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Santa Anita for Saturday 29 April 2023

2023 Kentucky Derby day full card selections (usually 14 races) for Churchill Downs on May 6th are available for purchase at a $5 discount until 30 April for $35.45. The selections will be sent to your email at about 5 p.m. central time on Friday afternoon, May 5th.

Nice 12 race card at Santa Anita and 10 more races Sunday and with only one claiming race on the race card. 

Best of luck as always !


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5  New York Dreams   best two lifetime races in the U S of A were when Knapp and company were willing to put this four year old up for a tag.......he is up for sale today and at the lowest level so far of $32K.......and the works are improved supporting the idea that this gelding is meant and ready for a top effort

1  Birth of Cool   like so many trainers Reed Saldana is often at his very dangerous 1st following a claim which is the case today for this gelding.....solid turf rider Joe Bravo can work out a nice mid pack trip in a race that has enough speed lined up to help his cause

2  Never Seen Before

8  Fireman Dan

3  Brother Reid


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1  Conquest Celsius   it is now Luis Mendez's time of year as he is deadly in these early two year old 4 1/2 furlong affairs......his babies usually have plenty of gas and look who rides his 1st out of the box - one excellent jock out of the gate in Edwin Maldonado.......filly shows plenty of speed in her a.m. work

6  Fiamina   Peter Miller has this two year old filly cranked and ready to roll for her MSW debut and she draws the meetings top gun in J J has tossed 2 winners from 3 starters and they both were Stakes winners.......dangerous 2nd selection

2  Borntostaythirsty


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4  Ancient Peace   three year old filly has won her last two starts by an average over 5 lengths and the one on the turf is very solid number wise......and back to jockey Hernandez who was up for the turf race......rather easy to put this three year old filly on top

5  Paris Secret   expecting more from this filly making her 2nd lifetime start in the USA following a nice debut win in Ireland on the last day of October where Halloween action on the board in her 1st since arriving from overseas suggests the race was a tune-up and she should be ready to strut her stuff today for one tough turf trainer in the D'A

3  Broadway Girls


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1  Seldovia    as stated in race two it is now Luis Mendez's time of year as he is deadly in these early two year old 4 1/2 furlong affairs......his babies usually have plenty of early speed and this two year old filly shows hints of solid speed in her a.m. work......good sprint speed jock up in Ricardo Gonzalez

2  Fly a Fantasy  very solid work tab for this MSW two year old debut runner and she draws Mike Smith who wisely at his age is quite choosey (only 2 mounts today)  who he rides ........filly is "bred" to fly and she is working well......but......trainer Bonde is 0 for his last 34 with MSW debut runners - ouch

4  Cocktail Cutie


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4  Enjoy It Strait   four year old gelding loves the one mile distance both on the AW and conventional dirt as he has won 6 of 9 with a 2nd and a 3rd at the two turn distance.....he was just claimed by Mark Glatt who is having a super time of it at SA in 2023 and when he legs up bug boy Aguilar his horses are almost always very "live"......Aguilar is very solid in dirt route races and he is well worth his 7 lbs weight break

3  Holiday Arousal   2 of 4 races fit since Bob Hess claimed this four year old in November including his latest race which he won.......gelding is 4 for 6 at the distance......trainer is decent at getting back to back scores out of a given horse.......dangerous sort

2  Lil Richards Bello


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8  El Oro  on the improve in each and every race since arriving from GB at Gulfstream trainer today and a dangerous one these days in Barocio........and Librado is a solid 25% win with shippers.......and maybe most importantly he drops this three year old out of the MSW ranks to a $50K maiden claiming race.......hard not to like

4  Devil Moon   four year old gelding is a decent horse breaking from the gate so his chances of getting a nice close up position are good......and he seems capable of running well in sprint races on or off of the lead......solid back to back works since his 2 April 2nd place finish suggest he has held form

9  Jimmy the Boot

6  Habeas

11  Storming Chrome


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2  Bluegrass Go Go   if this three year old colt is doing well enough physically speaking he should be in control of this race from start to finish.......passing on racing at the MC50K level makes me suspicious of the drop but then again he only cost $30K at sale.....that and his a.m. work seems just fine

4  Trusty Rusty   double barrel action from the O'Neill barn as he also conditions our top the sprint-route-sprint for Doug especially for a 6 1/2F Italian rider Antonio Fresu gets the call

8  Pars and Birdies

7  Notforlackofeffort

3  Anticipated


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3  El Potente   vastly improved since Dan Blacker saw fit to remove the blinkers on this colt.....right now this four year old seems capable of a strong race short or long - turf or dirt.....if he holds form a lot has to go wrong for this guy not to take down this 9F turf race race

7  Explain This Audit   believe this gelding prefers 9F (or maybe even further) than shorter route distances......his racing lines and his pedigree both support the notion......and like our top choice he has proven to be a better runner with the blinkers off

6  Oncoming

5  Rosenquist

8  Post Facto


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3  Big Switch   my thinking here might be a bit too esoteric but this Sadler is filly is 3 for 3 the 3 times she has run with the lowest weight to carry in her career (120 lbs.) for that weight today and retains Bravo in the saddle who has handled the filly well in the two mounts he has had on her......and take note she just missed beating the 2 horse and she gets a two lbs. advantageous weight swing today

2  Adare Manor   had to argue with her record at SA (6 3 3 0) and the fact Bob Baffert trains last time look for her to go after the lead with our top choice stalking

1  Kirstenbosch


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1  Greenbow   Richard Mandella five year old has improved with and every turf start.......he just graduated and he did so from the 1 post.......the gelding has broke slowly in all 4 lifetime starts so he comes from off of the pace......but this field has plenty of speed signed up and the extra 1/2 furlong today should enhance his chances of "getting up in time"

4  Seismic Spirit   very consistent three year old on firm turf (5 1 2 2) and retains one nice rider in Hernandez for the 4th straight race......speed type should have plenty of endurance cutting back turf route to 6 1/2F turf sprint

6  Naismith

2  Tigerhon

10  Virat


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3  Danzig Cat   very fast pace and final time last July for a two year old Cal-bred for this laid up 2nd time starter from the Peter Miller are impressive........Ramon Vazquez wisely stays put.......filly should be tough in her 1st start as a three year old

7  Bold Choice   four year old filly from the Knapp barn has been consistent on the SA dirt (4 0 3 0 1) and she just ran her lifetime best 2 races back running turf to dirt.........turf in last and dirt's not rocket science

4  Whimsical Heir

2  C Her Beauty


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4  Ma France   big debut overseas in France losing by a head in a 14 horse field and another big effort "fresh race" 6 months later breaking her MSW by 2 1/4L.......5 months fresh today......looking for another impressive run from this four year old filly once again today

5  Lucky for You   Baffert filly is (3 1 2 0) lifetime and all of the races were on the sod and at three different distances......year in and year out cutting back in distance from a turf route to a turf sprint race down the majestic hill is often a successful move especially so for a runner with speed like this four year old owns

6  Shocking Gray

2  Ultimate Hy

3  Not Now

1  Red Diamond

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