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Santa Anita for Friday 13 January 2017

Take note that our calendar had us not covering Monday's race card. That is incorrect. We will not be covering the Sunday, January 22 race card. 

Small fields, a drying out track, a difficult card to decipher, and hey, it's Friday the 13th. Confidence level is low.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

3  Three Eclipse   lifetime best by far was this colt's lone race at SA where he won racing awfully wide and in a fig/effort the fits fine today's level......that race was at 6 1/2F and 6F seems like a better fit.....such a deal

5  Yodelers Way   most likely to snatch the front end and he is also capable of running well off of the pace which he successfully did in his latest.......Elliot has fit this colt well (2 1 1 0)

2  Blazingulch   last two races fit just fine......but his only race at SA is not a good one.......deserves another chance?


race 2    below average clarity

1  Blanket of Ice    race 2 back run at SA fits decently here and his latest run at Lrc is even stronger.......and if the track is "off" he should handle it OK as he has in his two lifetime off track efforts

2  Midvale Magic   likely lured into the 16K nw3 to take advantage of the condition.....if this gelding is in good physical condition Hollendorfer will likely have him primed for a top effort as he knows he might lose him by way of the claim

3  Xingontothebone    chased a brutal pace in last which did him in......back in 12 days rest and drops once again......likely hurting to some degree but he appears to be the most likely leader in the race and handles off tracks decently


race 3    below average clarity

2  Orejas   trainer hasn't won with his last 20 with 90+ day layoffs but this MSW drop down is a 1st time gelding and adds is his work tab you say?.........quite good

5  Loud Stalker   Steven Miyadi owns solid stats with blinkers off and 1st time route.......his colt who is coming off of his best race to date gets both today.......T C Baze remains aboard and the jock sure is off to a good start to the SA meeting as he is tied with Prat for the lead

4  Marq One   ran evenly versus better with no support at the windows let's rack that up as a public work-out......and the fact that this colt is back in very short rest supports the notion.......expecting more what degree is the question mark


race 4    average clarity

2  Basic Bo0ts   drop back into claiming makes sense as the 25K nw2 level is where Sherlock claiming this filly for 3 races back.......both races since the claim fit well here and one of them was with a surface with some moisture in recent reassuring work.....should be tough

6  Albeit   cut back in distance seems like a plus........rider upgrade should be a plus.......and of course the drop down in class should be a plus......all that and a nice reassuring 5F drill since her last......a superfecta of reasons to consider using this filly

1  Tangled Up in Ju    seems at her best competing at SA and the only time today's rider Edwin Maldonado rode she won by 9 1/2L and it was at SA.......dangerous sort for a jock trying to get his mojo back


race 5    average clarity

4  Eileen's Girl   best lifetime dirt race came turf to dirt.......same scenario today and she just ran her best grass effort logically she might be up for her best dirt race o date.......will be tough if that happens

3  That's a Lady   good history racing at SA.......barn is on fire and some of that success is with Luis Contreras in the saddle......and if there is moisture left in the track it is reassuring that this filly handled in off track at SA last April

6  Perfect Pic   every race including a couple that are quite disguised fit fine at today's nw alw level if of course she can run as well at a route as she does in a sprint......pedigree hints she should......might try to get loose and lonely on the lead


race 6    average clarity

6  Aquamarine    nicely bred Baffert 1st time starter owns quite a few works of merit and has worked well out of the gate 3 times which strongly suggests he is very well-meant in his MSW debut.....and considering the trainer that is one scary proposition

3  Aristocratic   strong MSW debut for this three-year old colt (ironically for Baffert) now winds up in the O'Neill barn as Kaleem Shah has left the Baffert barn.......might hurt some if he gets beat by his old trainer today

5  My Man Chuckles   another Doug O'Neill possible contender.........1st time starter is working well enough to possibly be ready in his MSW debut.......and mom has tossed an impressive 7 winners from 7 starters including a Stakes winner

2  Invasion Looming


race 7    average clarity

(if off the turf:  7-8-5-6-1)   race was off turf scratch the 1 and the 8

7  Tapped   all three lifetime races on the dirt fit solidly here if she can produce similar on the grass......she owns an adequate pedigree to handle it and she should have plenty of endurance coming off of two straight route races to finish up strongly down the hill

5  Miss Sunset   another with dirt races that fit well if she handles the turf the same ability.......should be in the mix from the get go if she is a "turf" runner......we shall see

8  Hot in the City   has what our top two choices do not as in a proven ability on the sod.......won 5F MSW turf debut at GG....very strong a.m. work since.....not out of this by any means

6  Go On Mary


race 8   below average clarity

8  Pashito   SCRATCHED OUT OF RACE   trainer is 2 for his last 5 with MC 1st time starters with 2 others hitting the board........and the prolonged work regiment that finished up with a few of his very best works sure hints Michael McCarthy has another MC ready at 1st asking

7  Via Fermato   all three lifetime races run in Spring and early Summer are a few lengths short of what it usually takes to win at today's MC level.....and the preparatory works for his layoff run hint he has grown up some with the time off.....we shall see

5  Dixie Ballet   Richard Baltas has had this 1ster in training for a long time with not great but OK drills........with so many "OK" drills put in he should be fit we will find out how much ability he has

6  Beauty Has Power

3  Pop Pop's Pizza

2  Tanzor



Posted on January 13, 2017 at 6:44 am by richs · Permalink
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