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Santa Anita for Saturday 25 June 2016

Nice card today with it rather interesting and fun to finish off the day with back to back Grade 1's

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    below average clarity

7  Uncle Steve's Girl   the D'A is ever so dangerous with MSW runners that drop into maiden claiming for their 2nd start......been away since March but has put in copious drills to be fully fit and schooled for today's race her 2nd lifetime endeavor

3  What A Stormkat   filly has a decent shot of getting loose today unless one of the 1st timers owns some early gas......showed good early speed in her debut and ran decently getting caught 3 wide pressing the pace.....same effort as her last....... combined with being loose and lonely on the lead......might be tough for her competition to overcome

8  Ultimate Game   very solid works for the given level of racing for this Heap 1st time starter......and mom has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters......dangerous sort especially if she has some early speed

5  Christy Jackson

 

race 2    average clarity

2  Angel Lane   all three lifetime races at today's 5 1/2 furlong distance fit at today's level and they were all at SA.......won going away in her last to break her maiden....back in short rest and with a reassuring work showing since.....feeling good....trainer has been firing on all cylinders

6  Octofy   rebounded in latest some.....and the works since hint she is going to improve today.......handles the 5 1/2F distance quite well.....rider downgrade might hurt

1  Adios Princess   sprinter might have some improved staying power coming off of a route race......should be in the mix from the get go

 

race 3    average clarity

3  Pete's Play Call   last was OK....races two and three back look awfully strong here.....and the cut back to 6F appears to be a good thing.....Raffy sticks around

5  Basinca   lost to a runner in his latest who has been on a prolonged win streak......and he has the potential to improve this afternoon as a 1st time gelding

1  Concord's Star   easy win in his return to the race wars in last which was his 2nd lifetime start and off of an 8 month layoff.....surely can improve this afternoon which he will need to......good trainer/rider combo in Baffert/Elliott

8  Schillairess

 

race 4    average clarity

6  Klimt   4 gate works including one at a furlong longer than today's distance indicate readiness for this Baffert MSW debut runner.....seems to be likely that he is ready to return some dividends to cut into that $435,000 purchase price

5  Law Abidin Citizen   Glatt doesn't score with many MSW 1st timers but the drills are too good to ignore and Smith is up.......and when Glatt uses a top jock his 1st timers are often meant and ready.......also.....last time Smith rode for Glatt he won

1  Boogalute   sharp work regiment for this Puype 1ster.......Puype has won with only 7 of his last 100 MSW 1st timers but most of them showed a prolonged tightly spaced work tab....and that is the case here

7  Chasing Aces

 

race 5    average clarity

8  Who's Out   last fits......but I believe he is moving forward this afternoon as he ran a big effort in his 2nd lifetime start in 2015 off of 27 days rest......20 days rest for his 2nd race in 2016.....Smith sticks around for Hollendorfer

4  Westbrook   Puype three year old has done little wrong in both lifetime races.....faced a little too tough in his last....back where he fits better......6 1/2F appears to be a good fit

2  Golden Atlantic   lone lifetime race on the dirt was at SA and fits well here......but......it was run in October of last year......my guess is he is fully ready as Glatt loves to get sprinters ready to run their best fresh off of the bench

6  Victory Call

 

race 6    average clarity

7  Taman Guard   significant rider upgrade to Mike Smith.......three year old won his debut very easily......then......dueled in a brutal pace in his next out......did well to salvage 3rd.......bullet drill since.....hinting he remains sharp

8  Family Code   last was OK.....likely needs more today and if he gives it he has some back numbers that would make him a major player this afternoon

1  Hye I'm Jack   plenty of speed in this affair is just what this closer needs.....I love Bejarano on these kind and he owns both lifetime wins on this fellow

2  Sam Slick

 

race 7    above average clarity

7  Giant Expectations    hard to believe this youngster has not graduated yet as he sure has run 5 strong lifetime races where he has had troubled trips in all of them.......some of his own making and some not......tons the best here if he holds form even with just an OK trip

2  Westfest   sprinter tries a route and he appears quick enough to get loose......and loose with Baffert/Bejarano at the helm......a dangerous proposition

5  Tiz No Bluff   impressive MSW debut and it was at a route.....highly likely to move forward today as Ellis is much more dangerous with 2nd time starters

8  Hollywood Strike

 

race 8    above average clarity

4  Lord Nelson   ultra strong impressive layoff run in last where he was 3 wide up on a fast pace.....that would do most in but this Baffert Stakes horse won going away .....and his record in one turn races at SA is (4 3 0 1)

2  Kobe's Back   as consistent of a late running Grades Stakes star in S Cal as there has been this past decade........and he has been better than ever since the blinkers were added 3 races back

6  Subtle Indian   rider upgrade and that makes his likely loose lead quite interesting......but 1st he will likely have turn away our top pick and then if he does he will need to hold off our 3rd pick in the late stages.....not impossible but no easy task

5  Ambitious Brew

 

race 9    average clarity

2  Second Summer   never sharper and the same might be said of his trainer Peter Eurton.......and 1 1/4 appears as if it will be a plus when examining his running lines and his pedigree

7  Melatonin   3 for 3 at SA .......and 1 for 1 at the distance and it was in the biggest race of the year (outside of the BC Classic) .........would have been top choice if it wasn't for having to run off of a 2 1/2 month break

6  Hoppertunity   shows up almost every time but likely needs his "A game" to take down this race.....tough to tell if he is up to that or not.....we shall see

1  Bal A Bali

3  Hard Aces

 

 

 

Posted on June 25, 2016 at 10:57 am by richs · Permalink
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