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Santa Anita for Sunday 29 September 2019

Great start to the meeting but today's card was fairly difficult to get excited about. Be back with you on Thursday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

6  Heros Reward   when a Baffert MSW 1st time starter finishes up his a.m. preparation with 3 straight solid gate works they are usually very dangerous.......that is the case for this expensive colt

3  Thunder Code   solid MSW debut for this John Shirreffs 2nd time starter running 3rd in a fairly fast heat of MSW two year old runners........and he didn't have the cleanest of trips.......and the fact that Victor Espinoza shows up for one mount on the card supports the notion that this youngster exited his 31 August debut in good shape

5  Great Power   Callaghan does a nice job with the babies and gets Prat to take the call on this well-bred MSW 1st time starter........decent work tab with some hints of speed.......dangerous sort

4  Eel Point


race 2    average clarity

4  Buck Duane   Knapp sees fit to step up his four year old gelding two levels following a strong and hidden in it's strength sprint race at Lrc........he dueled on a dull inside at Los Alamitos on 14 September........Gutierrez wisely stays put

1  Seahawk Wave   last two races at 6 1/2F were decent but he really doesn't want to race that far......he did however win his only race to date at 6F..........Ellis has had a good 2nd half of 2019 so far........might keep the ball rolling here with four year old

2  Fifteen to Vegas   one of four lifetime races fit and he might be up to the 19 July effort today as he just popped telltale vastly improved work a week ago.........Chew might have tweaked something for the better.......we shall see


race 3    average clarity

2  Mike Operator   2 of his last 3 races fit fine here......and he might be up to his best ever today as he just worked a decent 5F only 3 days ago.......very unusual for a cheap MC........wound up and ready to unwind......exits a race where 1st and 4th came back to win.......plenty of positives

5  Alvaaro   might be the speed of the speed and drops down a couple of levels......cut back of 1/2 furlong seems like a plus.....O'Neill's three year old gelding seems like a player racing at the bottom MC level

1  Bachchan   nice improvement in his 2nd lifetime start and 1st following the Palma claim.........and his 4F near bullet work put in since his 14 Sept race hints at possibly even better today


race 4    average clarity

3  Carpe Noctem   best early gas in the field and one dangerous speed rider aboard in Maldonado........highly likely to be loose and lonely on the lead........hard not to put on top

6  Shootin Money   there is decent chance this colt's debut was a gimme with a funky looking ride......drops a notch for his 2nd start........broke slowly in his debut and if he breaks cleanly today in might stalk our top selection in what should be a fairly slow set of fractions

8  Nietzche   decent MC32K debut especially considering he went off at 29 to 1.........trainer's low percentage with 2nd time starters (2 for his last 40) is the main reason he is not placed higher

2  Beyond Precher

4  Code Gray


race 5    average clarity

3  Paradise Woods   very solid history racing at Santa Anita when the track is rated fast........races 2 and 3 back both at SA are strong and the one 3 back is off the charts jock today and one in Cedillo taking S Cal by storm

1  Secret Spice   best 2019 of anyone in this field and continues to train like a happy healthy filly.......only small kink in the armor seems to be that she has flatten out late in her only two races running as far as today's 1 1/16

4  Ollie's Candy   4 for 4 on main track surfaces.......if she can run as well off of two months rest as she has off of one month's rest she will be a factor in the outcome of this Grade 2


race 6    below average clarity

2  Moreisbetter   might not like the Del Mar turf and/or sure likes the SA turf.......that and his a.m. work preparing for today's race has never been better.......and look who accepts the mount for the 1st time.......Mr. Prat

4  Dichotomy   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  toss out the last race for this O'Neill filly as she raced wide and checked on the turn in a 5F turf affair.........and she won her only other 5F turf race and earned a number that fits at today's level........and 5 1/2F looks like it will be a plus

6  Anonymously   three year old filly has put in some very fast speed works suggesting her connections are all out to get her on the lead which she seems to need to win......stout rider/trainer combo in Desormeaux and Cerin


race 7    below average clarity

3  Union Ride   not much in latest but his other 3 lifetime dirt races fit........solid efforts the only two times the connections risked their gelding in a claiming of 67 bullet work since this fellow's dull last......believe he turns things around today

6  Jen Go Unchained   would have been top choice if this race was at 6F or less but it is at 6 1/2F..........running lines and his pedigree hint he might flatten out some at 6 1/2 furlongs.......we shall see about 3:32 pm pacific time

4  Into a Hot Spot   all 4 lifetime fast track dirt races are OK......and Mullins is usually more dangerous 2nd out following a claim than 1st out following a claim and that is the case this afternoon


race 8    below average clarity

9  Mo Forza   amazing that he hasn't won since the blinkers were put on 3 races back as his efforts/figs have been significantly better than par for the MSW rider today and Arroyo better get clever as the rail is 20 feet out so the turn will come up quickly......good rider/trainer combo

5  Parsimony   shows up in a big way almost every time but he sure likes to hang in the stretch.......a.m. preparation for today hints he remains in top form.......maybe start no. 17 will get him to the circle of joy

2  Commanding Chief   last 3 dirt (all routes) races fit fine and that is somewhat hidden........1st on the sod but an OK pedigree for it.....good post.......draws Prat........Sadler is decent "1st time turf"......dangerous sort

3  Premier League

1  Farquhar






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