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Santa Anita for Thursday 24 January 2013


Gave some extra runners and extra comments in spots because of the 50% chance of rain and the potential for numerous scratches. Average card if the track stays "fast" and "firm". Below average card if it doesn't. One bright note is that I like both grass races equally as well if they are moved to the main track which is seldom the case.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Spooky Lady   fell off in last in 2nd lifetime start........mdn50K debut 2 back (the day Sadler claimed) is powerful.......good recent drills and ample time off for Sadler to turn things around

6  Pat's Back   seems like a good move by Peter Miller who takes over the training duties for this young filly to put the blinkers on as this 3 year old ran big the only time she saw the front end......and Miller gets good gate/speed jock to ride

3  Sallyana   AZ-bred is realistically spotted following a nice win in a small Stakes race versus his own kind in Phoenix........she has always trained well at Santa Anita so that is an obvious plus......needs to avoid a suicidal duel with our 2nd selection as does our 2nd pick  with our 3rd pick


race 2    average clarity  (splitting hairs selection order)

3  Incline Village   squeezed back at the start and ran wide in an eventful MSW a.m. work since.....and retains Gomez......stout here if this colt displays the same energy and smooths the kinks out

2  Scarly Charly   exits a solid MSW heat where he had a 3 wide trip and still closed well in the stretch........trainer Janet Armstrong has popped with 7 of her last 21 2nd time starters.....that'll do

5  Mel's Game    bad trips in both lifetime races hides a horse that can run since May but working up to snuff enough to be ready fresh in his return to the race wars

1  Wild Media   decent MSW debut and then even better in 2nd lifetime start........continues to train like a happy healthy horse.......owns good early foot in an affair with few speed types


race 3    average clarity

5  Free Time   vast improvement in last (albeit on a sloppy racetrack) both in pace and final time.......seems to do his best running at Santa Anita.......and of course any moisture in the racing surface sure seems like a bargain coming off of a sloppy track win

4  Omar   this gelding sure seems to respond when he is able to get a nice stalking position and it sure appears likely to occur in this spot........and Bisono knows this as he has been aboard for all 8 lifetime starts

2  Clinton   five year old lacks consistency but definitely fits here if he brings his "A game"......and he might today because back to Bejarano who owns both of this runner's lifetime wins

1  Muchos Besos   placed 3 levels higher after the claim by Papaprodromou and now drops 2 1/2 levels.......and Gomez elects to ride for low % smaller barn........gimme/go city


race 4    average clarity

(if off the turf    average clarity    5-7-8-3-12)

7  Empty Headed   lone race done the hill run back in October is better than appears in print to most.......then had a dismal wide trip after a tardy start and still only lost by 1 1/2L in a grass route MSW race in his layoff last........seems solid here if rider and horse get it right today

5  Valdirone    solid wire to wire attempt in last on the grass at 6F at Hollywood......nice work series since.......good hill grass rider sticks around for a 3rd straight time

8  Public Interest   Shirreffs 1st timer is nicely bred for the green carpet and has been in training forever so I highly doubt that this race is a tune-up......and Shirreffs ha been hot

12  Justification


race 5     slightly below average clarity

7  Wild Access    Hollendorfer is very dangerous dropping out of MSW racing to maiden claiming in 2nd lifetime starts and that is the case today........soft looking wide trip in debut.........full throttle today 

3  Lady Katfish   just fired lifetime best 1st time ever on conventional dirt........same effort makes her a major contender.......more and she is probably the one to beat

2  Out Of Thin Air   4 straight six furlong works spaced 6 or 7 days apart is a solid sign that this Hofmans 1ster is all wound up and well meant in her maiden debut.......and Hofmans has a solid history with mc first timers

8  Tribal Spy


race 6    average clarity

(if off the turf   5-1-10-6-2)

5  Rightful Image   steadying improved in the spring of 2011........seems to be the right end of the learning curve once again in 2013 after taking a 1 1/2 year hiatus from the track........very sharp reassuring recent 5F work

1  Cloud Hopper   solid rebound in latest and it was 1st time out since being gelded......solid here if he repeats the effort on the significant drop in claiming

6  Chicsdigtheshark   best ever was the only time this gelding ever got loose on the lead........decent chance to got loose here in his 1st ever at a route........somewhat suspect route pedigree but it sure seems like a smart move to give this horse his best shot at being loose for only the 2nd time in 7 lifetime races

9  Our Boy Benjamin


race 7    slightly below average clarity

1  Sky Kingdom   three consecutive impressive route races in a row last winter and then went bad in his since and Baffert seems to have him ready to resume a promising career at a high level

3  Kate's Event   big race/effort sprint to route with 18 days rest at SA last October........sprint to route today with 18 days off once again......and the trainer sure is hotter now than he was last Fall

5  Java Man   plenty to prove off of the year and 3 weeks since last seen but he is training like he is awfully fit and might be fully ready to roll fresh..........also 1 for 1 on an off track so a little rain might not hinder and might enhance his chances

4  Gladding


race 8    average clarity

7  Sky Fox   most likely needed his last his 1st race in 10+ months.........3 solid drills since suggests he is feeling good.........owns a touch of speed and there is't much gas in this affair

6  Arch Your Back   impressive tightly spaced work tab for this Cerin 1ster.........showing hints of early gas in his work regiment and that would be a good fit here in this race void of speed........seems ready to roll at 1st asking and might have found a good spot

12  Deception Free   back where started career 4 races back........that being in a maiden 20K claimer........connections seemingly got too ambitious continually stepping up the ladder despite his so so races.....should greatly welcome the weaker company this afternoon

10  Karaiskakis

9  Run Charlie Run

3  Solid South

4  Cold Bay









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