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Santa Anita for Sunday 4 November 2012


Closing day today at Santa Anita.

Opening day at Hollywood on Thursday and Hollywood sure has been our top California racetrack when it come to picking winners.

race 1   slightly below average clarity

5  Divine Notion      Kitchingman has a decent record with maiden claiming 1st timers and this 1ster is training as if he is meant and has tossed 4 winners from 5 starters and they all preciously won at 2 

6  Really Mr Greeley   my favorite trainer on the planet Bob Baffert had a dismal Breeders Cup (as I painfully know) and he can start to put that behind him here with a score by this 2nd timer who didn't get the best of trips in his MSW......and drop into 100K maiden claiming makes sense as he only cost $40K at sale 

1  El Jefe Grande   was running awfully well in a race declared a no-contest when the horses in the field had to pulled up because a horse was running the wrong way around the oval and right towards the field


race 2    slightly above average clarity

7  First Class Flyer   two poor races on the main very solid race on the well and back to grass with leading rider Joe Talamo up

11  Miss Well Molded   fired lifetime best in last in a mile turf race.....cut back in distance from one mile to 6 1/2F down the hill is usually a good thing for a runner coming down the SA hill for this 1st time

5  Melanistic   first on the lawn but bred OK for the it and her trainer is trying to make it 3 for 3 at the meet....filly has won her last 5 of 6 while impressively stepping up the class ladder

4  Miss Reditore   consistent sort on the grass who owns figs/efforts that fit fine here tries the hill for the 1st time.......retains Gomez.......a series of 4 good looking works in Oct  suggest her trainer means business today

NOTE:   13  Miss Becca fits fine in this spot if she draws into the field


race 3    slightly below average clarity

6  Hout Bay   race is loaded with speed and that puts this closer in a good spot.......does tend to hang but is 1 for 1 at the distance

4  Delilah Jones   both lifetime races on conventional dirt stand out as her two best efforts to date and are better than appear in print.....retains Delgadillo who has had a terrific SA meeting

5  Queen Mecury   1 win and two 2nd's since the blinkers were reassuring work since her last and Bejarano sticks around for a small barn......that seems significant


race 4    slightly below average clarity

3  California Roll   a ton here if this filly manages to run effort two back........1st on conventional dirt but I like the breeding for it

6  Quiet Sunshine   fits well at today's level when she wears the blinkers......only 1 poor lifetime effort with them on....they remain on today.....Carava has had a solid SA meeting

7  My Moment Too   horrid trip in last......switch to Gomez and blinkers on.......filly will be tough if the changes help her focus and get a clean trip

8  Silver Luna   last four races for this filly are better than appear in print....she fits fairly well here if things go her way today......does tend to hang


race 5    average clarity

2  Wednesday   excellent debut.....and impressive work tab since.....and Gaines is stout with 2nd time starters....this filly should be sitting a big effort

1  Escape Art   chased a very strong pace in MSW debut and tired some late.....Stute is poor with 1st timers.....and he is good with 2nd timers......expecting more today

4  Blushing Angel   14 to 1 for a Sadler1st timer suggests she wasn't all that cranked up for her MSW debut.......and she was wide on an inside day......more horse likely today and more horse with a clean trip puts her in the hunt here

5  Sweet Marini   best set of drills for a Jorge Gutierrez 1st timer that I can remember.......and look who is up.....the meets top gun Joe Talamo


race 6    average clarity

6  Indecise   ran awfully well in her only race down the SA hill turf course and it was fresh off of the bench......same situation today and the works sure are strong......Richard Mandella runners have been firing on all cylinders

13  Lemon Hero   AE   par like effort in last in a race down the hill....likely to move forward 2nd out after the layoff

8  Mary Fildes   1st on the hill but ran well sprinting on the grass in Europe.......last at SA was decent but her effort 3 back is very strong and quite hidden by a bad trip

9  Four Better   dull race in last....her effort 2 back is quite strong.....need a rebound to  effort.......and of course a good trip and she fits

14  Catienus   AE   trainer is awakening from the doldrums.....filly owns good early foot and can use that speed to try on clear as many as she can and get good position....most likely in this affair in a big way if she does


race 7    average clarity

6  Hometown Hero   ran decently in MSW debut in early Aug in a route....disliked turf in last.....freshened up and the work regiment suggests she like her new equipment.....blinkers.....7 furlongs looks like a good fit

5  Career Student    good works prior to MSW debut led to a so so since continue to suggest he has some talent.......deserves another chance

7  Soul Saver   should be feeling good coming off of a nice 2nd place finish down the hill in a race run off of a 14 month layoff.....1st time blinkers.....1st time Bejarano....and owns a solid pedigree for the "real dirt"

4  Brannaman   has burned up a lot of cash in his 4 lifetime starts but his last was his best ever.......he can as solid as anyone here if he can build off of that improved effort


race 8    average clarity

1  Vivo Per Lei   toss out last as his jock let this horse set a suicidal pace.......race 2 back fits......switch to Mike Smith who had quite the Breeders Cup.......good post at 1 mile on the turf........mare should get a nice ground saving stalk position

5  City To City   believe this mare disliked 1 1/4 miles on the turf in last.....seems best at today's 1 mile distance....races 2 and 3 back are solid

3  Rhythm Of Light   dangerous Euro invader who flew along for the ride with his Breeders Cup friends

8  A Jealous Woman   believe this mare with good early gas has never been sharper but she has to cope with another speed horse in the 2 horse.......maybe she can pull off a "Little Mike" and rate successfully for the first time ever


race 9    average clarity

3  Anabaa Premium   strong race at Fpx in latest......very solid drill since....trainer is waking up........should be prominent from the get go and that sure has been a good thing at the SA Fall Meet

9  Toomanybucks   big awakening in last his 1st ever on conventional dirt........very impressive work tab since especially considering today's race level

5  Last Memories   career races with the blinkers off fit......and they are off for today's race on the dirt.......turf leg me up gimme in last....impressive drills since.....full throttle today

1  Broken Glass   good speed and a good speed rider that gives him some shot on SA's speed biased racetrack......but I sure prefer our top 3 picks


race 10    average clarity

5  I'm Wide Awake   monster debut on the AW at Dmr back in mid summer....both in pace and final time....decent return to the races in last in a 1 mile turf affair....bred to get the 1 1/8......lookout if his last was needed and he displays the effort he showed in his debut run

7  Watts Of Power   training awfully well on the grass at Nij before shipping to Hollywood......never easy to get a 1ster to run a route in debut but this fellow seems meant and ready in his MSW debut

3  Caramuru   another 1st timer training as if the connections want to score with him at 1st asking

12  Procurement   nothing much on the main track so far but Tom Proctor is a very good turf trainer and mom's only other runner handled the green stuff quite well

8  Grand Giant   fairly decent effort down the hill in last......jockey upgrade.....bit leery of trainers lack of prowess 1st time he sends a horse at a route......1 for his last 27

4  Visualization   ran OK on the grass in last.....either needs a big forward more in 2nd lifetime race on the grass and/or multiple failures from others in here in order to win this....stranger things have happened






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