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Santa Anita for Sunday 16 June 2019

Happy Fathers Day !!!

Mandatory payout today for the 20 cent pick 6 is expected to be over $5,000,000 today.

Not an easy card to decipher but we sure have many "price shots" in our selections

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Miss Voluptuous   right there at the 2nd call of three of his route races.......good spot for speed so she should have enough of it to sit close early.......and with the cut back in distance she likely will have the endurance to finish up turf rider at the helm to boot

8  Sunrise Royale  drew the outer-most 8 post but at the same time gets a rider upgrade in Flavien Prat......most definitely the best jock this gal has ever seen in 10 lifetime races.......very solid 1st on the lawn in last in the 12 May version of this race........trainer has had one of his better SA meetings in quite some time

6  Moonshine Annie   very consistent sort especially when Van dyke rides......both lifetime races at today's 5F turf distance are par like efforts for today's level of racing........mostly made our 3rd choice as it appears she has a bad habit of hanging in the stretch

1  Wandering Patrol

3  Smiling Annie


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8  Palace Prince   just purchased in March so the connections got a decent look at what they were getting......and Hollendorfer appears to have their two-year old all set roll in his debut.......last work is only 6 days ago out of the gate and it is 1/2 furlong longer than today's distance.......and Smith wants the mount

2  Governance  like our top choice this Baltas runner has put in a boat load of drills for his MSW debut.....that and he finished up his work regiment with 5 straight gate works......that suggests he is extremely well-meant in his debut

5  Scoring  yet another 1ster all cranked up and likely ready to roll in his trainer/rider team at the helm in O'Neill/ has tossed 9 winners from 11 starters.....not too shabby

3  Cal's Gem

6  Mickelson


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3  Rayana  Baffert filly won her MSW debut last summer in a one mile turf route.....never an easy thing to do.......and the final time was very good for a two-year old filly........she has been away since and she is training like she is something special.......only 5F of turf to work with this time around but she has plenty of early gas and a good post in which to start from

5  Kiana's Love  another who won her MSW debut in her case at 5F and at today's 5F distance.......retains Maldonado and that is a good thing as she won her debut gate to wire.....and.......the D'A is an impressive 28% with his last 106 getting a maiden winner to win right back in their next start

7  Moreisbetter   filly has done little wrong in both lifetime starts and continues to train like she might be something special........not out of the win picture by any means......pun intended

1  Devils Dance

2  Cavernndchipmunks


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7  Puriano   Glatt can be awfully dangerous with laid up sprinters especially with one that is working stoutly.......six year old has been away since September........endurance and speed has been put into him over at Slr......might go off a decent price

6  Giddymeister   nice wake up for this Vallejo 4-year-old since he put Maldonado up on him.......faces tougher today but might feel rather good coming off of two straight wide margin wins.......and take note that both of those races were run on the now much deeper/slower SA main track

2  Top Brass   as mentioned above Glatt can be awfully dangerous with laid up sprinters especially with one training so well.....and if this guy is ready fresh off of the bench lookout as he is (9 5 1 0) on dirt rated "fast" and 3 for 6 at today's 6F

4  Tough But Nice


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2  Ellie Arroway  very impressive 1st on the grass in her 2nd lifetime start to break her maiden.......4 very reassuring works since.......Victor Espinoza stays put and he and Sadler sure have teamed up in a big way at Santa Anita.....filly should get a nice ground saving trip on or near the lead........hard not to like

6  Strike At Dawn   Baltas has done well with former Chad Brown turf horses and that is no easy is another he takes over and this filly ran quite the effort/fig when last seen at Tampa in mid Feb running in her 2nd lifetime start........she also ran well in her debut and that bodes well for her chances running fresh off of the bench this afternoon

3  Mucho Unusual  another who has been absent since Feb and coming off an impressive turf win......and she gets the services of Flavien Prat who got two big races out of her the two times he was aboard her.....that and Yakteen is 26% win off of layoffs more than 3 months

5  All Star Cast

1  Out of Balance


race 6    below average clarity

3  Rather Nosy   very solid efforts in her last two races and in general she has showed up every time since switching to dirt racing 4 races ago........and take note that her last two races were run on the now deeper/slower/safer SA main track ........1st time Prat to boot

5  Tapitha Bonita   exits an extremely fast nw alw race where even being beaten by 10L worked out to be a better than par Santucci fig for today's lower level.......and her race prior to that was even better.......good rider/trainer combo

1  Smiling Rose   quite the move forward in her 2nd lifetime race and if she manages another she has as good a shot of taking down this race as anyone in the field......back to Bejarano after be absent for a race and Rafael won for fun on her in her maiden debut by a widening 6 1/4 L

7  Convince


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4  Mirth   like the rider change to Garcia as he is riding the grass awfully well.....this race lacks speed and this filly has some but she also can rate so Martin has a good opportunity to keep the fractions slow......that and she gets in as the low weight which can help her handle her 1st attempt running as far as 10 furlongs today

2  Pantsonfire  laid up since Jan but you would think the connections would have her ready as she is (8 4 0 3) on the sod at SA and (9 0 2 1) on other grass courses.....ran  a 1 1/4L 3rd in the 2018 version of this small Stakes race

1  Zaffinah   only race she has competed in at today's 10F distance fits very well here but she loses Bejarano (who won 3 yesterday) to our 4th there is a slight chance she has fallen off a little



race 8    average clarity

5  Roadster   easy to toss his Ky Derby race as the racing surface was a mess as was his trip.......back home at SA where he is a perfect 2 for 2 which of course includes the Santa Anita Derby........Mike Smith owes Baffert a win of two as he is only 1 for his last 8 riding for the USA's most accomplished trainer

6  Mucho Gusto   best speed in this affair and with Joe Talamo remaining up who has fit this colt well so Bob Baffert has left him up for all of his career races......and like our top choice this three-year old is a perfect 2 for 2 at SA

2  Always Forgiven   big vault forward in his 3rd lifetime start and 1st at a route........and his latest two preparatory works for today's race are improved strongly suggesting he is moving forward again......and with 4 lbs less to carry.......not impossible and at a price


race 9    below average clarity

2  Mongolian Hero   trainer Ganbat is capable of getting a 1st timer to run well in a route in 1 for his last 3 and with a 2nd place finish by a nose with another.........that and mom has tossed 2 turf winners from 4 starters

8  Boru   1st time Maldonado on a turf route speed type is one dangerous thing at SA in 2019......enough said

9  Tequila Blanco  seems better with the blinkers on and they have been off for his last 4 races......last race isn't bad but his previous race was much better than it appears as he dueled a bit wide and still beat 6 of 9 foes and the two others he dueled with finished last and 2nd to if blinkers do move him forward he is quite interesting in this spot even with a difficult post

1  Ohtani

6  Seven Oxen



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