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Santa Anita for Saturday 6 June 2020

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Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

5  Warren's Showtime   lone three year old in the race but dealing with older in a one mile grass race in June is no big deal........filly is 4 for 5 at today's turf distance and a perfect 3 for 3 at SA.......nice sprint dirt race 3 weeks ago should have her well primed and ready for a top effort.....she should get a nice stalk position in a race that seemingly favors those who sit up close early

6  Cordiality   seven year old mare has been away for over a year but she has run well fresh off of the bench in the past......and......she has a good history when she sits close up and she likely will be sitting 1st or 2nd coming out of turn one.......quite dangerous if she is fit and ready off of the long hiatus

2  Super Patriot   mare sure owns many efforts/figs that fit solidly in this spot and gets Prat but the race shape favors speed and she is a deep closer.......but if she gets more pace up front than anticipated she only has 5 foes to deal with so traffic issues should be minimal


race 2    average clarity

6  Exhalting   works suggest that this O'Neill two year old MSW 1st time starter has plenty of speed and with a good start he should be in vanguard early........rather sure this baby is meant and ready as he finished his work regiment with two consecutive gate works the last of which is quite impressive

4  Herd Immunity   another 1st time starter who completed his a.m. work with two consecutive gate works the last of which is quite impressive as it was a bullet 4F gate work at Slr.........Peter Miller's two year old colt only went for $20K in March and that might prove to be quite a bargain

5  Rombauer  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  Mike McCarthy is only 3 for his last 62 with MSW 1st time starters but his colt has finished up his a.m. preparation with 4 decent drills in a row hinting he might be well meant this afternoon........trainer in win-less since the reopening but might change that here

2  Sonic Brees


race 3    average clarity

4  Kneedeepinsnow   decent shot to grab a doable lead/pace and if he doesn't get one he is capable of winning without it......only time this Shelbe Ruis colt ran off of short rest he won impressively to graduate in May 2019 at CD......and his latest run 3 weeks ago at SA is better than par........hard not to like

6  It's Tiz Time   latest run way back on 29 Feb is par like and run at today's 6 1/2 panels at SA..........and today he goes from a very low percentage rider at SA to Prat.......that and his aggressive work regiment suggest he is fit and ready......should be a major player if he is

2  Silken Prince   likes short rest and gets it today following a layoff run where he likely used the race as a tune-up of sorts.........combo of Chew and Valdivia has been a good one and is better than appears in print........dangerous late running gelding


race 4    average clarity

6  Thanks Mr. Edison   10 post in his latest led to a 4 wide trip........colt did awfully well to only be beaten by 1 1/2L for the win.....jock upgrade and with a better post and fewer speed types in this race than his last to cope with........Smith and Bonde are 2 for their last 3 as a team..........such a deal

3  El Tigre Terrible   impressive 23 to 1 two year old Stakes win last Oct at 5F on the turf at SA.......been away since but his a.m. work hints he is ready to roll........that and Miller is dynamite with turf sprints including those racing run of long layoffs

4  Rookie Mistake   O'Neill colt just popped his lifetime best to lose by only a head in a $150K Stakes.......the race was on the dirt and in the past he has been better on the turf than the logic says that he might be up for another top race switching to what in the past has been his preferred surface


race 5    average clarity

1  Swiss Skydiver   only out of town invader in the race appears the best three year old filly in the race and draws money Mike Smith........not only is she the lone Graded Stakes winner in the race but she has won two in a row.....and in her latest she moved into a brutal 1/2 and 3/4 and yet was still able to pull away at the wire.......1st on the SA surface is a ? mark

3  Speech   last race run for this filly matches up some vs. our top choice's last (both run at OP one day apart) but she likely will need more today as she picks up 8 lbs today whereas our top choice picks up only 3 lbs and is more battle tested


race 6    average clarity

4  Rayray   blinkers off in this gelding's latest and did it ever awaken this Glatt four year old..........and the strength of the effort is hidden as this four year old dueled on a dull rail in decent fractions.......he did extremely well to only be beaten by 2 1/2L for the win........reassuring drill since his 15 May race........Cedillo stays put......might improve again 2nd out after a 11 month hiatus from the game

1  Cezanne   record setting $3.65 million (that's crazy) MSW 1st time starter is training as if he will provide some returns in his debut for Baffert and company

5  Mystery Man   Smith/Mandella/well-bred 1ster is training as if he is meant and ready to roll in his debut into the wonderful world that is Thoroughbred racing......and he better be as Mandella is 11% win with MSW 1ster's and Baffert is an amazing 37% win with MSW 1sters

2  Brazen


race 7    average clarity

3  Prince Earl   all three lifetime grass races with the blinkers off stand out here quite a bit.......and his best Santucci fig was run at Santa Anita at today's one mile distance........all that and the lightly raced five year old gets a rider upgrade

8  Lieutenant Dan   one cool athletic four year old who handles multiple surfaces and distances......he has a smooth way of going and Van Dyke has taken advantage of that as he is (3 2 1 0) riding him

5  Oliver   seems noteworthy that Mike Smith takes the mount on this colt who has run two straight dull efforts for O'Neill and company and has something to prove on the lawn where he has run just OK the only time he ran on the green carpet........dirt race 3 back is solid.......the lone time Smith has been on an O'Neill horse over the last 2 months it was a winner......hmmmm

6  King Abner

7  Ward 'n Jerry


race 8    average clarity

6  Honor A. P.   decent chance that both the 3 & the 7 will gun for the lead and if that occurs that sure should play into the hands of this John Shirreffs three year old who will sit mid pack and make his move on the 2nd turn or the stretch.......and Hall of Famer Mike Smith knows this youngster well being up for all of his races

7  Authenic   Baffert three year old colt has won his two route races one a Grade 3 and the other a Grade 2 by an average of 5 lengths.....that and he earned a Santucci fig that is quite a bit better than par for today's Grade 1 level........but........he has done it on the front end but so far the 3 horse owns better route speed than he does......but then again he is training exceptionally well

2  Rushie   plenty has to go right for this Mike McCarthy colt to take down this prestigious Grade 1 but he might get a perfect trip (especially with Prat up for the first time) stalking a hot pace

3  Shooters Shoot


race 9    average clarity

3  K P All Systems Go   very strong 9F turf effort/number especially for a three year old colt in January two races rider in Cedillo and so far he is a perfect 2 for 2 riding this Jeff Mullins three year old....that and this youngster is deep closer in a race with plenty of speed signed up and with a small field in front of him to negotiate

7  Hariboux   another deep closer who retains the same jock for a 3rd straight race .......Rispoli's colt is improving and screaming out for longer......gets it today in the form of anther furlong.........Mullins also trains this trains this grass runner

2  Club Aspen   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   lifetime best run in his race 2 back at one mile on the turf back on 29 start was decent dirt sprint on May 16th.......that race should set him up nicely for today's turf route.........pedigree to handle 9F is OK at best but he should get a nice mid pack ground saving journey to help his cause

5  Dominant Soul


race 10    average clarity

2  Midcourt   reliable sort gets the blinkers off for the 1st time in his career likely to slow him down some early in hopes of finishing with vigor in today's 10F dirt race........he failed to do that in his latest race which also at 10F fading to a 3/4L beaten 3rd as the odds on choice in a Grade 1 race.........Shirreffs knows what he is doing most of the time so I view the equipment change as a positive

5  Improbable   always trains great but he can be a handful warming up and/or at or in the gate and/or leaving the gate.....that's plenty to be concerned about........with that said look at his record when Van Dyke rides (6 4 2 0) they say - somethings gotta give

1  Parsimony   latest effort which was overseas in Dubai on Feb 27 seems like a rather strong win with big gaps to 2nd and 3rd in a 12 horse field........Doug O'Neill has put some impressive a.m. work into him.......not impossible to surprise at a price


race 11    below average clarity

7  Homehome   big wake-up 3 back where this filly won a 5 1/2F turf race at SA off of short rest.........went off 52 to 1 in her latest in a race run off of a 2 1/2 month break hinting that the race a tune-up.........the effort was solid when you adjust for a 5 wide trip on the turn........back in 3 weeks........hmmm

3  Lil Grazen   big effort 2 back (1st after the Miller claim) on 18 Jan at SA earning a better than par adjusted for trip fig albeit on a "good" track.......poor race next start..........plenty of time off (and works) to recover......and look who is up - Mr. Prat

9  Dim Lights   solid grass race two graduate two races back in her 2nd lifetime start.......last looks like an over her haed gimme to tighten-up and return in 3 weeks for a full blown go.......we shall see about 5:30 pacific time

8  Takethediamondlane 



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