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Santa Anita for Thursday 11 May 2017

Fairly decent card today and the same applies for Friday. And it sure is nice that sunny Cal is back.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

7  Pellucid  brutal trip in her USA debut which was also down the hill.....broke slowly - rank - rushed some - blocked in the stretch.......nice bullet work since......switch to Prat who sure handles young developing grass horses well

3  Generous Pour   seems best on the sod and gets back on it today........race 2 back was impressive running very wide and still only missing a win by 3/4 of a length.....1st down the hill but she has won a sprint dirt race so I doubt she will have a problem coping with the zig zag and then one large turn 6 1/2 furlong configuration

5  Grand Prix   short of the top two fig wise but she continues to train awfully well hinting she hasn't reached her potential on the grass so far.....and Stevens who picks his spots sticks around for a 3rd straight race

1  Lindeza


race 2    average clarity

4  Paschalitsa   race two back on the dirt fits solidly here and her last on the grass is much stronger than appears in print and even a stronger fig/effort than her dirt race.......she can sit 1st or 2nd down the back side with a good speed rider in Maldonando at the helm........big week for Truman last week

3  Sheswildnfree   cut back in distance of 1/16th appears to be a looking work in a while (and it is somewhat subtle improvement) put in on May pace type will be hoping our top and 3rd choices want the same in the lead

5  Scathing   likely needs a little more than her latest to beat our top choice and might be up for it as Cerin has been more dangerous with 2nd outings following a claim......... popping for 4 of his last 12 with 4 others hitting the board


race 3    average clarity

6  Ground Rules    nice races run to begin his career back in 2015......fell off a cliff in 2016......woke up some in his 2nd start in 2017 in a race run 8 weeks ago.......since that race he has put in copious furlongs of work......monumental rider upgrade for today......needs more than his last at today's tougher level and seems like to provide it

4  Kristi's Copilot   like the switch back to Baze who was up for his career best 3 races back......if he can get as good an effort out of this Ian Kruljac gelding once again he should have been top pick-a-rue

1  City Steel   nice record "at the distance" (14 5 3 3).......but.......seeming needs a rebound of sorts as he has slipped slightly of late and gets assigned 128 lbs.....should be in the win picture (no pun intended) if he provides one


race 4    average clarity

3  Social Taboo   nearly broke her maiden in her debut in a very "key" race with some decent a.m. work showing.......since the race her works are much better than decent.....surprised Baltas doesn't move her up but then again she is a Louisiana-bred.......and she gets the meets leading rider in Bejarano

5  Moon Kitty   best ever and a very solid fit here was run turf to dirt off of 22 days rest in a 5 1/2 furlong sprint.....same scenario this afternoon except this time racing off of 20 days rest ......that'll do.....LOL

8  Yellow Bonnet   finally gets back to sprinting following 3 lackluster route races.....seems quite dangerous dropping from MSW racing down to MC40K.......should be flying late

7  Painting Corners


race 5    average clarity

2  Banze No Oeste   3 of his 4 lifetime races down the hill fit well here and that includes his latest.......Miller wisely moves him up a couple of levels.....good history running off of short rest.......19 days since his last qualifies for that

8  Yes Yes Yes   don't want to jinx the guy but since I started covering S Cal racing Pedroza has never handled the grass as well he is right now......and one example of that was this six-year-old runner's race 2 back at 6 1/2F on the grass which was his best ever on the hill and with it was with Pedroza up.....that effort fits very well here

5  Aotearoa   needs to bring his "A game" and he will fit just fine.....two things hint he will.....recent drills are sharper......and.....he scratched out of a higher level on Saturday when the race were taken off of the turf

1  Fueled by Bourbon


race 6    average clarity

6  Back Beauty   what we want is her race 3 back which is much better than par for today's level of racing.....recent best of 34 bullet work put in one week ago hints we will see it....we shall see

2  Spicy Blonde   obviously a bad claim by Mike McCarthy as he drops to 10K following the 20K claim....last race wins for fun here but we are not going to see that effort......what we get is a "coin toss"......I hate these least there are fewer of them these days with the voided claim rule

7  Sooner Time   seems to be on a rebound of sorts and my guess is she can show even more today as her connections show confidence and step her up one claiming notch.......nice reassuring 5F work since her last

5  Filly On Fire

Long-shot consideration:  4  Holidayincambodia   here is my comment for our top choice in the 4th race last Thursday who went off of 16 to 1 and would have won for fun if not for 9L of trip trouble, "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".......this runner seems awfully similar


race 7    average clarity

7  Prime Issue   what an absolutely great spot for this Miller laid up gelding as he can't be claimed for the optional 20K in this totally support the notion that it will be full throttle 1st off the bench

2  The Street Fighter   impressive MSW debut win......broke slowly and ran a little wide......won going away at the wire by 5 1/2 lengths.......improved a.m. work since.......move forward seems to be in the cards if the jock provides a better ride..... a perfect 2 for 2 lifetime seems doable if he provides one

4  Nardo   went off at 6 to 1 at GG.....that price has "gimme" written all over it.....full throttle go seems likely today

5  Old Man Lake


race 8    average clarity

7  Pica   nice move forward in latest 2nd out following the layoff.....her trainer is a stout 8 for his last 34 3rd out after layoffs.....add to that the fact he has been red-hot the last couple of have a mare who very likely is up to a top effort this afternoon

8  Jeremy's Legacy   both lifetime sprint races down the SA hill fit well here.....and I like that O'Neill sees fit to put the blinkers on today as this filly seems to respond to being closer to the front runners.....and Prat sticks around

3  Poster Girl   last sure appears to be the gimme to tighten up .....come back in shorter rest.....and go go go...... and do so with a rider upgrade to Hall of Famer Gary Stevens who up for the 1st time......hmmm

1  Khaleesi

2  Leveler




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