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Santa Anita for Thursday 16 June 2016

OK card today to start the new week. Turf racing ends at SA until Fall on Sunday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Stormy Endeavor   might have surprised her connections quite a bit as she went off 40 to 1 in her MSW debut and still managed to run 2nd......might not have been all that cranked up and might be today......potential upside play

7  Ocean Dream    ran a "z pattern" effort in MSW debut......up close early then fell back off of it about 8 or 9 lengths and then finished up on seems like a good thing to help her focus more thru-out the the rider switch as well

2  You're Late   ran 3rd only beaten 1 1/2L for the win.....but the time wasn't too hot for the given day.....likely needs better today and has the right to give it with her debut under her bell

3  R Sunday Surprise  (full sister to California Chrome)

Long-shot consideration:   4 You're the Reason    rider seldom wins but this 1st timer shows both early speed and endurance in her a.m. work......and mom has tossed 2 winners from 2 starters both preciously winning a two


race 2    average clarity

3  Little Curlin   seems likely to get a perfect trip stalking the 1 horse.......Van Dyke has snapped out of a slump and he is 2 for 3 on this Hollendorfer five-year concern is that Hollendorfer also trains the 1 horse who should be on the lead's hope he isn't given too easy of a lead

2  Finnegans Wake   softest spot he has been part of in some time.......deep closer might have to deal with so slow fractions.......but he still might come flying anyway vs easier than he has been facing

4  Life's Journey   improved speed of late and likes the 9 furlongs of turf.........might sit 3rd and not as far back as many might think.........only mount of the day for Desormeaux


race 3    average clarity

6  Dixie Chick Rocks    some fast speed drills in April and May for this Hendricks 1st time starter and then in June some longer tightly spaced drills to finish her a.m. preparation.....rather sure this Hendricks debut runner is meant and ready

7  My California   good MSW debut 4 weeks ago for this Diodoro baby and a couple of reassuring works since........trainer has been firing on all cylinders......decent shot to graduate in her 2nd lifetime start

8  I'll Be Around   Sherlock 1ster trains as if she has an abundance of early gas and if she does Perez best use it to clear all or most and get over by the turn.......and Perez may or may not have gotten off of the 7 to ride this youngster

1  Radish


race 4    above average clarity

6  Tribal Tribute   drop in claiming might the cut back in distance.....race two back for $75K claiming was run at one mile with the rail out 10 feet on very firm turf.....all of that should be exactly the same today......and that race two back could have been a win if it wasn't for getting blocked on the turn and stretch

4  Neveradoubt   drop makes sense as this four-year old gelding often needs plenty of time between starts.......away 10 weeks this time and whereas Puype was cold in early Spring he is not cold in red hot......and he gets the hottest grass rider around in Prat to ride who is 3 of his last 4 riding for the trainer

7  Yes Yes Yes   had his sprint grass tune-up in latest and should be ready for his best back quick for today's two turn grass race.......Bejarano sticking around supports the notion

2  County Lineman


race 5    above average clarity

4  Dis Smart Cat   hard not to put on top despite never running a route race as she has crushed her competition in 2 lifetime races (both sprints) by a total of 16 1/4 lengths

2  Sidepocket Run   plenty of speed signed up for this race should flatter the late kick of this mid pack runner......and.......this 7 year old mare appreciates the SA dirt (4 1 1 2) and this might be her last opportunity to run on its surface until Fall

7  Sheswildnfree   on the right end of the learning curve since the blinkers were put on.......away since mid April but sure has been training quite well guess is she has never been sharper for Peter Eurton to step her up in class so much

6 Miss Star Maker


race 6    below average clarity

2  Amira J    fabulous MSW debut at Arlington last summer winning by 14 lengths in stellar the potential for another powerful race sure is there first out for Mulhall and company running fresh off of a 10 month layoff....1st on conventional dirt is a ? mark but she owns a good pedigree for it

4  Discatsonthesquare   dull race in latest but sure was consistent at SA prior to that.......and the cut back in distance should help her rebound as she is 2 for 2 at the distance with both wins coming at SA

7  Be A Lady   toss out the slop and toss out the turf.....4 races prior to that were track today and back to Bejarano who owns 3 of those 4 wins

1  Distinguishable

Long-shot consideration:   5 Instant Drama   lifetime best was run off of 3 months rest and was an impressive winning effort breaking poorly and wide......3 months rest today and with one of the better preparatory work regiments for a Gary Mandella runner in some time ......same effort with a better trip and she might come flying late


race 7    below average clarity

3  Sweeter Thancandy   toss her last way back on 1 April as she hates the turf (9 0 0 0).......back where belongs on her favorite dirt surface where she has a record 0f (6 1 3 0)......and she sure is training as if she is very fit and should fire a strong "fresh" race

5  Conquest So True   last two races on fast rated dirt (one back and 3 back) fit........nice reassuring work since her last and Bejarano sticks around......seems likely to fire another competitive for the level effort

7  Late 'n Left   impressive win off of the extended hiatus from the track in her latest..........Elliot who was up for the win lands on the 8 horse.......instead we get the caddies often say in Scotland when your tee shot is safe but mediocre.... "that'll do"

4  Meadow Blossom

Long-shot consideration:   6  Alexita    no shot in last because of a bad trip....claimed in the race by Knapp who sure has been dangerous 1st following a claim the last year or so.....decent 4F drill since the claim.......might go off higher than her 10 to 1 ML


race 8    average clarity

2  Ward 'n Jerry   solid forward move in latest somewhat disguised by a bad trip......1st at a route and 1st on the grass and he sure is bred nicely to handle has tossed 3 grass winners......and we get a major league rider upgrade

3  Anatolian Heat   solid awakening in 2nd lifetime race which was his 1st on the sod.....another 1st today as this is his 1st at a route and that should be right up his alley.....impressive 6F work just one week ago 111:4H

1  He Could   proven running a route on the turf but might need another length or 2 of improvement to graduate........might be up for it as his recent work on the SA training track is his best looking work in some time

5  Burnie's On Board

7  Monterey Shale

4  Natural Stride




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