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Santa Anita for Sunday 9 May 2021

Sure like today's race card. Be Back with you on Friday for more fun and games.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   above average clarity

3  Wishtheyallcouldbe   brutal trip in latest hides an effort that was quite good when you account for a slightly tardy start and a very wide journey........race totally lacks speed and this Puype filly has some.......1st time Rispoli is a plus especially in a long distance turf race which 9F is for Cal-bred FM maidens

5  Keep Dancing   lifetime best in latest which was the only race that this four filly ran with Lasix and without changes for today.......trainer Mulhall is quietly having a very nice SA meeting

2  Slew South


race 2    average clarity

4  Street Art   Keith Desormeaux MSW 1st time starter finished up his work tab with two impressive gate was a 4F best of 69 bullet and the other was a solid 5F gate work......always like when a baby works further than he has to run on race day........Keith  goes to his brother Kent who sure is rejuvenated and then some

6  Bochombo   year in and year out trainer Luis Mendez is very formidable in the early two year old races and he appears to have another very cranked up and ready to compete at a high level

2  Finneus


race 3    average clarity

3  Respectfully   after a dull maiden debut this Ryan Hanson filly has put in 5 straight competitive races........3 lbs less to carry today and the last three races for this three year old are par or better........last two efforts were ridden by today's jock J J Hernandez who is coming off a 3 bagger yesterday.......J J should be on the lead or just off of it.......hard not to like

1  Li'l Grazen   last five races for this mare with Peter Miller as the trainer (5 3 2 0) and four of those races were with Prat our top selection she should be in the mix from the get year old should be a major factor in the outcome of this 6F dirt sprint

4  Eddie's New Dream


race 4    average clarity

3  Tiz Wonderfully   by far at her best racing at SA at today's one mile distance.......six year old is more than deserving of today's step up in claiming.......mare should be in the mix from the get go which has been dynamite in these one mile dirt races at SA unless of course you are wide

1  Storm Ranger   seems like a gimme/go situation for this mare who races 2nd out after a layoff and drops for her 1st ever around two turns.......believe Maldonado will be pedal to the metal to hold the inside and get the front end which should help this sprinter get the distance at a very speed friendly distance at The Great Race Place

6  Gotta Be Lucky


race 5    average clarity

(NOTE that there is a SHF carryover for this race of $12K)

1  Royal Trump   six year old owns a good turf pedigree and it showed in her 1st race on it only getting beat by 2 1/4 at the wire in a Cal-bred Stakes race........positive rider change for a grass race to the hot Desormeaux who can get a nice stalk position in a race that seemingly favors those close up early.......should go off a decent price

2  Commander   2 for 3 for this Miller four year old since he saw fit to remove the blinkers on his gelding........Prat should have his mount sitting mid pack saving ground setting him up for a strong late kick

7  Speedy Justice

3  Fight On


race 6    above average clarity

5  Defense Wins   quite the improvement 1st out following the Peter Eurton claim and the strength of the effort is hidden by a tardy start and wide trip.......solid a.m. work since the race hints the big effort didn't take its toll.......Rispoli gets the call and he is 2 for 3 and a 2nd with 3 mounts for Eurton over the last two months

7  Took Charge  Peter Miller four year old is racing as a 1st time gelding today........he has only raced twice on fast dirt where he owns a win and a 2nd.........he shows signs of being a "lead type only" but he has a decent chance of getting the front end in this spot......and with the meets runaway leader at the helm

2  Holden the Lute

3  Towing

8  I Got No Munny


race 7    average clarity

5  Warren's Showtime   this filly has run 134:1 or better in her last 5 one mile turf races and that sure stands out vs. today's competition.......regular rider J J Hernandez is likely licking his chops in this spot

4  Bella Vita  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   Rispoli has a good chance of getting a nice ground saving stalk position behind two speed sprinters attempting to get the two turns on the front end of things........and then of course hold off our top choice who should be flying late

1  Leggs Galore


race 8    average clarity

5  Palace Coup   four year old gelding sure appears to be the lone speed in this race and that spells trouble for the competition as speed does awfully well these days at the one mile dirt distance at Santa Anita.......that and D'Amato is often at his most dangerous 2nd out after a layoff which is the case today

1  Contagion   stepped up 3 claiming levels and nearly won running an effort that is better than par for today's higher level.......and today he gets quite the rider upgrade today for new trainer Peter Miller who may have made a very good claim.....we shall see if that is the case about 4:30 PM Pacific

3  Law Professor

6  Royal Insider

8  Waspirant


race 9    average clarity 

(AE 11 Whooping Jay is dangerous if he draws into the field from the AE list)

3  Uncle Addouma   moved into the pace while being caught wide and yet still ran an impressive turf stretch my notes I wrote "loved the turf"........still this colt likely will need a better journey and/or a move forward.......not sure about a trip but my guess is this colt is more fit coming off of a muscled him up grass race.......would love to get the ML

10  City Rage   difficult post for this gelding who just missed winning the 3 April 6F version of this race but he retains Prat who is (2 1 1 0) on his back racing at today's 6 1/2F turf distance.......that and he owns some speed in a race that outside of the 7 horse lacks it and Prat jumps off our 5th pick to ride this fellow

1  Ka'nah  

4  Best Chance

7  Fratelli

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