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Santa Anita for Sunday 10 July 2016

The folks at Santa Anita likely wanted to finish up on a good note as the field sizes for today are fine and the quality of racing is as well. And from my perspective a decent card handicapping wise.

Del Mar starts next Friday to the roar of the crowd in race one.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Runninto Grunions  this 1st timer is out working everyone in this affair and by a wide margin.........trainer/rider are 3 for their last 5 with one other in the money.....shot to make it 4 for 6 here

3  Downside Up   pounded at the windows in his debut and didn't run too well but had the excuse of having to cope with an off track......drops and gets a fast track today.....deserves another shot

7  Fly to Mars   so so debut for this two year old colt......he will need to move forward today and might as the lack of support at the windows in his debut hint he needed a start

4  Amazing Love


race 2    average clarity

4  Rizzi's Honors   definitely on the right end of the learning curve.....last fits big......another move in the right direction and she would be unbeatable unless something very bad occurred trip wise

7  Brookes All Mine   didn't care for route racing in last her 3rd lifetime start.......previous two efforts sprinting are par like for today's level......Belarano sticks around for the 4th straight time

6  Sturdy One   just fired her lifetime best and it was her 1st ever on the SA her connections seem likely to pull out all stops to have her feeling good for her last shot to run on the SA dirt until next fall

2  Arewehavingfunnyet


race 3    average clarity

4  Jan's Spirit   capable of taking back and winning and she and our 2nd choice are the only ones so far that have been capable of I like her chances if she does take back as this race sure appears ripe for a late runner

1  Dis Smart Cat  trainer has been chilly of late but not with this developing three year old our top choice I believe her chances are enhanced if she takes back some

3  Tuscan Beauty   with the addition of blinkers this quick filly might really fly and do so with an outstanding gate jock in Maldonado aboard....speed of the speed threat here


race 4    average clarity

1  Legitimate   needs a rebound and gets enough time off to produce one.....owns some significant "back numbers" that would nail down this seem decent

6  Aidan's Mine   not much speed in this race and he owns some.....would have been top selection if this race was run less than today's 6F as he has flattened out some in all 4 of his lifetime races all of which were run at 5 1/2F

5  Resistanceisfutile   cut back in distance and gets a 7 lbs weight break with the bug boy up......those two things might combine for a good stretch run when many in the race will be floundering

8  Thespian


race 5    average clarity

4  Audra   steps up for sure but her last fits and she shows two good looking 3F drills since.....retains Bejarano who once again looks like he is going to win one of the world's top race meetings...... unless ........Prat has an unreal day

3  Flexible Ethics   can race just off of it and that seems wise to fact if I knew that was the strategy I would switch the two top selections

5  Lucky Student   needs her "A game" but it is difficult to tell if she will bring it today.....but if she does she has a shot to wire the field

6  Alexita


race 6    average clarity

3  Aqua Frio   nice debut and I like the extra 1/2 furlong to cover today.....trainer seems to have put some early speed into him since his debut.....looking for this youngster to make a forward move today

2  Ky. Colonel   very strong work regiment for this R Mandella 1st time starter.....rather sure meant and ready to roll

1  Klimt   solid MSW debut run only 15 days ago and a nice 5F drill since.......Baffert likely feels his expensive baby exited the race in great shape to wheel him back so quickly

6  Tell Me a Story


race 7    average clarity

9  Candy Promise   last two races sure fit and the cut back in distance appears to be a plus......back in short rest and with a good work showing to boot......feeling good

2  Magik Pepper   seems muscled up and ready at 1st asking off of a steady diet of 5F works at as if  he will running from off of it some.......trainer/rider are 3 for their last 7 as a combo

4  Pee Wee Reese   sat close to a brutal quarter in his MSW debut and tired......improved a.m. work since......might have some double barrel action from the D'Amato barn as the "D'A" also trains our 2nd choice

7  Blue Navy Blue


race 8    average clarity

3  Follini   capable of incredible early speed and thus he has the potential to be one tough nut to crack in an abbreviated sprint of only 5 furlongs

1  Tribal Fire   broke 8 slow in debut and rushed giving him no shot whatsoever.......blinkers on in 2nd lifetime start and he only broke 2 slow and won in excellent gelded for his 3rd lifetime endeavor.....tons of ability and might break cleanly today

4  Boy Howdy   bet hard in his MSW debut and won despite pressing the pace 3 wide.....plenty of time to recover off of such a grueling win.....and Spawr is tough when he gives a nice horse plenty of time between starts


race 9    average clarity

4  Rocket Fuel   appropriately named gelding as he can fly early with the best of them.......Maldonado is the right guy for the job.......speed of the speed will try to hang on

3  Power Jam   best be ready (and a.m. work says he is) as the Baffert four year old so far has fired "big" in both lifetime races "fresh" but then had to be laid up for a significant amount of time after each likely will have him ready as it might be a long time before he can race him again

10  Annie's Candy   giant move forward in his 2nd lifetime race almost beating the 2016 Derby winner and he actually outran him that .......2nd out after the layoff might be a very dangerous thing this afternoon

1  Distinctive B

5  Alright Alright

7  One More Roll

Posted on July 10, 2016 at 10:14 am by richs · Permalink
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