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Santa Anita for Friday 25 May 2018

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Rather mundane card this afternoon but I like both Saturday's and Sunday's race cards at Santa Anita.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Foxy Fresh   trainer is 3 for his last 6 2nd out following a claim with two others hitting the board.......rider upgrade.....should be in the mix from the opening bell.....hard not to like

6  Parasail   Ellis obviously made a poor claim for 20K as this mare has only earned chump change since the claim........drops to the bottom in hopes of cutting the red ink......or claim me please......we shall see about 12:30 pacific

4  Autumn Twilight   seems best of the off pace runners in the field which might yield a decent set of fractions.....obvious layoff gimme in his last placed way over his head........should be a go today


race 2    average clarity

5  Topaz Time   latest was better than par for today's level in an abbreviated 5F sprint race run at today's MC20K.......sharp bullet 4F work since hints she likely will be up for a repeat effort or maybe even more this afternoon if this can last the 6 1/2F offered here

3  Mischievious Lass   horrid stumbling start and still managed 2nd place only losing by neck and earning a solid better than par adjusted for trouble fig......not crazy about the drop as so often horses don't perform too well in their next out after a bad stumble......but if she does she should have been made top pick

2  No Honey Money   not showing many hints of being much (but at least she has only raced once) but she appears to be better of what is left.......as in the old comment in your daily newspaper "best of the rest"


race 3    average clarity

5  Cistron   lifetime best and a solid fit in this spot was the only time this colt ran down the majestic SA hill grass course.......and the strength on the 75K Stakes effort is supported by a gap 7 1/4 lengths to 3rd.....away since Nov but all systems go as his a.m. work is quite good

2  Anatolian Heat   early scratch on Sunday from a $100K one mile turf Stakes race for this spot down the hill.......when a top trainer in S Cal elects another spot for their horse it is uncanny how well their horse performs (better than any racing circuit I ever followed) ......and of course Miller is a top trainer

4  Fabozzi   might be shopping for a spot because Glatt and company have seen fit to scratch twice.....gelding has yet to hit the board down the hill but he ran a very strong 2L beaten 4th on it vs. much tougher last year


race 4    average clarity

5  Sanavi   wide trip in this fellow's latest somewhat hides a strong forward move 1st out after the Saldana claim.....and Saldana is often more dangerous 2nd out after the claim and that is saying something as he is quite dangerous 1st out after a claim.......and you have to like the confidence he shows in his new addition to the barn as he steps this gelding up one level for the 2nd straight time

3  Mercer Island   Peter Miller is a fantastic 32% win with his last 150 "1st out following a claim".....and this claim back won two straight for Miller before he lost his six-year-old for a race

6  Out of Patience   seems like a nice claim by Carlos Lopez of a consistent sort who has done little wrong in his 3 starts in 2018 all of which were at SA and at a route ......nice preparatory drills over at LA.......should be in the mix from the get go


race 5    average clarity

2  Twirling Apples   race sure seems to set up for an off pace runner like this filly........that a Cerin has been unconscious 1st following a claim as in 35% win with his last 37

4  Red Shelby   appears to be the speed of the speed and I believe the filly will rate some as she did in her MSW 8 races back which was also down the hill.....and that race was her best adjusted for trouble fig of her career

5  Lethal Legacy   likely will sit dead last early and that might be OK in this race loaded with speed.......might be the last one standing.....and at a handsome price

7  Operandi

6  Diva La Mousse


race 6    average clarity

3  It's Tiz Time   lifetime best was run fresh and you don't get anymore fresh than your maiden debut........6 months fresh today and racing at the same track and distance as he did in his win MC debut which he won........work regiment supports the notion that he is ready for a strong return to the races

5  Surfside Sunset   by far best sprinting on the dirt and it seems that Doug O'Neill and the boys know that now.....latest effort with a little better trip should make this four-year old gelding a major factor in the outcome of the 25K nw2 race

1  Don't Stalk Me   decent trainer 1st out following a claim in Jacobson.......colt has done little wrong in 3 lifetime starts.......and the trainer's go to guy these days is Pedroza who is up today


race 7    average clarity

2  Nine Point Nine   seemingly gets a stalking trip as she did in her latest and if she does and runs the same race she sure looks like the one to overcome.....and with the year Cerin has had she has a good chance to do just that

1  Quebec   consistent sort racing in Florida........needs more than she produced in her latest but considering it was her 1st ever down the hill and run off a 5+ layoff she has a decent shot at showing more with that race under her belt

4  Painting Corners   fresh turf speed is a very dangerous thing when the trainer is Peter Miller......and then there is that nice record on the SA hill (3 2 0 1).....not out of the win picture by any means

3  A Little Me


race 8    below average clarity

3  Jerry's Thunder   best speed in the race so if blinkers off today helps him ration it better he a decent shot at going gate to wire with a bug boy who has been very formidable with speed types

5  John and Montan   away since last fall when he showed little in two lifetime races.....but.......he returns with a new trainer who has him working like a vastly better individual.......very dangerous sort from the Koriner barn

4  Downside Up   seems like the most likely to hit the board but winning is another matter as he sure has been a hanger.....not impossible to win but much more likely to grab 2nd or 3rd

2  Calimonco Flyer

10  Lucky Sun