There is a Pick 6 carryover of $425,000 starting in race 3 for Friday 26 February.

The Racing Digest is now available for Sunday

23 January 2021:  Bombs away at Santa Anita: After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd pick paying $10,231.40. 4th race 20 cent pick 6 was 3rd, 2nd, top, top, 3rd pick for $4,178.60. 5th race pick 5 was 2nd, top, top, 2nd, 3rd pick for $4,742.40. 6th race double hit COLD $73.40. 6th race pick 3 was top, top, 2nd pick for $460.20. 6th race top pick over our other 4 picks paid a $1 SHF of $2,250.00. 7th race top choice over our 4 other given picks paid a superfecta of $1,353.40.

18 January 2021:   After any scratches:  Not the kind of day that will make our Highlights Section but noteworthy: 1st race exacta was top, 3rd pick for $42.60. 1st race superfecta was top pick over the other 4 given picks for $340.20. 4th race double hit COLD for $56.80. 5th race order of finish was $22.20 top pick (and unfortunately our free selection as it seemed to hurt all the payoffs) 2nd pick, 3rd pick, 5th pick. COLD trifecta paid $268.00. Superfecta paid $1,268.80. 5th race double was top pick, 3rd pick for $56.80.

16 January 2021:   After any scratches:  Not the kind of day that will make our Highlights Section but noteworthy:  1st race top choice, 4th choice, 3rd choice trifecta $2,945.80 (exacta $470.40). 6th race $1 SHF box of 5 given picks $9,149.00. (superfecta was $6,074.40)

8 January 2021:   After any scratches:  Not the kind of day that will make our Highlights Section but noteworthy:  1st race pick 3 was 2nd, top pick, 2nd pick for $142.60. 1st race superfecta box of top 4 picks was $287.20. 1st race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $49.00. 3rd race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $22.60. 6th race exacta hit COLD $13.00. 6th race double hit COLD $31.40. 6th race pick 4 was top, top, 2nd, 2nd pick for $213.20. 8th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta $13.20.

3 January 2021:  After any scratches:  Not the kind of day that will make our Highlights Section but noteworthy:  1st race pick 3 was top, 2nd, top pick for $178.00. 2nd race exacta box of top two picks $18.20. 3rd race top pick, 3rd pick, 2nd pick trifecta paid $55.60. 5th race pick 3 was 4th, 2nd, top pick for $255.00. 6th race superfecta box of top 4 picks paid $3,651.00. 

26 December 2020 opening day Santa Anita:  After any scratches: 1st race pick 5 was 3rd, 3rd, top, 2nd, 2nd pick for $4,592.40. 2nd race superfecta box of 4 given picks $221.60. 3rd race exacta hit COLD paid $35.40. 5th race 2nd pick, top pick exacta paid $51.00. 9th race SHF box of 5 given picks $2,494.60. 9th race pick 3 was 2nd, 2nd, top pick for $301.20. 11th race (and our free selection) top choice ($15.80) over our other 4 picks paid a superfecta of $938.00.

19 & 20 December 2020 closing weekend at Los Alamitos:  After any scratches:  Large fields yet top choice won 6 of the 20 races for just short of a 100% profit and 2nd choice won 6 races. That led to many solid returns in the rolling bets and other gimmick bets.

17 December 2020:  After any scratches: 1st race superfecta box of five selections paid $1,232.00. 2nd race superfecta box of 5 selections paid $883.40. 3rd race top pick over other 4 picks paid a superfecta of $254.20. 5th race pick 3 hit COLD for $148.00. (that's a 73 to 1 shot)  6th race top choice over our 3 other picks paid a trifecta of $114.20. 7th race top choice over our other selections paid $6,937.20. (exacta paid $120.60)

10 December 2020:  After any scratches:  Not the kind of day that will make our Highlights Section but noteworthy:  1st race trifecta box of top 3 picks $49.00. 3rd race trifecta box of four given picks paid $1,246.80. 5th race box of 4 given picks paid a superfecta of $3,739.80. 5th race pick 4 was 4th, top, 2nd, top pick for $2,264.80. 6th race superfecta box of 4 given picks paid $563.00.

5 December 2020:  After any scratches:  2nd race pick 4 was top, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd pick paying $892.60. 2nd race top choice, 3rd choice exacta paid $37.20. 4th race pick 3 was 2nd, 3rd, top pick for $805.40. 5th race pick 3 was 3rd, top, 2nd pick for $744.40. 6th race pick 3 was top, 2nd, 2nd pick for $388.60. 6th race pick 4 was top, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd pick for $852.80. 6th race top pick over our next 3 picks paid a trifecta of $591.40. 8th race trifecta box of top 3 picks paid $540.60.

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Santa Anita for Friday 8 January 2021

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Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

4  Big Talker   bad trips in both lifetime starts which were way back in August and were also one mile MSW grass races........they weren't bad efforts when you take in account's the jock's rides.........work regiment looks good and this gelding's trainer is off to a hot start at the new meeting.......say ya Smith and hello Prat

7  Discretionary Day   Smith lands here and he gets a mount where he should stay out of trouble with this colt who has solid speed......look for Mike to either be on or near the lead saving ground........if that comes to fruition he should be a major factor in the outcome of this race

2  Blue Star   significant rider upgrade especially for a grass race.....1st time Lasix and 1st time blinkers.....today's makeover might be enough to put this O'Neill runner in the winners circle

3  Big Flint

8  Circleofchampions

 

race 2    average clarity

5  Vangogo   speed of the speed in this affair and well placed to succeed as in the connections don't get too high on their horse as so many do following a MC graduating win.........good speed rider in Richardo Gonzalez wisely stays put

6  Plum Wild   talk about no play on the board in this mare's latest.......sure seems like nothing more than a dirty up her form gimme to drop without much threat of being claimed......that and the fact that one on the trainer's best stats is 2nd out after a claim which is the case today........that and he gets Rosario to ride

1  Happy Trails   drops a couple a levels for his new trainer and draws the hottest guy around J J Henandez whose agent is getting him on "live" runners........dangerous

3  You Wanna Ear Rip

 

race 3    below average clarity

6  Hail Freedom   colt exits a very fast heat where being beaten by 10L still was a respectable effort.......1st on the grass and a route but he retains Rosario........colt showed some serious early speed in his dirt debut and if he can do similar on the grass today he should open up a lead making him quite dangerous

10  That Corey   if our top choice doesn't take to the sod then this colt who ran a solid 2nd in his 2nd lifetime turf sprint seemingly has a shot to overcome his difficult post and get on over to the wood by the time he hits the backstretch.......and since he is proven on the turf and stalking the lead he still has a shot with a clever ride if he doesn't lead

2  Mr. Tripledouble   works hint this three year old is well meant in his MSW debut and Neil French has hit the board 2 of his last 3 debuting a horse on the turf.........mom has tossed 2 winners from 2 starters and one of them was a turf winner

9  Big Frank Da Tank

4  Big Well

 

race 4    average clarity

1  Sweetest Angel   should have plenty of endurance for today if she handles her 1st on the dirt following 5 straight one mile grass races to start her career........she has always worked well on the SA dirt and finally gets to run on it........pedigree for it also is good

2  Lunatic   sprint-sprint- route scenario for this Miller baby making her 3rd lifetime start........nice move forward in her 2nd lifetime start and her a.m. since is improved and endurance building........believe the jock will try to go wire to wire

8  Peachtree Road   similar to our 2nd choice as that filly also goes sprint-sprint-route for her 3rd lifetime start........she owns a strong pedigree for a route........mostly made 3rd pick because she has a tough post and that might hurt especially as our top two draw inside

3  Moraz

7  Whistler's Style

 

race 5    below average clarity

5  Exhalting  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   three year old has been stellar (5 3 2 0) since Doug O'Neill put the blinkers on his youngster........away from the game since 25 Oct. when he ran his lifetime best on the AW at GG........works say ready to roll.......one for one on the sod and he appears to be the most likely to get the lead.......rider is very hot and his agent sure is getting him on live horses

6  Gator Shining   Baltas colt has done little wrong in both lifetime races which were turf sprints........sharp recent a.m. work........pedigree screams "the longer the better" so the extra furlong to run today should really help him "get up" in time

3  Windy City Red   beat our top choice and it was his MSW debut......then came flying late to nearly upset in a $100K 5 1/2 furlong turf Stakes at Santa Anita.......away since his weak effort in the Breeders Cup Juv. Turf Sprint but he has put in 7 works since hinting he can mount a rebound

7  Superman Shaq

1  Teton Valley

 

race 6    average clarity

2  Untouched Elegance  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  good apprentice rider Jessica Pyfer will likely send this Baltas six year old to open up a lead and go gate to wire as she did last time in a 5F affair at Lrc........and this mare's 2nd best of 14 career races was run at SA at 6F on the dirt........such a deal

8  Sybil's Kitty   ran against the bias at Lrc in latest and she has been at her best at SA on the dirt........sharp a.m. work and a hot trainer in Mulhall.......Baze should be able to get a nice stalk position........hard not to like

1  All Tea All Shade SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   all three sprints at SA with the blinkers on fit (better than par Santucci figs) and that is disguised to some degree......should be a nice number at post time

3  Rolinga SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE 

9  Wandering Patrol

 

race 7    average clarity

5  Border Town   (4 1 1 1) racing on the SA turf at one mile and two of those races were strong - better than par........a.m. prowess is solid.......runs well off of ample rest and 2 months since his last qualifies for that........Prat knows his mount inside out as this is his 9th straight ride on him

2  Murad Khan   6 for 16 at today's turf distance and 1 for 10 at other turf distances........and 4 of those 6 wins at one mile on the grass are par or better........jock Cedillo could use a win on the turf as he is 0 for 17 to start the meet on the lawn......he has a post and the horse to get that elusive first grass win

1  Frontier Market  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  75% of his lifetime races fit at today's lower level.......gelding is up for a tag for the 1st time in his life and that makes sense as he is now eight years old and this is only his 15th career race

3  Salvator Mundi

8  Our Silver Oak

 

race 8    average clarity

1  Zestful   gelding sure fits the condition of this race as he qualifies for it and he has been running well vs. better......that and he seems highly likely of getting what he needs as in a loose lead.......and with Mr Speed up in Edwin Maldonado

8  Pubilius Syrus   seems like a great claim back by Cerin of a six year old who is 3 for 3 on the dirt after 18 turf races to start his career which only yielded 3 wins........J J Hernandez wisely stays put

5  Unbroken Star   last win for this six year old was run the last time today's rider Joel Rosario was up (8 races back, 11 months ago)......also this Puype runner only seems to like the SA dirt so a wake-up seems likely

7  Synthesis

2  Two Thirty Five  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE 

 

race 9    average clarity

4  Sly   good trip seems likely as he is a mid pack runner with plenty of speed and deep closers signed up and he gets to start from a post that should make it easy for Van Dyke to sit no worse than 2 wide on turn one.......last two racing efforts are very strong and one of them was one the SA grass at one mile.........just raced 19 days ago and yet he worked a nice 5F on 1 Jan......hard not to like this guy

7  Fly to Mars   back to Prat and that is more significant than it usually is as the last 4 times he has ridden this Miller colt he won 3 and ran 2nd by a nose in the other..........works are good.......he has been facing better........another hard not to like

2  Foray  gelding shows signs of rating and that might be wise in this spot that has a lot of speed signed up.....if Baze can accomplish the task I like his chances

6  Worthy Turk

5  Dr. Troutman

 

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Santa Anita for Sunday 3 January 2021

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The Stakes races run on Pegasus World Cup Day (about 9) at Gulfstream Park. 

Florida Derby Day Stakes races (only) at Gulfstream Park. There should be about 8 fabulous Stakes races carded.

Full card selections (usually 13 races) for Kentucky Derby Day.

Full card selections (usually 12 or 13 races) for Belmont Day.

Full card selections for Travers Day at (about 12 races) Saratoga.

Full card selections for the 2 days of the Breeders Cups at Del Mar 

 

OK race card to close out week two of racing at Santa Anita. Week one was decent but week two not so hot. Hope to salvage one good day this afternoon.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

3  Offshore Affair   believe Rispoli will go after the front end of things and attempt to slow things down and if someone else grabs the lead this gelding is capable of winning without it.......either way the pace scenario seems to favor those up close early

5  Sea of Liberty   decent race in his latest and it's strength is disguised by a bad trip.......jock upgrade especially for an off pace turf runner........solid a.m. work.........good history on the SA turf (7 2 2 2)

7  Camelita's Man   strong late running four year old colt is training sharply and retains the red hot J J Hernandez.........trainer Dean Pederson is very solid with two stats that apply here: winner last race and racing off of 46 to 90 day breaks

1  Big City Bane

8  Kakistocracy

 

race 2    average clarity

4  Bye Bye Miss Pie   very solid drills for this 1st time starter especially for Puype who usually doesn't push his developing horses too hard..........and look who lands on the 1ster........Flavien Pratt

2  Pharoah's Heart   another 1st timer who appears meant and ready for her debut into the wonderful world that is Thoroughbred racing........and like our top pick she gets a top tier rider

5  Little Rachael   wise move by Victor Garcia to get this filly out of a claiming affair as his four year old has run two races that fit at today's level........retains the red hot J J Hernandez and blinkers go on today likely to help her break better from the gate

 

race 3    average clarity

7  Vegas Kitten   very consistent grass horse in 2020 outside of one 12F turf affair which he didn't care for.........Rosario should be no worse than 2 wide on turn one sitting 1st, 2nd or 3rd......that should set thing up well for his chances of being well placed on the back-stretch.....hard not to like

6  Shadow Sphinx   another with some tactical speed and a rider who is capable of putting it to work with an up close ground saving trip.....that and the six year old is 4 for 7 at Santa Anita on the grass.......one negative is that it seems a little fishy that he was protected in his last and won earning a big fig and yet he is up for $50K today

2  Maestro Dearte   seems the sharpest of the off pace runners in this field of seven.......connections will likely have their fingers crossed the race will produce faster fractions than anticipated

4  Untamed Domain

 

race 4    average clarity

2  Shane Zain   Baltas sees fit to drop his six year multiple levels and makes a significant rider upgrade to Rosario from an average apprentice in Centeno (at least so far).........sharp very reassuring drill since his last.......very tough if this fellow is doing decently physically speaking

12  Flip the Coin Jan   another dropping multiple levels and draws one of Santa Anita's top jock's making for a big rider upgrade from the same bug boy (Centeno) mentioned in our top choice

3  Street Image   need the lead type and he has a shot of getting it here.......trainer Eddie Truman is ever so dangerous 2nd time after a claim and espicially so when he puts up a stout rider.......and no one is hotter than Hernandez at the moment

1  Awhitesportscoat

5  Camby

11  Minoso

 

race 5    average clarity

3  Equal Measure   2 for 2 with today's rider Kent Desormeaux up and 0 for 13 with others in the saddle........with that in mind it hints that her latest was just a soft turf sprint tune-up to muscle up and be fit and ready for her drop into claiming........that and she is racing at what appears to be his best distance

2  Jen's Battle  SCATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   Rosario is familiar with this east coast invader so the fact that he lands here is more significant than it usually would be........filly has only been around two turns once and it was one of her better lifetime races.......she is well placed for success today and she has a good history racing off of breaks.......8 weeks since her last qualifies for that

7  A G Indy   trainer is oh so dangerous 2nd out after he takes over the training duties of a given horse either by claiming or by private deal.........rider is ice cold on the grass of late but I doubt that will continue much longer.........filly as usual should be in the mix from the get go

8  Sabinos Pride

1  Lucky Peridot

 

race 6    average clarity

2  Du Jour   powerful route turf MSW debut for this Baffert colt who nearly broke his maiden at 1st asking despite a very wide trip from a difficult post in the 10........if he runs as well on the dirt today he should be awfully tough breaking from the one post

5  Roman Centurian   no action on the board whatsoever (18 to 1 in a 5 horse field) in this colt's MSW debut and yet he ran fairly well.......that race likely was a prep to have him fit enough to strut his stuff in a big way 1st at a route......Callaghan won a race with a three year with 1st time Lasix (no Lasix for the two year old runners) yesterday......might make it 2 for 2

7  Star Sailor   sprint-sprint-route scenario for this Sadler three year old who really ran a strong effort/fig in his 2nd start and 1st on the dirt......gets 1st time Rosario for start number 3........bred to love a route race......six works since his last which was run on 8 Nov..........seems very ready and dangerous

1  Chasing Fame

8  Editor in Chief

 

race 7    below average clarity

6  England's Rose   solid rider upgrade for a turf race especially with a late running grass horse that this mare happens to be.......off pace mare isn't the best exiting the gate but her pedigree suggests the 9F of turf should be a plus for her and her rider Umberto Rispoli who won two yesterday

5  Shes'a Perfectlady   beat our top pick in her latest and might again as she is also bred well to handle another furlong of grass ........that and she has been able to put in 5 works since her latest run in mid Nov........feeling good

8  Wind and Hope   jock/trainer won as a team yesterday and might be able to do it again here as this mare should get nice early position in the race stalking the 1 and/or the 4 horse......her staying power come stretch time should be significant as she cuts back in distance a full furlong

1  Acoustic Shadow

7  Disappearing Act

 

race 8    below average clarity

7  Kalypso  almost always like a Baffert runner who takes the blinkers off following a series of solid races where they seemingly did nothing wrong.......he is the only trainer that I can say that about......the man is sharp.......similar scenario yesterday for our 3rd choice in a G3 who was one more jump away from beating his 1 to 5 barn mate

3  Exotic West   solid MSW winning debut and her a.m. work since hints she will move forward and have a shot at going a perfect 2 for 2 to start her career........very high % combo over the last 3 months in Cedillo & Baffert

5  Varda  SCATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  three speed horses (#6 is also a Baffert runner with speed) and this closer has Baffert's chances covered in this Grade 2

6  Frosteria

 

race 9    below average clarity

2  Nu Pi Lambda   tepid top choice retains Mike Smith who will be out to make amends as he dropped the whip when this mare was closing well in a 5F race at Dmr on 29 Nov..........away since but continues to train like a happy healthy filly......20 to 1 ML

3  All Quality   4 drills since this mare last ran in late Nov and they are tightly spaced 6 days apart........switch to Rosario and the fact that Miller doesn't drop this gal down hints that Miller now has a handle on this five year old he took over in late Fall......like our top pick she should go off a price

9  Woke Up to Aces   speed of the speed as this filly can really fly and usually breaks sharply from the metal monster........and her endurance should be good coming off of a 1 1/16 turf race

6  Quiet Secretary

7  Althea Gibson

11  Dolce

 

 

 

 

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Santa Anita for Saturday 2 January 2021

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The Stakes races run on Pegasus World Cup Day (about 9) at Gulfstream Park. 

Florida Derby Day Stakes races (only) at Gulfstream Park. There should be about 8 fabulous Stakes races carded.

Full card selections (usually 13 races) for Kentucky Derby Day.

Full card selections (usually 12 or 13 races) for Belmont Day.

Full card selections for Travers Day at (about 12 races) Saratoga.

Full card selections for the 2 days of the Breeders Cups at Del Mar 

 

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

1  On Easy Street   toss out his "number"  in his latest as he had a wide trip in a pace less race which made for a unusable final time fig........race two back is solid about 2L better than par.......and unless you are a touring pro 2 under is a good thing

6  Uncle Ray  dead last (bad start) in the pace-less race mentioned above.....not where you want to be........gelding has more speed than he showed in his last (good sprint debut) and best use it here as this race has a total lack of ES so you don't want to sit in the back of the pack

3  Waraire   jock upgrade for his 2nd lifetime start.......great spot for blinkers on as Rosario might be able to place this Sadler runner on or near the lead which sure looks advantageous here

8  Frasard

7  Mulholland Highway

 

race 2    average clarity

3  Popular Kid  he has been facing better and he is well proven running a distance of ground and nobody else in the field has ever attempted a two turn dirt race........stout rider/trainer combo in Prat and Miller

1  Coalinga Road  consistent sort for Gaines and company just fired his lifetime best........1st at a route today but his pedigree for one is decent especially for Cal-bred.......should be on or close to the lead

4  Tizhotndusty   sprint-sprint-route scenario and good looking a.m work........7 lbs apprentice up........trainer is hot of late.........danger city

 

race 3    average clarity

6  American Heights   very strong turf breeding and her MSW debut sure appeared to be a gimme as she ran evenly and at odds of 26 to 1.......both suggest the race was a tune-up.......Espinoza is here for this mount only........very aggressive work tab........all systems go go go today

9  Smitten by Kitten   MSW 1st timer is working up to snuff and like our top choice she owns a very good pedigree for the lawn.......and she draws the attention of Rosario and his agent........danger city

5  Freedom Flyer   Callaghan filly needs a little more endurance in the very late stages especially since she has to run 6F today instead of 5F or 5 1/2F........maybe 1st time Lasix can help

8  Stressed

2  Shvere Arbeter

 

race 4    average clarity

6  Little Miss Ellie   very competitive in all four of her lifetime races (4 1 3 0) and her last race back on 16 Oct with "1st time Prat" is very solid.........decent preparatory works.......hard not to like

5  Claro Que Si   last two races for this filly from the Hess barn are better than par (one on the grass and one on the Kee dirt).........meets leading jock J J Hernandez remains up........might be muscled up racing turf to dirt

2  Raneem   seems like the most dangerous of the speed signed up.......best at SA on the main track (4 1 2 1) and (5 0 0 0) everywhere else..........away since March but she owns a decent history racing fresh........hard to split our 3 picks

 

race 5    below average clarity

9  Malibu Hannah  some route turf speed in her MC80K debut and got bounced and blocked some......like the step up to MSW..........bug boy will likely send this filly and if he doesn't get caught too wide I like her chances to finish well with the cut back in distance.......should be a big number

3  Karalinka   solid MSW debut 2nd at GG in a 5F turf race and the winner of the race came back to win again........away since 29 September but her trainer is very solid off of layoff of 3 months or more ........8 to 1 ML would be nice

7  Bleu Ballon   trainer Sean McCarthy is dismal with 1ster's but the a.m. work for this three year old filly is too good to ignore ........might have some ES and that combined with the 7 lbs bug girl up might be very tough to catch

10  Katerini

5  K P Kan Do

 

race 6    below average clarity

7  Kanderel   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  1st time blinkers and 1st time racing on the dirt........he has been facing way softer than today and he is a late runner in a race loaded with speed........dirt pedigree is good........seems like a solid fit if he handles his 1st racing endeavor on the main track and/or with blinkers on for the 1st time

8  Paladar   last fits and I like the 8 weeks off as this six year old has his physical troubles.......also like Rosario up as he is a perfect 2 for 2 riding this Baltas gelding

6  Kershaw   seems like a good claim by V Garcia and especially since he took a fellow who appears to like the SA dirt the most....... his chances enhance if he doesn't get caught too wide as he has flattened out at today's 1 1/16 distance where so far he is (3 0 0 0)

4  Ekklesia

10  King Abner

 

race 7    below average clarity

(below average clarity only because it is a Stakes race and now that means no Lasix)

7  Bowies Hero   D'Amato seven year old really responds to Prat on his back........bad trip and then some in his latest racing way too wide and checking some on the 2nd turn........some energy and a relatively clean trip and he should be headed to the circle of joy

3  Bob and Jackie   Baltas five year old appreciates ample time between starts and the trainer shows patience and gives it to him.........low % jock up but he has ridden this horse well and he has been aboard for all 8 lifetime starts

5  Count Again   solid Grade 2 win in his last and it was the 1st out with the D'A training........and he seems ultra sharp in the a.m. since his win 5 weeks ago.......hard not seeing this gelding being a major player

6  Anothertwistafate

 

race 8    above average clarity

(No Lasix but no big deal as none were able to run with it as two year old runners)

5  Life Is Good   monster MSW 6 1/2F debut for this Baffert baby and eye popping works since........especially his incredible 1:10:3 worked just 5 DAYS AGO.......that will do

3  Parnelli   on the improve with each and every start.......and of course his latest is quite significant as it was his 1st at a route where he earned a fig that is better than par for today's G3 level..........sharp a.m. work since.......likely needs another forward move and he just might be up for one

1  Medina Spirit   almost always like a Baffert runner who takes the blinkers off following an impressive race where he seemingly did nothing wrong.......he is the only trainer that I can say that about......the man is sharp

 

race 9    average clarity

8  Lincoln City   race lacks speed and this five year old has some.........trainer is hot and his five year old might be poised for his best 2nd out following a long layoff.........12 to 1 ML would be nice

6  Prodigal Son   a ton if he brings his "A game".......his a.m. prowess of late hints that he might be up for that "ton" of run

4  Mesut   scratched out of a G2 race on Friday for this spot......acts as if 6F will be a good distance for this Gaines elder statesman.......4F best of 47 bullet work 6 days ago.........should be flying late

10  Encoder

3  Ultimate Bango

 

 

 

 

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Santa Anita for Friday 1 January 2021

Purchase selections for all 7 great race days and save $45.00. As in the past the selections will be sent in your email the night before at approximately 6 p.m. central.

The Stakes races run on Pegasus World Cup Day (about 9) at Gulfstream Park. 

Florida Derby Day Stakes races (only) at Gulfstream Park. There should be about 8 fabulous Stakes races carded.

Full card selections (usually 13 races) for Kentucky Derby Day.

Full card selections (usually 12 or 13 races) for Belmont Day.

Full card selections for Travers Day at (about 12 races) Saratoga.

Full card selections for the 2 days of the Breeders Cups at Del Mar 

 

Happy New Year 2021 and best of luck all year long!

 

race 1    average clarity

6  Three Ay Em   seems best on the SA turf (5 2 1 2) and his last race on it was run 2 back where he ran one big effort in a 9F affair........in the race he broke poorly and ran wide sitting dead last early in a race that yielded a very slow pace......and.......he still closed fast to only lose by a neck.......1st at 10F today but since he ran big at 9F and then decent at 11F one would surmise that 10F would be a good fit

9  Keystone Field   exits a winning race where he was allowed to set a very easy pace..........that stress-less race should having have feeling great and set him up well to today's mini marathon......retains sharp apprentice Jessica Pyfer and her 7 lbs weight break which should be very significant in a 10F affair

1  Goalie   when the D'A goes to Prat his stock is almost always "very live".......that and Flavien already owns a win and a 2nd in two mounts on this colt who ran quite well at 8F as a January three year old in 2020.......that bodes well for his chances of handling the 10F of turf today as a January four year old

3  Lure Him In

4  Ronamo

 

race 2    average clarity

3  Noble Contessa   one of only two with good route speed in the race and seems to appreciate the SA dirt more than any other surface she has run on..........away since May but her work tab suggests she is meant and ready to roll.......only time today's rider had the mount she ran her lifetime top and that effort would be tough to overcome

5  Imperial Creed   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  good ability racing "fresh" and she is three months fresh today......and she is a perfect 2 for 2 at SA when racing on a "fast" track........no rain in the forecast today

6  Paige Runner   different horse when she opens up a loose lead and like her last two wins that might occur once again today........but she might have to cope with our top choice early on........we shall see about 1 PM Pacific

 

race 3    average clarity

5  Translate   east coast invader should take this race if she is as fit as she was in early fall at Belmont........good trainer in Robert Falcone with shippers and those racing off of a 46 to 90 day layoff......believe this is his 1st start of the 25 he shipped in from the east coast

4  Sweet Devil   decent trainer/rider combo in McCarthy & Rispoli........filly has been laid up since August but has not missed a beat in the a.m. working every 7 days dating back to 24 Oct.......four year old should be on the scene late

7  Shezaghost   steadily improving a.m. work for this MSW 1ster from the Puype barn who has a decent pedigree for the lawn.........Valdivia is off to a good start at the new meeting after a rough meeting at Dmr......he owns a record of (6 1 2 1) and he hasn't exactly landed the "big horses"

1  Nurse Goodbody

8  Irish Aura

 

race 4    below average clarity

3  Mongolian Window   lifetime best dirt race was run 7F to 8F and that is the scenario today for this Ganbat six year old ........and in general this mare handles the one mile dirt distance quite well (4 2 0 1)

1  Eternal Endeavour   seven year old mare is by far at her most dangerous on the SA dirt where she is (5 1 3 1)..........she takes a significant drop in class and gets a significant rider upgrade.......Prat should be able to work out a nice mid pack or stalking trip in a race that should yield some faster than average route fractions

7  Just Grace   not sure if this consistent five year old mare can rate and/or handle the two turns but I like her chances if she can as her last four races (all sprints on the dirt) fit well in this spot fig wise

2  Destiny's Journey 

 

race 5    average clarity

6  Midnight Mystery   drop from the MSW ranks to MC50K makes sense as this Baffert gelding is now five and has only earned $29K to date........away since August but training up to snuff especially since switching his morning work to the SA dirt

4  Follow the Lute   bad trip in MC20K debut so much so that he earned an adjusted for trouble Santucci fig that is a length better than par for the MC50K level........and he must have exited his race in great shape for Yakteen to move him up multiple levels

3  Tiz Vicious   big improvement 1st out following the Hess claim in a route MSW affair at Del Mar.........but his a.m. work since hints he might have lost a step since even returning as a 1st time gelding......but if that isn't so - lookout

2  I Got No Munny

 

race 6    average clarity

6  The Little H Man   Matias four year old went off at 17 to 1 in his GG MSW debut suggesting he wasn't all that cranked up yet he was only 2 3/4L behind the winner at the wire despite a bad trip........works since at GG hint he's cranked now.......seems like a ton if he takes to the conventional dirt at SA

7  Queen's Code   very solid 3 wide turf trip following a slightly slow start should have this Gaines 2nd time starter muscled up and ready to move forward if of course he handles the dirt........Mike Smith wisely stays put to find out

1  Star Racer   turf MSW debut at GG was decent.......2nd start on the AW was much better than decent.......significant jock upgrade.......like our top two picks it might come down to how well he handles the conventional dirt

8  Scary Fast Smile

2  Catemaco

 

race 7    below average clarity

(below average clarity only because it is a Stakes race and now that means no Lasix)

7  Wildman Jack   very consistent five year old gelding was at his best at 6F where he beat 15 foes by 5L or more in a 6F grass G3 grass race in Dubai....and his previous race in Dubai was a solid 7F turf effort......so 6 1/2 should be a decent fit

1  Texas Wedge   six year old gelding has handled inside posts much better than outside posts.........and he sure has run well for Prat when drawing inside as in 2 wins and a 2nd in 3 races.......6 1/2F should be within his reach

8  Chaos Theory   good claim by Sadler and his late running sprinter is screaming out for more ground to cover and gets it today......that and his pedigree supports to notion.......Rispoli wisely stays put for a 4th straight time

6  Blitzkrieg

4  Hembree

 

race 8    below average clarity

4  Threearchbaymafia   solid move forward in his 2nd life start in a race run off of a 10 month hiatus from the game.........the strength of the effort is disguised by a 3 wide duel pressing a hot pace.......impressive improved 3 works series since his last.......and he likely feels great for Cerin to step him up so much........should be a price

8  Holden the Lute   might be a good claim by Knapp from Baffert who has fired 2 of his last 3 races that are better than par for today's level.......can't recall ever writing that a claim from Baffert is a good one but whereas the others look like they have little left in them this gelding might have some good races left in him

6  Gate Speed   speed of the speed and with a decent 7 lbs apprentice up.....gets bet hard most of time yet he owns only one win in ten starts.......but that race was at SA

2  Eel Point

7  Union Dance

 

race 9    average clarity

1  Gregory's Pride   powerful MSW debut on 13 Nov running a 56:3 despite a slightly tardy start and a 2-3-4 wide trip.......his a.m. preparation for his 2nd lifetime start is exceptional strong......only cost $21K at sale and that sure appears to be one nice bargain now

8  Rock Your World   Sadler sure appears to have this MSW three year old very cranked up and ready to roll......and he doesn't mess around as he gets Rosario to ride......expensive colt at sale ($600K) owns a good pedigree for the grass......jock could use a win

10  Got Curly   on the improve with each and every start all of which have been on the turf......like the cut back in distance from one mile to a sprint especially so now that the turf sprints are further than 5 1/2F

6  Amanofmystature

11  Butkus

 

 

 

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Santa Anita for Thursday 31 December 2020

Not the easiest of Santa Anita race cards to decipher. Tomorrow appears better.

Best of luck as always!

 

Purchase selections for all 7 great race days and save $45.00. As in the past the selections will be sent in your email the night before at approximately 6 p.m. central.

The Stakes races run on Pegasus World Cup Day (about 9) at Gulfstream Park. 

Florida Derby Day Stakes races (only) at Gulfstream Park. There should be about 8 fabulous Stakes races carded.

Full card selections (usually 13 races) for Kentucky Derby Day.

Full card selections (usually 12 or 13 races) for Belmont Day.

Full card selections for Travers Day at (about 12 races) Saratoga.

Full card selections for the 2 days of the Breeders Cups at Del Mar 

 

race 1    below average clarity

4  Silk From Heaven   filly is crying out for more turf sprint distance to cover and gets it today.......and that won't be the case for many signed up for this 6F alw. grass race.........J J Hernandez stays put for a 3rd straight mount on this youngster........should be a price

2  Navy Queen   badly in need of a layoff as her form was poor last winter.........returns with a significant trainer upgrade and Sadler has put copious drills into his new shooter the last of which was only 4 days ago and a near bullet 4F work

3  La Aguililla   very competitive in 2020 and like our top selection the added turf sprint distance appears to be a plus especially if Fuentes takes back some in the early stages

5  Sofi's Gold  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

7  Sweet Rafaela

 

race 2    below average clarity 

5  True Mischief   popped her lifetime best in start number ten to graduate in style with a 5L win and with gaps of 4L and 6L to 3rd and 4th.......solid reassuring SA 48:1H work since hints she has held form........(4 1 1 2) in dirt distance races without blinkers........good to see bug boy stay put with his 7 lbs weight break

3  Mariah Girl   fits on the drop down if of course this O'Neill filly handles her 1st ever on the dirt.......her pedigree for it seems OK

1  Midnight Jamboree   another who just ran her lifetime best to graduate and she ran the race off of 2 1/2 months rest..........so........7 months off since graduation day might be a positive for this Bill Spawr filly

 

race 3    average clarity

2  C Falls   J J Hernandez should be able to save ground most of the way either on the lead or stalking it.........trainer has made the most of her limited starts in 2020 and she is often at her best 3rd out following a layoff which is the case today for this Shelbe Ruiz four year old

1  I'm Leaving You   the lead should go to our top choice or this Vann Belvoir three year old.......jock upgrade especially for a grass race.......only time this gelding has been up for a tag it led to his lone lifetime win......and the win was at SA and in a one mile grass race like today where he started from post one

5  Talking   dangerous looking invader from the east coast who was just claimed for $50K and runs 1st out for Falcone for the same claiming price

7  Hoop Dream

 

race 4    below average clarity

5  You're All Talk   good start to the meeting for Eurton as he is sending out live runners........two year old filly is on the right end of the learning curve and her recent drill with 1st time blinkers indicates she will move forward once again

7  Cold Brew Kelly   filly has run 2nd 3 of her 4 lifetime sprints one of which was on conventional dirt where she beat our top choice by 1/2 length........Steve Sherman does not win very often in S Cal but might pick up a "W" here

2  Varoma   filly drops one MC level and retains Pyfer and her 7 lbs weight break.......like her chances much more if the rail firms up today as it was a little dull and so it was tough on inside speed the 1st two days on the SA meeting

9  Misericors

1  Malibu Jewel

 

race 5    average clarity  

9  Agata  here is part of our 3rd choice comment for this Gaines runner in her MSW debut, "very dangerous looking works for this Carla Gaines MSW 1st timer but a little suspect as far as a turf pedigree is concerned"........she ran well and the turf sprint should set her up well for today's turf route race........works continue to be impressive......all set but needs to handle a route which pedigree wise might be a challenge

1  Smoothlikebuttah   big awakening in her latest with the blinkers taken off........1st on the grass and 1st at a route but her pedigree for both is decent.........Cedillo sticks around for a 5th straight race and he sure could use his 1st win at the meet

7  Bingos System   most likely to grab the lead especially with a rider in Maldonado who makes his living with speed types........2nd time grass for this filly and that is one of the trainer's better stats.......dangerous sort

2  Warren's Candy Girl

4  Miss Ever Ready

 

race 6    below average clarity

4  Shashashakemeup  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE very dangerous invader arguably fired his lifetime best 1st out following the Peter Miller claim at CD on 27 November.........two reassuring works since and Peter indices Prat to ride......cut back to 6 1/2F from 7f appears to be a positive.......hard not to like

6  King of Speed   powerful work tab for this Bonde four year old and retains Mike Smith for a fifth straight time.......believe this route horse will show better sprint speed than most will anticipate (see grass sprint on 21 March)......danger city

3  Leading Score  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  impressive works for this Baffert six year old who will be 7 tomorrow and yet has made only 9 lifetime starts.......and he was a vet scratch on 26 November......tough call as to how healthy this horse is........but.......sure dangerous if he is doing OK

 

race 7    above average clarity 

1  Javancia   Eoin Harty has had a decent 2020 and likely is riding high with an upset win in a Grade 1 on opening day........two year old filly has run solid efforts in both lifetime one mile grass races one at AP (key race) and the other at Dmr in a Grade 3.........good post and retains Mr. Prat.........improved a.m. work since the Grade 3........ should be tough

4  Quattroelle   barely lost to our top choice and earned a better Santucci fig mostly because of a wide trip....... mostly made 2nd choice because of the aforementioned improved a.m. work for our top-pick-rue

8  Absolute Scenes   on the improve with each and every AW race overseas in GB.......not too worried about the switch to the grass as my guess is she has run over it being that she grew up in GB......also the one mile race in GB was an oval and a left handed one at that

2  Michalska

6  Pizzazz

 

race 8    average clarity 

7  Carte Blanche   subtle improve in his latest at CD in that he is not very good around two turns and yet he didn't embarrass himself in a two turn 1 1/6th race at CD (note all the one mile races at CD are one turn affairs and he earned numbers that fit well in most of them)........so if he has held form for the D'A cutting back to a one turn 6 1/2F sprint should have the potential for an improved effort/fig today and vs. slightly easier

9  Cause and Effect   LA runner for the most part but 2 of his last 3 endeavors at Del Mar fit fine here and the strength of both is hidden........it seems that trainer Daniel Azcarate gets him very sharp when he faces the "big guys".......like that he is coming off of 2 straight one mile races as it should help his staying power at today's 6 1/2F distance

5  Eustace   seems slightly better on conventional dirt and lifetime best was run the only time he has competed at 6 1/2F albeit in a race at Del Mar.......1st on the SA dirt is a question mark

4  Alcools  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

6  Admirably

 

race 9    average clarity

6  Disco Ball   not the best of trips in all three lifetime starts and all three races yielded next out winners.......a.m. work at SA indicates he is very sharp........pedigree for the lawn is so so.......but.......he seems like a ton if he takes to the sod

11  McWherter   solid 5F turf debut at Dmr and the works since are improved and longer hinting the grass surface muscled him up and enhance his chances of handling the added distance

1  Witch's Vow  not so hot in his last two races both turf sprints.....but his turf sprint 3 back is solid and well hidden in it's strength as he was caught wide pressing a hot pace......gave him 5.5L of trip/pace adjustment yet he was only beaten by 2L for the win..........away since 18 Oct but works hint he can mount a rebound.......should be a very big $

7  Hollywoodhellraisr

3  Absolute Unit

 

 

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