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Santa Anita for Saturday 7 October 2017

Seems like a decent card this afternoon. Remember that there is racing at Santa Anita on Monday for the holiday!

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

9  Ima Take Charge   seems to be running into shape just as many horses do for Keith Desormeaux......and now drops multiple claiming levels,,,,,,and I like the speed works put in as brother Kent should sit much closer to the leaders early

3  Cause for Pardon   fired lifetime best in latest and now gets a significant rider upgrade......Maldonado should have this gelding close to the front and saving ground

4  Fabrication   another getting a rider upgrade and appears to be the most likely to snatch the front end.......gelding has moved forward in every start and if he does again today he should be a major factor in the outcome of this maiden claiming race

6  Dramatic Ride

 

race 2    average clarity

1  Blackjackcat   3 for 3 at one mile on firm turf including a Grade 2 win in his latest.....gets a nice break of 7 weeks and he is training like he will continue where he left off.....seems likely to stalk a weak speed horse in number 5.....such a deal

3  He Will   likely will need to bring his A game to upset our top selection but he just fired his best to date on the dirt and he has been better on the grass than the dirt.....so......logic suggests if he has held form he might fire one of his better efforts on the sod

6  Tequila Joe   trainer has had his best year to date and he seemingly has gotten this grass horse back to his form that did he displayed last summer when running for Michael Stidham......late runner is not impossible if there is enough pace up front....as in a little more than I anticipate

 

race 3    average clarity

6  New Dancer   good name for a 1st timer who I believe is meant and ready in his MSW debut......when Sadler works a 1st timer 6F in at least one of his two last works it is usually a signal he is "meant" 1st out....and this guy has worked 6F twice including a solid bullet 6F drill

2  Puig   nice par like MSW debut running 2nd at 32 to 1.....away for about 8 weeks but his recent bullet 5F work hints he should fire similar this afternoon

8  Mister Mojo   Jeff Mullins is more dangerous with MSW 2nd time starters....so with that in mind his MSW debut in all likelihood was a tune-up for today's 2nd start.....blinkers go on and main man T C Baze sticks around.....dangerous sort

3  Catalina Cruiser

 

race 4    above average clarity

6  City of Light   powerful forward move in his 2nd lifetime start and seemingly enough time off (as in 5 weeks) to recover from what might have been a stressful run physically speaking.......trainer has been very reliable in 2017 with these kind.....and a good sign that Stevens is back aboard......should be on the front end once again

1  Colis Gold   there are some signs that this Baffert colt might be at his best at Del Mar.....but.....if that is not the case he will be a major player in this affair

2  Americanize   ultra consistent on the dirt (6 1 5 0).....mostly rated as the 3rd selection because of those five 2nd place finishes

 

race 5    below average clarity

3  Silken Spy  decent 5F MSW turf sprint debut at Del Mar......and this two-year old filly sure seems likely to move forward this afternoon as one of Eric Kruljac's stats that really stand out is 2nd time grass.....as in 5 for his last 15 and with 5 others in the money.....and many of those 15 did not run as well in their debut

7  Sappho   strong races vs. the boys over in Ireland in July and August for this Phil D'Amato invader.......trainer is good with shippers and has been firing on all cylinders at the new meeting better than his record to date indicates

2  Into Glamour   like the route race in her last in far as to helping her endurance....that and she is training as if Baltas tweaked something for the better........first on the sod but that is usually a dangerous thing when Baltas is the conditioner

6  Bunny Yogurt

 

race 6    average clarity

1  Ransom the Moon   3 wins and a 2nd since D'Amato turned this Grade 1 winner into a sprinter.....and I believe she is at her best with ample time between starts like today.......ironically race two back where she ran 2nd is her best overcoming a wide trip up on the pace

4  American Anthem   3 wins and a 2nd in 4 lifetime sprints including a G2 victory at Belmont......excellent work tab since returning home from New York.....three year old faces older for the first time but that is no big deal in October in a sprint race

3  Edwards Going Left   just keeps getting better.....and better.....and better......and better.........and ?......no matter what he does this afternoon he deserves this shot in a big time race

 

race 7    average clarity

8  Royal Bar   poor trip in MSW debut hides a better than appears 1st out.......and the a.m. work since is quite a bit better.....expecting more today and if he gets a better trip he will be a major factor in the outcome of this race

1  Oh Man   dueled on a dull rail in his latest and still hung on for 2nd.......4 tightly spaced (6 day intervals) works might have him wound up like a top......would have been top choice if I wasn't slightly concerned that another 1/16th to travel might hurt his chances

7  Royal Trump   on the right end of the learning curve and if the trend continues this afternoon he should be a major player in this two year old maiden claimer for Cal-breds

3  Run Jeanne Run

 

race 8    above average clarity

3  Mrs McDougal   Mandella has started the meeting firing on all cylinders and has a decent chance to add to his win total here with this five-year old mare who has run way better than it appears in print in her last two races.....and......she happens to have 3 wins in 4 one mile grass races

6  Insta Irma   nicely improved 1st out with Richard Baltas as the trainer......and he had about 4 1/2 lengths of trip troube........switch to Nakatani who so far has been very selective but highly successful winning 4 of his 7 mounts at the meeting......Baltas on the other hand is only 1 for 18 at the new meeting but might jump-start things here

1  Madame Stripes   very nice mare to be placed as the 3rd selection and it is mostly because the turf distance of one mile might hurt her chances of getting up in time from off of the pace

8  Belvoir Bay

 

race 9    below average clarity

3  Dadtaughtmewell   excellent prolonged work series for this laid up Dean Pederson five-year old....rather sure he is meant and ready......and take note that Prat is up and the only time Dean used him over the last couple of months they won

8  Just Kidding   apprentice rider upgrade......drops a couple of levels......decent recent works......all adds up to what I believe to be a very live Peter Eurton five-year old gelding

10 City Steel   13 for 16 on the board at today's distance......(8 3 2 2) at Santa Santa........good time to drop as this seven-year old had a bad trip and missed the board in his latest......regular rider Talamo wisely sticks around

9  Kristo

 

race 10    average clarity

3  Looking At Thelake   consistent sort finally gets a top echelon grass rider and also gets a good post for Bejarano to work with.....both lifetime grass races at one mile at SA are solid.......hard not to like

4  Shazara   tough otter-most 9 post at one mile on the grass in last....did well to run 2nd as he predictably broke a little slow and ran somewhat wide.....same racing level and distance today and a much better post for Baze to deal with

5  Midnight Swinger   seemingly needs a target to run at.....so.....hoping Prat takes back some early......like his chances much more if he does

9  Bridal Arch

10  Tammy's Window

2  Candy Swirls

Posted on October 7, 2017 at 9:59 am by richs · Permalink
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