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Santa Anita for Saturday 2 October 2021

TAKE NOTE: Just wanted everyone to know that major changes are coming to The Racing Digest next year which I will post sometime in the new few weeks.

1st three days of the new SA meeting is very loaded with talent with many Graded races to coincide with the Breeders Cup which is only 5 weeks away.  

Best of luck as always !


race 1    average clarity

2  Tom's Beauty   very solid effort/fig for a two year old filly MSW especially considering it was her debut........three reassuring drills since for this Jeff Mullins 2nd time starter.......needs to slip off of form not to a big factor in the outcome of this race

6  Fluent   Richard Mandella is not so hot with debut runners debuting on the dirt but that is not the case with maidens debuting on the grass.........and this two year old filly sure is working as if she is meant and ready at 1st asking

4  Love Gone Wild

9  Granola Girl

7  Keychain Girl


race 2    average clarity

5  Tex Hanley   plenty of a.m. work for this Dollase 1ster but the work that really catches my eye is his 5F drill only 3 days in you usually don't work as far as 5F three days prior to your debut without plenty of intent on winning 1st out of the box

1  Floyd Knowles   nice win yesterday for apprentice rider Ellingwood (as our top choice of course) and she might make it a perfect 2 for 2 to start the meeting as over the last two months the only two mounts she got from Miyadi her horses were live......good post.......pedigree to handle the two turns (for a Cal-bred) is decent

3  Arthur Spooner


race 3    above average clarity

5  Smooth Like Strait   ultra consistent four year old turf runner especially with Umberto Rispoli up.......believe the jock will let the only other speed in number 4 have the lead and sit where this colt has had many successes as in stalking the lead

2  Mo Forza   3 wins in a row since Miller saw fit to take the blinkers off this five year old and all with one of the better turf riders on the planet aboard in Prat......beat our top pick by a head but he carries 4 lbs more today which is worth about a length so placed as the 2nd pick-a-rue

3  Hit the Road


race 4    average clarity

1  Big Novel  beat our 2nd choice in his latest but what we want to see is a rebound to his MSW debut race two back where he was had 5L of trip trouble earning a Santucci fig that is much better than par for today's level

2  Bold Choice   beat 1/2 the field in his debut which was in a Cal-bred Stakes since are impressive and I especially appreciate his 47:1Hg  bullet where he worked alone which by my book is so much more significant than earning a bullet gate work in company

6  Unwritten Code

7  Kiss My Kat


race 5    average clarity  

8  Courtland   away since March when this colt ran a very strong 6F turf effort/time at SA for a March three year old.......and he showed he can handle a layoff as he won in Feb off a 3 1/2 month break......solid jock/trainer combo in Rispoli & D'Amato

4  Thanks Mr. Edison   nice race two back and a very nice race 5 back at today's 6 1/2 furlong turf distance.......last was dull but not as bad as it looks as Smith gave this fellow a bad ride.......he sticks around hinting of a rebound.......both for his mount and himself

2  Commander

5  Unbridled Ethos   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

1  Whooping Jay


race 6    average clarity

3  Eight Rings   Baffert likely is giving this fellow a confidence builder as he hasn't found the winners circle since 2019.........Johnny Velasquez gets the call and the Hall of Fame rider seems likely to lead or stalk the 5 horse.....either way I believe he will lead turning for home and be tough to wheel in

1  Taishan   lifetime best on the dirt and by quite a bit was run two back and fits well at today's level........logical regression in his next start.......needs a rebound and I think we will see one

2  Proverb


race 7    average clarity

1  Lincoln Hawk  finally draws a good post and gets back on Lasix........colt had a brutal trip in his last and the race prior to that that he raced in a pace-less affair.......deep closer should get an honest pace to close into today

2  U S Danger   4 for 5 since switching to the turf and his a.m. prowess has never been more impressive......... and a perfect 3 for 3 when Kyle Fry rides........1st on the SA turf course is a small ? mark

4  Memo Daddy

10  Secret Club

6  Constitutionaffair


race 8    average clarity

1  Dr. Schivel   3 wins in a row for this Glatt colt and all with today's rider Pratt aboard.....this three year old colt is a highly competitive individual and should fire a big race today off of a well earned 2 months hiatus

4  C Z Rocket   Florent Geroux really fits this Miller seven year old gelding well who shows up to work all of the time and won the 2020 version of this Grade 2 Stakes race.......hard not seeing this guy not giving a good account of himself

5  Flagstaff


race 9    average clarity

4  Going to Vegas   Baltas four year old filly should get a ground saving near the front trip in a race that appears to favor those that unless this filly tosses a clunker it is hard not to see her having a shot at the winners circle today

8  Luck   double barrel action from the Baltas barn as he also conditions our top choice........four year old filly fired a strong effort/win in her 1st race since arriving from France.......and she has trained as if a needed move forward is in the cards

1  Dogtag

2  Fast Jet Court

7  Magic Attitude


race 10    below average clarity

3  Express Train   toss his last as he had a bad journey.......colt appreciates the SA dirt and that is somewhat disguised .....but what I really like is that he seems best racing at the dirt distance of 1 1/16 of 1 1/8 ..........his record at the two distances is (3 2 1 0) and all were Grade 2 races

7  Tripoli   on quite a roll since Pereira took over the riding of this Salder colt (going for back to back Grade 1 wins) and especially since switching to the dirt following 11 races on the grass......his dirt record is (3 2 1 0) earning $690K with the three dirt efforts

5  Medina Spirit

1  Tizamagician

8  Idol


race 11    average clarity

4  United   six year old gelding is in an every other pattern and he is on the desired end of the pendulum today......that and R Mandella got this fellow to work a sub 126 7F dirt drill at SA.......Prat stays put.......hard not to like

2  Camino Del Parasiso  very consistent in her last 10 starts (10 4 2 2) and she was impeded badly in her two races where she missed the board.......that and a move forward might be in the cards racing 2nd out following a long layoff

6  Acclimate

1  Award Winner

3  Neptune's Storm

10  Red King

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