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Santa Anita for Sunday 25 February 2018

Decent card to finish off the week. By back with you on Thursday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Particleacelerator   good history 2nd out after a layoff and sure appears loose on the lead in this race lacking speed

4  Sunny Kat   racing for the 1st time since April of 2015 but sure returns as if he is totally fit off of some nice works.......and he owns a touch of speed in this spot and might find himself in a distance stalk position

7  Royal Opera House   not sure if a turf sprint is the best thing for him....... and....... he will need more pace than anticipated but his strong off pace abilities still give him a small shot here

8  Awesome Heights

6  Curly's Waterfront


race 2    average clarity

5  Imagineiamfatest   seems like a good claim by Palma and the works since he snatched up this colt for 30K indicate he has a good handle on his new pick-up.......decent rider/combo at the meeting

4  El Asesino  cut back in distance appears to be a plus and so is the drop from MSW racing to mid-priced maiden claiming......should be in the hunt from the get go

2  Alternate Rhythm 


race 3    above average clarity

3  Miss Sunset   best speed in the field and 2 for 2 at today's 6 panels.......good history when today's rider Mike Smith has been the pilot........seems loose and if that is the case she should be difficult to wheel in

1  Majestic Heat   very strong 7F sprint (much better than par) win on 12 November run off of 8 days rest in a 100K Cal-bred Stakes race similar to off of 15 days rest for today's race......can she run as strong a race at 6F as she did at 7F.....we will find out

5  Bad Ju Ju


race 4    average clarity

1  Zaffinah   filly has done little wrong in 8 lifetime starts and I believe she will be up for her best 2nd out after a layoff.......that and I like the way she finished in her latest after she got out of the box she was in her 1st ever on the hill

2  Instant Reflex   double barrel action as Cassidy also trains our top all 4 of this girl's lifetime turf sprint races and her latest is disguised by a bad trip......rider is low % on the sod but he knows this one well having been aboard for all of her lifetime races

4  Bowie   best of the speed horses and if she manages to shake free or turns out to be capable of stalking she is likely rated to low

6  Blame It On Alphie


race 5    average clarity

4  Upo   believe that this Peter Miller 1st time starter is ready to roll off of a nice work regiment with many furlongs of work put in and with some drills that hint he has some early speed........that and mom has tossed two winners from two starters

2  Graycaster   three-year old has been absent for 3 1/2 months but returns as a 1st time tab hints he is ready.....owns some decent early speed and has only 5 1/2 furlongs to cope with

5  Facts Matter  


race 6    average clarity

4  Pomp and Party   not much doing in latest but all of her other lifetime starts fit solidly here......that and the D'A is dynamite with multiple level drops in claiming

7  Herunbridlepower   voided claim in last at today's 8K level but that was way back in October.........plenty of time off to recover.........and if she does lookout as she is (11 4 5 0) on conventional dirt.........trainer wins races with limited starters........should be in the hunt from the get go

3  Sweetwater Gal   high percentage trainer year in and year out in John Martin ships in a mare that just won on the synthetic at GG at today's 8K level......... and.........she might be even better on conventional dirt.....we shall see 

1  Fruity


race 7    average clarity

1  Magic Musketier   fell of some in his latest but his previous two route grass races fit very well in this spot if he can run as well in his 1st turf sprint down the that Desormeaux sticks around as it suggests that this youngster will make a rebound of sorts if of course he takes to the hill

3  Masked   nice win in 2nd lifetime start and 1st on the grass to graduate at today's distance for Baffert and company.......nice reassuring 4F work since......likely needs a small forward move and seems more likely to provide one than not

8  Cono   3 of his last 4 turf races fit well here and that includes his latest which was down the majestic Santa Anita hill turf course....likely needs to sit closer today and with the change to M Smith (and a recent speedy 4F work put in) I believe he will

4  Risky Proposition

5  Colonel Cash

7  La La Land


race 8    below average clarity

3  Stormin Monarcho   last appeared to be nothing more than a spin around the track against much tougher to dirty him up for today's drop in claiming.......solid improved works since his "gimme" indicate he is sharp

6  Ike Walker  another dropping to be much more competitive and at a distance that seemingly suites him well......very tough if he brings his "A game"

4  Mr. Opportunist   no shot whatsoever in his latest as he was caught way too wide up on the I believe he will be the pace setter and with one dangerous front running rider in Maldonado


race 9    average clarity

3  Stradella Road   this filly can really fly early and if she had gotten out of the gate in her latest a little better she likely would have graduated.....and her race prior to that (her debut and also down the hill) was rather good as well......dangerous gate to wire sort

10  Rockin Ready   very impressive MSW debut and it was at today's 6 1/2F down the SA hill.......if she improves off of her debut she will be awfully tough..... or...... if she gets caught a little less wide this time she likely only needs her debut effort

5  Travieza   nice 1st ever down the SA hill in latest and today we get a very significant rider upgrade especially for a race on the hill.......not out of the win picture by any means

8  My Prince Taylor

9  Ladybug

1  Sea Glass

11  AE Sutro



Posted on February 25, 2018 at 6:09 am by richs · Permalink
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