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Santa Anita for Sunday 19 January 2020

2020 Pegasus World Cup Day selections for the 9 Stakes races at Gulfstream Park on January 25th is now available for purchase for $29.50. The selections will be sent to your email at about 4 p.m. pacific time on Friday afternoon, January 24th. Please sign up as early as possible as logistically speaking it helps us out.

So so card today. Be back with you tomorrow.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

7  Love Not War   caught very wide pressing a hot quarter in her latest in a one mile grass race at Del Mar........showed plenty of run/life for 5 1/2 her pedigree better for a turf sprint.........recent preparatory works hints she has never been sharper

4  Into Rissa   quite the hanger (23 0 8 6) but if she ever is going to graduate it might be today as she faces a very soft bunch.......and maybe more importantly she gets 1st time Joel Rosario

3  Rosey Sky   bet to favoritism in her MSW debut way back in loose but blew the turn badly coming out of the turn........working like she is ready for her 2nd lifetime start.........she should once again be in the mix from the get go


5  Bella Circle

2  Suezaaana


race 2    average clarity

1  Tromador   improving sort and for the 2nd straight time her connections are willing to drop her a couple of levels.......if her form has held she has a great spot as she is the lone speed in a race greatly lacking it unless the only 1st timer in the race has speed

6  Salah   like our top selection this guy drops two MC levels......cut back from route racing to 7F is often good move and that is the case here for this four year old gelding......that and Bejarano might sit in a nice distant stalk position

7  Gold N Grand    seems like the best of the off pace runners.......but as mentioned in our comment for our top pick this affair sure appears to favor those close to the front in the early stages

2  Me Macho


race 3    average clarity

6  Top of the Game   Ryan Hanson has done a nice job keeping this cheap claimer in sharp form........and today his gelding gets to race on what appears his favorite surface........4th straight visit to the circle of joy might be doable

3  Liberty Park  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   six year old gelding might have a shot at turning the tables on our top selection (lost to him by 4L) as he might get a nice mid pack position in an affair that seemingly has about 60/40 chance at yielding a lively pace up front

1  Best Two Minutes   racing 2nd out after a 3 1/2 month layoff so he has a decent shot of moving forward today........that and he has a decent history competing on a fast rated main track at SA

4  Brimstone


race 4    below average clarity

2  Girona   two nice efforts since he was claimed by Paul Aguirre.........both lifetime wins came came with Tiago Pereira in the saddle.......and take note that Tiago Pereira becomes one tough rider (more so than most) when he is well proven on a given horse........showed it yesterday with 2 big Stakes wins.........filly should get a nice ground saving trip......hard not to like

5  Point Hope   both lifetime route grass races fit fine here and they were on the SA turf at today's one mile distance........good rider and trainer combo and Van Dyke gets a better post to work with today......such a deal

6  Play Chica   nice win off of a two month layoff back in August for Baltas and company.........needs to handle a five month break in the action today.........prolonged work tab hints this mare is fit......and if that is the case she fits well in this spot

9  Catoca

7  Arctic Roll


race 5    average clarity

2  Jen Go Unchained    2 path stalkers have done very well the last two days following the rain on Thursday.......and if the surface doesn't change this Puype four year old should be in the drivers seat as that is where he likely will be positioned

3  Red Valor   gelding's two races at today's 5 1/2F distance stand out as his two best efforts to date........away for 38 days with only one work showing but that work is a good one (2nd best of 61 to work 4F on 12 Jan.)

1  Concord Jet   seemingly needs the lead to win and might get it here.......and if he gets it the cut back in distance should aid his staying power when push comes to shove in the stretch

4  Passing

7  Norski


race 6    average clarity

5  Siberian Iris   mare is really the only individual that you would classify as a true marathon runner.........six year old should be finishing strongly when when in here will be fading down the stretch........Bejarano is still win-less but that might end here

1  Lostintrazlation   mare usually goes after the lead but one of her lifetime wins came from a mid pack position........that versatility fits someone like Rosario very well.......bad race in last but trained poorly prior to the race.......this go around the a.m. work is strong........rebound city today

2  Tiny Tina   not sure this mare wants to run as far as 12 furlongs as her pedigree to handle the distance isn't very good......but if she does she should be a factor in the outcome of the Grade 3 event

6  Ms Peintour


race 7    average clarity

7  Lane Way   nice tightly spaced interval training for this Mandella 1ster and the colt's multiple gate works are impressive.......rather sure this colt is meant and ready this afternoon

1  Nadal   beautifully bred Baffert 1st time starter is training like he will live up to his pedigree......would have been top selection if he hadn't drawn the one post which is no picnic at the 6 1/2 furlong distance at SA because of the gap

5  Exaulted   Eurton 1st time starter is not out of the win picture by any means as he gets the attention of M Smith and his agent and deservedly so as his a.m. work is stellar.........and some of the morning work suggests he has plenty of early speed

2  Vasariano


race 8    below average clarity

2  Real Master   significant rider upgrade and for a trainer in Bell who has been firing a little better the last few months or so and definitely better than his record indicates.......drop makes sense as this gelding has only earned chump change since arriving in the USA last summer

3  Tequila Joe   the 2 horse is slower early speed wise and the 1 horse is faster early speed seven year old should be get on over to the wood by the 1st turn and with a nice grass rider in Cedillo up

1  Cabin John   loses Rosario to our top choice but hot newcomer Rispoli will do just fine......gelding should get a nice mid pack ground saving trip in a race that shapes up decently for those who do

6  Tough It Out

9  Swamp Souffle


Posted on January 19, 2020 at 8:23 am by richs · Permalink
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