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Santa Anita for Saturday 29 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   

1  Easy Song   solid forward move dirt sprint to turf route in spring of sprint to turf route for fourth career start in 2017 likely is a good thing.....that..... and the fact he appears loose on the lead makes his dangerous

5  Starlite Style   almost her whole 11 race turf career fits very solidly versus today's competition but she sure likes to hang and has done so with some top echelon turf jocks on her back for her last 7 endeavors

6  Moonshine Annie   seemingly has upside potential because her turf sprint MSW debut sure appears as if it was a tune-up of sorts (going off at 17 to 1 supports the notion) to set her up for today's turf route

2  Gee Street


race 2    below average clarity

4  Loud Stalker   last was poor......needs a rebound.......did go off with zero support at the windows (26 to 1 in a 7 horse field) in his last in a protected race.......hinting the race was just a spin around the track to dirty up his form to keep the claiming vultures at bay....we shall see

5  Iceberg Slim   should finish well at today's extended sprint distance of 7 furlongs coming off of 4 straight route races......and in this dismal looking group that likely is more than  half the battle

1  Slasher   dropped in last and only beat 1/2 the field......drops again.....1 for 1 at today's 7F albeit on an off track


race 3    average clarity

5  Marchtothemusic   gelding has made a rebound of sorts since the blinkers were added 2 back........two very strong drills since his last especially considering the level of racing......should be in it from the opening bell and tough throughout

3  Gato Dulce   seems highly likely to sit in a nice stalk position.......5 1/2 furlongs easily seems to be his best distance.....not out of the win picture here by any means

2  Curly Creek   Philip Oviedo 1st time starter shows some life in the a.m.....and he uses T C Baze who he has had a great deal of his success with the last year or so.....not impossible but easy to make as our 3rd selection

7  King Parcel


race 4    average clarity

5  Lady Bellamy   brutal trip getting wiped out wide on turn one.....did extremely well to be beaten only 5 3/4L at the wire.....blistering work since........graduation day seems at hand even with just an OK trip

3  Goseecal   consistent sort responded well to T C Baze riding for the first time......that race is better than par.......blinkers off today.......not sure why he would remove the blinkers after a good race but Cerin has a good history with the move

6  Scandal   very consistent grass cutter but has a tendency to hang in late stretch.......continues to train as if he has held form and then some

8  Line

Long-shot consideration:   7  Causeforcommotion   went off 51 to 1 in his debut and really didn't run too bad and at today's one mile turf distance......and Eric Kruljac is much more dangerous with 2nd time starters and extremely dangerous 2nd time turf....should be a big price-a-rue


race 5    average clarity

3  Lifeline   powerful maiden breaking 9F grass race in his latest his 2nd lifetime race.....1st start also at 9F on the sod isn't too shabby either.......pedigree for the dirt is top notch.....back to back wins seem very doable

2  Colonist   very easy seemingly stress free soft paced front end win......the kind of race that often is like the perfect rider/trainer team.....and with a colt who is likely looking at his lifetime best

7  Milton Freewater   late runner in a field that seemingly should produce a strong set of fractions......still he does have to deal with our top choice as he also runs hard late.....unless of course our top choice isn't as good on the dirt as he has been on the turf

1  Who's Hot


race 6    average clarity

6  Woodstock Memory   1 1/16th seems like a plus for this fellow and won't be for many in this affair.....sharpest of his career in his last two races......and.....his 4F drill 6 days ago strongly suggest's he has held form......and Ocampo has looked good on him and remains up today

7  Unbridled Rocket   very sharp right now and like our top selection his recent a.m. work suggests he is still feeling good......he does like to hang but not today with a rider like Pedroza who will be very aggressive late if he has a shot at the winners circle

1  Ebony Gold   seems like the best of the rest.......will need our top two choices both to have bad days  to get to the winners

4  Spanish Eyes


race 7    average clarity

7  Sawyer's Hill   should be able to stalk or lead here and with the red-hot (on the grass) Pedroza up.......over the years Pedroza's record on the grass is much less than his record on the dirt....but not now as he has won 10 of his last 36 on the sod......Mulhall has this five-year old very sharp right now including a 58:4H bullet work a week ago

6  Farhaan   last which was off a layoff and 1st with D'Amato as the trainer is better than it was one of those ridiculously slow-paced races where a good final time becomes impossible to produce.......since that 8 March race the D'A has worked his new shooter weekly and his latest drill indicates he has him sharper than that start on March 9th......should be motoring late

1  Perfectly Majestic   five-year old gelding always seems ready to roll when Desormeaux is named......last which was down the hill is way better than it appears.......I actually assigned him an adjusted number that was slightly better than SA hill lover Stormy Liberal who won a stakes race in his next out

2  Twentytwentyvision


race 8    average clarity

2  Honor and Courage   Hollendorfer seems to have confidence in apprentice Evin Roman (and so do I as the kid seems to be patient and doesn't panic) in at 113 lbs with his weight break seems well worth it.......should be in the mix from the get go and might have plenty left in the tank late with light weight and the cut back of 1/16

4  Union Rebel   quite the awakening in his latest 1st time with blinkers......two reassuring works since.......and Bejarano sticks around for Baltas and company......and they sure have made for a dangerous team over the last 3 or 4 years

1  Secret Touch   good efforts in both lifetime races for Eurton and the cut back from 1 1/16 to one mile especially considering he is 3 and has to face a few older individuals.......recent a.m. work hints he has held form......and he maybe up for a forward move

5  Principle Bob


race 9    below average clarity

5  Terzetto   bug boy wasn't able to hold/rate this Sadler six-year-old who got very loose in a 10F grass race setting an unsustainable set of fractions......nice work tab since......cut back of a quarter-mile seems like a plus......should be in the hunt from the get go with veteran Elliott aboard

2  McHeat   trainer does well with limited starters and makes a logical drop for his fiver year old gelding in need of easier......usually moves forward some turf sprint to turf route......turf sprint in last.....turf route today and drops......seems well meant this afternoon

4  Hero Ten All   work regiment strongly suggests this Mullins late runner has a decent chance of putting in the best run from those who come from out of it......dangerous sort

1  It's The Ice

12  Ebadan

10  Rye Patch




Posted on April 29, 2017 at 8:44 am by richs · Permalink
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