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Santa Anita for Thursday 1 November 2012


OK card to start Breeders Cup week.

 Speaking of the Breeders Cup our Friday B C selections will be posted at about 6 p.m. Pacific time tonight. Saturday's B C card will be posted sometime quite late on Friday night. 


race 1    average clarity

1  Ambitoness   trainers love this mare as she has been claimed 6 of her last 7 races.......seems best at today's 1 mile turf distance and also has a good history back in short rest.....and then there is that (4 3 0 1) record when Bejarano is up

7  Van Brit   9 wins in 15 starts at 1 mile on the turf and 2 for 2 since getting a jockey upgrade to Gomez.......that'll do 

6  Folk Dancer   after a dismal disappointing 2011 this Cerin charge has rebounded steadily all year long from an 8K claimer to the 32K she is up for today.....and she has a stellar history when Delgadillo rides

5  True Expectations   O'Neill just claimed another runner seemingly on the improve.......turf effort down the hill fits but she still has something to prove running a route of ground on the grass as her only race long was a poor effort at Crc......deserves one more chance ???


race 2    average clarity

3  Awesomemundo   2 for 2 on conventional dirt and her best ever was off of a 5+ month layoff........5+ months since her last and she is conditioned by the U S of A's best (and my personal favorite for many years) trainer in Bob Baffert

4  May Day Rose   another Baffert runner training like she is ready to roll fresh off of the bench........speed of the speed here and that has been a dangerous thing in 1 mile dirt races this meeting at SA

1  In The Stars   ultra consistent grass runner both in Brazil and in the States gives the dirt a whirl for the 1st time.....fits if she handles it as well as she does the green carpet


race 3    average clarity

14  Secret Memo   Miller drop down lucks out and draws into the field......Miller has been oh so dangerous when dropping his young horses for the last couple of years....filly should be prominent from the get go......1st time Bejarano   

10  Derby Hat   good races a.m. work showing.......believe overdo Jeff Bonde has a chance to get his first winner of the meeting

1  Bluejoy   dangerous Asmussen shipper from LS tossed a clunker in latest but his debut race 2 back seemingly fits here

4  Jazz Girl   bet to 7-2 in maiden debut at Fpx and didn't live up to his odds.........has worked fairly well since (considering the racing level).........deserves another chance for Mullins who is having a good Fall of 2012


race 4    average clarity

4  Roll Your Eyes   been awhile since I selected 2 Bonde runners on close to the top in a given card.....hope he has a major "break out" afternoon........this filly drops to a level where 80% of her lifetime efforts fit solidly here

6  Pumpkin Pie   another drop down this time from the Miller barn who appears well meant......1st on the dirt but owns a decent pedigree for it

3  Wild Bella   last 3 of 4 endeavors on conventional dirt fit fine here and should put her in the hunt for the circle of joy  

2  Warren's Morgan   very consistent especially for a Gutterrez runner as his stock often falls into a good race / bad race pattern......this youngster likes SA and appreciates today's 6 1/2 furlong distance


race 5    average clarity

3  Citizenship   par like effort in this Baffert runners 1st ever on the grass.....and an improved drill since.....likely to move forward in her 2nd race down the majestic SA hill turf course

9  Jubliant Girl   Sadler finished off the work regiment for this 1ster with 3 six furlong works in a 20 day span.......very fit and most likely ready for MSW debut

5  Solar Eclipse   lost to our top pick by only 1/2 length in last and also has worked well in the interim......Mulhall is quietly have a nice meeting........does have a shot to turn the tables on the the 3 horse

6  Sweet Red Cat   showed she can handle an undulating and irregular turf course with a flying late 2nd at KD in her maiden debut........Sadler picks up the horse and steps her out of maiden claiming to MSW.......dangerous sort

Long-shot possibilities:   4  Torreyana   only so so effort in last her 1st on the sod but it sure seems to have legged her up nicely as she is working markedly better since the race......rather sure she shows more it enough?....we shall see


race 6    average clarity

7  Willie Brown   believe rebound time here.....blinkers on and 2 bullet works......solid back numbers run last summer.....and a significant rider upgrade

5  Nate Dwag   has raced twice in his career with the blinkers off and he ran quite well in two grass races and ran off pace instead of on the pace as he has done with the blinkers on....1st ever blinkers off on the dirt seems to give this runner the potential for his best dirt race ever....and we get a rider upgrade

3  Rio Good   wide trip in last on an inside condition and still managed to snatch 3rd.....but what we really want is his effort 2 back at Fairplex which is awfully strong

14  Hidden Quest   hello out 14 that is.......wide trip on an inside day somewhat hides a major move forward in latest.....but.....quite the task to get the trip from post 14 if all 14 entered go 


race 7    average clarity

4  Elana Mar   trainer is awakening from a slow start to the SA meeting.......fillies last win came 2nd out after a layoff which is the scenario for recent work tab is most reassuring

2  Acenda   filly showed she can handle the sod in latest.......solid win/move forward in 2nd lifetime start off 3 weeks rest........same 3 weeks rest today in 4th lifetime start......good chance we see even more from this youngster on the turf this afternoon

1  More Chocolate   decent return to the race wars in latest.......and it is hidden by an uncharacteristic off pace run by this was a bad time to sit back towards the rear of the field because the pace of front was lackluster......sure like the way she finished up.....bred to appreciate the 1 1/8 distance  


race 8    average clarity

2  Spit Ball    logical overdo drop from the top to the bottom level of the maiden ranks in S Cal.......why logical?....... because this 3 year old has not earned his keep so far......and the trainer got his 1st taste on winning in 2012 last week.......winning feels oh so gooooooood

6  On Holy Ground   just fired lifetime best somewhat disguised by a wide trip on a decent inside day........and it is his only lifetime sprint endeavor at SA......back in very short rest......last time back in very short rest this gelding responded with a strong forward move

3  Tiz Dynamic   last two efforts fit well versus the competition in this group.........cut back from 2 route races to a 7F affair is often a good thing especially in low level maiden claimers where many runners finish gasping for air  

8  Brown Boss   decent debut at GG and Hess might have known something about this runner because he snatched him by putting in a claim for him.......Hess has been hot all meet and gets Kent Desormeaux to ride....such a deal

5  Suancesong  

11  Unusual Mystery





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