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Santa Anita for Monday 18 February 2019

OK card to finish off the last day of racing for this extended week. Be with you next Friday. Hope that you have some nice days off

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

6  Sapori Girl   36 to 1 in her MSW turf debut has endurance building gimme/tune-up written all over it to muscle up and drop into today's MC........filly should have some kick let when push comes to shove in the late stages of this race down the hill

7  Field Bet   trainer is an eye-popping 6 for 6 in the exacta with his last six 2nd out MC runners.........but this gals a.m. work hints she is a full-blown "go" for her MC debut

10 Gallantlystreaming  might be a welcome back gift from Sadler to Victor Espinoza who is returning after being hurt and sidelined since last summer......two of this fillies three lifetime turf races fit well at today's lower level and one of them was down the hill

8  Persephone

11 AE  Seaside Dancer

4  Si'mon Li'mon


race 2    average clarity

8  For the Hustle   decent history racing at 6 1/2 & 7 furlongs on fast racing surfaces.......I am putting a line thru this gelding's last 3 races (gimme 3 back - off track 2 back - disliked two turns in latest) .......previous 3 races fit including a 7F race at SA......seems like the speed of the speed especially with Maldonado up

6  Giddymeister   Rosario (my pick from day one to win the SA riding title) won four yesterday and might keep the good times rolling with this four-year old who gets blinkers off my guess is the connections want Rosario to take back early which this fellow seems to appreciate

2  Implicitly   might have really gotten muscled up off of his grass race in latest as his works since are vastly improved........trainer is cold but has a shot at getting some of his mojo back here

4  Hollywood Square

3  Typhoon Harry


race 3    average clarity

1  Confidently   lifetime best was her only race on the grass and that 9F race fits well here........Rosario will likely hustle her early some as this race lacks speed........and Shirreffs is having his best S Cal race meet in many a moon

3  Decorating   filly seems as talented as anyone in this field but she might need a little more pace than anticipated to get up in time in this one mile grass race with the rail out 20 feet

2  Curlin's Journey  filly should save ground thru turn one and sit on or near the front early which in this race seems to favor those that do..........would have rated her chances higher if she hadn't been away since May.......but her a.m. hints she's fit.......we shall see as the trainer struggles in S Cal


race 4    above average clarity

4  Galilean   Hollendorfer colt has to blow a gasket not to be extremely tough here......and his work tab hints that would be unlikely

3  Irish Heatwave   sprint-sprint-route scenario and turf to dirt.......and we get a significant jock upgrade........trainer is having a very nice SA meeting.......not impossible to win but plenty has to go right

2  Whopping Jay   rebounded nicely in his latest and his strong 47:1H 3/118 since hint he can build on the race......1st at a route with an OK pedigree for one


race 5    average clarity

4  Kookie Gal   Miller & Prat at the helm.......that and this filly should have an endurance advantage in this spot as all four of her career races are routes and only the 3 outside horses have seen a route......hard not to like

2  Mucho Unusual   Yakteen has had this filly ready the two times he placed her in Stakes races running 2nd in both.........1st at a route and 1st on the grass with OK breeding for both

9  Apache Princess   consistent and very nice three-year Cal-bred filly just won a Grade 3 in race taken off the grass and moved to the main track........mostly placed as our 3rd choice because her only two turn turf race is a little "short" of what it usually takes to win this level.......but than again it was only one route race

8  Lakerball

1  Lippy


race 6    average clarity

3  Oh Man   turf to dirt and drops.........seems better on the turf than the dirt......seems like the most likely to grab the lead........Baltas has been winning his fair share

6  Buck Duane   hidden city here.......likely disliked running in route races in his last two........race 3 back predictably faltered as he raced off of only 5 days rest.........solid improved 5F work since his last.......and it has been a very long time since this Knapp four-year old worked as far as 5F.......should be a price

7  Ayacara   not may favorite trainer in Cerin with horses that are in a downward spiral like this gelding......but......his last two works are two good to ignore

5  Rolls Royce Deal

8  Curly's Mark


race 7    average clarity

2  Trevieza   need her race 4 back (which is quite strong here) which was run one mile turf to 6 1/2 furlong turf off of 28 mile grass race 24 days ago........6 1/2F turf's not rocket science

4  Oleksandra   2 for 2 on the SA hill and retains Pratt.......her latest race is her best to date in the USA as she was able to win despite a 4 wide trip........better post for stout grass jock Prat to deal with today

8  Cordiality   exits a key $200K State-bred Stakes race where she was somewhat compromised by a 3 wide trip........Miller puts her up for the same $62,500 tag he claimed her for two races back......not out of the win picture whatsoever here

5  Amuse

7  Kelly's Humor


race 8    average clarity

1  Priness Jada   trainer can show very little in the a.m. and still come out firing with a MC 1st time starter......and many that do "fire" do it with only one gate work or no gate work......but they all have prolonged work tabs like this filly has........should be a price

9  Out of Control   trainer has been terrific the last 2 months or so with MC 1st time starters all of which we liked to various degrees........tough post at this abbreviated 5F sprint distance or I would have rated top choice

4  Floss N Dab   Miller wins his fair share of MC 1st time starters and this filly only cost 20K so starting for 20K seems her back to back gate works only 5 days apart......she likely has early speed for Miller to place her in an abbreviated 5 furlong sprint race

2  Imminent

10  Miss Omnipotent


race 9    average clarity

6  North County Guy   2 of his last 3 races on the hill are par like for today's level........sprint-sprint route scenario and for a trainer who is dynamite the 1st time he sends a given grass horse "long".........gelding should be on or near the lead saving ground.......Rosario stays put......hard not to like

5  United   laid up since his last in July at WO.......winds up in the Mandella barn and with an aggressive work regiment that suggests he is meant and ready for his new connections........and the fact Prat and his agent want the mount supports the notion

2  Cupid's Claw   par like race in his last which was the 25 Jan version of this one mile grass alw race..........same post and rider for today.......and Talamo gave him a nice trip from the 2 post in his last.......not out of the win picture by any means.......pun intended

3  Sellwood

9  Jungle Warfare

11 AE  Extordinary Jerry


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