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Santa Anita for Friday 12 October 2012


Cal Cup Day Saturday.

In the past I have always looked forward to special race days that feature State-breds and that of course includes California.


race 1    slightly above average clarity

3  Carrie Rose   handles the somewhat specialty distance of 7F decently.......jockey upgrade.....consistent sort is hidden some coming off of a couple of tough trips especially his race 2 back

2  Don'tgetmadalexis   good early speed in this spot and speed has done awfully well this meeting so far.....good front end jock up in M Smith

5  Include The Cat   improving sort might feel real good coming off of 2 consecutive grass races.......seemingly best on conventional dirt.......has won at 7F.......and retains the hot riding and meet leading Joe Talamo


race 2    average clarity

4  Sacred Ovation   impressive MSW debut dueling in solid pace and still almost sticking around for a win.....reassuring work tab since.....jock and the trainer could use a win

6  Star Destiny   solid maiden debut 2 races back.....fell off in for 85K so 3 lbs. off.......barn seems to mean business........shot here if rebounds

3  El Jefe Grande   exits a fast heat at Fpx in his MSW debut managing 3rd with not the best of trips around the bullring......trainer is stout with 2nd time starters and seems to have his stock meant and ready for the SA meeting


race 3    average clarity

1  Candy Trophy   good opportunity to get a nice stalking position........filly just keeps getting better.......and better.......and better.......and........

6  Love Tale    last sure looks like the tune-up in a non-claiming event for this GB invader to drop into a claimer and go go go.......lone route race in GB this filly ran a close 3rd at 22 to 1.....1st time Bejarano a plus

4  Tornado Allie   speed of the speed here and the rider has awoken after getting off to slow start at the meeting and he is solid with speed types

8  Spiced Latte   GG invader has a stout history at the distance of 1 mile on the grass......2 wins and 3 2nd's in 5 races......and the trainer does quite well when he ships


race 4    slightly below average clarity

8  Chicsdigtheshark    nice move in the right direction in last........dueled in a nasty set of fractions and rightfully tired late.....same internal fractions as L. A. Weekend ran on the same afternoon and L. A. Weekend loves the Fpx oval and always shows significant early speed on it's surface

2  Green Team    broke slowly and then showed he can run some in his maiden debut.......impressive 5F drill since.......and drops.....trainer has quietly been having a very nice 2012

9  Dr. Nip   last at Fpx was only so so.......what we want is the effort 2 races back and that race is disguised somewhat by a brutal trip

3  Warren's Bugler   useful 4F maiden debut at Fpx.......2 decent works since.......significant rider upgrade.....and blinkers on......likely to sit closer to the pace and show more this afternoon


race 5    slightly below average clarity

8  Cherokee Heaven   8 years old and diminishing some but I believe he has never run against a softer group then he sees today..........and the race sure seems to set up for his late running style

9  Sky Cape   consistent sort and that includes the SA turf course

3  Drift King   1st ever on the SA hill grass course but his 6F turf sprints at Hollywood sure fit here......Mitchell is due to start heating things up

4  Scorpion Time   trainer claim back by might feel awfully good as he wheels this runner back in 8 days

Long-shot possibilities:   7  The Whammer   up the track in last two starts but it wouldn't be the 1st time the trainer gets a horse to rebound drastically........bullet work last week.....hmmmm


race 6    slightly below average clarity

8  Sir Allison   been awhile since Baffert showed such an impressive prolonged work regiment for a claimer......sure seems well meant and ready.....always a dangerous proposition for a Baffert runner

1  Plenty Of Henny   horse is better on conventional dirt.....and he is a late runner facing plenty of speed to soften things up for him

9  Valentine Boy   blinkers back on for a Harrington runner happens to be one of Harrington's strongest maneuvers/stats

2  Bling Cha Bling   it has been very tough for me to decipher when this runner is about to bring his "A Game" but lookout if he does

Long-shot possibilities:   3  Night Tide   bad trip at Fpx in shot to since indicate he appreciates the SA surface.....drops below price where Keen claimed 3 races back.....might be sitting on a big effort


race 7    average clarity

2  Causeithertz   very consistent smooth looking runner since he was gelded a few races back.......great chance to save ground in a nice mid pack position in what should be a lively pace up front.....back to Flores who fits this runner well

1  Gab Power   ultra consistent deep closer with be flying late once again with the ever dangerous Bejarano aboard as usual

3   Silentio   won at 1st asking at 2 in his MSW debut which was in a grass route.....never easy to do.....then 11 months later pulled off another turf route win........finally gets to run right back.......that is a danger proposition.....3 for 3 is a possibility

9  Maybe Tuesday   GG invader shows up in the McCarthy barn.......gelding is 4 for 4 since switching over to the grass and his best ever was at today's distance of 1 1/8 miles......and today's rider was aboard for 3 of those turf wins


race 8    slightly above average clarity

6  Generations   alarming drop but.....unless the strong recent drills are false or he came out of the last work sore.....he sure looks solid here.....barn finally got a win yesterday and might want a few more to get things going for their barn

8  Baja Cal   not exactly classic breeding for this 1st timer but he sure trains well for a maiden 20K 1ster

1  Iamtheganster   both 4F races at Fpx are good.......and both were run from the 1 post which of course this runner sees again today..........bred fine to get 1 1/2 furlongs more......owns decent early speed....a plus in an abbreviated 5 1/2F sprint race at SA

5  Green Dolphin   strong forward move in 2nd lifetime start in 2nd out after the layoff in 2012 might be a very good thing

2  Catcanscat    needs his race run two back.....a strong 2nd in a fast 4F heat at Fpx

4  Fast And Hard   Sherman isn't much with 1st timers but he got a near bullet 5F gate work out of this 1ster.....and mom has tossed 5 winners from 5 starters




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