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Santa Anita for Sunday 26 June 2016

After yesterday's interesting card we have small and mostly cheap fields especially considering it is a Sunday. It seems to me that the meeting is too long and now without turf racing it makes the work in the Santa Anita racing office awfully difficult hustling horses.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Wade   crushed his competition the two times he competed at 5 1/2 furlongs......should be in the hunt from the get go......and I sure like Desormeaux riding for Eurton

3  Aikau   didn't start his career until 5 but he sure has been consistent with 2 wins - 2 2nd's - 3 3rd's in 7 lifetime starts......and I like that Vinnie Bednar has been aboard in all 7 starts as it should help him overcome his lack of success on the major S Cal circuits

1  Prince Valiant   poor starts in 2 of his last 3 races (after I had him pegged as a very clean gate horse) often is a hint that a given horse is slipping off form some......but the fact Prat is back up might indicate it was just a coincidence.......we shall see


race 2    below average clarity

5  Quinnette   should come flying late if she hasn't gone "south" since her latest.......I am a touch leery Ellis is hoping she gets claimed.......but......not enough to keep me from placing her on top

4  Ipray   very good history with today's jock in the saddle (6 2 3 0) and at today's scratch on 12 June or would have placed as our top selection

6  Guessed Right   speed horse that is capable of stalking.....that gives speed jock Maldonado options.....I hope he considers using them instead off going all out for the lead at all costs


race 3    below average clarity

3  So Heres the Thing   only missed 2nd by 2 3/4 lengths in a MSW affair despite being beat by 12 for the win.......back in 10 days and drops and drops into a very weak group........should fit well if she can handle the rigors of very short rest

1  It's Not So Easy   1st time starter might be coming around at the right time as her last preparatory work is her best work and when Miyadi uses Prat his runners have been "live"

6  Kimchee   drop into maiden claiming and the cut back of 1/2 furlong might be enough to make this Sherlock baby a player in this soft spot


race 4    average clarity

3  Last One Standing   three year old gelding seems to be on a rebound of sorts and what a rider upgrade for this Baltas claimer.....from a low percentage rider to his go to guy in Bejarano......seems likely to be the controlling speed

6  Go Long   team Desormeaux sure know how to get it done with deep closers which lately is the racing profile for this three year old.......connections will likely have their fingers crossed that someone presses our top selection

4  Chris and Dave   stalked the lead and won in his last......that seems noteworthy as prior to his latest he appeared to be a lead type only


race 5    average clarity

5  Sensitively   when is the last time a filly has broken the 109 flat barrier at SA three races in a row like this speed-ball has done.......with that said she might have to set an unsustainable pace to shake off the 2 horse who has only been headed once at the quarter in 8 lifetime starts and she stumbled at the start in that race

4  Juno   5 for 5 in Brazil including 2 Grade 1 wins in her last quite impressively for her U S of A debut.......and imports with talent are right up the Richard Mandella Alley

3  Luminance  2 for 4 lifetime and both wins were run "fresh" ......and this Baffert filly is 13 months "fresh" today......likely needs a lively pace and should get one in this spot


race 6    below average clarity

2  Gracie Ragazza   seems likely to get a nice ground saving mid pack position at least thru turn 1.......last two races when up for a tag (two back and 10 back) led to her last two visits to the winners circle......and back to Dersormeaux who was a aboard for that win two back

6  Avicil   turf race in last.....dirt race in last.....last turf to dirt set up lead to a 7L win vs. better at Kee albeit way back in 2014.......rider upgrade.....seems pointed for today's race

1  Watch This Cat    logical drop for this gal who seemingly has been placed a little too ambitiously in her 1st start at in this isn't Tampa.....1st on conventional dirt but sure is training on the SA dirt as if it is to her liking....trainer likes to fire 2nd out after layoffs and that is the case here


race 7    above average clarity

5  Surfing the Menu   made to order unusual condition for this race fits this Gus Headley horse to a when racing offices get creative and don't get so locked into the same type of race conditions thru-out their race meeting....big races.....big works......should be tough

4  Ish   might feel really good coming off of an easy paced likely stress-free 12L maiden breaking win.....and Hollendofer has been firing on all cylinders this week

2  Warren's Super Cat   doesn't look too hot as far as running lines are concerned but Yakteen runners have been firing over their head of late and most give hints that they will in the a.m.....and this one sure trains stoutly in the mornings......lone win was three back the last time this filly saw a fast track and it was at 5 1/2F at SA

7  Plus Perfect


race 8    average clarity

5  El Huerfano  stupid duel in last....... when not necessary considering the hot pace.......previous two races are very strong and both hidden to some jock today and a hot one in Prat

3  Soi Phet   very consistent when this fellow takes back some and I believe the barn knows that now......and that makes the patient Desormeaux a good fit

4  Avanti Bello   very sharp right now and I have rated him to low if I am all wet about my thinking that the 3 lbs more and 1/16th more will hurt him in the very late stages of this race when push comes to shove


race 9    average clarity

4  Latitude   very strong works for this Hendricks 2 year old 1st timer and I find the trainer quite reliable when he shows solid drills with a debuting MSW runner.....although I will say I'm not crazy about the rider choice

6  Picture Tube   solid drills for this Baffert 1st timer and I always like when Baffert shows three or more gate drills with a 1st timer.......three gate drills for this firster and 2 of them are bullet works........seems meant and ready

3  Hank The Tank   snatched at the claiming box way back in August for 80K........away since but sure seems ready for her 2nd lifetime endeavor and 1st for Puype and company......effort last Aug fits (adjusted for trouble fig wise)...... and....... it is supported by multiple runners (3 to be exact) coming back to score in their next start

5  Candy Promises

1  Rico Argentine


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