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Santa Anita for Saturday 5 January 2013


Good card today.

Rain (darn it) is on the way for Sunday.


Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clairty

9  Supercilious   Hollendorfer seems to be in win mode of late so the drop out of MSW racing to maiden claiming is more significant than it usually is

8  Diamond Flush   on the improve with every start.......formidable here if the trend stays intact

5  Magic Tiz   rider upgrade.......bit short on figs but higher % jock aboard this filly and she has a great shot to sit in a ground saving position 1st......2nd......or 3rd........and the race lacks speed.......might get the jump on our top 2 picks who so far are off pace types

3  Sassy Brunette  (tie for 4th selection)

6  Warren's Lorie S.   (tie for 4th selection)


race 2    average clarity

4  Moreno   big race in MSW debut 3 back and it was a very poor trip where colt this colt still managed 2nd despite about 7 lengths of trip since August but training very sharply........will be very tough if fires fresh again and this time gets the trip

1  Caballo Del Cielo   solid move forward in last his 1st ever on conventional dirt.........owns significant early gas and has only 5 1/2 to hold things together

6  Spirited Touch   works are up to snuff for this Baffert 1ster and finishing with 3 gate works hint he is meant and ready.........would have rated higher if I wasn't a bit concerned that mom has yet to toss one winner in 3 starters

8  Bench Press


race 3    slightly above average clarity

2  Goldencents    very impressive in all 3 lifetime starts and appears to be training as well as any three year old in the nation

1  Den's Legacy   on the right end of the learning curve and he will need the trend to continue and then some to upset our top choice if he runs his race

3  Greeley Awesome   monster awakening in latest........interesting O'Neill runner if he manages to build off of the vastly improved effort


race 4    average clarity

3  Rolanda   both lifetime races are vastly better than appear in print.......recent drills are good........and the filly has the support of top connections in Sadler and Gomez......lookout if she gets it right this afternoon and settles down

8  Exchange Student   proven on the grass and now proven around two turns after a solid race at Hollywood on the since have never been better.......likely to produce a solid effort.......does have to overcome a fairly tough post at 1 mile on the turf

7  Solar Eclipse   races lacks front runners and this Mulhall charge has some early gas......T C Baze has made a terrific comeback (wonderful to see for a jock who seems to be a nice guy) and he has always been good with grass runners on or near the lead

5  Irish Presence


race 5    average clarity

4  Buds Pal   Canani is outstanding getting claiming horses to repeat winning efforts......and........this runner is very sharp in the a.m.........and......the fact that Canani steps this fellow up a claiming notch indicates he likes what he is seeing

3  Eaton Hall   layoff grass run in last wasn't impressive but it might have legged this Baffert colt up some because the a.m. work is improved since

8  Tummel   like our 2nd choice this colt seemed to benefit from a race on the grass as his a.m. work is also improved since his lackluster grass run..........seems best on Santa Anita's conventional dirt and he is 2 for 2 on it since putting the blinkers on

1  Omar


race 6    slightly above average clarity

4  Lamm   ultra consistent sort gets the best rider on his back this afternoon that he has had in many a moon......also the 1 1/8 mile distance seems like a good fit......and Hollendorfer is hot

10  Hyades   handles the distance well......and seems to fire best with 3 to 5 weeks between races and finally gets it.....Cecil horse's have been firing so far this meeting

2  Porfido   not all that impressive in last but any 11 year old can have a bad day......and back to Leparoux who rode him beautifully in a winning effort two races back

9  Quindici Man


race 7    slightly above average clarity

5  John Scott   3 straight bad trips in a row.....tends to run wide so small field should help keep him from getting too wide......Espinoza has snapped out of a mini-slump in a big way adding two more wins yesterday to his good start at the new meeting

6  Coil   a little more to prove on conventional dirt but he is still quite capable on it........last career race today as he is headed to guess is Baffert will pull out all stops today to get him to the circle of joy one last time

4  Ultimate Eagle   loves the front end and should be able to get it here......will be mighty difficult to catch today if he runs as well as he did in the Strub-Grade 2 11 months ago


race 8    average clarity

11  Power Foot   very strong (better then these efforts) in 2 of last 3 races.....horrendous wide trip in last.......Maldonado will need to be more clever this time with a very difficult post at 1 mile on the sod at SA

2  Husband's Folly   good layoff win sprinting on the AW in since hint that he exited the race in good shape........only lifetime route race on the sod was decent

5  Klisz   done little wrong in winning both lifetime starts the last of which was on the sod.......1st at a route but is bred to handle this added distance and extra turn quite well

10  Dress Code

Long-shot possibilities:   3  Robbie's War   gelding seems to fire best 2nd out after layoffs and that is the scenario for him for recent drill is reassuring......does tend to hang some

race 9    average clarity

4  Pumpkin Pie   only conventional dirt race of her career was at SA and at 6 1/2F and it was her best of her lifetime and solid here.......and it was disguised by a lousy trip.........and we get a positive rider change to the hot team of Miller/ pace runner seemingly gets enough pace up front to show her stuff late

9  Scary Ride   alarming drop or would have been top choice.........9 length winning debut race 2 back would make her very tough to overcome here......does she still have it in her?.......not sure

8  Burton's Angel   very strong races on the conventional dirt at SA and the last of which run in Oct. is hidden by a very bad trip.....wide each turn on an inside bias

2  Courageousandbold

10  Hidden Passion

13  Secret Genius




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