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Santa Anita for Saturday 27 May 2017

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Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

11  True Ranger   gelding seems best off of short rest and that is the case today......and his latest is decent and better than appears in print as he went up inside to duel for the lead on a dull rail day.....trainer starts few but they are usually fairly ready

6  Bitte   blinkers taken off in last led to a poor race.......back on and drops......very dangerous if he has remained in decent physical condition

3  One I'm Running To   drop to 12.5K nw2 is quite alarming......but.....the connections were able to get a top east coast jock to accept the this gelding still has 4 wheels

8  Always Never


race 2    below average clarity

4  Kitten's Royal   nice effort on the dirt in lifetime start number 4 following 3 straight grass races.......blinkers go back on likely to get this three year old in the game in the early stages......recent quicker drills support the notion.......trainer is looking for his 1st win of the meeting and might get it here

2  Run Like Rhett   par like effort in his latest.....blinkers on for today and just what you want to see as improved a.m. work........Baze sticks around.....believe this four year old will sit closer in the early stages today

6  Mind Reader   on the right end of the learning curve and now attempts his 1st route race......that might be a problem as he is an Indiana bred......but then again he sure is well prepared for one with some nice endurance building 6F works put into him

10  Kenzou's Empire


race 3    above average clarity

6  Stormy Liberal   loves the Santa Anita hill grass course with 6 wins and 3 seconds in 11 races on it.......Miller is extremely consistent/reliable with proven runners down the hill.......impressive in last..... and carries 4 lbs less today....such a deal

4  Roy H   five-year old gelding sure has come out for 2017 with two straight strong wins hinting Miller has found the trump card for this fellow......sure likes the hill and his best to date on it was his race 2 back which was off of a long there is the potential for even more 3rd out off of the layoff and running off of short rest

1  Ambitious Brew   Cal-bred has been in the exacta 9 of 12 races down the SA hill with 6 wins and 3 2nd's......should be in the hunt from the get go.......Marty Jones isn't exactly tearing them up these days but year in and year out he sure gets the most with proven runners down the hill like the "Brew"


race 4    above average clarity

2  Honor and Courage   bug boy should get a good trip on or near the lead saving ground.....both lifetime races at today 1 1/16 distance are quite strong....decent chance at graduation today

6  Sonneteer   back to the MSW ranks following 2 of 3 nice efforts in Graded races......comes from the clouds but he should really fly versus softer today

4  Acker   nice 2nd in his MSW debut despite running 4 wide.......solid pedigree for a route......and a very dangerous rider/trainer combo at the helm in Pratt/Mandella

5  Thorpe d'Oro


race 5    above average clarity

6  Lady Eli   fabulous five-year old mare (10 7 3 0) has spent her entire career on the sod and all with the same rider......the most she has ever been beaten for the win was by 3/4's of a to that she is trained by arguably the best turf trainer in the U S of A in Chad Brown

4  Goodyearforroses   great job of training by Baltas who has really improved this five-year old mare......and she did not embarrass herself against our top choice when they faced each other at Kee 6 weeks ago

1  Avenge  laid up dangerous speed type sure is working as she is meat and ready fresh off of the bench for Mandella and company.......should be on the lead with our top two choices stalking


race 6    average clarity

9  Taman Guard   four-year old owns multiple races that are quite a bit better than appear on paper.....and even on paper they look good.......away since August of 2016 but working like she is ready to roll....and she showed she can run fresh running a 108:3 in her MSW debut

5  Pray Hard   both races since the Baltas claim are solid here and back to Bejarano who has gotten a lot out of this six-year-old the two times he rode him.....definitely a major player if this fellow holds form

6  Midnight Pleasure   seems best sprinting and his best sprint was the only time he competed at today's 7F distance....sure like the best of 50 bullet 5/8's work one week ago.....trainer has shown he can pop at a price

4  Texas Two Step


race 7    above average clarity

8  Enola Gray   3 for 3 down the majestic Santa Anita hill grass course winning all three by daylight....and her last I assigned her a number that is is strong enough to win the BC turf sprint......and....she carries 2 lbs less today than her last

6  Juno   quite the awakening 1st time running with Baltas as the trainer and 1st time with Lasix......showed improved final time and much improved speed.......very dangerous with the cut back in distance

4  Illuminant   obviously a very nice grass horse but she will likely need her best hill race to date to overcome our top selection......and she might not be up to it as why on earth is she not running in today's Grade 1 Gamely which she won last year

3  Watch This Cat


race 8    below average clarity

8  Accelerate   extremely consistent distance race efforts......and her last which was likely a prep race was extremely impressive time wise....a.m. work since hint she exited the race in good shape........? mark seems to be the distance of 1 1/4 as the farthest she has run is 9F.......pedigree to get the extra furlong is solid

1  American Freedom   despite being beaten by 13 lengths in the 2016 Travers she still ran a time that fits today's race as the final time that Arrogate ran was off the charts........needed last.....Baffert should have him ready and then some to go after his 1st G1 win

7  Big John B   best running at 11 furlongs or further but 10 furlongs might be doable today as there should one lively pace in this race

5  Midnight Storm


race 9    below average clarity

5  Ample Sufficiency   seems like a good spot for a new shooter as the locals seem like a somewhat weak group......overseas invader has been away since last fall but is working OK and gets 1st time Lasix....and the 9F should be a piece a cake as he competed further than that in Ireland in all four of his 2016 races

10  Oregon   improved sort is still a little shy on numbers but the rider switch for a grass race is significant from one struggling on grass race in Espinoza to one having great success in NY in Irad Ortiz Jr

4  Awesome Heights   nice wake-up in his latest and it was at today's 9F distance......and he gets a rider upgrade to Prat who when teaming up with Drysdale almost always gets "live" runners

6  Malibu Music

1  Ziconic

8  The Union Forever 



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