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Los Alamitos for Friday 22 April 2016

For those of you planning on purchasing our special ($34.95) full card selections for Churchill Downs on Derby Day, May 7th please don't procrastinate as logistically it makes in easier on yours truly setting up the emails that will be sent at about 6 p.m. central time on Friday night, May 6th. Thank you.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Alpenhorn   solid drills for this Mike Harrington two-year old 1st starter and as most S Cal handicappers know Mr Harrington likes to be ready in these early two-year old affairs

3  Milton Freewater   Pat Harrington also appears to have her two-year old 1st timer ready for a strong effort.......shows hints of ES in the seems the right guy for the job

4  I'd Be Sad an Blue   so so works for this Freeman 1st timer but I like her pedigree.....and Freeman is 15% win with his last 20 MSW 1st timers with a few of them with similar "so so works"


race 2    average clarity

1  Edgy Girl  ultra impressive solid and tightly spaced works for this three-year old filly.......firmly believe she is up for her lifetime best today......hope the 7 lbs bug boy can deal with the inside draw adequately

2  Yavrig   not too bad of a MC debut.........the kind of effort that if this Baltas filly builds upon the run she should be ready to compete for the right to graduate this afternoon

4  Cogent   did move forward in her 2nd lifetime start but will need more (quite a bit more) in start no. 3 to graduate


race 3    average clarity

5  Sterling Wager   lack of speed in this abbreviated sprint race of only 5F.......4 yr old gelding has been on quite a roll with 5 wins and 3 2nd's in his last 9 races.......not my favorite jock up but he sure has done well on this fellow.......should be in the mix from the opening bell

2  Pazmeifucan   1st time gelding today and with an improved work........seems to be ailing but maybe less since going under the knife.......rider upgrade......shot to go gate to wire

3  Councilman   improving sort.....good LA rider/trainer combo including with this six-year old......ran a decent 2nd in his lone endeavor on the Lrc surface


race 4   below  average clarity

2  Cordiality   improved with the addition of blinkers in his last in a race run off of 48 days rest........50 days rest for today and a decent work tab.........placed to win.......big potential today

5  I'm No Patsy     seems best at the distance and is 2 for 3 at Lrc.........and only 2 for 25 elsewhere the barn likely will pull out all stops to be ready "now" as their mare only gets limited chances to race at Lrc every year

6  Bijoux   1 for 1 at Lrc.....0 for 6 our 2nd selection the barn likely will pull out all stops to be ready "now" as their five yr old mare only gets limited chances to race at what might be her preferred surface


race 5    average clarity

5  Prince of Arabia   exits a fast heat albeit on an off track where getting beat by 9L still worked out to be par for the MSW level......and he likely exited the race in good shape as it was run only 13 days ago.......and........still he was able to put in a decent 5F work

4  Uninvited   colt has been a little disappointing in his two Lrc races but in his defense he caught a better looking field than what he faces today.....0 for 2 at Lrc might be 1 for 3 after today

1  Magical Mystery  might be feeling awfully good coming off a soft pace (likely stress-free) loose lead.....and the cut back of 1/16th for today sure seems like a plus


race 6    average clarity

6  Ike Walker   too far and too ambitious in his last race........ toss - it - out ........previous 8 dirt routes run sure fit quite strongly here.....should be tough

4  Fly Lexis Fly   big race turf route to dirt route two races back.......sprint turf race in last and a dirt sprint race sure worked turf route to dirt route so why not sprint to sprint with the same surface change

3  A Colt Following   needs effort two back.........3 for 7 at today's dirt distance.......1 for 10 elsewhere........big race for Lopez to show what he's got without his apprentice weight allowance as he is a bug boy no more

5  L's Choice


race 7    average clarity

10  Desert Dynamo   really was becoming a nice colt when he had to be laid up following his 27 September race......stout a.m. preparation for today hints he is ready fresh off of the bench........same as he was on 5 April 15 which was also off a 1/2 year break in the action

6  Pat the Fine   seems best with ample time between starts.....decent shot to get a nice 2 or 3 path stalking position which so often is the right spot to be in sprinting at Lrc

2  Cherubim    last win (and by 4 1/4 lengths) came off of a six month layoff......laid up 7 months this time around and training like he is ready fresh once trainer in D'Amato at the helm

5  Top Fortitude


race 8    above average clarity

8  Atascadero  strong move forward in 2nd lifetime race and the effort is disguised by running wide on a day the rail was golden at Santa Anita....same effort/energy with a decent trip would be tough to beat here

2  Adair   done little wrong in 5 lifetime starts (5 2 1 2)..........retains Maldonado who is going for a 3rd straight win on the developing 4 yr old colt......hard to believe nobody claimed this Cal-bred in his last.......too late now as he is rightfully placed in an allowance race today

7  Cartoonist   big early speed here........likes 5 1/2F.......1 for 1 at Lrc........might have to be wheeled in here

5  Love My Bud

3  Sam Slick



Posted on April 22, 2016 at 7:42 am by richs · Permalink
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