Santa Anita for Sunday 5 February 2017

Early 11 a.m. post for today

Hope you enjoy the races and the Super Bowl. And for some folks (like a few spouses I know) this is one of their favorite days as in the end of football until summer. Be back with you Thursday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

4  Cistron   solid forward move in 2nd lifetime start.......strong work tab since........and highly likely to be the controlling speed in this brainer to place as top selection

1  Soglio   believe this colt might be a better grass horse than our top selection but the race shape of this affair seems to work against him

2  Oopper Wallah   not so hot on a good rated turf course in his latest........but much better in his only other grass race which was on firm turf.......and he might be able to sit in a decent stalk position and get 1st crack at our top choice


race 2    average clarity

3  Outa Here   z pattern running line and ran wide on the turn........better than appears effort on paper......and maybe more importantly a rider upgrade from one struggling to one that is hot

4  Beautiful Princess   another with a poor trip in her MSW debut for Baffert and trainer for her 2nd lifetime start in O' the solid 6F work he put into his new shooter to finish up her preparation for today's race

2  Meanie Irenie  MSW debut for this Baltas filly might have been nothing more than a tune-up as her a.m. work since is quite a bit improved.......seems like a dangerous Baltas/Bejarano 2nd time starter


race 3    below average clarity

5  Miss Big Stuff   Miller drops and although it seems like too large of a drop (as in suspicious) he did offer up this filly for only $1,500 more three races back.....speed of the speed here.....and that is a good thing as she appears to be a lead type only

4  Goliath's Girl   handled the step up in claiming in her latest for her 2nd straight win.....steps up again......and she does so once again on the SA surface which is easily her favorite (4 2 1 1)......dangerous stalker here

3  Herunbridledpower   very consistent on fast rated dirt surfaces (5 2 3 0)........somewhat suspicious drop but if she still is in decent enough physically condition I might have rated her too low......let's call it a 50/50 proportion as far as her health is concerned

2  Dyna Star


race 4    average clarity

3  Rye   very consistent sort on any surface ( 11 5 0 4  -  and he ran 4th and 5th in two large fields in the two races he was out of the money) trainer in Morey and especially so when he rides Desormeaux.....away for 2 months but training as if he ready to roll....and he will be rolling late

7  Sky Preacher   another hot rider/trainer combo in Nakatani and Baltas........five year old gelding has a win and 2 2nd's on firm turf since adding blinkers.... and.......the win was at SA at 1 1/8.......just worked what might be a very significant bullet work as this guy has been working kind of dull the last couple of months

9  Infobedad   just won on an off track by 26 lengths first time with blinkers......3 works since.......might be feeling awfully well.......needs to avoid a nasty speed duel with our 4th selection one way or another

4  Rye Patch


race 5    average clarity

1  Lucky Mark   drop down makes sense for this speedy GG invader.......Morey seemingly means business as he likely realizes he might lose this fellow as he has put 3 works into his cheap horse following his last start on Jan 6th......should be in the mix from the get go with ability to win on or off of the pace

9  Swiss Wager   Gil Matos owns some stats that caught my attention........he has won 3 of his last 8 with mutiple level drop downs and 2 of his last 7 with shippers.......both are the case here.....and 5 1/2F is a good fit

2  Second Proposal   trainer has been dismal the last 3 or 4 months and might be hungry for a win....if that is the impetus for the significant drop down.....then......lookout here

6  Pat the Bear


race 6    above average clarity

4  Unique Bella   another young filly freak from the Hollendorfer barn.......a la Songbird.......believe she will have to really dislike her 1st at a route not to be a ton and one half here.......but......her pedigree screams.......the longer the better

2  Champagne Room   won the filly B C Juv last Nov in decent time but she couldn't have had a better trip........working great so I imagine she is ready fresh off of a intelligent 3 month break........but if our top choice is as talented as I believe she will need the best race of her life this afternoon to win this

5  Miss Southern Miss   proven fresh as she won her MSW debut for Keith Dosormeaux who seldom wins with MSW tab says she is meant and ready but she catches the top two three year old fillies in the nation.....stranger things have happened


race 7    average clarity

1  Hayabusa One   impressive wide margin win at Kee in his 1st in the USA ....followed that Oct race with a strong Grade 1 4th at Dmr in early Dec........and the effort is disguised by a wide trip......better post for Espinoza to work out a better trip.......softer company......should be tough

3  Conquest Daddyo   1st start with Salder and company and the connections appear ready with their new shooter off of back to back solid 6F drills spaced only 5 days don't work like that prior to a tune-up......1 for 2 at the distance winning in a $125K Stakes race last July Woodbine

5  Prospect Park   seems to have slipped a little but sure has a spot lacking speed and he owns some.......and gets reunited with Desormeaux who has been absent for a couple of races........the right jock to take advantage of the lack of speed and take control of the situation

4  Some in Tieme


race 8    below average clarity

9  Two Hail Marys   best looking work regiment of the six 1st timers in the field......and outside of our 2nd selection those that have run haven't shown too much

10  Potente Alba   2 2nd's and a 3rd in 3 lifetime races......owns some speed and might show even more this afternoon with 1st time blinkers........lifetime best was at today's 5 1/2 furlong distance so the cut back of one half furlong seems like a plus

7  Lil Awecim   fell off in his 2nd lifetime start following a decent debut......gelded since his latest and just worked a solid 5F one week ago hinting the minor surgery has improved him

6  Patience Ofa Saint

5  Vidaks Back

11  Edwards Going Left



Posted on February 5, 2017 at 7:42 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Saturday 4 February 2017

Very early post Sunday so selections will be available no later than 7 a.m. pacific time.

Seems like a smart move by Santa Anita carding some nice races now and then to finish off a race card instead of just another maiden 20K claimer. It is a refreshing change that most likely keeps people from leaving early at the track or at the OTB's.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

4  Honor and Courage   bred to love a route and did it ever show in his latest only losing by a nose running on a somewhat dull inside in a fast heat for a state-bred MSW race.......the race was in the slop........can he run as well on a fast track........a ton if he does

3  Cats Blame   impressive debut and disguised by being caught wide up on the pace......1st at a route and that is right in V Garcia's wheelhouse.....the trainer has won 8 of his last 22 1st time at a route

2  Reach the World   solid MSW debut and at a route of ground to boot which is always a tall task.......reassuring work since ........likely needs a small forward move and has the right to provide it with his good (route) debut under his belt


race 2    average clarity

5  Sheer Flattery   like our top selection in the 1st race (who is also trained by Hollendorfer) this fellow really woke up 1st time at a route in his last....that effort run on an off track is par like for today's Grade 3 level......and he worked an impressive 125:1 since....hinting he can run as well on a fast track as on an off track

1  Royal Mo   on the improve with every start.......won wire to wire to graduate in his last and seems likely to grab the lead and attempt to do the same today

2  Irap   didn't take to the off going in latest .......or did he regress some.......race two back fits on a fast track.........should get some answers today


race 3    average clarity

3  St. Joe Bay   seems like the speed of the speed but he can win without it as well......quite the history when today's jock Desormeaux rides (5 3 1 1).........trainer has been in the exacta 24 of 44 to start the meeting

5  Moe Candy   seems best when he takes back some early and has a target to run at .........and I believe that the connections realize that now........if the 2 and the 3 horse put the heat on one another this guy should be in the perfect stalking position

2  Distinctive B   seems slightly less formidable than our top two but if he finds his "A game" today he appears to be competing at a distance that has fit him well......3 wins & 2 2nd's in last 5 starts at 6F


race 4    average clarity

9  Amen Sista   tough trip in MSW debut at one mile on the sod.......blinkers on today to settle this filly down some.....trainer is better with 2nd time starters.....and good with 1st time blinkers.....leading jock sticks around.......and leading rider Prat is often at his best with young developing grass horses

14  Siberian Iris   showed life down the SA hill turf course in her debut back in early Oct........been away since but training as if she is totally fit fresh off of the bench........and she should love the distance as she is bred to run all day long

1  Domestic Vintage   solid efforts in both lifetime races which were on the grass and her latest was at only 1/16 less than today's distance.......and this filly gets a rider upgrade

10  Ciao Bella Rosa

Long-shot consideration:   12  Lizmeister   seems to be running into shape.....and her last is hidden in that she was in a totally pace-less affair which made for a false fig........speed work put in since her last to get her in the game earlier......solid rider/trainer combo


race 5    average clarity

1  Haynzee Panky   decent internal 6F split for this filly who tired in the stretch in a one mile affair in her last......blinkers on and cut back to a 6F sprint.....rider upgrade........seems dangerous on or near the lead and with a 1/4 less to run

6  Tattoed Kitty   obviously a bad claim for 55K made last August as she has been off since and returns in a mdn30K.......but she is working well and the barn might be out to cut their loses

4  Munny Spunt    signs she needed her last as she sure worked solidly since.....47:1 2nd best of 68 working at 4F.......small drop helps

3  Princess Marie


race 6    below average clarity

4  Hollywood Don      away since mid July but training as if he is 100% ready to roll......good post and good rider and tactical speed should lead to a nice trainer rider combo in Miller/Desormeaux

6  Path of David   bad history when competing in Graded races where he seemingly has spent too much time competing......good history when not running in Graded races on the turf (6 2 1 2).....should fit in this spot

3  Editore   not too hot in his two USA races both at 1 1/8th on the sod......1 1/8 might by too far for him as his grass history in Brazil when competing on the grass racing at 7 1/2F or 8F is (5 3 2 0)......seems dangerous with the cut back in distance

12  Gangster

Long-shot consideration:   7  Strigent   both sprint dirt races to start his career were wins and good ones.......laid up after his 2nd start and his return sure appeared to be a gimme.......1st long and 1st on the gras......bred nicely to handle both......dangerous rider/trainer combo.......should be a price


race 7    average clarity

6  Avicii   leading trainer just claimed and he keeps the leading rider up for this mare who is on the improve........6 year old owns 3 wins and 4 2nd's in last 7 racing endeavors.......does step up two levels you problem with the way Miller has been going

5  Plane Lucky   cut back of 1/2F is a plus as is her early speed which appears to be the best in the field.......good history for this filly when today's jock Bejarano is in the saddle (5 2 2 0 1)

1  Dis Smart Cat   needed last off of the long hiatus from racing......two very reassuring sharp works since.......3 for 3 at today's 6F dirt distance and two of those wins were at SA by an average of more than 8 length.......albeit versus easier.....not out of this by any means

7  Parasail


race 8    average clarity

5  Mor Spirit   stout history at the distance for this Baffert four-year old ( 4 2 2 0).....and not too shabby at SA (6 2 3 0)......solid layoff run in his last and his history says that he will move forward today 2nd out after a break......outstanding work tab......worked 110:4 with his barn mate our 3rd choice just 5 days ago......yikes

6  Dalmore   Keith Desormeaux is often at his best 3rd out following layoffs and that is the case here.......and this fellow's latest effort isn't too shabby and disguised by having to cope with a brutal set of fractions.......should go off a nice price and with brother Kent up

1  Hoppertunity   2 for 5  "at the distance" and also an impressive 2L beaten 3rd vs. The Chrome at the distance last year at SA........3 for 19 at other distances mentioned above he worked 110:4 with his barn mate our top choice just 5 days ago......yikes (again)

7  Accelerate


race 9    below average clarity

8  Pefectly Majestic   lifetime best was her race two back which was run at 9 furlongs on the grass.......that race fits and it is disguised some by a wide trip.......acts and is bred on mom's side like another furlong will be to her benefit......and I sure like the change in jocks to Desormeaux who rides this five-year old gelding quite well

5  Texas Ryano   been on quite a roll but doing so off of shorter rest than he copes with today........that my friends is the only knock I can see for this fellow who sure appreciates running at 10 furlongs or further

3  Itsinthepost   should get a very nice stalking trip saving ground.......gelding owns a nice history when competing off of 5 weeks rest or less.......last race was exactly 4 weeks ago

12  Hi Happy

13  Twentytwentyvision

2  Flamboyant



Posted on February 4, 2017 at 9:41 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Friday 3 February 2017

Rain is in the Arcadia area so keep an eye out to any changes because of it.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

(if the race is taken off of the turf: 10-9-4-1-2)

1  Zinvor   despite not having won on the hill (4 0 1 3) he has run some very solid races down it including his last......seems likely to stalk our 3rd selection who often gets vulnerable very late in these SA hill affairs.....good rider/trainer combo

9  Number Five   Baltas is red-hot winning 2 more yesterday and might have this laid up new member to his barn ready.......and if he does lookout as the switch in trainers is very positive......six year old is (4 1 0 1) on the hill

2  Rangi   very consistent down the hill but his abilities have been diminishing with time.....but.......still dangerous here as he seemingly gets what he wants as in a loose lead......retains Bejarano.......Miller trainer.....hard to ignore

10  Zuri Chop


race 2    average clarity

3  Broadway Nika   last fits and his race two back is even stronger.......takes a two level drop to the new bottom level S Cal level of 6,250.....drop makes sense as he hasn't found the circle of joy since March......connections might be smiling wide today

4  Benba   sprint-sprint-route scenario and short rest.....right up Jack Carava's alley.........and drops......dangerous sort especially if our top selection falters

5  Celebrity Status   another making a multi-level drop......eigth year old gelding ran a decent sprint race off of 7 weeks rest for new trainer Brocklebank.......gets ample rest between starts (9 weeks).....can he produce a similar effort at a route.......we shall see

2  Gavination


race 3    average clarity

6  Special Gal   filly has shown she can handle a route of ground at least on the sod....but her lifetime best was in her lone dirt race albeit in a as well as she has run on turf route races I doubt handling a dirt route will be a problem

1  Yellow Bonnet   last might have been a tune-up of sort on the grass to muscle up and be at full throttle on the dirt which she seems to prefer......1st at a route is a question mark or would have been top selection

5  Warrior Vixen   her last race which was run way back in June was a decent better than appears 1st ever at a route hint she might be fully fit for her layoff effort......not out of the picture in this affair if she is


race 4    average clarity

(if the race is taken off of the turf: 13-11-6-8-1-2)

8  My Aunt Tillie   two consecutive turf routes should help the stamina of this filly as should the 7 lbs weight break with the decent bug boy up.......can be in the mix from the get go for her 1st down the SA hill

9  Starlite Style   lifetime best and with 1st time Bejarano up was made in her last racing endeavor way back in August.......she ran well in her MSW debut so being "fresh" today might be OK......and Bejarano is back aboard......trainer is doing better at the SA meeting than appears in print

6  Tahitian Lagoon


Long-shot consideration:   7 Rare Integrity   toss only turf race as she likely was injured in the race......toss out conventional dirt races as she dislikes the "real thing".....solid AW sprint without blinkers like today.......AW ability often transfers to turf ability especially when you own a good pedigree for the turf........should be a handsome price


race 5    average clarity

5  Hot Rodin   sharp in the a.m. and seemingly speed of the speed with only 5 1/2 furlongs to last.......should be tough

7  Jet Set Man   likely will need to rate as the 3 and the 5 can fly.......and if he can he might be in the driver's seat sitting in a nice stalk position behind a an anticipated lively pace

3  Smack Talk   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   ke are top pick he has some high-octane early speed.....but Baze who has done well riding this guy takes our top pick.....maybe because this fellow is (3 0 0 0) at SA

8  K Thirty Eight


race 6    above average clarity

5  It Tiz Well   won by 10L to break her MSW two back.......then ran 2nd in a Grade 2 despite a wide trip fairly close to a brutal pace.......faces much softer today......very reassuring fast 5F drill since.....should be tough and then some (at least on a fast rated surface)

7  Ruby Trust   good improvement in her 2nd lifetime start to graduate in decent time/fig.....but will need more today unless our top choice slips some and/or has a bad trip

2  Diamondinthecenter   connections likely are doing a rain dance as this girl sure woke up on an off track in her last.....dangerous if the rain keeps coming

4  Partyinthepaddock


race 7    average clarity

(if the race is taken off of the turf: 3-7-6-1-9)

3  Perfect Pic  great spot if this filly takes to the grass in her 1st on it as she looks loose and lonely and with the rails way out at 30 feet.....and her pedigree for the sod seems adequate

5  Sweet Charity  solid race in her 1st ever in the good old U S of A.......could have won this level in that race if she didn't get blocked.....jock upgarde......consistent sort....should be a major player

4  Sheza Milky Way   won her last 2 of 3 grass races when she got firm turf.....does she get firm turf today?



race 8    average clarity

11  Downside Up   like the cut back to a sprint which seems to fit him better.......and he sure perked up in the a.m. since his last at a route........might be sitting on his best in quite some time

10  Soft Trip   shocking bad trip 2nd at 58 to 1 in laatest.....would have won for fun with a cleaner trip......dangerous if he is up for similar today.....low % jock in general but he is off to a good start at the meeting

2  If Ur Not Early   decent early speed ......Baze should be able to get the inside if he wants it....and Baze sure has done some magic with ground saving trips so far at the new meeting

12  Datcatsa Gem

14  Quiet Dude

1  Sekondi


Posted on February 3, 2017 at 10:53 am by richs · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Santa Anita for Thursday 2 February 2017

Seems like a smart move by Santa Anita carding some nice races now and then to finish off a race card instead of just another maiden 20K claimer. It is a refreshing change that most likely keeps people from leaving early at the track or at the OTB's.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  A. P. Zone   drop into maiden claiming makes sense as this colt has only earned 9K with 5 starts dating back to August........last might be nothing more than a dirty up his form gimme to put some doubt into the minds of the claiming vultures.......race two back appears very strong versus today's easier foes

5  Tiz Indy   decent MC debut..... so..... the connections stepped this youngster up one level where he caught an off track and chased a brutal pace and cashed it they drop him below where he started his career.......two nice works since his last.....T C Baze sticks around for a 3rd straight time

3  Red Carpet Cat   decent MC debut and the effort is disguised by a slow start and running a bit wide on a day the rail was golden.......and he drops one level........Bejarano remains up.......definitely seems like a major player here

4  Rainbow Squall


race 2    average clarity

5  Burn Me Twice   blinkers put on for his 2nd lifetime start and "presto" we have a winning racehorse......three year old overcame a wide trip up on the pace to couple of works since......hottest trainer at the meet so far in Spwar........good likelihood that back to back wins are in the cards

3  Run Macho Run   weak race on the off going in his latest......let's toss that out.......race 2 back is fairly strong but he will still likely need a little more this afternoon to take down today's higher levl.....rider upgrade and 2 better looking works than he has been producing of late......seems dangerous

4  R Cha Cha   another who didn't handle the off track very well.......previous racing endeavor which was at Lrc fits fine here........should be a player here if he can run as well on the SA dirt......recent 59:3 Hg works at SA hints that he will


race 3    average clarity

9  Evicted   all three lifetime races at one mile are better than his races run further than logic suggests that 6 1/2 might fit well.......should finish with vigor in an affair that might go to the "last one standing".....Prat sticks around

3  Heat   by far runs his best competing on the SA hill turf course......should welcome a return to it today especially coming off of a route as historically route to sprint for races run on the SA hill is a solid angle

6  David's Memory   flashed good turf route speed in latest and tired.......cut backs to a turf sprint and gets a rider upgrade.......can be near the front end of things and with better endurance coming off of a route race.....trainer is off to a better start at the SA meeting than his record indicates

8  Gosofar


race 4    average clarity

9  Metrocity   first time running as a gelding.......1st time racing with Cerin as the trainer.......away since Feb (when last seen at GG) but training like he is ready fresh.......and takes that magical drop from MSW racing down to the bottom level maiden claiming price of 20K

7  Solar Zone   last 3 races fit and the cut back in distance appears to be a plus.......back in short rest but he handled the quick turn around quite well as recently as mid December

6  Eat My Dirt   best of three lifetime races was the lone time he sprinted.....the race wasn't much but blinkers on and just what you want to in improved he wakes up today and runs his lifetime what degree is the ? mark

5  Stormin Cowboy


race 5    average clarity

1  Golden Light  way too wide in latest especially considering this mare was up on a decent pace.......did quite well to only be beaten by 6 3/4L.......faces softer today and with a much better post to deal with....seems likely to get one of the 1st 4 slots down the back stretch saving ground thru turn one.....such a deal

9  Tiz Adore   not an easy post with the rail out 20 feet........but........on the right end of the learning curve with her latest being better than par for today's level.......appreciates ample time starts and gets it.......if you flipped posts with our top pick she would have been the top selection

2  Space Cadet   a few lengths short of our top two selections fig wise but she should get a nice ground saving trip sitting about 2nd or 3rd........believe she will need a near perfect trip to take down this affair and might get it

4  Halo Darlin


race 6    below average clarity

1  Stealth Drone   last two fast races fit very strong for this five-year old mare considering today's softer level.......back to Bejarano who owns a win and a 2nd by a nose in his last 3 mounts on her and in the other race she reared badly at the start losing all chance

4  Basic Boots   major awakening in her latest on a mud floated surface at SA just 20 days ago.......worked out to be better than par for today's higher level.........was the impetus for the improvement caused by the moisture in the surface or just an improved fitter filly.......we shall likely find out

7  Little Bit Lovely   both lifetime races at 6 1/2 furlongs (and both at SA) are better than par for today's level and the one that she ran on a good track on Dec 30th is disguised by a wide trip up on a pace.....not out of the picture here by any means

8  Brooks All Mine

10  Margie's Minute


race 7    average clarity

2  Conquest Farenheit   both lifetime races which were on the turf are impressive especially the 134:2 on the turf as a Sept. two-year old.......and this expensive colt is bred just fine for the dirt and likely has Derby dreams........Mr Miller has been part of the exacta in one half of his 34 starts at the new meeting

3  Big Gray Rocket  fresh off of a 4 month break might be a very good thing for this expensive Baffert colt who ran his best in 3 lifetime races in his MSW debut where he broke about 6L slow and still only lost by a length in a fast heat of MSW runners at the prestigious Del Mar summer meeting

6  Sorry Erik   might be a very good claim by Keith Desormeaux........three year old colt won a 20,000 claimer by 5L for O'Neill and company despite a wide trip.......if the effort wasn't attributed to the off going lookout today.........and the 2nd best of 81 five furlong work at SA he put in since the claim hints that it might not have been just the "off" going that moved him up


race 8    average clarity

8  Goodyearforroses   seems very sharp in the a.m. for today's race........won by 4 1/2 lengths in an impressive time at one furlong less of turf last summer at WO.....he also has won at today's distance on the AW at WO at 1 1/2 miles........good trainer rider combo in Baltas/Nakatani

6  Ryan's Charm   beaten only 4 1/2L for the win in the BC F & M turf in his 1st in the good old U S of A........prior to that she rattled off 6 straight wins in Peru.......retains Bejarano......should give a good account of herself

5  Frenzified   good history racing at 11 or 12 furlongs on the turf......12 furlongs of sod here and draws the attention of the somewhat overly fastidious (he has earned the right) Mike Smith for the very 1st time

2  Dressed to a T

10  Into The Mystic

4  Ginga




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Santa Anita for Sunday 29 January 2017

OK race card to finish the last weekend of racing in January. Be back with you in February.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Resky Business   definitely on the right end of the learning curve........won for fun in her last two starts both of which were dirt routes......1st on the lawn but owns an adequate pedigree to handle it.....should be tough if she does

4  Yuvetsi   two good lifetime races down the Santa Anita hill grass course to start her career.....but the connections didn't shell out 420K to have a sprinter........sprint-sprint-route scenario should set her up well for today's new learning experience

1  Cynthiana   recent a.m. work hints this filly might have lost her edge some.....but......if that is not the case.......lookout

7  Sandy's Surprise


race 2    average clarity

2  Empress Suiko   improving one baby step at a time and even though her last which was her 1st at a route is a bad fig for this low level it looks good here

4  Nang Nol    horrid trip in her debut with about 7L of trip trouble.......would like her more in this weak field if she had a better pedigree to handle two turns as I think she will build upon her debut

1  Agent Nine T Nine   maiden debut run in April fits if she can produce similar 1st ever at a route.........dismal layoff run in last albeit in the maybe you can toss it out......maybe not


race 3    average clarity

4  Meet At Jakes   toss last run in the off going......race 2 back on fast dirt at Lrc fits.......seems likely to get a nice stalk position which he used in that 6 3/4 length win at Lrc

3  Proud of Our Kids   like our top choice this Truman runner can stalk a somewhat suspect leader in our 3rd selection.....not sure how ready he is off of the 2+ month layoff but fits well if he is

5  Mr. Louis   just claimed by Sadler and he sees fit to send his new shooter a route for the 1st time in his life......pedigree is good for two turns.....but......running lines hint it might not be.......likely will get some answers today

2  Amodel


race 4    average clarity

3  Shehastheritestuff   and the right end of the learning curve and since his last he put in one of the better works of his life.......learning process continues today........good post and rider should enhance her chances of a good trip

1  Place des Vosges   just fired her best main track race of her career and she is better on the logically that suggests she might fire her best grass race of her career this afternoon.....and Mr Baltas is more dangerous when he sends out a new addition to his barn for the 2nd time......that is the case today

5  Scarlet Honey   Euro invader has been away from the game for over a year and one half but she is training as if she is totally fit and ready and with 1st time on Lasix........Powell is 2 for his last 6 with overseas invaders and gets Desormeaux to ride

8  Peach Cove


race 5    average clarity

8  Hawk's Eye   runs well with ample time between starts and gets it.......2 for 4 at Santa Anita.......drops a couple of levels and drops out of a race where he ran 4th and 1st and 2nd came back to win their next outs

7  Limited Response   gimme in last placed over his head......full throttle go today cutting his claiming price in half.......rider upgrade to Pedroza who got a lot out of this seven-year old the only time he rode him

3  Winning Causeway   very solid route efforts in his last two races both of which were at SA......not sure how good of a horse he is in a one turn race......if he handles the transition he will be quite dangerous and should have plenty of stamina for the 7F  offered today coming off a steady diet of route racing

6  Tiz Jolie


race 6    average clarity

4  Menace the Dennis   connections thought enough of their youngster to start him in a 300K stakes race at CD where he was bet to 7 to 1.......didn't show much in the race (although he did have a very bad trip) nor did he in his next start at Lrc despite working big prior to the race.......gelded since.......just worked a solid 111:3 at Lrc only 3 days ago.......yikes.......barn means business

7  Law Abidin Citizen   significant improvement in his latest (seems best at SA) and the cut back of one half furlong sure appears to be a plus.....should be a major player today if he holds form

5  Eleutheros   set a brutal pace in latest and rightfully tired to work 4 times since hinting he exited the race in good shape despite such a stressful nasty duel .....cut back in distance seems good.......would have been top choice if it wasn't for the fact that our 4th choice also set a very nasty pace in his MSW debut

2  Pundy


race 7    average clarity

7  Fritz Johansen   nicely improved since Miller claimed 4 races back......last win came with Desormeaux up and the jock has won his last 3 of 5 riding for Miller.......this guy 3 fo 8 at today's distance......0 for 6 at other turf distances.......plenty to like

2  Crown the Kitten   toss out his latest to some extent as he appears to not perform as well on the Dmr turf......race two back his only effort on the "new" SA grass is his lifetime best.....retains Prat and drops some........very dangerous

10  Hobbits Hero   needs a rebound of sorts and if he provides one he should be very solid here as he is 7 for 11 at the distance and owns enough speed to clear from his difficult it a 50/50 proposition that he can rebound

4  Atomic Rule


race 8    average clarity

4  Always Never   lone lifetime win came in his 2nd lifetime start with the blinkers put on......blinkers were removed for his layoff run in last......they are back on today.......and a jock upgrade to the meeting's leading rider in Prat.........hmmmm

1  Championofjustice   very solid work following a useful effort off of an 8 week break in his 1st race since arriving from CD.......should sit up close saving ground breaking from a post that has dominated the dirt routes so far.......needs a move forward and he seems likely to provide one

5  Oso   blinkers go on and just what you want to see as in a strong recent drill......seems like an overdue drop but better late than never.......good sign Bejarano jumps aboard for the 1st time

3  Que Chistoso


race 9    average clarity

9  Moonlight Drive   connections had this very nice turf runner gelded which suggests they must firmly believe it will help him immensely.....and if it does he sure looks very solid today......and he still will be a factor if it doesn't

10  Stormy Liberal   3 wins and 3 2nd's in 8 races down the SA hill......continues to train like a happy healthy individual.....very hard not see him give another strong effort down America's most interesting and beautiful turf in the Santa Anita hill turf course

11  Tribal Fighter   1st time Prat and back to the SA hill which seems to bring the most out of this four-year old fact since the blinkers were put on this fellow is (4 2 2 0) races at 6 1/2 furlongs or less combining but turf and dirt races

2  Blameitonthelaw

7  Cape Wolfe

6  McHeat


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