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Santa Anita for Friday 28 September 2012


Rather difficult to decipher opening day card. One aspect that may help make this tough card a winning one is that I believe Art Sherman (who didn't do much this summer in S Cal.) has pointed his stock for this meeting and he has 5 runners scheduled to go today. I can't remember the last time Sherman had 5 entered in a day.  All five of his horses are somewhere in our selections. Come on Art!


What a card for Saturday. Five Grade 1 races!


race 1    average clarity

Trice Up   last 3 races fit the bill for this maiden claiming level and the last 2 efforts are somewhat hidden by a poor trips....showed he can handle conventional dirt with a decent run at Fpx in latest

8  Jones Destiny   decent run at Dmr 1st time for his new conditioner in latest.........drills since on the SA surface suggest he will handle the challenge of a new surface just fine

7  Harry's Here   showed little in debut but just gelded and worked a nice 3F bullet drill on the SA dirt just 3 days ago.........dangerous wake up on new surface type minus some of his "equipment"

6  True Again   not much going in last 2 lifetime efforts......what we need is this colt's debut run 3 back and with a smoother trip


race 2    slightly below average clarity

8  Hombre Hughes   small but capable outfit just snatched this gelding on the last day of the Dmr meeting.......last is very solid for today's level......race 2 back fits rather well also........proven on conventional dirt surfaces

4  Buds Pal   last 3 sprint endeavors are decent especially his maiden breaking 4F race in last at Fpx..........showed improved speed with a good speed rider in Maldonado who retains the mount today.......shot to wire again

9  Panettone   only race on the SA dirt track was arguably his lifetime best....and even though he has diminished in ability since his latest drills hint he will rebound to some extent back on the SA surface

6  Tummel   in decent form and drops........would have rated higher if I wasn't concerned about his tendency to flatten out late.....still....a very dangerous drop down


race 3    average clarity

3  Planet Sunshine   just keeps getting better and better and better and.........1st on the "real" dirt but bred to handle it

6  Brother Francis    basically whole career fits in this spot......Espinoza knows this colt well having been aboard for 6 of 7 lifetime starts......should be motoring late

4  Riveting Reason   proven on the Santa Anita surface.......race 2 back is strong and fits well here.......and it was run with 4 more assigned lbs.

5  They Call Him Al   just fired best ever on the seems he is best on conventional dirt.......might be sitting on best ever which he will need


race 4    slightly below average clarity

1  Missie Ky I You   solid turf effort at today's 1 mile distance off of a 2 1/2 month layoff in latest........good works and 2 months off this time around.........good post.....good rider

4  Stormin Cee's   on the right end of the learning his 1st ever running and winning a two turn affair in his latest.......toss out lone (poor) grass race as it was his maiden debut and appeared to be a tune-up

9  English Rhythm  very consistent runner at Tup shows up in the Mulhall barn.....last on the grass is quite good and should fit at today's level......away from the race wars since May but she has proven she can fire fresh

2  Itsphun   big wake up 1st time with blinkers in last........not sure ready off of the 2 months off but dangerous if she is


race 5    average clarity

1  Tribe   broke slow and ran wide and still managed to close fast in MSW debut in late July.......solid work tab since for his new trainer Carla Gaines.....expecting a good run here with a better trip

4  Just A Mirage  colt likely surprised his connections running 2nd in lifetime debut at 61 to 1.........3 decent drills since and a major jock upgrade........seems poised for a forward move today

6  Empty Headed  1ster is full brother to a runner that won at 1st asking for Abrams and won with a very low % jock up........drills are solid and jock/trainer have been on a roll as a team the last couple of months

9  Hotradamus   big forward move at was this runner's 1st ever on conventional dirt.....repeat of that effort at SA fits fine here


race 6    slightly below average clarity

3  Lead Blocker   shuffled back and ran wide and closed fast in the stretch in his last which was on the grass at 6F at Hol in late June.....very impressive grass sprint effort.........returns with a jockey upgrade.......small but very capable barn....should be a price

6  No Silent  has done little wrong in 6 career starts all of which have been on the the fact Bejarano stays aboard for the 4th time in a row

9  Gal Has To Like It   another consistent sort who ran well in his 1st ever on the sod......seems to have the best early speed in the race with a good speed rider in  Maldonado in the saddle

1  Sweet Swap   solid 1st ever on the grass and it was off of a 10 month hiatus from the track.......colt was boxed on the turn and stretch some or could won the affair


race 7    average clarity

1  Format V.   N. Cal trainer is a gaudy 37% (last 100 claims) 1st out after the claim......5 year old has only one effort on conventional dirt and it was very good........ and it was at SA and only 1/2 furlong less at today's distance of 7F

4  Newfound Gold   ultra consistent Emd invader shows up in the Carava has hit the board 18 of 20 starts on conventional dirt rated fast.........useful work at SA.....sure seems meant and ready 1st out for his new trainer 

11  Magic Beam   new horse since going on Lasix in the switch to Gomez who often moves up late running sprinters turf or dirt

12  Nextdoorneighbor   consistent sort and solid on figs at today's lower level but he always seems to find a way not to win.......still.......very dangerous at 25K claiming


race 8    average clarity

9  Red Sun  the epitome of consistency (9 5 2 2).......most ever beaten was by 1 1/2 lengths.....and 2 for 2 down the majestic Santa Anita hill turf course.......that'll do

3  Calimonco   Sadler charge is very sharp in the a.m........should be flying late.......likes very firm turf and should get it today

5  Shrug   keeps out-running his odds lately.......seemingly very sharp right now both in the a.m. and the p.m.

10  Tale Of A Champion  (tie for 4th pick)  very nice grass runner out of Crc most likely needed his last......beat some solid fields down in S. Florida

13  Unbridled Native   (tie for 4th pick)  seems to be moving forward with every start.......1st on the sod but owns an adequate pedigree to handle it


race 9    average clarity

6  Kevin's Kool Kat   not the best of journeys in both lifetime starts......same horse with a smoother trip and this filly fits well at this filly state-bred mdn 50K level

5  Unusual Sensation   Sherman has a dismal record with maiden 1st timers but in 2009 he send out a 12 to 1 1st timer that ran 2nd out of the same broodmare .......better sire this time and better works.....very dangerous 

3  Flaxen Maiden   26 to 1 in MSW debut says gimme....strong gate work since.......drop and go go go in 2nd lifetime run

7  It's Aine   bad trip in latest hides a strong effort 1st time in maiden claiming........would have rated much higher but I have some concerns about 1st ever on conventional dirt (so so pedigree for it) and 1st ever past 5 1/2 furlongs (flattens out late at 5 1/2F)

11  Flamboyance

9  A Little Luckier





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