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Santa Anita for Sunday 17 June 2018


Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there.!


Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Proud 'n' Ready   trainer has had a good year.....this appears to be a good spot 1st following the move to get Prat as he is (3 2 0 1) on this mare while others are (10 0 0 3) overall on the grass

5  Gone to Bali   lured into this seldom run condition claimer or "claim me please' ......we shall likely find out the answer around 12:30 pacific time

2  Girl Downstairs   good chance this mare gets a good up close ground saving trip in this spot.......and with Nakatani up who has done well on this lady in the past

8  You're A Goat

3  War Moccasin


race 2    average clarity

3  Master Ruler   hurting for sure in some manner as this once promising colt has slipped plenty.......but I doubt Stevens would accept the mount if he didn't believe this colt still had something left in him

5  Unobtainable   good works in preparation for his return to the race wars and that might be more significant than it usually is as he also returns as a 1st time gelding

2  Rhettbutler   seems likely to sit last in the field that should have a lively pace......their is often lone speed and once in awhile there is lone closer.....that might be the case today which if it is would put him in the driver's seat


race 3    average clarity

4  Capall   drop makes total sense.......all but one of 4 career races fit well here with the considering MSW to MC drop....and we get a rider upgrade for a turf race.......Miller is 32% win with a large sampling MSW to MC

5  Seventyone   good grass pedigree......good a.m. work for the given MC level.......and she only went for $50K at sale so starting in a MC50K doesn't bother me much

2  Alfareed   sprint-sprint-route scenario and 1st time in a maiden claimer.......sure appears well-meant this afternoon.......yet to leave the metal monster very well so the start might be key

1  Impression

11  Invasion Looming


race 4    below average clarity

8  Traffic Thief   returns to the race wars off of a 2 month break and with a vastly improved work tab showing.......that and he drops quite a bit.........bug boy could use a win and might be getting a "bone" here from Sadler

1  Vegas Rich    all three lifetime dirt routes the rider change for an off pace type.......don't see any reason that this gelding should not hold form

3  Supreme Giant   best in route races yet seldom races in them......decent route race in latest and comes back in one for today......might be ignored at the windows

4  Call Ended

6  War in the West


race 5    below average clarity

5  Avanti Bello   1st time gelding and just what you want to see as improved a.m. work......O'Neill has been magical the last 3 weeks or so and might continue the good times here

2  Little Scotty   two big wins in two lifetime dirt think the connections think they were a tad lucky when the race 2 back was taken off of the turf.......loves a loose lead but he most likely will need to deal with our 3rd pick early.......or.......would have been top choice

3  Lookie Loo   like his chances more if Draydon Van Dyke lets the 2 horse go and stalks him.....what a year for the best trainer on the planet - Bob Baffert


race 6    average clarity

3  Arms Runner   2 for 3 on the SA hill including a Stakes win on it.........and the colt gets the most accomplished jock on his back that he has ever had........that and Miller/Desormeaux are one formidable combo

5  Sharp Samurai   gelding has fired some big efforts off of 2 month breaks so that and a strong preparatory work regiment bodes well for him to run a big race off of a 7 month break

2  Ashleyluvssugar   very talented turf runner but he wants more ground to work with than one mile.......perplexing why a sharp trainer like Eurton isn't running him longer......but with that said he still might be able to get up in time


race 7    below average clarity

1  Victory Seeker   bad claim for sure but this filly appears ready off of a 9 month layoff and 2nd out for her new barn.......believe simply put it is time to cut into the red least I hope that is the case

8  Lookinforadanger   mare has run fairly well over her career when the barn has been willing to drop....takes a significant drop in claiming here

2  Peaked   filly fits well if she takes to her 1st ever on conventional dirt as she is racing at the lowest level of her life for Hess and company

4  Majestic Diva

3  Southern Treasure


race 8    average clarity

2  Tiz a Billy  (6 3 2 0) down the hill and training very solidly at LA.......appears to be the controlling speed and gets a rider upgrade......loves contact to the front end and this gelding should get that today

6  B Squared   consistent sort on the turf or the dirt and the connections (Reddam-Gutierrez-O'Neill) know how to win races and especially so of late

11  Cistron   both lifetime efforts on the majestic SA hill grass course are solid and I would have placed higher if it wasn't for drawing the outer-most 11 post.....a few scratches would help

7  Bombard

8  Perfectly Majestic


race 9    average clarity

1  Summer's Indy   has raced only once on the SA dirt and that race stands out as his best by far........repeat of the effort would very likely put him in the circle of joy.....believe the barn will pull out all stops today as it will be quite some time until he can race at SA again

2  Varanasi   here is the comment for a top choice win we had yesterday, "Mandella has had a bad year by his lofty standards but might jump-start things here........he is overdue to awaken.......that is for sure".......Richard might make it back to back wins today with this laid up filly making only her 2nd career start but training as if she can run some

6  The Innocent One   40 to 1 for a Jerry Hollendorfer 1st time starter has gimme written all over it........full blown go likely today in start number two

3  Angelic

7  Media Tone


race 10    average clarity

7  Awesometastic   filly finally gets to race on the turf which she is extremely well-bred to handle.....away since October but training as if she is meant and ready for Baltas and friends

2  Mo See Cal   suspicious drop but O'Neill is in go mode so not as suspicious as it would be sometimes.....sure fits a ton if her good health is still intact

4  Khaleesi   blinkers on today for the mother of dragons and she cuts back in turf distance.......Mike Machowsky is rather dangerous 1st time he puts the blinkers on a given horse

3  Neon Gypsy

1  Lady Beware




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