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Santa Anita for Friday 5 May 2017

Saturday's card for Santa Anita (which includes selections for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs) most likely will be available late 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 today. Thank you.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Dissension   claimed in her last....... making for a trainer change from one in a prolonged slump to one on an extended roll......3 wide trip compromised her chances in her latest or she could have possible year old mare has some solid back numbers down the hill and my guess is Miller will get one of them out of her today

1  Del Mar Ann   both lifetime races down the SA hill were versus better and fit well in this spot.......drop makes sense as this mare has found it a little too tough of late in the allowance ranks

5  Madame Mouse   doubt this is a tune-up off of the extended layoff or Machowsky would have put this lady in a protected race.....five year mare sure has taken to the hill as she owns 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 starts on it......seems to come down to - do the connections want to lose her or are they trying to steal a win with the threat of losing her

4  Little Bit Lovely


race 2    above average clarity

4  Individual Design   John Brocklebank is on fire right now and can do no wrong.....big 5+ length win for this mare in her latest and since then her a.m. work is improved......seems more than worthy of a step up in claiming.....good consistency at the distance ( 17 6 3 3)

3  Sidepocket Run   eight year old mare is by far at her best at Santa Anita and at today's one mile distance.......away since 18 Nov. but her back to back 6F works (one of which is an impressive 1:12:2H) at LA suggest she is ready fresh off of the bench

5  Papaslilproncess   stepped up in her last first out following the Knapp claim and did not embarrass herself ......and that is rather hidden as she ran 3rd despite breaking slowly and running on a dull inside.....Pena stays up and he has done decent riding her with a win and three 3rd's in three mounts


race 3    above average clarity

7  My Heart Is Yours   lone lifetime race which was run last summer as a two-year old is better than it appears and run at a couple of levels higher than today's bottom level maiden claimer.......filly was bet fairly hard in her debut hinting she had some ability.......believe she is meant and ready today same as she likely was in her debut......Steven Miyadi is very dangerous with these kind

2  Mandy D   only dirt race of her career was her lifetime best and the effort is disguised by a trip where she broke poorly then veered and ran a little wide......that effort is about 2 or 3 lengths better than par for today's lower level.......trainer is decent turf to dirt and quite good route to sprint....both are the case today

3  Bona Fide Image   kind of runs the same race every time and the efforts fit fine at today's level.....placed as the 3rd selection because our top two selections have more potential to run a stronger race.......put a different way - she seems the surest to hit the board but not necessarily to win

8  Forthe Lovof Patty


race 4    above? average clarity

6  Juansagain   failed in latest which was run off of a long layoff.......Baltas gives him 7 weeks off to get his act together and meanwhile he has put into him some solid a.m. work.....and I like the jock switch to Delgadillo as the jock has won his last 2 of 3 mounts for the stout trainer

1  Tiz Jolie   claim back by Brocklebank and right now that is a very dangerous proposition as he is ever so hot over the last couple of weeks.....five yer old gelding has been plagued by many bad trips in her career.....blinkers go back on after being off for a race.....seems like a good move

2  Antinanco   last at a slightly higher level fits fine.....but she was a vet scratch on 21 April.....tough call if she has recovered or not


race 5    average clarity

8  Dream Police   Baltas legs up Delgadillo again (how did they do in the 4th race?) and steps up this fellow following a disappointing 3rd place finish as the 3 to 10 favorite.....ouch......but I believe Baltas has discovered something about this guy and tweaked/changed something for the better as his preparatory drill for today's race was a sizzling 46:2 best of 73 bullet just 4 days ago.....the crafty trainer must love what he sees for him to place him higher

7  Getoffmyback   better history for this Miller four-year old with the blinkers off......and they come off today following two races with them on......and back to the dirt following 4 races on the grass.........might be better on the main track.....tough to tell

5  Moonman   not only was his only win run in his route run at SA on the dirt but he overcame plenty of trip trouble to win by over 6L.....bug boy up....three year old gets in much lighter than the older horses he has to beat

3  Our Nation


race 6    average clarity

2  Spin Me a Kiss   solid awakening in 2nd lifetime start and 1st on the sod.....filly has been able to hit that track in the a.m. to work 4X since her near win down the hill where she led until the last jump.....the D'A leaves speed rider aboard......rail position is the same as her other hill race at 20 feet out......such a deal

3  Christy Jackson   3 2nd place finishes in 3 lifetime races all of which were on the dirt and run in last spring and summer......been away since.......1st on the grass for today is a ? mark as she is by a new sire with few runners to least you know she can fire fresh as her debut was the best of her 3 career starts

9  Sarah Sunshine  OK dirt races and bred decently for the sod.....solid 5F work at Slr a week ago......lookout if this filly moves up on the grass today.....should go off at a decent price because win-less rider and trainer for all of 2017

7  Californiasummer   tie for 4th

10  Lostintranzlation  tie for 4th


race 7    average clarity

3  Princess Dorian   Peter Eurton is much more dangerous with 1st time starters these days than he has been over the years and that is especially true with maiden claiming are weekly and quite consistently good for today's level of racing........rather sure this filly is ready to roll and with Maldonado named she is likely to have some early speed

6  Table for Three   5 lifetime starts to date and yet to win......drop seems very logical......and the D'A is 27% win over his last 49 MSW to MC.....should be a major player

5  Gypsy Treasure   likely surprised her connections grabbing the lead and finishing 2nd at odds of 38 to 1 in only a 6 horse field......blinkers go on today to help ensure she gest the lead once again today and with the light weight bug boy up

7  Ruby's Gone Again


race 8    average clarity

1  Ike Walker   Jerry Hollendorfer can do no wrong of late and he sure appears to have greatly improved this five-year old that he claimed for $50K 3 races back.......gelding seems at his best on the SA dirt and at today's 8F distance........very impressive 6F bullet work one week ago.......might be up for lifetime best today

6  Accelerate   2 for 3 at today's distance........1 for 6 at other distances........runs well with ample time between starts and gets it.......B game would give him some shot.....A game and it might take a bad trip to stop him from winning

5  Smokey Image   won his 1st 6 races and his 6th win was one very strong route race at SA........then he lost 6 in a row........but he did rebound some in his latest.......and the works since hint he might be "back"......fits just fine if he is

3  Danzig Candy


race 9    average clarity

4  Awesome Return   likely lured into dropping to take advantage of the seldom run 32K nw for a defined period of time conditioned claimer.......sure appears to fit well at today's lower level......draws Nakatani and a good post.....hard not to see as a major player here

10  Mission Drive   also seems lured into dropping (see above).......Michael McCarthy seems to have changed his ways the last 6 months or so as now he is dangerous dropping a horse whereas before his drop downs were basically "shot" in - claim me please

7  County Lineman   wide trip in latest or would have won.......bad trips have been this fellow's demise as he seems to find them one way or another......maybe a new hungry rider can give him a relatively clean spin around the turf oval

8  Site Read

1  On Draft

3  Lindante


Posted on May 5, 2017 at 9:21 am by richs · Permalink
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