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Santa Anita for Saturday 18 February 2012


Decent card today both in quality and betting opportunities.

Good luck as always!


race 1    above average clarity

2  Golden Nip   good speed.....good post......good speed control

7  Plazarita   yet to run "big" on the conventional dirt but if he can reproduce his AW race 3 back he can win this

1  Miss Bold Topper   in decent sprint form......1st long but has enough distance pedigree to get a mile......jockey upgrade

3  Key Allegro   can't use as a winner here....small slice only


race 2    average clarity

5  Unusual Heatwave   very consistent sort and a good rider/trainer combo......closer should relish a 5 horse field....not much traffic to cope with come crunch time

4  Cloud Hopper   solid 1st ever on the sod in last....can get the same stalking trip behind the 1 horse

1  Tiz Point   blinkers on.....should be able to get loose on the lead....very dangerous if allowed to slow things down


race 3    average clarity

6  Bring It   over 1 1/2 years off but training like he loves the conventional dirt....trainers hot...riders hot

9  Skully Gully   chased a hot pace on the grass in MSW last and the stress got to him and he bled......drops to bottom....big 5/8ths bullet drill on the SA surface.....should be tough from the get go to the finish unless of course he bleeds again

8  Kumit   1ster's works sure are getting good when it usually counts the most.....right before his mc debut....rider/trainer are 1 for 1 for the meet together

7  Own It   back on conventional dirt can wake this early speed type up....also gets a positive rider change


race 4    average clarity

4  Tiger Trysts   disappointed in last as our top pick....he was our top choice because the race 2 back was most more chance....positive jock switch

6  Uzziah   finally gets to run on the "dirt" in S Cal....both races (albeit on off tracks) are solid efforts at Haw in Chicago that fit well for today's level

8  Game A. P.   wide with a pace factor hides a solid forward move in last....and 3 works since...owns good speed here

3  Personalitary   will try to wire in this spot on the significant drop in claiming....would have rated higher if he had shown more on conventional dirt


race 5    average clarity

6  Gophari   showed major league pace in debut last after checking slightly on the run-up......just popped a fast 5 furlong bullet work....rider / trainer are 3 for 3 as a team the last 2 months

7  Paynter    Baffert trained....well bred horse.....solid drills for a 1st great HBO series patterned after Bob would be called "Class"

5  Mucho Macho Mark   tightly spaced strong interval works for this Mulhall/Rosario 1ster says ready city for debut run

1  Whinston   solid final and early speed last summer at Saratoga.....long layoff but nothing that Asmussen hasn't had to deal with many times before


race 6    average clarity

8  Harbor Song   best works for a Gaines 1st timer (especially a 3 year old filly) in many a moon

2  Flashy Dame   good move forward in 2nd lifetime start both pace and overall effort....must feel good jock sticks around

4  Hidinginplainsight   likes ample time between starts and gets it.......same strong forward move as our 2nd choice in her 2nd lifetime race

3  My Philly Girl   very solid drills and pedigree for this filly to be my 4th pick....very dangerous 1st timer as well

Possible long-shot:   7  Chesnut Moon   debut looks like a gimme and yet it was rather with that in mind this price shot has a chance with a strong forward move today


race 7    average clarity

6  Kingpin Ryno    done little wrong when races with blinkers...they stay on today......very strong drills for Litt who doesn't push them hard....shot to fire lifetime top today....2 turns is a small ? mark

5  Valley Cat   very sharp gate drill draws a switch to Bejarano who owns both lifetime wins on this late running 5 year old

7  Circle The Moon   good speed type but seemingly will need at least a semi-soft pace to not flatten late

9  Hot Chaco   GG invader was blocked in last turf race (2 races back)  or wins.....(7 4 3 0) on the sod.....yikes

Possible Long-shot:  1  Bud I Crushed It   last win came short - long with very short rest....that's today's scenario


race 8    below average clarity

6  Great Hot   I envision the 1 and the 2 pressing the issue up front and this filly sitting in the garden spot stalking the pace-setters

2  Ellafitz   if allowed to get a clear lead with reasonable pace she has a very good opportunity to wire once again

7  Vision In Gold   prep in last......should see the real deal this afternoon

4  Love Theway Youare   believe will trail and might come roaring home late if the pace up front is hot enough


race 9    average clarity

5  Global Stage   solid move forward in last....solid work since.....and a jock upgrade....good chance for more or better today

3  Stoneside   uncanny consistency especially at today's distance......shot for a solid mid pack or chase position

7  Winesome Charm   last looks like a sprint tune-up to be full throttle for today's 1 mile grass race which seemingly is this 7 year old's best distance

4  Jairzihno   solid close from far back 1st after the claim in last.......back in short rest...can improve today


race 10    average clarity

2  Delta Fix   dueled in solid pace on a dull inside and rightfully work tab since....should be prominent from the get go

5  Short Memo   long layoff but the works hint at being ready....all 3 lifetime sprints on 3 different surfaces are good

10  Miles Long Gone   on the improve and continues to work like the trend can continue

3  Rock This Way  

1  What A Rush

6  Sir Hamilton



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