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Santa Anita for Saturday 9 February 2019

Very nice race card this afternoon.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Miss Voluptuous   trainer has only hit the once (a 3rd) in 15 starts at the new SA meeting but he might get off the snide here with this filly who beat open company on the AW to graduate at GG.....and her debut on the grass is good enough as the trainer is known for not being ready with 1sters

4  Rolling Shadow   mare is nothing special but this seems to be a mediocre group and she appears very well prepared for her 1st race in 2 months........yet to hit the board in 3 starts on the SA turf (3 1 0 2 elsewhere) but she has possible excuses in all three races........not a sprinter - acted up at gate - wide trip too far of a slow pace

7  Sapphire Kid   improved recent a.m. work hints at better in the afternoon today.......Matt Chew might have tweaked something for the better......... and....... as stated above this appears to be a mediocre group

5  Radish


race 2    average clarity

1  Bam Bams Lil River   2 for 2 at today's 5 1/2 furlong distance and 0 for 2 at longer distances missing the board both times........both of the 5 1/2F races were at was it the Lrc surface or the abbreviated sprint distance.......we likely will find out today

3  Reachreachreach   significant step up class wise today but she exits a strong MC20K for three-year old fillies in her latest......same distance and rider.......same mid pack position likely.......trainer has been having a good meeting and has teamed up with the bug boy Figueroa for 6 wins in 16 starts over the last two months

5  Hot Rod Gal   all three lifetime sprint races fit decently here and like our top choice she seems at her best in 5 1/2 furlong affairs where she has a win and a second (by a neck) in 2 starts at the distance


race 3   average clarity

6  Tigerbeach   consistent sort and his lifetime best was run the only time this Morey four-year old ran in a one mile turf race at Santa Anita....... trainer is hot......hard not to like

2  Tough It Out   useful dirt race in latest.......race two back where Sadler claimed fits very well........two recent reassuring drills since his last run on 18 trainer/owner team of late.......should be a player

9  Kristi's Copilot   blinkers off likely to try to slow this seven-year old down early as he flattens out late in most of his grass races......Rosario sticks with the Baltas gelding

3  Ky. Colonel

1  Orchestral


race 4    average clarity

7  Royal Trump   significant improvement 1st time running for O'Neill in his latest in a 6 1/2F affair........right there at the 5 1/2 furlong mark of most of his sprint races at 6f - 6 1/2F 7F.................and the last time that he got to run at today's 5 1/2F he won quite easily

4  Treasure Hunter   seems best at SA and he has handled short rest well in the past.....latest which was the 1st out following the Palma claim is par like for today's level.......and Palma wins about one-quarter of the time 2nd out after a claim.......solid rider/trainer combo to boot

2  Market Sentiment   since Knapp took over the training duties of this six-year-old 4 races back only one race fits.......and it was the only time that this fellow saw a fast rated dirt for his new barn........back in only 7 days rest is a small concern as is some light rain (?)  in the forecast

6  Buckys Pick


race 5    above average clarity

3  Bellafina   already owns two Grade 1 wins and two Grade 2 wins .......and appears at her best at Santa Anita......and she is capable of winning with or without the lead giving her regular rider Pratt options

2  Enaya Alrabb   nearly pulled off a Grade 1 shocker in her last going off at 30 to 1 in only a six horse since the 8 Dec race at Lrc have never been better.......Mike Smith sticks around

1  Calf Moon Bay   on the improve with each and every start and if the trend continues today in a big way maybe this Hollendorfer filly can sit back off of what should be a lively pace and pass as many tired fillies as she can


race 6    above average clarity

2  We Will Re Joyce   Peter Miller filly ran over her head in her last in a race that appears better than it is in print......she dueled on a dull rail and only was beaten by 5 1/2 lengths......that number earned when adjusted for her difficult position makes her the one to beat

8  Eskenforadrink   good speed in this spot and the last two days speed has done very well on the main track........and we get a rider upgrade......such a deal

7  Todos Santos   drop should really help....... but....... what we want to see is a good start because when this mare gets out of the gate fairly well she fits solidly at the 10K level or lower (8K here)........come on Brandon Boulanger

5  Cioppino Pasadino

6  Forthenineteen


race 7    average clarity

4  Desert Stone   earned a very strong adjusted for trouble figure in his latest with multiple points of trouble......I gave him an adjusted fig about 2 1/2 length better than our 3rd choice in the race and also he had a better number 3 back where they also faced each other........trainer is firing on all cylinders of late.....hard not to like

6  Blackjackcat   1st time Hollendorfer and 1st time Mike Smith.....that and Smith looks like he can find himself on a loose lead........he should be one tough guy to get by if allowed to slow things down

1  River Boyne   6 for 6 on the Santa Anita grass and 3 for 4 at today's one mile distance.......but as mentioned above our top choice "out-ran him" a couple of times and/or our 2nd choice has a shot to steal the race......still with that said he should be one tough cookie come stretch time


race 8    above average clarity

6  Much Better   last is very solid considering today's lower level.......and the works since the race are stellar likely because of the change of equipment to "blinkers on"..........and Bob Baffert is 7 for his last 22 1st time blinkers

7  Principe Carlo   colt has won his last 3 dirt sprints dating back to last Fall......and his latest is quite impressive as he was caught 3 wide pressing a solid set of fractions and still was able to win be daylight........6 1/2 furlongs appears to be a plus

4  Mr Paytience   our 2nd choice beat this colt in his latest but O'Neill sees fit to take the blinkers off today and the trainer has been making all the right moves at the new SA meeting

5  Asano


race 9    average clarity

5  Platinum Warrior   jockey Shane Foley gave this colt a nice ride in his latest and he has won a Grade 3 aboard him in Ireland and at today's 10F distance......and overall 10F appears to be a good mini-marathon distance for this four-year old

7  Dabster   Baffert five-year old has rattled off 4 straight strong dirt races and he did so on four different racing and a solid pedigree for the turf suggest he has a very good chance of taking to his 1st ever endeavor on the sod.......and if he does he appears to be the controlling speed in the race

4  Epical   Cassidy four-year old has only raced further than 9F once in 9 lifetime starts .........that race was only one furlong longer than today's 10F and it was by far his best effort/fig of his career.......very dangerous up and coming sort

8  Beach View

3  Chicago Style


race 10    below average clarity

9  Honeymoonz Over   four-year old has never missed hitting the board at SA on the dirt in 7 lifetime starts on it.......that and his last two races are very solid in this spot......Prat very wisely sticks around

1  Tanners Pride   believe it is a smart move by Koriner to put a couple of quick 4F speed works into his gelding as he does well when he has contact to the front end even when he has to go eye to eye........trainer/rider are 3 for their last 5 and with another hitting the board

2  Zippy Groom   good to see Rosario back aboard after being absent for a race.......plenty of speed in this affair should flatter the late run of this four year old......dangerous sort especially if the track isn't as speed favoring today than it has been the last two cards

8  Shifty Dancer

5  Saratoga Morning


race 11    average clarity

5  Scarlet Heat   Dan Blacker got off of the snide this week with a turf horse and with today's rider up and might double his win total here with this filly who was pounded at the windows in her debut and ran fairly decent but not as well as the 2 to 1 favoritism suggested........but......her two works since the debut are vastly improved hinting the grass (as it so often does) muscled her up........Rosario wisely sticks around

3  Dr Wysong     filly has been absent since a decent MSW dirt debut 3rd which was run at Dmr.......average turf pedigree but an above average turf trainer and rider in D'Amato and Prat........should be a player if this three-year old does take to the green carpet

10  Spanish Channel   barely beaten by our top choice in her MSW debut and today we get a significant rider upgrade especially so for a grass fact I would have placed higher if posts 9 thru 14 in hill races wasn't 2 for 37 and 0 for 14 with post 10

9  Shanghai Barbie

8  Lucky Lately

Posted on February 9, 2019 at 8:05 am by richs · Permalink
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