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Santa Anita for Sunday 30 December 2018

Sure like today's card and following a rough day yesterday It would be nice to get our fair sure of decent trips. Two more days of racing and then two days off and we are back at it again on Friday.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

9  More Over   colt tailed off some but has been given enough time off in 12 weeks (with 10 works since his last) to get his act together physically speaking........and the fact that Rosario takes the mount supports the idea of a rebound of sorts today......and he owns a good history on the SA hill turf course to boot

5   Flip the Coin Jan   two for three on the hill and his best to date on it was with today's bug boy up.......trainer has had one solid year with his stock competing on the turf

1  Bahamian   lifetime best and that is rather hidden was his lone race down the SA hill grass course.......drop back into claiming doesn't concern me much as 50K is where Cerin took him for 3 races back

2  Raven Creek

6   Shadow Sphinx

 

race 2    average clarity

6  Secret Maneuver   lone win can the only time that Keith Desormeaux risked losing this filly running for a tag and the race was her MC debut........up for 20K tag today and back to his brother Kent whose only mount on this filly was in that debut......hmmm

3  At the Margin   Ed Freeman is doing his Mike Mitchell imitation as in working this two-year old filly with a series of very tightly spaced drills averaging less that 6 days apart since 21 November........wound up like a top and ready to unwind

5  Portal Creek   lifetime best and a fit here was run two back at SA where she won as our 2nd selection at 16 to 1........then in her next start she faced tougher and ran better than it appears in print as she stumbled badly

 

race 3    average clarity

2  Red Shelby   she can fly that's for sure but she has lacked staying power......so......I sure like the back to back 6F works that Miller put into her to finish off her a.m. preparation for today's layoff run........hot riding bug boy should kick clear and be tough to wheel in

6  Conquest Flatterme     SCRATCHED OUT   mare has been racing versus better maybe for a touch too long and finally gets placed where she has a good shot at success.......and look who jumps aboard the Cerin runner.......Mr Joel Rosario

1  Bragging Rights   seems best of the late runners and there should be a hot pace.......that and the trainer and rider have won their last three as a team (Franco/Sherlock)

4  Lady Ninja

 

race 4    average clarity

1  Lady Prancealot   two-year old filly has shown that she belongs in non-Graded Stakes races with 2 2nd's in as many starts in them.....and her best race to date was the lone time she got to compete on the SA turf.......away since 2 Nov but Baltas appears to have her all cranked up and ready to go......1st time Rosario supports the notion she is "ready"

5  Colonial Creed   filly has done little wrong in 3 lifetime one mile grass races as in a win and two solid 2nd's in 3 starts........Bejarano knows her well having been up for all of career races.......believe she will get a decent stalking trip

8  Thriving   toss out last as she checked hard and after that Prat wisely wrapped up on her........nice 4 work series since the 24 Nov race.......Pratt stays aboard for her 2nd USA of start.......trainer is off to a good start and is very dangerous with new turf stock

2  Splashy Kisses

7  Giza Goddess

 

race 5    below average clarity

2  Psychedelicat   not much in a couple of attempts at today's distance but those races were early in his career......and.......his last two wins came at 7F with his latest run two races back being very solid and somewhat hidden in its strength by a wide trip up on a decent pace

4  Super Duper Cooper   last win came 10 races back and it was the last time this gelding was put in a claiming race.......and it was also the last time T C Baze rode this Michael McCarthy gelding......hmmmm

8  Impression   right guy for the job in Martin Pedroza to clear by the turn and get what this gelding needs as a loose lead.........our 4th choice also has plenty of early speed and has a strong speed rider up as well so this won't be an easy task

5  Elwood J

7  Ronton

 

race 6    average clarity

8  Anuket   Baffert two-year old filly finished up her a.m. preparation with 3 of her last 4 drills from the gate and two of them were quite impressive......all systems go for the world's best trainer with MSW debut runners

3  Blue Moonrise   double barrel action for Baffert as he trains our top selection........like his other 1ster this filly is working as if she has plenty of talent

2  Miss Ava's Union   Baltas 1st time starter draws Rosario and the works seem dangerous especially the best of 67 bullet gate work put in on 3 Dec at SA

5  Twice Golden

6  Emrata

 

race 7    average clarity

6  On the Right   Miller three-year old gelding has been away over a year but returns at the lowest MC level available (and of his career) ..........5 of his 6 lifetime starts fit solidly here........trainer is ultra dangerous with horses dropping following long layoffs

3  Serve Me a Double   best ever and a fig that fits well here was run the only opportunity he had to sprint at SA.......that race which was run in Oct. at one MC level higher is vastly better than it appears in print......broke a little tardy and then ran too wide.......hot rider/trainer combo of late to boot

4  Arno's Mane Man   gelding takes that magical drop from MSW racing to low-level MC........if he is OK physically speaking he is dangerous

9  Emotional Ride

1  Bartlett Hall

 

race 8    average clarity

2  Cordiality   good history with today's rider T C Baze up.......last  5 times this mare raced at one mile on the grass look awfully good here........should get a good up close trip saving ground most of the way........believe she is very ready for this race as the connections likely realize they might lose her by way of claim

4  English Dancer   ran a close 3rd in the 24 Nov version of this race run over at Del Mar.....that race fits fine here and today she gets a solid rider upgrade for a grass race.........such a deal

3  Pulpit Rider   beat our 2nd selection in the aforementioned 24 Nov race at Dmr.......stout history racing on the grass at one mile.......as in 3 wins and a 2nd in 5 starts

8  Ippodamia's Girl

10  Lemoona

 

race 9    average clarity

7  Amuse   not one of Mike Smith's finer moments in this youngster's last race as she broke badly and then ran wide or would have made it back to back wins......race two back which was her only race at SA is stellar winning in fast time for the given day with gaps of 4 1/4 - 5 1/2 and 5 1/4 to 2nd - 3rd - 4th......next start after this if she runs like I believe she will is likely in a Stakes race

4  Spend Spend Spend   very solid return to the race wars in latest following a 10 month hiatus breaking her MSW by nearly 5 widening lengths.......that and her race last January at SA was even stronger and hidden in that she ran wide on a rail bias day and still somehow was only beaten by 1/2L.....not out of the win picture by any means

10  Dulce   nice pick-up for new trainer Anna Meah who has yet to win but hit the board in 7 of 12 starts.........race two back at SA like our 2nd choice is strong and disguised......ran 3 wide up on a solid pace and also like our 2nd pick did extremely well to only lose by only 1/2L........draws my pick to win the SA riding title (if he sticks around) in Joel Rosario

8  Oozle

5  Exuberance

 

race 10    average clarity

3  Apache Princess   wide trip following a slightly tardy start of about 1 length and she still managed to get beat by only a neck for the win.......that MSW race was for Cal-breds whereas today's MSW is for open company.........likely exited the race in great shape for her connections to tackle a tougher MSW race........obviously I believe she will up to the task

9  Unicorn   Richard Baltas 1st time starter draws the attention of Prat and his agent off of some decent preparatory drills.....that and the two-year old filly owns a good grass pedigree........Baltas is 2 for his last 23 maiden turf debut runners

1  Gallantlystreaming   two fairly decent turf sprints to start her career.......bred just fine to handle a route........switch to Rosario who has won 3 of his last 4 mounts teaming up with Sadler..........that'l do

10  Harmless

2  Gemagine

 

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