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Santa Anita for Saturday 1 May 2021


race 1    below average clarity

5  Red Diamond   McAnally is awfully strong off of layoffs and his filly sure is training as if she is ready for a solid run fresh off of the bench........both lifetime races were on the grass and fit fine with the 2nd one disguised by a wide trip in a pace-less race

9  Xmas Surprise   rider upgrade......cut back in distance should be a plus......and some early speed in a race that lacks the commodity.........a trifecta of reason's to consider this Leonard Powell three year old filly

3  Get On the Bus

6  Cielo d'Oro

7  Lady Macarena


race 2    below average clarity

3  Rinse and Repeat   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  last 4 races all fit in this spot and three of them are hidden in their strength by bad trips........and we get a rider who is getting his mojo back in a big way in Kent year old hasn't run one mile in awhile but his lifetime best was at the distance.........that and the trainer is quietly having a good SA meeting albeit with limited starters

4  Swamp Souffle   no shot in latest as this gelding clipped heels badly.......that and trainer Saldana is solid 2nd out following a claim which is the case here........and this closer has a decent chance of getting a lively pace up front which should flatter his off pace running style

5  Studly Perfection


race 3    above average clarity

5  Two Thirty Five   3 of his last 4 dirt route races all of which were at SA fit solidly here and definitely peg him as the one to overcome........T C Baze remains up and he will be out to make amends for a poor trip in his latest on this Miller seven year old

4  Dr. Troutman   gelding should get loose and with an excellent speed rider in Maldonado remaining up for the 4th straight year old is best on the turf but if he gets away with a slow set of fractions he might get his 1st dirt win in 10 attempts



race 4    average clarity

7  Keystone Field   Richard Mandella has given this six year old 2 months off and in the interim worked him 9 times and many of the works are strong........Espinoza should be able to get loose and if he does he should be tough to catch with the cut back in distance

5  Astronaut   nice forward move in his latest endeavor and if he can manage another move in the desired direction he has a chance to stalk and run down our top pick-a-rue

6  Tripoli

3  Memo Daddy


race 5    average clarity

3  Astute   lifetime best and the effort stands out here is the only time this Mandella filly sprinted on the dirt and it was a going away 7 1/2L win at the wire in a 6 1/2 furlong tab is outstanding so the long layoff is of little concern......and the way she finished her 6 1/2F race one would surmise 7F is a good fit

4  Missy P.   double barrel action from Mandella as he also trains our top choice .........filly won her MSW debut by nearly 10L......but she still will likely need a small move forward to compete with her barn mate


race 6    below average clarity

2  El Joy   lifetime best and a fit at today's given level was run 3 races back at one mile on the turf off of two months rest........two months since his latest and races in a one mile turf race this afternoon......also back to J J Hernandez after being absent for 2 races........tepid top pick in a wide open affair

6  Granada Flavor   Gallagher 1st timer (as they usually do)  preformed dismally in his MSW debut and then put in a strong work following the we will likely see the real "Granada Flavor" or just just a bad $50K purchase

7  Vantage Point

8  Titrate

10  Mahaamel


race 7    below average clarity

6  Cousin Eddie   dull workouts prior to his MC50K debut in late January.......1st time Lasix for today's 2nd start and his works are anything but dull.........Ron Ellis is having a poor 2021 and might jump start things here with this price shot

3  Luck Is Golden   takes the ever dangerous drop from MSW racing to MC50K..........that and he owns some early speed in a race that lacks the commodity

5  Me Macho

7  By Moonlight


race 8    average clarity

8  Hudson Ridge   very solid one mile grass race in latest and the strength of the effort is somewhat hidden.........and his one mile dirt race two back isn't too shabby either.......5 lbs off and a jock back to back bullet works on the SA training track..........plenty to like

10  Airman   colt should be closing fast in the late stages as there likely will be a solid pace being set which so often is the case in a large field in a one mile grass race.........and like our top choice with 5 lbs less to carry

3  Still in the Game

7  Eagle Chief

1  Whistleblower

2  Dicey Mo Chara


race 9    average clarity

2  Notre Dame   jock and trainer won as a team yesterday and they are now 3 for their last 12 with 6 others in the money over the last two months...........four year old gelding can fly early and he is capable of dueling eye to eye and still win......few can........3rd straight visit to the winners circle seems doable

5  One Flew South   five year old has something to prove on the dirt but he is training well on it and he gets the hot Desormeaux on his back.......late runner should get a lively pace to help flatter his late run

7  Satchel de Ritches

9  Camby

8  Owning


race 10    below average clarity

2  Jibber Jabber  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE three year old filly stalked a hot pace and still was able to graduate.......negative rider switch but Franco is awakening some and picks up a good mount with Rispoli out of town.........Geovanni should be able to stay out of trouble saving ground on the lead or like last time stalking the lead........should get ignored at the windows

4  Closing Remarks   another without the services of Rispoli and a weaker rider on the grass in Espinoza picks up the mount.........last three races fit well at today's G3 level so if Victor can stay out of trouble and save some ground he can find himself in the winners circle with this pick-up mount

1  Madone

10  Javanica

5  Tetragonal



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