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Santa Anita for Friday 2 April 2021

Great 12 race card for Derby Day at Santa Anita tomorrow.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  So Much Happy   five year old mare really got "speed crazy" in her latest race which was a 6 1/2F turf sprint where she cut out fractions of 20:3 & 43 flat.......blinkers off today to slow her down in the early stages of this one mile grass race.......and 1st time speed jock Maldonado

4  Goodtingscominpink   might be a good claim by O'Neill and company of a mare who just popped her lifetime best........3 reassuring works since the 26 Feb claim.......stout jock Hernandez rides thru the claim.......five year old mare should be flying late

1  Gallantlystreaming

3  Pushing Sixty

2  Sugar Pickel


race 2    average clarity

4  Betito   on the improve with each and every start in 2021 and all since Cedillo got the mount back.......and Abel was aboard for one of five starts in 2020 and it was the best effort of the five for this Mulhall gelding and it was also this fellows maiden debut.........last fits awfully well and if his uptrend continues today he will be especially tough if he handles his 1st career route

2  Twirling Derby   gelding seems best when he runs wide which makes life rather difficult when it comes to winning......but how wide can he go today with only five foes to contend with......trainer is 0 for 24 and the jock is 5 for 115 so far at the SA meeting.......hopefully one of them knows how to get to the winners circle if it comes to that

6  Johan Zoffani


race 3    below average clarity

3  Reedley   five year old has spend way too much time racing on the grass where he is (8 1 1 0) especially considering he is (5 1 3 0) on the dirt........and he is also suited to today's dirt distance of 6F as in a win and two 2nd's in three starts.......Maldonado likely will attempt to get loose and wire

7  Rickey B   nice history since Lorenzo Ruiz took over the training and saw fit to put the blinkers on this five year old......Cedillo gets the call and when he does for Ruiz his mounts for the most part have been live ones

2  Afternoon Heat

1  Jan's Reserve

5  Black Storm


race 4    average clarity

7  Restless Rambler   never crazy about apprentice riders on the turf until they prove they can handle it and Centeno is one for his last 50 on the turf.......but.........he should stay out of trouble as he is on a very good gate horse who also happens to have the best early gas in the field.......eight year old sure seems to have muscled up coming off of his 1st turf race in a year as he just popped a nice 4F bullet work.........and Glatt enters for 28K to get 4 lbs off and so the 7 lbs bug boy gets in at 111 lbs.......such a deal

3  Italiano   O'Neill might have the trump card for this six year old as his a.m. work is vastly improved since Doug claimed him on 13 Feb.......rather sure this six year makes a good account of himself this afternoon

1  Alleva

5  Castle

10 AE  Facts Matter

8  Blackout


race 5    average clarity

7  Traffic Stopper   history with the blinkers off (4 of his 9 lifetime races) for this four year old filly is rather good and she just fired her lifetime best 1st out with Puype as her trainer.......and outside of our 2nd pick she sure has caught a soft looking bunch of cheap conditioned claiming foes giving her a shot at getting back to back wins........Pratt (6 for his last 9 riding for Puype) remains up to enhance her chances

1  Bella Renella   last three races for this filly fit very well at today's level........low percentage trainer in Deleon and a struggling ex-superstar jock in Desormeaux up.......Kent did get his 2nd & 3rd wins last Friday so maybe he is getting his act together.......if he is and this filly holds form he has a shot at win number 4 this afternoon

3  Queen Stormborn

5  Exchange Vows

6  Secret Maneuver


race 6    average clarity

6  Equal Measure   almost all of this mare's distance turf races on firm turf stand out here.......that and Hess has wisely had her ready to roll each team he risks her running for a tag......hard not to like

7  Gallovie   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE best early speed in the race and Prat stays put following a turf sprint that should set this mare up nicely for today's one mile turf race......five year old seems the most likely to grab the front end but she seems capable of winning without it as well

1  Sabinos Pride

3  Saburai


race 7    average clarity

2  Crystal Ball   Baffert filly has been laid up since August but she is working extremely well for Bob even for his very lofty standards.......Prat will likely go after the front end and attempt to hold off all challengers

5  Pharoah's Heart   very good MSW debut and even a better 2nd start for this Mark Glatt four year old filly........sprint-sprint-route scenario for today's 3rd start and gets John Velazquez to ride.......filly has a solid pedigree to handle the two turns and Glatt has had a nice Santa Anita meeting but he is only 2 for his last 47 "1st at a route" is enough to make him 2nd choice

4  This Tea


race 8    average clarity

5  Nerves of Steel  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  Prat/Miller with a gelding coming off a better than par effort 2nd place finish (with a 5L gap to 3rd) in the 13 March version of this 6F turf race for the MC50K level.........same good trip and he should graduate

3  McWherter  three of his four lifetime races fit decently for today's MC50K level and today this gelding gets a significant rider upgrade especially for a grass race.......dangerous sort

6  Union Bliss

2  June Gloom

4  Nazare



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