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Santa Anita for Thursday 19 April 2012


As you can see it wasn't the easiest of cards to decipher with 4 of the 8 races below average clarity and none of them rated above.  So take note that Friday is quite the opposite and Saturday (with 1/2 the work done) also looks good.

Good Luck. You may need it.


race 1    average clarity

5  K Court   good meet for Armstrong......good meet for the apprentice Flores who is quite good breaking from the gate.......which obviously comes in handy in only a 21 to 22 second race .... impressive gate work for a two year old filly in mid April

9  Confederate Recon   most works showing (6) of anyone in the field....and a very good 3F bullet drill 2 weeks ago

2  Bretrandos Express   finished up work tab with a strong 3 furlong gate work

8  El Talisman   mom has had 4 winners from 6 starters and they all won at 2......very solid drill out of the gate back in February


race 2    slightly below average clarity

3  Stormberg    smooth looking runner in both lifetime endeavors down the SA hill turf course.....likes to run mid pack which is often the ticket to success down the hill.....and gets the services of a good hill jock who is hot of late too boot 

4  Kumiva   flattened out and blew leads down the hill in last two intelligently puts 3 sharp drills into this horse to build up his staying power.....good history with today jock up a plus

5  Warren's Dr. Yang   improving sort has a good shot to keep the ball rolling because he popped a bullet drill since his going away at the wire win in last


race 3    average clarity

1  Outperform   finally returned to his par like for this level form in latest that he showed in his maiden debut 5 races back......two very reassuring 5F works since and retains the hot jock....rather sure fires same or better today

2  Chicago Hero    bad trip in mc debut last hides the fact that this fellow can run a bit.....combine that with the fact that Hector Palma is significantly better with second time starters (won with a 2nd time starter Sunday)  and.....this fellow can fit fine here provided he gets a better trip this time around

3  Brawler   broke 3 slow and ran 3 wide......did fairly well to only get beat by 8 3/4 lengths.....went off at sky high odds so I doubt this gelding was fully wound up.....might be today


race 4    average clarity

1  Clearance Clarence   major wake 1st time Jeff Mullins in last........can show even more 2nd start under his auspicious.......great meet with turf runners for the conditioner and he retains the meets leading jock

8  Gothics Peak   par or better all 4 S Cal turf races considering today's level of racing........trainer is good 3rd out after layoffs and that is today's scenario

6  Minister D'oro   horrendous last.....might have been out for light exercise only and also to put doubt in the minds of anyone considering a claim for today.......if so can compete here

7  Warren's Kong   seemingly lifetime best was 3 races back.......a race running off of short rest in a 1 1/8 affair on the grass.....same situation today


race 5    average clarity

3  Arinyes Love   in her latest she ran wide on a day that the rail was a good place to be....nice hidden improvement and now low and behold the meets top gun shows up aboard

7  H. J.'s Kitty   improving sort changes from a somewhat cold jockey to to a hot one....shot here with another forward move  

2  Josie's Dream   work series is rather difficult to decipher for this first timer but the April 1st 46:3 might be significant drill for an abbreviated sprint of only 5F

1  Cheese Danish   loose with reasonable pace on a good speed day and still tired badly late....but this is 1/2 furlong less and the 3 year filly surely might be tighter for her 2nd lifetime start


race 6    slightly below average clarity

2  Titian   drops to where he probably belonged all along.......last 6 races fit well.....fabulous meeting for O'Neill

7  Tommy Danzigger   talk about an overdo drop.....has only brought in $1,800 in 2011 & 2012......time to earn some bread......2nd time out at SA has been a strong suite for trainer Giker

5  Cut Fastball   somewhat hidden forward move in last with not the best of trips......been sprinting for over 1 year but is 1 for 2 at today's route distance

3  Morganouska   seemingly learned to rate from off of the pace in last....always like when an older horse learns something new


race 7    slightly below average clarity

6  Hoorayforhollywood   impressive efforts in 5 of 6 lifetime starts......all 5 of those races/efforts would have a good chance of winning today's race......Baffert is the one to beat once again

4  Off The Wall   hot rider/trainer team of Talamo/Headley.......6 year old is proven fresh and training like history can repeat itself

7  Courtside   owns tremendous early speed when he brings his "A game"....and he will need his top "game" here....wire to wire shot as speed of the speed

2  Derive   five for five in the win column in 2012 stepping up multiple class levels........very good history running on "fast" conventional dirt......sunny and 70's today


race 8    slightly below average clarity

2  Cavalletta   way too way in latest or would have won at today's level.....and it was her 1st ever on the sod.....better ride by Smith can win this race if this filly can muster the same or better effort as her last

3  Selleria   broke tardy and then got rank on Bejarano.....ran fine once she settled echelon jock wants the mount back.....good sign we will see a better behaved horse today

1  Royale Legacy   bad trips in both lifetime starts which were on the grass........much better post today for Eswan Flores to make amends and get the job done

7  Poppy Field   10%  jock is more like 20% on front runners and he has a shot to get the lead here

4  Light Of Life   drop helps but best not flatten out as she has done in her last 2 starts including a 1 mile grass race in her latest

8  Lady Vivien   will need best run ever and do it 1st time on the so pedigree for a turf route........Rosario up 1s a plus




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