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Santa Anita for Tuesday 1 January 2019


Happy New Year!


Best of luck in all of 2019!


race 1    average clarity

($8,997 SHF carryover here)

1  Runpus Cat   it appears that for a 3rd straight time a given race sets up for his off pace style as there is enough early speed signed up once again today........four year old colt had a good trip starting from the one post in his latest and gets the one hole again today.......same jock in Flavien Prat up who has been red-hot teaming with Baltas of late

2  Blitzkreig   another who should benefit from a likely lively set of fractions......he does lose Prat on his back but Talamo will do.......last is OK but what we want is his effort two back

4  Acclimate   last two racing endeavors fit well and the strength of the effort 2 back is hidden.......nice that bug boy Figueroa stays up as he is (3 2 1 0) on this D'Amato five-year-old

3  Fortune of War

5  Jimmy Chila


race 2    average clarity

3  Winsinfashion   should welcome a return to the SA dirt as she is night and day better on the SA dirt than the Dmr dirt........if she can run as well sprinting at SA as she has run in route races at SA she should be solid fit in this race

7  Smitten Kitten   if this Bill Spawr five-year old mare is still healthy enough two of her four lifetime races fit fine here......tough to tell how she is doing physically speaking as she started her career 22+ months ago and only managed 4 lifetime races

1  Kindred   greatly in need of a significant drop to be competitive and finally gets one today........recent 5F work is  better and I like that it was only put in only 4 days in feeling good when it counts the most as in right before the race

2  Dannnie Joe


race 3    below average clarity

2  Lea's Reward   new to the scene trainer will likely get ignored at the windows this time following a dull race 1st out after a claim in his last.....but the works since that race are more impressive than they were prior to her last start.....mare is (6 2 1 0) at the distance

5  Road Test   better on the dirt and it appears that the barn knows that now.......Roman made what most likely was a premature move to the leaders in last......a more patient better timed move today can put this mare in the thick of things at the wire

1  Carrie's Success   tough call as her sprint ability fits today's racing level.......but.......she has never been a route of ground and that might be a good thing has her pedigree for a route race doesn't exactly scream "long"

4  Bunny Yogurt


race 4    average clarity

6  Sea's Journey   very aggressive work regiment for this Hollendorfer gelding who has been away since 18 Feb. 17 and was trained by Puype before......believe Jerry has a good handle on this five-year old and has him ready to roll off of the extended hiatus from the game

1  Coil to Strike   not much showing in his lone lifetime race way back in February.......but 2019 might be a different story if his good-looking work tab is worth a hoot

2  Dudnation   decent debut.......the kind of 1st start that if he builds off of the effort he can find his way to the circle of joy in his 2nd start

7  Red Envelope


race 5    average clarity

(AE 14  Sea of Liberty   SCRATCHED)

9  You Must Chill   should be tough as nails if he holds form cutting back in claiming price........and.........especially so if he is up to his race 2 back......and that race is better than it appears in print

11  Surprise Fashion   improved grass race in his latest.......drops to the lowest MC level to date.......and gets a significant rider upgrade for a grass race........a trifecta of reasons to consider to three-year old gelding

4  Indy Jones   after two decent trips to start this colt's career he had a bad (very wide) trip with the blinkers put on in his latest......blinkers off today and drops........dangerous sort

3  Zorich

5  Red Clem


race 6    average clarity

3  Ike Walker  stop and drop in he was giving a much-needed break following two sub par efforts.......returns with a solid work tab and drops.....right in Peter Miller's wheelhouse

5  Very Very Stella   new trainer's stock keeps running well but not winning........last 3 races all routes fit fine here......maybe she gets her 1st win to celebrate the new year

4  Arch Prince   3 for 5 at the distance overall and 1 for 1 at SA at the distance........trainer had a big rebound in 2018........rider has fit this Koriner gelding well


race 7    average clarity

1  Solid Wager   eight years old and still going strong especially of late with 2 wins & 4 2nd's in his last 6 races.......needs 6 to 8 weeks between starts to run his best and as he does most of the time Peter Miller gives it to him......big race 1st time Van Dyke in last and he wisely rides right usual he should be closing late

3  Threefiveindia   very consistent when not wearing blinkers which is the case today.......and especially so racing less than seven panels.......6 1/2F here.......Rosario up

6  Red Lightning   gimme go 24 Nov 17 at Dmr to 26 Dec 17 SA led to 5L powerful win at 6 1/2F.......last race 2 Dec 18 Dmr.......6 1/2 furlongs at SA today.........hmmmm

5  Captain Scotty


race 8    above average clarity

3  Stormy Liberal   shows up almost every time and especially for his races down the SA hill grass course........8 wins and 4 2nd's at the distance in 14 starts.......that'l do

8  Caribou Club   tough trip down the hill in September when Talamo was not riding as well as he is now......should have won that G3.......Talamo will be out to make amends

2  Calculator   double barrel action for Miller as he also trains our top choice.......this seven year old is 3 for 4 on the hill......and 2 for 19 everywhere else........and he pops some big efforts now and than......dangerous sort

4  Afleet Ascent

7  Conquest Tsunami


race 9    average clarity

4  Princess Kendra  hard not to like her off pace ability in this spot loaded with speed.....that and she is rather consistent.........she has been in the exacta on conventional dirt surfaces (19 of 43) and many of those races were at SA

1  Eskenforadrink   1 post you say is a problem.......not for this filly as she won from the post in her last and her race 3 back.......don't know diddly about the trainer but if he knows what he is doing I like this gal's chances

8  Lucky Student   many physical problems but if he holds the body together today he is rated too low by yours truly

6  Tiger Mom

2  Hero for Hire


race 10    below average clarity

12  Offshore Affair   very consistent and versatile as he has handled 3 different surfaces and can sprint or go his chances of taking to the hill seem awfully good.......Baze has been a little chilly to start the meet but might jump-start things here

11  Grab the Munny   ran evenly versus open company in a route grass race in last following a bit of a slow pace up front to close into so the effort is hidden.........showed he can sprint and on the AW or the real thing.........doubt handling the hill will be a problem especially with Rosario jumping aboard

14 AE  Whooping Jay    SCRATCHED OUT  if this guy (who nearly won a 100K Stakes on the turf) draws in and Rosario takes this fellow over the 11 horse lookout as it will indicate this three-year old likely is ready........and he has plenty of ability on the sod

8  Takeo Squared

10  Clem Labine    SCRATCHED OUT

7  Scouted

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