Santa Anita for Saturday 13 June 2020

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Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

7  Smoothlikebuttah   two year old filly broke about a dozen lengths slow in her MSW debut and yet she still closed well late to be only 5L behind the winner at the wire.......good striding sort......like her chances if she exits the metal monster OK this time around

6  Spicy Sommelier   rather sure this Peter Miller MSW 1st time starter is meant and ready for her debut......and right now it is hard to beat the Miller/Prat combo as they have won 12 of 19 over the last two months as a team

4  Mamba Queen   like that this 1st timer was just purchsed in March so the connections pretty much new what they were getting.......mom has tossed 4 winners from 4 starters...........1 for his last 35 jock G Franco sure could use a win

8  Reign of Fire

9  Big Andy

 

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5  Mucho Macho Woman   only lifetime "fresh" races for this four year all filly are noteworthy.......a better than it appears MSW turf sprint debut and a dirt sprint where she won by 9 1/2 lengths to win and graduate in a MC40K......that 9 1/2L win was run off of 3 months rest........last race 3 1/2 months ago

1  Smiling Annie   seems at her best 2nd out after a break and the is the case today......race two back fits and today's rider Abel Cedillo was up for the race

2  Hot On the Trail   trainer loves to gear up 2nd out after a claim as in 4 for his last 13 with the move.........filly is back quick today following a route turf race where she was blocked badly on the turn and the stretch........likely left something in the tank for today

 

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1  Manresa  exits a very fast MC20K where getting beat by 12L still worked out to be a decent final time.......Brice Blanc should be able to sit up close early saving ground and staying out of trouble.........2nd out after a break and with a nice 4F drill since her last on 22 May.......should be tough in this weak looking MC20K

6  Our Bonnie Lass   double barrel action as Thomas Bell trains both of our top two selections........this filly ran well with little support at the windows in her sprint debut...........might have always been pointed for her 2nd liftime start.......we shall find out if that is so about 2 p.m. pacific time

5  New Year New Me   our top choice beat her by 11L but the cut back in distance and 2nd time at a route should help her cause.....still she needs to improve significantly if our top choice runs the race that I think she will

 

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3  Worthy Turf   Prat should work out a great mid pack relaxed ground saving trip as the 1 and 2 are slower while the 4,5,6 are faster........and as mentioned in race one the Miller/Prat combo thru last Sunday have won 9 of 16 over the last two months as a team......hard not seeing this gelding tough here

5  Callaha   good time to get away with a drop into conditioned claiming following a dull effort on 21 March......sharp bullet 5F drill at Slr just 6 days ago......didn't hit the board in his two lifetime turf race efforts but he went off 59 to 1 in his MSW debut hinting the race was a tune-up.......then in a turf sprint he showed some life despite finishing 6th

6  Constitutuonaffair    very nice 1st on the grass on May 14th at GG to graduate in a MC20K running at the distance of 1 1/16.....and his two other lifetime route races which were on the SA dirt are not too shabby either.......should be in the hunt from the get go and likely will finish well with the cut back in distance 1 1/16 to 1 mile

 

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5  Blazing Charm   brutal trip for this three year old filly in her MC debut......broke 4 lengths slow and than ran wide in a race that yielded a pedestrian set of fractions.......did quite well to get up for 2nd........Prat stays put and will be out to make amends

7  Little Miss Ellie   Cerin is not much with 1st time starters (he sends out very few) but once in while he pops with one........work regiment hints this filly is meant and ready........that and Cedillo is up and the only time Cerin has used the jock over the last two months they won at a decent price

6  Instastory   heart breaker for TRD in this girl's debut as she just missed graduating as our 18 to 1 top selection.......she won't be 18 to 1 today

2  Queensbeccaandjane

 

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5  Principe Carlo   colt has out run his odds on numerous occassions and might once again in this spot........colt is extremely consistent racing at 6 or 6 1/2 furlongs........and he hardly ever gives in easily in the late stretch

1  Desert Law   Carla Gaines is only 2 for her last 46 with layoffs on 3 months or more but this gelding is training too well to ignore........and she is able to get Prat to ride.........if this six year old is fully fit he might be rated too low

3  Oliver   not bred for the sod and he has never run well on the it so consider his latest nothing more than a muscle him up gimme........needs his effort 5 back which was the last time he sprinted at SA albeit at 7F

 

race 7    below average clarity

6  Kris' Wild Kat   not much in turf routes so that hints her layoff race on May 16th is nothing more than a muscle her up endurance building run........she should be primed to run a top effort back in a turf sprint.......and the fact that Prat stays put supports that notion

4  Fratelli  if this Mark Glatt four year old gelding can duplicate either one of his two lifetime dirt races on the turf today he has as good a shot as anyone to wind up in the circle of joy........pedigree for the sod is average at best

2  Handsome Cat   appears very sharp right now (on the SA dirt) for Matt Chew and company and now switches to the turf........both lifetime races on the grass are dull.......but........he was laid up a long time following his 1st grass race hinting he was hurt in the race and when he returned 1/2 year later he was dead on the board hinting the 5 1/2F turf race was a gimme

 

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5  Been Studying Her   three year old filly is (4 3 0 1) in sprint races........she has never raced at today's 6 1/2 panels but her lifetime best was run the only time she raced at 7F and the race stands out here........Prat wisely stays put

1  Gingham   (6 2 4 0) in one mile dirt races but nowheresville at the distance of 1 1/16..........in his one mile races he was in front at the 6 1/2F mark of the race in three of the races........so that bodes well for his chances of handling his 1st lifetime sprint especially one at 6 1/2 furlongs

3  Praise and Honor  $330K purchase won his MSW debut on the all weather at GG for Wong and company........Wong is an impressive (5 3 0 1) at SA since the reopening.......filly owns a pedigree that is favorable for the conventional dirt

 

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6  Dark Hedges   all 3 lifetime conventional dirt races since Andrew Lerner took over the training of this four year old fit solidly at today's level of racing.........latest on the grass appears to be nothing more than a muscle him up tune-up in a protected race to be fit and ready for today's drop down......last win was the last time this fellow was up for a tag.....and the same 16K tag as today

2  Little No Way   lifetime best was produced the lone time that this six year old raced at today's 7F distance in a race at GP........the race was run turf to dirt.......turf in last and 7F of dirt today........drops a couple of levels.......Prat stays put.......hard not to like

3  Lil Sydney   nice forward move in his latest wearing blinkers for the first time when competing on the dirt.........needs to build on the effort.........fits if he does

7  More Honor

5  Will Dancer

 

 

 

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Santa Anita for Friday 12 June 2020

Our special full card publication for Belmont Stakes Day includes four Grade 1's, one Grade 2 and one Grade 3 on June 20th and is now available for purchase at a bargain price of $25.55 for a limited time. Price goes up on June 14th $5. Click on Belmont Logo to purchase.

OK race card to start the new week of racing at Santa Anita

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    below average clarity

6  Over Attached   Carla Gaines has had a nice rebound year and she has been more dangerous than her 15% win record would suggest as she has had more than her fair share of bad racing luck.......three year old filly invader from France has fired 3 of 4 lifetime races that fit well here and it has only been 3 months since her last race overseas.......adequate works.......believe she will give a good account of herself 1st out in the USA

3  Shines Her Light   best race in Ireland was in a one mile turf race.......both 5 1/2 furlong grass races at SA since arriving from Ireland show that she can be formidable at today's level of racing especially her 2nd race where she would have been a winner if she was given a better trip by V. Espinoza........who........should be out to make amends with his only mount on the card

5  Affianced   owns some dangerous speed in this spot and Flavien Prat is back up for the 3rd straight time........and if this filly doesn't get the lead she seems capable of preforming well without it......top gun up with options......you have to like that

 

race 2    average clarity

2  Big Mel   Baffert put Diaz up for this expensive MSW colt in his 1st start suggesting he wasn't all out to win with this well bred colt........3 drills since his 15 May debut.......nice pedigree for a mile.......and the connections didn't shell out the big bucks to have themselves a sprinter

5  Uncle Addouma   trainer Mike McCarthy has been very chilly since the reopening but might snatch his 2nd win here with this colt making his 2nd start.........sprint debut should be useful as should the the 4 works since his MSW debut which was at OP.......trainer is solid 1st at a route & 2nd career race.......and Prat stays put

1  Uncle Chuck  decent spot for a MSW 1st time starter as this appears to be an overly hustled race by the RC office to make the race go.....and considering Baffert is the conditioner this $250K purchase likely doesn't have to be that special to be a major player here

 

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8  Going to Vegas   three year old filly is (7 2 4 1) when up for a tag which she is today.......and her last in a protected alw race might have been nothing more than a dirty up her form gimme to put some doubts in the minds of the claiming vultures lurking......that and Prat/Miller are an unreal 9 for their last 16 over the last 2 months

6  Lovely Lilia   ignoring this girl's only turf race as it was her maiden debut and she didn't wear blinkers ......they have been on since with 2 wins and a 2nd in 5 races on the dirt.......bred well for the sod......1st time blinkers on turf........she should be in the vanguard early.......dangerous sort

3  A Thousand Dreams   talk about dead on the board.........60 to 1 for this O'Neill filly......and her effort appeared to be nothing more than a turf sprint tune-up.......won her only one mile grass race last summer and did so sprint to route......and it seems like a positive sign the Abel Cedillo rides back

2  Madame Bourbon

7  White Velvet

 

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1  Camino de Estrella   might be an awfully good claim by Knapp and company as they see fit to step up their newbie 2 levels following a strong layoff effort by the six year old where he popped a number that is better than par for today's higher level.......believe he doing great but racing as far as 9F is a ? mark

2  Conquest Cobra   elder statesman (as in an 8 year old) should be forwardly placed saving ground and with the meets leading rider at the controls.......that and the gelding takes a logical drop of one level as he isn't getting any younger

4  Incredible Luck   finally takes an overdue drop into claiming to help his chances of success........as an owner you often fall in love with the ones you own but eventually they need to earn their keep

 

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7  Unusually Handsome   four year old gets a full cut back of one furlong which should help his endurance in this one mile turf race.....also he goes from two consecutive open company MSW races to one restricted to Cal-breds........also he gets 1st time Prat and as mentioned in race 2 Prat/Miller are an unreal 9 for their last 16 over the last 2 months.

3  Rawhide Rawlins   very bad trip in this colt's debut in a MSW affair at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf......did awfully well to close fast into a soft set of fractions and finish 3rd......turf route for start number two and his pedigree hints that he will handle the added distance and the two turns

6  Summer Fun   away since his 2nd start which was in October but Gaines has him training as if he is ready fresh off of the bench with a prolonged work tab......and his workout times/regiment hint he has improved with the time off........should go off a nice price

9  Tropical Terror

5  Foothill

 

race 6    average clarity

1  Go for a Ride   inside speed has done super for most of 2020 at the one mile distance on the dirt at Santa Anita.......and considering Maldonado is up it would be a shocker if he didn't put pedal to the metal early to open up a lead

6  All I Can Say  vaulted forward in his latest in a 6F sprint......and the effort was somewhat verified when the horse that beat him by a head for 2nd came back to win by many lengths last weekend

2  Abusive Gary  training great but takes a rather suspicious multiple level drop.......maybe his last drill was too fast and took it's toll so they drop to lose him.......but maybe not........especially with the "voided" claim protection these days

5  Knifes Edge

 

race 7   above  average clarity

4  Great Return   all six lifetime turf races are rather good (6 2 1 2 1) with not only solid final times but with solid fractions in her last three......away since October but she shows a nice tightly spaced series of drills some of which suggest she hasn't lost her speed.......believe Van Dyke only has our 2nd choice to deal with as far as the lead is concerned and this gal seems faster

5  Sold It   seems better in a turf sprint than a turf route.......believe this filly will attempt to stalk our top selection with the hopes she comes up a little short in the stretch coming off of a layoff......jock could use a win as he is only 5% win since the reopening

3  Querelle   mare is a very strong finisher in these 5 1/2 furlong grass races........so if our top two selections press each other some this lady might fly by both in late stretch

 

race 8    above average clarity

7  Csaba Momma   bad trip for this filly which included a brutal quarter and a runaway winner which did her in in her latest..........and if she needed the race off of the 3 1/2 month layoff she can be a dangerous individual in this 6 1/2 furlong bottom level maiden claiming race

2  Kirsch Truffle   four year old filly from the Peter Miller barn is improving and seems to be better sprinting than routing.......last fits fine and if she improves again she might be rated too low

6  Elemental   solid early speed in her latest but weakened in the stretch.........so you have to appreciate a 5F drill followed by a 6F drill since the 15 May race........those works might be just what the Dr. ordered to get this filly to hang in there throughout the 6 1/2F affair

8  Suezaaana

13  Daddys Real Diva

 

 

 

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Santa Anita for Sunday 7 June 2020

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Best of luck as always!

 

race 1   average clarity

(there is a SHF carryover of $15K for this race)

3  Never Easy  R Mandella has won his last 8 of 12 1st time he puts a given horse up for a tag.........that is the case here and he also draws Prat for the 1st time.........and Prat owns 3 wins and a 2nd with 5 mounts over the last two months riding for the Hall of Fame trainer

6  Truth Seeker  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  extremely wide trip in his latest hides a one mile dirt race that is much better than it appears and should set him for today's 2nd out after a layoff run........back to the grass where he appears to have as much ability as he has on the main track.......hot rider/trainer the last couple of weeks

7  Holt Ghost   five year old gelding has been absent since mid Feb. but he often runs well fresh and his a.m. prowess hints that he will once again today.......also supporting the notion is that Cedillo sticks around

2  Princeofthenorth

5  Artie B Good

 

race 2    average clarity

7  Majestic Diva   banking on the race that this Bernstein filly ran 17 January which was at today's 7F distance.........that effort run at one level higher would crush this field......the big effort was run following a one mile race off of 2 months rest...........one mile in last and 2 1/2 months rest.......hope history repeats itself

2  Desert Smoke   up the track 1st out following the Truman claim.......but Cedillo stays up and the trainer has been dynamite 2nd out after a claim as in 3 with his last 4........but........he will still need our top pick (who beat him but 10L on the aforementioned 17 January race) not to fire a similar race

1  Carrie's Success   rather consistent on main track surfaces (15 5 5 2) and you have to respect that high % trainer Jonathan Wong ships in a cheap claimer from GG for today's bottom level $10K affair........that and Wong has won 3 of 4 since the SA reopening

3  All Tea All Shade

 

race 3    average clarity

6  Imagineiamfastest   very good history when Cedillo rides and he is up today......and the last time that this claimer ran in a 7F dirt race (6 races back and at SA) he won in decent time

1  Burn Me Twice   OK handling a break in the action........when last seen on March 6th this Bill Spawr six year old pressed a solid pace and ran a better than par final time for today's level.......very dangerous despite drawing a tricky post at 7F

4  Black Storm   very ambitious two level step up following the claim.......now Mullins drops his new purchase 4 levels or $6K less than he claimed him for........somewhat alarming but still dangerous

 

race 4    above average clarity

6  Jamming Ebby   very solid effort in his race two back in a one mile dirt race where this gelding set a brutal pace and nearly held on to win........that race was run turf to dirt........same move today but this time around he races at 6 1/2F instead of one mile.......1st time Prat who is deadly teaming up with Peter Miller

7  Mr Paytience    gelding has never missed the board in 6 lifetime starts.......and he is (3 1 2 0) at SA on fast rated dirt.......that'l do

1  Appreciated   par like effort at 80 to 1.........solid 4F work since the May 15th........might move forward.......seems likely to appreciate another full furlong to work with........danger city

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Tagline   improving sort and now drops into MC for the 1st time in her 4th lifetime start.....she only needs her latest or even a little less which she ran two back to take down this race......and of course she might improve again.........good post and rider........hard not to like

11  I Give Up   her latest doesn't fit but her two races 2 back & 3 back do.......she has worked ten times since her disappointing last race hinting she can mount a rebound

3  Constantia   turf sprint-turf sprint-turf route scenario for this girl's 3rd lifetime start........that and she seems to have enough speed to sit near the front (and save ground) in a race that has a decent chance of rewarding those that do

6  Colombian Gold

5  Lemon Drop Tini

 

race 6    average clarity

1  Dark Prince  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  by Baffert standards this four year old gelding was a disappointment at two where he had to drop him to a MC100K to get to the winners circle.......no support at the windows in his return to the race wars following a 17 month hiatus where he opened up a lead on the grass but tired in the stretch .....since the race he has worked on the dirt with the blinkers off like a Stakes horse........acts like a new horse.......we shall see

2  Sash   trainer and rider have been on fire since the reopening of The Great Race Place so it is hard not seeing this gelding not giving a good account of himself.........and he should get a nice ground saving stalk position behind our top pick

6  Julius   believe this gelding is better in route races and gets back to one following two out of town sprints.......needs his summer of 2019 form and I think he might find it today

 

race 7    average clarity

3  Predicable Tully   every career grass race seemingly fits nicely at today's lower level..........best USA effort (and disguised by a wide trip sitting fairly close to a hot pace) was the only time she ran off of short rest.......22 days to be exact.......22 days since her last.......all systems go

4  Cassie Belle   much better racehorse since switching to the turf......both turf races were at today's abbreviated sprint distance of 5 1/2 furlongs and are par like efforts for the MC62.5K level

6  Majestic Gigi   like our top two selections this Hector Palma three year old filly takes the ever dangerous drop from MSW racing to MC racing.......combine that with a turf rider upgrade and you have anther contender in this filly making her 8th lifetime start

9  Miss Alegria

1  Red Diamond

 

race 8    above average clarity

5  McKinzie   superstar is training "lights out" and he a perfect 2 for 2 at today's 7F distance......money Mike Smith gets the mount back after not having it for this fellow's last two races........Smith likely will be out to impress Bob so he can return to being his number one guy in the top races

4  Fashionably Fast   6 for 6 since the blinkers were taken off winning at 4 different distances and that includes at today's 7 furlongs.........always an impressive a.m. horse but now he appears to be training the best of his life.......more than deserving of a shot in a Graded race and a Grade 2 at that

1  Flagstaff   hard to argue with (5 2 2 1) in five lifetime Stakes races four of which were Graded affairs.......and like our top choice he is a perfect 2 for 2 at 7F......post might hurt some

 

race 9    average clarity

9  A Melis   solid set of works for this Yakteen MSW 1st time starter and Tim is rather reliable when he shows good a.m. work with his 1sters......works hint that this filly has some speed.......gets hot jock Cedillo

8  Liberalism   nice move forward in her 2nd lifetime start in the summer of 2019.......so......that bodes well for her 2nd out after a long layoff.......and her off the bench effort on May 17th wasn't too shabby

6  Lovely Finsih   last is decent and would have a shot at winning this race.........but..........if she can manage her effort two back she would have as good of a chance of winning this race as anyone

10  Anna Fantastic

5  Apache Pass  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE 

 

 

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Santa Anita for Saturday 6 June 2020

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Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    above average clarity

5  Warren's Showtime   lone three year old in the race but dealing with older in a one mile grass race in June is no big deal........filly is 4 for 5 at today's turf distance and a perfect 3 for 3 at SA.......nice sprint dirt race 3 weeks ago should have her well primed and ready for a top effort.....she should get a nice stalk position in a race that seemingly favors those who sit up close early

6  Cordiality   seven year old mare has been away for over a year but she has run well fresh off of the bench in the past......and......she has a good history when she sits close up and she likely will be sitting 1st or 2nd coming out of turn one.......quite dangerous if she is fit and ready off of the long hiatus

2  Super Patriot   mare sure owns many efforts/figs that fit solidly in this spot and gets Prat but the race shape favors speed and she is a deep closer.......but if she gets more pace up front than anticipated she only has 5 foes to deal with so traffic issues should be minimal

 

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6  Exhalting   works suggest that this O'Neill two year old MSW 1st time starter has plenty of speed and with a good start he should be in vanguard early........rather sure this baby is meant and ready as he finished his work regiment with two consecutive gate works the last of which is quite impressive

4  Herd Immunity   another 1st time starter who completed his a.m. work with two consecutive gate works the last of which is quite impressive as it was a bullet 4F gate work at Slr.........Peter Miller's two year old colt only went for $20K in March and that might prove to be quite a bargain

5  Rombauer  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  Mike McCarthy is only 3 for his last 62 with MSW 1st time starters but his colt has finished up his a.m. preparation with 4 decent drills in a row hinting he might be well meant this afternoon........trainer in win-less since the reopening but might change that here

2  Sonic Brees

 

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4  Kneedeepinsnow   decent shot to grab a doable lead/pace and if he doesn't get one he is capable of winning without it......only time this Shelbe Ruis colt ran off of short rest he won impressively to graduate in May 2019 at CD......and his latest run 3 weeks ago at SA is better than par........hard not to like

6  It's Tiz Time   latest run way back on 29 Feb is par like and run at today's 6 1/2 panels at SA..........and today he goes from a very low percentage rider at SA to Prat.......that and his aggressive work regiment suggest he is fit and ready......should be a major player if he is

2  Silken Prince   likes short rest and gets it today following a layoff run where he likely used the race as a tune-up of sorts.........combo of Chew and Valdivia has been a good one and is better than appears in print........dangerous late running gelding

 

race 4    average clarity

6  Thanks Mr. Edison   10 post in his latest led to a 4 wide trip........colt did awfully well to only be beaten by 1 1/2L for the win.....jock upgrade and with a better post and fewer speed types in this race than his last to cope with........Smith and Bonde are 2 for their last 3 as a team..........such a deal

3  El Tigre Terrible   impressive 23 to 1 two year old Stakes win last Oct at 5F on the turf at SA.......been away since but his a.m. work hints he is ready to roll........that and Miller is dynamite with turf sprints including those racing run of long layoffs

4  Rookie Mistake   O'Neill colt just popped his lifetime best to lose by only a head in a $150K Stakes.......the race was on the dirt and in the past he has been better on the turf than the dirt.......so logic says that he might be up for another top race switching to what in the past has been his preferred surface

 

race 5    average clarity

1  Swiss Skydiver   only out of town invader in the race appears the best three year old filly in the race and draws money Mike Smith........not only is she the lone Graded Stakes winner in the race but she has won two in a row.....and in her latest she moved into a brutal 1/2 and 3/4 and yet was still able to pull away at the wire.......1st on the SA surface is a ? mark

3  Speech   last race run for this filly matches up some vs. our top choice's last (both run at OP one day apart) but she likely will need more today as she picks up 8 lbs today whereas our top choice picks up only 3 lbs and is more battle tested

 

race 6    average clarity

4  Rayray   blinkers off in this gelding's latest and did it ever awaken this Glatt four year old..........and the strength of the effort is hidden as this four year old dueled on a dull rail in decent fractions.......he did extremely well to only be beaten by 2 1/2L for the win........reassuring drill since his 15 May race........Cedillo stays put......might improve again 2nd out after a 11 month hiatus from the game

1  Cezanne   record setting $3.65 million (that's crazy) MSW 1st time starter is training as if he will provide some returns in his debut for Baffert and company

5  Mystery Man   Smith/Mandella/well-bred 1ster is training as if he is meant and ready to roll in his debut into the wonderful world that is Thoroughbred racing......and he better be as Mandella is 11% win with MSW 1ster's and Baffert is an amazing 37% win with MSW 1sters

2  Brazen

 

race 7    average clarity

3  Prince Earl   all three lifetime grass races with the blinkers off stand out here quite a bit.......and his best Santucci fig was run at Santa Anita at today's one mile distance........all that and the lightly raced five year old gets a rider upgrade

8  Lieutenant Dan   one cool athletic four year old who handles multiple surfaces and distances......he has a smooth way of going and Van Dyke has taken advantage of that as he is (3 2 1 0) riding him

5  Oliver   seems noteworthy that Mike Smith takes the mount on this colt who has run two straight dull efforts for O'Neill and company and has something to prove on the lawn where he has run just OK the only time he ran on the green carpet........dirt race 3 back is solid.......the lone time Smith has been on an O'Neill horse over the last 2 months it was a winner......hmmmm

6  King Abner

7  Ward 'n Jerry

 

race 8    average clarity

6  Honor A. P.   decent chance that both the 3 & the 7 will gun for the lead and if that occurs that sure should play into the hands of this John Shirreffs three year old who will sit mid pack and make his move on the 2nd turn or the stretch.......and Hall of Famer Mike Smith knows this youngster well being up for all of his races

7  Authenic   Baffert three year old colt has won his two route races one a Grade 3 and the other a Grade 2 by an average of 5 lengths.....that and he earned a Santucci fig that is quite a bit better than par for today's Grade 1 level........but........he has done it on the front end but so far the 3 horse owns better route speed than he does......but then again he is training exceptionally well

2  Rushie   plenty has to go right for this Mike McCarthy colt to take down this prestigious Grade 1 but he might get a perfect trip (especially with Prat up for the first time) stalking a hot pace

3  Shooters Shoot

 

race 9    average clarity

3  K P All Systems Go   very strong 9F turf effort/number especially for a three year old colt in January two races back........hot rider in Cedillo and so far he is a perfect 2 for 2 riding this Jeff Mullins three year old....that and this youngster is deep closer in a race with plenty of speed signed up and with a small field in front of him to negotiate

7  Hariboux   another deep closer who retains the same jock for a 3rd straight race .......Rispoli's colt is improving and screaming out for longer......gets it today in the form of anther furlong.........Mullins also trains this trains this grass runner

2  Club Aspen   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   lifetime best run in his race 2 back at one mile on the turf back on 29 Feb........next start was decent dirt sprint on May 16th.......that race should set him up nicely for today's turf route.........pedigree to handle 9F is OK at best but he should get a nice mid pack ground saving journey to help his cause

5  Dominant Soul

 

race 10    average clarity

2  Midcourt   reliable sort gets the blinkers off for the 1st time in his career likely to slow him down some early in hopes of finishing with vigor in today's 10F dirt race........he failed to do that in his latest race which also at 10F fading to a 3/4L beaten 3rd as the odds on choice in a Grade 1 race.........Shirreffs knows what he is doing most of the time so I view the equipment change as a positive

5  Improbable   always trains great but he can be a handful warming up and/or at or in the gate and/or leaving the gate.....that's plenty to be concerned about........with that said look at his record when Van Dyke rides (6 4 2 0)........as they say - somethings gotta give

1  Parsimony   latest effort which was overseas in Dubai on Feb 27 seems like a rather strong win with big gaps to 2nd and 3rd in a 12 horse field........Doug O'Neill has put some impressive a.m. work into him.......not impossible to surprise at a price

 

race 11    below average clarity

7  Homehome   big wake-up 3 back where this filly won a 5 1/2F turf race at SA off of short rest.........went off 52 to 1 in her latest in a race run off of a 2 1/2 month break hinting that the race a tune-up.........the effort was solid when you adjust for a 5 wide trip on the turn........back in 3 weeks........hmmm

3  Lil Grazen   big effort 2 back (1st after the Miller claim) on 18 Jan at SA earning a better than par adjusted for trip fig albeit on a "good" track.......poor race next start..........plenty of time off (and works) to recover......and look who is up - Mr. Prat

9  Dim Lights   solid grass race two graduate two races back in her 2nd lifetime start.......last looks like an over her haed gimme to tighten-up and return in 3 weeks for a full blown go.......we shall see about 5:30 pacific time

8  Takethediamondlane 

 

 

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Santa Anita for Friday 5 June 2020

Decent card to start a fabulous weekend of racing at The Great Race Place.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    below average clarity

1  Eagle in the Sky   two year old colt has a nice pedigree for a Cal-bred and a decent work regiment with some hints of speed.........mom has tossed an impressive 6 winners from 6 starters........Mike McCarthy 1ster draws the services of the red hot Abel Cedillo........should be tough if he manages a good break from the gate

3  Bolden   Peter Miller MSW 1st time starter is also well bred for a Cal-bred and finished up his a.m. work with two consecutive gate works hinting he is well meant in his debut

6  Tripp a Matic   Luis Mendez is dynamite in these early baby races........this two year old gelding ran evenly while his barn mate won the race giving Mendez his 3rd win in the two year old ranks already........might not have been all that meant......lookout if that is the case

7  Big Fish  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

2  Investment Account

 

race 2    average clarity

1  So Much Happy   Tiago Pereira snapped out of a small slump this past weekend with 4 wins and might keep the ball rolling here with this four year old filly who should be the controlling speed in the race.........last race where she was up for $32K fits and the works since suggest she is more than deserving of today's small step up (level/par is about 1 length faster)

8  Sutro   (4 2 1 1) when Smith has been aboard in turf races........like our top selection this filly deservedy steps out of the claiming ranks after a strong effort in 25nw2 claimer (today's level/par is about 4 lengths faster)........whereas our top pick will be in the vangard early this mare will be coming from far back........that might have the bases covered

6  Malibu Cat   four year old filly is on the improve and she might keep the trend intact as she likely will appreciate her 1st ever turf route as her pedigree is awfully strong for two turn racing........and Prat sticks around for one hot trainer in Glatt

3  Goodtingscominpink 

5  Sunriser

 

race 3    average clarity

3  Justin's Quest   no support at the windows whatsoever in this gelding's latest (68 to 1)........yet he ran awfully well and the strength of the ffort is disguised by a very wide trip and being only 3L off a hot pace.......good time to risk and drop and also get eligible for the SA50Knw2 races........and he draws the attention of meets top gun in Flavien Prat

2  Rogallo   another dropping into claiming for the 1st time and with many efforts that are better than par for today's lower level (about 4L easier)..........good combo in Rispoli and Sadler over the last 60 days (3 1 1 1).......four year old is also racing as a 1st time gelding today so there is the potential for improvement

7  Claim of Passion   yet another racing in a claiming race for the 1st time to enhance his chances of success........the D'A is 255 win and 56% in the money with his last 48 "1st time in claiming".......big race 4 back and the strength of the race is better than it appears in print

6  Knifes Edge

 

race 4    average clarity

1  Shanghai Truffles  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  four year old filly is best in turf route races and draws the hottest rider around in Abel Cedillo........that and trainer Pat Gallagher seems to have snapped out of a prolonged slump........a trifecta of reasons to back this filly

6  Arctic Roll  five year old mare is best off of short rest and is back quick for today's race........and the fact that Prat had a win and then a 2nd on this mare and then was not up for her latest (which was run off of 3+ months) only supports the idea the race was a tune-up as Prat is back aboard today........up and coming trainer is in a mini slump but might jump start his mojo here

8  Buyback   since the reopening of SA Matt Chew runners have been preforming better that his overall record indicates and his record is not bad at (15 2 1 3)..........since this girl's decent 2nd at GG she put in a work that is vastly better than what she has shown in the past and that is rather subtle

5  Kittyhawk Lass

3  Untouched Elegance

 

race 5    average clarity

6  Mayan's Warrior   strong race in his latest which was the 22 May version of this race albeit run at 6F........and it seems very significant that a cheap claimer put in a strong 5 furlong work and still is able to race back in only 2 weeks rest.......that hints at an individual who is feeling good

2  Tromador   (5 1 3 1) on the dirt since the blinkers were put on this four year old colt........and two of those four races were run at SA........one was a win at 7F and the other was a 3rd (beaten only 1/2L for the win) at 6F......that and this Ryan Hanson colt is capable on or off of the pace giving Velez options

1  Bob's Sniper   last seems like nothing more than a muscle him up endurance building route turf race to drop to the lowest level of his career......and he draws Cedillo who is riding great and thanks to his agent getting on many live runners

3  Include the Tax

4  Swamp'n Ain't Ez

 

race 6    average clarity

6  Lanvender   when Matt Chew has legged up Jose Valdivia his horses for the most part have been live over the last 4 months........that and this girl's only win came 3 races back with Jose up........1st race running as far as 9F but her pedigree screams "the longer the better"

1  Unicorn   nice record when competing as a "fresh" filly as in one win and three seconds from four fresh efforts........last race on 24 January......draws Cedillo for the 1st time.......running lines suggest she will appreciate the 9F distance........Baltas is very solid at getting a given runner to extend themselves distance wise

3  Kookie Gal   back to Prat who sure has fit this filly well (4 2 1 0) while other jocks combined are (4 0 0 1)......my guess is Prat will get this filly to sit a little closer which she has done in the past

 

race 7    average clarity

4  World O Luck   decent 1st on the dirt in his latest and the effort was somewhat disguised in its strength........the race was way back in late February but he has worked 9 times since......he showed enough speed in the race that he has a decent shot at grabbing the lead which has been a very good place to be in these one mile dirt races at SA........trainer is cold and the jock is a little chilly......maybe they can help each put a smile on their faces

7  Mongol Altai  MSW to MC25K today for this colt's 2nd lifetime endeavor..........low % trainer but not with the MSW to MC move as he has won 3 of his last 7 with the move and with another running 2nd.......that and colt gets a rider upgrade

10  Next Revolt  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  rather skeptical of today's massive drop from MSW to the (new) bottom MC25K as this colt improved plenty in his latest first time running a route.......and even if he is still in relatively good health he gets a tough post to cope with especially for a low percentage rider up for the first time

6  Brickbat

2  Untimate Mystery

 

race 8    average clarity

5  Contagion   Doug O'Neill's four year old ran a nice turf prep race in a protected race off of a long layoff to muscle up like only the turf can do sometimes.........back to Cedillo who owns a win and a 2nd in 2 turf mounts (last summer)  on this fellow.......and maybe more importantly this four year old has worked 10 times since his 8 March layoff run

2  The Creep   somewhat short number wise but it looks as if he should get a good trip on or near the front end saving ground in a race that has a decent shot to reward those that do........that and Jorge Velez seemingly is at his best with speed types

8  Tartini

4  Fabozzi

 

 

 

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