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Santa Anita for Friday 20 May 2016

A few folks have been confused about our 2016 racing calendar so I am posting it here.

Take note of the days that our publication will not be available in 2016. A total of 12 days which is on par with past years but more spread out.

Santa Anita

12/26/15 - 4/10/16  

5/4/16 - 7/12/16   (no publication available May 26th to May 30th)

9/29/16 - 11/6/16  (no publication available the 9th and 10th of Oct.) 

Los Alamitos:

4/14/16 - 5/1/16  (no publication available April 15th)

9/8/16 - 9/25/16   (no publication available Sept. 15th to Sept. 18th)

12/8/16 - 12/18/16

Del Mar:  

7/15/16 - 9/05/16  (no publication available 1 Sept. 16)

11/11/16 - 12/4/16


Best of luck as always!

race 1    average clarity

4  Eichel   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime race.....repeat of the effort has a good chance of taking this race was run in the was it the off track that moved him up or a natural progression.....we shall see

2  Mr Ability   last couple of drills for this Mike Harrington 1st timer are improved hinting he is coming around at the right in right before his MSW debut.......and Maldonado has been on "live" 2-year-old 1st timers riding for the Harrington's this spring

1  Ocean Dream   filly vs. the boys here........flashed speed in his work on 20 April......then after that he worked 4 more drills that were slow but she finished off with 3 works over 10 days.....the last two works were 4 days apart.....tightened up and dangerous

3  Will Tell


race 2    average clarity

2  Shazara   solid move forward in 2nd lifetime start.....good finishes in both lifetime races both of which were routes.....most in here likely will flatten enhancing her chances of roaring past them late

4  Crimson and Gold   2 of her 3 career races fit well in this spot......1st running a route of ground but she sure has a pedigree that should handle one......Mike Smith is due to break out of a slump.......has a shot at getting a little of his mojo back right here

5  Caradini   fronts on in last and fell off fig wise some.......last 3 times she ran without blinkers and fronts she ran well enough to a major factor here.....we know the blinkers are off for today.......but we don't know if they will be off for the post parade....get your binoculars out


race 3    below average clarity

5  Batti Man   quite a bit better on the dirt and declining of late but he sure appears to have an easy lead in this spot......and his a.m. work hints at a rebound

1  Te Rapa  believe Zucker has run this eight year old into shape and that he is ready for his best 4th out following a layoff.......Bejarano staying up supports the notion

6  Buymeabond   at his best with 2 or 3 months between starts and gets far at his best at today's distance (6 for 17).....would have been top pick if it wasn't for his off pace style in an affair that seemingly favors those up close early

7  Lucky J Lane


race 4    below average clarity

4  Tangled Up in Ju   away from the game since 11 September when he ran poorly in his 2nd lifetime start......but his debut was strong and hidden by a bad trip.....proven fresh and fresh today

3  Mrs. Guty   trainer's stock has been firing of late and Mike McCarthy sure appears to have this 1st timer all wound up and ready to roll for his maiden debut.....the only time the trainer put up Talamo over the last 2 months they teamed up for a winner.......hmmm

2  Gust   one lifetime race in four its well here.......his lone effort sprinting on a fast rated track.......5 1/2 furlongs here and "it never rains in California..."

6  Song of Ekati


race 5    average clarity

5  Hey Dude   drop makes sense as at best this gelding has only paid the bills the last couple of years.......and D'Amato has a barn full of good grass horses.......the "Dude" seems likely to get a very good trip saving ground on or near a slow-paced lead

1  U S Citizen   our top pick in the nightcap one week ago won and paid a solid 7 to 1 ......wheeled back quick which might be a problem but if it is not he should be a good fit on the step up in claiming.....look for him to sit closer in this group with little speed

2  Yes Yes Yes     been facing better in last two races........1st time Bejarano........handles the SA hill grass course just fine.......would have been top pick if it wasn't for his off pace style in an affair that seemingly favors those up close early

8  Gloria's Angelo


race 6    below average clarity

5  Big Book   good spot for her return to the race wars as she is by far the most accomplished runner in the field of 10.......Yakteen is having a much better year in 2015 than 2016 and has had most of his stock ready this spring at SA......and the am. work for this filly hints the layoff won't be a problem

6  Street Surrender   nice move in the desired direction in her 2nd lifetime start......and the effort is somewhat hidden (rank and steadied)........blinkers on to help settle her down.....and if the works are worth a hoot the blinkers have really helped......we shall see

7  Savannah Bay   consistent filly and a reliable rider/trainer combo to say the least......but this filly has flattened out some when running past one mile like today.....still.......not at all impossible but definitely 3rd selection

8  Slip of the Tongue


race 7    average clarity

1  Lady Value   lifetime best and a solid fit in this spot was the lone time in 5 career grass races this three-year filly ran on firm turf.......and the effort was at today's 9 furlong distance and she won by a large margin (5 1/4 lengths) especially for a turf race

4  Not Now Carolyn   good chance to dictate the pace and with a stout speed rider aboard........if of course she takes to her 1st endeavor on the sod.......owns a better than average pedigree for it

7  Sutton's Smile   would like more if this race was shorter than 9 furlongs.......often flattens out some at one mile......but it sure is hard to ignore anything that the D'A runs on the sod

5  Friulian


race 8    average clarity

7  Edgy Girl   big forward move in latest to graduate.........was loose but loose on a somewhat dull rail and the final time was solid for the level............two reassuring works since.........repeat of last sure fits.......more would be icing on the cake

4  Surfing the Menu   believe this mare has the best early speed and that early speed sure matches her rider's top attribute quite well ......dangerous gate to wire entry here

1  Scarlet Emerald   away since September but her trainer has her working as if she might return better than ever.......and she wasn't too shabby last summer

5  Conquest So True

3  Brite Echo

6  With Approval


Posted on May 20, 2016 at 8:20 am by richs · Permalink
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