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Santa Anita for Friday 26 May 2017

Second of 5 straight days of racing and 8 in the next 10 days as well. Yikes-a-rama! I best get busy.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Rye Patch   very consistent sort on the sod including at today's 8F distance ( 5 2 0 2 1) where the most he has been beaten for the win is 2 3/4 lengths.....and he was just snatched up by way of claim by one hot trainer in Eddie Truman

3  Abbey Vale   big wake up in latest and a nice prolonged work series since.....D'Amato must like what he sees to step him up two claiming levels.....very dangerous sort if he gets an honest pace to close into

5  Hollywood Don   woke up some in last especially when it comes to his early speed 1st time with blinkers........2 very nice two-year old turf mile runs in the summer of 2015.......dangerous sort if he benefited from his wake up race and enters today's race as a fitter individual

2  Sky Preacher


race 2    average clarity

5  Run Away   expensive purchase is working as if he can pay some dividends in his two-year old MSW debut for Callaghan and hint he has an abundance of early speed....hardly ever a bad thing in the early 4 1/2 furlong affairs

4  Bookies Luck   was pounded at the windows  in his MSW debut despite having to make his debut on an off track....didn't take any of my money.....continues to work as if he can run some.....catches a fast track today

8  Fast Cotton   speed and endurance has been put into this Koriner has tossed 4 winners from 5 starters and 2 of them were able to graduate at two........colt seems ready to roll but doesn't draw the easiest of posts for a 4 1/2F affair

6  Honeymoonz Over


race 3    average clarity

4  Eckersley   both firm turf one mile grass races are solid and the one on 17 Oct 16 is hidden with about 6L of trip trouble.....away 4 days short off one year but the a.m. prowess hint that he is ready fresh off of the his chances if that is the case

6  Diplodocus   another coming off of a layoff in this case 5 1/2 months.......Baltas four-year old gelding wants more ground then one mile of sod has to offer but it might not matter for this deep closer as he faces a soft looking group and his late kick might be good enough even at only 8F

5  Record Highs   seems better sprinting for Carla Gaines and company but might fire his best turf route to date coming off of two straight turf sprints down the hill.......sprint-sprint-route maneuver and 1st time Gary Stevens.....such a deal

11  David's Memory


race 4    average clarity

4  Starr of Quality   connections got awfully ambitious in their last placement of this three-year old filly in her latest and the youngster was washy to boot.....and on a day that was cloudy and cool......drops back to a level that she fits well especially at today's one mile distance where she is ( 3 2 1 0) on main track surfaces....check to see if she stays dry

5  Pistol Packin Rose   three-year old filly seems likely to sit on or near the lead in an affair where those that do seemingly have a better than average chance of getting reasonable fractions to deal with......Prat knows this girl well having been the rider in all but 2 of her 7 lifetime races

1  Gemini Journey   doubt last would do the trick despite running 2nd but her race 3 back would be tough in this spot.......have my doubts she is up to that effort especially at a route........ but if she is ......lookout


race 5    below average clarity

2  Tap You're It  usually take a closer look at a MC 1st timer that works "big" and then shows average or even weak works since so as not to get claimed....that is the case for this Glatt 1st timer .....trainer has been a little chilly but not when Baze has gotten the call

13  Magical More   last three sprints two on the SA dirt and his last on the turf down the hill all fit and the one down the hill is disguised by a poor start and a very wide trip......back to Pedroza today who was absent for his last....reassuring 4F decent work since his last

4  True Valor   last two sprints in the fall of 2016 in Ky fit well since but his a.m. work hints he is ready.....blinkers on and he already some early speed in Ky......dangerous sort

5  Bloodletting

Long-shot consideration:   10  Calibraska   horrid effort in last but he had a solid wake-up effort two races back.......and his work since his dismal last are night and day better than he's ever shown.....Knapp may have found the trump card for this fellow.......dangerous and at a 50 to 1 ML


race 6    average clarity

2  Rainbow Squall   1st time Prat in his latest and it led to this gelding's best to date........turf route to turf sprint for today.....usually a good thing....trainer is quietly having a good Santa Anita meeting

11 AE  Chief Hosa   has some serious speed down the SA hill turf course and better utilize it as he appears to be a need to lead type.....rate it 60/40 in his favor that he gets the lead.....very dangerous if he gets in

12 AE  My Man Chuckles   on the right end of the learning curve and now gets to try the grass for the 1st time which with his pedigree he a a shot of better better on.....we shall see

4  Sequentially

14 AE  Super Echelon 


race 7   below  average clarity

5  Tough It Out   four-year old gelding has hardly earned his keep in 2017........that and the fact Miyadi isn't afraid to drop a young horse to hit pay-dirt make the drop seem the cut back to one mile as this gelding flattens out some it 1 1/16....apprentice Solis has won 3 of his last 4 for the trainer

6  Dynamic Scoring   trainer shows some small signs of awakening from the doldrums....if he is that makes the drop for this gelding more meaningful

2  Old Man Lake   drops and Becerra has hit the board in 12 of his last 20 (and with 3 wins) sprint to route which of course is the case here.....and I like that Baze sticks around thru the maneuver

3  Frac Candy


race 8    average clarity

2  Allaboutmike   acted up badly in the gate 1st out for Miller since arriving from GP......very strong works since hinting Miller has likely straightened him out mentally speaking......back to the grass which he ran well on in Florida....should be tough if he behaves and take to the SA hill

4  Blame Joe   double barrel action from the Miller barn as he also trains out top choice........lifetime best of 4 races was his lone race on the turf.....away since New Years Eve but training like he is ready and 1st time in MC......dangerous new shooter for Miller as Mulhall trained this fellow previously

9  Rafter One   improving sort drops into MC for the 1st time and gets a rider upgrade to 1st time suggest Pender is all business as he realizes he might lose this fellow and he wants to earn as much purse money as possible in case he does

10  Milhaud

1  Secret Touch

8  Perfection Tale


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