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Santa Anita for Friday 17 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.

Good card today. Let us call it an 8 on the 1 to 10 scale of things.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Pee Wee Reese   sure took to the grass in a big way in his last way back on the 1st of September winning by a wide margin in only a 5F grass race at Del Mar..........ran very well fresh off of the bench last hint he will run well "fresh" once again......Talamo's grass stats have been weak of late but might help that here

1  Stormy Rocit   SCRATCHED OUT

7  Aotearoa   2 of 3 lifetime races where this gelding was able to compete off of short race he ran awfully well........last race only 15 days ago........1st time Prat........seems likely to make a good account of himself today

3 Unusual Fleet

Long-shot consideration:   2  Big Papi   SCRATCHED OUT


race 2    above average clarity

6  Chuchotti   nice forward move when last seen on the 18th of November......and the two individuals who beat him that day came back to win their next out........preparatory drills are solid....trainer is awakening from the doldrums......should be tough

2  Sapodillo   tough trip in latest kept this filly from graduating......she had somewhat subtle trouble as she broke a little tardy and rushed up inside on a day that the inside was a little dull.......she should once again be in the mix from the get go

4  Miss Jordana   works were good until her last two drills which might have been by design to keep the claiming vultures at has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters including a Stakes winner

5  Glory Run


race 3    average clarity

5  Tiz Jolie   best rider this gelding has seen in quite some time this afternoon.......exits a very fast heat at one level higher where he did well to only get beat by a little over 3L as he had a wide trip

1  Brother Soldier   believe this six-year-old is more dangerous racing at a route than a sprint as he needs the lead to perform well and is more likely to get it in a route these days.......somewhat low percentage rider but I like the way he rides loose route runners like this fellow might be

6  Broadway Nika   last 4 races fit well but his chances are diminished without the lead and he appears to be the 2nd most likely early leader with our 2nd pick getting that nod

7  Warren's Joe T.


race 4    average clarity

6  Tuscany Beauty   filly appears to be on the rebound and her early speed seemingly has never been better (surprisingly with the blinkers off).........deservedly steps up in class for a 2nd straight time and this time in a protected race......likely feeling good and two recent preparatory works support this

7  Zanab   4 f0r 4 on the board at the distance and with most signs pointing to another good effort.....but......she sure appears like she is a "hanger"......8th rider in her last 11 races in Elliot who gets his try to get her to overcome her bad habit

2  Reckless Charm   best on the SA dirt and the last time she had a two month break between races like today she fired one of the best races of her our top choice she is not too crazy about winning

4  Latina Mo


race 5    above average clarity

5  Tribal Fighter   last race was a clunker and was run down the SA hill and should only help his price this afternoon.....his two other lifetime races down the hill are very strong and somewhat prior to his "clunker" were dull.....they aren't this time around.......stout rider/trainer combo......believe a rebound is in the cards

4  K Thirty Eight   last 3 races down the hill are nothing special......but his 1st which was run back in mid October of 2015 is very good.......recent sprints hint his form is improving and he might be up for that Oct 15th race

6  Indavidualist   improving sort and especially speed wise......rider trainer........four year old gelding might snatch the lead here.........lookout if he does as he might never get caught

1  Daddy D T


race 6    average clarity

1  River Echo   the 1 and 2 post are 46 for 102 in dirt routes at SA this when a speed route stalker is coming off a good race and is training as if he is up for another it becomes rather easy to put him as the top selection.....and it doesn't hurt that Peter 30% at the meeting Miller is at the helm

7  Texas Two Step   double barrel action from Peter Miller as he also trains our top choice.........few signs that this gelding wants a two turn race but he has run two straight solid sprints and has never trained better......and hey if Miller thinks he will get the distance that is good enough for little old me

4  Hoffenheim   consistent sort ( 8 2 3 3) seems at his best racing at today's one mile distance ( 3 2 1 0).........likes to run wide but returns today as a 1st time gelding and with 1st time Bejarano.......should be motoring late and especially so if he is easier to handle as a gelding and with a new rider getting a shot on him

5  Whiskey Ticket


race 7    above average clarity  

3  Silent Moon   runs well fresh and he is fresh today and extremely well prepared in the a.m.........highly likely to grab the lead and with a good speed rider in Maldonado up who has gotten his mojo back

6  Getoffmyback   Miller is awfully tough with laid up drop down horses like this four-year old.......and the red-hot trainer puts up his top go to guy in Arroyo and is willing to enter for 22.5K to get 2 lbs off.......very dangerous

7  Barton Lodge   like Miller O'Neill seems to mean business with his laid up drop down as well........should be motoring late especially if there is more pace in this affair that anticipated

2  He Could  


race 8    above average clarity

5  Outa Here   Peter is awfully consistent these days and one of his top starts is "first time in maiden claiming" which is the case here.......and 7F appears to be a good fit for this three-year old filly and won't be for many in this affair

3  Irish Dame   another competing for the 1st time in a maiden claiming race.......and look who accepts the mount for the 1st time.......Mr Flavien Prat........should have good endurance when push comes to shove in the late stages coming off distance turf races

4  Discreta   she has had to go head to head in the early stages of her two races.....might not here as she appears to own the best early foot in the race and with a good front end rider in T C Baze

10  Forthe Lovof Patty

13  Tiz Seeking a Win

7  Arya Stark


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