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Santa Anita for Sunday 31 October 2021

It has been a solid month of returns for The Racing Digest and we might add to the good times with a very good closing day card that of course has mandatory payoffs.

Next up is Del Mar who will race Wednesday and Thursday of the upcoming week; host the two-day Breeders’ Cup extravaganza on Friday & Saturday, then come back with a Sunday card. The following two weeks it will race Friday through Sunday, then for its final week it will race four days starting with an early card on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Big Strike   works sure are steady and plentiful and some of them put in are awfully good........that and mom has some decent stats as in 5 wins from 5 starters which include two turf winners and one Stakes winner.......decent bug girl in Pyfer when it comes to breaking well is aboard

4  Ready Jet Go   nothing special in 2 grass races as a two year old in August of 2020........but returns with the addition of Lasix and that is significant for a Peter Milller runner.......also this filly gets quite the rider upgrade for a grass race........three year old seems dangerous

6  Bowl of Cherries

8  Air Force Woman

5  Va Va Voom


race 2    above average clarity

6  Bristal Bayou   seems like a very good claim by Cerin of a filly who prefers the dirt yet has spent way too much time racing on the turf.......last two dirt races are much better than par for today's level of regiment is of the trainer's go to guys in Desormeaux gets the call

2  Bye Bye Bertie   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE powerful vault forward 1st out following the Powell claim in this mare's latest race.........Prat widely stays put.......big shot at the circle of joy if this gal doesn't regress following such a big effort

1  Sadie Bluegrass

4  Full of Grace


race 3    above average clarity

2  Ready Soul   seems best at SA and of course also seems best with Prat up.......four year old just ran his lifetime best in his latest which was a Grade 2 where he was only beaten by 4 1/4L despite a bad ride by Johnny V........two very reassuring works since.......should be a tough cookie

3  Red Storm Risen   double barrel action from the DA as D'Amato also conditions our top choice.....jock upgrade today to Rispoli who should be able to work out a great trip saving ground thru turn one and sitting 1st, 2nd or 3rd down the our top choice his a.m. prowess hints he is doing well

1  Evening Sun


race 4    average clarity

4  Awake At Midnyte   filly sure appears well meant in her MSW debut for the hottest trainer on the grounds in Doug O' are numerous and two of her gate works are very impressive.......feel strongly that this two year old has plenty of talent

8  Under the Stars  Baffert MSW 1st timer is training like she owns some speed and Bob is using Prat who has won 5 of his last 10 mounts for the world class trainer.......filly sure is well-bred and she is a sibling to a multiple Graded Stakes winner and other runners of merit

1  Adare Manor

5  A Paycheque Smile

7  Hot Tea


race 5    average clarity

1  McWherter   four year old gelding is a perfect 2 for 2 racing at 6 furlongs on firm turf at SA.........he likes to have contact to the front end and this race lacks speed so with Maldonado up and blinkers on it seems highly likely that he gets the position in this race......such a deal

9  Mesut   gelding has been facing much better and would have been top choice if it wasn't for a race shape that doesn't aid his off pace running style......still.......number wise he sure stands out

2  Swiss Swoo

8  Ka'nah

4  Johnny Podres


race 6    average clarity

9  Queen of Love   filly seemingly needs ample time off between starts and did not get it in her latest start and ran "up the track".......she gets it today in the form of 8 weeks off........and her a.m. work is vastly improved......believe she mounts a rebound today and at a handsome price

8  B'esame Me Mucho   solid sprint race in this girl's 2nd lifetime start and 1st following the Yakteen claim where she put in a strong stretch run despite a wide trip........she earned a number that is 3L better than par........but her pedigree to handle her 1st at a route is not too hot......but then again maybe the 5 lbs weight break she gets in retaining Pyfer will help her get the 8F

3  Dynamite Queen

6  Medusa's Gaze

10  Aristeia


race 7    average clarity

5  Mongolian Mission   rather flat race when last seen on 22 August but Mike Maker has put 8 endurance works into her and legs up a better turf jock this afternoon......that and Maker is usually quite tough 2nd out following a claim which is the case this afternoon for this three year old filly

3  Momma Mocca   quite the trainer upgrade for this filly changing hands to Mullins.........and he legs up Rispoli who should work out a nice stalking ground saving stalking (or maybe even leading) trip.......would have considered top pick if this filly had a better pedigree to handle running as far as 9F


7  Witch Moon   the Halloween pick for many today (Dam is Magic Broomstick)


race 8    average clarity

12  Handy Dandy   no action on the board for this Miller 2nd time starter (55 to 1) so you know that makes his debut nothing more than a gimme to drop and go at the MC50K level.......supporting the notion is that Frey was up for his debut and Prat is aboard today.......plenty of furlongs of work put in since his 4 September debut......seems like a full blown go today

8  Town Boy   seems like a decent claim by O'Neill and Victor Espinoza rides thru the this colt's 1st two starts he should be in the mix from the get go.......and one has to respect that his red hot trainer moves him up a couple of MC levels

9  Con On the Run

6  Commissioner David



race 9    average clarity

4  Go On   colt made quite the break thru in his last start (par for the course for O'Neill runners these days) graduating despite a slightly tardy start and getting blocked about 4L on the turn and stretch.....that and he acts as if an additional 1/2 furlong will be to his benefit

2  Vantastic   five year old has handled the SA hill grass course in the past and he appears awfully sharp in the a.m........last two races fit decently here ..........Prat looks like he took our 3rd choice but Rispoli will do just fine.......trainer could use a win and might get it here

6  Mac Daddy Too

7  Barraza

8  Cotopaxi


race 10    above average clarity

2  Subsconscious   on the improve with each and every start and this three year old ran one big number (both in real fig terms and adjusted fig terms) in his latest......if he runs similar today with a better trip he will win

8  Rock Your World   2 for 2 on the turf to start his career then he won the SA Derby beating a strong field including the Ky Derby winner.....the 2 bad races in a row but after that he woke up some.........Rispoli sure fits as he is (3 2 1 0) on this Sadler colt who might be best on the lawn.......we shall see if that is so today in race 10 the final race of the lucrative SA Fall Meeting

1  Flashiest

4  Hudson Ridge

3  Zoffarelli



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