Santa Anita for Friday 9 June 2017

Belmont Stakes day is tomorrow and our special pub with full race card selections (13 races) and comments (six Grade 1's, two Grade 2's & one Grade 3) is now available for purchase. Selections will sent in your email late this afternoon. The race card is outstanding with ironically the only race that I rated below average clarity being the Belmont Stakes. 

Because many of you need to leave the house early on Saturday the Santa Anita selections should be posted no later than 7 a.m. pacific time. Santa Anita has 30 races carded Friday thru Sunday. Seems like a good plan for the future for such a long meeting (26 Dec to 4th of July) to go with 3 days a week racing but with a few more races.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Vending Machine   Peter Miller is not afraid to lose a given horse so the drop into high-priced claiming doesn't bother me in the least......most accomplished runner in the field and the meeting's leading trainer....should be tough

5  Mr. Hinx   a perfect 3 for 3 when sprinting and one of those sprints was on the Santa hill turf course.....most apprentice riders struggle on the grass but not his weight break sure appears to be well worth it

7  Who Cares   seems to show up every race and gets a rider upgrade for this afternoon.......really finishes her sprint races with vigor and that is one dangerous proposition for her opposition with Raffy aboard

2  What'sontheagenda


race  2   average clarity

4  Secret Shopper   last isn't as bad as it appears in print and his MSW debut looks good and was good........filly cost $65K at sale so the drop into MC50K makes some sense.....seems likely to be in the mix from the get go

2  Norwegian Spy   one of Mark Glatt's better trainer stats is dropping from MSW to maiden with that in mind I highly doubt this is a tune-up as he would have this youngster in a protected MSW race rather than a Mdn40K......lone lifetime dirt race is about 4L better than appears in print

3  Tiki Bar Logic   another dropping out of MSW racing in this case for trainer Mike Machowsky who has been firing on all cylinders the last couple of months........away since Nov but works suggest he is ready fresh off the bench

5  Miss Trusty


race 3    average clarity

5  Surrender Now   very fast bullet 4F gate drill at Slr for a two-year old filly maiden suggests this Miller baby has talent and could cut into that $220K sale price with a large chunk of the purse........rather sure this filly is meant and ready

6  Tyfosha   Virginia-bred just sold in March for a cool $410K so O'Neill and company got a good look at what they were getting......and the two 4F gate works hint that like our top selections they are looking for a return on their investment right away as in this youngster's MSW debut

7  Mondaymorningblues   would have battled for the win as the favorite in her MSW debut if this Miller youngster hadn't gotten blocked in the stretch......likely feels good for Miller to bring her back in 22 days and with a reassuring 4F work to boot

1  Nothins Free


race 4    average clarity

5  Warren's Fandango   tepid top choice in a tough race to break of the trainer's better moves is blinkers on and that is the case here.....back to T C Baze and back to one mile on the sod.....also both positives

2  Captain Call   hasn't been seen since mid December when he almost upset the apple cart at 27 to 1 in his debut at the MC20K level.....1st turf and steps up a couple of levels for his 2nd lifetime hint he is ready and then some....but....his pedigree for the turf is nothing to write home about

6  Hi Heat Boy   dangerous drop down especially considering D'Amato is the trainer....would have rated higher if he had an accomplished turf jock up.....instead Solis is up and he like so many apprentice riders struggles on the turf

3  Fall Harvest


race 5    average clarity

1  Infobedad   last two races up for a tag (2 back and 4 back) are very strong and the one run two back is disguised by a wide 1st turn following a slightly tardy that effort he showed he can win from off of the pace and that appears to be a very good thing in this affair loaded with speed types

5  Prime Issue   vastly improved since Peter Miller re-claimed this 7-year-old gelding 3 races back for 20K.......good history with today's rider Bejarano up (3 1 2 0) and in those three races he carried 124 to 126 lbs......gets in at 122 lbs today entered for 45K .....such a deal

3  Madiba   not out off this by any means as this fellow is the only true closer in this field of six.......bug boy Evin Roman can sit back and relax in last and then pour it on come stretch time with his 7 lbs weight break advantage


race 6    average clarity might change order

7  May B   seems like the speed of the speed and that is saying something in this race with plenty of it signed up.......capable of some extremely strong efforts when he brings his "A game" and his 3 good-looking works since his latest hint he might

8  Juansagain     failed in his race 2 back which was run off of a long layoff.......then Baltas gave him 7 weeks off to get his act together and meanwhile he put into him some solid a.m. work.....and did he ever response running a it might be a very good claim by Miller who despite the move up in claiming only needs to hold this fellow's form to be formidable here

10  Oh Newman   Puype has been a little chilly lately but might be trying to rectify that here with this gelding dropping multiple levels......Mike is an impressive 4 for his last 8 with such a move and in general has been dropping to win at a high rate the last 6 months or so

9  Arlington House


race 7    average clarity

5  Doc Curlin   very dangerous trainer in Richard Baltas when he takes over the training duties of a grass horse which is the case here......both races down the hill for this five-year old gelding are noteworthy.....the race two back is solid fig wise and was a win.....his last was about 2 1/2L less fig wise but he finished up with a very strong stretch run.....away for two months but runs well fresh

3  David's Memory   two for two with today's rider Bejarano aboard and both races were down the SA hill grass for six with other riders in both of Bejarano's wins this fellow should be in the hunt from the get go

1  Aotearoa   2nd out following the D'Amato claim and back in shorter rest.....and with a rider upgrade especially for a grass race.......a trifecta of reasons to consider backing this six-year-old

10  Taima the Hawk

Long-shot consideration:   9  Masterful Stride   has twice stopped the clock at 108:1 at Tup albeit over a year ago......but he is training awfully well preparing for his 1st ever on the sod......his pedigree for the grass is adequate and he is two for two on off tracks hinting he can adapt......should be a big price and with Pedroza up who is having one of his better years on the grass (riding not smoking)


race 8    average clarity

4  I'll Wrap It Up   by far at his best running on conventional dirt and at the distance of 1 1/16........soft pace easy win in last in fast final time......might have a little something left in the tank......and he might need it as he is forced to carry 128 lbs

7  Ain't Misbehavin   consistent off pace runner has run races that fit fine here in 4 of his last 5 races....and you have to appreciate that he won with 128 lbs on his lbs should be a piece of cake

5  City Steel   last nine racing endeavors fit here and he seems at his best at today's 8 1/2 furlong distance....and he better be as he is assigned the high weight in the field of 129 lbs......jock (Joe Talamo) is coming off of a hot week of riding which was good to see as he was ice-cold the previous week

6  Shackleford Banks


race 9    average clarity

6  Mor Candy   nice forward move in 2nd lifetime start and 1st on the turf and the hill.....nice reassuring 3 work series since.....and considering he is trained by one of S Cal better grass conditioners in D'Amato he likely is up for another move in the desired direction

1  Plate Side   O'Neill has a dismal record with runners making their maiden debut in a grass race (0 for his last 20 with only 3 hitting the board) but this gelding is working too well to ignore....and owns a very solid pedigree to handle the turf especially for a Cal-bred

7  Lymebyrd   lifetime best was run in his MSW debut fresh off of the extended hiatus from racing might be a are up to snuff.......and his pedigree for the turf in his 1st race on it is decent

12 AE    Stormin Norman

11 AE  Desert Lee 

3  Insubordination

4  Gosofar


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Santa Anita for Sunday 4 June 2017

Belmont is only one week away and our special pub with full race card selections and comments is available for purchase at a discount of $5 today. It won't be tomorrow.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Woodstock Memory   seems best right now racing at today's one mile distance......retains Ocampo who has looked good on his back.......and he is capable of running on or off of the pace....such a deal

7  Monterey Shale   turf to dirt for today....running off of short rest today.....both right in the wheelhouse of Gary Stute......retains Bejarano.....only dirt route is one of his career best races

6  Sivali   lone winners circle visit came off of 8 days rest.......8 days rest today but this time attempting a route of ground......but Periban is a solid 5 for his last 19 with the sprint-sprint route maneuver

3  Mr. Larson


race 2   below  average clarity

4  Queen Laila   both lifetime races are better than par for today's level.......blinkers on for the 1st time today and just what you want to see as an improved solid work......solid rider/trainer combo over the last 2 months........three year old filly has the potential for her lifetime best this afternoon

5  Tink's Twirl   won on an off track in a raced moved from the turf at 17 to 1 odds in a six-horse field for the D'A and friend......that hints that she either loved the slop.....and/or.....wasn't all that cranked up.....lookout if it mostly is the latter

3  Go On Mary   seems best sprinting on the dirt......7 furlongs doesn't appear to be her cup of tea as she the cut back in distance is a positive.....and maybe especially so at 6F as she is 1 for 1 at that distance


race 3    below average clarity

7  Big Boy Candy   gate works for this Miller 1st time starter suggest he is ready at 1st asking.......especially like the last gate work which was at today's 5F distance has tossed 2 winners from 2 starters and both were able to graduate at two

2  Cannonball Comin   Bejarano is often in high demand in maiden races and he lands on this colt who has been training at GG......his works are consistently good (not great) and numerous.......and trainer Ed Moger is capable of scoring with debut runners

8  Quoting Hawk   New Mexico bred might have some talent to ship west to a much tougher circuit.....and.....winds up in the red-hot Machowski barn who these days is hard to ignore

5  Ministertomyheart

Long-shot consideration:   4  Quad   trainer used to be dynamite in this early baby races but Walter Solis runners just have not been performing well the last couple of years.......but......blinkers off for this baby's 2nd start....and if this colt runs to his eye-popping sub 1:00 flat work at Slr worked just 5 days


race 4    average clarity

3  Eichel   somewhat alarming that Freeman drops this gelding considering he is a much better horse since switching to the grass (just missed as our long-shot play in his latest at 26 to 1)........but..... maybe......his (30 1 0 4) record at SA is starting to sink time in the exacta in 30 starts......ouch

5  Bourque   wanted no part of turf routes but he did show good action on the grass in those two turn races until he tired.......strong dirt sprint effort/number 2 back.....last looked like a spin around the track in a protected race to get away with a drop and........ go go go in today's sprint down the SA hill

2  Sahara Storm   ignore lone race down the hill as it was run off of a long layoff and appeared to be a turf sprint tightener to go long in his next.......should be very fit coming of turf routes to put a strong late run today back in a turf other words - just this opposite of his only other race down the hill


race 5    average clarity

2  G. A. Betting   hates the sod so chalk up his last as turf tightener.......lifetime best and a strong fit here is the last time this fellow sprinted on a main track surface which was six races back in July of 2016......and his overall record on fast rated convention dirt sprints is (4 2 1 0 1) bug boy up

1  Cherubim   last two times this gelding raced off of 1/2 year layoffs like today he won........and he appears to do his best running at SA as he has been in the exacta in 5 of 7 starts .....trainer/rider are 4 for their last 10 as a team

4  Native Treasure   double barrel action from Palma as he also trains our top choice......last down the hill is better than appears in year old seems to run equally as good on the dirt......trainer has won 4 of his last 13 2nd out following a claim which is the case today


race 6    above average clarity

5  Easy Song   set one ridiculous fast pace in her latest and of course tired late to run 4th in a one mile grass race.....did exceptional well to be only 3 3/4 lengths behind the winner at the since are the best preparatory drills from the Gaines barn in many a moon......Smith up.....will be tough to very catch today

6  My Aunt Tille   seems likely to get a very nice stalk position siting 2nd or 3rd behind our top choice.......Elliot made a too early of move in his latest or might have battled for the win instead of running 2nd

1  Moonshine Annie   moved forward in his 2nd lifetime start and believe he will once again today ........blinkers on for the 1st time....Stevens on for the first.....should sit closer and with one solid defying father time grass rider up

7  Speakers


race 7    below average clarity

3  Plastered   might be quite the claim by Hollendorfer because following a turf sprint tightener this filly ran the race of her life winning despite way too wide of a trip.....believe the very stout trainer loved what he saw as he has put in no less than 8 works since and most of them solid 6F bug boy gets quite the opportunity today as he doesn't get his weight allowance this being a Stakes race....if he wins this the trainers and owners will be after his services more than ever

1  Faithfully   scratched out of yesterday's Grade 1 for this significantly softer spot......very good history at SA on the dirt (3 2 1 0).......Bejarano and Baffert are starting to get very comfortable as a team.......what on earth took them so long

5  Street Surrender   Hollendorfer/Smith are runners almost always "live" when they team up.....trainer is very dangerous turf to dirt and that is the case here for this sharp GG invader........and he has won on the SA dirt


race 8    average clarity   

2  Place des Vosges   disliked the extra 3/8's of a mile of sod in his last.....previously at at 9 furlongs he fired one strong winning 4L win absolutely taking off in the stretch.......and before that he won at 10F....rebound back at a distance that is not too far for him

1  Evo Campo   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE    two for two at 1 1/2 miles on the turf.......and he has won at 1 1/18th on the would think he should run a strong race at 1 1/4.....maybe not as strong as 1 1/2 but strong enough

3  September Stars   wisely scratched out of a solid Grade 1 last Sunday for this much softer spot.......and it is uncanny how many S Cal horses win when that opt for another races and of course a softer one

4  Responsibleforlove


race 9    average clarity

2  Yellow Bonnet   cold barn might want to jump-start things.......or is it a claim me please situation......the fact that Glatt has had a very high win percentage over the last couple of years with multiple level drops I have to think they just want to win

4  Dolce Tempesta   a good five lengths less of a horse than our top choice if the form for both remains the same.....but Machowski is hot so maybe this filly improves in her 2nd lifetime start..... and as mentioned above...... maybe our top choice is hurting some and regresses........we shall see

1  Ruby's Gone Again   MC debut fits but her last does not......but a rebound to some degree seems likely as this filly put in a nice 5F bullet work since her disappointing 2nd start.....trainer has had a dismal year......hard not to root for him

5  Miss Napper Dandy

8  Bona Fide Image


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Santa Anita for Saturday 3 June 2017

Belmont is only one week away and our special pub with full race card selections and comments is available for purchase at a discount of $5 thru this Sunday.

Note: Originally we were not going to provide a publication for Sunday, June 4th but now we are. Such a deal.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Kenzou's Rhythm   the D'A is as reliable as they come with mid-priced claiming grass runners like this three-year old gelding.....and you have to like going back to Gonzo after being absent for his last as he is a perfect 3 for 3 on this youngster....all other jocks.....0 for 7

4  Jack the Closer   very consistent sort at GG.....his latest was his 1st on the turf and is better than appears in print with not the best of position and in a fast heat for a Cal-brefd nw alw race......seems spotted well at the 3-year-old 50K level

3  Giro Candito   Jeff Mullins is red-hot especially with his grass runners.....1st on the sod for this fellow as well as 1st at a route.........pedigree for both is up to snuff


race 2    average clarity

4  Individual Design    talk about an embarrassing race for Santa Anita on a Saturday.....5 horse field of 6250 claimers.....ouch.......loves the track.....and the distance......and sure is out training all in this field....hard not to put on top

3  Trinity's Turn   got quite good last winter.....since then she has fallen off some......needs a rebound.....has enough time off to possible provide one......not out of the win picture if she provides one

5  Forbidden Command   double barrel action for Brocklebank as he also trains our top choice......might be a good claim as this five-year old mare has been improving this year one baby step at a time at GG......fits fine if it continues back on conventional dirt which she is proven on


race 3    average clarity

3  My Perfect Gem   plenty of foundation put into this Baltas 1st time starter and a very nice 4F bullet gate work on May 15th.....and then two straight tightly spaced maintenance drills since....believe this colt is meant and ready for his debut

7  Cammy's Music   rider and trainer teamed up to win yesterday's opener and might make it two straight with this three-year old gelding who was bet harder than his form suggested and ran well grabbing 2nd place at today's same MC level......decent 5F work since.....has a shot to move forward 2nd out after the layoff

6  Tiz Indy   improved since the blinkers were put on two races back......still he likely needs more.....but he might provide it with a significant jockey upgrade

4  Mr. Twinery


race 4    average clarity

5  Algorhythmic   five-year old mare has won as many races down the hill as the rest of the field combined.....and she likely feels great coming off such an easy 10 length win finishing with a hand trainer/rider combo to boot

6  Jeremy's Legacy   last was par like for the level but she did flatten out the 6F work that O'Neill put in sure seems like a smart move to build her endurance some.....and she has some solid back numbers and retains the potential is there to upset our top selection

4  Shezroxie   very proven fresh and she is fresh today having been absent since late Feb........and she gets Bejarano on her back for this 1st time......likes the hill with a win and a 3rd beaten only 3/4L .......not impossible to upset....... but .......she will need her lifetime best

2  Sturdy One


race 5    average clarity

4  Gypsy Treasure   showed speed and ran 2nd in her MC debut and went off at 38 to 1 in a 6 horse field......likely wasn't fully cranked for the race........away 8 weeks but works look good......1st time blinkers......Solis (who is doing just fine as an apprentice) needs to take advantage of his good mounts as Roman is riding exceptionally well and taking away mounts from Solis

3  Empress Deelites   Michael McCarthy is poor with MSW 1st timers but that is hardly the case with MC 1st timers.....2 for his last 7 with 3 others hitting the regiment seems good for 40K to get 2 extra lbs off......sure seems "meant"

2  Privy   another trainer in Salder who is solid with MC 1st timers like this filly.......sure like the quick 3F work only 3 days ago......hints that Sadler means our 2nd choice he is entered for 40K to get 2 lbs off.....and.....he legs up bug boy Roman for another 7 lbs off.....such a deal

1  Lostintranzlation


race 6    average clarity

4  Tanners Pride   on the right end of the learning curve and his latest improvement is somewhat hidden........3 wide pressing a fast set of quite reassuring work since......gets to carry 2 lbs less today.......should be tough from the get go

1  Scatter the Moon   won like a good thing by 3 1/2 lengths in his MSW debut at Tup despite a wide tab since at Slr is solid and then some.......gets the attention of Stevens........feel rather sure this Az invader fits here if he takes to the SA surface

3  Quality Line   fell off some in his latest but still managed to graduate stepping up from MC50K to MC75K......not sure a repeat of his latest would get the job done......but his race 2 back would......trainer has been in a prolong slump so a rebound doesn't have to occur......but rated too low if it does

6  Derby Music


race 7    average clarity

4  Farham   vastly improved eight year old since the D'A took over 2 races back......ultra impressive late kick in his last to run 1:33 flat and win a G3.....4 for 6 at one mile on the sod.....race shape sure appears to be in his favor

1  Heart to Heart   like that this Brian Lynch invader stalked and nearly won  a G1 at Kee in his last.....believe Leparoux will try to do similar today.....seemingly appreciates very firm turf like we have in S Cal as witnessed by 132:3 win at GP in a G3

2  What a View   needs to put away the 1 and 5 to get what he thrives on as in a loose lead.......if he can keep the fractions reasonable he might never look back

3  Bal a Bali


race 8    average clarity   

2  Stellar Wind   Stellar Wind is a win machine and has beaten the mighty Beholder who this race is named after.....and he beat our 2nd pick by a dozen lengths.....that'll do

1  Vale Dori   Baffert has had one heck of a year so you know he has this consistent mare feeling awfully good in her attempt to win her 7th in a row.......Bejarano will likely try to slow things down and maybe even let the 4 horse go to the lead......thus......having something left when the "Wind" gets in her face

4  Finest City   believe this classy mare prefers sprinting but things might get interesting if she is allowed to lead and slow things down with Mike Smith in control


race 9    above average clarity

4  Tina's Exchange   strong efforts in all 3 lifetime races with his best ever his lone race down the SA hill grass course.......that effort is better than par......and all his competition are 3-year-old runners.....and I like that Maldonado knows him well having been in the saddle for all of his races

3  Conquest Smartee   bet hard in both lifetime races and wound up with 2nd place finishes.......par like race down the hill back in early March....away since but he sure has shown he can run fresh....retains a.m......not out of the win picture by any means

5  Combat Zone   double barrel action from Sadler as he also conditions our 2nd pick.....expensive 1st time starter sure is bred to take to the sod....tough to tell how ready he is but he has plenty of potential if he is

8  Bucky's Pick

7  Aussie Fox

2  Cascade Rock

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Santa Anita for Friday 2 June 2017

Belmont is only 8 days away and our special pub with full race card selections and comments is available for purchase at a discount of $5 thru this Sunday.

Note: Originally we were not going to provide a publication for Sunday, June 4th but now we are. Such a deal.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

2  Rocky's Show   trainer does decently with limited starters.....and two training categories which apply here for him are strong....1st time in claiming and with shippers.........three year old ran a 109:4 at Tup in March......don't see anyone in this three year old field capable of that in early March......speed horse gets a good speed rider in Pedroza

1  Mr. Hale   not eligible to be claimed in his layoff last and going off at 33 to 1 odds screams cut claiming price in half...... and.....go go go go...... with some doubt in the minds of those looking for a claim

5  R Cha Cha   needs a rebound to his effort two back and he could take down this race......but his trainer seldom does much these days.....not impossible but easy to make as our 3rd pick-a-rue


race 2    average clarity

7  Madera Time   how about a Brinkerhoff double as he also trains our top choice in race one......four year old gelding invading from Tup seems well spotted in a bottom level MC.....outside stalker had a field day yesterday.....if we get a similar track today his chances are enhanced

5  Red Carpet   tough trip in latest hides his last some....doubt the red-hot bug boy gives him another poor ride as his confidence is building as is the quality of mounts that he is and will be receiving

1  Ralph Jacobs   better drill since his so so MC debut for Marty Jones and company.....that and the cut back in distance might make him a factor here in this abbreviated sprint of only 5F

3  T's Place


race 3    average clarity

7  You'll Be Lucky   wide trip in his last disguises a 2nd straight decent effort down the SA hill considering today's level of racing.....and quite the change in riders to one that is struggling badly to the most successful bug boy on the grounds and his 7 lbs break......good rider/trainer combination in Roman/Belvoir

2  Westwood's Wizard   solid forward move getting back to a sprint following 3 straight routes....that dirt race sure fits solidly here and he seems as good racing on the sod.......should be a player

1  South Americain   last was very poor....but.....plenty of time off to right the ship and he sure finished off his preparatory work for today's race with an eye-popping 58:4 bullet work at SA.....and gets 1st time Bejarano....believe a rebound is in the cards

3  Go Ghetto


race 4    average clarity

4  Desert Madam   what a great spot for an easy win even with the 131 lbs weight assignment if she returns fit and ready off of a 1/2 year layoff......she towers over these to say the least

1  Private Terms   should sit 1st or 2nd to our top selection in good position.......seems like she might be at the mercy of how fit our top choice is in her return to the race wars

2  Sidepocket Run   pounded at the windows especially considering she was competing off of a long layoff.......did not disappoint....but she will need a strong forward move today......4 lbs off today should help


race 5    average clarity

5  Gotnoquit   both lifetime races down the SA hill grass course are slightly better than par for today's MC level......only one work-out since his latest run on May 4th but it sure is a good in a bullet best of 56 4F work at SA........cold last 6 cards for Talamo (0 for 18) and with some decent mounts......shot to break the ice here

2  Irish Goodbye   decent return to the races in his last off of an extended layoff.......that effort down the hill would likely come up a little short here but he should be tighter for today's 2nd start following the 8 month hiatus.....should be closing fast in the late stages of this 6 1/2F grass race

1  Captain Ron   away since a good MSW debut at GG in January.....seems a little suspicious that he is in for a tag especially entered for 40K (to take weight off or entice a buyer) as he is bred to love the grass and yet he is not in a MSW affair......but if my suspicions are all wet.....lookout

6  Clifton Beach


race 6    average clarity

2  Schulace   new sire might get off to a good start as this Machowsky two-year old 1ster is training awfully well and the trainer is firing on all cylinders of late......and he draws the attention of Bejarano and his agent

8  Drama Is Overrated    Myadi doesn't usually push them too hard in the a.m. and yet this two-year old gelding just worked a near bullet 4F gate has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters and two were winner at bug boy up (who won 3 Sunday and won 3 yesterday)

7  Hit the Seam   trainer is polar cold but this 1ster is a full brother to a couple of impressive runners.....and mom has tossed 7 winners from 8 starters most of which won at two......hard to ignore this Cal-bred's potential

3  Lucky Pegasus

Long-shot consideration:   6  Time for Cioppino   toss out debut in the slop on the 6th on May.....two quick 3F works since....all set to show what he has this afternoon



race 7    average clarity

7  Mr. Opportunist   always thought that this fellow would take to the grass in a big way and he finally gets to run on it....and.....his best race of his career by far (and a solid number here) was when he entered in a grass race and it was moved to the other words Sadler had him on edge for that day....and likely has once again today

3  Boozer   very nice record down the Santa Anita hill grass course but he hasn't won on it since Feb of 2016......and his a.m. preparation for today's layoff run isn't that is hard not to respect his stellar record down the hill (10 4 3 2)

6  Bombard   just popped his lifetime best and it was off of a layoff and down the hill....back in short rest and retains Prat.....might be up for even more 2nd out after the layoff....fits if he is

1  Coastline


race 8    average clarity

1  Gato Dulce   believe this sprinter trying a route for the 1st time will go after the lead and try to wire.....Glatt is better than average 1st time at a route......and this four-year old owns a good pedigree to get the 8 furlongs and the two turns......and a nice bullet 5F work showing

6  Picture Tube   very strong races for the given level the last two times this gelding was placed in a routes........back to one today following two straight 7F sprints.......does tend to hang.....bug boy best be aggressive late

7  Phantom Shine   very impressive bullet work to finish up his work regiment for his new trainer ........the red hot Mike our top choice he likely will sit on or near to the lead

2  Parched

4  Vow's Son

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Santa Anita for Monday 29 May 2017

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Best of luck as always!


race 1    below average clarity

2  Del Mar Ann   somewhat short on numbers but this is a weak looking 50K and I sure like the improved recent 4F speed drill since her last....should sit closer today and that appears to be a plus in this spot

4  An Unusual Group   just claimed by one hot trainer in Machowski......decent layoff run in latest at GG.....and this mare has won down the SA hill in 3 runs down it....should come motoring late

1  Candy Boss   somewhat suspicious 1st time in claiming but if this gal is OK she fits well in this spot with her good early speed.....and gets in with 9 lbs less than her competition with the bug boy up and entered at 45K to get more weight off


race 2    average clarity

2  Princess Kendra   race shape seems to set up in her favor some....that being for an off the pace runner.....good history at the distance (6 2 1 1).......good history with William Spawr as the trainer

4  Back Beauty   just claimed by Carava and he shows confidence in his new shooter by hiking her up 2 levels of claiming.....she is quick and often goes to the lead but she has stalked and won as well which might be wise here

3  Hell On Wheels   great name for a one-dimensional speed horse.....bell rings and the gate opens...... and it is.... pedal to the metal to try to snatch the lead from our 2nd selection


race 3    average clarity

2  Girl Downstairs   son-in-law will be out to make amends to father-in-law Ron Ellis as his ride on this mare was not a good one in her latest.....steadied and way too wide......earned one big adjusted for trouble Santucci fig......likes ample time between races and Ellis shows patience and gives it to her.....should be tough

3  Dis Smart Cat   very impressive and promising to start her career in the Spring of 2016......then things didn't pan out too well......but she seems to be rebounding and draws the attention of Stevens.....dangerous sort

4  That's a Lady   quite consistent routing at SA but she has not seen the winners circle since May of last year.....but her a.m. work since her latest is improved and it is subtle improvement......the best kind as it is hidden to most


race 4    average clarity

8  She Began Again   1st timer owns a pedigree that suggests she will have early speed....and she is wound up like a top with a series of tightly spaced works .........a la Mike Mitchell style......Miyadi/Gutierrez have won their last two as a team

7  American Rhiannon   cut back to an abbreviated sprint of only 5F sure appears to be a plus.....and I believe that is what lured the connections to race her at the lowest tag of her career.....should be in the hunt from the opening bell

2  Sweetwater Gal   another with some early foot who likely was lured into dropping to take advantage of the seldom run distance of 5F........away from the game since September but that is not much of a factor in a 5F race

1  My Mel Mar


race 5    above average clarity

4  S Y Sky   sure stands out in this spot as this D'Amato three-year old filly has been impressive in both of her lifetime starts

1  Miss Sunset   will attempt to open up a lead and never look back......not that easy of a task with our top and 3rd choices stalking her.....but..... not impossible especially with Mike Money Smith up

3  Radish   likely will sit mid pack and save some ground at least thru turn one with the two inside of her quicker for the first quarter.....tends to flatten some in two turn races....thus....3rd pick


race 6   below average clarity

4  Virtual Currency   fabulous work regiment with multiple works of merit and very tightly spaced intervals......impressive......wish this was a dirt race as I am a touch concerned about her pedigree for the grass....but the fact Prat takes her is reassuring

1  Meadowsweet   another ultra impressive in the a.m. and in her case brilliantly bred for the why not top selection.......she is bred to not only love the grass but her breeding suggests longer distances suite her better......but still very dangerous with Smith aboard

3  Red Shelby   shows plenty of get up and go but so far she has acted like a Red Shelby with mechanical problems......but Miller gives her enough time off and more maintenance to get her in vroom  vroooom vroooooom........ and with a new and better driver

7  Ten Count Out


race 7    average clarity

5  Wild At Midnight   Baffert 1ster finished up her work regiment with two sizzling works hinting she has an abundance of early speed.....and Joe Talamo who Baffert seldom uses has won his last two mounts on a Baffert horse.....hmmm

8  Just a Little Hope   very strong better than par MSW debut for this Hendricks runner....and Gary Stevens wisely sticks around....extra 1/2 furlong appears to be a plus

4  California Breeze   broke slowly and the ran inside on a slightly dull inside....finished up with plenty of life at 5 1/2F...... so another furlong appears to be a good is of course Mr Prat riding for the 1st time

2  Danuska's My Girl

Long-shot consideration:   9  Secret Shopper  no support at the windows in her MSW debut and yet was only beaten by 2 1/2 lengths for the win....likely not all that cranked up for her debut......good chance that she is today


race 8    average clarity

2  B Squared   has done little wrong in three lifetime starts....and I have a feeling that the dangerous rider/trainer/owner trio of Gutierrez/O'Neill/Reddam is going to start heating things up some

3  Alsatian   preparatory work regiment has never been better for this Drysdale colt.....and I sure like his pedigree for the 9 furlong distance which will be taxing for many of the Cal-breds in this affair

1  Cali Way   three-year old dusted older in his last in a sub 135 mile on the grass.....and like our 2nd selection the 9F distance should fit him should retaining Bejarano

10  Marckie's Water

Long-shot consideration:   11  More Power to Him   ultra consistent N Cal horse both on the turf and the dirt and who has plenty of experience routing......if he handles the shipping he should be a factor


race 9    below average clarity

9  The Sun Feels Good   1st timer seemingly is out working any of her foes that she is about to face today....and I like that Maldonado is named as she likely has some early gas and has the right jock up to utilize it and only 5F to travel

7  Flyin Artie   very bad start in MC debut and then showed she can run some........ironically she once again breaks from the seven post and once again in a field of break well today with only five furlongs to work with

3  Surfin' Safari   regressed badly in her latest....needs a rebound.....decent 2 works since her disappointing race hint she might rebound

6  Princess Aubrey

2  Todos Santos

1  Knowitallhousewife



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