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Santa Anita for Thursday 23 March 2017

So so card this afternoon but the good news is that I do like Friday's. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

(if races are taken off of the turf: 6-1-7-5-3)


5  Formulate   drops significantly in claiming and back to Bejarano who owns the only win for this four-year old and it was his lone mount on him......should be motoring in the late stages

7  Adrosa Sky   lone lifetime race on the grass was run off of a long layoff in mid July at Woodbine at 6 1/2 furlongs......the effort is much better than appears in print and he might not have been fully cranked for his layoff run.......1st at a route but he owns a good pedigree for one

1  D Day Dude


race 2    average clarity

3  Bar Scene   consistent sort to date appears to be a good fit in this spot and with the added plus (if it is a factor) of handling a mud floated track...... so...... if the surface has any moisture it likely wouldn't hinder her chances

5  Zulu's Petals   seems a little short fig wise but she appreciates the 6 1/2 furlong distance while most in here seem better running a little shorter

4  Herunbridledpower   might be a good claim by Diodoro of a filly on the upswing........and I like that the conditioner rides Maldonado thru the claim as he fits her front running style


race 3    below average clarity

2  Hitters Park   both lifetime races fit well here and his last effort is disguised by a tough trip racing a touch wide and doing so close to a strong set of fractions........small drop helps........newcomer Israel Ocampo has for the most part been given live mounts from Peter Miller

5  Power of Hope   away a very long time but is working as if he is ready and as a 1st time gelding.....and the drop makes sense as this guy is now five and this is only his 5th lifetime start........2 of his 3 lifetime sprints fit solidly here at today's softer maiden level

8  Bucky Goldstein   dismal trainer with 1st time starters (and overall only 1 win with 33 starts in 2016/17) but I can never recall any that trained as well as this five-year old is training.......seems like a force if he runs like he works

4  Picture Tube

Long-shot consideration:   6  King Pacal   not much in lone start way back in December of 2015 but he is working like he can run some.........trainer & rider teamed up for a win Sunday........and........the last time the trainer Jaime Gomez sent out a laid up runner of more than 3 months he won and paid a handsome price


race 4    average clarity

(if races are taken off of the turf: 6-7-2-5-4)

4  Farley   if this colt's running lines/history is worth a hoot he is sitting on a solid race as it has been gimme/go........gimme go..........gimme ???.......  go go go today

6  Kopitar   might have graduated in his MSW debut if he wasn't blocked a couple of lengths in the stretch.......might have left something in the tank for his 2nd lifetime start being blocked and all in his 1st start......believe he will be in the mix from the get go

2  Gummy   plenty of furlongs of work put into this Mandella first time starter.......that suggests he is meant and ready for his debut into the wonderful world of thoroughbred racing

5  Pavelski


race 5    average clarity

6  Will Tell   seems like he is much better suited to a sprint and he should have good endurance when push comes to shove with the cut back in distance from one mile to 5 1/2F.......and 1st time Bejarano.......should make a good account of himself this afternoon

7  Rainbow Squall   2 of 3 lifetime races which include his last race and his race three back fit well versus today's competition....... of the efforts was on an off track......trainer George Pappaprodromou is quietly having a good Santa Anita meeting to date

1  Oopper Wallah   his two shortest races so far in his career were at 6F and they were his best two races of his 6 race 1/2 furlongs has a decent shot at being to his liking as well.......we shall see

5  Bitte


race 6    average clarity

4  Rockantharos   suspicious drop in claiming but not as much as normal as Miller is not afraid to drop a horse........seems like a 60/40 proposition that this filly is healthy enough to hold most of her form......if that is the case she can make it back to back wins

8  Street Goddess    3 for 8 at the distance and 1 for 10 at other distances.......and.......not too bad of a spot to be a late running filly

9  Gianis   seems to be  on a rebound of sorts and retains Brian Pena who sure has fit this seven-year old mare well in her last two starts..........winning at 33 to 1 and then running 3rd at 16 to 1.......seems dangerous

5  Easter Fever


race 7    below average clarity

(if races are taken off of the turf: 2-7-4-3)

3  Lucy De   ran rather well in her latest at 10 furlongs especially considering her pedigree suggests that 10 furlongs of turf is too the cut back of one furlong should be a signicant plus....... and ......with Prat not available Desormeaux grabs the mount


5  Mrs. Norris    best two lifetime grass races in eight run were the only two times she competed at 9 furlongs like today.......good with ample time between starts and gets it.......and the fact Espinoza shows up for one mount today supports the notion she is meant and ready this afternoon

4  Sweet Dragon Fly


race 8    average clarity

1  She'sluckythatway   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

9  Just Be Held   double barrel action from Miyadi as he also trains our top selection......sure like that Desormeaux sticks around for a 3rd straight race despite the fact that this filly has never been better than 6th.......drop obviously helps as does a vastly improved drill since her ever seems likely today

8  Silver Apples   only dirt endeavor wasn't too bad......and it appears two straight grass races muscled this filly up some.......believe she is prepared to run her best what degree seems to be the question mark

6  Munny Spunt

7  Dan's Irish Cop

5  Dizzy Diva



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