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Santa Anita for Friday 7 April 2023

Interesting 9 race card today and one very nice 12 race card for Santa Anita Derby Day tomorrow.

Also, there is a mandatory payout for the 20 cent pick 6 tomorrow.

Best of luck as always!



race 1  average clarity

6  Angelcents   5 for 11 in abbreviated turf sprints ......and this mare's last race was a 3 1/2 length win which is quite the winning margin for a turf race of only five furlongs......mare handled a brutal pace in the race and she likely will have to handle one again will plenty of speed signed up in this affair

8  Ready Jet Go   a 1/16th more to travel today for this mare who ran 2nd to our top choice in her last race.......she usually comes from off of the pace and that is where she will be today and with the added distance she just might get up in time

7  Over Attracted

2  Sheza Girly Girl

5  Take a Leap


race 2  average clarity

4  Looks Rare   decent 6 1/2F dirt sprint debut and an even better 2nd out as this O'Neill three year old colt ran a solid one mile race on the main track stepping up one MC level where he ran a close 2nd to a next out winner.....a.m. work since suggests he moves forward again in lifetime start no. 3.........and it is a good sign Doug puts him in a protected race

1  Golden Sombrero   double barrel action from the O'Neill barn as he also trains our top choice......turf sprint tightener in his debut which was run in a Stakes race where he showed he can run some........dirt and a route on his agenda for today and he owns a pedigree that should handle both......and he draws Smith for his lone mount on the card......usually a good thing

2  Excel Calculator

3  Clooney


race 3  average clarity

6  Albayaader   a perfect two for two with the addition of blinkers......solid figs in both efforts and the times were supported by each race having multiple next out's rider Rispoli was up for both races and he wisely stays aboard today........Mullins is 23% win getting back to back wins with a given runner over his last 125.....not sure what the stat is with back to back to back wins but my guess is it is impressive

2  Stressed   lookout here if the 3 horse who has never been on the grass doesn't care for it as that would likely put this mare on the lead......jock upgrade today to J J Hernandez

5  Dendera


race 4  average clarity

3  Doris Mae   last 4 races are very strong considering today's competition and her latest is disguised by dueling on a dull rail on 19 Feb. at Santa Anita......solid fractions + dull rail = not good.......good to see the meets top gun stay put

5  Saturday Heist   sharp recent speed 4F drill put into this mare 5 days ago should help this seven year old sit close in this race that seems to favor those that do.......solid maybe underrated jock (especially in dirt sprint races) in Contreras stays put

7  Big Shamrock


race 5  average clarity

4  Hayley Levade   big awakening in her 2nd lifetime start in a race run off of a 4 1/2 month layoff......the effort is better than it appears in print as she was close to a hot pace on a day off pace runners dominated in the turf prior to the race were impressive and they are also impressive since the race.....hard not to like despite Gary Stute only being 1 for his last 50 (ouch) with turf starters

3  Spain Moonlight   trainer Phil D'Amato is very dangerous the 1st time he takes over a given runner from overseas and that is the case today......Irish filly ran two solid races in France and she is working as if she is all set to strut her stuff in her 1st race in the good old U S of A

10  Sweet Trouble

9  Irish Rose

7  Magic Light


race 6  average clarity

1  Silent Sunday   SCRATHED OUT  2 for 3 lifetime in abbreviated dirt sprints at LA and this Wong gelding's latest race was run in a quick time......his pedigree suggests that 5 1/2 furlongs should be a good fit so if he runs a similar effort as his latest race he should be tough from start to finish......trainer has been hot of late and a good deal of his success is with Ramon Vasquez in the saddle

4  Quick Intro   hard to get a handle on this five year old gelding as far as what he is feeling coming off of an abbreviated sprint race at LA run 6 days ago but if he is up to his race 3 back on Feb 10th he has as good a chance to take down this race as anyone

5  Ferociously

2  Olympic Legend

6  Honeymoon Suite


race 7  below average clarity

6  Timely Luck   not much in both lifetime starts but the three year old filly might have muscled up from her 1st grass race as the works since the race are vastly improved......rather sure this Sean McCarthy 3rd time starter is going to fire an improved race much so is the ? mark

3  Magic Game   two races stand out for this Eric Kruljac four year old filly - her MSW debut and her race on 19 August run off of a 2 1/2 month layoff.....seems best fresh and she is 4 1/2 months "fresh" hot turf jock up in Berrios

7  Isabel Ludlow

1  Warrior Lady

10  Bold choice


race 8  average clarity

5  Sunrise Journey   lone speed in the race.......6 for 14 at today's dirt distance.......won for fun 1st out following the Barocio claim in his latest......good speed rider up in Maldonado and the eight year old gelding is a very good gate horse.......hard not to make top choice

4  Colt Fiction   trainer has won 1/4 of the time with a large sapling the first time he takes over the training duties of a given horse which is the case today......solid Cal-bred is up for a tag and considering the tag is $100K and that he is now an eight year old being up for sale does not concern me at all.........last two times that today's rider Pereira was up he was a winner

1  Tigre Di Slugo


race 9  average clarity

3  Anitanewmercedes   SCRATCHED OUT  seven year old got away with some pedestrian fractions in his latest race and easily won an affair at GG on the AW by 5 lengths.........likely exited the race in great shape with such a stress free lead/ based trainer Tamayo heads south.......two lifetime grass races at SA and both were better than par for today's level of racing

6  Talklessworkmore   blinkers came off in his latest racing endeavor and surprisingly it made him faster rather than slower in the early stages of the race......trainer has been waking up of late and might add to his (6 1 1 1) record at the meeting today

9  Mamba Cool

4  Atomic Drop

1  Orth

11  Shortman


Posted on April 7, 2023 at 7:06 am by richs · Permalink
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