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Santa Anita for Saturday 4 February 2017

Very early post Sunday so selections will be available no later than 7 a.m. pacific time.

Seems like a smart move by Santa Anita carding some nice races now and then to finish off a race card instead of just another maiden 20K claimer. It is a refreshing change that most likely keeps people from leaving early at the track or at the OTB's.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

4  Honor and Courage   bred to love a route and did it ever show in his latest only losing by a nose running on a somewhat dull inside in a fast heat for a state-bred MSW race.......the race was in the slop........can he run as well on a fast track........a ton if he does

3  Cats Blame   impressive debut and disguised by being caught wide up on the pace......1st at a route and that is right in V Garcia's wheelhouse.....the trainer has won 8 of his last 22 1st time at a route

2  Reach the World   solid MSW debut and at a route of ground to boot which is always a tall task.......reassuring work since ........likely needs a small forward move and has the right to provide it with his good (route) debut under his belt


race 2    average clarity

5  Sheer Flattery   like our top selection in the 1st race (who is also trained by Hollendorfer) this fellow really woke up 1st time at a route in his last....that effort run on an off track is par like for today's Grade 3 level......and he worked an impressive 125:1 since....hinting he can run as well on a fast track as on an off track

1  Royal Mo   on the improve with every start.......won wire to wire to graduate in his last and seems likely to grab the lead and attempt to do the same today

2  Irap   didn't take to the off going in latest .......or did he regress some.......race two back fits on a fast track.........should get some answers today


race 3    average clarity

3  St. Joe Bay   seems like the speed of the speed but he can win without it as well......quite the history when today's jock Desormeaux rides (5 3 1 1).........trainer has been in the exacta 24 of 44 to start the meeting

5  Moe Candy   seems best when he takes back some early and has a target to run at .........and I believe that the connections realize that now........if the 2 and the 3 horse put the heat on one another this guy should be in the perfect stalking position

2  Distinctive B   seems slightly less formidable than our top two but if he finds his "A game" today he appears to be competing at a distance that has fit him well......3 wins & 2 2nd's in last 5 starts at 6F


race 4    average clarity

9  Amen Sista   tough trip in MSW debut at one mile on the sod.......blinkers on today to settle this filly down some.....trainer is better with 2nd time starters.....and good with 1st time blinkers.....leading jock sticks around.......and leading rider Prat is often at his best with young developing grass horses

14  Siberian Iris   showed life down the SA hill turf course in her debut back in early Oct........been away since but training as if she is totally fit fresh off of the bench........and she should love the distance as she is bred to run all day long

1  Domestic Vintage   solid efforts in both lifetime races which were on the grass and her latest was at only 1/16 less than today's distance.......and this filly gets a rider upgrade

10  Ciao Bella Rosa

Long-shot consideration:   12  Lizmeister   seems to be running into shape.....and her last is hidden in that she was in a totally pace-less affair which made for a false fig........speed work put in since her last to get her in the game earlier......solid rider/trainer combo


race 5    average clarity

1  Haynzee Panky   decent internal 6F split for this filly who tired in the stretch in a one mile affair in her last......blinkers on and cut back to a 6F sprint.....rider upgrade........seems dangerous on or near the lead and with a 1/4 less to run

6  Tattoed Kitty   obviously a bad claim for 55K made last August as she has been off since and returns in a mdn30K.......but she is working well and the barn might be out to cut their loses

4  Munny Spunt    signs she needed her last as she sure worked solidly since.....47:1 2nd best of 68 working at 4F.......small drop helps

3  Princess Marie


race 6    below average clarity

4  Hollywood Don      away since mid July but training as if he is 100% ready to roll......good post and good rider and tactical speed should lead to a nice trainer rider combo in Miller/Desormeaux

6  Path of David   bad history when competing in Graded races where he seemingly has spent too much time competing......good history when not running in Graded races on the turf (6 2 1 2).....should fit in this spot

3  Editore   not too hot in his two USA races both at 1 1/8th on the sod......1 1/8 might by too far for him as his grass history in Brazil when competing on the grass racing at 7 1/2F or 8F is (5 3 2 0)......seems dangerous with the cut back in distance

12  Gangster

Long-shot consideration:   7  Strigent   both sprint dirt races to start his career were wins and good ones.......laid up after his 2nd start and his return sure appeared to be a gimme.......1st long and 1st on the gras......bred nicely to handle both......dangerous rider/trainer combo.......should be a price


race 7    average clarity

6  Avicii   leading trainer just claimed and he keeps the leading rider up for this mare who is on the improve........6 year old owns 3 wins and 4 2nd's in last 7 racing endeavors.......does step up two levels you problem with the way Miller has been going

5  Plane Lucky   cut back of 1/2F is a plus as is her early speed which appears to be the best in the field.......good history for this filly when today's jock Bejarano is in the saddle (5 2 2 0 1)

1  Dis Smart Cat   needed last off of the long hiatus from racing......two very reassuring sharp works since.......3 for 3 at today's 6F dirt distance and two of those wins were at SA by an average of more than 8 length.......albeit versus easier.....not out of this by any means

7  Parasail


race 8    average clarity

5  Mor Spirit   stout history at the distance for this Baffert four-year old ( 4 2 2 0).....and not too shabby at SA (6 2 3 0)......solid layoff run in his last and his history says that he will move forward today 2nd out after a break......outstanding work tab......worked 110:4 with his barn mate our 3rd choice just 5 days ago......yikes

6  Dalmore   Keith Desormeaux is often at his best 3rd out following layoffs and that is the case here.......and this fellow's latest effort isn't too shabby and disguised by having to cope with a brutal set of fractions.......should go off a nice price and with brother Kent up

1  Hoppertunity   2 for 5  "at the distance" and also an impressive 2L beaten 3rd vs. The Chrome at the distance last year at SA........3 for 19 at other distances mentioned above he worked 110:4 with his barn mate our top choice just 5 days ago......yikes (again)

7  Accelerate


race 9    below average clarity

8  Pefectly Majestic   lifetime best was her race two back which was run at 9 furlongs on the grass.......that race fits and it is disguised some by a wide trip.......acts and is bred on mom's side like another furlong will be to her benefit......and I sure like the change in jocks to Desormeaux who rides this five-year old gelding quite well

5  Texas Ryano   been on quite a roll but doing so off of shorter rest than he copes with today........that my friends is the only knock I can see for this fellow who sure appreciates running at 10 furlongs or further

3  Itsinthepost   should get a very nice stalking trip saving ground.......gelding owns a nice history when competing off of 5 weeks rest or less.......last race was exactly 4 weeks ago

12  Hi Happy

13  Twentytwentyvision

2  Flamboyant



Posted on February 4, 2017 at 9:41 am by richs · Permalink
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