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Santa Anita for Saturday 25 Feb 2012


Good card today with not one race even being close to being rated "below average clarity".

race 1    average clarity

3  Mama Janks   many hidden better than appear in print efforts.......and now we get a significant jock upgrade

5  Big Tsimmis   seems best on conventional dirt and 6 furlongs is a good fit.....Carava is awakening

6  After Later   needs effort shown in lifetime debut a MSW 7 length win at Mth.......fresh and training up to snuff.....very dangerous dropper   


race 2    average clarity

2  Hey I'm Sobaa   good shot to be loose in a 5 1/2 furlong affair with speed doing awfully well most days light weight app in the irons

5  Babeneau   good forward move 2nd after the layoff in last...and....solid work since.....should come flying in the stretch

1  Warren's Jazz Walk   solid run fresh off the bench 2 back......tailed off in last........2 reassuring 5F works since.....and 1st time Bejarano......rather sure a rebound occurs today


race 3    above average clarity

4  Mizdirection   basically whole career on the lawn fits stoutly here...and.........controlling speed with Mike Smith up

1  Remit   very solid turf hill run in last but closer will need more pace than I can anticipate here to win this affair

2  Givine   decent chance to chase our top pick and hope he has an off day


race 4    average clarity

2  El Martillo   dropped and won for fun in's drop is much more alarming but Baffert is winning everything the past 2 weeks so why not win and most likely lose this horse......he has plenty of others

5  Bench The Judge   horse is sharp....barn is sharp.......rider is cold......good chance for Vergara who was terrific a couple of months ago to jump start a comeback of sorts......shot to get a nice chase position

4  Mayor Marv    looks loose here (maybe-blinkers off) and the racing surface sure has been friendly to speed the last 4 of 6 race cards

6  Forward Commitment   placed overhead in layoff last an obvious gimme.......should be fit and ready but seemingly will need very best and a good journey to win this


race 5    above average clarity

7  Streakin Mohican   fresh speed is usually dangerous speed and O'Neill/E Flores are red hot as a combo....has been facing much more formidable foes

4  Warning Song   blocked in last or could have been right there at the wire in layoff last.......nice drill since suggesting the last on the sod did some good......1st ever on conventional dirt is a question mark

3  Avulsion   might feel really good coming off 2 grass races which were decent efforts.......(4 2 1 1) on conventional dirt....dangerous upside

5  Valkyrie Missile    nice wake up in of Rosario/Cavara is starting to heat up


race 6    average clarity

1  G'night   horrid trip in only grass run...did well to only get beat by 4 lengths.......jockey upgrade....same horse with clean trip and he is the one to overcome

4  Suances Candy   very strong works for someone like Vienna who doesn't push his babies too hard in the a.m.......also drawing Bejarano is a good sign this one is ready to roll in his MSW debut

9  Huntsville   gelding has shown solid run in 2 of 4 lifetime races......trainer has woken up in a big way this week and this gelding sure is training as he is all set fresh off of the bench

10  Paperrockscissors    last looks like it was a MSW tune-up on the the dirt......bred and most liked pointed for today's race on the has tossed 3 winners on the turf


race 7    above average clarity

3  The Factor   very nice field but they forget to invite the speed.....wire to wire with this brave on the front end Baffert colt

2  Amazombie   ultra consistent sprint star should be able to sit 2nd or 3rd in pursuit of our top pick.....never count out this stout sprinter

1  Canonize    1st ever on conventional dirt and did this gelding like it.........same 7F distance today......will just need a small forward more in this spot


race 8    average clarity

8  Irish Art    bombed on the dirt in last.......back to the grass where 2 races back she ran her lifetime best versus significantly better

5  Tigah   poor trip in 1st ever in the good old U S of A.......positive rider change.......likely to see much more today 2nd out after the layoff

6  Hurricane Lake   on the improve.......exits a nice 3rd in a good heat....(4th place ran well in his in next out in a Grade 2)......and trainer is hot

4  Joe Blazing Aaron   dangerous front running type and only has to stick for 1 mile


race 9    average clarity

6  Frenemy    another Baffert drop down that is easily the one to beat if his health remains guess is Baffert is in total "go" mode right now and he isn't afraid to lose a horse or two or three

2  Belle's Big Boy   wide trip hides a hidden move forward 2 races back......toss out route in last...didn't likely care for it......rebound with a good trip fits here

10  War Politics   wide trips in last 2 endeavors both route races....race 2 back is very strong......will need clever trip from the 10 hole to get on over and save some rider/trainer team

1  Cultch   1st starter is training well enough to be ready enough to compete in a bottom level maiden claimer

4  Teasing Bernie

8  Very Unusual





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