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Santa Anita for Wednesday 1 January 2020

Happy New Year Everyone!

Historically speaking I have a good track record when the majority of the races for a given card are for the boys. Eight of today's ten races are for the males. Be back with you on Friday.

Best of luck as always today and for 2020!


race 1    average clarity

2  Frasard   broke slight tardy and then raced too wide........see ya Franco and hello Bejarano........better post and rider and 1st time on Lasix........8 to 1 ML would be nice to get

5  Jurgen   lone lifetime race which was run in Ireland appears as if it might be a good one as this colt ran 3rd to two next out six months but draws Rosario who is putting on quite the show on the grass to start the 2020 SA meeting

1  Goalie   good sprint turf MSW debut and then a decent one mile grass race to follow which is better than it appears in print......1st time Prat and improved a.m. work.......colt seems ready for his best to date

9  K P All Systems Go

12  Governance


race 2    average clarity

3  Handsome Michael   quite the awakening with the blinkers put on in his latest........colt set a strong set of fractions and didn't fall apart late........Papaprodromou is decent dropping multiple class levels and MC80K to MC30K qualifies for that......good gate/speed rider in Maldonado should be on or near the lead with a full quarter less to run

1  Taco Waco   moved forward in his 2nd lifetime start and if his development continues today he should be one of the top contenders in this MC affair.........recent drills are improved hinting he can move forward again

5  Shootin Money   colt is in an every other mode and is on the desired end of the oscillation this afternoon.......that and his two good races were run dropping from MC50K to MC30K and that is also today's scenario

2  Golden Victory


race 3    average clarity

3  Justinian   lifetime best in his latest which was at today's one mile distance (albeit on a good rated track) earning a number that looks awfully good in this spot........and his a.m. work since hints Baffert has kept him very sharp

2  Platinum Equity   ultra consistent five year old gelding in 2019 with 8 wins and 2 2nd's in 12 starts.......that and he seems at his very best on the SA dirt.......solid recent 5F drill suggests he will get off to a good start in 2020

1  California Street   six year old won his only one mile dirt race and finally gets placed in one today (since 24 Nov 17).......two sizzling works put in preparing for today's race.........retains Prat.......and maybe most importantly one of the trainers most successful moves is sprint to route


race 4    average clarity

4  Champers   both lifetime MSW grass races fit very well at today's MC75K the move back to Abel Cedillo as Hess and the jock have been very dangerous as a team.......drops into high level MC which doesn't bother me much as Hess claimed him for 50K four races back

1  Landa   30 Nov MSW race was taken off of the turf so this gelding put in a public work out of sorts.........43 to 1 in a 7 horse field supports the does the fact Van Dyke is willing to take the mount today.......trainer/rider teamed up for a big price about a month back......hmmm

5  Rip City   like our top selection this three year old takes a somewhat logical drop from the MSW ranks to MC75K.......last appears better than it looks as he set a very soft half and failed to finish well likely will need a small forward move to hit pay dirt

9  Mr. Unusual

6  Drasario


race 5    average clarity

7  Nomizar   2 and the 4 duke it out early and if that occurs this filly can be in a very good stalk position similar to her last two victories which were run in her last race and her race 4 back.......very sharp a.m. work......and in 2019 she won off of 42 & 43 days rest.......44 days since her last will would getting the 4 to 1 ML

4  Love a Honeybadger   dangerous drop down especially if she can put away (early) the only other speed type in the race in the 2 horse.......not too concerned about the multiple level drop as Mr Miller is hardly ever concerned about losing a given horse.......and.......Rosario is willing to ride

3  Drift Away   won despite about 5L of trip trouble in her last which was in a 5 1/2F turf race........that race fits fine here if she can produce similar on the dirt which she has seen only once in 16 starts and didn't show much.......but careful as Lerner has won 7 of his last 14 with "claiming repeaters"

1  Tapitha Bonita


race 6    average clarity

3  Peter's Kitten   Rosario has only ridden this Salder five year old mare twice and has one win and a second........mare has been absent for 5 1/2 months but she is training as if she is more than ready just as she was in her MSW debut in June of 2018 where she ran 2nd despite having to cope with the difficult distance of 9F for a 1ster on the grass at CD

7  Opus Won   very nice one mile grass races in 2019 (4 2 2 0) three of which were at SA.........runs well with ample time between starts and gets for the slight negatives - after 5 straight races with top echelon turf riders on her back she gets an average one......and she has something to prove racing as far as 9F

1  Courteous   basically a speed route grass runner but she does show some hints that she might rate some which would be an asset here as 2 & the 7 likely will go after the lead.......1st time Lasix and just what you want to see as improved a.m. work........dangerous sort

2  Seaside Dancer

10  Prima Valentina


race 7    below average clarity

6  Winning Element   by far his best lifetime race on the main track in his latest which was his 1st on an off track which was rated good.......three races on fast main track surfaces weren't too was it because the off going he ran so well or just a good effort that would have been produced even if the track was fast......will shall see at about 2:30 pacific time

1  Kenzou's Rhythm   woke up some in his latest running 2nd to our top selection.........improved works since and Mullins must like what he sees as he steps his six year old up a level........and he puts up Figueroa who is (4 2 2 0) on the gelding.......yikes

7  Cabin John   needs better than his last couple of races but he gets quite the rider upgrade to Rosario and the now five year old owns a very nice history racing at 1 1/16 (6 3 1 0)........interesting sort

4  Secret Touch


race 8    average clarity

2  Double Touch   six year old gelding very likely wins the Grade 2 five furlong grass race at SA two races back if the race was run at 5 1/2 furlongs rather than 5 furlongs.......and in his last race which was at one mile on the grass he ran about 1:09 flat for the 1st 6 furlongs of the two turn race........away since 31 Oct but he has put in 7 works since......should be fit and ready

6  True Valour   solid history competing in Graded races and although he has only raced in distance grass races in the USA he did win a Grade 3 seven furlong grass sprint in Ireland.......owns two Graded race wins on the SA sod and might make it three today

7  Captain Scotty   does well competing eye to eye on the front end and few do........right there at the 5 1/2 furlong mark of his last 7 races all of which were at 6F or further on the dirt.......if he takes to his 1st ever on the turf he should be tough........Rosario and his agent think he will

8  Legends of War

9  Blitzkrieg


race 9    average clarity

5  Tizamagician   both lifetime route races run at SA are vastly better than par and disguised in their strength.......back at SA today after a 2nd place finish at Dmr with the blinkers going on.....back off today.......a ton if he repeats either of his 2 SA races

6  Divine Armor   decent par like sprint race to begin his career.......and today he gets quite the rider upgrade to Rosario.........very aggressive work regiment put into him since his 26 October MSW debut.......Sadler is very solid 1st at a route

4  Snap Chap   another with a good MSW debut sprinting and looking to move forward in his 1st around two turns.......and the connections didn't shell out $1,200,000 at sale to own a nice sprinter

9  Much More Halo

7  Midnight Luck


race 10    below average clarity

7  Southern King   invading N.Y. bred shows up in the Miller barn..........four year old gelding has a strong late kick when racing at today's 9F distance (2 1 0 1) and today's top turf rider knows him well having ridden his multiple times out east.......his two lifetime wins have come with stalking or close up mid pack trips and it appears like he can get one of those positions today

4  Golden Birthday   James Cassidy had a dull 2019 but he might get 2020 off to a good start with this gelding who sure appears to be the lone speed in the race and should get loose on the lead........would have been top choice if his running lines suggested running as far as 9F for the 1st time was a positive but they don't

5  Shining Through   very consistent sort on the sod especially at SA (5 1 4 0)......but he sure has a tendency to hang in the stretch including with today's top turf rider Flavien Prat aboard

3  Farquhar

1  Musawaat





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