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Santa Anita for Sunday 29 December 2019

Decent card today especially if a couple of our "price shots" come through today. Be back with you on New Years Day.

Best of luck as always!!


race 1    average clarity

10  Conquest Cobra   drops drastically to cut the losses or claim me please......drop to cut the losses is more valid these days with the increased scrutiny as far as the horses health is concerned.........toss last two races - didn't like it off and didn't like the turf.....race 3 back fits big

6  Boy Howdy   six year old gelding has been given a nice break.......he is at his best at SA........and he might be awfully sharp if the jock got off of the 4 horse to ride this Carava runner

4  Two Fifty Coup   last was solid and fits very well here........but.......Cedillo was up for the strong effort in his last but is not today as he rides our 2nd selection.......but on the other hand O'Neill puts up one of his top go to guys these days in Bejarano

3  Short of Ez

7  Burn Me Twice


race 2    average clarity

7  Castle   seems at his very best sprinting on the SA turf and appreciates ample time between starts and gets it today.........six year old is capable on or off of the pace so Cedillo has options.......many in the field are one dimensional

6  What'sontheagenda   five year old has shown he can run well off of long layoffs which is the case today.........he draws Prat for quite the jock upgrade.......but maybe most importantly he greatly prefers the SA grass over all other turf courses that he has competed on

1  Restless Rambler   seems like the speed of the speed and this gelding has won his last 4 when breaking from the 1 of 2 post.......that and he won his only grass race at Santa Anita and it also was at today's 5 1/2 furlong turf distance

5  Accountability

2  Lil Milo


race 3    average clarity

3  Sunny Dale   big break thru race 2 back run 2nd out following a layoff.........that effort would likely win this race.........layoff race in her last has a shot at doing the trick and she might move forward once again racing 2nd out after a layoff like she did in her "break thru" race

6  Ava's Charm   bet hard in her debut to favorite but cashed it in badly half way thru the race.......Baffert three year old filly has been absent since the 11 May race but returns with some strong drills indicating she is fit and ready to strut her stuff.......good post and rider.......Van Dyke has won 10 of his last 20 teaming up with Baffert

1  Raneem   double barrel action from the Baffert barn as he also conditions our 2nd two lifetime races were breaking from the one hole......and the very best was was at SA at today's 6F distance


race 4    average clarity

6  Lookintogeteven   yet to get a good trip in 3 career starts and if she received one in any of those three races she would have graduated already........better post for today might help get that decent trip.........she should go off a nice price

2  Noble Hearted   brutal trip in her MSW debut where she showed plenty of life especially for a 45 to 1 shot.........that 45 to 1 price hints she might not have been all that cranked up.......if that is the case and she gets a good trip from a better post she fits awfully well today

9  Broadbeach   solid maiden debut in GB running 2nd to a next out winner who won a Grade 2.........that race was way back in August......not sure if she is ready off of the layoff today but if she fits she should fit well versus today's competition

8  Reducta

1   Predictable Tully


race 5    average clarity

3  Concord Jet   last three sprint races when up for a tag fit solidly here......up for a tag today and races for the lowest claiming price of her life.........that and Koriner is often at his most dangerous (7 for his last 20) with the sprint-route-sprint maneuver which is the case today

8  Saddle Bar   both lifetime races run off of less then a months rest fit well in this spot........last race was 30 November........solid rider/trainer combo in Hess/ SA training track bullet work put in a weeks ago

7  Temple Knights   a late runner in a field loaded with speed.......and Mark Glatt sure has put some stout a.m. work into him since his last race which was run 8 weeks ago

1  Rineshaft 

2  Stay Golden


race 6    average clarity

3  The Stiff   colt finally got a good trip and it was with a change in riders to Cedillo........price shot has some hidden speed and has a good shot to sit up close early in a race that seems set for those that do

9  Smart Like Strait   double barrel action from the McCarthy barn as he also trains our top choice........two year colt was able to clear from the 11 post in his last.........and he should once again have a very good spot to clear from the outside as this affair lacks speed........jock and trainer are 3 for their last 4 over the last 60 days and with the other hitting the board.......hard not to like

4  Liar Liar   poor trip in his latest (and subtle trouble) hides his lifetime best.........better post in which to break from today and changes riders to Van Dyke.......another one who should go off a handsome price

1  Goliad

5  Royal Act


race 7    average clarity

1  Nora's Joy   blinkers go on and this filly already had an abundance of early her chances seem enhanced to clear all or most early despite a difficult post to break from at 6 1/2 furlongs......exits an exceptionally fast heat at SA at 6 1/2F on 28 Sept.......a.m. preparation says ready city

8  Venetian Harbor   solid MSW turf debut at Dmr at 5F in mid November........and she seems to have a better pedigree for the dirt.........and like our top selection she is training sharply........hard not to like

6  Bristol Bayou   solid awakening in her latest with the addition of blinkers........not out of this if she builds on the effort........Smith was 4 for 5 on opening day........the guy is ageless

4  Enchanting Moon

5  Agave Queen


race 8    average clarity

6  Laura's Light   impressive 1st at a route and 1st on the turf in her latest......very aggressive work since........should be in the mix from the get go and tough thru-out for Miller and company

2  Guitty   seems best of the off pace runners in the race......toss her last race as she had the trip from you know jock today and it is hard to get a better turf rider than Rosario

3  Parkour   fig wise her latest is about 3L short of our top two choices but she had big strong looking reaching out strides in late stretch.......believe there is quite a bit of potential for more from this filly if not today in the future......should be a decent price

1  Lighthouse

7  Blue Sky Baby


race 9   below average clarity

4  Miss Stormy D   quite the wake-up to graduate 1st on the dirt following 6 grass races..........improved a.m. work since......rather sure this filly is ready for a forward move if she handles the SA dirt as well as she handled the Dmr dirt

7  Into Chocolate   brutal trip in her latest hides a much improved race.......blinkers come off today........very fast 5F bullet drills at Slr since her 23 Nov race.........very dangerous upside potential

9  Rather Nosy   very solid races run off of 50 days rest & 48 days rest and both were at today's 6 1/ off of 63 days rest today.........not out of the win picture by any means

8  Eternal Endaevour

6  Shear Class


race 10    average clarity

3  Big Runner   four year old colt has done little wrong in 3 lifetime starts all of which were on the sod......and the best of the 3 was run at SA at today's 5 1/2 furlong distance........that and today we get a jock upgrade especially for a race on the grass

6  Torosay   plenty of early speed for this O'Neill three year old gelding who won his lone race at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf......and.......the race was at SA with today's jock Bejarano up

5  Appreciated   very sharp in his last two races with the blinkers going back on........lifetime best was run two back and at today's 5 1/2 turf distance at Santa Anita.........improved a.m. work in preparation for today's race.......has a decent shot for lifetime best today........hard to ask for more than that

7  Prodigal Son

1  Red Island



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