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Santa Anita for Friday 12 March 2021

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Difficult to know if the races will be on or off of the turf today so giving selections for both.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

(if the races are taken off of the turf: 3-4-7-2-9-10)

7  Clearly Gone   3rd out following a layoff and retains Flavien Pratt......that and he drops to the lowest racing level of his life........and maybe most importantly he handled a grass course with some give to it which is likely the case this afternoon

10 AE  Little Bird

6  Charette

3  Hurley

4  Sugary


race 2    average clarity

6  Dr. Hoffman   last race run was way back on 28 June 20 where this gelding stepped up to MC40K from MC20K and ran an effort that fits solidly here.......but his race 2 back (and the likely impetus for the step up for his next out) is very strong and disguised by about 6 1/2 lengths of trip hint Miller has him ready to roll........stands out here if he is

2  Tiger's Song   four year old seems likely to get a nice ground saving stalk position (might even get the lead) in what should work out to be a reasonable set up fractions........quick 14 day turnaround is a ? mark

1  Paisano

4  Twirling Derby

5  Lord Vader


race 3    average clarity

(if the races are taken off of the turf: 7-4-8-1-2-6)

4  Laura's Light   work regiment suggests this is not a gimme/tune-up for bigger and better things done the road......3 for 3 at Santa Anita on the lawn and one of the wins was on a course rated good.......good history with Cedillo up (6 4 1 0)......should be in the mix from the get go and tough thru-out

1  On Mars



2  Ippodamia's Girl


race 4    average clarity

7  Missy P.   very strong work regiment for this Richard Mandella MSW 1ster...........rather certain the filly in meant and ready to roll........that and the Hall of Fame trainer is on fire and especially when he legs up the meets leading rider........Prat/Mandella are 7 for their last 11 and with 3 others in the money........yikes-o-rama

3  Rattrapante   not much at all in her MSW debut except for showing a little early speed.......but.......two bullet SA drills since.......believe she is fit and ready this time around and the 5 1/2 furlongs offered seems like a good fit

4  Mongolian Panther

5  River Girl

1  Reem


race 5    average clarity

(if the races are taken off of the turf: 7-4-3-1-6)

4  One Fast Bro   last two efforts racing on the turf at today's one mile distance fit well here........jock upgrade to J J Hernandez who is the best jock this gelding has ever had on his back........and........trainer Shelbe Ruis has had a lucrative Santa Anita meeting (16 4 3 2)

7  Burnin Turf

5  Kakistocracy

1  George Herman Ruth

6  Hammering Lemon


race 6    average clarity

3  Rather Nosy   lifetime best by my book was run 5 races back which was the only time this mare has raced at today's somewhat specialized 7F distance.......the race was run off of 2 1/2 months rest.......last race 1 2/3 months interval is close enough......1st time Prat and 1st time blinkers which is one of Puype's better trainer stats

6  Saving Sophie   latest race is much better than it will appear to most.........mare raced wide and did so on a good (somewhat biased) rail day........worked out to be 7.5 lengths of adjustment for her Santucci fig and par for today's higher level


2  Blazing Charm


race 7    average clarity

(if the races are taken off of the turf: 3-1-8-2-7)

8  Disappearing Act   only race at today's 10F turf distance is poor.......but......last race is solid at 9F and Prat remains up.......but what I like the most is that Baltas believes this filly can handle another furlong as he sure does well getting a given runner to "extend" themselves........another plus is that his pedigree hints he should handle a turf course with some give to it

1  Witch Moon

3  Lady Crocker

5  Lakaya

2  Midnight Diva


race 8    average clarity

5  Adare   off pace sort seemingly gets a race with plenty of speed signed up.......five year old ran 2nd in two efforts in N.Y. and both races were won by next out winners........prior to those two races he ran a sub 137 flat in a one mile dirt race at Del Mar and with did it with 8 lengths of trip adjustment......the Santucci fig earned "is off the charts" for the nw alw level

8  Colt Fiction   (4 3 0 1) on the main track since Spawr took over the training duties.......all three of his wins were run off of short rest.........33 days since his last qualifies for "short rest" of the races was run turf to good dirt track......turf to dirt today and once again in might be a good rated main track

7  Howbeit


2  Canadian Pride







Posted on March 12, 2021 at 6:35 am by richs · Permalink
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