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Santa Anita for Friday 10 February 2012



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race 1    average clarity

2  Red Sharp Humor   has been facing some stout competition......faces softer today....had a nice sprint tune-up.......good trip and the same horse and he'll be tough

7  The Flying Whizzer   needed last especially considering it turned out to be a key group........drops into claiming for the 1st time and gets a jock upgrade...trainer is usually tough 1st time in claiming

5  Bronster   difficult call to decipher if this 4 year old is ready off of an 8 week layoff with modest works but Bejarano accepts the mount and he fits well if he is ready fresh

4  Wild Revenge   last looks like the sprint turf tune-up to come back quick and be fit and ready for today's turf route run


race 2    below average clarity

6  Givimaway   SCRATCHED  good looking work tab for this Mandella 1st timer.......significant homebred in that the same folks produced an impressive maiden claiming debut winner in the past with Mandella 

2  Mavericks Gun   SCRATCHED   very solid drills for this 1ster and mom has tossed 8 winners from 8 starters 2 of which were Stakes winners....Koriner/Talamo have teamed up for many solid races from maiden 1st timers since Joe arrived on the S Cal scene

5  Midnight Con   in decent form and now the blinkers go back on.......last time this gelding ran with blinks was back in Sept and it was a strong somewhat hidden effort


race 3    average clarity

8  Risky Reward    SCRATCHED   left the gate in MSW sprint turf debut very poorly and then showed he is a nice turf runner from there.......bred fine to get the mile on the sod....will need a clever ride from the outer-most 8 post....good chance to be a risky reward if we get the trip

1  Teraad   has 2 decent route races under his belt which is a big plus....1st on the lawn but is bred just fine to handle it

2  Dylan Donnelly   exits a slow heat of MSW runners on the dirt but was caught a bit wide dueling thru-out.....1st on grass....but his pedigree fits a switch to the green stuff

7  Candy's Sunrise   SCRATCHED   bombed in last on the main track.....back to the sod where he was impressive in his debut.....owns good early speed and gets the hot appr. up.......shot to wire


race 4    average clarity

6  Hadfunlastnight   speed of the speed in this affair and Pedroza is up.....a solid combination

1  D'wildbunch   very consistent in all 5 races with the blinkers off......also handles 4 to 6 weeks rest well..........6 weeks off today....late runner should receive an honest pace up fr0nt

4  Jack O Lyn   somewhat of a suspect drop but formidable if his health is still reasonably intact


race 5    average clarity

5  Oak Kye Why   big early speed in this spot and a jock upgrade especially when it comes to handling a speed horse

8  El Vino   best turf race of his career was his lone race on the majestic and unique SA hill turf course......laid up since June but is well proven fresh

7  Mr. Bossy Pants   been forced up the claiming ladder somewhat because of back to back claims but this 6 year old gelding still fits if his new trainer keeps him in the same form as his last race

4  Warning Song   quality alw runner takes a somewhat suspect drop even for Mitchell and he owns a sketchy work tab....but he fits as well as anyone in this group if  he still is feeling fine


race 6    average clarity

3  Dress Code   13 of 18 on the board on fast track conventional dirt......turf fit....cut back in distance is a plus......drops.....good rider/trainer combo

4  Miles Heir   crushed a weak bunch in last....claimed by a hot trainer....weight off with app up.....all should make this horse fit well enough at double the claiming price

1  Wegner   seems placed well to win after 2 consecutive decent races in non-claiming affairs at Tup....trainer could use a winner to jump start his his icy barn


race 7    average clarity

5  Sean S   2 for 2 since Joshua Litt claimed.......rider/trainer have won 3 of their last 4 as a team.....continues to train like a happy healthy horse

3  Miss Becca   done nothing wrong in 5 lifetime races......ran solid effort/fig in only SA hill run....Bejarano knows this consistent mare well having ridden her in all but 1 of her races

6  Bodie Girl   laid up since early October but has fired fresh in the past......Talamo is back aboard and he has been a good fit for this filly in the past

4  California Heat   deep closer finally gets to try the SA hill turf course.....many of these late running Unusual Heat runners appreciate the unique SA sprint turf configuration

NOTE:  11 Mona Storm  and/or  12 Arrivederci Caro  both have shots if they draw into the field from the Also Eligibles


race 8    average clarity

2  Mon Coeur   pretty good deal when you claim a horse who ran well enough to break his maiden only to be DQ'd......and his new trainer wins 1st out after a claim at a very high rate

4  Run Charlie Run   just keeps getting better and better and better and...........

1  Burr Tango   mc debut last sure seems like a tune-up to tighten up and be much fitter and ready for his 2nd lifetime run....history for his trainer with 2nd time starters is stout

8  Symphonic Cat   takes that ever dangerous drop from MSW racing to low level maiden claiming....would have rated higher if his drills weren't so dull for a trainer like Headley

9  Bespoke Suit  47 to 1 for a O'Neill 1ster says the race was needed and much more can be expected today

5  Always The Same   big wake up in last....race fits but only has worked once since in 5 weeks....tough call


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