Santa Anita for Friday 13 April 2018

Our special publication for Saturday which covers 4 Stakes races at Keeneland and 4 Stakes races at Oaklawn Park is still available for purchase. 6 of those races are Graded affairs. 

Some cheap races being offered today at Santa Anita but handicapping wise it still appears to be an OK card.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Orejas   best rider aboard this gelding since Baltas claimed 7 races ago and since the Baltas claim he is (5 2 1 1)........drops to a level that seems logical........all that and he appears to be loose on the lead

5  Roman Tizzy   trainer has had his best SA meeting in a very long time.......and that winning feeling is addictive so it is not surprising that Cerin and company drop this hard trying gelding to the bottom level claiming

2  Southern Freedom   seven-year old gelding is (8 3 2 1) at the distance and has shown enough in his limited races on conventional dirt to make me think he can handle it well enough to run competitively at today's 6,250 level


race 2    average clarity

7  Dare to Enter   sure like the step back up to MC30K today which suggests this gelding came out of his latest in good shape......that and he appears to have a good opportunity to stalk our 3rd choice who is suspect to hold together in his 1st ever at a route

4  Sharp Ruler   solid move forward in his 2nd lifetime start and that is somewhat disguised by a bad 2nd out following a layoff might be a good thing for this Harrington price shot attempting a route for the 1st time in his career.......that and the blinkers go on for today suggesting the connections want him to sit closer early

2  Write Me a Song   suspect pedigree to take to route racing but this three-year old sure appears to be loose on the lead......he might be relaxed enough to overcome his weak route breeding

1  Ministertomyheart


race 3    average clarity

2  Paprika   exits a fast heat of maiden claimers where this 3-year-old filly (who had a tough trip) earned an adjusted for trouble Santucci fig that is 2 lengths better than par for today's MSW level.......that and her pedigree to handle the grass is awfully solid for  Cal-bred

6  Bella Sierra   six-year-old mare is the only runner in the field with turf experience and her two grass races down the SA hill are not too bad and with a low % rider on her back......meets leading jock up today.......hmmm

1  Bad and Bougie   nicely bred Cal-bred appears to be working well enough to be ready to roll in her MSW debut and if she is this field appears fairly weak and vulnerable to a new shooter with ability

5  Whoa Nessie

8  Counting


race 4    below average clarity

7  Shackalov   race seems to set up some for those taking back some off of the lead.....and this three old fired his best two lifetime races doing just that in his two one mile route races at SA

2  Kaleidoscope   believe this three-year old gelding is feeling good as he just popped a solid bullet work on the SA training track......that and Roman and Hess have been on fire as a team over the last 6 weeks or so

3  Studly Perfection   three-year old has other speed to cope with in this field but if he gets anywhere close to the pace he set in his latest (albeit on a good track) he will be loose and very dangerous

6  Elevated Knight


race 5    below average clarity

4  Neon Gypsy   toss out her latest on an off track as her pedigree to handle an off track is poor........won her only sprint albeit on the AW but she also ran very well in a grass route.......that and Desormeaux sticks around after easing her on an off track in her last

7  Cynthiana   drop into maiden claiming makes sense as this filly has not earned her keep in 2017/18 earning only $21K......she showed she can handle the turf in a route but this is her 1st on the hill.....fits very well he she takes to slope

3  Dr. Ann   might be able to grab the lead in this spot without much speed.......Diego Sanchez has only one win at the meeting in 24 mounts but it was with Doug O'Neill.........that and Sanchez is a decent turf rider likely better than most S Cal players realize

2  Zero Zero

1  An Eddie Surprise


race 6    average clarity

6  Blame the Weather   dueled on a dull rail in her latest and predictably tired......cut back of a full furlong appears to be a plus especially with one of the better gate breaking jocks up in Maldonado to grab the lead and hopefully never look back

3  Tengs Wonder   MC debut is better than appears in print and part of that was a slow break from the gate.......blinkers on today so breaking better is likely........and if this filly does just that she should be up close and with only 113 lbs on her back with the slowly improving bug boy Asa Espinoza

7  Topaz Time   a turf route might have really muscled up this mare as she popped a vastly improved work 12 days after her turf race........that and she was entered for M50K but did not draw in from the A.E. list and now races in a M20K........hmmmm

9  Dee Way to Go

10  Spacerika

8  Creative Spark



race 7    above average clarity

6  Estherfourfourteen   both racing endeavors at SA fit solidly and then some for today's lower level of racing and one of them was a winning MSW fresh off the bench might be a positive for this three-year old filly racing in a claimer for the 1st time in her career

1  Cinnamon Twist   2 of the youngster's last 3 races fit well in this spot and today she gets a rider upgrade in Talamo who owns the lone lifetime win for this filly and it was a 4 1/4 lengths win at that

2  Condi   on the right end of the learning curve and if the trend continues today she seemingly has as good a shot as anyone to take down this affair

4  All Net


race 8    below average clarity

5  Silverspun Pickup   vet scratch on 16 March but it appears as if Machowsky has taken care of what ever was bothering this filly as her a.m. work is vastly better since........1st on the grass but owns a good pedigree for it.......should be in the mix from the get go and that is where Pedroza likes to be

7  Halo Darlin   best turf credentials in the race and she showed she can handle the tricky down the hill SA turf course........placed 2nd mostly because she appears to be a hanger of sorts

6  All of a Sudden   1st time D'Amato today and that is often a dangerous thing........and the stout conditioner of grass horses wisely puts his new filly in her 1st grass race which she owns a strong pedigree for

8  Promnesia

10  Lady Espionage

1  Li'l Grazen




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Santa Anita for Saturday 7 April 2018

TAKE NOTE that there will not be any selections available for Sunday 8 April (see our calendar information) for Santa Anita. Basically it is R & R time to recharge my aging batteries.

Fabulous 13 race card today at The Great Race Place with no claiming races.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Now Blessed   nicely bred filly winds up in the Sadler barn after one dull lifetime race at Belmont last year in May......and she sure appears to love her new surroundings as she is working as exceptionally well.......that and the rider/trainer are hot as a team

6  Whirling  hard to find a dull work for this Richard Mandella 1st time stater......that and I like that two of this youngster's last 3 works were out of the gate with the last put in only 3 days ago.......believe this filly to be meant and ready

1  Zusha   lone race for this Gary Mandella filly was a par like effort which was run in November.......retruns with a work regiment that hints she is ready fresh off of the bench once again

7  Mela Jones

2  Trust in Love


race 2    below average clarity

10  More Honor   two very strong sprint dirt races to start his career.......toss out last which was on an off track at a route........1st on the sod today in a race down the hill.......very good turf pedigree........actually prefer his pedigree more for the turf than the dirt......and considering how well he is run on the dirt he might be awfully tough on the turf

11  Desert Stone   Baltas has been very dangerous with the horses that he has picked up from the East coast.......and this laid up fellow might be up for a good race in his first on his new coast as he showed he can run "fresh" with a MSW debut at Saratoga last September that was solid

4  Implicitly   like the work pattern for this Clifford Sise first time starter who owns a good turf pedigree.....that and Mike Smith shows up on the horse hinting that he colt has some talent.......and Smith could use a win on the sod as he is a dismal 1 for his last 36

5  Scat Big Dad

12  Frenchman Street

9  Alfareed


race 3    above average clarity

1   Kona Coast   interesting clever placement in this Alw50,000s as this gelding is still a maiden but fits very well in this spot.......and his wide trip in his last somewhat hides the strength of his last run off of an 8 week break.......impressive a.m. work since his last......back in short rest for the 1st time in his life......rather sure he pops another solid effort

4  Trustworthy   3 of 5 of his lifetime route races are solid in this spot including his latest where Talamo give him a brutal trip as in way too wide while up close........see ya Joe hello our top selection he should be tough today

6   Taniko   likely needs slightly more than his latest.....and might provide as the only time this gelding ran of off short rest like today he moved forward.......not out of this if history repeats itself

3  Curly's Waterfront

8  Super Duper Cooper


race 4    average clarity

8  Show It N Moe It   seems at her best at Santa Anita where she has won 3 of her 4 lifetime wins......and all three wins were by wide margins.......nice pick up by Mike Smith with Bejarano on the sidelines from injury

3  One Fast Board   3 for 3 lifetime when competing on fast rated dirt......and two of those wins were similar to today's state-bred stakes race........that and gets the services of one of the best riders on the planet in Javier Castellano who is in to ride "Bolt" in the SA Derby

1  Spiced Perfection   hard trying consistent sort racing on the dirt......but this filly will likely need her top effort run on the 30th of August to take down this race.....not sure of she is up to it but if she is she has as good a shot as anyone in this race

6  Wishful

7  Blessed Lady


race 5    average clarity

5  Ms Bad Behavior   stalked a very fast pace and went on by the leader and drew off in her latest......rather impressive for her 1st grass race around two turns.......and Baltas is outstanding at getting his grass stock to stretch out even this case another furlong

4  Paved   strong 9F turf win to graduate two races back......then she beat the boys at GG in a non-Graded Stakes race for 100K at GG on the AW which was also at today's 9F distance.....hard not to like

6 Fatale Bere   brutal trips in 2 of 3 races in the U S of A and one of them was in the BC Juv Filly Turf where she was only beaten 2 1/2L for the win.....bred to run all day so another furlong should be a plus.......lookout if (1st time) Rosario gives her a fairly clean ride

2  Lexington Grace

1  Pulpit Rider

3  Treasuring


race 6    average clarity

4  Take the One O One   solid history on the dirt......trainer Koriner is very good 2nd out after a layoff and yet this colt won his 1st out following a 5 month layoff.....should be in the mix from the opening bell......Talamo knows him well having been aboard for all of his lifetime starts

3   Heck Yeah   3 for 4 lifetime and 2 for 2 on the dirt......blinkers off today for this Baffert colt.......and Bob is dynamite with the equipment change over his last 37 (37% win and 86% in the money).......hard not seeing this fellow being a major factor in the outcome of this race

6  Fire When Ready   on the improve with each and every race.....blinkers on and with vastly improved works (assuming he worked with them on)........rather sure his progress continues today.........has a shot at the circle of joy and likely at a bit of a price

2  Campaigner

1  Rewired


race 7    average clarity

3  Sawyer's Hill   best horse in the field if Jacobson can get as much out of him (1st after the claim) as Mulhall did........4 for 8 at the distance.......absolutely appears to be in control of the pace.....runs well off of ample time between starts and gets it.....stands out here if he hasn't "slipped" any

7  Cascade Rock   (4 1 1 2) since the blinkers were taken off......can sit close up in a race lacking speed.......Nakatani fits this 4-year-old well..........trainer Drysdale is having a rebound's nice to see for the aging Hall of Fame veteran

1  Accountability   used to have more early speed and my guess is that Castellano will sit closer to the lead and if he does that will put him in good position done the back stretch.....dangerous if our top selection doesn't fire

10  Malibu Music

4  Tartini

5  Fortune of War


race 8    average clarity

2  Conqueror   (5 2 3 0) on the dirt and 4 of those races were on the SA dirt.....and his latest is his best ever and is better than par for today's higher level......race lacks speed.........he really isn't a speed horse but likely will have enough to sit pretty in one of the 1st 3 slots done the back stretch.......and with one solid rider on a Cerin horse in Desormeaux

1  Sheer Flattery   last race fits very well effort/fig wise but his late running style might be compromised by a lack of early speed in this nw alw affair........we shall see

6  Swayze   east coast invader winds up in D'Amato's hands and he appears dangerous off of a decent work tab highlighted by a near bullet 6F drill only 6 days ago

5  Stone Hands

7  Rocko's Wheel

3  Clever Royale


race 9    average clarity

6  Justify   two monster effort/figs in both lifetime races and what a great move by Baffert to take the blinkers off in his latest despite a brilliant lightning fast 9 1/2 length win in his debut.......he learned to relax in his 2nd start and rate off the lead........that prepares him well for today and likely for the 1st Saturday in May

3  Bolt d'Oro   very special individual especially at Santa Anita.......continues to train like a happy healthy three-year old who will be one of the Derby favorites if he comes out of the race OK today

1  Instilled Regard   very talented but to date less talented than our top two selections.........seemingly not impossible but a no-brainer to make as the 3rd selection

7  Core Beliefs


race 10    average clarity

6  Enola Gray   D'Amato is dynamite with speed mile turf horses and this talented has an abundance of early speed......4 for 5 on the turf all of which are Stakes races and her only race at one mile on the grass was a G3 win and was run in very fast time......away for 9 months but all cranked up and ready to roll with fresh legs

7  Madame Stripes   plenty of speed signed up likely enhances the chances for this late runner........she will need a rebound as her last was a little dull but and her last preparatory was an impressive 6F on the SA training track.........and Desormeaux sticks with her........very dangerous

5  Thundering Sky   likes the SA grass course and seems best taking pack off of the pace and that should occur here

3  Beau Recall

2  Sophie P

4  Midnight Crossing


race 11    average clarity

3  Midnight Bisou   very strong efforts better than par for today's higher level for the Bill Spawr three-year old filly......good post and with old man Smith who sure still knows how to win the "big" races

9  Thirteen Squared   Bob Baffert filly has a shot to hit pay dirt if he can get a little more staying power out of her......if anyone can do it it would be Mr Baffert

6  Exuberance   very much like Baffert's filly in that this gal needs to avoid flattening out when push comes to shove at the 9F distance

7  Spectator

2  Spring Lily

1  First Dudette


race 12    average clarity

2  Pantsonfire   two races really stand out for this Baltas filly and those were run at 9F and 10F on the grass which were the furthest races of this gal's career......that and her latest at 8F is rather good.......sure seems likely to have plenty of run late at today's 9F distance

10  Queen Blossom   runs well with ample time between starts and gets that today......owns some very solid better than par efforts/figs for today's level of racing.......she does seem to prefer longer distances but 9F might be long enough

1  Laseen   consistent sort refused to run in her last which with her consistency and demeanor was quite strange.......chalk it up to everyone has a bad day once in a while

7  The Tilup

6  Dalsaros

8  Nachi


race 13    below average clarity

Arabians (no comments)

pp 3  Rb Nash

pp 10  Easter Man

pp 2  Mystical Mhf

pp 9  Quick Sand Aa

pp 6  Uptown Sandy Girl

pp 11  Dream Pearl



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Santa Anita for Friday 6 April 2018

TAKE NOTE that there will not be any selections available for Sunday 8 April (see our calendar information) for Santa Anita. Basically it is R & R time to recharge my aging batteries.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Beauty Divine   3 wide trip up on the pace hides a nice move forward for this four-year old filly........but better than that her extremely fast 5F gate on March 16th hints Miyadi has tweaked something for the better........rather sure she moves forward again if she handles her 1st route.......she owns a decent pedigree for one

9  Dhafeera   showed brilliant route turf speed in her first ever in the USA......decent series of works since........Blanc has to go to clear quickly as the turn comes up quick with the wood 30 feet her chances if Blanc can at least get to the two path on turn one

6  Meal Ticket   lone turf route which was run at Mth last summer was decent (and somewhat disguised in its strength) and run sprint-sprint-route........two sprints followed by a route today.......trainer is cold but might jump-start things here

8  You Missed It

4  Chalky

2  Jazaalah


race 2    average clarity

6  Most Amusing   Baffert has this three-year old colt working as if the abbreviated sprint distance of 5 1/2 furlongs will be to his liking.......looks like he has some early gas.........Van Dyke and Baffert are 42% win and 71% in the money with their last 41 as a team

5  Highly Distorted   last appeared to be a tune-up and we should get to see what this decently bred colt from the Carava barn has got today........Carava has won 3 of his last 9 with horses' making their 2nd career race

1  Lontani   rider Martin Garcia is struggling but he does get "the other" Baffert 1ster and that is often a good deal.........not impossible


race 3    average clarity

3  Colosi   three-year old gelding owns two nice efforts done the SA hill grass course.......and his a.m. prowess has never been better.......jock knows him well having been aboard for all 4 lifetime starts

4  Cono   another who really appears to enjoy running down the Santa Anita hill.......retains Mike Smith for his only mount on the card.......and that is almost always a sign of a "live" horse

2  Vutzak   three-year old needs about 3 or 4 lengths of improvement to handle our top two.....maybe the change in trainers can help get that out of him.......Puype is a solid 22% win with his last 30 when he takes over the training duties of a given horse

7  More over


race 4    below average clarity

6  Dukes Up   tepid top choice in this difficult race to decipher gets quite the rider upgrade......combine that with the fact he appreciates the SA dirt surface the most (6 3 1 1) and it is enough to make him top pick-a-rue

2  Mercer Island   trainer William Morey has had one heck of a nice SA meeting and is quite dangerous 1st out following a claim.....that is the case here and the trainer must really like what he sees as he steps up his new barn addition multiple levels

5  Out of Patience   very consistent when placed in fast track route races at SA........and this claim back by Mulhall is now 3 for 3 in her barn....... with........ one win from before and two more since she claimed this fellow........why not make it 4 for 4


race 5    average clarity

1  Twirling Apples  only lifetime turf race run on a firm turf at today's one mile distance was a win........and the number earned in the race is better than par for today's 25 nw2 level......good post......same jock......solid preparatory drills.......all systems go

7  Hotsy Dotsy   race seems to set-up somewhat for an off pace runner which she happens to be.......should be rolling late......she does appear to be a hanger to some degree.......but then again she does respond well to Romans in the irons with a record of (5 1 3 1)

2  Oh Scatty Oh   improved grass horse since the blinkers were removed 4 races back.......still......she might need to pull off a lifetime best to find the circle of joy today

9  Road Test

3  Khaleesi

8  Subic Bay


race 6    average clarity

13  Bourbon Dude   step back up to MC30K seems to be warranted as this Dan Blacker colt made a nice forward move in his 13 might be difficult to negotiate or I would have rated this race "above average clarity"

3  Midnight Soot   takes that ever dangerous somewhat magical drop from MSW to low-level maiden claiming.......and for a trainer in Phil D'Amato who has had good success with the move..

7  Trojan Time   trainer owns a couple of stats that stand out here for this colt coming in from Golden Gate.......6 for his last 13 with shippers.......and........ 3 for his last 5 "1st start with trainers"........those two statistics do enough for me

10  Sierra Echo

12  Git On Your Pulpit

6  Fabrication


race 7    above average clarity

4  Rizzi's Honor   very powerful effort/fig in her latest for the 16nw3 level for the ladies.......race profile favors her mid pack style as there should be one lively pace in this affair with 3 of the 7 signed up being speed horses.......not sure if she is up to a repeat of her last but if she is she will be very tough

7  Tangled Up in Ju   one of three speed horses in the race but with a jock up who sure gets them out of the gate quickly in Maldonado.........last two times Machowsy (who also trains our 3rd choice) dropped this mare multiple levels she won and ran 2nd......very dangerous is she avoids a suicidal speed duel

1  Tee Em Eye   4 of the 6 races since Machowsky snatched up this mare at the claiming box fit well in this spot......and her last is disguised by a four wide trip and being blocked a length in the stretch.......apprentice rider needs to do better as she is only 1 for 25 in sprint races.......maybe she gets that 2nd sprint win here if our top choice doesn't repeat her last effort and our 2nd choice duels too hard early

3  Velvet Jones


race 8    average clarity 

note: If AE12  Rockin Ready draws into the field make her the 2nd selection

1  Pacific Strike   improving with each and every race and she showed she can handle 9 furlongs of turf in her effort 3 back........finally draws a good post as she has had to cope with the 12 - 10 - 9 posts in her three grass routes to date.....1st time Nakatani.....hard not to like

4  Rancor   three-year old filly might have a fitness advantage over her competition coming off of two consecutive nine furlong races......that and she put in what might be her best work of her life........a strong 5F drill only 6 days ago

7  Movie Moment   bad trips in both lifetime races both of which were on the Santa Anita turf.......ran close to par for the MSW level when you adjust for trip.......Espinoza is off and G Franco on.......and that might be a good thing as Espinoza who is dynamite on the dirt has struggled on the turf for the last year or so.......three year old filly has a shot here

3  Party Dancer

6  Fluffhead

5  Mongolian Empire





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Santa Anita for Thursday 5 April 2018

TAKE NOTE that there will not be any selections available for Sunday 8 April (see our calendar information) for Santa Anita. Basically it is R & R time to recharge my aging batteries.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Kochess   vastly improved since high % trainer Wong claimed 3 races back.....earned a "real" number on the dirt at the 8K level in his latest which is still 2 or 3 lengths better than par for today 25K level.......that and he has shown in the past that he can handle the hill

5  Coastline   seven-year old has gobbled up a lot of cash over the years but at the 25K level he fits awfully well when competing down the SA hill grass course.......that and Desormeaux is up for the 1st time

2  Banze No Oeste   take note when Knapp runs a given horse 2nd out following a claim......that is the case today for this gelding who is rather consistent when running down the SA hill grass course

6  Reign On

7  Rate for Me

4  True Valor


race 2    above average clarity

2  Yalla   nice awakening for this filly since trainer Alfredo Marquez saw fit to put the blinkers on two race back.........that and she has caught one soft looking group of foes

7  Veiled Heat   seems best at today's abbreviated dirt distance of 5 1/2 furlongs........10 lbs bug boy is aboard for the 1st time.......might really fly early.....kid could use a win in a sprint as he is only 1 for 21 in sprints (2 for 14 in routes)

6  Radio Chatter   mare has run only one race that fits well here.......the race run 3 back and was the only time she was able to get the lead.......she might get it it about a 1 in 3 chance

4  Madera Jubilee


race 3    average clarity

3  I'll Wrap It Up   trainer has snapped out of a small year old gelding runs 2nd out following a long break and drops a level.......that and his best consistency by far is when he competes at today's 1 1/16 distance.......hard not to like

4  Roaring Rule  N Cal conditioner is only (5 0 2 0) at the SA meeting but high percentage trainer John Martin is usually much more dangerous than that when shipping from up north

5  Shackleford Banks   deep closer should have little traffic to cope with in this small field when in starts to roll late........away since October but Hollendorfer drops him multiple levels which hints this is not a tune-up or he would have placed him at a higher protected level


race 4    average clarity

4  Tina Tina   both of her lifetime dirt races fit fine here and both were at SA.....and she showed that she will run on or off of the lead with success.....and trainer Richie Baltas is rather hot

5  Mixed Emotions   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start and another might be in the cards as this Eric Kruljac filly just worked a very strong 5F work.......and you have to like that V Espinoza stays up and stays up for his only mount of the day

1  Donut Girl   Hector Palma might have stolen one here by way of the claiming box as this filly won at 1st asking........likely needs a small move forward and her solid 4F drill on March 28th suggests that she will provide one

6  Avail 


race 5    average clarity

7  Gia Lula   Glatt is good off of layoffs........and Glatt is also solid dropping from MSW racing to maiden claiming.......and the best effort of this youngster's career and a strong fit here is her lone lifetime grass race........that race was run at one mile but my guess is she will handle the hill just fine

1  California Breeze   another dropping from MSW to MC.......and the D'A like Glatt is quite dangerous with the maneuver.........filly ran two 3rd's in two MSW races down the hill.......that bodes well for her drop down today

3  Foxtail   ran OK in her lone lifetime race which was in the 4 Feb. version of this race.......she has always trained awfully well especially for a maiden claimer.......maybe she will brings that a.m. prowess to the p.m. today

9  Sea Glass

8  Diva La Mousse

4  Himmah


race 6    average clarity

2  Tiz Deliteful   races seem to set-up some for those capable of running off of the pace and that is the case for this four-year old filly.......good forward move for this young lady in her latest........and the best drill she has shown in quite a while since......believe she will move forward again......if she does she should be motoring fast in the late stages

3  Where's the D   best take note of this rider/trainer combo......E Hernandez/R Trela have won five of their last six as a team and with the other hitting the year old mare won at a route in her last and seems better suited to a sprint.....dangerous sort

7  Rockantharos   by far at her most dangerous racing at today's 5 1/2 furlong the cut back in distance should be a plus......that and she owns a decent history racing off of short rest........21 days since her latest qualifies for that

4  Tuscany Beauty

5  Pomp and Partty


race 7    average clarity

2  My Aunt Tillie  nicely improved since Puype put the blinkers on his mare 5 races back......and.......not surprisingly she just fired her lifetime best with the switch to top turf jock Corey Nakatani......stays up today and once again with a good post to work with

1  Speakers   toss out her last run off of a 7 week break as it appeared to be a total gimme.....runs much better off of short rest and that is the case today......retains another solid grass rider in Van Dyke

4  Lostintranzlation   won the 21 Jan version of this race but still qualifies for today's alw condition as she won the race as a maiden.........likes ample time between starts and gets it are very good........not out of the win picture by any means

9  X S Gold

7  Batiquitos

8  Almost Reality


race 8    average clarity

7  Flynn   very strong a.m. work for this Steven Miyadi first time starter as he seldom pushes them hard in the a.m.....but.......lookout when he does.......that and mom has tossed two winners from two starters

4  Leroy   good history for Philip Oveido with 1st time starters as in 2 for his last 7 with 2 others in the has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters and one was a Stakes winner........very solid work tab both at Tup and then SA

6  Poco Diablo   yet another 1st timer that appears ready to rock and roll at 1st asking........Mike Harrington has put endurance and speed into this four-year old 1ster.....hinting he is well-meant in his debut run into the wonderful world that is thoroughbred racing

8  Soul Owner

9  Cayate

2  Perfect Wager





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Santa Anita for Thursday 29 March 2018

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So so card today but Friday's is a nice card both quality wise and handicapping wise.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

2  Gosilently   lone speed in this spot and with the best efforts/figs in the race.....that and he appears capable without the lead........and he gets a very reliable turf route jock in Nakatani

4  Frankincense   two decent grass races to his credit in 2 lifetime starts but he will need better than decent if our top selection runs his race.......recent drill suggests he is going to move forward today........and it best be a big move forward

6  Zipman   nice wake up in his latest his 1st ever in a route turf race...... and.......he likely feels awfully good following the effort for Baffert to move him up from MC50K to MSW racing

1  Friendly Outthedor

7  Momma's Baby Boy


race 2    average clarity

7  Sweet Treat   Clifford Sise runners have not preformed as poorly as his (11 0 1 1) tab for this laid up mare are quite good.........2 of her 3 lifetime dirt races fit well when taking in consideration today's lower level.........and why not drop as she is a fiver year old making only her 6th start

1  Tenthousandreasons   blinkers on for today and with a nice speed work showing.......should be in the mix from the opening bell and seems likely to move forward today 2nd out following the long break in the action

2  Blame the Weather   another who should be in the hunt from the get go.........good speed rider up in Maldonado who woke-up last Sunday with two wins.....and Edwin can be streaky

3  Stella Sweeper


race 3    below average clarity

2  Red Carpet Cat   Belvoir seems overdue to wake-up as he has been in the doldrums for the SA meeting......and maybe he will wake-up here as this gelding just put in his best work (by far) in quite some time........and he seems likely to get a nice lonely mid pack grounding save trip at least thru turn one as there are many slower and faster foes signed up

6  Papa Turf   seven-year old seems sharp right now for Koriner since he put the blinkers on his gelding 2 races back.........recent solid 4F work hints he is ready for a 3rd straight good effort.......we shall see

7  Street Vision   last three SA races on the main track (3 2 1 0)........solid win albeit on a very sloppy track exactly 4 weeks ago........Glatt is a stellar 30% win and 63% show with his last 40 "claim repeater's".......very dangerous

5  Ketos


race 4    average clarity

2  Free Rose   five-year old gelding fits the condition of this race very well......Richie Baltas has been entering this fellow against better and he finally gets class relief today.......that makes sense as he hasn't earned much $$$ the last two years

8  Isotherm   only race at one mile on the grass that was firm (in three lifetime turf races at the distance) fits.....firm today and a very solid work regiment........tough post but Van Dyke is capable of being clever

1  Cimpl Man   nice turf sprint in latest should set him up nicely for today's turf route......good post and a jock in Maragh who is holding his own in S Cal

4  Fabozzi

7  Perfectly Majestic


race 5    average clarity

7  Moonlight Blue   by far at his best at SA when in route mile today and he sure stands out in this weak looking group.......trainer Vladimir Cerin has had an outstanding SA meeting

4  Reverend Al   needs a significant rebound in form......recent works hint he might be up for one.....that and the only time Roman rode him (Oct of 2017) he scored his lone lifetime win and it was also his best effort to date

3  Dad's a Gambler   good history back quick and that is the case today.......numbers fit well but this is his 1st ever at a route of ground and his pedigree to handle one is so so

1  Taco Tuesday

5  Liberation


race 6    average clarity

4  Route Six Six   really took to route racing in his 1st endeavor ever around the two turns.......earned a very strong real and adjusted for trip Santucci since the 16 Feb hint he has held form

1  Longden   Baffert three year old like our top selection has an adjusted for trouble fig in his last (and also in his previous) that is about 6L better than par.......hard to split top two

5  Jimmy Chila  rider upgrade for this colt who matched up OK vs. our 2nd choice.......had him running about 3L less than Baffert's three-year old.......a little move forward and with a more accomplished rider and maybe that will be good enough to turn the tables on him.......but of course he also needs to overcome our top selection

8  Formal Dude 

7  Orbit Rain


race 7    below average clarity

4  Highland Lass   dead on the board in last which made some sense as the works since his MSW winning debut weren't that good.....they are now........that and she appears to have the best early speed in the rider/trainer combo to boot

6  Best of Me   won her MSW in style winning by over 3L and the strength of the win was supported by the fact that her division of the two MSW races run on the 4th of March was run 5 clicks faster.....likely will sit in a nice stalking position behind our top choice and maybe the 1 horse

5  Well Hello   won the aforementioned slower of the two divisions of MSW runners on 4 she obviously will likely need a significant move forward to get to the winners circle


race 8    average clarity

5  Conquest Typhoon   5 for 8 at today's turf distance.......0 for 15 at other turf distances.........1st out after the Miller claim.........good rider/trainer team of late.......hard not to like

2  Defiantly   very dangerous trainer in Richard Baltas when he runs a grass horse 1st out following a claim........last raced on 15 Jan but has hit the track 9X since then........likely all wound up with those tightly spaced drills........we shall see

8  A Red Tie Day   like our top choice this fellow is a stellar 5 for 8 at the turf rider trainer/rider combo in Conner/ in 2 for their last 4 with the other two hitting the board

7  Lucky Bryan

9  Royal Albert Hall

4  Incensed


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