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Santa Anita for Friday 18 May 2018

Track played fair yesterday and it led to a nice day. Hope that it stays that way. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Beautiful Becca   drop sure makes sense to yours truly as this Hollendorfer four-year old filly has only earned 4.7K since her last win on 1 Oct 2018.......time to cut the red ink and with the benefit of giving their filly a confidence builder

7  Peach Cove   3 for 6 at the one mile turf distance at Santa Anita for this mare......and she beat 5 of the 7 foes in this race in winning her latest.......Jacobson has finally gotten his act together on the west coast......hard not to like

5  Salsita   wide trip in her latest or she had a shot at beating our 2nd selection in her last.........better post for Asa Espinoza to deal with this go around....... and gets in very light with the 7 lbs app. alw and 2 lbs for entering for 22.5K......the 114 lbs should her fly in the late stages

4  Proud 'n' Ready

1  Ryder's Starlight


race 2    below average clarity

6  Mapit   owns the best early speed in the race and that was without the blinkers which go on the for the 1st time in her career........seems very dangerous as the dominating speed if Conner can be no worse than two wide on the 1st turn

4  Beautiful Princess   nicely improved since Callaghan took over the training duties two races back.......two nice turf races at GG......and this filly seems to own even a better pedigree for the dirt.....should have plenty of endurance when push comes to shove coming off of two grass races at longer distances

5  Princess Kendra   seems best at Santa Anita and also at today's one mile distance........last two wins came with today's rider Fuentes up.......trainer is dangerous sprint to route which is the case today


race 3    average clarity

2  Travieza   very impressive move forward in her latest and the strength of the effort is disguised to some degree........rider upgrade for today especially for a turf race......that and her lone lifetime win was the only time Bejarano has been aboard......and it was at today's turf distance

3  G Q Covergirl   speed horse seems to have only the one horse to put away and she has won once without the lead......away since Oct but that might be a plus as she runs exceptionally well when 'fresh"

6  Beau Square   not much cookin 1st out following the Carava claim but her race 2 back for O'Neill is very strong and would make her tough here.......can Carava get that race out of her 22 days later.......we shall find out about 1:30 pacific time

1  Tizanillusion

7  Goseecal


race 4    average clarity

3  Turing Machine   solid turf routes considering today's lower MC level and has run just fine in dirt long on the dirt should be very doable.......trainer is stout turf to dirt (23% last 13) and running off of 46-90 day layoffs like today (25% last 32)

6  Wish You Were Mine   believe her latest was nothing more than a public work-out to tighten her up and be ready for her 1st in a maiden claimer following 3 races in the MSW ranks....another Hollendorfer drop that makes sense.....see top selection race one

7  Sweet Congrats   improving three-year old filly fits fine if she can run as well on the dirt as she has routing on the turf......pedigree says that she should

4  Broome


race 5    average clarity

2  My Man Chuckles   both races since Baltas took over the training of this gelding following the claim off of O'Neill are quite a bit better than par when you adjust for trip........those two races were down the he has one mile to deal with where he has failed to hit the board in 3 races......but Baltas is very good at getting grass horses to "extend" their range

4  Tough It Out   last two turf races which were both at today's distance were par like efforts for today's level......very formidable rider/trainer combo in Desormeaux and Cerin......hard not to like

7  El Tovar   loves the SA hill and has struggled some dealing with two turns of turf but his last one mile grass effort run last summer fits decently.......1st out following the claim and that is often a good thing in the Jacobson barn

9  Lewis Vale

1  Beaumarchais


race 6    average clarity

4  Explorer   3 of the last 4 works for this Baffert 1st time starter are out of the gate....that is usually a sign of a well-meant 1st time starter for the USA's most formidable trainer ......and his three-year old colt is beautifully bred and very expensive

6  Calabasas   decent tightly spaced drills for this Blacker 1ster seemingly has this colt wound up and ready to unwind.......and Dan Blacker is a solid 18% with his last 45 MSW 1st timers

11  Julius   good expensive stock just keeps coming out of the Baffert barn maybe more than ever before.....and that is saying something........1st timer is training nicely and like our top choice from the Baffert barn is seemingly ready to strut his stuff

9  Flagstaff

10  Beneficent


race 7    average clarity

5  Trapalanda   back to Bejarano who won on this O'Neill gelding 2 races back in the 8 March version of this race at 1/2 furlong furlong......and he appears as if one mile is a better fit........away since 1 April but working as if he is doing very well

4  Popular   not crazy about the blinkers on 8 days after a decent race and with no work put in since........but other than that this Vallejo runner fits well versus today's group

6  Plain Wrap   significantly better race in his latest than what he has been running and the strength of the effort is hidden by racing wide and checking in the stretch......bug boy Asa Espinoza is riding well in route races

7  Jay Makes Us Laugh


race 8    average clarity

4  Winning Element    nicely improved in his last which was his first out following the O'Neill claim.......trainer is firing on all cylinders of late so a repeat effort of his last (or even more) might be in the cards for this fellow

2  Hot American   impressive MC debut win at one difficult 9F turf distance for a three-year old versus older to debut at........4 reassuring works since.......good rider/trainer combo.......needs a forward move and seems likely to provide one

5  Taniko   five-year old gelding seems at his most dangerous with ample time between starts and the D'A patiently gives it to him.......believe Ocampo has been given a bone here and best take advantage of it if that is the case

1  For Him

7  Zippy Groom





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