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Santa Anita for Monday 21 January 2013


Been a very long time since my top selection has been the morning line favorite in 7 of the 9 races on a card but that is the case today. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing for this afternoon.

Best of luck as always!



race 1    slightly above average clarity

1  Miss American Pie    monster maiden debut and claimed by for eight weeks but working as if she remains a happy healthy young filly.....Connections might be sorry they started this one for a tag

5  Roller Bomb    good figs (and many hidden by poor trips) in races of 6F or less......1 for 1 with Bejarano and he stays aboard

3  Exclusive Story   seems better suited to sprinting.....deserves another shot in his 2nd start for his new connections


race 2    average clarity

1  Distinctive Passion   owns significant early gas........has handled the 1 hole extremely well......and retains a stout speed jock in Maldonado.....and gets 3 lbs. off

4  Hear The Ghost   chased a powerful pace in MSW debut and still was able break his maiden going away at the wire.......might be in the same position in his 2nd lifetime start and has a shot if he moves forward

3  Really Mr. Greeley   improving sort has weak route breeding and it showed in his last.......back to a sprint  and working well for king of Cal. in the name of Mr. Bob Baffert


race 3   average clarity

Toruk Makto   when I see an equipment change I always look for something impressive in the a.m.....and we got it with this Puype runner who is working much better these days......likes ample time between starts and he receives it

4  Cooper Bay   very solid grass race in 2nd lifetime start......would have been top pick but I am a touch leery of the 9 weeks off

7  Vantage Point   bad trips in both lifetime starts.......jock will be out to make amends.......trainer has been hot

3  World Renown


race 4    slightly below average clarity

8  Mind The Master   seems strange to have taken off the blinkers in last following a very strong race 2 back......blinks back on today........conventional dirt is still a question mark

1  Political Man   new to the S Cal racing scene trainer Ewing sure has started out the right way.......her runner fits here if he makes a logical forward move 2nd run after a layoff

7  Visigodo    lone route race on conventional dirt (Oct. 2011) stands out as so much his best in 5 lifetime starts and it was run at SA.......a ton if he can rebound anywhere close to it today

3  I Feel Free


race 5    average clarity

9  Big Wags   hate the over used word "bounce" as it is an easy excuse for why a horse might not repeat a powerful effort......but this one might "bounce" off of a big race (ran very wide and still won).......and he is not moving up in claiming today.......hmmmm......but........he's a ton here if he repeats

8  Miss Heir    has an advantage here in that this race is void of route closers and he is one.......and he drops 5 lbs.......such a deal

7  Max Cooper   drops 3 claiming levels today and why not as this 6 year gelding hasn't produced a win in 2012-2013.....and O'Neill is seldom afraid to lose a horse

2  Cahill Road


race 6    average clarity

1  Cayambe   won very impressively with plenty left in the tank 1st off of the claim by Spawr.......good history on the majestic SA hill turf course.......sure like the step up as it suggests this 9 year old is feeling good

10  Intuitive Nature    both lifetime layoff races run on the SA hill turf course are solid and fit well since May and training great for a good grass trainer in Donald Warren

4  Tamarack Smarty   another starter who has a good history firing fresh and has been on a hiatus since April.......and......he returns were a rider upgrade......especially when it comes to turf sprints

2  Raetodandty

Long-shot possibilities:   7  Mahogany Ridge   N Cal shipper sure has improved quite a bit since he was claimed in early Nov........1st on the sod but has a decent pedigree to handle it


race 7    average clarity

8  Beholder    World class filly can handle nasty pace and still have sometime left in the stretch.....few can.....but I am still slightly concerned she gets caught in a brutal suicidal deal with our 2nd choice who can fly early as well

3  Dawn's Charm   improving by leaps and bounds.......needs to avoid  aforementioned duel with our top pick

2  Blushing Angel    not as good as our top two picks by any means but it wouldn't be the 1st time a Graded sprint race was handed over to an inferior closer because of how the race shapes up

4  Lady Rosamond


race 8    average clarity

2  Johnnny Be Nice   Jerry Hollendorfer has been red hot so you best not ignore the stellar works displayed by this laid up 4 year old.......1st ever on the grass but bred just fine to race on it

11  Senator Bob   laid up for over 14 months but also is working as if he is meant and ready fresh off of the bench........beat somewhat better in last 2 grass efforts and he did it with 5 more lbs than he receives this afternoon

6  Dixieland Blues   solid race on the hill in early 2012 2nd out after a long layoff......2nd after a long layoff today and his off pace style seems advantages here

3  Zuboff

Long-shot possibilities:   7  Shred The Secrets    yet another laid up animal working as if he is ready to roll off of the long break.....when last on the hill he set an incredible pace and still held on for 3rd versus much better.....trainer is coming off a nice 2012 campaign


race 9    slightly below average clarity

1  Judge Carr   nicely improved in last 2 races with the blinkers taken off......blocked in the stretch in latest or would have made the visit to the circle of joy

5  Cosmic Heat   MSW debut 2 races back sure fits well here if this gelding can manage to run as well on the dirt as he did on the turf that day.....sure worked strong on the SA dirt for his new conditioner

8  Mywayorthecauseway   trainer had a dismal 2012 and owns a dismal record with 1st timers but this 1st timer has the best set a drills for newcomer from his barn in many a I have to ignore some overwhelming stats here

3  Torre Faro

2  Hawkeye Declan

4  Get Moving





Posted on January 21, 2013 at 10:51 am by richs · Permalink
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