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Santa Anita for Thursday 25 May 2017

First of 5 straight days of racing and 9 in the next 11 days as well. Yikes-a-rama! I best get busy.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

5  Allowances   toss out last as she is not a dirt horse......two nice 5F works since.....proven at the distance in France......should sit in one of the 1st three position in a race that seems likely to set some slow fractions

2  Shazara   five-year old mare always finds trouble especially most often at the start when she leaves the metal monster poorly....but...last was a ridiculously bad trip....had her giving away 10L....beaten by 5 3/4.....small field should help limit the trouble........but then again Espinoza is only 2 for his last 47 on the sod

1  Mrs Norris   9F grass races are good and usually finishes up well when she is in 1/4 might fit.....rider change for a grass race sure does as in cold on the grass Espinoza to Bejarano


race 2    average clarity

5  Saudi Chroma   2017 big bucks purchase in March is working as if she can cut into that amount in her MSW debut with works put in that suggest she is ready at 1st asking.......and her trainer Doug O'Neill unusually wins his fair share of these baby races

2  Show It Moe It   broke a little tardy and then lagged back quite far out of things.....but.....she sure put in a strong stretch run from far back......might have been somewhat of a test run/tightener.....and she did show some speed in her a.m. work.....believe she sits closer in the early stages today

7  Acharnement   just bought in a Texas sale last Truman and company got a decent look at what they were getting....and Mr Truman is as hot as he has been for many a moon.......and especially so with Pratt up

3  Creative Spark


race 3    average clarity

4  Aura Rose   seems like a good claim by Baltas and company especially now that his new filly showed a liking to the SA hill turf since the race hint the grass muscled her up and that a move forward is likely.....if so that is bad news for her competition

5  Table for Three   filly runs well off of short rest and that is the case for today.....lone effort down the hill fits fine......and she just fired her best ever on the dirt (and the effort is somewhat disguised) and seemingly prefers the sod......potential for lifetime best today

2  Te Amo Mamo   on the improve and the progress can continue today as she might feel really good for today's race as she won her last going away at the wire with a hand ride

7  Pie N True


race 4    average clarity

3  Avicii   ultra consistent sort especially with Prat up (4 1 1 1).........and I sure like the confidence Miller shows in stepping up his six-year-old mare for the 2nd start under his guidance since the 8 April claim back

1  Shy Carmelita   consistent sort when sprinting like today........filly has traded punches with our top selection beating her and losing to her in her last two races....should be in the mix from the get go which is hardly ever a bad thing when Maldonado is in the saddle

2  Cuddle Alert   not a turf horse or a route horse so toss out her last two races....back to a dirt sprint and at her favorite distance where she is  (4 3 0 0)......dangerous late runner


race 5    average clarity

5  Shesa Firstsamamurai   4 of her last 5 races fit in this spot....and she appears to have the best early speed in the race although not by a wide margin.....and she has been a good gate horse in her 6 race career

6  Passion for Papa   so so effort in her latest.....but if she rebounds to her race 2 back she likely will be the one to beat,,,,,,subtle improved 4F work on 15th of May hints she might make that rebound

7  Angel Tears   just fired her best race date and followed that up with her best drill ever.....needs to move forward quite a bit and might as she is really coming around in a big way

4  Sapodilla


race 6    average clarity

6  Fishel   most of her career fits at today's slightly lower level and this doesn't appear to be a very strong 25K nw2 affair........handles ample time between starts fairly well and gets it today.......seems like an overdue drop....better late than never

1  Crafty Cowboy   ran evenly in her race two back 1st at a route and 1st on the grass......last on the dirt might have been a gimme as she had little support at the windows and is back in 8 days......and look who is up for the 1st time......Prat .......who I believe will send this youngster early

5  Cast and Blast   decent efforts when not wearing blinkers.......1st on the sod but owns a decent pedigree for it and for a route....1st start with Mike Chambers as the trainer and he is 35% win in his last 52 "1st start with trainer" category

7  Monterey Shale


race 7    average clarity

6  Gigantis    five your old can really fly early and is a perfect 2 for 2 on the dirt since Bruce Headley put the blinkers on......speed of the speed here...shot for a 3rd straight victory

1  Spanish Hombre   should be a fast pace in this affair which should aid this late should some class relief at today's level which is about 2 to 2 1/2 lengths easier than where he has been competing

7  Bourque   very big step up here 1st out following the Mick Ruiz claim....but the trainer appears to have "tweaked" something for the better as his new shooter just drilled an eye-opening 58:4.....and I like the rider change to Sutherland as she and Ruiz recently teamed up for a nice price shot win

5  Alley Boss


race 8    average clarity

7  Uber Star    last race is a par like effort and was run at today's 9F on the grass and also with the rails out 20 feet like today.....and today we get a significant rider upgrade.....should be tough

3  Haskin  SCRATCHED OUT OF RACE not much in starts number 2 and 3 but his debut is solid here and rather disguised in its strength of effort......that was on the dirt and today is his 1st on the green carpet which he is bred to handle.....and out of nowhere he just worked a very strong 6F drill.....wake up time today

8  Legal Authority   absolutely flew in his last and still stuck around for 3rd in a race which was also at 9F on the grass but in a MSW affair....drops and takes the blinkers off likely in hopes that he will rate better......dangerous 1st time in MC route turf speed horse

5  Hard Arch

1  Fregosi

9  Papa Royale



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