs · Permalink
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