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Santa Anita for Friday 14 June 2019

Might be some scratches today with the thoroughbreds being scrutinized like never before. I'm all for it as racing needs to grow up and clean up it's act. What better place to start then at The Great Race Place.  

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Opus Won  one of the bigger "pace" surprises in a very long time with this Baltas runner as this filly pressed an extremely fast set of fractions in her latest and she had never shown anything close to that in the past......since the race she worked a 58:1 at Slr.........last is solid and she likely moves forward 2nd out after a layoff today

2  Sedamar   best of the late running grass runners in this field that might yield a hot unsustainable pace up front.......that and this filly graduated in her 3rd lifetime start..........that might bode well for today's 3rd out after a hot turf rider in Martin Garcia up

6  Lostintranzlation   double barrel action for Baltas as he also conditions our top selection........five year old mare should get a nice stalk position behind our top choice and the one horse........Franco needs to get on over by the 1st turn to enhance this gal's chances


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5  Square Deal   Simon Callaghan is outstanding with young horses and he appears to have this two-year old colt all wound up and ready to go in his MSW debut.......and mom has tossed two winners from two starters one of which was a Stakes winner

AE 9  Cal's Gem  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  bet hard in his MSW debut and ran a nice 2nd in decent time for the given day.......but if he does draw into the field his rider has a tough post to deal with......thus made 2nd pick but still awfully dangerous

6  Next Flight  beat five of seven foes in his MSW debut with a lack of support at the likely wasn't all that wound up for his a debut and he might be now.......we shall see

4  Cheap Cheap Cheap

7  Bam Bam Again

3  With Due Cause


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1  Higher Power   1st on the grass today but this colt owns a good pedigree for it.......and.....blinkers go back on today after being off for three races and he just popped an improved 5F work 5 days ago hinting the equipment change is a positive.......rider had a dismal week last week but might get some of his mojo back here

2  Ritzy A. P.   weak stat for Dan Blacker off of layoffs of 3 or more months as in only 3% win with his last 40 starts......but Prat wants the mount and if this five-year old is ready he should get great position here on or close to the lead in a race lacking speed

5  Blended Citizen   blinkers come off this gelding today as O'Neill attempts to shake things up......seems like a more interesting move than it normally is as this fellow won a Grade 3 with "blinkers on" for the 1st time in a race run last year


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3  Delta Forum   sprint-route-sprint scenario combined with the turf to dirt scenario for this gelding's 3rd lifetime start and 1st race on the dirt......that and this three-year old has always trained well on the dirt and owns a pedigree that by my book is somewhat better for the dirt than the turf

7  Satchel Paige   bad trip in his MSW debut because of a horrid start from the gate.......even a worse trip in his 2nd lifetime start hides a move forward......but he did break poorly again although not nearly as bad...............hopefully he has been at the gate a few times to rectify the problem........we shall see about 2:30 pacific this afternoon

2  Play Money   needs a rebound to his MSW debut race run 3 back where he broke slowly and them rushed up to duel and as almost all do he cashed it in late.....with a clean break and a loose lead he might have graduated at 1st of late are improved.......dangerous and at a nice price

4  Big Barrel


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5  Strictly Biz   scratched out of a Stakes race on Sunday which was also at 5F on the grass.......he drew outside so that might have been the impetus for going here vs. easier.......been away since his winning MSW debut at Lrc where he crushed the field and set an impressive set of fractions........and he is better bred for the turf than the dirt

3  Capture the Sea   on the improve with every start and now switches to grass racing for the 1st time with an OK pedigree for it.......Maldonado up and the rider has been awfully good in these abbreviated 5F turf races mostly because of his uncanny ability to get out of the gate so quickly/cleanly

7  Yes I Am Free   a perfect 2 for 2 on the grass at the 5F distance........and his other two turf races further than 5F aren't too shabby either.......but I am not too crazy with the way Arroyo is riding the grass and this colt had top-notch grass riders up for all four of his lifetime starts........dangerous for sure but the jock will need to do better from an outside post

1  Asano

6  Carnivorous


race 6    below average clarity

2  Horse Greedy    SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  very impressive win last year at SA racing turf to dirt........that tells me that the latest race at 5F on the grass run off of a long layoff was nothing more than a muscle him up gimme.........Sadler is as good as anyone in S Cal with the turf to dirt move.......and Victor Espinoza rides back and for his lone mount on the card........gelding's history racing in sprint races further than 6F is solid......should be a price-a-rue

5  Lombo   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  laid up since September where he won a race off of a long layoff like today........won a Grade 3 the only time today's jock Prat rode this colt.......preparatory works are very stout.........rather sure the D'A has this fellow ready to roll fresh off of the bench

6  Hot Sean  has never missed the board in 9 starts and he might be at his very best racing at today's 6 1/2 panels.......and today's rider Martin Pedroza has been up for 6 his those races.....3 very reassuring works since this gelding's last on May 11th where he checked on the turn and was up close to a nasty pace yet still won........dangerous Baffert five-year old



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5  Kentan Road   speed of the speed and with a good bug boy in grass races and it showed in this mare's latest with a solid win going gate to wire in good final time and with fast splits to get there......and over the years Sadler is awfully successful getting a given horse to repeat

3  Rocky Policy   should get the rail or two path on the turn sitting mid pace with the rest of the field either faster or slower early than she her chances if that scenario comes to fruition......beat our top choice two back on 27 April with a similar situation

7  Gypsy Blu   4 for 4 in turf sprints one of which was at 5 furlongs........trainer is red-hot but the jock who is decent overall has been dismal on the sod (1 for 19).......and look who was up for those 4 turf sprint wins (Gryder & Prat).......still not out of the win picture but maybe a little over-bet

2  Love and Peace


race 8    average clarity

4  Thanks  not too hot off of breaks but rather solid off of relatively short rest.......and her latest off of short rest 2 back is greatly disguised by a bit of a wide trip pressing a nasty pace for the given recent preparatory works.......solid N Cal jock in Cedillo is rider upgrade......good chance to be the controlling speed

6  Zillinda   solid improvement in her latest run on the now deeper SA main track.......and the effort is hidden in its strength quite a bit......that race was run off of 57 days rest.......49 days rest today......she should be a major player this afternoon if giving her ample time between starts works out well again

8  Info's Treasure  13 lengths of trip adjustment in her last her 2nd lifetime start and 1st on the dirt (veer out 3 at start and ran 5 wide on BOTH TURNS)........she also broke 3 slow in her debut which was on the turf......needs to break better today and once again from the outer-most post at a route


2  Cuyahoga Falls



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