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Santa Anita for Sunday 29 April 2018


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Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

5  Causeway Carolyn   six-year-old mare just popped her lifetime best in the 1 April version of this race racing 1st time for Peter Miller.......and today she gets a rider upgrade (at least for a turf race) to Drayden Van Dyke

2  War Heroine   Peter Miller who often goes 1 -2 when he enters a couple of runners and he trains our top choice who comes from out of it and also this filly who appears to be the speed of the speed in this 6 1/2 furlong grass race down the hill......such a deal

6  Classy Tune   seems to show up every time including her last when she went off at 51 to 1 in a race down the hill run off of a 5 month break.......she ran a solid 3rd in a small Stakes down the hill........and the trainer/rider have won their last 4 in a row as a team

1  Quebec


race 2    average clarity

7  Baby Gronk   powerful layoff run in latest and it was 1st time with Bill Spawr doing the training......four very reassuring works since the 17 March race.......should be a tough favorite in this his 3rd lifetime start

2  Wild Lando   greatly improved in his last two racing endeavors and both are much better than appear in print.......continues to train like a happy healthy individual......should be a major player in this abbreviated 5 1/2F sprint

6  Old Indian Trick   very nice pedigree for sprint racing and he has shown a few solid works in preparation for today's MSW debut.......that and mom and mom's only foal ran well in their debut

5  Soul Owner   


race 3    below average clarity

7  International Diva  not so hot of an effort in her 2nd lifetime start which was down the majestic Santa Anita hill grass course.......but her debut in a turf route looks good here.......and back to the jock who rode in her debut

2  Sweet Congrats   showed some lifetime in her 2nd lifetime start and it was at today's one mile turf distance........still in all likelihood she still needs a forward move today......blinkers go on and with the speed she showed in her last she might have enough to kick free early and get loose......thus.......dangerous

6  It's Alexus   horrid trip in latest at 9F on the turf disguises her lifetime jock for today who is only 7% win at the meeting but better than that when riding of late for O'Neill......not out of the win picture by any means

4  Sunday Prophet

3  Foxtail


race 4    average clarity

4  Sturdy One   Cerin once again is on fire and the veteran trainer is 10 for his last 35 1st out following a claim.......mare is (6 3 2 0) on the dirt at SA......hard not to like

2  Dis Smart Cat   much-needed drop for this mare who hasn't done much vs. tougher........seems somewhat set up for today.......if that is the case and she brings her "A game"........she will be tough

3  Conquest Flatterme   another Cerin runner who appears to have a shot at taking down this race.........stepped up in her last and won for fun.......steps up our top selection she is a Cerin runner who is hard not to like

7  Be a Lady


race 5    average clarity

1  Smiling Angelo   very impressive a.m. work for this D'Amato MSW 1st time starter and with Talamo up who is looking good on a horse of late.......rather sure this is a good Cal-bred 1ster

5  Righteous Wave   strong layoff race in his latest in his 2nd lifetime start......and the strength of the effort is disguised by racing a bit wide pressing a solid pace......very dangerous

6  Flynn   trained exceptionally well prior to his MSW debut but only ran OK........continues to work like he has talent.......switches to the bug boy Ceballos who is very dangerous riding for Miyadi.......deserves another chance

2  Jonas


race 6    average clarity

4  Tell Me More   no chance in latest as she broke from the gate very badly......did very well to still salvage a 3rd place finish........prior to her last she showed no signs of being a bad breaking a clean start seems likely

2  Arrowsphere   runs best with ample time between starts and this time around she gets it........that and she should get a nice ground saving trip on or just off of the lead.......rebound time

5  Izzys Express   sprint turf MC debut is better than it appears......sets her up well for today's grass route.......but.....I am a bit leery of her pedigree to appreciate the two turns or might have considered her as a higher selection

3  Eurasia

1  Majestic Design


race 7    average clarity

5  Aurora d'Oro   best looking set of preparatory drills for an O'Neill 1st time starter in quite some time.....believe O'Neill has a very nice three-year old colt who will display his talent today

4  Bobby Axelrod   very strong MSW debut for this beautifully bred Miller colt.......nice final time and also showed that he has some early zip.......should be a major player in the outcome of this race

3  Eviscerator   bad trip in his MSW debut hides a decent 1st race to start his career.......and he might not have been all that cranked up by Baltas as he went off at 15 to 1 in only a 7 horse less than 5 works since his March 10th run.......Baltas is better with 2nd timers.......dangerous

10  Wicken Fen

2  Upo

7  Causeididitmyway


race 8    below average clarity

2  Miss Julia Star   not much in her 1st in the USA way back in November......but plenty of time off for Drysdale to right the ship.....and if he has lookout as she was on quite a roll in France with 4 wins - 3 2nd's - 1 3rd in her last 8 races in France....and 5 of those races were against the boys.....rider/trainer teamed up on Friday with a turf 1st timer who won easily as our top choice at 7 to 1

1  Conquest Tsunami   (4 2 1 1) down the SA hill and appears to be the speed of the speed......that and he ran 3rd in a tough G1 6F turf race in Dubai 29 days ago.....would have made top pick if he had more time off than 4 weeks as shipping back and forth can set back some horses......we shall see

5  Isotherm   D'Amato is rather good getting route horses to adapt to sprint races and vice a versa......dangerous sort

7  Mongolian Saturday

3  Coniah


race 9    below average clarity

6  Ground Rules   six-year-old gelding tailed off badly at the end of 2017........plenty of time off to get his act together especially with the red-hot Cerin doing the conditioning......dangerous sort and at a price

1  Gentrified   double barrel action here as Cerin also trains our top choice.......gelding lately responds best to relatively short rest.........20 days since his latest sure qualifies for that......not out of the win picture by any means

3  Eagle Screams   consistent sort the last couple of years........last at 9F was decent but his race 2 back at one mile is solid.........back to one mile today and drops one notch in claiming for his 2nd out following the Miyadi claim........should be a major player

9  Roaring Rule

8  Muchos Besos

2  Shackleford Banks



Posted on April 29, 2018 at 7:36 am by richs · Permalink
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