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Golden Gate for Friday 15 March 2019

I am holding back my opinion of the upcoming changes at SA & GG until some of the dust settles except to say I have been an advocate of what the Stronach Group is doing for the last 3 decades but I hope they aren't implementing all the changes too quickly instead of in stages.

Difficult card to decipher as you can tell by the clarity ratings. Saturday's 10 race card is just the opposite. 12 races carded on Sunday.

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Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Eagle Screams   claimed 10 races back for $20K and has yet to win for Jeff Bonde and why not drop a 10-year-old precipitously to get to the winners circle.......good history on GG main track as in 26 of 35 in the money

2  Macho Gabacho   solid speed drill put in since this gelding last raced seemingly enhances his chances of getting loose on the lead just as he did in winning his latest by 5L.......that effort fits well at today's one level higher.......meets runaway leading trainer in wins at the helm.......should be tough

5  Sheila's Footsteps   eight year old seemingly shows up every race at GG especially over his last 9 races on the GG synthetic (9 4 3 1 1)........and all with today's rider Antongeorgi up

1  Rprettyboyfloyd


race 2    below average clarity 

5  Giget Harbor   three-year old filly 1st time starter has plenty of a.m. work to be fit enough to fire a competitive effort.........and some of her works (and her pedigree) hint she has some early speed.......and if she does this abbreviated sprint of only 5F is made to order

6  All My Heart   nice improvement in her latest and the strength of the effort is somewhat disguised by racing wide up on the pace.......had to deal with the 11 post that day so the 6 post should be a piece of cake.........4F work since her 22 Feb race hints that she has remained in decent shape

4  Floss N Dab   Peter Miller three-year old filly was backed some at the windows in her MC20K debut at SA but didn't show much.......drops multiple MC levels today......seems like now or never today for this NY bred


race 3    average clarity

6  Lady Chrome   4 of her last 5 races at GG on the AW fit solidly in this spot........and her a.m. work in 2019 hints her trainer Rhoda March has tweaked something for the better

7  Pretty Surprise   solid forward move in latest with the blinkers put on and with the switch from a 6% trainer to one of the top trainers in the U S of A in Hollendorfer......faces tougher today but she should fit fine if she builds off of her latest

2  Aries   very consistent racing on the GG main track and the last time she raced at 6F on it she won.........and she won the race route to sprint off of 55 days rest.........route in last 36 days ago.........6F sprint today........hmmmm

5  Our Favorite City


race 4    below average clarity

1  Meal Ticket   recent grass numbers earned in S Cal for this Matt Chew five-year old mare sure fit well here if she can run as well in her first ever on a synthetic surface.......away since 1 September but she has shown that she is capable of firing "fresh".......that and I doubt T C Baze would show up for one mount if this was a tune-up

2  Gratzie   needs to be ready type as it likely will be months until she can race again as a race usually knocks her out to some degree.......back to back strong works at GG on 3 Mar and 10 Mar.......all systems go for this mare who has two wins and a 2nd in 4 starts at today's racing level

3  Qafilah   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   brutal trip in latest losing about 12L to trip.......stout work at GG since and the 47:2H drill was only worked 5 days ago...... very good history when today's rider Antongeorgi rides as in 3 wins and a 2nd in 5 mounts.......and her lone race on the GG AW is decent


race 5    below average clarity

1  In Her Fashion   broke a little tardy and then ran wide throughout from the outer-most 8 post in her last and still was only one length behind the winner at the jock and a better post today.......and like her last race she races off of ample time off

11  Ladymidtown   both lifetime grass races since O'Neill took over the training fit solidly here if of course this filly can run as well on the AW........tough post but the meets leading jock up.....and blinkers on today which should help her early speed and thus give her a better chance to get on over by turn one

8  Queen Del Prado   on the right end of the learning curve and with few reasons not to believe the trend can't continue today........and with a solid rider/trainer combo to boot

10  Listen to Reason

7  Bellazano


race 6    below average clarity

10  Daddy Jones   the last two races on fast main track surfaces (races 2 back and 4 back) sure look awfully strong here......and the one 4 back was at GG and at today's six furlong distance........such a deal

5  Mr Diplomat   decent MC debut so placed in a MSW race for his 2nd start which turned out to be warranted........that effort fits very well at today racing level which gives this 3rd start gelding a decent shot at back to back wins

6  Oracle of Omaha   just fired his lifetime best and the strength of the effort is somewhat hidden by about 3.5L of trip trouble.......1st on the AW but his pedigree to handle a synthetic surface seems decent

9  Eighty Proof

1  Indian Zip


race 7    below average clarity

1  Charlie Cowden   seems to have found a new "home" and that is racing around two turns on the GG synthetic surface......believe this gelding will get a ground saving mid-pack position behind what should be a lively pace......if that comes to fruition he should be flying past many or all in the late stretch

2  Haylord   in need of a drop and gets a multiple level drop today.........last 4 one mile route races look good at today's lower spot.........1st time Antongeorgi seems significant as the rider/trainer have won 3 of their last 7 teaming up with two others in the money

8  Go Bobby Go   solid improvement in latest and his 4F work since the race hint he is likely to produce similar or more today.......dangerous sort

4  A Little Cocky

5  The Public House


race 8    average clarity

6  Royal Descendant   filly has fired nice efforts each time she has competed "fresh".......and her latest race was her 1st in the GG synthetic and it was the most impressive race of her 5 race career.......2 months "fresh today.......stout rider/trainer combo.......hard not to like

7  Steph Being Steph   four-year old filly won her lone race at GG when she was two and it was the only time today's rider Aaron Gryder ever rode her.......that and she has shown in the past that she can fire a good race fresh off of the bench and she is 4 months "fresh" today

4  Ima Happy Cat   filly has a good history racing at 5 1/2 & 6 furlongs (4 3 1 0).........jock is coming off a stellar week of riding as in (16 5 5 1) for the week

5  Impecunious

1  Shasta Star


race 9    above average clarity 

6  Duluth   new trainer takes over this gelding who won his MSW debut in style but has been "up the track" and then some since........1st on the GG surface might wake him up as he just popped a best of 67 5F work only 5 days ago.......and of course he takes one a monster drop in class

4  War Union   not much in his latest at 1 1/16 but his race two back at today's one mile distance is very strong for today's lower level.......nice reassuring 4F drill since his last........same stout rider/trainer combo as our top choice in race 8

2  If I Had a Nickle   big awakening in his latest and two 4F drills since that strongly suggest he has held his vastly improved form.........and just like time he seems likely to get a nice mid-pack trip

3  Got Tobe Awesome

7  Call Ended



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