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Santa Anita for Saturday 26 October 2019

Very nice card this afternoon. Only 6 days until the Breeders Cup.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    above average clarity

4  Platinum Equity   four year old has been a "machine" in 2019 (10 7 1 1) and unless he goes south today or hates the extra furlong to travel he sure has efforts that fit extremely well at the Alw12500s level

2  Meistermind   significant improvement in his latest 1st after the Glatt claim.......gelding should have an endurance advantage coming off a 10F race and cutting back to 9F......blinkers go on likely to get him to sit closer early

1  Implicitly   seems like a different horse loose on the lead which he has a shot at being in this 5 horse field........but it won't be a picnic holding off our top top choices

 

race 2    average clarity

3  Mona Luna   Maldonado should get excellent position saving ground on or near the lead......works are improved since this gelding's latest........drops multiple MC levels........Bruce Headley has woken up some at the new meeting.........hard not to like

1  Malibu Magic   gelding has always worked well but not been too hot in the p.m. until lately where he ran back to back decent efforts which were hurt some by some trip trouble......start number 17 might be the charm if he gets enough early pace up front to aid his late running style

6  Zorich   seems to be declining some but drops a couple of levels which should help his cause.......and if he rebounds to his effort 3 back he should have been made our top selection

5  Sharpshottingeorge

4  Ivorian

 

race 3    average clarity

5  Undisturbed   a little short of par in her 2nd lifetime start which was her 1st in a turf route but she appears to be a smooth controllable grass runner........better post this time around (8 post in last) and all of a sudden Jack Carava is doing very little wrong......and when he rides Cedillo his horse's for the most part have been very live

3  M Is for Magic   Prat lands here instead of our top selection who he rode in her in last......Drysdale filly ran a solid 5F turf sprint which should set her up nicely for her 1st grass race around two turns.......mainly placed 2nd because she is unproven in a turf route whereas our top pick showed she can handle the added distance

4  A G Indy   significant improvement in this youngster's 2nd lifetime start switching from a dirt sprint to a turf route........good post and tactical speed......seems as likely as anyone to get a good trip.......trainer had a three-bagger on Thursday.......two year old filly is not out of the win picture by any means.......pun intended

9  Convincingly

2  Magically Honored

 

race 4    average clarity

2  Thunder Code   two year old colt had a good MSW debut and followed that up with an ultra impressive 2nd start.........dueled in one fast set of fractions for a baby and still ran a final time that would win most MSW two year old affairs but he ran into a monster........he ran 2nd with a gap of 7L to 3rd and 3rd came back to win and......jock sure needs a win

8  Thousand Words   million dollar purchase and working as if he can return some dividends in his MSW debut for Baffert and company......one of the reasons that he is not rated higher (a Baffert 1ster after-all) is that so far mom has not had a winner from 2 starters

1  Divine Armor   very stout prolonged work regiment with quite a few works of merit for this Sadler 1st time starter who sure appears well-meant and ready to roll in his introduction into the wonderful world that is Thoroughbred racing

5  Frair's Road

6  Rushie

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Colosi   two consecutive very difficult posts to deal with predictably led to wide trips.......good post today and gets a rider upgrade.......and drops into claiming for the 1st time.......and he seems at his most dangerous racing at one mile on the grass at SA

2  Canadian Game   solid layoff race in this gelding's last so Carava smartly moves his four year up a level.......trainer was woken up from the doldrums in a big way and he changes riders to the guy who has been a good part of his recent success in Abel Cedillo......hard not to like

5  Hartel   Miller three year old has dangerous speed in this spot especially considering he is in a claiming race for the 1st time.......Martin Garcia will try to kick clear and if he does......................he.............................might...........................go........................all.........................the.............................way

6  Mutineer

 

race 6    average clarity

7  Brazilian Summer  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE gelding just ran a race that fits fine in this spot and it seems noteworthy that it was his 1st to date in a route and in a 1 1/16 route race at that........cut back in distance should help his staying power.......very reassuring decent back to back 4F works since his 4 October race

3  Tiz a Slayer   nearly upset the apple-cart in his 2nd lifetime start going off at 63 to 1 and only losing by 1/2 a length..........three year old has been away since 16 August but training in the interim like he will fire another strong effort.......one horse trainer is fairly competent

2  My Journey   last was this fellow's 1st on the dirt and it was a useful 7F effort where he cut out a fairly fast quarter and half and then faded to 3rd......1st with blinkers today and 1st in a dirt route.........Bejarano will be shooting for a loose lead and try to wire......seems dangerous

6  Mike Operator

4  Spectator's Dream

 

race 7    average clarity

3  Hidden Message   Callaghan filly sure popped a very strong better than par effort for today's G3 level with a 2nd place finish in a G1 that has turned out to be a very key race..........that race was her 1st in the USA and her first using Lasix.........good post and S Cal's best grass rider in Prat stays put.......three year old should make a very good account of herself this afternoon

5  Keeper Ofthe Stars   Jonathan Wong filly has shown she can handle solid fractions and not quit........with that in mind the cut back in distance seemingly becomes an even stronger positive than it normally is.......trainer is (8 0 1 0) so far at the meet but he sure has a good handle on the filly who continues to train brilliantly on the AW up north

7  Great Sister Diane   dangerous shipper from GP broke the 140 flat barrier in her latest overcoming the outer-most 14 post to win a non Graded Stakes......number earned fits a G3........trainer does well with shippers and the rider/trainer (Sanchez/Crichton) have won 7 of their last 17 as a combo

6  Solent

1  Apache Princess  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

 

race 8    above average clarity

7  Stretford End   all four lifetime sprints on fast rated dirt fit solidly here and three of them are better than appear in print........trainer's hot and the bug boy Diaz is as well......colt definitely appears the one to overcome

5  Aggressivity   best lifetime race for this laid up Ellis four year old was his lone dirt race at SA without blinkers.......they come off for today and he returns as a 1st time gelding........and his a.m. work hints Ron has a better handle on this fellow than he has in the past........Jose Valdivia is back and he might make a small splash here

2  Soldier Boy   Baze should get a good position with this colt with good early speed and improving running lines........mostly placed as our 3rd choice as the extra 1/2 furlong to travel might not be up his alley

4  Lord Adare  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

 

race 9    below average clarity

4  Takethediamondlane   big drills prior to her MSW debut and she did not disappoint......she ran a race that is par for today's higher level......switches to the turf for her 2nd start owning a decent pedigree for it.........filly has been absent since her 8 August debut but she is training as if that might be a positive.......Gryder wisely stays put

1  Majorie E   like the way this four year old finished in her only turf sprint which was at 5F.......another 1/2 furlong to cover today and a rider upgrade from a 0 for his last 39 on the turf rider to Prat.....how many lengths is that worth?

2  Violette Szabo   lone turf race was better than it appears.......filly will likely sit much closer today and likely save some ground.......might go off at a handsome price

8  D's Lovely Sophia

7  Square Peggy

 

 

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