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Santa Anita for Thursday 30 March 2017

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Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Night's Watch   on the right end of the learning curve.......back to Mr. Prat........seems highly likely that he will be on or close to the front into turn one.......sure appears to be a major factor in the outcome of this race

5  General Mach Four   better than it appears 5 1/2 length win to break his maiden at 1st asking running wide and on a day the rail was slightly biased.......good route pedigree.....and ........he gets a rider upgrade

1  Magical More   nice forward move in his latest (and the improvement is somewhat disguised) enough for his connections to put this fellow in a Alw40000s when he is still a maiden.......OK route pedigree


race 2    below average clarity

10  Lady Espionage   took to the Santa Anita hill turf course quite well running 2nd despite sitting too far off of a slow pace and getting caught wide........and I sure like that Nakatani sticks around for a 3rd straight race

1  Rum Cake   works appear dangerous for this O'Neill 1ster as does his pedigree to handle the has tossed 6 winners from 6 starters and 3 of them were able to win on the grass

3  Rebarules Again   dangerous looking speed as this filly opened up a loose lead while setting a solid pace ........she tired very late to run 3rd.....nice works series since.....retains Prat........might not tire late today

AE   12  Starlite Style

6  Varsovienne


race 3    average clarity

4  Annie's Candy   might be a good claim by Eddie Truman of a gelding who has never been sharper.....won his latest in 108:1 despite running wide fairly close to a very hot set of fractions........gets enough time off to recover........seems like the one to beat if his new trainer has a handle on his new shooter

5  Seattle Serenade   first two lifetime races were eye-popping.......went bad in his 3rd lifetime start having to be vanned off the track 55 weeks ago........been away since but his work regiment screams ready off of the extended hiatus........if that is true.....lookout

6  Distinctiv Passion   seems to be speed of the speed here but at what cost........not impossible but I found it easy to make as our 3rd selection


race 4    average clarity

1  Scatching   very consistent in two turn races on main track surfaces (4 1 3 0).........filly already appears to have the best early speed and now adds blinkers......should be a factor from the opening bell

7  Latino Mo   very good when racing off of short rest......back in 7 days ran 2nd......back in 12 days and won.....back in 13 days our top choice she should in the hunt from the get go

2  Icona   blood lines hint that she should handle a route of ground.......filly has started her four race career with:  a good race - a bad race - a good race - a bad race............what's in store for her 5th career endeavor?

5  Sassy Ashley   


race 5    average clarity

7  Freedies Dream   3 for 4 lifetime on firm rated turf at today's distance of 1 1/8th miles .....solid rider/trainer combo over the last 4 months or so.......strong race on the dirt two back which was run off of 22 days rest.......runs off of 19 days rest today

2  Image of Joplin   Spawr is having a very strong meeting at The Great Race Place and might keep the ball rolling here with this six-year-old who he just claimed.......the sharp conditioner is often at his best when he gives a recent claim plenty of time between starts and puts in some solid a.m. work........that is the case here

4  Abbey Vale   the D'A is ever so dangerous when he drops a given runner multiple levels and that is the case with this seven-year old..........with that in mind his layoff last appears to be a gimme to drop and go go go..........and go at a turf distance he appreciates ( 2 1 1 0)

8  Rprettyboyfloyd


race 6    average clarity

8  Starship Samurai   laid up since mid April of last year but training as if he is ready and drops a couple of MC levels......and the fact that he returns at the bottom level maiden claiming (risking being claim) level suggests this is not a tune-up......and this fellow owns better early speed than it appears in print

7  Champions Dinner   returned to the race wars for his 3rd lifetime start off of a 363 day layoff and showed that the long break did him a world of good......the effort fits well here and today he gets a rider upgrade......dangerous sort for sure

4  Zachian   nice maiden debut running 3rd behind our 2nd selection.......reassuring work since......2nd time starter is not out of win picture by any means

2  Wondering Ways


race 7    above average clarity

4  Sawyer's Hill   last race fits just fine and his effort 2 back is even better and disguised by a wide trip close to the pacesetters.......trainer Kristine Mulhall is quietly having a very good meeting at SA

2  Moonlight Drive    colt appreciates ample time between starts and gets it today.......he is also very consistent........combine that with the Baffert & Bejarano factor and you have a grass horse who is highly likely to be a major factor in the outcome of this race

3  Ohio   2 for 2 in the States when racing in allowance races like today......and both of those races were run at Santa Anita at today's one mile distance on the turf.......such a deal

7  Lieutenant Colonel


race 8    average clarity

3  No Spin Zone   looking for her effort run two back where she ran wide and still ran par for today's slightly lower maiden claiming level......her running lines suggest that 6 1/2 furlongs is more distance then she wants to to 5 1/2F which was the distance of her race 2 back might be the catalyst to reproduce that solid race two back

4  Passion for Papa   wide trip on a slightly rail biased day on 21 Oct. 2017 somewhat hides an effort that is better than it appears in print........that effort was his maiden debut and she has been laid up since........returns with a work tab that hints she is ready fresh once again

10  Run Scott Run   5 1/2 furlongs appears to be a plus.......switch in riders is a plus........blinkers off appears to be a plus......a trifecta of reasons to consider using this filly at the windows

11  American Rhiannon

1  Fellina

6  Magical Lucy


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