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Santa Anita for Thursday 4 May 2017

Saturday's card for Santa Anita (which includes selections for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs) most likely will be available Friday evening and if not it will be available by 6 a.m. pacific time.

For those of you planning on purchasing our special ($35.95) full card selections (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    above average clarity

6  Ponder Lea   1st on the lawn but mom has tossed 3 turf winners........very consistent dirt sprinter......seems likely to take to the turf and if she does she should great position on or close to the lead in a race totally void of speed......top notch rider/trainer combo to boot

5  Nodiac   good history down the majestic SA hill grass course.......four year old filly has been solid when not competing in Stakes races.....as in 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 starts.......as the Scottish caddie's say following an in-play mediocre tee shot - that'll do

2  Scattagirl   just fired her best ever down the SA hill and by quite a bit.....good works since.......and she should be up for another strong race as Desormeaux is here for only one mount on the card

 

race 2    average clarity

3  Gorgeous Ginny  sizzling back to back gate works especially for an early May two-year old state-bred filly 1st timer.....that and Diodoro wins his fair share of MSW 1st time starters

5  Show It Moe It   Gary Sherlock can be quite dangerous in these early two-year old races and he seemingly has his filly cranked up and ready for her debut.......mom has tossed 3 winners from 4 starters including a Stakes winner

1  Venice   Mulhall bred and trained 1st time starter shows plenty of early speed in her a.m. preparation and something you don't see for an early baby race as in 11 works.......doubt you would work that much and then run a "gimme"

8  Whata Flirt

 

race 3    average clarity

2  Settle Down Eileen  of the 3 in this race that have run to date none of them have any speed.....as for the 1st timers it is tough to tell if they do........so........this Spwar one level drop down filly should be in great position either on a loose lead or in a ground saving stalk position......a very dangerous proposition for her competition with Stevens up

5  Brandy   like the work regiment put into this filly 1st timer quite a bit.....but then on the other hand it is a bit surprising with her pedigree and cost that she is in a maiden claimer for her debut......albeit a high-priced one

1  Lady Preacher   all three turf sprints which were at the MSW level fit well at today's lower level if of course she can fire similar on the dirt......I actually prefer her pedigree for the dirt........recent two works indicate Hecter Palma is all business with his filly placed up for a tag for the 1st time

 

race 4    below average clarity

5  Aikau   good history with Ramon Guce up and that includes a decent race run at SA in January.......and Guce has won 3 of his last 5 mounts for Deleon.......last is better than appears in print.....and his race two back is much better than appears in print.......decent history at 5 1/2F.....believe this fellow is feeling good.......hoping that the step up of two levels isn't overly ambitious

2  Royal F J   bad trip in latest for this iron horse making start number 97 this afternoon.....broke slow and ran wide on a day the rail was somewhat biased.....drops a level......hope this 10-year-old woke up with his ailments (such as arthritis) at a minimum

6  Broadway Nika   hard duel in last and hung on for 2nd......only one dull work since that 9 April race......hints he isn't as sharp for today......but.....if my hypothesis is incorrect I have rated him too low

3  Madelyn's Wild Max

 

race 5    average clarity

3  Will Tell   like the only other time today's rider Bejarano was aboard this gelding has a chance to get a nice stalk position .....and..... that position led to a Bejarano/Cerin win.....but today he will need to do it on the hill.....his pedigree suggests he will handle it

7  Exotic Ghost   solid move forward 2nd out following a layoff in his latest.......and coming off a turf route he might have better stamina to finish up with more pop than he did in his only SA hill race

5  Who Cares   might be a good claim by O'Neill as this three-year old won his last two main track sprints by a total of 11 lengths......and I would rate his turf pedigree as slightly above average

8  Closing Time

Long-shot consideration:  2 Popular Kid    Keith Desprmeaux is quite dangerous 1st out following a claim and the works are markedly better since the claim.....rider upgrade especially for a grass race....only race on the hill is better than it appears in print......believe improves plenty today.....to what degree is the ? mark

 

race 6    above average clarity

8  Dressed in Prada   trainer Janet Armstrong has been missing in action but she might return with a bang as her 1st time starter shows some sizzling drills especially considering the level of racing......and mom has tossed 4 winners from 4 starters

7  Passion for Papa   solid race in her latest which was run off of a long layoff and only her 2nd career start......repeat of the effort would make her tough here.......like the move back to Sutherland who has won 5 of her last 25 sprint races and she isn't exactly getting top mounts all the time

5  Sheza Firstsamurai   3 of 5 lifetime starts are better than par for today's lower level.....and trainer Steven Miyadi sure wins his fair share with maiden claimers

4  Call the Queen

 

race 7    average clarity

2  S Y Sky   you don't see many Cal-breds run in their debut versus 200K stakes competition and win by 5 1/2 lengths.......and visually it was kind of stunning.....so.....an open company three-year old filly nw alw should be a piece of cake if of course she handles a route as well as she did a sprint.....pedigree says she should

3  Zapperkat   tossed a disappointing effort in her 1st race at three (March 10th) following a good two race campaign at two where she ran won and ran 3rd in a route Grade 1......but the preparatory work since the dull effort hints she is "back".....and if she is she obviously should be tough

5  Bernina Star   best race of her career which might be good enough here to be a factor for the top prize was her only race at SA at a mile on fast rated dirt.......she likely gets that today

4  Spooky Woods

 

race 8    average clarity

9  Kona Dreams   best two grass races by my book are his two with the blinkers off and one of them was a better that looks key race down the hill......blinkers off today and just what you want to see....as in improved recent works.....and 1st time Raffy

5  Gotnoquit   drop to mdn40K from MSW racing doesn't make much sense following a bad race in his 1st on the dirt......because........his grass races are good especially his latest with the blinkers on......but.....if he is still in good enough physical condition.......lookout

1  Go Ghetto   best by far was his race down the SA hill......and back to Gary Stevens who rode that day........such a deal

6  Irish Goodbye   

8  Cleanup Hitter

13  Red Carpet Cat

 

 

Posted on May 4, 2017 at 8:42 am by richs · Permalink
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