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Santa Anita for Sunday 15 January 2017

OK card today and don't forget that there is racing tomorrow for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 10 race card and I imagine they will run on the grass. I also believe there is a good chance they will run on the turf today as well.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

3  Sheza Chattykat   dangerous looking prolonged work regiment for this Richard Baltas 1st time starter who shows hints of some early gas in those works.....and the fact that he names Pedroza (a good speed rider who Baltas seldom uses) to ride supports the notion

1  Pontificator   bet to favorite in his maiden debut and nearly won for her the confidence that Spawr shows as he moves his filly up one MC level......and Spawr is more dangerous with 2nd time starters

4  Christmas Carol   another Baltas 1st time starter that is training well enough and with a prolonged work regiment to possibly be ready to compete for the top prize in her maiden debut into the wonderful world that is thoroughbred racing


race 2    average clarity

1  Gio's Lady  most of career fits.......did fall backwards in her latest but it was on an off track.....race two back on a fast track is solid........1st at 7F but it appears as if it will be a good fit

6  Pomp and Party   nice looking work regiment for this D'Amato 1st time starter who acts as if she owns some early gas......and if she does this seems like a great spot to utilize it

3  Dahlia Azul   acted up at the gate and still was able to run an adjusted for trip fig that is only about 5L less than par for today's significantly lower level......lookout if she builds on the effort both physically....... and...... mentally


race 3    average clarity

3  Tiz No Buzz   away since July but returns as a 1st time gelding and drops out of MSW are good and might get claimed..... so...... Ellis likely has him fully ready or he would have given him a spin around the track in a protected race

4  Picture Tube   trainer hasn't won a route race for ages but might here with this four-year old gelding coming off of his best ever ........and the effort is hidden by a very wide run versus much tougher

1  Papa Gulf   lifetime best was his lone race to date on the SA dirt and is was at today's one mile distance.....just missed winning by a neck at two MC levels higher.....and .......he beat a couple runners entered in this field that day


race 4    below average clarity  (if off of the turf: 10-3-4-6-1)

10  Wise Curlin   solid AW (off the turf) race at GG off of a layoff in his 2nd lifetime that race this Eurton colt showed solid route speed......blinkers on today hints Eurton wants to put that speed to good use and this is a great spot as it lacks speed....decent grass pedigree......wire to wire attempt

7  Aztec Warrior   has run his best with Bejarano in the saddle and he is back aboard today after being absent for this fellows last 2 races.......might be very wound up as O'Neill works this guy 3 times over a 10 day period and the last work was a bullet

6  Bedeviled   consistently fires decent turf efforts especially at today's one mile distance......and he might feel really good as Desormeaux passed on today's mdn50K which was one of the washed out races from Thurs. canceled card that was put up today.....and he was in that Thursday race as one of the favorites and our top choice

1  Taniko

Long-shot consideration:   5  Uber Star   better a.m. work of late and the improvement is subtle as this gelding is not much of a worker......only mount of the day for Blanc who is finally off to a decent start at a meeting......and his pedigree hints he will appreciate a grass course with some give in it


race 5    below average clarity

3  Autumn Twilight   2 for 2 at today's one mile distance and one of those wins was at SA......decent spot to utilize her route speed.....running off of very short rest of 7 days is a ? mark

6  Trinity's Turn   in a little too tough in her latest.....previously she hadn't missed the board in 7 straight races (and all at today's distance) since Gonzo took over the riding responsibilities..........seems best at SA.......does tend to race wide but how wide can you be in only a 7 horse field

2  Conquest So True   lone win in 2015/16 was the only time Pedroza was up.....back up today and drops......would have rated higher if not for the fact Vladimir Cerin tends to give little away

7  Paschalitsa


race 6    below average clarity

1  Oh Marvelous    good effort in latest run just 10 days ago on a good rated SA surface and the effort is disguised as he broke slowly and ran the connections see fit to cut his claiming price in half.......same distance as his last and with a better post.....should be tough for brothers Desormeaux

3  Wrightwood    very strong route race 3 races back......then he tossed a clunker.......put way over his head in a non-claiming event in his last which was off a 2 month layoff for a tune-up.....full throttle go today at a level that fits

7  Devils Triangle  showed good early speed in a dirt route (his 1st route) and was able to graduate........retains a low percentage rider but if he has a forte it is with route speed horses

6  Bronzino


race 7    average clarity

1  Honor Maker   quite the awakening 1st at a route (and dropping out of MSW racing) for Baltas......and a very reassuring 14th best out of 160 5F work since.....last sure fits and she might build on the effort.....very tough here if she does

7  Perfect Cocktail   consistent sort seems best around two turns and she gets that today.......and she has the support of team Desormeaux.......Keith & Kent

4  Road Test   still a maiden but this is an interesting spot that the crafty O'Neill puts this filly in for......1st off she is in a protected race so O'Neill obviously wants to keep her.......2nd off her MC 30K 2nd fits at today's higher level and is disguised by breaking a little tardy and then running drill since her last....not out of this by any means

3  Rcatcanscat


race 8    average clarity

4  Foolish to Deceive   last two dirt endeavors sure look good here and he should be the speed of the speed in this spot......good front running jock in Gonzalez is aboard for the 1st time....trainer does well with limited starters especially in route races

7  Above Board   nice wake-up in his latest at SA in his 1st ever competing in a sprint.....and the effort is somewhat hidden......runs just fine in two turn dirt races......should be a major player

6  Elegant Street   quite the wake-up in his latest winning at 30 to 1 to win a one mile MSW race at Lrc........two reassuring works since......low % trainer but he is decent getting a given runner to run well again following a maiden win

3  Gotta Get Lucky


race 9    average clarity

5  Boldly True   both times Hollendorfer put this gelding in a claimer he ran two of his strongest efforts morning work and up for a tag today.......back to a top-tier jockey.......hmmmm

10  Westbrook   all of this fellow's dirt races when not wearing blinkers fit and a couple of those efforts are hidden some......good rider/trainer combo in Elliot/Puype......nice day for Elliot yesterday

3  Basinca   Diodoro is very dangerous 1st out following a claim and especially so when he steps up his new shooter multiple levels like he does with this gelding.....should be a major factor in the outcome of this race

4  Spanish Hombre

9  Annie's Candy

1  Tengas Ransom

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 9:22 am by richs · Permalink
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