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Santa Anita for Sunday 20 May 2018

OK card to finish of the race week. 5 days of racing next week. Full card selections for Belmont Stakes day will be available for purchase at a discount soon.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

6  Run Number Eight  seemingly needs a turf sprint and finally gets one......good move by Mathis to get Nakatani to ride......like the cut back in turf distance for this GG invader as it should help his endurance when push comes to shove late

5  Cool Your Jets   only race down the hill is better than appears in print and his latest is a solid one mile better than par effort on the 30th of March.....would have been top pick if he managed to work more than twice since.....that and Mick Ruiz is only 3 for his last 75 on the sod

3  Prince Earl   Calbred has worked steadily and he worked one big 5/8ths out of the gate at SA on 23 April........definitely dangerous 1ster for D"Amato

2  Masterpiece Day

4  Jet Set Ruler

 

race 2    average clarity

5  Noble Nick   seemingly has only one other speed foe to deal with and he is also trained by Herbertson so I doubt they will battle it out early......gelding drops significantly but that doesn't seem too suspicious because that is the price the trainer claimed him for 10 races ago

3  Junior Gilliam   trainer is at his most dangerous 1st out following a claim.......five year old gelding is rather consistent when racing on conventional dirt at 6F or less....strong race 2 back with today's ride up

2  Madelyn's Wild Max   not exactly a widely known rider/trainer combo in Pena/Vallejo but they sure have been formidable and their prowess with this gelding has been part of their success.......like the turf to dirt move for today and the drop

 

race 3    above average clarity

5  Sir Eddie  ultra impressive 1st down the SA hill in his latest his 2nd lifetime start........stumbled badly and ran 3 wide and still nearly won.......Prat sticks around and will be out to make amends

1  Hit the Seam   decent 1st down the hill running 4 wide and nearly beating our top selection.......and he gets a rider upgrade (at least for a turf race) today......such a deal

4  Captain Buzzkill   decent return to the race wars in his last and I doubt he was fully wound up as he had zero support at the windows......and today he gets a significant rider upgrade

3  Fly First Class

2  Ultimate Bango

 

race 4    average clarity

4  Blaze'n Prospector   strength of the last race for this Jacobson runner is disguised by dueling on a slightly (but costly) dull rail......and now he drops back to the 6,250K level....retains Pedroza who has been the trainer's "main man" of late

5  Four Gaels   dangerous speed and especially so at 5 1/2 furlongs and with a rider upgrade.....the best jock this seven-year old has seen in many a moon

3  Pundy   four-year old seems shelled out but maybe blinkers on can awaken him some......flip a coin type that which was in the race

 

race 5    below average clarity

5  Eleazar Warrior   solid move forward in his 2nd lifetime start and the five works since indicate that he has a decent chance of duplicating the effort.....trainer seldom wins but he has a chance at the winners circle here

1  Captain N. Barron   gelding has gotten away with 2 straight soft paces and still tired late.....at least his latest was at 6F so the cut back of 1/2F appears to be a plus

9  Our Tiger's Boy   seems like the speed of the speed but he will need more staying power as he sure gets leg-weary in the late stages.......but then again this is one soft looking group

7  Royal Seeker

10  Going Away Party

 

race 6    average clarity

8  General Mach Four   blinkers on in his latest produced his lifetime best.......comes back in the same race condition and turf distance.......and with one hot rider/trainer combo in Frey/O'Neill as in 4 for their last 8 and with two others hitting the board.....hard not to like

7  Souter   lone race in the USA was also down the hill and fits decently at today's softer level.........away from the game for 15 months but Glatt often is more than ready with sprinters off of significant layoffs

1  R Cha Cha   dangerous speed and he has handled the one post well in the past.......1st following the Miyadi claim and Miyadi is a solid 12 for his last 49 "1st following a claim"

3  Cool Green

5  Closing Time

 

race 7    average clarity

3  Naugthy Sophie  par like debut and now Miller sees fit to ride the meets leading rider in Prat.....that seems like strong intention as the connections likely feel that they might lose the horse today......cut back of 1/2 furlong appears to a plus

2  Beas Wild Cat   O'Neill 1ster sure is training decently for the MC level and he puts his go to (get a handsome price) rider in Frey up.......dangerous sort

4  Tengs Rhythm   last two races are better than they appear on the printed page.......solid 3 work series hints Mullins has kept this filly in good form......not out of the win picture by any means but like so many Mullins runners he likely will be over bet as he was in his last two races

9  Baby Brown

11  Breathless Charm

 

race 8    average clarity

4  Libby's Tail   Baltas has been ever so dangerous 1st time he sends out a new east coast "pick-up"........filly has been absent since mid Oct. but sure appears well-meant fresh off of the bench.......like that this fillies best was in a at one mile chute dirt race at Belmont.....that bodes well for her to handle the 7F distance SA chute

5  We All Have Dreams   toss out her last as her race placement was rather ambitious.......that and her pedigree for a sprint is much better than a route........four works since her debacle in the SA Derby are solid......back to Pratt who was up for her 1st two lifetime starts a 2nd and a 1st......fits well here

6  Life of Illusion   nicely improved in her last two races with the fronts put on......very dangerous speed especially with 8 lbs off with the bug boy up who won 2 yesterday

3  Zusha

 

race 9    average clarity

3  Well Developed   four-year old shows up every time......and he has shown he can run on the lead or stalking the lead or from far back.......that gives his jock options.......sure like that the connections leg up Van Dyke after being absent for a race

10  Smokey Image   not at all bred very well to go as far as 9 furlongs on the grass and it shows......he has only raced once at one mile on the grass and the effort is his best route race of his life and maybe his career best at any distance or surface........should be a handsome price

11  Asheyluvssugar   away since August but he is capable fresh and he owns the best credentials in the race by far.......but.......this might be a tune-up for bigger and better things down the road........but if is not.......lookout

2  Accountability

8  Tule Fog

 

 

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