Printer Friendly View Printer Friendly View

Santa Anita for Saturday 23 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 by the end of the month. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1   below average clarity

10  Roy C   tepid top choice in a difficult race to decipher.......turf sprint-turf sprint-turf route scenario for an individual that owns a very good turf route pedigree.......tough post but 1st time Prat.......and this Miller baby takes that somewhat magical drop from MSW racing to MC50K

6  Hannigan  trainer is night and day better with 2nd time starters than 1st.....with that in mind this colt's MSW turf sprint debut was most likely a tune-up and a decent one at that to be fully fit and drop and go go go in today's MC50K.......trainer is quite dangerous 1st time at a route and this two year old has a decent pedigree for one

3  Rivera Champ

1  Lookout Point

8  State of the Union


race 2    average clarity

3  California Street   talk about waking up with an equipment change as this gelding ran back to back wide margin wins (2 3/4L & 8 1/2L) ......latest number earned is off the charts good and if he doesn't regress off of the race he should easily be the one to beat 1st out for Peter Miller following his 1 Oct claim

1  Defense Wins   seems like a good claim back by Doug O'Neill and company who is red hot (5 for his last 7) 1st out off of a claim........good sign that Prat who has a good history on this gelding rides thru the claim.......four year old is back in only 12 days but on 9 Jan. he moved forward plenty back in only 14 days.......dangerous sort

2  Play Chicken


race 3    average clarity

1  Ottawa Fire   needs a rebound (2 months rest and with good works showing says he will provide one) to his very solid race two back his 1st in the good old U S of A......the effort is hidden to some degree as he had bad trip...........Prat jumps ship to our 3rd selection but Rispoli will do just fine especially since he should get a ground saving trip close to the front end of things that seemingly favors those that do

6  Luvluv   similar to our top choice the race that stands out is his effort 2 back and also like our top choice he had a bad trip in the race so the effort is better than it appears on paper......not the best of gate horses but if he breaks decently today allowing him to sit closer up early he should fit well here

7  Secret Club

4  Proud Pedro


race 4    average clarity

4  Unbroken Star   no visits to the winners circle for this six year old in 16 1/2 months so Pupye & company drop this gelding multiple levels and get Prat to ride  for the 1st time......away since January but work tab suggests the break has done him some good.....2 for 6 at SA and 1 for 8 racing elsewhere

3  Luck of the Draw   good history racing in two turn dirt races when the surface is rated "fast"..........trainer is hot and he is often at his most dangerous racing 2nd out after a claiming as in 33% win with his last 51.......and we get quite the rider upgrade......hard not to respect this guy's chances

2  Mongolian Wind


race 5    below average clarity

6  Big Summer   very strong race in her latest where she beat 10 of 11 foes and the time/effort was supported by big gaps to 3rd and 4th place.........she has improved with each and every lifetime start and if that continues today she will be especially difficult to overcome........good to see Rispoli stay put

3  Kitten's Kid    solid MSW debut in a sprint turf race at Del Mar........not so hot in her next start which was on the dirt and run off of only 16 days rest......2 months rest for 3rd outing and back to the turf......Prat stays put for a 3rd straight time........rebound likely

4  Chao Mar

7  Feeling Grazeful

10  Spanish Channel


race 6    below average clarity

5  Queengol   when Salder gets Prat to ride he is usually not wasting the jocks time and he coaxes the outstanding rider to take the mount......and Flavien has already has shown he fits this filly as the three times he was on her led to efforts that a better than par Santucci figs for today's nw alw level

3  Honor America   one nice win for Shelba Ruis yesterday with a maiden 1st time starter (as our top choice of course) making his record at the new SA meeting a stellar (6 2 3 0) of her three lifetime races fit well here and it was the only time this filly raced with Lasix.......Lasix today......away since Feb. but working up to snuff and for a trainer who has been sending out nothing but "live" runners at the one month SA meeting

4  Founder's Day


race 7    average clarity

2  Order and law   last sure appeared to be a tune-up up sorts racing against much better and a decent one as this five year old broke the 134 flat turf barrier.....blinkers on and 2nd out after a claim are both dangerous moves for a strong turf trainer in Maker

1  Neptune's Storm   smooth running sort and one of the better turf riders on the planet in Prat in the saddle.......only reason this nice $937K money earner isn't our top choice is because he has fallen off some since switching barns from Baltas to Miller

4  Lambeau


race 8    average clarity

3  Synthesis   great spot for a speed horse as there sure is a lack of speed in this affair and this five year old is more than capable of rating kindly.......and Baze (on a roll of late and some of that was with Mullins as the trainer) knows him well being up for 8 of his last 9 races

4  Barbwire   lifetime best in last which was his 1st to date in a dirt route.........excellent works since the 6 September race and you have to like that Prat sees fit to ride the Baltas three year old colt for a 4th straight race

2  Divine Armor

6  Jack Sprout


race 9    average clarity

3  Lonely On Top  plenty of works put into this NY bred MSW 1st time starter by O'Neill and very nice back to back to back works in Sept. at Slr and then the trainer (maybe) backed off so as not show too much more and go off a big number.........decent turf sire and mom has tossed one turf winner from one starter

12  Urban   12 post suggests this two year old will need a little magic from her jock and considering Pratt is the rider that can happen.........6 1/2 furlongs should benefit this late running grass horse

2  Booze Runner

5  Shoppingforpharoah

4  Vulin

10  Kjos Kids


Posted on October 23, 2021 at 9:33 am by richs · Permalink
In: Free Information, Selections