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Santa Anita for Friday 25 October 2019

So so Friday race card at Santa Anita. Make sure you check out our calendar for next week when the Breeders Cup comes to The Great Race Place.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Dukes Up   very consistent sort especially at Santa Anita (13 5 4 2) and he seems best running off of short rest following a small break.........that is today's scenario for this Mark Glatt six year old

5  Cabin John   decent opportunity to stalk the lead and that position has led to his last 3 wins (races 2-5-9 back).........trainer Dean Pederson has quietly had a decent 2019 albeit with limited starters

2  Kylemore   sure appears as if he will be loose on the lead......will he hold together is the ? mark as he was a vet scratch on 11 October and has only shown one dull work since......tough call


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1  Elgofranco   Ben Cecil MSW 1st time starter owns a solid pedigree for the turf for a Cal-bred........trainer does pop now and then with a 1ster and does fairly well on the grass.........filly shows both speed and endurance building works dating all the way back to early June.......that sure hints this is not a tune-up.......we shall see about 1:30 pacific

4  Sofi's Gold   best of those that have raced but do note her race times were on the weak side as was the strength of the fields.......but on the other hand she might appreciate her 1st on the grass which she has a good pedigree for........and.......trainer Carla Gaines is a stellar 22% 1st on the turf

6  Flying Business   decent chance that her MSW debut on 15 August was nothing more than a tune-up on the dirt to give her some racing experience........switches to the grass today for her 2nd start and with an interesting (but mostly unproven) pedigree for it


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3  Golden Melodie   like so many trainers Craig Lewis is often at his most dangerous with the MSW to MC move.......that and his two year old filly gets to race turf to dirt today which in general is one of the more reliable moves in racing

4  White Velvet   showed some life in her MC50K debut which was at 5 1/2 furlongs......another furlong to cover today sure should be a plus for her with a pedigree that screams "the longer the better".......and........trainer Hector Palma has been on a roll of late

6  Tacocat   Keith Desormeaux has snapped out of the doldrums the last few weeks or so and might keep the good times coming with this filly dropping into MC for the 1st time


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6  Appreciated   might be at his best sprinting with the blinkers on which is the case today for the 1st time in 5 races......and he also races as a first time gelding.........away for two months but he sure is working as if the ultimate equipment change has done him some good......trainer has had a rebound year and is often at his most dangerous with runners returning off of 45 to 90 days rest

4  Zipper Mischief   solid sprint races at 5F and it appears the extra 1/16 to travel will be a plus especially coming off of decent one mile race on the sod.......regular rider Delgadillo (who won 3 yesterday) has done a nice job handling this colt sticks around for the 4th straight race

5  I Belong to Becky   horrendous trip in latest hides a forward move......claimed in the race by Miller and I like that he puts this gelding in a turf sprint........she owns a good turf sprint pedigree.......only grass race was a in toss it out


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1  Master Recovery   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  as mentioned above trainer Palma has been firing on all cylinders of late and he might add to his purse money won with this 1st time starter who sure is working well for a MC30K debut runner.......he shows hints of speed and gets the bug boy up.......believe Jorge Velez will go after the lead and try not to look back

5  I Dub Thee   MSW debut is better that it looks in print........nowheresville in his 2nd lifetime start which might have been by design to get away with today's drop into maiden claiming........recent improved 4F work supports the notion........also does the fact that G Franco sticks with the Sherlock two year old

8  Nietzsche   likely in need of two things to get this gelding home a winner........needs his debut effort and not his latest........and needs a clever trip from a difficult post

2  Nonno's Polaris

6  Spider Rico 


race 6    below average clarity

1  Of Good Report   trainer has won close to one third of his last fifty "1st out following a claim" runners........and Cerin must like what he sees from his new shooter as he steps him up multiple claiming levels.......and.........with a good looking prolonged work regiment put in

2  Volubile   one for one at today's 9F turf distance in a race run 2 back........just fired his lifetime best in a one mile grass race which was run only 12 days ago at SA......fits very well today if he can handle the rigors of returning off of less than 2 weeks rest

8  Harmon   has something to prove when not racing on the GG AW as he sure is dynamite on the synthetic surface (4 2 1 1).......he does draw Prat to ride and his pedigree suggests 9F should be a plus for him

3  Soberano

6  Swamp Souffle


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4  Hard Not to Love   only race to date at 6F was stellar and it was her MSW debut........she dueled in fast pace and did so very wide.......and yet.......she still won by 4 1/4........fresh today and gets Mike Smith (only mount on the card) for the 1st time......trainer was two for two last week and is ever so dangerous when teaming up for money Mike Smith........filly should be in the mix from the get go and tough throughout

2  Show It N Moe It   three of the five runners in the field are speed types which should help out this mid pace off pace runner.......she is at her best on the SA dirt and she just put in her best drill since June hinting she will rebound from her somewhat dull effort in her latest

5  Anuket   rider and trainer (Diaz/Baffert) are 6 for their last 13 as a team.........filly is 2 for 2 sprinting at SA winning by 4 1/4 & 7 1/4........not easy to put as our 3rd pick but she has two speed horses who appear just as fast inside of her and might get caught 3 wide on the turn..........still she has a ton of talent and is Baffert trained


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5  An American Jet   6 1/2 furlongs is a good fit for this colt and won't be for many in the race........last two races are par like and since his latest race run 3 weeks ago he put in a 3F drill.......Gary Sherlock is looking for his 1st win at the SA meeting and might snatch it here

7  Dubnation   four year old will likely find himself staking the 3 horse who lacks endurance.....if that scenario comes to fruition this gelding should be in the drivers seat turning for home......trainer/rider have won 2 of their last 5 teaming up and with the other three hitting the board

10  Norski   somewhat suspicious drop for this consistent three year old.........but then again Hector Palma has been firing on all cylinders of late......sure fits solidly if his physical condition hasn't declined

4  Git On Your Pulpit

1  Fortnite Dance




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