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Santa Anita for Sunday 26 March 2017

OK race card this afternoon. Let's call it a 6 on the 1 to 10 scale of things. Don't forget that we have a special publication for purchase next Saturday for Florida Derby Day. Click on the banner for Gulfstream Park to find out more details.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Mt. Leinstar   ran 2nd in his latest his 1st as far as one mile and it was at one claiming level higher........he sure appears up for a move forward this afternoon as his works since are vastly improved

2  Spanish Eyes   GG invader who ends up in the Yakteen barn took awhile to become a valid racehorse but he appears that he has developed into a low-level route horse of some merit.......conventional dirt is a question mark but his pedigree suggests he will handle it

1  Iceberg Slim   crushed by out top selection in his latest.....but......if he manages a rebound to his effort two back he should have a shot at the top prize


race 2    below average clarity

1  Princess Kendra   Pedroza sure has been able to get the most out of this Spawr four-year old filly who should be up for a move forward 2nd out after the layoff and with a one level drop in claiming

4  Nazareth   at her best at 6F and gets it her race 2 back where she sat much closer to the pace setters with the blinkers on.......believe she will sit about 3 or 4L behind the leaders and try to overtake them in the stretch

5  Kyankes   five-year old mare has seen betters days but maybe the drop to the lowest tag of her career can wake her up


race 3    average clarity

4  Ain't Misbehavin  what seems to stand out here is the distance of 8 1/2 furlongs as he appreciates the distance finishing well........ while....... his foes in this affair tend to get a little flat past one mile......and his favorite surface is the SA dirt

6  Out of Patience   might be a good claim by Periban as he sure handles the SA main track very well (11 5 0 4).......he was a vet scratch in the 12 March version of this race.....but....Talamo rides thru the claim so my guess is he is doing OK

5  Hawks Eyes   check for the fronts being off (on the racetrack) as he sure has preformed better with them off......likes ample time between starts and gets it.....dangerous especially without the "fronts on"


race 4    above average clarity

1  Nine Point Nine   nearly wired the field despite setting a brutal pace for a 10 furlong grass race........appears as if she can be loose once again and with a furlong less to rider/trainer combo in Desormeaux and Cerin

6  Liar's Smoker   seems like a sprint turf gimme of sorts in her latest to be at full throttle back at a turf route this afternoon.....and the fact that Hollendorfer puts up Nakatani only supports the notion as they are 2 for 2 as a team over the last two months

4  Enduring Erin   careful here as this gal who has won on the grass (once in 13 tries) is way better on the dirt.......and the last two times she ran turf to dirt she crushed her competition by 4L ......ridiculous 4 to 5 ML for a mare who might be tuning up today


race 5    average clarity

1  Seau   seems better with the blinkers off and also running around two turns.....gets both today and 1st time Desormeaux.......and what I like most of all is his improved a.m. work in preparation for today' race

2  Uninvited   has multiple dirt route efforts that are better than par for the MSW level......and she just popped an eye opening 58:4 bullet drill at SA.......but.........she sure appears to be a hanger and especially at today's 1 1/16.......maybe a switch to Bejarano is what she needs to overcome her bad habit.......we shall see


7  Principle Bob


race 6    below average clarity

4  Arrowsphere   trainer and rider teamed up for a win the other day making it a 2 for 2 over the last two months........useful layoff run for this filly on the main track.......3 good looking works in preparation for her 1st on the lawn......and she owns an OK pedigree for it........seems poised for a solid move forward if she takes to the green carpet

7  Fabulous Lady   double barrel action from Peter Eurton as he also trains our top choice.......drop into high priced maiden claiming sure makes sense as she has been a little short in her races down the hill of what it takes to win a MSW race down the hill.......fits today if she has held form

2  Aquacate   strong 6F split in her latest is very encouraging for her cut back in turf distance today......combine that with a drop into maiden claiming and you have have a very dangerous front running (or at least close to the front) competitor

5  Settle Down Eileen    SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE


race 7    above average clarity

2  Skye Diamonds   3 wins and a 2nd since Bill Spawr claimed 5 races back.......1st at a route but gets a good post and has trained awfully well on the SA training track in preparation for her new challenge.....will likely be in the mix from the get go and I don't see her giving in until it doesn't matter in....... well past the wire

8  Sheer Pleasure   toss out last 3 races as she dislikes the turf and off tracks......most of her career on fast rated dirt fits well here.......and her recent work series hints she is up for another strong race......won the 2016 version of this race last year

6  Roo's Valentine   very consistent sort racing at one mile on the dirt.....seems muscled up coming off of a winning turf sprint as her a.m. work she is feeling exceptionally well......not out of this

3  Time for Ebby


race 8    average clarity

6  Place des Vosges   most of those field comes from far out of it so this Baltas mid pack type runner should be close to the front today and in the driver's seat with Nakatani up.......and he is coming off of a nice 10 furlong win so she should have plenty of endurance for today's one furlong less of grass

2  Barleysugar   talk about a total lack of speed in a race......believe Baze will recognize he might have the most early speed in this group and go after a loose easy paced lead.....that makes this filly very dangerous

3  Laseen   Frecnh invader has twice beat 14 males overseas at racing levels that seem slightly better than today' if this Cassidy import is ready she likely will be very dangerous


race 9    average clarity

4  Breezing   Hollendorfer is dynamite with maiden claiming 1st time starters about double his overall win percentage which is really saying something......a.m. work at LA is up to has tossed one winner from one to start so far......hope we are looking at 2 for 2 after today

1  Passed by Paul    strong efforts/figs the only two times this gelding got to compete on fast tracks with the blinkers off.....and his last effort is disguised by dueling on a dull rail on Feb 19th.......should be tough despite a tough post at 6 1/2F and a low percentage rider

2  Mind Reader   no support at the windows in both lifetime MSW the drop into maiden claiming seems more meaningful than it usually is.....and his recent a.m. work hints we will see an improved effort this afternoon

6  Lucky Lucciana

7  Edwards Going Left

10  Gunner Grey


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