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Santa Anita for Saturday 15 May 2021

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So so card today but Sunday's looks good and has the excitement of a mandatory payoff.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Barraza   on the improve with each and every start so this might be a good 100K claim by Cerin and company........last race fits at today's higher level........and I like that the trainer doesn't put him in for the optional 100K tag as it supports the idea he made a good acquisition........1st on the sod and also 1st around two turns but he owns a strong pedigree to handle both

2  Back Ring Luck   good spot for a runner who likes to stalk the lead as there should be a lively pace in this race.....solid effort/fig two back at OP........1st time are improved.......plenty to like

7  Man Friday

3  Flashiest


race 2    below average clarity

2  Truth Seeker    lone deep closer in the race and with only 4 foes to negotiate in front of him.........1st out after the Lorenzo Ruiz claim is often a good thing..........solid route dirt jock up in Abel Cedillo

1  Synthesis   very strong efforts/figs in his last 4 route races three of which were at Santa Anita and all with T C Baze up........mostly not placed on top because he likes the front end of things and he has multiple speed challengers in this spot

3  House Limit


race 3    average clarity

2  Laurel River   quite the layoff run for this Baffert colt in his 2nd lifetime start.......his fig is quite a bit better than par when you adjust for a sizzling pace.......note that he only ran .14 of a second faster than our 2nd choice in a different 6 1/2F race on 3 April but he coped with a hotter pace

3  The Chosen Vron   both lifetime 6 1/2 furlong races were impressive wins and both were at Santa Anita........and Umberto Rispoli has options as this Eric Kruljac youngster won one of his 6 1/2F races on the lead and the other from mid pack


race 4    below average clarity

1  Angel of Freedom   two of trainer's better stats are off of layoffs of more of 3 months and also 1st time he sends a horse at a route.........both are the case today and John Shirreffs is working his 3rd time starter as if is meant and ready fresh off of the bench

6  Witch Moon   look for this filly to fly late if she handles her 1st ever on a fast dirt surface as she is coming off of two longer races than today's one mile at 10F and one at 9F........jock has been hot of late and the D'A can do no wrong these days so my guess is this filly will handle the dirt

3  Mongolian Mission


race 5    average clarity

4  Heywoods Beach   colt just popped his lifetime best Santucci fig in start number 13 and it was his 1st ever on a fast rated was also disguised in it's strength.........3 works since the 10 April race........seems poised for a repeat effort

3  Bold Endeavor   gelding likes to ride outside of horses so a small field should help him run where he likes and not lose so much ground........rider Kent Desormeaux is hot

2  Sash


race 6    average clarity

6  Ox Bridge   blinkers off in his latest racing endeavor and it led to graduation day........away since his 28 March win but his a.m. work hints this O'Neill gelding hasn't lost a step.......Rispoli wisely stays put and he should have this four year old in the mix from the opening bell

1  Liar Liar   consistent grass cutter but he sure likes to hang in the stretch.......J J Hernandez should get a good mid pack position and save ground most the way but can he get this colt to pass the last horse in front of him if he runs his race.......we shall see

2  Absolute Unit


race 7    average clarity

4  Big Andy   trainer Blake Heap is quietly having a very nice 2021 and one of his best moves over the years is when he removes the blinkers on a given horse which is doing today with his three year old filly......and take note that the last two times when he has legged up Umberto Rispoli he won both races

10  Half Hoping   very significant five lengths better than par Santucci fig when you adjust for a wide trip for this filly........1st time blinkers today and that is one of the trainer's better moves.......filly has flattened out in her two 6 1/2F races but I doubt she does today coming off a route race

6  So Very Smart


5  Psitachio Princess

1  Supersonic Flyer


race 8    average clarity

6  Goldini   three year old races as a 1st time gelding and also 1st time with Lasix......and just what you want to see as in improved a.m. work.........and Phil D'Amato sure has been making all the right moves in 2021

7  Chasing Fame   toss out last as O'Neill tried to wheel this colt back off of 8 days rest.........trainer used to be much more successful than most with the move but not the last few years........very sharp preparatory works......rebound seems likely

4  Mucho Del Oro

1  Titrate

3  Reckoning Day


race 9    average clarity

8  Good With People   colt likes the front end of things and he has only one other speed horse to cope with in our 3rd selection.......Miller's three year old has been stellar in dirt sprint races with 3 wins and 2 seconds in 5 starts........hard not to like

1  I Will Not   par like efforts for today's nw alw level in this fellows last 5 races........recent a.m. preparation hints at a breakout this afternoon.......should be tough if he produces one

5  Tap Back

4  Howbeit

6  Whiskey My God


race 10    below average clarity

2  Harbored Memories   Mike Puype colt ran 2nd in his MSW debut to the Santa Anita Derby winner in a 6F turf race.........fig earned for this colt was quite strong for a New Years Day three year two races on the dirt weren't too shabby either........decent rider/trainer team in Valdivia and Puype

6  Hollywoodhellraisr   not the best of trips for this D'Amato 4th time starter in all 3 of his lifetime starts which were on the turf.......Rispoli gets the call for the 1st time and he should fit this off pace runner well

10  Subconscious

3  Lincoln Hawk

1  Eagle Chief


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