Santa Anita for Saturday 29 December 2018

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Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

8  My Sweet Baboo   all three lifetime MSW races which were also at today's one mile distance on the grass are quite a bit better than par.........Prat lands on our 2nd pick but Mike Smith grabs the mount.......two-year old filly is bred decently to get another furlong of sod

7  Out of Balance   good turf sprint MSW debut two back........then in start no. 2 she sat too far off a ridiculously slow pace......toss that race out.......gets one powerful switch in riders for a baby turf route........should be a major player

6  Fashion Island   decent MSW route turf debut for this two-year old filly and 5 works since the 10 November race at trainer Anna Meah is still looking for her 1st lifetime win but her 11 starters have hit the board a respectable 6 times

1  Mercy Mercy   

4  Hello Bubbles


race 2    average clarity  

2  Celebrate Life   speed of the speed but at what cost seems to be the ? mark........four year old might be up for his best with the time off because his best two lifetime races (and a solid fit here) were his 1st two lifetime races.......and we get a rider upgrade

8  California Clone   good history sprinting on the dirt when wearing blinkers (5 1 2 1)......all of those races fit well at today's lower level.......decent rider/trainer combo over the years in T C Baze & Sean McCarthy

3  Facts Matter   lifetime best was run two back and it was the only time he has competed at 6 1/2F (and at SA to boot).........and today we get one significant rider upgrade from an apprentice who struggles some to Rosario

5  Rolls Royce Deal

4  Blame Joe


race 3    below average clarity

8  Sierra Sunset   two year old filly went off at 33 to 1 in her MSW debut for Bonde and company hinting the effort was a gimme to drop and go in a MC50K fully fit.....she beat 5 of 8 foes in the MSW race so that bodes awfully well for what she can accomplish this afternoon

7  Naomi Friday   good maiden debut over at Lrc at today's same MC level........trainer has had quite the year competing in S Cal........the rider has not or would have been top pick-a-rue

12  Comegowithme   nice move forward in her 2nd lifetime start.......still she likely needs more but she might provide trainer - 1st time racing on Lasix - vastly improved recent 5F best of 55 bullet work.......takes that magical drop from MSW to maiden claiming

3  The Pet

11  A Dime for Me


race 4    below average clarity

5  Sweet Charity   Sadler's stock was very dull during the Fall Dmr meeting but if opening day is indication his stock appears fresh and ready to roll at the SA meeting........5 year old mare seems best at 9F or further and she likes the SA turf

7  Amboseli    when Cassidy sees fit to place this six-year-old mare in a Graded race he does a nice job a of getting her ready for the challenge.......G1 run 3 back at SA was too tough for her but she showed she fits in this G3 at SA.......and today she has a much more prolific turf jock on her back than she did in that race 3 back.......such a deal

4  Fahan Mura   route speed turf runner should be loose on the lead for the 9th straight time (all since Maldonado took over the riding duties) but Edwin better get her to slow things down quite a bit as she has trouble holding together racing further than 1 1/16

3  Quebec

2  Escape Clause


race 5    average clarity

7  Monterey Shale   lifetime best was run route to sprint......trainer Ryan Hanson was not the trainer for that solid effort but he has won 2 of his last 6 with the move and with another hitting the board........route in last and a sprint today and with one major league positive switch in riders

3  Boy Howdy   gelding has surely has seen better days.......but......he might have been pointed for this race all along as he raced in a protected race run off of 2 months rest hinting the race was a tune-up of sorts (NOTE: we did not have him in our selections on 7 December and he went off as a pathetic favorite)........will be tough as nails if that scenario is correct

2  Whiskey Ginger   (3 1 2 0) when connections have dropped him to a lower claiming level.......12.5K claimer in last......8K claimer today........hmmm

5  Matriculate


race 6    below average clarity

2  Neighborhood Bully   like the 7 week break following 2 efforts that were rather dull especially considering Van Dyke sees fit to stick with the Yakteen runner........drops multiple levels and the two lifetime times that he made should a move he fired strong races

9  Treasure Hunter   best at Santa Anita and he also handles the 6 1/2 furlong sprint distance well........and like our top selection his chances seem enhanced by a two level drop in claiming

7  Oh Man   seems at his best at the shorter distances and 6 1/2F appears short enough for him.......that and he likely has benefited from his layoff one mile run as his a.m. work since is solid........not out of the win picture by any means........pun intended

1  Heart Awakens

6  Saratoga Morning


race 7    below average clarity

10  Redrock Trail   Sadler is very dangerous with the sprint-route-sprint maneuver and that is the case here for this two-year old gelding.......Van Dyke might have selected our 2nd choice but Mr Rosario will do just fine

4  Shake N Fries   very solid race two back.......we need that effort.......seems like a good sign that Van Dyke jumps aboard after being absent for this youngster's last race

11  Violent Behavior   OK race in his latest on an off track......better race two back on a fast track and the race was run at The Great Race Place......such a deal

12  Gleyber

5  Bachchan


race 8    average clarity   

8  Competitionofideas   big step up for this Chad Brown runner but he does catch a seemingly soft Grade 1..........last two grass races this filly ran in the Big Apple were tough trip wins.......will need a good trip today and Rosario is more than capable of giving one

6  Paved   sure like that Van Dyke is on this filly who he has ridden 4 times because he has put this three-year old closer to the front than the other 4 riders (all top turf jocks) that have been aboard......this race really does not have any pace setters so the fractions should be slow and the race has a decent chance of favoring those up close early

9  Californiagoldrush   filly has done little wrong in 4 lifetime starts all of which were on the grass.........and as stated above this race really does not have any pace setters so the fractions should be slow and the race has a decent chance of favoring those up close early.......and Pratt will likely grab one of the 1st 4 spots in the early stages

2  Colonia

4  Amandine


race 9    average clarity

8  Oracle of Omaha   very strong 1st ever in a dirt race in latest his 4th lifetime start........same distance - different track.......very sharp tightly spaced works in preparation for today......very dangerous with Peter Miller training

7  Macwinnon   best lifetime number in the field which he just popped at Lrc in his latest run on 15 our top choice if he can run as well at SA he should be very strong in this race

4  Runningwscissors   on the improve with each and every race with few reasons not to believe the positive trend can't continue this afternoon..........dangerous sort

2  Mayan Warrior

1  Damiano


race 10    average clarity

3  Storming Lady   owns quite a few solid figs for today's lower level and shows the most early gas in the field........trainer is 35% win and 71% in the money MSW to MC with his last 34........draws one the USA's top jocks in Joel Rosario

10  Strengthinnumbers   both lifetime races down the hill (MC75K affairs) are a length or two better than par for today's MC50K level........seems poised for her best running 2nd out following a five month hiatus from the game

6  Etching   away since June but that might be a positive as she popped one strong layoff race on 22 April albeit in a 6 1/2 furlong dirt race......that effort/number is good enough here to be a major player if of course she takes to her 1st on the sod........her pedigree to handle it is better than average

7  Breezy Bee

11  Madaket Sunset

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Santa Anita for Friday 28 December 2018

Good card today handicapping wise.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

1  Shining Thru   big awakening 1st time blinkers and 1st time turf in his latest and likely surprised the barn plenty as he went off at 34 to 1......repeat of the effort sure looks good in this spot.......more would be icing on the already sweet cake

4  Magnificent McCool   looks as if this O'Neill colt can get loose on the lead and that is a dangerous proposition for the opposition when Prat is in the saddle riding a two-year old around two turf turns as he is exceptional riding young developing turf horses

2  Speakerofthehouse   decent grass races but none of the three lifetime races are as good as our top selection ran in his latest......but 1st time Mike Smith who shows up for only one race on the card.......hmmmm

8  Leader of Men

9  Mysyical Moon


race 2    average clarity

4  Sooner Better   expecting a big awakening for this Keith Desormeaux MC as he has always worked very well at Slr and horse's that don't run well at Dmr and train stoutly at Slr often wake up when racing on the Kent wisely stays aboard this price shot

2  Frozen Money   good MC80K debut especially considering he likely wasn't all that cranked up as he went off at 12 to 1 in a 5 horse field for D'Amato and company........and the D'A is very strong 1st at a route with a given horse.......that is the case today

3  Rockandahardplace   not too much fig wise but if our top two fail to fire he is the best of the rest


race 3    average clarity

5  Don't Stalk Me  (4 3 0 1) at the distance and his off pace style sure seems to fit this race well as the 1 - 4 - 6 might all go for the lead playing into his hands if that is case......1st out following the Hess claim and drops......a 26% proposition with his last 19

6  Our Tiger's Boy   decent races at SA when wearing blinkers........they go back on after two straight races without them.......Ruben Fuentes (very underrated by my book) knows this three-year old well as this is his 8th straight mount on him......seems dangerous

1  Hollywood Dancer   owns plenty of early speed but lacks seems like a smart move by trainer Gus Headley to build up his endurance with many furlongs of work including two straight decent 6F gate works to finish up his preparation for today


race 4    above average clarity  

6  Objective   impressive 3rd place finish in her MSW debut on 15 Nov. at Dmr in a 5F turf race where she broke poorly and then ran well especially in the late stretch where she was flying at the wire........outstanding endurance building works since.......highly likely to appreciate the 6 1/2 furlong distance.......pals Van Dyke/Proctor at the helm 

12 AE  Apache Princess   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  strong route grass race 7 weeks ago at Dmr that fits well here if she can run as well in this affair down the SA hill grass course.........ran 2nd on the dirt at SA at 6 1/ she showed she can sprint and also showed she can run "fresh" team at the helm here

3  Shut It Up   like our top choice this two-year filly from the O'Neill barn debuted in the aforementioned 5F grass race at Del Mar.........and she beat our top choice by a length but earned an adjusted for trip fig that was one length less.........still she has worked solidly and surely has a shot to turn the tables here

11 AE  Encanta

5  Rather Nosy

8  IIha Do Mel


race 5    average clarity

10  One Upper   all four lifetime dirt races are better than par for today's level of racing.....trainer Ryan Hanson had one starter on opening day and his runner ran a strong race......let's hope this one is also ready to roll

6  Desired Edge   so so race in her latest which was on an off track.......race two back on a fast track was her 1st out following the Kitchingman claim and was quite a bit better than par for today's 12.5Knw2 level.......plenty of sunshine in the forecast today

3  Peachy   seems best at SA (2 1 0 1) and you have to like that Maldonado stays up as he is 4 for his last 8 riding for Papaprodromou with 2 other hitting the board

5  Copper Cowgirl

9  Dressed in Prada


race 6    above average clarity

6  Kazan   two straight bad trips hides this three-year old some.......major league rider upgrade especially for a grass race.......last isn't too shabby but what we want is his effort 2 back........if he gives that effort two back Rosario has a solid chance to visit the winners circle

5  Majestic Eagle   another with a strong race two back and in his case also four back.......if the every other trend continues this afternoon he appears awfully strong in this spot

3  Ya Gotta Wanna   very solid at one mile on the grass........decent in marathon turf 1st ever at 9 furlongs on the sod has the potential to be a very good distance for him........Prat sticks around to find out

1  Starting Bloc

8  Epical


race 7    average clarity

3  Aristocratic   four-year old gelding has never missed the board at SA when wearing blinkers (7 2 4 1)........yet to win since Miller claimed for 40K five races back so he drops multiple levels to change that........suspicious drop for many trainers but not for Mr Miller who is seldom afraid to lose a horse

4  Zap Again   away since May but returns as a first time gelding and he has shown he can fire a good fresh race in the past.......and trainer Charles Treece is solid with "fresh" in 20% win with his last 44 with runners coming off of layoffs of more than 3 months

7  Short of Ez   trainer Mike Puype won with his lone starter on opening day and has a chance to keep the ball rolling with this fellow who has plenty of early gas but has also shown the ability to run well without the front end......that gives Van Dyke options


2  Jump the Tracks


race 8    average clarity

4  Flying Scotsman    SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  on the improve with each and every race with few reasons not to believe that the trend can't continue today.......and considering that his latest (a 4 1/4 length G3 turf win) looks awfully solid here he is a very deserving favorite

3  Rijeka   ran 2nd to our top pick in the aforementioned G3 trurf race.......needs more today......4 lbs weight swing in his favorite helps

1  More Ice   major lead rider upgrade and a with a hot rider/trainer combo in Van Dyke/Hollendorfer.......colt has won 2 of his last 3 turf races and he had a brutal trip in his race two back.........but this colt needs quite a bit better to beat his barn mate as Hollendorfer also trains out top choice

8  Sparky Ville

10  Bob and Jackie


race 9    average clarity

1  Kenzou's Rhythm   by far at his best when racing on the SA dirt.......and he just fired his best effort when racing outside of SA in his logic suggest's he might be up for one of his best ever races on the SA dirt today......if he is he should be tough

10  Hard Arch   also runs well at SA and he just ran a very strong one mile race at Del Mar in his strong if fact if it wasn't for a tough post he would be the top pick-a-rue

7  Dukes Up   most of his career on the dirt fits here and he is solid at SA where he owns 4 wins with 7 starts on its main track........not out of the win picture by any means

5  Trapalanda

6  Dedicated to You



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Santa Anita for Wednesday 26 December 2018

Opening day for the Santa Anita winter meeting is something special with great racing and that sure is the case today. OK card handicapping wise. Friday's card predictably falls off in quality but it sure appears to be a good one to play..

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Taelyns Prince   never easy to tell which N Cal drop down in claiming invaders are here to be claimed or are here to drop into to easy spot to grab a win and get away with it without being claimed.......obviously I am leaning on the 2nd scenario

5  Twentytwentyvision   seven-year old gelding has seen better days but has enough time off in 8 1/2 weeks to get his act together physically speaking........and the fact that Rosario takes the mount supports the idea of a rebound of sorts today

2  Play Hard to Get   trainer is good with layoffs of 45 to 90 days........2 months since this fellow's latest which isn't bad.......and.......the last time he had a similar layoff (2 1/2 months) he ran a strong that he hasn't matched since

1  Fritz Johansen

9  Orchestral


race 2    below average clarity

5  Chatty   drop makes sense as this filly has not done a thing since graduation day on 16 September.......that and it is a good sign that Michael McCarthy legs up Johnny V who he likely has a solid connection with going back to when he was Todd Pletcher's assistant out East

6  Come On Kat   filly is on the right end of the learning curve and races 1st out for Jerry Hollendorfer following the claim........latest which was at today's same claiming level is better than appears in print and fits well here

3  Naughty Sophie   very dangerous speed type and seems to have about a 70% shot at snatching the front end.......and considering she is conditioned by Peter Miller that is a dangerous proposition for the opposition

2  Empress of Lov

8  Easter Dream


race 3    below average clarity

7  I Am the Danger   on the improve with each and every race since the O'Neill claim 3 races back........7F is a question mark but I like that the hot riding bug boy Figueroa is up for his lone mount of the day

1  Wilshire Dude   1 for 1 at the 7F distance.......lifetime best and a strong fit here was the only time this three-year old got to race on a fast rated main track.......and he did it in a one turn mile at GP........that bodes well for his chances of going 2 for 2 at the somewhat specialty distance of 7F

4  Rinse and Repeat   most of his dirt races since adding the blinkers eight races back fit fine here.......but he does tend to hang in the stretch

6  Shane Zain

9  Street to Indy


race 4    average clarity

3  Ms Bad Behavior  very solid when racing on the SA turf (6 2 4 0) and she is versatile as she performs well on or off of the lead......should get a nice trip especially with the more than capable hands of Joel Rosario at the controls

1  Amandine   very impressive in her 1st endeavor in the USA winning by a widening 3 1/4 lengths despite not the best of trips......the nw alw effort is very deserving at a shot in this small Stakes race

7  Streak of Luck  seems to show up every time and she has had very low percentage grass riders in 6 of her 10 lifetime grass races......not today with Smith sticking around for a 4th straight mount on her......last is her best ever and fits fine here

6  X S Gold

8  Love and Peace


race 5    average clarity

9  Scalper   6 consecutive gate works to finish up his a.m. preparation and the last three were very impressive (best of 60 - 2nd best of 61 - 2nd best of 69).......yet another Bob Baffert 1st time starter who appears meant and ready to roll in his MSW debut.........what's new

1  One Bad Boy   another who finished up his morning preparation with a flourish......back to back 111:2 6F works at slr......sure seems very dangerous and ready despite the fact Baltas is only 8 for his last 90 with MSW 1st time might hurt or would have considered him as top pick-a-rue

10  Jumpin Thru Hoops   Peter Miller 1st time starter appears rather wound up with his last four works spaced only 6 days apart......that interval training likely has this colt muscled up and ready for his debut into the wonderful world that is Thoroughbred racing

2  Ka'nah

6  Mo Mississippi


race 6    average clarity

5  Dream Tree   5 for 5 lifetime and consistently works like she is something very special.......and she has a nice stalking style which so many great runners hot rider/trainer combo in Van Dyke & Baffert as in 8 for their last 15......yikes

4  Emboldened   2 for 2 lifetime running fresh (a winning MSW debut and also won off of a 3 month layoff in May) and training as if she is deserving of today's significant step up into a Grade 1.......the Baffert "other horse" scenario

9  Spiced Perfection   nicely improved since the blinkers became part of her arsenal 3 races our 2nd choice she seems very deserving of today's step into the big time.........she should be motoring late

2  Mo See Cal   SCRATCHED

7  Hot Autumn


race 7    above average clarity

5  River Boyne   undefeated on the Santa Anita turf course with 5 wins and two of those wins were at today's 8F distance........continues to train like a happy healthy individual.......retains top turf jock Prat who knows him very well having been aboard for most of his 13 career races

10  Shivermetimbers   solid alw win in his latest despite a wide trip.....but what we want is his effort 3 back which is exceptionally good and disguised by a bad start and a wide trip up near the lead......earned 11L of trip adjustment and a Santucci fig that is about 4 to 5L better than par for today's G2 super.......1st on the grass but owns an OK pedigree for it......should be a price

7  Desert Stone   2 for 4 at SA on the grass......0 for 7 everywhere else.......lifetime best was run 2 back at SA where he was only 1/2 length behind our top pick at the our 2nd pick he should go off at a handsome price

3  Gidu

9  Gemonteer


race 8    above average clarity

2  Battle of Midway   ultra consistent when he stays put and races in S Cal instead of out-of-town.......(6 4 1 1) at SA and 2 for 2 at today's distance.........Prat rides him all the time so that should be a big plus........should be one tough cookie as usual

3  Dabster   nearly beat our top pick in his latest and continues to train awfully well.......that and Talamo appears to fit him as Joe is (4 2 1 1) on him since picking up the mount........this up and coming Baffert runner should be prominent from the get go

8  Air Strike   vastly improved since Phil D'Amato took over the training of this three-year old colt........only race run at SA is his lifetime best and the strength of the race will be disguised to most

7  Gift Box

9  Beach View


race 9    average clarity

9  Ax Man   1st time running as a gelding seems much more significant than it usually is......because.......for Baffert and company to geld this fellow with the ability he has already shown they must really believe it will help him immensely.......and his stout a.m. work sure suggests the surgery worked in a big way

3  Copper Bullet   (5 3 2 0) to start his career and he has handled 3 different tracks.....that bodes well for his chances of taking to the SA main track........just ran his lifetime best at CD in his 1st at the 7F distance.....and he did it off of a 15 month layoff

12  Kanthaka   3 for 3 at the somewhat specialized distance of 7 furlongs......and all of the wins were at was a G2 and another was a G3.........shoots for a G3 today off of some impressive a.m. work

14  Solomini

13  McKinzie


race 10    average clarity

4  Acker   four-year old has never been better and considering Peter Miller is the trainer he seems likely to hold form and might be up for even better......if he has held form he should be tough.......more would be icing on the already sweet cake

3  Shaky Alibi   four-year old gelding got away with such an easy paced lead that I doubt he exited the race in anything but great shape.......if that is so lookout out this afternoon.......Bejarano took our top choice but Mike Smith wants the mount

1  Cupid's Claws   on the right end of the learning curve and his recent aggressive (tightly spaced solid works) hint his positive trend can continue this afternoon

12  Avalanche

8  Lucky Soul

7  Erotic

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Los Alamitos for Saturday 15 December 2018

In the next few days look for the 2019 lineup of our special publications. As usual you can save some money by purchasing all of them as a package. The first special publication in all likelihood will be Pegasus Cup Day at Gulfstream in January.

For the Los Alamitos Thoroughbred meeting we originally (as noted in our calendar) were not going to provide two days of the meeting. But instead of that we will provide all the days but with names and numbers only.


Best of luck as always!


race 1   average clarity

5  Kristie's Heart


3  C. R. Golden Queen


race 2   average clarity

7  Chapis

3  Irish Lassie

2  Brite Rivers

4  Coco Loco mama


race 3   average clarity

6  Cash for Cass

8  Cat Holic

7  Dependable de Ti

3  Dairy Kid

4  Derby Royalty


race 4   average clarity

3  Discreet Diva

8  Bam Bams

4  Hot Rod Gal

5  Gracie Belle



race 5   average clarity

3  Kookie Gal

1  Hotitude

4  Creative Instinct


race 6   below average clarity


3  Chasin Lucas

8  Shylock Eddie


6  Carrie's Success


race 7   average clarity

1  St. Reno

4  Master Ruler

8  Gutsy Streak

7  Ultra Fame

6  Kristo


race 8   below average clarity

4  Mistressofthenight

6  Kennedie Sky

5  Briartic Gal

8  Majestic Diva

2  Blooming Hannah


race 9   average clarity

10  Ride to the Wire

4  Cayate

1  Warrior's Lullaby

9  Fast Cotton

5  Earnednevergiven


race 10    average clarity

8  Macwinnon

1  Shake N Fries

7  Thin Line

5  Bull Fighter 

10  Mo Dinero

4  Melchior

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Los Alamitos for Sunday 16 December 2018

In the next few days look for the 2019 lineup of our special publications. As usual you can save some money by purchasing all of them as a package. The first special publication in all likelihood will be Pegasus Cup Day at Gulfstream in January.

For the Los Alamitos Thoroughbred meeting we originally (as noted in our calendar) were not going to provide two days of the meeting. But instead of that we will provide all the days but with names and numbers only.


Best of luck as always!


race 1   average clarity

6  Union Rebel

2  Salutelute

3  Levi's Saint James

5  Malibu Music


race 2   average clarity

1  Figure Eight

4  Gum Tree Lane

2  Salah


race 3   below average clarity

6  Beantown Boys

5  Spokane Eagle

1  Lindante


race 4   average clarity

8  Love Your Life

4  Will Tell

5  Chrisiscookin

3  Gone With It

2  Yes I'm ready


race 5   above average clarity

2  Allotment

5  We Will Re Joyce

1  Cute Knows Cute

4  Altrevida


race 6   average clarity

3  Hot On the Trail

4  Goodtingscominpink

7  Blueberry Princess

1  West Stowey Lass

6  Sharp Image


race 7   above average clarity

2  Galilean

7  Our Silver Oak

6  Tivan

1  Principe Carlo


race 8   above average clarity

2  Go Ghetto

1  Louden's Gray

5  Baby Bear's Soup

6  Rocky's Show


race 9   average clarity

3  Avanti Bello

8  Out of Patience

6  Secret Touch

4  Face of Victory

2  Hot Perfection


race 10    average clarity

3  Jersey's Heat

4  Odyssey Explorer

5  Spirit Mission


7  Giddymeister

8  Gryffindor

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