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Santa Anita for Saturday 6 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

5  Midnight Swinger   Mark Glatt is firing on all cylinders to start the new meeting and Van Dyke has had good success on this five-year old mare.....that and the mare takes a significant logical drop as she has not won since 7 August 2016

8  Road Test   decent dirt race in latest 1st time with blinkers........back to the turf today and her race two back on it is better than par for today's level when you adjust about 5L for trip trouble......rider is a chilly but he sure has looked good riding this four-year old multiple times

3  Hotsy Dotsy   seems to be the sharpest of her career and the 3 decent 4F works since her 9 Dec race hint she might fire a career best today and with the meets leading rider and his 5 lbs weight break remaining aboard

2  Tiz Adore

1  Lovely Linda

9  Quinn Murphy


race 2    average clarity

2  Roman Tizzy   nine-year old is at his best racing on the SA dirt and drops 2 racing level for one hot trainer in Cerin.......likely the 2017 Eclipse winning apprentice rider sticks around.......elder statesman should be a major factor in the outcome of this bottom level claimer

4  South Texas Lingo   double barrel action for Cerin here as he also trains our top selection.....Roman seems to have chosen our top pick but it is one good sign that Desormeaux wants the mount........Cerin/Desormeaux have been getting it done regularly as a team for a prolonged period of time as well as any S Cal rider/trainer combo around

1  Tribal Jewel   alarming claim you say.....maybe not as Ryan Hanson has won 2 of his last 4 dropping off of a claim which is the case here.......that and the gelding is an impressive (19 5 7 4) on the SA dirt

5  Dream Police

7  Jonny's Choice


race 3    average clarity

8  Psychedelicat   one strong adjusted for trip effort/number for this colt in his latest which was his first ever at the somewhat specialty distance of 7F........that and he also ran a big fig at 6 1/2F his only race at that distance.....7F today.....Hollendorfer is heating up....hard not to like

10  Path of Exile   sure appears to be a gimme/go and drop situation for this McCarthy gelding who is racing 2nd out following a layoff.......and the two nice works since his 7 Dec layoff run sure support the notion

3  Is Trevor Clever   sprint-route-sprint manuever for Miller and company is often a dangerous is Roman jumping aboard for the 1st time as over the last two months Roman has won 8 of 21 riding for the Miller barn.......four year old is not out of this affair by any means

7  Confirmed

4  Spend It

5  Mr. Matlock


race 4    average clarity

10  Temple Princess   lifetime best by far was her MSW debut back in early September........recent decent somewhat subtle little 4F work hints she is sharp.....that and she acts like the 9F of turf will be a plus......that and she gets the best grass rider on her back in 4 lifetime starts.......she should be a nice price

5  Ever So True   both lifetime route grass races are very solid for the MSW level (better than par)......and unless you are a touring golf pro par in itself is awfully good........and this Miller runner gets Prat who is dynamite on young developing grass horses

1  Paved   another popping better than par numbers and for a trainer in Michael McCarthy who has joined the list of top California trainers with a stout 2017 and a good start in 2018.......three year old filly is not out of the win picture here by any means

12 Rancor

11  Pacific Strike

7  Dr. Ann


race 5    above average clarity

6  Mckinzie   as good as it gets in his MSW debut two back winning in stellar time for the given day.......then as the heavy favorite he lost at 1 to 2 but a bad ride by Smith as he raced wide (thought he could Cadillac) on a day the rail was a little biased.......that biased surface disguises one big effort.....Mr Money will be out to make amends as he doesn't want to lose this mount

1  My Boy Jack   very strong turf efforts in his last two......if he can run as well on the dirt today he is more than deserving of the 2nd most likely to take down this Grade 3 race

5  Shivermetimbers   on the improve with every start and his work regiment suggests he will continue his forward progress.......he does lose Smith to the favorite but Prat will do just fine

3  All Out Buzz

4  Mourinho


race 6    below average clarity

6  Whatyouciswhatuget   2nd lifetime endeavor run way back in July fits well (and is quite hidden in its strength) at today's lower level.....and I highly doubt today's layoff run is a tune-up because if it was a trainer like Sherlock would protect his runner in a MSW regiment for this three-year old filly supports the reasoning

10  My Claw   double barrel action from the Sherlock barn who also trains our top pick.....drop makes sense here as she owns one 3rd to her credit in 6 lifetime starts and essentially has been racing above her head for a good portion of her career

5  Impecunious   yet another dropping to attempt to get to the circle of joy.........debut fits solidly but her 2nd start does not.......1st on the dirt by her pedigree to take to it is OK......Smith wants the mount which seems quite significant as he doesn't accept too many mounts in maiden claiming races

3  Dee Way to Go

9  Tiz Simply Awesome

8  Sapphire Kid


race 7    average clarity

8  Itsinthepost   six-year-old gelding shows up almost every time out and has a very solid history when entered in Grade 2 affairs like this one.....and you have to like that Baze knows this gelding well as he gets to ride him all the time

7  He Will   vaulted forward figure/effort wise in his latest running a little shy of his career best which was run on 28 Jan 2017.......and the race was also at today's 9 furlong turf distance.....stout a.m. preparation.......Smith stays put.....seems very dangerous

6  Isotherm   away since March but his a.m. prowess hints he is fully ready to rock and roll for the D'A who is 22% win with his last 200 off of layoffs 3 months or greater.......that and look who wants the fresh horse.....Mr Pratt

9  Free Rose

1  Flamboyant

3  Top of the Game


race 8    average clarity

1  Kiss My Lulu   lifetime best and a fit here was run at 6 1/2 furlong at that might bode well for her 1st racing at 7F.....those last two races were on the AW.......likely didn't handle it.....back on the conventional dirt.....race lacks early speed and she has plenty of it......trainer is (4 3 0 1) to start the meet

9  Devil's Beauty   better rider up today and mare gets 6 lbs less on her back than what she carried in her latest which was a win.........trainer is dangerous dropping off a win....many are not

4  Scathing   seems best at Santa Anita (8 2 2 2) which might help this filly cope with the step up in claiming......likely feeling good but she still will need plenty to go right to overcome our top two selections

2  Sea Myrtle

3  Velvet Jones

7  Paschalitsa


race 9    below average clarity

9  Siberian Iris   only race down the hill is OK but was run in her MSW debut and not on is her first on the hill with Laisix and she is training as if she is fully ready off of the 10 Month hiatus from the game......and Mandella appears to have put some better early speed into her......look for her to sit closer than she has in the past

1  A Little Bit Me   Nada in her U S A debut for O'Neill and friends.......but she ran some strong efforts sprinting on the grass in Ireland that would fit solidly tab hints we might see one of those efforts this afternoon

4  Beau Square   double barrel action from O'Neill as he also trains our 2nd choice.......two bang up 5F grass races at Del Mar.......those races fit well at today's racing level.....but........I am slightly concerned of her ability to "hold together" for 6 1/2 furlongs.....if she does she should have been top pick-a-rue

10  Instant Reflex

12  Salten Sapity

6  Cash Prize



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