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Santa Anita for Sunday 7 May 2017

My apologies for not realizing that Arcadia had that much rain in the forecast for yesterday but I do check the forecast every day and it seemed like the area would only get about 1/20th of an inch which wouldn't have changed the track any.

I was nuts about this card until the rains came. I still rate it a little above average. Finally over pneumonia (my wife too) and hope that my handicapping soon shows it. Be back with you on Thursday.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

(if the race stays on the turf)

8  Tina's Exchange   good MSW debut and an even better 2nd out 1st on the hill in the 2 April version of this race.......3 reassuring works since......jock/trainer teamed up for a win yesterday

7  Milhaud   away from the game for nearly 15 months but his MSW debut was decent and the strength of the effort is somewhat disguised......a.m. work is impressive hinting Mandella isn't wasting any time with a 5 yr old maiden

3  Dog Gone Lenny

6  General Kitten

 

race 1    average clarity

(if the race is moved to the main track)

8  Tina's Exchange   good MSW debut and an even better 2nd out 1st on the hill in the 2 April version of this race.......3 reassuring works since......jock/trainer teamed up for a win yesterday.......his pedigree to handle an off track is good

7  Milhaud  see above.....and......his pedigree seems better for the main track and if Mandella leaves him in on aff track it suggests he means business

5  Airlite

1  Bucky Goldstein

9  Combat Zone

 

race 2    average clarity

3  Irish Dame   filly has won 2 straight at SA since switching from turf routse to dirt sprints and both with today's rider Pratt aboard.....one level drop in claiming doesn't bother me much as there are limited spots that 3-year-old claimer can run and the races don't fill easily as witnessed by this 5 horse race

4  Happy Issue   consistent sort on the AW at GG has improved in her last two races especiallly the race 2 back run in 1:10:2.....don't see anyone else in this field capable of that unless they reallt took to the AW.....so......it comes down to how well this girl will handle conventional dirt.....pedigree for it seems fine

1  She'sluckythatway

 

race 3    average clarity

5  My Uncle   even for Puype who has been in drop to win mode for quite some time this is a suspicious drop..... but .......he does draw Bejarano who got the most out of this four year old two races back on a sloppy track at SA

4  Gonzo    had this youngster on top until the rains came as his last is very strong (and disguised by running 3,4 wide on a rail bias day) but his only bad race in his last 4 was on a sloppy track at SA....deserves another chance?.....how off is it?

1  Hoppity

 

race 4    average clarity

5  Runnin for Tuition   bet hard especially for a small potatoes barn and only ran OK.....but.......his a.m. work since hints he benefitted from the race and more can be expected today....if of course he handles an off track

3  Califonia Breeze    Talamo is starting to get a good portion of the D'A's live runners and might have one here as this 1st timer has a good-looking work regiment with hints of speed.....and this is only a 5 1/2F affair

8  True Testament

6  Intoitagain

2  Long-shot consideration:   Kitty Union  lone race run back in August isn't much but she went off at 37 to 1 and with a very "raw" buy boy up......Solis remains up and these days he is doing fine and he showed that he isn't intimidated by an off track winning two yesterday at odds of 9 to 1 & 45 to 1........and most importantly the works are very strong for this Mandella 2nd time starter

 

race 5    average clarity

6  Vale Dori   basically has earned as much $$$ as the rest of the field combined.......and off track you say? 2 for 2 and both were at SA......shooting for her 5th in a row

3  Bellamentary   this filly runs exceptionally well fresh and has put in some sizzling works for D'Amato.....lone race run on an off track is better than appears.....only 10L at the finish versus the mighty Songbird....and she ran inside on a track by the 7th race was quite biased to the outside

1  Skye Diamonds

4  Faithfully

 

race 6    above average clarity

(if the race stays on the turf)

7  Pellucid   GB invader had a very tough trip in her 1st race in the good old U S of A in the April 2nd version of this race......broke 3 slow - rank 2 - rushed some - block 2 in stretch.........not too shabby to only lose by 3........dynamite works since......switch in jocks......seems like a ton if she gets things right today

9  Sheza Chattykat   very strong MSW win earning an adjusted for trouble Santucci fig that is about 3L better than par for today's level......rather shocked that Baltas is giving the grass a try at this time.....so so pedigree for it.......but Richard is solid 1st time grass......so that's good enough for little old me

4  Dreamy Gal

1  Saburai

6  Mistressofthenight

 

race 6    average clarity

(if the race is moved to the main track)

9  Sheza Chattykat   very strong MSW win earning an adjusted for trouble Santucci fig that is about 3L better than par for today's level......rather shocked that Baltas is giving the grass a try at this time.....so so pedigree for it.......but Richard is solid 1st time grass......so that's good enough for little old me

6  Mistressofthenight   last race fits but her race 3 back is even better which was like this race as it was moved to the main track from the turf......the track was rated good which I agree with........very sharp recent works

5  Life's Blessings

7  Pellucid

8  Grand Prix

3  Chalon

 

race 7    average clarity

7  Edwards Going Left   very hot on the board in last considering how dismal her debut was.......nice job of training by Sadler as this colt set a nasty pace and still would have won if not for checking in the stretch.....he did get placed 1st for interference......works since hint Sadler made a heck of a claim......breeding for an off track seems fine

6  My Man Chuckles   on the right end of the learning curve......race might set for his late running style as there is an abundance of speed in this affair......giving him a pass on his lone off track race as it was his debut and he might not have been fully cranked up

1  Hitters Park

5  Johann's Command

 

race 8    below average clarity

(if the race stays on the turf)

7  Septmeber Stars  solid 1st out in the USA for this GB invader who should love a grass course with some give to it.......same distance and only 2 more pounds to carry......and maybe most importantly almost everything Stevens rides for Patty Gallagher is very live

6  Laseen   six-year-old mare can run all day as she ran well in marathon races in France....this race is only 9F in distance but will play "longer" than that as the yielding grass might be 10 to 20 lengths slower than normal

4  Madame Stripes

3  Cheekaboo

2  Nine Point Nine

 

race 8    average clarity

(if the race is moved to the main track)

4  Madame Stripes   ran 2nd in a Grade 2 in Argentina in his lone lifetime race on an off track......hard not to like

1  Plastered   very solid better than par effort for today's level in his latest which was at SA........raced very wide and still won......off track is a ? mark or would have place on top

2  Nine Point Nine

3  Cheekaboo

11  Amboseli 

 

race 9    average clarity

7  Stoneys Mr Cruiser   Molly Pearson is quite dangerous with Tup invaders and especially so when Pedroza rides.....and This colt handles the off going at Tup nicely.......and the extra 1/2F for today appears to be a plus

9  Iron Rob   seems set up for the drop today off of two muscle him up grass races......yet to hit the board in 3 off track races but his last run 3 back at SA isn't bad

8  Where Y'at at Joe  

3 No Problem

4  Rangi

6  Last One Standing

 

 

 

 

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 10:03 am by richs · Permalink
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