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Santa Anita for Sunday 7 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.

Difficult card to decipher. Hoping for the best.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Eskimo Roses   gelding can really fly early.....the perfect kind to be very tough down the SA hill cutting back for a one mile grass race.....blinkers off to slow him down some early seems like a good move by trainer Mick Ruiz

1  Jungle Warfare   another cutting back in turf distance one mile to 6 1/2 furlongs.....very solid number earned in that one mile grass race........she should be closing down on the winner in the late stretch from a likely stalking or mid pack position

2  Pointed   on the improve with every start and exits the same strong and maybe key one mile grass race as our 1st & 2nd choices..........stoue drills since.....not out of this hill race by any means

9  Impetu

11  Scrambled

6  Colosi


race 2    average clarity

2  Tony Blackjact   race seemingly favors those who come from out of it like this fellow........if of course he is fit enough off of the 7 1/2 layoff.......D'Amato is solid with "fresh" runners......sure like his chances if he is "fit enough"

3  Hardcore Troubador   might be speed of the speed........if so he has a chance to peel off the other speed challengers early.....dangerous if he is able to accomplish that

7  Swiss Minister   trainer has a gaudy win % albeit with limited starts in 2017-18......five-year old shows some signs of being able to rate........if he can it should enhance his opportunity to make this his 7th lifetime visit to the circle of joy

4  Black Tie 'n Tails

6  Amodei


race 3    average clarity

1  Distinctive B   in the exacta 8 of 12 lifetime at the distance......that and most of his career fits solidly here at the 32K racing level......and especially so since Peter Miller took over the training duties 9 races back

7  Boy Howdy   versatile running styles for this five-year old gelding.....that can come in handy here as he might want to take back off of what might be one hot pace up front.....handles SA decently and might be at his very best racing at six panels

3  Papa Turf   drops back to where Koriner claimed him for 2 races back.......seems slightly inferior to our top two selections but the race might set up nicely for his mid pack running style

5  Tough But Nice

2  Magic Turf


race 4    below average clarity

3  Moonless Sky   since Truman took over the training duties this mare is 5 for 5 at one mile on the turf.........and she is 4 of 5 on the turf at SA overall.....hard not to like

9  Cordiality   should sit close up stalking our 4th choice in what should be a doable pace......mare is very consistent and might be at her best at SA

8  Meadowsweet   1st time Callaghan makes this filly dangerous.........and she is another who might "sit pretty" stalking the 2 horse

2  Blame It On Alphie

10  Sweet Charity

4  Fizzy Friday


race 5    below average clarity

9  Moonlight Blue   only 3 lifetime races fit and those 3 races fit very well.......and those races were the only 3 times this gelding ran in dirt routes......hmmm

7  Southern Thunder  seems best at SA and his latest at Lrc is better than appears in print.....and maybe more importantly he drops down

5  Clickjab   layoff last sure fits solidly here if he has another similar effort left in him as he seems a bit suspect physically speaking

1  Empire Ruler

4  Orejas

10  Roosevelt


race 6    average clarity

5  Lewys Vaporizer   Jacobson & Desormeaux with significant drop downs in claiming have been deadly........gelding should be dominate from the get go.......and he is solid "at the distance" in 8 for 17

10  Airfoil   this gelding is very consistent even at the ripe age of eight.....and a high percentage trainer in Clark who might be at his most dangerous coming off of a win

6  Winning Causeway   hot small bard is 32% with limited starters in 1017'18......and they got a strong run out of this gelding off of the claim.......definitely can move forward today back in short rest following a long layoff prior to his latest

7  Old Man Lake

2  Cherokee Dynasty

1  Private Prospect


race 7    average clarity

11  Del Mar Ann   stepped up significantly in her last and ran to the confidence that Baltas had in her.....takes another step up today and does so off of a bullet and then some

9  An Unusual Group   stepped up multiple claiming levels 1st out following the claim by Miyadi and won at GG.......likely exited the race in good shape as Miyadi steps her up once again.....and gets Bejarano to ride.....another likely feeling really good these days

6  Allsquare   five year old mare responds well with ample time between starts and D'Amato shows patience and gives it to her......only race down the SA hill fits if she gets a better trip-a-rue

1  Girl Downstairs

7  Peach Cove

8  Scattergirl


race 8    average clarity

7  Win the War   tremendous time run at WO to win a 100K Stakes on the AW......they are all running for 2nd if she can handle the conventional dirt as well.....bred just fine for it

8  Midnight Bisou   ran a par like race for today's higher level in her latest and is training as if she can do at least that today........she will be very tough if it turns out our top choice doesn't handle "real dirt" that well

1  Artistic Diva   best early gas in the field has some shot at going gate to wire.....Sadler is very good over the years with young talented fillies performing well at 7 panels

5  War Heroine

4  Allianna

6  Yesterday's News


race 9    average clarity

10  Red Livy   very good speed in this spot as the race lacks it......last two wins on the hill?........being loose on the lead down the hill.......seems quite dangerous

8  Dissension   might be at her best down the SA hill grass course and Miller is not messing around as he gets Mr Desormeaux to ride.......mare has a shot at sitting on one strong effort 3rd out following a layoff

9  Liar's Smoker   Hollendorfer sure appears to mean business with this mare coming off a layoff as he has trained her aggressively.....rather sure this gal is "meant and ready" fresh

2  Rosie My Rosie

11  Fruity

3  Sturdy One



Posted on January 7, 2018 at 11:16 am by richs · Permalink
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