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Santa Anita for Friday 9 March 2018

Fantastic card on Saturday so lets hope the rain stays away until very late in the day tomorrow!

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Lazzam   lifetime best 2 grass races were his last two races and both were the only two run at today's 9F turf distance.....both efforts are quite strong considering today's level.........strong stretch runner and a jockey who knows when to make his move in Nakatani .......such a deal in a race loaded with speed

1  Noble Nick   capable of rating and if he does he might sit in the garden spot about 3 to 5 lengths off of what should be a very lively pace........that could give him 1st crack at the front-runners

3  Kristi's Copilot   very good splits and efforts the two times this gelding raced at 9F on the sod.......but.......there is a lot of speed signed up in here......likely needs to put away the speedy 7 horse or take back and see what happens

2  Saint Dermot


race 2    average clarity

4  Yalla   not much in latest and it was at the new bottom level 16K maiden claiming level........back to the old bottom of MC20K........needs a rebounds to her race two back......tough to tell if she will be up to it but her 5 Mar 3F gate drill with the blinkers on is encouraging

3  Veiled Heat   toss out her last as she was wheeled back way too quickly off of only 7 days rest.......race two back is par like and somewhat hidden by a 3 wide trip.....two reassuring works since......cut back of 1/2 furlong appears to a plus

7  Dressed in Prada   filly has settled down some with the addition of blinkers 3 races back.......that and I doubt she has ever faced a group any softer than this one

6  Princess Nicole


race 3    average clarity

6  Mercer Island   maybe a one and done type for this 6-year-old with only 6 lifetime races......but........if he exited his strong layoff race in good shape back to back wins should be in the cards

4  Tough It Out   last two races are very solid but he has struggled with dirt route races in the past.......still his last two numbers are much better than par so if he is ever going to run a strong dirt route it might be right now

5  Orejas   this four-year old gelding has been good leaving the gate of late.......he has a touch of early speed in a race that lacks the commodity........10 lbs apprentice has a shot to get loose on the lead and with only 113 lbs on her gelding's back.....danger city


race 4    below average clarity

3  Surfside Sunset   one of three lifetime races is very strong (and disguised in its strength somewhat) and it was this gelding's MSW debut run 3 races back when he was two........likely needed his one mile dirt race in his last which was run off of the long hiatus from racing.......recent 3rd best of 101 to work 5F on March 1st hints he greatly benefited from the layoff run

2  Bellerin   1st time racing as a gelding today and back to Mike Smith.......four year old has always worked well on the SA dirt and finally gets to race on it.......should be in the Mix from the get go and with an excellent route dirt jock up in M Smith

8  Downtowner   no action on the board in his MSW debut way back on 21 Jan 2017 especially for a Baffert horse in a 7 horse field......been away since and working as if you will see some support at the windows this time around......dangerous sort

5  Moneigh Moproblems

9  Momma's Babny Boy

4  Harliss


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4  Samdar   lost about 5.5 lengths in his latest which was his 2nd lifetime start and 1st on the turf and on at a route.......earned a Santucci fig that was par for the three-year old $MC100K level that he runs for today.......3 reassuring works since his last......and Baffert goes to his go to guy of late in Drayden Van Dyke

1  Saratoga Morning   best speed in the race and a decent post to work with especially with the rails at 20 feet.......Desormeaux is up for his brother and they have won 7 of their last 20 with 5 others hitting the board

5  Camps Bay   nice turf sprint tune-up/gimme and Sadler must like what he sees following the race as he races him up from MC75K to MC100k for his 2nd lifetime start and first at route where he likely was pointed to all along.........and one of John's better stats is 1st at a route

3  War Link

10  Sellwood

7  Jack and I


race 6    average clarity

7  C. C. Zipp   quite the rebound in latest the kind of move forward that you wouldn't expect a drop to lower claiming level in her next out.......but if this five-year old mare does feel OK and repeats her last she should be tough to beat

6  Gemini Journey   just fired one of the best efforts of her career and the strength of the run is disguised by running wide on a rail bias.......rider upgrade to Bejarano......seems like a player

4  Todos Santos   good rider/trainer combo (at other tracks) in Payeras/Castaneda........filly seems to be steadily improving since she was claimed 5 races back.......bug boy brings his 7 lbs weight break and has a good post to work with and only 5 1/2 furlongs to deal with.......not impossible but definitely easy to make as the 3rd selection

3  Tangled Up in Ju

1  Tiz Delightful

9  Tee Em Up


race 7    average clarity

10  Line Drive   predictably regressed some in her latest attempting to run three races in 19 days........ample time off for today's race and with a nice work series showing........rebound to her race 2 back has a good chance of occurring........and if it does she should be the one to overcome

2  Miz Tianjin   blinkers put on in last sure woke this Eric Kruljac filly up in a big way......and maybe putting her in a sprint for the 1st time in her 6 race career also added to that.........sprint race again today.......four year old should be tough

11  Atrevida   solid dirt win in her maiden debut.....way too ambitious in her 2nd lifetime start as not many MC30K grads win a Stakes in their next out especially with a surface change........dirt today and back where she fits if Blanc can work out a good trip from the outer-most 11 post

9  Sapphire Kid     

8  Pasadena Princess

3  Trap Queen


race 8    below average clarity

8  Mo See Cal   nicely improved in her latest running a par like number for today's level........owns some early speed and Gutierrez best put it to use as to not get caught 3 wide or worse on the 1st her chances if Mario finds the one or two path on the 1st turn which comes up quick with the rails at 20 feet out

1  My Aunt Tillie   (4 1 2 0) on the grass since the blinkers became part of her arsenal.......five year old mare can get a nice ground saving mid pack position at least thru turn one.......1st time Nakatani......only time Puype has legged up the jock over the last couple of months led to a win

2  Dreamy Gal   Mullins four-year old filly runs well with ample time between starts and gets it today.......should be in the mix from the get ago and with a jock in T C Baze that knows her well having been aboard for all 8 of her lifetime races

12 AE  Speakers

4  X S Gold

11 AE  Lostintrazlation

10  Battleground State

7  Lady Espionage


race 9    average clarity

2  Optic   not much on the grass in last but his race 2 back on the dirt fits well at today's lower level......that and he races as a 1st time that Keith Desormeaux saw fit to work his gelding in the slop (best of 8 bullet at 3F).......that hints of big intent at getting to the winners circle this afternoon

9  Fabrication   good race - bad race - good race - bad race - good race - bad race - today's race ? hmmmm

1  Sharp Ruler   doesn't look like it on paper but this colt moved forward in his latest his 2nd lifetime start and 1st at SA........three year colt has put in 6 drills since his last which was on the 30th of December.......Mike Harrington is often at his best with 8 to 12 week weeks off with decent a.m. work makes him dangerous

11  Lolly Express

6  Pepe the Legend

4  Sandbed




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