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Santa Anita for Sunday 12 January 2020

OK card to finish the week. Be back with you on Friday for 4 straight days of racing.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   above average clarity

5  Sold It   jock Gutierrez will be out to make amends to O'Neill/Reddam (his meal ticket) for his poor ride (wide thru-out) in his last on this four year old prior to her wide trip were very good but the trip cost her about 5L and she was only beaten by 3L in a Stakes race.......doubt he gets sloppy and is wide on turn 1 today

1  Sedamar   ultra consistent on the lawn (9 3 2 4).....does just fine with ample time between starts which is the case today.......she should get a nice ground saving mid pack trip like she did in her latest with today's jock up

3  Wicked Old Fashion   hard to split our three choices......another highly consistent turf runner (18 10 4 1) who is capable on or off of the pace.......hard not seeing this mare being part of things in late stretch


race 2    average clarity

2  Subtle Ride   slow start in her maiden debut and that compromised her chances quite a bit as there were some glacier fractions being sent up front......vastly improved 4F gate work since.......believe moves forward today and hopefully with a better start......trainer is above average 1st at a route and second lifetime start

1  Sabinos Pride   trainer is at his best by far in MC races (26% win with last 72)......inside speed has done very well so far in these one mile dirt races and this filly should be on or near the front here.......bug boy is decent with route speed

6  Keepinmypromise   interesting that Prat lands here for this girl's 3rd out after a layoff run........he rode her before albeit on the turf and wants the mount back........seems dangerous


race 3    average clarity

3  Smiling Annie   5 1/2F turf distance has not been kind to speed types so this mare who is capable off of the pace might be in the drivers seat as there is quite a bit of speed signed up.......and the seat is occupied by Mr Rosario

4  Violette Szabo   another capable of coming from off of the pace and with a top jock aboard......and Prat takes over making for a significant rider upgrade.......strong vastly improved blazing 5F drill since this girl's last and her last run off a layoff isn't too shabby

8  Grinningeartoear   both lifetime races when this filly did not "bled" fit fine here and one of them was on the sod at 5 1/2F at SA......not out of the win picture by any means.......pun intended

6  Stormin Ranger

2  Square Peggy


race 4    average clarity

2  Big Barrel   like that Saavedra puts Velez back up following his claim of this gelding........Velez (and his 5 lbs weight break) has been a good fit on this five year old......last 3 route races all fit for this fellow........trainer is a respectable 3 for his last 18 "1st following a claim.......good post......should sit close to the front end of things

1  Bitter Ring Home   vet scratch on 15 December but sure has worked very well since the scratch.....believe this five year gelding will stalk our 3rd selection who might dislike his 1st around two turns

3  Imagineiamfastetst   good name for a horse that tries a route today and might have enough speed to open up a lead..............lifetime best was at 7F..........good route pedigree on mom's side of the equation.......dangerous sort


race 5    average clarity

6  Blackout   Miller is hardly ever afraid to lose a given horse so the drop in claiming tag for the 2nd consecutive time doesn't concern me much......that and Prat stays with the seven year old........bad trip in last hides a forward move......good history on the SA turf

3  Tigerbeach   five year old inavder from GG has won the last two of three when placed in a claiming pace runner in turf sprints might appreciate the 5 1/2F at SA as it has been tough on early speed

8  Via Egnatia   like the cut back in distance and the rider change......been away since 9 November but in the interim Baltas appears to be trying to turn this fellow into a grass sprinter.......we will find out if he has accomplished the task at about 2:30 pacific time

1  Portando   

4  Erotic


race 6    average clarity

1  Catoca  two strong stats for Mullins are blinkers back on and 2nd out following a claim.....both are the case today.......good post and Prat stays put.........and the stout rider has options as his mount is capable on or off of the pace

2  Noble Contessa   filly so far is a lead type only so Rosario will likely put the pedal to the medal from the get go........inside dirt route speed has done awfully well at this meeting so far

5  Cyrielle   monster race two back and then likely bounced badly in her next start......Bill Spawr gives her plenty of time to recover......very dangerous if she has


race 7    above average clarity

5  Going to Vegas   by far the most impressive race for this filly was her only race on the turf.......and the strength of the race is disguised by a bad trip-a-rue........9 post for the turf race and a less accomplished turf rider than today's jock.......hard not seeing this filly running a solid race unless she doesn't like the SA turf as much as she did the Dmr grass

7  Go Blue Nation   another filly who ran her best to date in her lone grass race........and the strength of the race was also disguised by a bad trip.........and she gets quite the rider upgrade especially for a race on the sod

2  Dipping In   showed life in both of her lifetime grass races..........good post to work with for jock.......should be motoring in the late stages of the race

1  Lucia's Design

3  I Give Up


race 8    average clarity

4  Mother Mother   filly is 2 for 2 when not competing in Graded races and they are her only two lifetime wins........and her Graded runs following her wins were very good Grade 1 races running 2nd and it doesn't bather me that Baffert is thinking "small"

5  Lady Ninja   monster efforts racing at SA at today's 6 1/2 panels......that and you have to like the move back to Prat as he has won the last 4 times he has ridden this Baltas six year old mare......runs well with ample time between starts and gets it

2  Flor de La Mar   2 for 2 in fast track sprints and 0 for 5 everywhere else......and this filly owns multiple races that are better than they look in print.......believe this gal is well meant today and dangerous


race 9    above average clarity

6  Tropical Terror   best figs in the race and likely to trip out well as he has some speed and so far the horses lined up inside of him do not........Cedillo stays put..........trainer needs a win and might get one here

4  Margot's Bot   decent MSW debut where he could have been a lot closer at the wire if he wasn't unsettled/rank in the early stages.........that and the conditioner is an impressive 20% win with his last 25 ''2nd career start" our top selection hard not to like

3  Rocks and Salt   no shot to strut his stuff in his MSW debut as he sat back in a pace-less affair......then in his 2nd start he steadied on the backside or might have battled for win.......Prat who rode in his debut is back up after being absent for his last.......hmmm

10  Canyon Crest

5  Perfect Affection





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