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Santa Anita for Friday 27 January 2012

Good card today and a better than average card Saturday (wagering wise) bodes well for our weekend of racing. Very nice quality on Saturday as well with only 1 claiming race out of 10 carded races. I will look at the 3 races at GP which are part of the $1 pick 6 with the 3 races at SA. If I have a strong opinion on any or all of the GP races I will let you know in Sat's "Digest".  Also, with the early post Saturday I will have the picks up between 8 a.m. & 8:30 a.m. pacific time. Good luck this weekend!




race 1    average clarity

3  Cee's The Year   earned a strong adjusted for multiple trouble fig in lone conventional dirt race.......laid up but is training up to snuff.....only cost 14K so why not come out for 40K

6  One Fast Frog   last sure looks like the tune-up to drop and go go go.....race 2 back fits fine

7  Regina S.   16 to 1 in mc debut last suggests the run was needed and more and maybe enough can be expected today


race 2    average clarity

5  Hog's Hollow   the key here appears to be that Bejarano is back aboard (3 2 1 0) really responses to his presence.......also 1 1/4 looks like a good fit

4  Falcon Rock   has been up against quite a bit better for a prolonged period.....handles long distance affairs........should fit well in a 10 furlong alw race

2  Dynamic Host   ran lifetime best 3 races back the only time this gelding ran 1 1/4 miles and it doesn't look all that stout in print.....last win for this gelding came the last time Rosario rode


race 3    average clarity

6  Gnarly Dude   SCRATCHED  

5  Cat In The Forest   good history on "fast" rated conventional dirt.......just claimed by Hess and he wisely retains Rosario who has a solid history with this gelding

7  Edgewick Road   Quinonez knows and fits this closer well.......colt keeps stepping up the claiming ladder and competing fairly well.....feeling good

8  Runaway Wildcat   hard to argue with 3 wins.....1 2nd.....1 3rd......on 5 races on "real" dirt.....another positive is his 1 for 1 record at today's distance


race 4    average clarity

3  Flashy Dame   faced 2 monsters in MSW debut.......winner came back to win a Grade 2 and 2nd broke her MSW by double digits in her next great.....sure seems rather solid here

9  Salt Tequila Lime   easily the best work tab of the 4 first timers in this race....what's new for a Baffert 1ster

7  Lady Vivien   jock has won 6 of the last dozen mounts for Belvoir.....lone race last September which was run at Emd was quite work tab for this filly who owns some good early speed

6  Nihilist   near miss for the win in lone race of career which was run in late summer.......has worked a total of 28 furlongs in the last 4 weeks.......sure seems fit and well meant in her return to the race wars


race 5    above average clarity

3  Always A Chance    broke slow and ran wide in MSW debut and still almost won.....switches from a dirt sprint to a grass route.......solid pedigree to handle the new challenge 

7  Spring Bloom   2 good sprint races on the turf and now attempts to do as well in a route on the grass.....good breeding to get a turf mile.....would have been top choice if it wasn't for the lack of recent works

8  Sassy And Single   good close in MSW debut sprint race from far back........good work series since....seems well prepared for 1st at a route

2  Speedway Monkey   bet to fave in last 2 on the AW....continues to work like a good horse.....maybe the switch to the sod can awaken in the p.m


race 6    average clarity

2  Nome   broke slow and ran wide and still managed to score in his maiden debut at 31 to 1......and it sure is impressive that he has put in a 5F and 2 6F drills since.......must have come out of the race super

6  Forest Souvenir   solid efforts in both lifetime races on conventional dirt.......been laid up since 1 Oct but seems to be working well enough to fire fresh off of the bench

1  Oh Righty   good wire to wire win in last which was run fresh off a 9 month our top pick he has trained well since....seems like more is possible

8  Put It There   still a mdn but figs/efforts fit fine at today's level.......Cerin is having a decent meet and is quite good 2nd start after a new acquisition


race 7    above average clarity

2  Matto Mondo    fired a strong winning mile grass race off of 27 days rest in last......1 mile on the grass again and with......27 days rest......also is 6 for 9 at that distance....yikes

6  Golden Mexico   speed distance turf  horse is a good fit for the 40K seem better than before......a disappointing 4 to 5 3rd place finish

4  Deacon Speakin'   has fired solid efforts 2nd out after a layoff in the past and his layoff run in last was better than it appears in print........closer also should get the needed pace up front in this affair to flatter his late kick...should go off at a handsome price

5  Where's The Remote   needs a wake up call and maybe the blinkers on can do the trick.....or maybe not


race 8    average clarity

3  Tale Be Told    seems to be sharpening both in the p.m. and the recent a.m.......likes today's 5 1/2 furlong distance.......seems to be sitting on a good effort

2  Bertrando Grande   useful debut and better morning work since.......likely to move forward today in 2nd lifetime start

8  Sky Larkin   race 2 back is fairly good......big excuse in last...acted up badly at the gate.....keep on eye on his behavior today

12  Royal Alexander   woke up in last both final time and pace wise.......very formidable if this gelding moves forward again

11  Zander

4  Mary's App

NOTE:  13 Idontrollonshabbos  would be my 1st 2nd or 3rd (depends who scratches) choice if he draws into the field from the AE's





Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:38 am by richs · Permalink
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