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Santa Anita for Sunday 8 January 2017

Mud floated or a drying out good track seems likely. No clue if they will let the races stay on the grass which likely is rather soft at the moment. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1   below average clarity 

(if taken off of the turf  12-13-6-1-14-5)

2  Zaffinah   tough to gauge this German invader but a 4 1/2L beaten 5th versus the guys in her last which was a Grade 3 appears solid versus this lackluster group of MSW grass runners.......that is of course if Carava has him ready off of the layoff of 4 months

10  Irish Dame    on the improve and seems poised for even better........cut back in distance appears to be a plus........bad post but somewhat negated by a rider upgrade

8  Paddy Jean   decent route turf speed for a young filly........like our 2nd choice 1/16 less seems to be a plus.........has shot at wiring the field

5  Ciao Bella Rosa


race 2    average clarity

7  Country Road    very every wide trip in his latest hides a significant move forward......decent ride two back.......looking for Baze to bounce back and give a much better trip this afternoon.....if he does and this gelding shows the effort/energy he showed in has latest.....he.....will.....be......tough

3  Libertarian   sprint-sprint-scenario/maneuver here and with a pedigree for this gelding that should take to a route......showed improvement in his 2nd start.......seems poised for better

1  Royal Rebel   one lifetime race fits and it was the only time this 5-year-old gelding raced at SA without blinkers.......that is the case today.......1st at a route is a ? mark......solid 6F work 10 days ago it Slr at least hints he is prepared for one

4  Grits and Guts


race 3    average clarity

7  Anthonysgotgame   runs well with ample time between starts and gets it.....by far at his best at Santa Anita.......sharp in the a.m........might be able to get a nice outside stalk position

2  Forest Blue   Peter Miller with a horse dropping.......hard to beat these days.......trainer has been hot for an impressive length of time

4  Bolitar   O'Neill sees fit to drop this colt a couple of claiming levels off of only 7 days rest and he gets Bejarano to ride for the 1st time.......trainer bucks the trend as he is decent getting horses to fire off of abbreviated rest

5  El Koreano


race 4    above average clarity

7  Potente Alba   very strong move forward in his 2nd lifetime endeavor running 3 wide while pressing a decent pace......that energy/effort displayed sure fits solidly today if he can duplicate it on the Santa surface surface

2  Patience Ofa Saint   very strong work tab for this Ed Freeman 1st time starter and when the conditioner shows good works with a new shooter in the morning you can usually count on a good effort in the afternoon

8  Mr. Hinx   nice tightly spaced works for this Miyadi 1ster and I like that the last two are out of the gate......especially the 5F gate work on 26 Dec.......the trainer doesn't work them too hard so the 101 flat gate work deserves more merit/attention than it often would

4  Cal Cal Li Gowchis


race 5    average clarity  (if taken off of the turf  2-1-9-7-13-10)

1  Start a Runnin   need to lead type has a shot of getting the lead and lookout if he does as he sure is tough to get by in the stretch.....reassuring sharp a.m. work since his last......hot ride/trainer combo

5  Junior Gilliam   on the improve and his latest improvement is hidden by a tough trip.....dangerous in this spot if he holds form and gets a better trip

2  Atta' Boy Woody   strong move forward in latest in a one mile dirt race.......that effort/fig sure is solid here if course he can duplicate it on the grass....so so effort in his lone grass endeavor but it was run a long time ago.......and he is bred very well for the sod

9  The Big Train

Long-shot consideration:  6  Sir Cal  best on the grass and just ran his best dirt race ever......so...... logically he might be up for his best grass race ever today.......fits here at a price if he is


race 6    average clarity

5  Avicii   seems like a decent claim by O'Neill and friends and they might have lucked out if the track stays "off" because this 6 year old mare has shown an infinity for the off going.....and she still looks decent in this spot if we get a "fast" track

3  Yodelsong   distance fits......SA surface fits (well at least the "fast" rated SA surface)........and I like the small drop for this Mike Harrington four-year old filly......and this girl seems to run best with ample time off between starts and gets it

8  Warrnsdollarsigns   seems to show his best early speed when running in sprints with extended run-ups.......7F at SA qualifies for that.......best on the lead and has a shot of getting it here....... ( 5 2 1 0) at 7 panels

1  Midnight Candy


race 7    average clarity

6  Distinctive B   vastly improved since the blinkers were put on and appears to be the speed of the speed......and he has the ability to go eye to eye in fast pace with any challengers and still win.....few have that ability

1  Eric the Trojan    one for one on an off track and the race was at SA......and he ran 2nd on a drying out track also run at SA.......that bodes well for his chances of taking to today's SA surface

4  Moe Candy   needs ample time between starts and gets it........Sadler is red hot.......5 year old seems highly likely to make a good account of himself this afternoon

3  Stormy Rocit


race 8    average clarity

3  Unique Bella   won for fun in her latest to graduate in style.......and her a.m. work since is off the charts good for a three-year old filly.......good pedigree for an off surface

8  Shane's Girlfriend   not out of this by any means having won her MSW debut by a 6L and then won a Grade 3 at Ded by a 13L........yikes......and the cut back in distance of one furlong should really make for a runner with an abundance of endurance when push comes to shove

9  It Tiz Well   won by 10 lengths up on a fast pace while running 3 wide.....very strong adjusted for pace and position Santucci fig......another very good-looking young filly and for a trainer in Hollendorfer who knows how to develop them

5  Princess Karen


race 9    below average clarity

5  Jet Set Man   solid MSW debut down the SA hill setting a nasty pace and still almost hung on for the win.......not so out in his next in a turf route.....back to a sprint today albiet a dirt sprint.....but.....he sure trains on the dirt as if it won't be a problem whatsoever

6  Desert General   broke poorly and then showed he can run some in his MSW debut......blinkers on for today so he has a chance of breaking much better........and his trainer Sean McCarthy has a good history 1st time he puts the blinkers on

9  Afendi   decent work tab for this Richard Baltas MSW 1st timer......and his pal Bejarano is aboard......seems dangerous

8  Gosofar

3  Informality

11  Gutsy Effort