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Santa Anita for Monday 21 January 2019

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So so card today but the grass races seem decent and I have been doing better in the grass races than the dirt races of late.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Anonymously   Cerin appears to have a nice pick-up here as this young filly stepped on the turf for the 1st time at FG and ran a strong one mile turf route where she ran 2nd to a next out winner......likely will handle the cut back in distance as she sprinted just fine on the AW at WO.......and she gets Rosario on her back

7  Be Lifted Up  Prat stays on this filly for Mullins for her first on the sod........this youngster popped her best on the dirt so far.....not crazy about her turf pedigree but Prat sees fit to stick with her

8  Hot Rod Girl   another with a questionable grass pedigree but if she handles it she is a threat to go gate to wire with a good gate jock up in Pedroza

2  Kate's Princess

3  Hot On the Trail


race 2    below average clarity

5  Gold Arrow   tightly spaced and numerous solid 5 and 6 furlong works suggest Hollendorfer has this MSW 1st time starter meant and ready to roll at 1st has tossed two winners from two starters

2  Scattering Mink   another 1st timer who is training well enough to possibly be a major factor in the outcome of this race.........and she draws the meets top gun in Flavien Prat

3  Lady Mamba   five-year old mare has more to prove on the dirt and also in sprints......but.......she sure is training sharply for her return to the race wars for Peter Eurton.......and she draws Mike Smith who is getting on nothing but live mounts and riding them well



race 3    below average clarity

3  Naughty Sophie   speed was solid yesterday and if the track remains the same today good speed rider Maldonado will be one happy guy.......filly still has a shot to win even if we don't get a speed bias but less of one

4  Eastern Dream   much better racing on conventional dirt surfaces than anywhere else.......that and this gal has been improving since Bob Hess claimed her three races back.........don't stop now

1  D D's Lute   seven lifetime races run at SA and number wise 4 of them fit fine vs. today's group......that and today's rider Joe Talamo seems to get the most out of her

5  Empress of Lov   believe this filly who overall runs fairly well and that includes the main track dirt surface at SA........trainer Andrew Lerner has been firing better than his would indicate......and his (6 2 0 1) to start the SA meeting isn't too shabby


race 4    average clarity

8  Goodtingscominpink   nice 16 December MC30K debut at Lrc and she has been able to put in 3 works since........very high % trainer with maiden claimers in Adam Kitchingman......hard not to like

7  A Dime for Me    strong MC debut 2 so race in her 2nd start in late Dec.......impressive bullet 4F drill since her 29 Dec. race.......trainer & rider hadn't won a race together for a long time until a win on Friday but they used to be rather formidable in the past......maybe they are up for more visits to the winners starting right here

5  Rather Nosy   trainer is a stellar 12 for 36 with the MSW to MC move......but.....this drop from turf MSW to MC30K on the dirt doesn't make a lot of sense as both of his MSW turf races on the hill would make her tough at the MC50K level......still it is hard to not respect the aforementioned stat

6  Your Royal Coil

9  Curryforthree


race 5    below average clarity

5  Friendly Steve   appears to have the most route speed in the race and the lone time he was loose on a lead he won for fun at today's one mile distance albeit at Del Mar

4  Wilshire Dude   fairly consistent sort has a good chance to stalk (or maybe even lead) in this race........good rider/trainer combo of late

2  I Can Do This   sprint tune-up in last off of the extended hiatus from the game........rider upgrade and to a rider & trainer that have been on fire with their last 3 as a team (3 2 1 0)

7  All I Can Say

1  Canadian Game


race 6    average clarity

3  Apache Princess   appears best on the turf and best in sprints and gets both today.......impressive MSW breaking win down the hill in latest.......that race fits well at today's higher level......same post, weight & jock.......should make a good account of herself again

6  Angel Alessandra   1 for 2 on the sod both route races......been off since September and returns with a.m. work that is vastly better than what it was last summer.......1st down the hill and Miller must really believe his filly will like the unusual configuration for him to bypass another turf route.....that's good enough for little old me

2  Courteous   dangerous route turf speed cutting back in distance here.......and this filly won her lone race on the majestic SA hill........dangerous sort

1  Velvet Queen

7  Creative Instinct


race 7    below average clarity

8  John's Intuition   slightly better than par in the December 31st version of this race going off at 31 to 1.......same effort today appears to make him the one to beat but I am slightly leery because he doesn't move into a MSW affair at least for one try at the level

7  Cryin' Chuck   work tab hints this Machowsy three year old is meant and ready for his MC debut.......trainer is supposedly changing occupations soon so maybe the owners want to help him go out in style

9  Like Really Smart   19 to 1 in a 6 horse field of MSW runners hint the race run in mid Nov. was needed.......switches riders to Prat for his 2nd lifetime start and with the magical move from MSW racing to MC.......1st time blinkers.......might sit closer........danger city

2  Fair Challenge

5  No Parking Here


race 8    above average clarity

3  Vasilika   five year old mare finally got beat after 8 straight wins.......but that race was at Dmr.......back at SA today where she has 7 wins and a 2nd in 8 races on it's turf course.......that'l do

1  Ms Bad Behavior   Mike Smith is very tough on route turf speed and he gets his 1st mount on this nice Baltas filly who can win on or off of the lead.......not out of the win picture here despite the quality of our top choice

4  Amadine   beat our 2nd selection 2 back and back to the jock who was aboard that day.......trainer Mullins is doing better than his 3 for 21 win total would indicate



race 9    average clarity

5  Chill   extremely fast works on the SA surface for this WO invader in preparation for this race.....and very well spotted to succeed

6  Concur   D'Amato is doing his Mike Mitchell imitation of conditioning a in a prolonged series of tightly spaced muscle his gelding up works........Prat a believer as he wisely sticks around despite the 2 month break

4  Fast Cotton   gelding is improving by leaps and bounds and has a very sharp drill since his 15 December win at Lrc in 108:4.......not out of the win picture by any means

7  Shane Zain


race 10    above average clarity

3  Out of Balance   very strong 9F grass race in latest.....that race should really enhance her endurance for today's 8F grass race.......Prat wisely sticks around as graduation day seems to be at hand

4  Ladymidtown   O'Neill is firing on all cylinders right fact much of is stock is running over their heads.......with that in mind this laid up grass filly is likely ready and might be up for his best ever and with 1st time Rosario up......danger city

2  Speedette   Keith Desormeaux is as hot as he has been in many a expect another solid race from this three year old filly and like our top choice her endurance down the stretch should be improved with the full furlong cut back in turf distance

7  Gemagine

8  Enlisting

Posted on January 21, 2019 at 8:54 am by richs · Permalink
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