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Santa Anita for Saturday 31 December 2016

Rain is likely coming. Like Friday I hope it doesn't mess with the racing surfaces too much. Be back with you Sunday and Monday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity  

(if taken off the turf  12-1-3-6-9-10)

7  Scarlet Honey   consistent French invader can handle a grass course with some give to it and seems to be working well enough to be ready......Powell is an impressive 2 for his last 6 with overseas invaders

2  Place des Vosges   last 5 outside of the goofy KD turf course fit fine here......decent pedigree for a good turf course

1  Always Believe   poor trip in her 1st on the grass hides that she likes it.....1st long today and the work regiment put into her suggests she is more than ready for the challenge........and one of Sadler's better stats is 1st at a route as in 21 for his last 100

3  Shazara


race 2    average clarity

1  Good N Naughty   her lastest which was her 2nd lifetime start with Lindsay aboard is very solid vs. this group......Bejarano is aboard today.....still needs to prove herself at SA as her debut at SA was dull

4  Sly Humor   takes the plunge from MSW racing down to mdn 30K for Callaghan.....1st ever on the SA dirt but SA has been her home and she owns some decent works on its surface

9  Sassy Rose   last isn't bad but what we want is her effort two races back......we likely have a decent chance of seeing it as it was her lone race at SA

2  Gogoula

Long-shot consideration:   3  Ministers Curl   unimpressive works.....but......Chew can show very little with a MC 1ster and still pop......4 wins with his last 13 MC 1st starters......dangerous


race 3    average clarity

3  St. Joe Bay   ultra impressive in his latest which was his 1st ever at today's 6 1/2F......deserving of a shot in a Graded race.....trainer can do no wrong the last couple of months

4  Navy Hymn   scratched out of a $300K Grade 1 race on opening day for this spot......5 for 7 at Santa Anita......seems like the speed of the speed.......won his only lifetime effort at 6 1/2F quite easily

5  Jimmy Bouncer   not muck of a worker so his last two "decent" 4F works catch me eye more than they normally would......2 for 2 at SA......dangerous sort


race 4    average clarity

(if taken off the turf  6-2-5-3)

4  Aries   both races run in the good old U S of A are very strong and today's rider Rosario was aboard for both of them.....and if the rain softens the sod some I doubt that it will bother this German bred filly

3  Frenzified   seems better suited for today's shorter distance and like our top choice this filly should handle a turf course with some give to it

6  Ryans Charm   not too shabby 1st run in the States at 51 to 1 in the BCFMTrf........beat 7 of 12 foes........might be rated too low if she builds on the effort......she sure was extremely consistent in Peru

2  Keri Belle


race 5    average clarity

9  Rockantharos   obviously has some physical problems but her last fits and her a.m. work since suggests she will bring even more today.....and her trainer Peter Miller has been firing on all cylinders

5  Darling Darling   suspicious drop in last but she ran just fine and the effort is disguised some.......broke slow and made a rail bid on a day the wood was improved drill since.....not out of this by any means

7  Amazing Lady   yet another who might have some physical problems but Truman seldom wastes Bejarano's time with a horse not capable on winning.....dangerous

10  Yavrig


race 6    average clarity

3  Sonneteer   very solid effort in his latest on a "good" track at Del Mar.......and he has even worked on a good track since.......believe repeat of his last makes him the one to overcome and with moisture in the racing surface likely for today I like his chances

10  Irap   repeat of his last obviously fits very well in this spot.....but not the best of posts and 1st on an off surface (most likely)......and shows only one work since Nov 12th.....still with all that.......very dangerous

2  Sunrise Sunset   bet hard in MSW debut and ran a solid effort but was compromised by a tough trip.......bred fine for a route but 1st at a route is not one of Hess's strong points.....still hard not to like

12  Sheer Flattery

Long-shot consideration  5  Leading Score   pounded in MSW debut off of strong works........continues to train like something special.......might be a "morning-glory" and often a morning-glory can run a big race when they get the front I like gun from the gate Pedroza on this colt


race 7    below average clarity

3  Indavidualist   both lifetime races are solid and he should feel good coming off a grass race of only 5F.....jock upgrade......trainer has come out firing on all cylinders so far at the new meeting......decent pedigree to handle an off track

10  Alley Boss   might feel really good coming off such easy wins in his last two.....should be in the mix from the get go.......just won on a track rated good......hard not to like

7  Paynes Prairie   race is loaded with speed and this colt who just woke up some with the addition of blinkers is capable of taking back and running well......and one good late running jock in Van Dyke is up

9  Blue Anchor


race 8    average clarity  

(Grade 1 so I don't see this one being taken off of the grass)

6  Sassy Little Lila   proven on a good rated turf course and also proven at the 10 furlong distance.......and for a trainer in Brad Cox who knows how to ship in win......jock knows this filly well having been up for all 5 lifetime races

8  Queen Blossom  two for two (and going off at 16 to 1 odds in both) running "fresh" know Motion will have her ready to rock N roll off of the extended layoff.......and like our top choice she can handle a grass course with some give to it

2  Stays in Vegas   not much speed in this race and she appears to have enough to control the front as if she has never been sharper.......good front end grass jockey up in Prat.....dangerous

7  Decked Out


race 9    average clarity

6  Gypsy Ju Ju   solid MC debut which is somewhat disguised......poor start in a fast heat......3 very reassuring works since.......same effort with a better start and she should be difficult for her competition to overcome

9  Jill Madden   tricky barn with 1st the work way back on 9 November at SA.......hasn't shown much since.......hmmmm......likely so as not to get claimed..... and..... get a good price for today's has tossed 5 winners from 6 to start and one was Stakes winner

11  Fair Escape   out for air in her last to put some doubt in the minds of the claiming this is her 1st ever up for a tag......and my guess is her best ever......we shall see

12  Lucky Dolly

4  Very Hot

3  Crowded Way


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