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Fairplex for Saturday 22 September 2012


Average card at best today.

Santa Anita starts up next Friday and what a great meeting it should be with the Breeders Cup coming to it's majestic and elegant art deco-style racetrack the first weekend in November.


race 1    average clarity

6  Primed and Ready   name says it all as this drop down worked a very impressive 5F drill last week in preparation for today's race

3  Major Truth   not the best of trips in mc debut and still managed and rider should be able to build off of the experience.......trainer has been semi-hot the last 2 months

2  Our Smokin Hero   1st timer has been training fairly well at Cbt a training facility in Utah for today's mc debut........good sign that the connections convince Pedroza to ride


race 2    average clarity

1  Paseo De Ramon   flattens a little at 4 1/2 furlongs.......sure liked 1/2F less and it showed in his latest which was 2 weeks ago at Fpx.....connections smartly stick with the 4F distance

7  American Wildcat   not the best of claims by gets sufficient time to bounce back and likely handle a lower level affair

4  Danzig Tribal   not exactly the epitome of good health but this gelding gets 7 weeks off and returns to the 5K level where he won his latest

5  Spartan Jet   down down down the claiming ladder to no avail......maybe his 1st ever on conventional dirt will awaken his fanny as this gelding has always trained well on "real" dirt surfaces


race 3    average clarity

6  Chasing The Heat   exits a very fast heat and had to chase a hot pace and he still stuck around for 2nd....cut back of 1 1/2 furlongs sure seems like a great fit for his 2nd lifetime start

2  Iamtheganster   heck of an effort to only get beat by 2 1/2 lengths in debut with the bad trip that this 4 year old had.....big factor here if he displays the same energy/effort and smooths things out trip wise

3  Chicago Hero   exits a fast heat with a nice 2nd....repeat of that effort will make him very competitive here 

8  Tropical Winds   best running 4F to 5F......4F today and likely to improve 2nd out after the 10 week layoff


race 4    slightly below average clarity 

3  Devgru   4 of 5 lifetime races fit well here and he retains the meets best rider to date in Maldonado

7  Georgia's Friend  4F seems like a good fit and it showed in in latest

5  Smokin Motion    very good history on conventional dirt surfaces and appears to be the speed of the speed.....usually a good thing in abbreviated 4F sprint affairs

2  Toy   has seen better days.......needs those aches and pains to be absent this afternoon and if so.........lookout


race 5    average clarity

7  Mobius   works well....runs well for trainer Faulkner.......seems better with short rest like he gets today...... and he just missed by a nose at today's level in latest

1  Brady Blue Eyes   beat our top pick and our 4th pick in last........seems best on conventional dirt and he is 1 for 1 at Fairplex.....would have been top pick if it wasn't for his weak record at 7F

5  Man From Lagos   exits an extremely fast heat at over twice the claiming price where getting beat by 12 lengths really wasn't that bad considering today's lower level......also seems to appreciate short rest between starts and gets it this afternoon

8  Gibson Home Run    should get loose once again today......will need to slow things down to get the extended sprint distance of 7F.....right guy to accomplish the task in Martin Pedroza the King of Fairplex 


race 6    average clarity

1  My Samurai Warrior   only race on conventional dirt is his lifetime best....drills at Fpx in preparation for the biggest race of his young life are quite strong.....trainer is 2 for 2 at the meet including a easy win Wednesday as our top pick in the Governor's Cup $13.40

6  Northern Iowa   solid race 2 back.......toss out last as it was one of those ridiculously slow paced affairs where it is impossible to measure one's ability (by may way of thinking)

3  Tiz Point   yet to win in four cheaper level Stakes races but is working well and might be able to get free and easy on the lead 

4  Explain   very consistent sort has been competitive in all 8 lifetime races including a win at Fpx in a 3 year old sprint Stakes race in his latest


race 7    average clarity

10  Salty Forecast   chased a hot pace and final time in last 1st time with the blinkers.....repeat of that wake up race would be awfully solid here at today's lower mc level

9  Heart Of A Madam   sure appears to be a much better horse on conventional dirt and most likely needed her last.....if so.....fits just fine today

8  Mamie Doud    36 to 1 for a Kruljac 1st timer suggests that was the tune-up to drop and be at full throttle in today's 2nd lifetime race

3  Feisty Friend   last isn't good enough but it was off of a long layoff and Maldonado sticks around........needs more today and she might have more with one run under her belt


race 8    average clarity

5  Dave's Pacemaker   ultra consistent sort including at today's race distance.....2 for 3 in the win column.......last looks like a needed race......small drop + more horse = tough cookie

7  Striking Spirit   looks loose on the lead with Pedroza aboard.......what more can you ask for at Fairplex

1  Hammurabi   2 for 2 when Charlton has been aboard in 2012......0 for 7 when others riders have been up.........Charlton is aboard this afternoon

8 Raingear   will be motoring late with a dangerous rider in the saddle in Maldonado who is riding the bullring exceptionally well


race 9    slightly below average clarity

6  South Floyd   very good work series for this 1st timer finishing off his work regiment with an impressive bullet 4F gate has tossed 4 winners from 4 starters including a baby who won at 1st asking by more than 1/2 dozen lengths

8  River Styx   another 1st timer training as if all systems are go for his debut.......and mom has tossed 6 winners from 7 starters including a couple of them that preciously  won a 2

1  Torreys K T M    chased a very fast pace in last and now adds blinkers.......decent shot to grab the front end.......Ed Moger's stock has been very competitive the last couple of months

3  Star Destiny   solid debut for this 2 year old gelding of Machowsky's and now draws Mr Fairplex Martin Pedroza

Longshot possibilities:   4  Limited Response   broke a little tardy and ran 3 wide in mdn 40K debut......but maybe more importantly he sat too far off a pedestrian pace and still managed to close well in the stretch.....good sign connections step him up


race 10    average clarity

3  Irish Coral    last three conventional dirt efforts are solid especially his last which was his 1st ever over the Fpx surface.....also the trainer is quite good 3rd out after layoffs which is the case today

5  Youonlyliveonce   8 year old gelding has had a nice 2012.......bad trip 10 days ago in his 1st ever on the Fpx surface somewhat hides a cheap horse in good form

9  Sunny Superstition   another coming off a poor trip who can be in the hunt if he shows the same effort/energy and gets a smoother journey

1  Rule By Faith (tie 4th pick)   trainer Charles Treece just claimed and he wins about 1/3 of the time (with a very large sampling) 1st out after a snatches a horse at the claiming box

4  Clocker Moment (tie 4th pick)   seems sharp right now and seems better on conventional dirt.....can be motoring late


race 11    average clarity

7  Going For A Spin   sure showed a liking to the Fpx surface in winning a state-bred Stakes race in last........faces a little better today but retains the services of Pedroza who is terrific in these 3 turn route races

8  Sweet Nothings   filly showed she can handle the Fpx surface in a useful sprint race in her last.....she isn't a sprinter but she is a router.....seems poised to run a good effort coming off a sprint

4  Hard To Resist   Eurton runner sure seems to respond to ample time off between starts......2 months qualifies as ample time

3  Madera Castana   believe this Nettles runner is at her best on conventional dirt.......low % trainer but this mare is training awfully well....dangerous price shot


race 12    slightly above average clarity

4  Midnight Raven    awfully solid 4 lifetime races not to have graduated......and this appears to be a soft group......and a positive rider change from a cold jock to a hot one

8  Lethal Intent   good move forward in latest somewhat disguised by not the best of trips........can be prominent from the get go in a race that seems to shape up for those close up early

10  In High Regards    clunker in last.....needs his big effort 2 races back.....maybe the equipment change to blinkers off can get it out of him

Ginnicus   needed last off of the 10 month hiatus from racing.......ran a race at Fpx last year that would be highly competitive here

6  Mary's App    some signs of life in latest........jock upgrade

1  On Holy Ground   might come flying late


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