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Santa Anita for Friday 28 April 2017

For those of you planning on purchasing our special ($35.95) full card selections (13 or 14 races this year) for Churchill Downs on Derby Day Saturday May 6th  please don't procrastinate as logistically it makes it easier on yours truly setting up the emails that will be sent at about 6 p.m. central time on Friday night, May 6th. Thank you.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Liam the Charmer   owns a ton of talent but quite often has been compromised by some bad trips......1 for 1 at the distance of 10 furlongs....and how bad of a trip can you have only dealing with 4 others in the race

4  Beach View   owns the most early speed in this field and appreciates the 1 1/4 distance on the turf.......likely to be in front turning for home......and with a rider in Elliot who can be awfully tough at times to get by

2  Vigilante   five-year old has the ability to take down this level but is up against it some as the pace scenario has a good chance of hurting his late running style......not impossible...... but ......easy to make as the 3rd selection


race 2    average clarity

2  Hot Blooded Girl   par like MSW debut for Baffert and company in a sprint race.....filly owns a pedigree that screams route........good post and decent speed to grab an advantageous spot on the back side.......likelihood of a good effort in her 2nd lifetime start appears high

3  Tizcool   nice works prior her last (and her 1st on the turf) but no play at the windows suggest the race was part of the preparation to get her ready for her 1st at a route.....2 drills since the race too......nicely bred for the two turns........dangerous

5  Majestic Vixen   two mediocre turf sprints for this three-year old filly to date........Eurton shakes things up putting her in a dirt route.......OK pedigree for a route and the dirt......and has always trained well on the dirt.......finally gets to run on it


race 3    below average clarity

2  Gemini Journey   much stronger dirt races at 6F & 6 1/2F than his two racing endeavors at 5 1/2F......6F today and retains Tiago Pereira which has been a good thing of late teaming up with Doug O' in........4 wins in their last 9 as a team

4  Rcatcanscat   just claimed by Treece who is doing OK at the "big track" these days.....filly would be a perfect 3 for 3 at today's 6F distance if not for being disqualified once......and she sure finishes with vigor (no less than 4 of her last 5 sprint races)

3  Adios Cali   somewhat suspicious drop but not so much when the trainer is Peter Miller as he consistently drops to win.....and if his filly fails to win this race she becomes eligible for a starter alw40K nw2......another incentive to risk her for 40K


race 4    average clarity

2  Over Par   sprint turf tune-up of sorts should have this O'Neill five-year old gelding fully primed for his one mile turf route off of 8 days rest........seems likely to work out a good trip from the 2 hole......good history running one mile on the sod (3 0 3 0)

3  Calli Way   has the potential for better not only as a 1st time gelding but also running 2nd out following a layoff......and for the first time in four one mile turf routes he draws one of the inside posts instead of one of the far outside........Bejarano seems likely to work out a good trip sitting well within striking distance throughout

7  Alsatian   wide trip in latest and checked a length in the stretch or he could have won the 31 March version of this race......would definitely have rated higher if he didn't have a tendency to run wide especially considering he starts from the outer-most 7 post (and the rails are 20 ft out so the 1st turn comes up quick)

4  Dr. Troutman


race 5    average clarity

2  La Galy   most of this gal's career says she is the one to overcome if of course she responds to the challenge of being ready enough off of a 7+ month strongly hint that she will........and she sure catches a very weak looking group of foes

5  No Name Just Fame   the two times this four-year old filly broke well (both when she didn't have to break from the one hole) she showed good early speed albeit on the sod.....that speed might put her on the lead in this spot......and the front end can do wonders in waking up a cheap maiden claimer

8  Fellina   only race where she got to compete off of relatively short rest she popped her best of her 4 race career......back in 4 weeks for today's race and owns enough early speed to sit about 1st, 2nd or 3rd at the 1st call

3  Madera Jubilee


race 6    average clarity

7  Passed by Paul   lifetime best was his lone route race which was run at SA and at today's one mile distance......O'Neill has a good history wheeling horses back quick......6 days sure qualifies for that.........should be in the hunt from the get go

6  Kitten's Royal   average trip trouble in 3 lifetime MSW grass races is 6 lengths.......yikes.......drops to a level where he can be competitive even with a poor trip providing he can handle the dirt as well as he has the turf.....last two drills on the SA dirt sure suggest that he might

3  Never Double Dip   trainer Steve Miyadi is often at his most dangerous 2nd time at a route and that is the case today for this three-year old colt.......needs more than he has shown to date but isn't impossible to provide it

4  Wheresthemoneyjack


race 7    average clarity

1  Golden Light   five-year old mare does well running off of short rest.......21 days since her latest qualifies for that.......and she sure is consistent racing around two turns on the turf (5 1 3 1)

6  Moonless Sky   appreciates ample time between starts and Truman shows patience and gives it to his filly......filly seems best at one mile on the grass.....1 for 1 with Desormeaux on her back........and she just drilled her best work since arriving in S Cal in mid January......some shot shes fires her lifetime best today

2  Halo Darlin   rebounded in form some in a race down the hill with the blinkers on for the 1st time ever.......she has been flattening out some in her turf routes but maybe the blinkers will help alleviate (or at least lessen) that......we shall see

4  Pistol Packin Rose


race 8    average clarity

4  Dr. Dorr   big forward move in his 2nd lifetime start (2015) and the strength of the effort is hidden.....solid forward move 2nd out after a layoff in it seems likely that this Baffert colt is sitting on a top effort 2nd out following the layoff this afternoon.......and the works since his layoff run support the notion

1  Giant Influence   both lifetime endeavors sprinting on the dirt fit fairly well in this spot.....believe Eurton and company realize his best opportunity for success is as a sprinter and they can adjust his training accordingly......if that is so he sure seems dangerous today

3  Bolita Boyz   might be a good claim by Mulhall and company of a six-year-old who is very consistent on a fast conventional dirt surface ( 11 6 1 2)......(19 0 3 2) on other surfaces.....sunny forecast......Prat rides thru the claim.......dangerous

5  Guy Code


race 9    average clarity

8  Van Cortlandt   both races run at 9F on the grass were very strong for today's lower level and somewhat disguised by a poor trip.......same effort/energy with only a so so trip could make for graduation day.......Pedroza has won 2 of his last 3 mounts for Callaghan

1  Californium   colt gets to run off of relatively short rest for the 1st time in his career......and......with a sharp 4F bullet drill since his last which was run on the 1st of April......blinkers off for today to likely slow him down some in the early stages.......retains Nakatani......seems like a dangerous speed type in Corey can slow things down early

5  Marq One   Keith Desormeaux often brings his young stock around slowly......with that in mind we likely haven't seen this colt's "top" Kent jumps aboard for the 1st time......dangerous sort

9  Street Rules

3  Odyssey Explorer

2  Papa Royale


Posted on April 28, 2017 at 9:58 am by richs · Permalink
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