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Santa Anita for Friday 17 February 2012

Good card today. What a difference a day can make. Of course they will still need to run the races but I'm rather sure it will be a good day if we receive our fair share of good trips. Good luck!


race 1    above average clarity

5  Trucial State   just missed 1st time blinkers despite being bumped on turn 1 and running very work tab since....step up in claiming says the trainer knows he has a sharp horse

6  Tummel   2 lone lifetime races at SA stand out as his 2 best efforts to date.....1st at a route today but bred to get the distance and Art Sherman has a good history 1st time at a route

3  Declan   dangerous MSW drop down....his trainer has won 6 of his last 18 first time in maiden claiming


race 2    average clarity

2  Spirit Rules   didn't appear to care for a two turn racing in latest.....2 previous lifetime races were very stout sprint races

5  Three Vases   very good early speed....shot to get away and wire

6  Points Offthebench   2 nice efforts as a two year old last summer.......very strong work tab for the likes of Tim Yakteen


race 3    below average clarity

1  Salty's Brother   1st timer hints at having some early speed and only has to run 5 furlongs to get the job has tossed two winners from two starters.....pedigree also suggests early quickness

2  Best Be Gone   flashed speed  and then stopped in mc debut last....claimed and has 2 nice drills (on a fast track) for his new trainer......lifetime debut was on an off track......dirt should be dry and fast today

6  Pac Ten Wildcat   Baffert 1st timer is training well enough to possible be ready to roll for his debut into the magical world of thoroughbred racing

9  Mr. Newton   has shown good speed from outside posts in his last 2 sprint the 9 hole might be a good thing even in a 5 furlong race where the turn comes up awfully quick


race 4    above average clarity

7  Teroda   just keeps getting better..........and better...........and better.........and better.........and that is a very scary thing when the highly successful J Sadler is the conditioner

3  Pick And Pray   major league wake up 1st ever on the grass in last....and a stout turf drill since for his new trainer

2  Talktoomuch   last 2 races down the SA hill are 2 of her very best the last year or so......same rider.....same trainer and probably the same animal

1  Hard To Resist   might be a prep for a route at a later date but then again this filly has run well fresh in the past and is training nicely.....smooth runner should handle 1st ever on the hill


race 5    average clarity

2  Sidepocket Lou   love the late surge in his last followed by two vastly improved works since.....good chance this gelding is feeling really gooooooood

9  Pleasant Soul   good chance to be on or near the lead and that is always a scary thing when an apprentice is winning his (or her) fair share of races

8  Apply   may have needed last.....if so........ then the  50 % drop in claiming price should make this Gaines charge formidable

4  Husky Glory   even running style and the fact this colt is bred to handle route racing just might put this 1st time at a route 4 year in the mix


race 6    average clarity

6  Stormin Proud Papa   excellent history at 6F on conventional dirt tracks rated fast......stellar team the last few months in Rosario/Mitchell

11  Mack's Gold Bullet   dangerous claim back by the more than capable Vann Belvoir.....toss out track city......most of career on fast dirt is solid here

8  Bryan Daniel   good history on fast conventional dirt....has only missed the board once in 9 races on it......just claimed and has a solid 4 furlong drill for his new trainer Hector Palma

10  Edgewick Road   finally back where he belongs and can compete for the win


race 7    average clarity

8  Chosen Miracle   stout sprinter on any surface likes ample time between starts and Hollendorfer shows patience and gives it to far this colt is a lead type only but my guess is he will chase on the grass if need be

7  Details R Sketchy  on the improve so far in 2012 and 2 strong drills in preparation for this affair suggest another forward move is possible for today

6  El Mirage King   seems to be in sharp form and is 2 for 2 on the hill without the blinkers like today.....very small but very capable barn

2  Rauschenberg   strong late runner will be hoping for a strong pace up front......Bejarano knows this gelding well having ridden her 6 of his last 10 races...........a definite plus


race 8    average clarity

12  Si Mar's Dear    earned a solid adjusted for trouble fig for this level with not the best of trips in last.....repeat of that effort combined with the drop of a couple of notches should make this Mitchell charge very solid here

7  Russian Bayou   very impressive in last.....not only had to go 5 wide to win her last but she also had to close from last in a lackluster paced affair

2  Portfolio   good history for this horse route race to 7 furlongs..........route race in last....7F today

6  Lutess   this seemingly in form mare is dropping after the claim for her new to the scene outfit and so far they are 1 for 1 which such a maneuver

5  Lauren C   trainer is red hot......but still will need a very good trip to compete for the win with this mare

14  Small But Mighty   clunker in last without a visible excuse......but lookout if this one rebounds.....will be as good as anyone in this group if she does bounce back




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