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Santa Anita for Friday 5 January 2018

The 2018 special publications are now available for purchase. As usual you can save some money ($36.50) by purchasing all of them as a package. The first special publication is Pegasus Cup Day at Gulfstream Park on January 27th. Purchase for Pegasus Cup day only will be available by next week.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Lady Ninja   1 for 1 at Santa Anita and 2 for 2 at today's 6F distance.....back to back sub 1:01 works in preparation for today.....lifetime best was with today's rider up (3 back)

5  Sly Humor   best at SA (7 3 2 1) and one stout rider/trainer combo over a prolonged period of time in Desormeaux and our top pick she should be in the mix from the opening bell

3  Moon Kitty   (4 2 0 1) on the dirt.......(5 0 0 0) on the turf........and both wins came the only two times she was up for a tag.........and the rider was Roman........up for a tag today......Roman up.......hmmmm

7  Vai

2  Go On Mary


race 2    average clarity

4  Emboldened   Baffert seemingly had enough good works put into this filly to make her debut at appears he saved her for the "big track"......last two drills are stout.....she should be ready to roll

7  Hottalabamba   SCRATCHED OUT  double barrel action for America's most successful trainer as Baffert also trains our top selection.........this 3 year old filly ran a solid MSW debut at Lrc and has trained since as if even more should occur today

1  Cowboytakemeaway   sure like the 6F gate work just 4 days ago for this Hollendorfer 1ster as you usually (especially Jerry) don't drill a horse 4 days prior to their debut unless you have strong intent at being fully ready

2  Mojgan

5  Sensible Thoughts


race 3    average clarity

8  Foxy Fresh   Cassidy does not protect this mare who has been absent for over a year as he puts her in a 25K claiming race........her lone win came the only time she ran for a tag........both of those thoughts suggest she is meant and ready fresh off of the bench

6  Princess Dorian   nice history at SA (4 1 2 1) and gets a rider upgrade to the hot bug boy Edwin Roman.......drops down a couple of par levels (about 3)......should be a major player here

5  Ransomed   on the improve with every a.m. work......steps up some hinting the barn likes what they see.......dangerous improving sort

4  Fly Far Aawy

7  Conquest Flatterme


race 4    average clarity

9  Cats Blame   best racing at 6 panels......and his very best was the lone time his connections risked him for a recent workout......and up for a tag today.....hmmmm

2  Towards the Light   the D'A is 17 for his last 53 1st time in maiden claiming which is the case here.........last two races this gelding ran on the dirt fit especially his race at SA run 3 back......Roman rides for the 1st time......hard not to like

1  Bob's Bad Boy   on the improve with every start and has always trained sharply......if the "upswing" continues today this Mike Harrington four-year old has a shot here

3  Williston Dude

5  Caray


race 5    average clarity

6  Holy Ghost   tough trip in his 1st turf race which was run 2 back......clean trip in his next out which lead to a solid effort (5th beaten 4 1/4L) considering the strength of the final time for the given day.......seems to be facing easier today.........we need that good journey from Desormeaux once again and if we get it we likely have a good top pick

8  Studly Perfection   SCRATCHED OUT  sprint-sprint-route scenario for this gelding's 3rd career start for Baltas and company........not much speed in the field but he has plenty of it if he is as quick on the grass as he is on the dirt........likely feeling good as he worked a solid 6F just 5 days ago.....wire to wire shot for Bejarano

4  Minister's Glory   blinkers on today for the 1st time.......Roman on for the 1st time.....trainer Machowsky has been very live to start the meeting......dangerous sort

3  Martin Riggs

7  Lauderdale   SCRATCHED OUT


race 6    average clarity

8  Singleforareason   3 of 4 lifetime races fit at today's lower level especially her race at SA on 16 January 17........been away since 20 Feb 17 but returns at a level she will be very tough if she still has 4 good legs.......should get a nice position on or near the lead......rate it 60/40 that she is healthy enough

6  Todos Santos   four-year old owns a good history back quick like today.......last race fits and today we get one significant rider upgrade.......seems quite dangerous

1  Candy Boss   most of her career dirt races fir fairly well at today's lower level.......appears to be one of only two speed horses with our top pick being the other one........her chances are greatly enhanced if our top selection ends up not being very healthy after all

2  It's Not easy

3  Sharp Holiday


race 7    average clarity

8  Layneeapperars   better on the AW than the conventional dirt.........that and her good turf pedigree bode well for her chances of taking to the turf in her 1st race on it........if she does appreciate the grass she has a shot at being the controlling speed and with Bejarano up

6  Speakers   like the cut back in turf distance for this filly giving the SA hill a whirl for the 1st time.........also like the decent speed drills put into her which should get her to sit closer early on......good rider/trainer combo the last two months winning 3 of their last 9

2  Gotham Desire   another trying the grass for the first time who has preformed better on the AW than the "real dirt".......OK pedigree for the sod.........trainer thru the years is usually at his most dangerous 3rd out after a layoff like today.......already has speed and now adds blinkers.........dangerous speed if she ends up liking the sod

7  Battleground State

4  Candy Ruler


race 8    average clarity

2  Millie Joe   sure like this three-year old filly in this spot if she runs as well at SA as she did in her latest which was at Lrc.........because if she does she has a more accomplished jockey to guide her along and that 3rd could easily turn into a graduating 1st

6  Mischievious Lass   last run on the dirt might fit at today's significantly lower level if she can produce the same fig/effort that she ran on dirt back on the turf today

9  Sauce On Side   last two racing endeavors considering today's lower level fit fine here if she holds form.........and then there is the Miller factor with drop in deadly

11 AE  Taylorealswift

10  Spiritualist

1  Tisn't She Lucky

4  Tapitha Bonita



Posted on January 5, 2018 at 7:40 am by richs · Permalink
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