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Santa Anita for Friday 22 February 2019

Average card at best this afternoon.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Stormy Liberal   4 for 4 at the 5 & 5 1/2 furlong turf distance......and two of those races were the BC turf at CD & one at Dmr......and today's jock was up four three of the four abbreviated turf sprint races.......that'l do

4  Eddie Haskell   by far at his best at 5F on the sod (8 5 1 2)........(6 0 0 3) at other turf sprint distances........still he will need plenty to go right to out finish our top selection........leading rider Rosario being aboard might help that happen

2  Tough Sunday   1 for 1 at the 5F turf distance and the race was off of a prolonged layoff like trainer for today in D'Amato who is quite dangerous taking over a new horse........especially so racing off of a layoff


race 2    average clarity

4  Li'l Grazen   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  just fired her lifetime best with the switch to the Peter Miller barn.......two reassuring 4F works since the 18 Jan race where she was victorious despite about 4 lengths of trip trouble (shuffled back 1 length and ran 3 wide on the turn)........Rosario wisely stays put

5  Lady Ninja   runs at her best with contact to the front end and she has a decent shot at getting that here as the race lacks speed and she just put in a speed building quick 4F drill at Slr.......and back to Prat (after being absent for a race) who rode her to a 4L win at the 25K level

3  Time for Ebby   needs better but the cut back in distance might help her get there as she is rather dismal sprinting past 6F


race 3    average clarity

4  Cooney   very dangerous trainer in Bill Morey when he ships in from GG off of a dull race.......should fit well at today's claiming level restricted to three-year old runners........1st on the dirt but he seems awfully solid in this spot if he takes to it

1  Two Fifty Two   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  tough when he is able to get the early lead and he has as good a shot at getting it as anyone in the race.......good trainer/rider combo to O'Neill and apprentice rider Figueroa

5  Lead Star   fits well number wise at the 20K claiming level.......mostly placed as the 3rd choice because the race shape doesn't seem to favor his off pace racing style


race 4    below average clarity

6  Chay Up and Away   trainer is often at his best off of long layoffs and 13 months off for this mare sure qualifies for that........and this mare ran well in her maiden debut and you don't get any more fresh than that........and she won her only lifetime race at SA.....should be a price

4  Tiz Toffee   good history 2nd out after breaks and that is the case today........very reassuring solid 4F work put in just 5 days ago........hard not to like

3  Lovely Raquel   lone win came the only time that this mare was up for sale.......and like today the race was run off of a prolong layoff.......should be motoring hard late

1  Dannie Joe


race 5    average clarity

10  Special Purpose   willing to toss out her latest racing endeavor as she sat dead last in a race with very slow fractions for a race down hill.........race two back is solid and might be good enough to win this despite a post down the hill that is 0 for 16........that and we get the magic of Flavien Prat

7  Animosity   seems very noteworthy that the only time this filly raced down the hill was in her MSW debut and she won.....and Gallagher seldom wins with debut runners.......and the jock who rode that day struggled in S Cal.......leading rider Rosario up today

1  Spy Ring   by far at her best in grass sprints (7 1 3 1) and it seems that her connections understand that now......decent shot she moves forward 2nd out after the layoff as her a.m. work looks solid since her return to the race wars on January 20th

5  Batiquitos

6  Space Talk


race 6    average clarity

2  Samandah   takes that ever magical drop from MSW racing to low-level MC........and she appears to be the controlling speed in the race and with 1st time Rosario........trainer Papaprodromou is having a better meeting then his overall record indicates

4  Hat Trick   William Morey is rather decent with the sprint-sprint-route maneuver so to some degree I am overlooking her pedigree to handle a route which for me is below average

7  Thanks   filly set way too fast a pace in latest and predictably tired to finish a distance 4th.......Roman needs to slow things down like he did two back.....if he does her chances of visiting the circle of joy should be enhanced

1  Discrete Stevie B


race 7    average clarity

1  Ostini   appears as if he will be able to get loose like he did in his latest which led to his graduation from the MSW ranks......and he might be feeling awfully good today coming off a reasonable paced loose (likely stress free) race

3  Jet Set Ruler   showed plenty of life following a slow break from the gate.......and considering it was his 1st race in 3 1/2 months more seems likely this his chances if he gets a better exit from the metal monster this afternoon

2  Cool Green   lifetime best was run the last time this fellow competed at SA in a one mile grass race......and it was at today's same level of recent bullet work and for a trainer that doesn't push them too hard in the a.m........and Keith Desormeaux is having a strong SA meeting

7  Push Thru


race 8    above average clarity

4  Super Duper Cooper   significant awakening in his race 2 back which was a 16nw3 was so strong that Mike McCarthy saw fit to step up his gelding way up into an allowance race.......he improved again but couldn't do better than 4th because of a very wide trip........cut back to 35K nw3 makes sense as does getting the meets top gun to ride.........hard not to like

2  Fersguson   needs ample time between starts and gets it today........very dangerous when he grabs the lead and he has a decent shot at getting it here......trainer has only 7 wins in 2018/19 but at least two of them are with this horse

1  Hey Sequoia   trainer has had a break-out year over the last 12 months but mostly on the grass .....but this colt draws Prat and he does own an out-of-town route race at Emd that seemingly fits fine here

3  Treasure Hunter


race 9    average clarity

7  Camino de Estrella   trainer Tim Yakteen had a solid day last Monday and might keep the good times rolling here with this horse who was only beaten by 2 1/4 lengths in his last at a level a couple of notches tougher.......that race was at one mile on the grass and today's 9F of sod might suite him better looking at his running lines........switch to Rosario who happens to have won his last 3 of 4 mounts for the trainer

3  Georgie Hyphen   70 to 1 in his last hints the race was nothing more than a public work-out.......and with Machowski no looking training look who snatches up the four-year old.......Mr. Peter Miller.........gelding won his 2nd out in Ireland.......that makes his 2nd start in the good old U S of A rather interesting

8  Hot American   most proven in the field that the distance of 9 furlongs will not be a determent........seems better with the blinkers off and following four straight races with them on they are off for today..........trainer Ryan Hanson is quietly having a good SA meeting

6  Mr. Maggio

2  Top Gallant



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