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Santa Anita for Friday 5 October 2018

Like yesterday today's card appears to be an average one handicapping wise and yesterday turned out to be OK.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Forthenineteen   handles the SA dirt just fine and she is an eye-opening 4 for 5 "at the distance"........drop makes sense as she was claimed for only $5K......solid rider/trainer combo

2  Tuscany Beauty   Reed Saldana is dynamite 2nd out after a given claim and that is the case here for his new in 5 for his last 11 with 5 others hitting the board.......hard to ignore that gaudy stat

7  Miz Tianjin   voided claim in latest so her good health is a big ? mark........but Truman gives he 7 weeks off to recover and drops her to the bottom claiming level of 6,250........tough call but dangerous

1  Ballerina Headline


race 2    average clarity

(AE 11 Arctic Roll has a shot if draws into the field)

4  Second Fiddle   sure showed that the lawn is the place she belongs with a solid run over it in her debut.......and the strength of the 5F MSW effort is disguised by a bad trip.........5 works since the 19 Aug race and races at a distance that she should handle.......solid dangerous rider/trainer combo

3 Oleksandra   bet hard and ran very well in 3 races in Australia vs. the guys.......Drysdale has put in copious works into his new shooter.....that and the highly selective (and red-hot) Mike Smith is up for his lone mount on the card.......both suggest this filly is meant and ready

6  Orageuse   one of three lifetime races fit and it was the only race she has run at 6 1/2F on the turf.........that race was run 5F turf to 6 1/2F turf 44 days rest........5F in layoff last.......47 days rest today........hmmmm

9  Screen Shot

7  Dearborn


race 3    average clarity

3  Imperial Creed   trainer is stout 1st time he runs a given runner in a maiden claiming race......that is the case here for this filly coming off of two straight endurance building turf routes to start her career.......her pedigree is solid for the dirt and she sure appears to have a fitness advantage over this field

9  Queen of the Track   takes that ever dangerous drop from MSW racing to maiden claiming.......1st at a route is a ? mark as it is for all in this field but our top choice

5  Spicy Curry   race lacks speed and this Cerin filly has some......look for speed jock Maldonado to go after a loose lead and attempt to wire the field

6  Twitterati

7  American Falls


race 4    average clarity

3  Desired Edge   one of top stats for Jeff Mullins is MSW to MC which is the case today for this three-year old of two efforts to date was her debut which was at today's 6F distance and a solid fit here.....should be a major factor in the outcome of this race

1  London Hotel   nice forward move in her 2nd lifetime start and the effort is somewhat hidden........she ran on a dull inside some after a slightly tardy start and was in tight in the stretch.........earned a solid adjusted for trouble Santucci our top choice she should be a major player

2  Venue   2 of her 4 grass races fit fine number wise.......can she run as well on the main track..........pedigree suggests that she should

5  Zillinda

4  Z Z Tiger


race 5    average clarity

3  Cimpl Man   the 10 post hurt his chances in his latest yet he still manged 2nd earning a solid fig........3 post today should help turn that 2nd into a 1st...........race lacks speed and he has a little.....should save ground and sit close to lead......all that and he sure is sharp in the a.m.

8  Rapid Red   very dangerous trainer 1st out following a claim in O'Neal........and........seems like a good spot for blinkers on.......should be near the front early and in a race that should benefit those that do

4  Secreto Primero   very consistent in turf routes.......appears to be a decent claim by Hess.......the lone time Hess legged up Baze over the last two months they teamed up for win

1  Lewis Vale

9  Big Train


race 6    average clarity

5  Platinum Equity   lifetime best and totally disguised by a brutal trip was the only time this gelding raced on the SA dirt......alarming multiple level drop but the works hint he  is sound enough......we shall see

7  Hard Arch   by far at his best on the Santa Anita dirt......takes a logical drop after failing twice at one level higher.......Cerin should have him ready to roll

6  Indian Gulch   nice spin around the track (beaten 26L) in latest in a protected race to drop and go go go today with plenty of doubt in the minds of those interested in claiming him.......1st on the SA dirt is a ? mark

3  Haylord


race 7    average clarity

6  Shadow Sphinx   both grass races when not wearing blinkers (his last two races) are solid.......those two endeavors were run at 8F.......and there are signs that suggest 9F will be even a better fit for this Baltas three-year old

8  Epical   both lifetime 9F grass races fit fine here......might have considered as top choice if it wasn't for a slumping trainer and rider over the last 2 or 3 months in Cassidy and Desormeaux

1  Andesh   another trainer in D'Amato who has been chilly the last couple of months.....but......he might jump-start things here with colt who ran over his noggin in his latest in what was likely nothing more than an endurance building gimme to be fully fit for his 3rd out off a layoff.......and 3rd out after a layoff is in the D'A's wheelhouse

7  Move Over

5  Risky Proposition



race 8    below average clarity

7  June Two Four   2 of his last 3 route races run which includes his last fit well here.......and take note that trainer George Papaprodromou is (2 1 1 0) to start the meeting

3  Obscure Law   up the track in lone start 16 months ago which was on the turf.....but "up the track" is often the case for a Marty Jones 1st timer especially one that went off at 66 to in the Powell barn and drops precipitously......and whereas Jones in on a downward spiral Powell is on the upswing for 2018.......dangerous sort

11  Bank Walker   eats cash but his latest drill hints he might finally live up to the money he draws at the windows......that and he is trained by the ever dangerous hard to leave out Peter Miller

10  Ironic Ron

5  Elevate

4  Armed Wall




Posted on October 5, 2018 at 9:04 am by richs · Permalink
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