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Santa Anita for Saturday 5 March 2011

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What a great sport Thoroughbred racing would be if every race-card could be as brilliant as this Santa Anita Handicap card is!

 

race 1    average clarity

6  Trumpet Player Jay   logical (60/40) drop for this gelding who hasn't seen the winners circle quite some time

1  Justice Reigns   last was a clunker....race 2 back fits and the solid recent works suggest we will see it

2  High Standards   just claimed off of a decent layoff effort....sure appreciates conventional dirt...last was decent and has good shot to move forward 2nd out after the layoff

4  Dana Dynamo   barn is awakening and this laid up runner has a good history running well when fresh like today

 

race 2    slightly above average clarity

2  Chico D'oro   powerful MSW debut pace and final time...few reasons not to believe Sadler can't get the same or more out of this youngster in 2nd lifetime race

6  Dubber   training like another good and ready 1st timer from the Baffert barn....what's new

7  Wilburn   expansive 1st timer from another top barn also looks ready for MSW.....Sadler/Baffert/Asmussen...that's one heck of a trio to count on

 

race 3    average clarity

10  Diamond Touch   after multiple flat in the stretch runs at a route Sadler appears to realize this colt prefers 1 turn races...last was decent but the works since suggest much better will occur today

1  Classy Lion   last was OK...race 2 back is strong for today's lower level....trainer could use a winner

8  Honor Among Us   has flashed ability in 2 lifetime races and now we get a very positive rider change...best ever today likely

12  P R's Orphan   decent improvement in 2nd lifetime race...fits if the trend can continue

 

race 4    average clarity

1  May Day Rose   dueled in suicidal pace in last,,,loves the lead and should get it today...race lacks speed so he can wire if good speed rider Martin Garcia slows things down a little in the early stages

3  Turbulent Descent   nice filly was too wide in last....better trip and she should be a force down the stretch here

 

race 5    slightly above average clarity

7  Reba Is Tops    so much for retirement for this consistent filly....monster recent work hints at possible lifetime best today

8  Unzip Me   hard to be much better better down the SA hill turf course...4 of 5 in the win column...125 lbs today...ouch

9  Broken Dreams   has been closing well versus our top two and maybe ready to upset them off of some very solid rent works

3  Minute Limit   long hiatus from the track but works say ready.....will need a flawless trip to compete for the win

 

race 6    average clarity

9  Mo Cheese   very solid races for this especially his last...great chance to get 1st crack at a suspect leader in the stretch

12  Lutess   last was best ever ever at 6 1/2 furlongs...and she is even better at 6 furlongs...today's distance

11  Imperatriz   impressive work tab for this layoff drop down...very tough if fully ready  

8  Morning Frost   drops from the sky after being lost in action for 2 2/3 years

 

race 7    slightly below average clarity

3  Exclamation   last would be tough here versus this bunch....only one drill since is a concern...has been consistent

6  King Ledley   barn has been lukewarm and in drop mode...another drop here

10  Galleta Monstruo   consistent late runner also drops to aid in finding the circle of joy

9  Michael The Man   dangerous invaders grass race run 3 back is quite good.....sharp recent drill is reassuring

 

race 8    average clarity

6  Tiz A Budman   useful debut at 27 to 1 and 2 impressive works since....Sadler charge is ready to roll this time at lower odds 

3  Liberal Arts   tough trip in debut and still managed a close 2nd...P Val will be out to make amends

9  Me Salty   good stretch run in MSW on the grass which looks like the leg me tune-up to be full throttle in 2nd lifetime start

5  Cat Talk   another who looks destined to move forward in 2nd lifetime start

 

race 9    average clarity

2  Fluke   very special miler should get a nice ground saving stalking trip behind some suspect speed types

4  Cracortado   consistent gelding is undefeated on the grass....sure looks like he will get enough early pace to put in his late run

8  Times Gone By   race 2 back fits....will need a smooth journey...no margin for error for him at this lofty level 

3  Acclaimation   long layoff.....so a tall task to be up to snuff for a Grade 1....but lookout if he is...owns lots of talent when right

 

race 10   average clarity

5  Twirling Candy   hand ride win in last says plenty of horse left for today....hard to argue with 6 wins in 7 career starts

1  Soul Candy   race 3 back (1st on the AW) is as good an effort as any in here ....then he sat off a pace-less affair on the AW....toss it out...1st ever on conventional dirt...bred to handle it.....excellent price shot

9  Tweebster   still appears to be in good form....needs a clever mid pace trip...his sire sure is hot

2  Spurrier   multiple bad trips in a row hide his efforts some...bred fairly well to get the 1 1/4 distance

 

race 11    average clarity

5  Excelling   solid grass run in last and now ends up in the Hollendorfer barn...he is very good 1st out when he takes over the reigns of a new horse...can be prominent from the get go

4  Absolutlypositivly   just keeps getting better and better and better and.......

1  He's A Dance Star

8  Roaring Times

7  Short Memo

NOTE: the 14 horse has a shot if he draws into the field from the A.E.

 

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