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Santa Anita for Sunday 9 April 2017

OK card to finish off the race week. One extra day off this week. See you on Friday. Next special pub is next Saturday and is now on sale at a cost of $22.95. Click on blue banner to see the details.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Irish Dame   connections took forever to drop out of MSW racing and it led to an easy feels good to they are willing to race for 5K less........same distance and rider in Prat.......decent shot at back to back wins for this filly

1  Very Hot   filly raced versus way too tough 1st out after the claim........back where belongs and with two sharp drills.......Dollase has won 2 of his last 4 2nd race following a claim

3  Rcatcanscat   just claimed by Hollendorfer and that alone makes this filly dangerous.......but I am somewhat concerned about the extended sprint distance of 7F for this youngster or would have rated higher


race 2    average clarity

1  Sidepocket Run   eight year old mare is by far at her best at Santa Anita........very solid work regiment in preparation for today's layoff the step up of one claiming notch.....suggests this lady is feeling good

5  Princess Tiznow   Brocklebank has broken out of the doldrums in a big way of late........his new filly has 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 lifetime dirt route races......sure like that Joe Talamo rides thru the claim

6  Ipray   solid history at SA only missing the board twice in 11 hot rider/trainer combo in Prat/Hollendorfer.......would have rated higher if I wasn't somewhat concerned about this mare's tendency to flatten out late past one mile


race 3    average clarity

7  Blabimir   bit of a goofball to date so being gelded sure makes sense......a ton and one half if he is up to his best.....but why drop to $25K after being gelded when the connections wouldn't drop before......toss a coin - as in wins if he is OK - up the track once again if he isn't

6  Causa   2 for 3 sprinting on the SA dirt.......colt seemed to respond to the aggressive riding of Maldonado......Eurton is much better than average at getting back to back wins out of a horse

2  Who Cares   yet to hit the board on a fast track but seemingly drops enough to have a shot at changing that here......should lag back early and come on strong in the late stages........Sutherland is riding better than her record indictaes

1  We Go Now


race 4    average clarity

5  Tiz Jolie   tough trips in last two races somewhat disguises a five year old who sure is firing efforts that can take down a 10K with a better journey........1st run following the claim goes to T C Baze who has done a nice job riding for smaller barns like Mike Rheinford's

6  Eddie's Turn   right track as in (3 2 1 0) on the SA dirt.....but he has something to prove holding it together running at 7F........voided claim in last but plenty of time off to recover......and when Bejarano rides for Truman his horse's are almost always live

3  Rough Passage   owns dangerous route speed and with a rider who doesn't give in too easily in Pedroza.....speed was better yesterday after two days where it was not


race 5    average clarity

5  Bona Fide Image   blinkers on in last and it sure helped this girl's focus........and she appreciates more then 4 weeks time between starts and gets it........trainer has had one impressive meeting at Santa Anita

4  Just Be Held   last was quite good and likely was set up by what looks like 2 straight "gimmies" so as not to get claimed on the drop.......might get claimed today so Miyadi and friends will have her ready once again......gets Prat to ride for the 1st time.....should be a major player here

3  American Rhiannon   latest effort/number matches up with our top two selections but she has something to prove racing past 5 1/2 furlongs......not at all impossible but easy to make 3rd pick-a-rue

7  Little Lottie


race 6    average clarity

1  Haveiture Way   trainer is much better with 2nd time starters.......significant rider upgrade.......cut back of 1/2 furlong appears to be a plus......should be in the mix from the get go

8  Rocketann   trainer has struggled trying to break into the S Cal circuit but might get a win here with this three-year old filly who sure improved in her last with the blinkers removed......2 reassuring works since.......should be closing late

5  Sneak Play   bet fairly hard in her lone lifetime start which was way back in May of 2016........only ran so so.......working as she is ready to roll fresh off of the bench.....trainer is weak with 1st timers and stout with 2nd in 8 for his last 25

4 Yalla


race 7    average clarity

3  Betty Draper   solid 1st in the USA nearly winning a race down the hill outright but was moved up to 1st by way of a DQ ..........she ran well in routes in France versus males and in key races......sure seems quite tough in this spot

8  Sweet Charity   another French import who has taken to the firm SA grass course.......four-year old filly has been quite consistent only missing the board once in 9 lifetime starts and the "miss" was a 4th place finish

1  Salsita   seems much better suited to 8F than the 10F she competed at in her last......3 for 6 at today's distance.........2 for 11 at other distances......solid rider/trainer combo in Baze/Mullins

2  Lily Kai


race 8    average clarity

3  Big Energy   flashed significant early speed the last two times this fellow sprinted....and the latest is hidden by a slow start and a rush.........lone win came the only time this gelding got a loose lead........connections will be looking for that loose led here

6  Carulli   cut back in distance is a plus as is his likely position with should be stalking the lead.....gelding usually fires a decent race running off of 2 to 4 weeks rest.......22 days since his last

2  Adrosa Sky   might feel good and with plenty of endurance for a sprint on the dirt racing off of a turf route......trainer has had a good week....might add to it here

1  True Ranger


race 9    above average clarity

6  Life's Blessings   impressive in both lifetime starts and sure is working as if she is up to her lifetime best today.....thus Baffert sees fit to put her in a non Graded Stakes race......Prat smartly sticks around

4  Selcourt   pounded in her debut and did not disappoint nearly winning by double digits......seems like the best early speed in the field so she likely will get loose on the lead but if not she showed she has no problem stalking

3  Union Strike   trainer finally got his 1st win of the year yesterday......back to sprinting which appears what this Mick Ruis three-year old filly needs.....not impossible but easy to place as the 3rd selection

2  Mistressofthenight


race 10    average clarity

5  Lady Preacher   trainer is solid with the sprint - sprint - route manuever which is the case here......and he changes riders not only for a significant jockey upgrade (especially for the turf) but it is the only mount of the day for Desormeaux and it comes in the last race......hmmm

9  Zaffinah     nice move forward in 2nd lifetime race in the U S of A since arriving from Germany.......that race fits fine here and I like the change in riders to Bejarano as Espinoza sure is in a slump on the grass.....only 2 for his last 34 and that is with many decent mounts

8  Red Shelby   poor trip hides a good run down the SA hill in her MSW debut for Peter Miller and company.........switches jocks to his go to rider.......OK pedigree to handle the two turns...... decent chance to be a major factor in the outcome of this race

3  Diamonds Only

4  Goseeccal

1  Trappiza





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