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Santa Anita for Thursday 16 March 2017

Only a few days left to save $5 on our special publication covering the Stakes races (likely 8 of them) on Florida Derby day at Gulfstream Park on April 1st.

So so card this afternoon. Good looking card for Friday. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  My Italian Babbo   not much in his latest endeavor but his race two back is strong (albeit on a very sloppy track) both in final time and pace......blinkers on for today and a rider upgrade.......and......just what you want to see with an equipment change...... as in a recent bullet work.....rebound city

2  Kristi's Copilot   nice improvement 1st out following the Ian Kruljac claim with the blinkers added.......seems likely to get a good ground saving trip at least thru turn one .........and .......should be fairly close to the pace setters

5  At Ease  away for 12 1/2 months and returns with a new trainer in Hector Palma.......a.m. prowess is decent and hints he might be ready fresh off of the bench......only dirt race can be ignored somewhat as he had a brutal trip and at a distance that appears too far for him


race 2    average clarity

4  Take City by Storm   pressed a nasty pace at GG and rightfully faded late to run 2nd with a gap of 8L to 3rd......two useful 4F works at LA since.......OK grass pedigree......big step up today but the field seems fairly weak......jock upgrade

5  Street to Indy   gimme - go last spring to run 2nd and then ran poorly in 3rd start.......gimme - go again in 2017 to once again run drills since and drops for his 3rd history repeating itself.....if not this late runner with an OK grass pedigree should have been put on top

1  Super Echelon   solid route grass race run last summer at two in his 2nd lifetime this a tune-up like last year or not......if it isn't he should be a major factor in the outcome of this race

8  Smuggler Union


race 3    average clarity

1  Ipray   good history at SA on the dirt - at today's distance - and with today's rider Bejarano.........just claimed by Hollendorfer and the Hall of Fame trainer was able to get his new shooter to put in a markedly better work

6  Back Beauty   plenty to prove going a route of ground but she should be able to snatch the lead which enhances her chances of handling the two turns and added distance

5  Miz Graycee   seems at her best when she can stalk the lead and that appears to be in the cards for today......and she does her best running at Santa Anita on the dirt where she is 3 for 6 as opposed to being 1 for 10 everywhere else


race 4    average clarity

1  Batiquitos   very strong works for a Spawr 1st time starter (especially for a three-year old filly stae-bred 1ster) as the crafty trainer doesn't often push them too hard in the a.m......rather sure this filly is a good one

7  Radish   lifetime best two races are her last two endeavors both with blinkers on........badly blocked crossing the dirt and in the stretch in her latest which was on the turf down the SA hill........previous race was on the dirt where she dueled throughout and just missed........cut back in distance of 1/2 furlong appears to be a plus........should be a major player

3  Smitten Kitten   Miyadi is 5 for his last 25 maiden claiming to MSW which is today's scenario........major rider upgrade......recent a.m. work is better and that is rather subtle.......MC debut is better than appears as she had a bad trip......move forward seems what degree is the question mark

5  Candy Ruler


race 5    average clarity

2  Cut   all three lifetime grass efforts which includes one down the SA hill (his last) fit decently at today's lower level.....seems likely to be in the mix from the opening bell

8  Southern Keys   sizzling early speed on the dirt in his latest with 1st time blinkers.......rightfully cashed it in as he set that nasty pace on a dull so grass breeding but mom has tossed a turf winner.......stout 46:1 drill since his last......gate to wire opportunity if this fellow handles the sod

3  Sahara Storm   2nd lifetime start run way back in August at the prestigious Saratoga meeting seemingly fits here.......preparatory works for this colt hint he is returning ready as does the fact he is up for a tag (albeit an expensive tag) as he likely would be placed in a MSW race if this was only a tune-up

1  Upperclassman


race 6    below average clarity

1  Gunslinger   trainer has been ice-cold the last few weeks but might jump-start things here with this significant drop in claiming........Glatt has had quite a few wins over the last year or so dropping given runners multiple levels like he is with this gelding

2  Fight Thru   brutal trip in last breaking slowly and racing the overland route yet he still managed to win.....better post hot trainer in Miller......more than deserving of the step up in claiming

8  I'malreadythere   voided claim 3 back and yet Hollendorfer still stepped his four-year old up out of claiming for two races......drops him today......retains Prat.......suspicious...... yes.......dangerous........for sure

3  Romar Success

Long-shot consideration:   5 Bolitar   solid improvement in last and now adds blinkers for his 1st dirt route.......ran just fine in a two turn grass race in Nov so the distance is not a concern.......Maldonado seems likely to hustle him early with the blinkers on.........seems dangerous and likely at a price


race 7    below average clarity

4  Plastered   versatile filly has won 5 of her last 9 on multiple surfaces..........claimed by Hollendorfer 3 months ago but she has hit the track weekly since.........sure seems sharp for her 1st on the SA hill grass course......retain Stevens who owns 3 wins on this girl

3  Little Voice   consistent sort on the grass especially when the grass is firm......welcome to S Cal........last run off of 3 months rest was her 1st in the good old U S of A and is a strong effort......4 months rest this time around and her work tab suggests she is ready fresh once again

5  Anita Partner   Goldilocks situation here........last two turf races one at 5F and one at 8F are par like 1/2 furlongs of turf might fit juuuuusssst right

7  Longstocking

Long-shot consideration:   6  Discatsonthesquare   4 wide trip by Talamo in this mare's last race which was also down the SA hill grass course.......solid works since with endurance and speed seemingly put into this six-year old.......better trip/more horse and she has as good a chance as anyone of taking down this affair


race 8    below average clarity

3  Upper Mesa Falls   tepid top selection had a dull last race but his effort two back is fairly solid and run at today's 1 1/16th distance......and the rider who rode that day is back aboard after being absent for his last

7  Menace the Dennis   takes that ever significant and somewhat magical drop out of MSW racing to a low-level maiden claimer and gets one strong rider upgrade.......shot to go to the front and never look back

2  Kenzou's Empire   opened up a nice lead at today's 1 1/16th distance in his latest and faded late for 2nd.......rider upgrade........three year old gelding might have built up his endurance in his latest........Bejarano is very good at getting MC's to hold together in two turn affairs

1  Downside Up

10  Moonman

8  Onefortheteam



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