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Santa Anita for Friday 8 April 2016

Rain on and off all weekend so keep a keen eye if the moisture changes things up any. So so card today. The big Saturday Derby card looks quite good.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

7  Flexible Ethics   last two races when this four-year old filly received ample time between starts led to wins.......53 days since her latest qualifies for "ample time".......Pedroza has fit this filly well.......Mulhall is having a solid 2016

5  Blooming Hannah   yet to fire good back to back races but if she does she has as good a shot as anyone of getting to the circle of joy......trainer is hot of late so maybe the mold gets broken today

3  Vocalist   not too many in this affair are capable of "taking back" very well but this mare can.....she was sent in her last so hopefully her new trainer (following the claim) will have the jock try to take back in this affair with quite a few early speeds types signed up


race 2    average clarity

7  Ya Ya Girl   has something to prove on the dirt but drops to her lowest level of her life and sure is out working anyone in this field and it is on the SA dirt..........has had a tendency to hang but might not at this lowly level

3  Warren's Super Cat   good layoff run in last and the effort is somewhat hidden......broke slow and ran a little too wide....did well to only get beat but one length for the win despite running 4th.......last with a clean trip fits......and obviously has the potential to move forward 2nd out following the 18 month hiatus from the sport

6  Maid Easy   rider upgrade as Sutherland is struggling in her comeback........and weight off with the bug boy aboard.........1st time blinkers.......that might be enough to improve this filly......and........possibly compete for the top prize

4  Redeeming Quality


race 3    below average clarity

(if the race is taken off of the turf:  below average clarity  11-2-6-1-8)

10  Seedsandstemsagain   best on the lead and it showed in his last two races where he went gate to wire in both for wins.......and Maldonado who rode in his last wisely stays aboard......last fig/effort wise sure fits solidly in today's race.....should be tough unless he slips off of form

4  Misty'sviewthegold    84 to 1 shocker in his race 2 back which was down the hill like today......predictably tossed a clunker on the dirt in his last......very nice works since......should rebound if the race stays on the turf

2  City State   back in short rest hints his last was likely a tune-up 1st out with Jacobson as the conditioner.......and we get a rider upgrade.....not out of this if he makes a logical forward move

1  Nardo


race 4    average clarity

6  All Star Parade   on the improve since the blinkers were put on 6 races back......remains quite sharp in the a.m......last fits and his upward and onward trend might stay intact......making him very tough if it does

4  Radio Silent   another who is on the right end of the learning curve.......and I like the extra 1/16th of ground today as it appears to be to his advantage as he just keeps coming

3  Dirt in Your Face   yet another who happens to be on the upswing.....not out of this by any means

2  Larry Birdstone


race 5    average clarity

4  Makena   done little wrong in 5 lifetime races but really blossomed with the addition of blinkers.......and she just fired her most impressive race of her career in her first ever route a.m. work since.....repeat of her last would be stout here and a repeat seems likely

1  Our First Girl   got away with a very soft set of fractions and wired.......likely exited the race in great shape with such a stress free effort.....and her works since support the notion........should be sitting on a big effort......only mount of the day for Hall of Fame rider Stevens

2  Savannah Sky   likely needed last and should show more this afternoon 2nd out following a layoff

6  Moon Over Paris


race 6    average clarity

4  Armored Car   race two back at today's distance on the dirt was very solid......dueled on a dull rail in fast pace.....impressive to hang on for 2nd........claimed for the same tag as today so the drop in claiming doesn't concern me especially for a trainer in a battle for the training title

3  Latest Craze   obviously this ($260K at sale) colt has a "hole" for Baffert to drop him again after running rather well in both lifetime starts......but Baffert is very good at getting 1 or 2 good efforts out of these kind.....the kind you can consider wagering on .....but you wouldn't want to claim

5  Quality Line   takes that ever dangerous drop from MSW racing to MC......and does so off of a solid set of preparatory drills.....trainer is still looking for his 1st win on the meeeting and a has a shot at getting it here

8  Indygo Holiday   


race 7    average clarity

(if the race is taken off of the turf:  below average clarity  9-4-2-10-6)

2  Comes the Dream   trainer has had a dismal meeting but has a shot to take away some of the pain here with this six yr old he just snatched at the claiming box who appears to be on the upswing......outer-most 8 post led to a wide trip in his last.....2 post today

9  Karma King   very sharp right now on the dirt.......has something to prove on the turf......seems like put up or shut up today as far as his ability to handle on the turf

3  Benba   solid awakening in last....not sure what the catalyst for it was.....but......I do know that if he builds upon the effort he fits well vs these

6  Diva Down


race 8    average clarity

7  Justonemorething   handles the somewhat specialized distance of 7F and does his best running on the SA surface.......quite a bit better than par in 4 of his last 5 races....should be running close to the front from the get go

8  Northern Iowa   training night and day better seemingly out of nowhere the past 4 weeks......significant rebound in form has a decent shot of occurring

6  Out of Patience   nice wake-up with the blinkers taken off in his latest.....took back off of the pace and the maneuver worked of his two races at 7F fits.. .......and both were with the blinkers logic suggests he might fire his best 7F effort to date this afternoon with them off

2  Bother Soldier

9  Wildfire Kid

3  Secret Command




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