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Santa Anita for Saturday 2 July 2016

OK card today. Let's call it a 6.5 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Girl Downstairs   absolutely no shot in her latest as she was carried out badly by a riderless horse to the disappointment of her 3-5 supporters at the windows.......did well to grab 4th beaten only 6 1/2 lengths........will likely be favorite once again and deservedly so

4  Quality Kay   blinkers on for today and better looking recent works especially her 4F 6th best of 130 drill on 26 June.....needs a rebound to her debut effort 2 back and seems likely to provide what degree is the ? mark

2  Brite Echo   best shot here likely is if she can grab the lead which she might be able to do.....right guy for the job in Maldonado if she does find the front end in the early stages of this affair


race 2    average clarity

1  Papa Joey   doubt would drop if the SA hill was available right now but it isn't until Fall......lone dirt race was a troubled trip of about 7 lengths and it was his maiden debut........with 3 races put in to date he should get a smoother trip........same effort with a good trip should make for graduation day

7  Splendid Cause   poor history for Leonard Powell with maiden claiming 1st time starters but this fellow is working awfully well for a bottom level maiden claimer and he draws Desormeaux who is often very live when he rides for smaller barns and that includes Powell

6  Cee the Preacher   overdue drop to the bottom claiming level for this Machowsky three-year old.......fits fine if the connections haven't waited too long to compete where he fits quite well

2  Via Fermato

Long-shot consideration:   4  Coltonsgrace   decent works prior to his lackluster debut.......blinkers on and continues to show promise in the a.m......trainer has quietly had a very good 2016 with limited starters......might deserve another chance at a price


race 3    average clarity

2  Paschalitsa   sure like the rider switch to Prat......and the red-hot jock appears to sit in a nice ground saving mid pack or stalk position......that would make this filly quite tough if she holds form

5  Yodelsong   likely will trail the field and pick up the pieces late........and might pick up all of them with a little pace up front and our top selection faltering today

1  Tinderetta   2 wins and a 3rd in 3 starts since taking the blinkers of the speed types in this affair.........believe she should take back some to save some fuel for the late stretch and get the seven panels


race 4    below average clarity

4  Amodel   yikes......worked 58:4Hg at LA and then came back and worked 4 days later at SA another 4F out of the gate......feeling great and ready to roll for O'Neill and friends.......Bejarano recruited to get the job done

6  Yodelers Way   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start.......good in the a.m. since......needs to and seems likely to move in the desired direction again today

5  Unnamed Source   dangerous looking work tab hinting of some early speed for this Dan Blacker 1st time starter.....and mom has tossed 6 winners from 7 starters half of which preciously won at two

1  Informal Spirit


race 5    above average clarity

5  Danzig Candy   works say that this Baffert Grade 2 winner is fully fit and ready to roll......and he faces the easiest field he has seen since breaking his MSW last December....seems extremely tough in this spot

2  Dalmore   outside of our top selection he is the only other runner in the field to have gotten past the nw alw level.......seems best at SA and this likely is his last shot to run at The Great Race Place until know Desormeaux likely has him ready for a peak performance

4  Prince of Arabia   likely will trail the field and be at the mercy of the fractions being set ......hasn't been very lucky in that department so far.....maybe today that luck changes


race 6    average clarity

7  Seattle Boom   works say yes yes yes for this laid off Dollase runner.....but this 4-year-old cost $300,000 at sale and now drops to mdn20K after 4 lifetime starts at the MSW level one of which was a close 2nd at GG in decent the significant drop says ........careful......careful.......careful.......tough call

5  Rideo  another dropping from the sky.......a vet scratch in for mdn40K 2 weeks ago......but since worked 6F on 25 June and came right back to work 3 furlongs 5 days later......that...seems like a sign this Mandella runner is sound enough and if so very dangerous today

1  Little Mustard   3 straight 2nd place finishes at today's same level......Prat takes our 2nd selection but Bejarano is more than happy to jump aboard......7F seems like a good fit

4  Regal Reign


race 7    average clarity

5  Boompa   fell off some in latest ......but........he gets ample time off to right the ship and produce the effort he ran two back which likely would take down this race

1  Where's Bubba   appreciates seven furlongs and has plenty of experience at the distance as 4 of his 10 lifetime races have been at the somewhat specialized distance.....has been on the board in all four at 7F and sure appears likely to keep that stat intact today

8  Angels Journey   bad trip in last or would have won today's condition albeit at a route.....tries to come back in 8 days easy task coming off a route......but ......still quite dangerous

3  Profound Visionary


race 8    above average clarity

5  Rare Candy   hate the word as it is overused as an excuse as to why a given horse faltered but this three-year old appeared to have bounced off of a monster run which was so much the best be had ever produced.......a rebound wins this

3  John's Success   trainer is often at his most dangerous turf to dirt which is the scenario for this fellow today........and Bejarano is back aboard after being absent for one race

1  Pioneerof the West   race has enough early speed signed up to flatter his late run......still....he will need the 5 horse to not run the way I think he will


race 9    below average clarity

7  Lucky Shoes to Win   brutal trip in last or would have won at today's level quite easily........claimed in the race and the new trainer leaves Gonzo up despite the bad ride......maybe because his other two rides on this gelding were OK

8  Valentine Boy   likely needed his latest as his bullet 5/8ths drill since is eye popping.......and he seemingly is best off of short rest which is the case here ........don't have a clue who Rito Almanza is and what kind of rider he is.....but......his unfamiliarity should help him go off a big price

3  Tribal Again   another who appreciates short rest between races and gets it for the 1st time since he won 5 races back in August of 2015

5  Cant Do the Danse

9  Misdeed

1  Black Tie

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