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Santa Anita for Sunday 11 February 2018

Decent looking card today. Be back with you on Thursday which is the beginning of five straight days of racing at The Great Race Place.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Vasilika   running some solid numbers out east.......the Falcone barn has come in ready to roll and they have this filly well placed to win.......that and she should get a very nice stalk position which she appreciates

3  Aura Rose   2nd out following a layoff and like our top selection he seems likely to sit close up saving ground in an affair that seems to favor those that do

1  Giant Mongolian   very consistent sort turf or dirt since the blinkers became part of his arsenal (5 3 2 0) ........the kind of consistency that just might handle a very significant step up in racing levels

2  Water Moccasin


race 2    above average clarity

5  Kiss of Dahpespe   three-year old filly has done little wrong in 3 lifetime races and is more than deserving of today's step into allowance racing.....both races at SA are better than par for today's level of racing.....trainer is quietly having a good SA meeting

4  Smiling Tigress   not that much early speed in this affair so a guy like T C Baze will take note and try sit up near or on the front end which this filly responds to.....and she has a nice record racing at 6 or 6 1/2 furlongs (3 1 2 0)

3  Twisted Rose   four solid races to start her career but she tossed a clunker in her latest since her disappointing race are quite a bit better than she worked prior to her "clunker"......rebound has a shot at occurring


race 3    average clarity

6  Ike   very consistent work regiment popping bullets or near bullet works dating back to mid sire is off to a cold start but this Baffert colt might boost his stats today

4  More Honor   caught a monster of a race/time in his MSW the race he broke slowly but still managed to grab 2nd........last might do the trick today and of course he might have benefited from the debut......either way he should be a major player here

1  Crazy Uncle Rick   away since Oct when he ran a dull race as the favorite......his racing debut prior to that was a very impressive 3rd in a Stakes race......obviously he has proven he can be ready fresh.......big factor in the outcome of this race if he is ready "fresh"


race 4    average clarity

5  A Red Tie Day   really fits well at today's lower level......and he is 4 for 7 at the turf distance of one mile......and........his last win came the last time he was in for today's 32K claiming tag.........hmmm

7  Clever Royal   trainer Jacobson is very solid with "claiming repeaters" especially off of short rest and this seven-year old ran a very nice one mile grass race at SA 17 days ago......same jock and with the same weight.....major player if he holds form as much as I think he will......will shall see

2  Cardiac   gelding is not too hot off of long layoffs but those races were not with Mick Ruiz training........and his only two races with Mick Ruiz as the trainer are very strong 32K turf races and both are disguised by bad trips......and jock Ruben Fuentes has woken up in a big way including since he lost his bug boy weight break......he is 9 for 24 in the exacta at the SA meeting so far.....that is a better than the meets leading jock Roman who still has a 5 lbs weight break

4  Crown the Kitten

8  Banze No Oeste


race 5    above average clarity

6  Sagittari   like that connections see fit to ship back to S Cal after a race up north and place him up one MC level......that and he should sit pretty early in one of the top three positions and with the best (by far) rider in the race up.....and riding for his brother......hard not to like

1  Western Warrior   broke slightly tardy and caught too wide on an afternoon where the rail was slightly biased.......young apprentice is doing well and is fairly decent out of the gate......and this gelding does have a touch of early speed and in a field with a lack of it .......he might find himself on the lead....... making him more dangerous

7  Magical More   4 of his 7 lifetime endeavors on the SA main track fit well........but he does have a tendency to hang and has a low win percentage jock on his back......not impossible but definitely easy to make as our 3rd selection

5  Royal Seeker


race 6    above average clarity

6  Old School Ike   what a jump forward in last likely because he appreciated being loose on the lead in a route race for the 1st time in his life.........repeat of the race (or anything close to it) would likely win this race

5  Dos Palos   last was a step backwards.....needs his effort 2 back.....maybe he is up for it as his works were dull prior to his last......and now they are subtlety better in preparation for today's endeavor

7  Shackalov   last appears to be a sprint gimme to drop and go at a route today......still he will likely need his best to date to overcome the top choice unless the our top pick-a-rue has an off day

1  Starship Chewy

3  Nine Issues


race 7    average clarity

5  Shazara   very big efforts at 1 1/4 and the strength of the races are hidden by some brutal trips.....might be difficult to handle but today's rider Tiago Pereira gave her a nice ride to win at 20 to 1 two races back as our 3rd choice in a one mile turf alw race.......would have been top choice that day if the race was 9F or 10F like today

3  Lucy De   runs all day long so today's distance is right up her alley......good turf trainer in Baltas.........good grass rider in Desormeaux........hard not to like

6  Space Cadet   one for one at today's mini-marathon 10 furlong turf distance.......dangerous speed in this spot because with the bug boy up she gets in very light which can be quite significant in a 10 furlong grass race......gate to wire shot

1  Laseen

7  Coachwhip


race 8    average clarity

1  Backintheacademy   one very dull work prior to her last which was her 1st out with Peter Miller as the trainer.......two works since and one of them is rather sharp.....drops to bottom.......likely ready this go around........races 2 and 3 back fit very nicely here

3  Ipray   very consistent sort at SA and at today's distance.....away since 21 July but she is working like she is ready to roll........Bejarano owns a good history with her.....should give a good account of herself

6  Liar's Smoker   nowhere good enough anymore to compete at the lowest level turf.......doesn't seem to care for the AW or the conventional does Sir Jerry H. put the new bottom dirt ($6,250) level.........does she fit there?........I doubt even Hollendorfer knows

8  Yes Mongolia

2  Stole My 'Art


race 9    average clarity

8  Ms Bad Behavior   solid races at today's 6 1/2 furlong distance turf or dirt.........19 January race which was run down the hill is a fit here if she can repeat it........nice bullet 4F drill at Dmr hints that she will

4  War Heroine   debut in November was impressive especially visually speaking........her 2nd out in early January (albeit in a Grade 2) was not..........but her 3 works since the dull G2 hint she can rebound.........1st on the sod but she owns a pedigree that should handle it

1  Out of The Flames   very consistent mid pack turf sprinter is very dangerous if she exits the metal monster OK as she did in her last almost beating our top choice.......but she breaks slowly quite a bit of the time and might find the one hole a challenge.......we shall see

5  Finess Bere

2  My Masterpiece

7  Treasuring



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