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Los Alamitos for Thursday 28 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   above  average clarity

4  Flexible Ethics   believe this filly to be a good claim by Glatt and company as she has gotten quite good since the blinkers were put on.......and her last race is better than appears in print running 3 wide pressing a decent set of fractions.....Glatt is 25% win with his last 67 1st following a claim

3  Margie's Minute   after a steady diet of route racing Marty Jones gave this filly a sprint race and she woke-up significantly winning for the 1st time in 11 months......and she has a good history at Lrc (6 2 2 1)......connections wisely enter in a sprint again

5  Chicago Angel   consistent late runner but her 1 win and 9 2nd's in 22 starts is getting rather telltale


race 2    average clarity

1  Altaira   by far at her best competing on the Lrc surface.......last effort is very strong and would be tough to overcome if she repeats it here......last chance to run at Lrc in some time so Hess will likely pull out all stops to have her feeling good for this race

2  Emotional Drive   better running off of short rest which is the case today.......drops a notch and her last which wasn't run off of "short rest" is better than appears in print......dangerous back quick today

4  Shakeitupbetty   five-year old mare was making a rebound of sorts following the Glatt claim 3 races back........drops and I like the cut back in distance........fits here if she has held form following a break


race 3    above average clarity

5  Lob City    consistent on conventional dirt (5 0 3 2)......and..... she just fired her lifetime best in her 1st ever on the Lrc surface........should be prominent from the opening bell........and that is usually a good thing when Maldonado is in the saddle

2  Gymnast Jadie   1st at a route but owns a good pedigree to handle one....and maybe more importantly it looks as if this filly can open up a lead thus enhancing her chances

1  Twosome   seems likely to get a very nice ground saving stalking trip......but then again.........the jock continues to struggle with his opportunities in S Cal


race 4    above average clarity

5  Classico   Bejarano shows up for one mount on the card and he sure knows this O'Neill colt well as he has been up for all 6 lifetime starts.......colt is on the improve and I like the step up of multiple levels in claiming especially with a strong work regiment put in.....rather sure he is up for his lifetime best if he handles his 1st ever on the Lrc surface

2  Secret Room   2 for 2 sprinting........0 for 2 at a route with 5th place being his best finish......back to a sprint race ......1st time blinkers today and vastly better works indicting the equipment change has worked

4  Weirdhaircut Seth   colt has been ready both times he was up for a tag.........finishing 2nd and 1st......up for a tag today and back to Desormeaux who was aboard for both of those races


race 5    average clarity

3  Spirit World   best two lifetime races (and a fit here) are the only two times this gelding competed at today's 6 1/2 furlong distance.....the ghost should be tough

6  Armored Car   logical seemingly needed drop of 2 maiden claiming levels for this four-year old gelding......and that is right up Doug O'Neill's wheelhouse

2  Cheap O Charlie   two of Aguirre's top stats historically are "1st time blinkers" and "3rd race following a layoff"........both are the case today.....danger city

7  Chanito


race 6    average clarity

3  Last One Standing   new trainer for today and vastly improved works.......Richard Baltas appears to have turned this one around and the connections sure have placed this fellow where he can win......seems quite dangerous

5  Shiny Nugget   three-year old gelding has done little wrong in 3 lifetime starts.....would have rated higher

8  Cherokee Dynasty   so so effort in his last but it was run on an off track.....race two back on the fast track fits......would have rated higher if I wasn't leery about his ability to get an extra 1/2 furlong without flattening out some

7  Ready Cat


race 7    average clarity

9  Johns Journey   trainer/rider combo of Aguirre/Puglisi have been ice-cold the last 2 months their lack of success is "getting kind of old" so they drop this five-year old to jump-start things and begin to get back to what used to be a decent trainer/rider combo

3  Hawk's Eyes   gimme layoff run in last.............drops a notch and makes a major rider upgrade......full go today 2nd out following the 1/2 year layoff

8  Crazy   way too ambitious in last......back where belongs this afternoon.....7 of 8 at the distance in the exacta.......1 for 9 at other distances......blinkers off for today and improvement showing in the a.m.........somewhat dangerous

1  Senator Bob


race 8    average clarity

(AE 11  Bluegrass Reward   has a shot if draws into the field)

4  Valentine Boy  sprint prep in last is better than appears in print.....blinkers on for today and a nice bullet work showing at Slr....that hints the equipment change has done as intended......last win for this seven-year old came at Lrc and at today's distance.....seems well meant for today

1  Dustin's Passion   only lifetime race at Lrc is a fit...........very consistent at the distance (4 1 2 1).........drops to his lowest claiming tag of his career........will be tough here if he has held most of his form

6  Warren's Rail Bird   solid forward move in his latest.......ran a monster effort last summer ..........SA sprint to Lrc route......same scenario today.......should go off a handsome price

7  Jonny's Choice

2  Macho Sox

3  The Gold Monkey




Posted on April 28, 2016 at 6:32 am by richs · Permalink
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