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Santa Anita for Sunday 9 June 2019

Hasn't been a very good week and this wasn't the easiest card to decipher. Sure hope I end up being pleasantly surprised with a good day. Be back with you Friday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Trustini   takes quite the drop in class from alw racing into a 25K nw2 claimer and the only time this filly was in a claiming race she scored her lone lifetime win.......that and we get somewhat of a jock upgrade........filly likes the stalk position and should get that here

1  Untouched Elegance   the lone time this filly was totally loose on the lead she won her lone lifetime race......she looks loose here and with a jock who has been getting the job done on the grass with speed types at Santa Anita in 2019

8  Party Dancer   like our top selection the only time this filly ran in a claiming race she scored her lone lifetime win........race shape might work against this late runner but with a good trip she has some back numbers that suggest she might overcome a race favoring speed types

9  Atina

5  Playa Chica


race 2    below average clarity

6  Platinum Equity   trainer and rider have been pleasant surprises as they both are having break out years at Santa Anita........Fuentes is 4 for 5 on this gelding on the main track and he is 2 for his last 5 for Steve Knapp.......that and this gelding appears very sharp with two straight strong works put in since his latest a win in the sprint version of this race

4  Crown Kitten  very impressive grass race in his latest 1st out with new trainer Saldana.........ran too wide and still nearly won a 25K turf race with a Santucci fig that is 2L better than par for today's racing level.......seems fine on the dirt and he has run well turf to dirt in the past

5  Fast Cotton   just claimed but Palma and he legs up E Flores who just rode an upset winner (at least for me) for the trainer yesterday........two nice works since the claim.......speed of the speed in this race.......1st at a route is a question mark


race 3    average clarity

1  Madaket Sunset   race lacks speed and this filly has some and appears to have the lead if the connections want it.......sure like that she won stalking the lead in her last as that tells me that Bejarano will be able to slow things down early.......and Rafael owns both of this gal's lifetime turf wins

5  Watheeqa   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  goofy ML (20-1) for this filly who is bred to run all day long and just ran an effort in her latest on the dirt that fits solidly here if she can run as well on the SA turf.......but what really catches my eye is that she is (3 2 1 0) racing off of short rest which includes a 7L one mile turf win in GB.......only 3 weeks since her last

6  Guiliana   by far the most proven in this field of seven running as far as 10 furlongs on the grass.........and retains top S Cal turf jock Prat for a 3rd straight race......but........her overall record on the grass is rather glaring considering her ability on the turf (16 1 1 5)......might like to hang

7  Truffalino


race 4    average clarity

7  Jen Go Unchained   trainer is often at his most dangerous dropping from MSW to MC which is today's scenario.......and this gelding is exiting a decent 5F turf race that might have him all beefed up and poised for his lifetime best

4  Baby Gronk   claimed for 50K over two years ago and he still is looking to break his with that in mind her latest off a year layoff appears to be a muscle her up needed race on the sod to drop back to where she started as in a MC50K Cal-bred race.......but then again Bill Spawr seldom gives anything away over the years

3  Mighty Elijah  last was OK but his maiden debut two back was a very fast heat for the given level and in that race he had a bad trip.........did well to finish 5th and beat 5 of 9 recent speed drills......not totally out of the win picture here

6  Rocket Ship


race 5    average clarity

7  Clochard Street   takes that ever dangerous sometimes magical drop from MSW into low-level maiden claiming......and along with the drop comes a positive jockey change......interesting that Glatt drops this filly and also makes the same move with a filly in the 2nd division of this MC30K in race 7

3  And Counting   small drop here for this filly.........and it might be best if she takes back in this spot as she seems capable of it.......two other speed challengers in the race in our 3rd and 4th picks

2  Rattle   away over 13 months but if she returns ready and similar to what she was she should be tough in this spot as both of her lifetime dirt races which were in MSW affairs are better than par for today lower level

5  Appolina


race 6    below average clarity

3  Legends of War  back to a turf sprint for this O'Neill colt who is racing 3rd out after a layoff today and with the sprint-route-sprint scenario.......along with our 2nd choice she sure has the best turf sprint credentials in the race.......and he gets 1st time Prat

1  Ginger Nut  filly vs. the boys but that sure hasn't been a problem in GB where she had to beat 24 foes and 17 foes (of bot sexes) to get to the winners circle.....that had her two grass sprints run in Kentucky fit solidly here as be coming from far back with a big kick late

2  Listing  Ben Cecil might be snapping out of a slump as he won yesterday's opener which was also a grass race and for the same owner......2 for 25 sure sounds better than 1 for 24........Cal-bred might get a great mid-pack trip with our top two picks a couple of lengths behind him and the rest of the field (speed types) pressing the issue (we hope) in front of him


race 7    average clarity

4  Gas Can   new trainer for today and the switch in conditioners (and I don't mean for your hair) seemingly has improved this filly immensely as her recent a.m. work is stout.....race lacks speed and I think she will show improved early foot today which should enhance her chances of a visit to the circle of joy

7  Royally Blend   races route turf to dirt sprint so she might be muscled up some with improved staying power.......that and she should sit close to the front end of things in a race that seems to favor those that do

6  Girona  takes that ever dangerous sometimes magical drop from MSW into low-level maiden claiming.......Glatt made the same move in the 1st division of this MC30K in race 5 as our top did he do?

1  Magnificent Q T

5  Hansen Tale Blues


race 8    below average clarity

3  Taylor and Burton   tepid top pick was pounded in his MSW debut at Dmr but got hurt in the race.......returns almost two years later like he will get support at the windows once again as her a.m. work is solid.......let's hope she lives up to the great actors she is named after

4  Miss Hot Legs  decent MSW debut 3 weeks ago in the mid May version of this MSW 5F grass race........1st time Lasix today.........solid reassuring a.m. work.......hard not to like in her 2nd start

9  Objective  very powerful stretch run in her debut in Nov. at Dmr in a 5F grass start in late Dec was an awkward run and she has been absent since......working fantastically and only placed as 3rd pick because she might get caught wide as inside posts dominate these 5F grass races at SA

2  Full Eclipse

7  Saints Paynter


race 9    average clarity

3  Into Chocolate   exits an extremely fast heat of MSW runners that has yielded 3 next out winners.......solid work regiment since the 12 April race......Sise is decent 1st time at a route......and over the years when he gets Smith (only mount on the card) to ride good things happen more often than not

8  Loving Moment   lifetime best and a better than par effort was the only time this filly raced at one mile on the dirt and the race was at SA........and she is the lone four year old in the race......such a deal

4  Sunny Dale   par like turf race in her latest for Hollendorfer and company.........1st on the dirt is a ? mark but her pedigree to handle is decent.......Smith does get off her but Prat will do just fine

1  Mongolian Lotus

2  Karmically




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