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Santa Anita for Thursday 19 October 2017

So so race card to start the new week of racing at Santa Anita.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Honor Maker   last 2 time this filly took back towards the rear of the field in route races she won both affairs and did so going away at the wire........sure seems tough if Baze elects to take back again

4  Zanab   seems at her best racing at today's distance of one mile (3 0 2 1).......likely to get a nice mid pack position in the race with what should be a lively pace up front........likes to hang but even the worst of "hangers" go on by when the race falls apart up front badly

2  Sassy Ashley   best at SA on the main track and all four of those races were at today's one mile distance.......with that said this filly still needs a rebound of sorts.......recent a.m. work is improved hinting she provide might one

1  Jill Madden


race 2    average clarity

2  Swiss Skimmer   nice awakening in her latest and her works since strongly suggest she exited the race in great shape.........and the step up of multiple levels supports the notion

3  Desert Madam   filly had one heck of a year in 2016...... vastly improved after the Bill Spawr claim in May of 2016.......2017 has been a different story so Spawr and is willing drop her precipitously......obviously she is not what she was but she has been freshened up and retains Stevens.....and she is racing at a distance (6 3 1 0) and surface (16 6 3 0) she appreciates

6  Sheswildnfree    consistent sort owns a strong stretch run and should sit in the rear of the field with little traffic and pick her spot to come motoring home.......and do so carrying 5 lbs less than everyone in the field with the bug boy up........dangerous sort


race 3    average clarity

6   Wishful Thinking   much-needed drop where her ability should be good enough to be part of the mix in the late stages of this conditioned claiming race,,,,,,,,,1st time Prat.......decent history racing off of approximately 2 months rest....and that is the case today

2  Lookinfordanger   five-year old mare seemingly needs the lead to win and should have only one potential challenger for it in the 7 horse.......and if the 7 runs as poorly on the sod as she did in her lone race on it this mare should be loose and dangerous

8  D' Platinum   still a maiden but this filly ran a par like grass race for today's given level the only time she raced on the lawn not wearing blinkers like today......and that race was her maiden debut where she went off at 38 to 1 hinting she wasn't all that cranked trainer and a rider upgrade......1st at a route is a question mark....but her pedigree to handle one seems adequate

4  Yaffe


race 4    below average clarity   

2  Callie Mesa   35 to 1 in an 8 horse field strongly suggests that the race was a gimme of sorts to muscle up and have this filly at full throttle for her drop into MC in her 2nd lifetime start......that and a rider upgrade.......believe all systems go

9  Streak of Luck   a makeover of sorts for in....1st time in maiden claiming......1st time wearing blinkers.......1st time without Van Dyke on her back.........two-year old filly exits an extremely key race where the three horse's that beat her all came back to win......come on 2 for 103 in 2017 Iggy P.

1  Bless the Cause   useful MSW debut and the race was against the boys.....dueled in decent pace considering the level and did so on a dull rail on closing day at Lrc.......same MC50K level but this time vs. her own sex........not out of the picture if she builds off of the effort

4  Bragging Rights


race 5    below average clarity

8  Fengari   colt has been working since July at regular intervals with only one gap of 17 days....and that gap is logical as he changed tracks from LA to SA.........Sadler gets Pratt to ride and the jock seemingly is the best on the grounds with 2-year-old turf horses.......1st timer appears ready to rock and roll

1  Eskimo Roses   trainer is doing well with 4 wins in 14 starts at the meeting........two year old gelding gives the grass a whirl for the 1st time and appears to own the best early gas in the field if he takes to the green carpet......pedigree for it is OK......good speed rider up in Maldonado

3  Scrambled   two year old colt has hit the track to work every 7 days dating back to 12 August and with a few impressive drills now and then........believe the D'A has this colt meant and ready for his MSW debut........but he legs up Garcia who is 0 for his last 35 on the sod with only 4 even hitting the board......he is a bit overdue I'd say

9  Bartlett Hall


race 6    average clarity

7  Just a Little Hope   three-year old filly has done little wrong in five lifetime starts and so far she has been at her very best in sprints.....2  for 2 at today's 6 1/2 furlongs....and both races were at SA and fit well at today's higher level....regular rider Gary Stevens wisely stays put

4  Avicii   William Morey just claimed and he has won 24 of his last 100 1st out following a claim.....and the trainer has had a good go of it in S Cal in 2017.....6 year old mare likes the SA surface (10 3 2 3).....and Prat has fit her extremely well in 2017 with a record of (7 3 2 2) on her......plenty to like

5  Bernina Star   last win and also her best number to date on the dirt came dirt route to dirt 6 1/2F sprint....that is today's scenario.....jock knows her well as this is Gonzo's 8th consecutive mount on her..........dangerous sort even for a trainer in Cassidy who is 0 for 15 at the meeting

6  Dis Smart Cat


race 7    average clarity   

5  Winemenow   trainer appears to be in "go mode" makes the improved morning work for this filly more meaningful than it usually would racing off of 8 weeks rest today........1 for 3 on the hill and for the 1st time she gets a top-tier rider up in a hill race

3  How About Zero   might be a sprint prep turf race for bigger and better things down the road....... but....... if it isn't and this three year old filly who has already earned $200K handles her 1st down the SA hill she should be a major player here

7  Aflewency   three-year old filly won her only race on the majestic Santa Anita hill grass course and did it the lone time Gary Stevens was aboard.......Stevens being up again today hints she is "live" but her number earned down the hill wasn't much and she will likely need to better that effort this time around

6  Warrenscrystalized


race 8    below average clarity

4  Madelyn's Wild Max   nice wake up 1st out following the claim.....two reassuring works since the improved effort .....decent history competing at 5 1/2 or 6 furlongs.....6F today......if he can duplicate his last effort/energy he would have a good shot at taking down this race

3  Golden Atlantic   appears to be on a rebound of sorts.......if the up trend continues he should have as good a chance of any at getting to the circle on joy this afternoon

6  Royal F J   start number 102 and he is racing at the lowest level of his life today........15 0f 23 on the board on the SA main you would think he would be formidable today vs. easier having only been out of the money 8 times at SA

1  Brave Julian

7  Ajac

8  Hawk's Eyes



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