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Santa Anita for Friday 24 February 2017

Decent looking race card this afternoon. Please note that as we mention in our calendar section there will be approximate 12 racing days that we won't have a publication for. Sunday the 26th of February is the first of them.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Ebadan   lifetime best and a very strong effort/fig was run the only time he competed on the grass as far at 9 furlongs......and his pedigree screams the further the better......9 furlongs of sod again looking work series

5  Buymeabond   not the best of trips in his latest hides an effort on the grass at 1 1/8 that fits fine if he gets a better trip.......back to T C Baze who was absent in his latest........last 3 wins for this guy?  all with T C

2  Awesome Return   away since June but returns with a much better trainer and a rider upgrade to Prat.......and Eurton/Prat have won a ridiculous 6 for their last 10 as a team....that hints this guy (who is not eligible to be claimed) is live

7  Professor Berns


race 2    average clarity

2  Princess Tiznow   definitely the lady to overcome if her health has remained intact off of two straight strong efforts .......I am a bit concerned that she isn't competing at a higher level...... but........ Pupye has been rather reliable when he risks getting a horse claimed the last 4 months or so

1  Scathing   last two racing endeavors fit fine here (and hidden some) if she can run as well on a fast track as she has in her last two which were on off tracks

5  Albeit   toss her last on the grass......toss her race two back on an off track......race 3 back fits which was run at today's distance on fast dirt at Lrc......might be rated too low if she can perform as well at SA


race 3    above average clarity

5  Paschalitas   brutal trip in latest with the bug boy up.......way wide in a six-horse field and did so pressing the pace........somehow hung on for 3rd.......see ya apprentice......hello Baze

3  Sheswildnfree   very consistent record at the distance (8 2 4 0) and retains Prat who just won for fun on this reassuring 4F drill since......seems poised to handle the step up

4  Lirica Heat   last was run at a higher level and is better than appears in print.......fairly fast heat and was caught wide.......trainer seldom visits the winners circle but isn't impossible to get there today


race 4    average clarity

2  Summertimemischief   all three lifetime races on fast rated dirt fit solidly.......last time this filly competed on fast dirt was 5 races reassuring 4F work just put in 5 days ago.......Walsh struggles these days in S Cal but might grab a win here

3  Righteous Dixie   last on an off track is decent.....race two back on a fast track is solid and disguised by a wide trip on a good rail day......should be a fast surface today

5  Nang Noi   showed plenty of life in her MC debut following a very slow start.......improved a.m. work since......trainer is much better with 2nd time starters.....might surprise

4  Agent Nine T Nine


race 5    average clarity

1  Place des Vosges    Baltas is very solid 3rd out following a break and that is the case here.......five year old mare made a nice close into a total lack of pace in her last........that sets her up well for today's 10 furlongs which she is extremely well-bred to handle

7  Lady Pamela   another who owns a pedigree that says she can run all day long........solid history around two turns.....well prepared for toady's mini-marathon challenge

6  Shazara   mare owns some solid adjusted for trouble figs.......but trouble is her problem as she often breaks poorly and likes to find trouble after that......maybe a strung out field of only 7 can help limit her trouble......we shall see

3  Crimson and Gold..


race 6    average clarity

4  Liberty Jack   solid move forward off of the layoff in only his 2nd lifetime start and the effort is better than appears as he ran wide close to the pace.....reassuring work since and drops two levels.....seems tough here if he holds form

14  Bitte   placed this colt taking a very significant drop from MSW racing to maiden claiming 2nd rather than first mostly because of a difficult post at 5 1/2F and the fact that a low percentage rider is fact if either of those factors were better he would be top pick

1  Cammy's Music   dangerous speed and with a dangerous speed rider in Maldonado who has his mojo back.......and only 5 1/2 furlongs to stick around.......hard to ignore

9  Sleepin N Cheatin


race 7    average clarity

2  Bar Scene   has yet to break cleanly but still managed to get loose in both lifetime races for a near win and then a win........likely needs a good start today at the higher level but a good gate rider in Pedroza gets his 3rd shot at getting this filly to break well......might never get caught if he can

8  Pied N True   seemingly gets plenty of speed signed up to come flying likely from dead last and blow on by all or most if the speed horses press each other into an unsustainable set of fractions

4  Ready to Hula Lula   lookout for this fellow if our top choice breaks tardy once again as then he becomes the most likely to get loose on the lead...........and with only 5 1/2 panels to travel

7  Filly On Fire


race 8    average clarity

8  Could Be Magic   all three of her lifetime turf sprints fit well here and two of them were down the SA hill grass course.......and I like the change in riders especially for a race on the hill

3  Moonless Sky   nice grass efforts in three grass races at GP and Gpw........1st ever in a turf sprint but he might be better suited for one

9  Shezroxile   two 3rd place finishes in two lifetime races one of which was down the hill.......has run well fresh in both lifetime 3 month layoff should be a piece of cake for this five-year old mare

2  Scandal

5  She'sashocker

7  Lori's Attitude



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