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Santa Anita for Saturday 18 February 2017


Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Sly Humor   filly is proven on an off track and that is half the battle......10 lbs. bug boy gets a bone here and best take advantage of it for his 1st lifetime win......and for a trainer he would love to impress in Hollendorfer.......kid needs to go to the lead and hang on

1  Isle City   Glatt 1st time starter is training with hints she might be live in her MC debut.......and the 4F gate drill put in only 3 days ago supports the notion

4  Tiffany Diamond   another 1ster in this case from the Machowsky barn working well enough to be a factor in her debut into the wonderful world of thoroughbred racing


race 2    average clarity

(NOTE: race is off of the turf) 

9  Anatolian Heat  toss out only dirt race as it was his debut and without the strogly suggest the dirt won't be a problem.......but like many in the field 1st time on an off track is a ? mark

7  Atta' Boy Woody   very strong race (likely his bet ever) two races back at Lrc at one mile......good pedigree to handle the off surface although he has yet to run on one......likely a major player if he does

6  Los Gatos   trainer is doing better than her record indicates and her record at the meet is decent......six year old ran well in a very sloppy track at SA on 31 Jan in a route and the strength of the effort is well hidden......dangerous late runner

4  David's Memory


race 3    average clarity

5  Stormy Rocit   speed of the speed and on a very sloppy track......that my friends is most often a very dangerous proposition for the opposition

1  Westbrook   seems best at SA and best at today's distance of 6 furlongs........should be flying late if he handles his first ever on an off surface...............pedigree suggests that he will

8  Twirling Tiger   more than deserving of a move back up into allowance racing off an eye-popping win running wide up on the pace and still managing to score......not one of Prat more clever rides but a win

4  Denman's Call


race 4    below average clarity

2  Bronze Age   disappointing $600K purchase so far but they didn't shell out all that coin to own a sprinter......1st at a route and sure appears as if he can get loose as he displayed good early speed sprinting on an off track in his last

6  Momma's Baby Boy   blinkers on.......rider upgrade for today........handled the off going in his latest.........sprint-sprint-route scenario for 3rd lifetime start.......seems poised for a strong race

7  Surf Shack   hasn't been seen since his MSW debut run in July........returns with a work regiment that hints he is ready and ready for a route......trainer is much better with 2nd time starters......and also 1st time at a route with a given horse

3  Glacier

Long-shot consideration:  1  Union Rebel    very wide trip in his last his 2nd lifetime start and 1st running a route......beaten 7L and that is the amount of ground loss I assigned him......better post and 7 lbs bug boy up.....seems dangerous if the bug boy breaks well and gets him placed near the front


race 5    average clarity

(NOTE: race is off of the turf) 

5  Dr. Troutman   blinkers on and improved a.m. work.......just what you want to see.......believe this colt is sitting on his lifetime best......if......he handles the off going......decent pedigree for it

8  Mackie's Water   nice forward move in his 2nd lifetime start albeit on the grass.......been off for 3 months but returns cranked up and ready to and his pedigree hint he can handle dirt.....slop might be a different matter.....we shall find out

4  Burnt Cognac   might be able to grab the lead and that on an off track makes him the bullet speed building 3F work put into him 3 days ago by Mandella

12  Grecian Fire


race 6    average clarity

1  I'll Wrap It Up   moves up on an off track.....won his last on an off track off of a long layoff very impressively........and he is 1 for 1 at today's 8 1/2 furlongs

2  Nextdoorneighbor   monster race at a route at SA two back.......handled a good rated surfaced in his last quite easily.....can he handle one the should be very sloppy.....we shall see

4  Boone Docks   very strong race 2 back on a very sloppy race track on the 7th of January......seems better sprinting but as strong as his race was in the slop sprinting the added distance will hurt him less than if the track was rated fast

6  City Steel


race 7    average clarity

7  Truly Ponti   solid somewhat hidden effort 2 back in her lone lifetime race on an off track of any kind and it was on a sloppy one to boot.....two very stout drills in preparation for today.....should make a good account of herself

1  Darling Darling   voided claim in last which was a solid race in the slop at today's same level and distance.......but the works since (4 of them) hint she is doing OK.....1st time Baze.......dangerous for sure

5  Seathing   par like efforts in her last two endeavors and both were on off tracks.....and I like the cut back in distance to help her endurance in the late stages

6  Tangled Up in Ju


race 8    below average clarity

(NOTE: race is off of the turf) 

3  Mokat   handles the goo and I believe she will appreciate the one mile pace runner's chances get enhanced if we get numerous scratches to reduce the field size creating less traffic for her to negotiate

2  Lilly Pod   really took to the off going in her latest in her 1st ever on it.........set a blistering pace and held togeter......appears loose and dangerous once again......the connections might have only entered her here because of all the rain predicted and the race getting move to the main move if that is true

11  Wild At Heart

10 Pretty Girl

6  Hillhouse High 


race 9    average clarity

6  Kenzou's Empire   blinkers on for today and a much better work tab with them (assuming he had them on for the works) ......believe he will try to get loose and never look back

1  Cedar Rapids   logical drop out of MSW grass racing where he only managed one small check for his owners in 4 races.......bred fine for the dirt including sloppy dirt.......Mandella is rather dangerous 1st time in maiden claiming

4  Upper Mesa Falls   solid wake up 1st at a route in his last going off at 46 to 1 odds.........not out of this if he builds on the effort especially with 1/16th less to travel today

7  Unlikely Story

10  Ucanthankmelater

2  Ptolemy


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