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Santa Anita for Sunday 24 February 2019

Difficult sequence of races (4 thru 7) as you can tell from the clarity ratings. Be back with you on Thursday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

4  Justin's Quest   seemingly on the improve with every start and his latest is exceptionally strong for the MSW level.......sure like the ample time off following such big run........same track and distance........should be as tough as nails if he gets anywhere close to the 31 December race again

5  Victory Element   par like races in all three lifetime starts......will need better than par here if he wants to beat our top selection........recent works hint he will move forward and run better than what degree seems to be the ? mark

1  Caribbean   needs race 3 back and then some......trainer has had his best S Cal meeting in many a moon


race 2    average clarity

1  Nations Hope   solid wake-up in last especially pace wise.....was the catalyst for it the off track or not......if it wasn't he should be in the mix from the get go and tough thru-out

4  Sooner Better   toss out last as this colt appeared to dislike the off going.......race two back is better than it looks in print.......rider upgrade especially so when Arias is on a Keith Desormeaux is "live baby live"

6  Midnight Roamer   94 to 1 in his MSW debut says tune-up city........we likely will see what that three-year old is made of today

3  Mulzoff


race 3    average clarity

4  Gypsy Blu   seems like an excellent claim for $20K by Glatt especially considering he has a protected spot to race in and yet it is a few lengths easier than her last level where she won......and we also get a rider works.......all systems go

1  Madaket Sunset   she has run well on and off of the pace in 2 lifetime races on the SA hill grass course.......that versatility gives Bejarano options.....such a deal

2  Operandi   well proven on the Santa Anita hill (6 2 2 1).........mostly placed as 3rd choice because I'M not crazy about the fact she has only worked twice since her 12 Jan race.......and gets a very negative rider switch especially for a grass race (23% win on the lawn as compared to 6% win on the lawn)


race 4    below average clarity

6  Uno Trouble Maker   tepid top pick can really fly early but others in here can as well so it is nice that she has shown that she can win without the lead (2nd lifetime start on 29 Dec 17)........trainer Bill Spawr is white-hot and a good portion of his recent success is with today's rider Tiago Pereira up

1  No Wine Untasted   4 for 5 win when he opens up a loose mentioned above there is more than one speed horse in this race.......and like our top pick his trainer is also on fire with his limited starters at the SA meeting

5  Baby Ice   connections likely will have their fingers crossed that the 1 and the 6 go at it hard early and do each other in.........that sure would enhance their chances with this mare who can stalk


race 5    below average clarity

6  Kitty Boom Boom   useful dirt sprint debut and now gets to run on a surface that should be to her liking.......seems pointed for today's turf route.......and the fact that Smith shows up for only one mount on the card only supports the notion

3  Ruby Bradley   ran a Z pattern (fell back and then closed) in her debut which was down the our top pick she might have been out to muscle up and be ready for her 2nd lifetime race......bred decently for a one mile turf race.......we shall see

5  Stylin Ocean   route-sprint-route scenario for this filly who is proven in grass routes although she has yet to hit the board in 3 grass routes.........but......she might have a very soft group to face today especially if I am all wet about the top two picks improving today

4  Lucky Lately


race 6    below average clarity

1  He Will   strong hidden move forward in latest in a 9F turf affair.......cuts back in distance and switches to the main track where he is 2 for 5 on the SA dirt.........drop makes sense as he is now 7 and has not earned his keep in 2018/19........and Hollendorfer is not messing around as he gets Rosario to ride

5  Avanti Bello   claimed back by Cerin and the only race run for this fellow with Cerin as the trainer (16 Nov 18) is solid.......and it is a good sign that Prat rides thru the claim

2  Sheer Flattery   hopefully bug boy Espinoza sends this fellow hard early as he does awfully well when he has contact to the front end.......we shall see

3  Secret Touch 


race 7    below average clarity

4  Tequila Joe   very good history for this gelding 2nd out following a layoff.......and that is the case for this afternoon's support at the windows whatsoever in his latest in a protected race......drops into a 40K claimer......full throttle today

5  Magic Musketier   last time this colt saw the grass was 4 races back in October where he ran one impressive race..........big rush down the back stretch and blocked badly in the home stretch........amazing effort to only get beat by one our top pick he also drops.......and draws Mr Rosario for the 1st time.........hard not to like

7  Cimpl Man   at his best at today's one mile turf distance.......trainer has struggled in 2018/19 but he might have made a good claim here and he is willing to put him up for the same tag he claimed this gelding for......good to see Desormeaux ride thru the claim

2  Incredible Luck


race 8    above average clarity

3  S Y Sky   five-year old mare is capable on or off of the pace and she sure is consistent.......basically she needs to run one of her softer lifetime races not to be a major factor in this small Stakes race

1  Show It N Moe It   best racing at 6 1/2 furlongs but like our top choice she shows up in a big way for most of her races......she did run one very strong race at 6F and she is best at SA........ jock knows her inside out having been up for most of her lifetime starts

4  Barbara Beatrice   late running filly is not impossible here if the 1 - 2 - 3 all go after the front end and set a decent pace.......she should save ground thru out and pounce on the leaders in the stretch if that is what occurs


race 9    average clarity

2  Aussie Fox   brutal trip in latest (7.5L of trip adjustment) earning an adjusted for trouble Santucci fig that is 3 1/2L better than par for today's racing level........that and he was claimed in the race by the red-hot Jeff Mullins.......and Jeff is able to coax Rosario to ride.......should be tough

5  Holy Ghost  away since May and shows up in a new barn......Cerin appears to have a very good handle on his new shooter as the a.m. work is solid........that and this four-year old has never raced lower.......seems like a major player

7  Super Terrific   not much doing in 3 lifetime races which were run in the winter of 2018......away since 9 March but returns with works that indicate that he is a much improved individual.......and he takes that magical drop from MSW to MC......dangerous for sure

8  Armed Wall

1  Combat Zone





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