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Santa Anita for Friday 1 March 2019

 

Decent card today and the same can be said for Saturday.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

10  Snazzy Dresser   four-year old gelding owns some very dangerous turf speed and cuts back in distance today to 6 1/2F following 5 consecutive turf routes......and his lone lifetime race down the hill was decent and run following a turf route

6  Buckys Pick   2 for 6 on the majestic Santa Anita hill turf course and in one of those wins back on 21 October he beat our top choice........that and the rider up today is more accomplished on the grass than the jock up on the 21st of Oct........not out of the win picture here by any means

1  Artie B Good   2 of his 4 lifetime races down the hill fit fine number wise........trainer is decent 2nd out following a claim and that is the case today.......his colt was given an endurance building turf route in a protected race in his latest.......drops into a claimer today for a full-blown go down the hill

7  Quick Finish   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

3  Point Guard

 

race 2   average clarity

5  Dulce Ride   seems as if she should be able to clear from hers outside post and grab the lead which might be a loose one at that.........if that comes to fruition she likely will be tough to wheel in with the meets leading jock at the helm

2  Leveler  toss out her latest as she caught an off track and did not appear to care for it.....that and it was her 1st race since 11 May 2017.........two reassuring 5F drills since.......lone lifetime dirt route is quite good........likely to stalk our top choice and get 1st crack at her down the stretch

3  Sauce On Side   nice history racing at SA at one mile when wearing blinkers like today......as in 1 win and 2 2nd's in 3 starts........should be motoring late and with a 5 lbs weight break with bug boy Figueroa up

 

race 3    average clarity

5  Imminent   seems likely to kick free early and get a loose lead and with one stubborn rider up to get by in Martin Pedroza........that and Pedroza and Mulhall have been a decent team over the years

1  Daddys Real Diva   on the improve with every start and if the catalyst for the improvement wasn't back to back off tracks then this filly has as a good a shot as anyone to take down this race.......trainer sure could use a win

3  Ride Out the Storm   decent MC debut running 3rd two lengths behind our 2nd choice for this Carla Gaines three-year old filly in a race run on a sloppy track.......fits well if she moves forward off of the effort.....would have considered higher if the trainer wasn't 2 for her last 95 with maiden claimers

2  Gotta Be Lucky

 

race 4    average clarity

2  Adens Dream   this Sadler gelding appears to move down quite a bit on off tracks and turf surfaces.......on fast tracks he is (13 3 3 6)........he has only seen 4 fast tracks spread out over his last 10 races and all of the 4 races fit well at today's level........that and the owner/trainer/rider trio of Hronis/Sadler/Rosario have been "unreal" at the SA meeting

5  Spokane Eagle   nowheresville in his latest.......race two back is exceptionally strong.........should have been top choice he rebounds to it.....tough call if he does or not

4  Graycaster   toss out his latest two on off tracks at SA........with blinkers on like today this gelding has won 3 of his last 4 when competing on a SA main track rated "fast".......dangerous sort

7  Kochees

9  Denman's Call

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Nap Lajoie   1 for 2 down the SA hill grass course.........0 for 9 everywhere else on the turf.......last on the slop was decent........but what really catches my eye his recent decent 5F work since his last especially for a trainer in Miyadi who doesn't usually push them hard in the a.m........believe this fellow might be sitting on a lifetime top effort

8  Lil Milo   just fired his lifetime best and before that he won down the SA hill and it was the 1st time he ever competed on it........good rider/trainer combo in Bejarano/Marquez......should be in the mix from the get go and tough thru-out

6  Rinse and Repeat   seems to have found a new home and that happens to be at today's 6 1/2 furlong distance on the SA hill.........still he steps up and likely will need his best today........but maybe he is up to it today racing off of such an easy 6 1/2 length win on the hill........Joel Rosario sticks around to find out

7  Minoso

3  Red Envelope

 

race 6    average clarity

8  Gia Lula   ignore last as she seemed to dislike the off going........might be at her best at 6F (2 1 0 1).........back in short rest and the last time she ran off of short rest (Aug 22nd) she arguably ran her lifetime best

1  Venice   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  sharp recent bullet 3F gate work hints the connections want to enhance her early speed.......and for a good gate jock in Pedroza

4  Lucky Lula   last might have been a gimme and/or a dislike of the sloppy surface......if either is true this filly might fire a competitive race today........especially considering how well Eric Kruljac is doing with his limited starters as in 6 wins in 14 starts

5  Zensational Kiss

3  Warm It Up

 

race 7    average clarity

1  Preaching Trainer   11% rider and an 11% trainer at the meeting but they have been a decent combo of late......but more importantly this Gaines MSW 2nd time starter trained super prior to the his 1st start enough so for us to make him the top selection turf or dirt.......and did he run "big" but was given a very bad ride by the bug boy albeit in the slop (losing about 9L).......1st and the grass but both siblings won on it........kid best make amends today or he likely will lose a good mount

3  Foster Boi   very solid a.m. work especially for a Cal-bred for this D'Amato 1ster who just happens to draw Prat to ride.......seems more likely than not that this 1st timer is ready to rock n roll in his debut

2  Grandpa Louie  displayed solid early speed and decent final times in both lifetime races which were on the dirt........tries the turf for his 3rd lifetime start with a seemingly OK set of parents for it

5  No Parking Here

6  Appreciated 

 

race 8    above average clarity

1  Nolo Contesto   talk about an improvement 1st time running a route.......colt broke his MSW in his latest his 2nd lifetime start despite racing wide on a good rail day......he earned an adjusted for trouble Santucci fig that is about 6 1/2 lengths better than par for today's higher level.......bounce you say.......I doubt it as he has been given ample time off and has worked stellar in the interim

4  Roadster   won his MSW debut for fun and then ran a solid 3rd in a 7F Grade 1 at Del Mar when last seen in early Sept........returns with your typical big work tab for a promising three-year from the Baffert barn......hard not to like

6  Dessman   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  another Baffert colt who has displayed plenty of talent in both lifetime starts.......in fact he ran a monster of a race in his last on an off track.......winning debut was also on an off surface......mostly placed 3rd because of two ? marks: can he run as well on a fast track & how "raw" is Espinoza with only one mount so far coming off of a long layoff because on injury

 

race 9    average clarity

2  Tikkum Olam   1 for 1 at today's one mile turf distance with the blinkers on.......same distance - equipment - and rider for today and with a better post to work with........trainer is having a good meeting (see 3rd choice in 6th race)......hard not to like

6  Contagian   just claimed back by O'Neill after losing this colt following his debut run.......sprint-sprint-route scenario for today's 1st on the grass and a route..........bred OK for the grass and has some early gas........like the switch to Maldonado who is quietly have a good SA meeting and especially with speed types like this colt

3  Blame It On Kitty   last is OK but what we want is his effort 2 back which is stronger.......tough call what we will get this afternoon

4  Rockandahardplace

7  Knight's Cross

 

 

Posted on March 1, 2019 at 6:16 am by richs · Permalink
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