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Santa Anita for Saturday 9 February 2013


Average card once again today. Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Troy Story   very likely to capture the wood on turn 1 and that is half the battle in a 1 mile turf affair at SA.......all 3 lifetime route grass races fit fine here

11  Empty Headed   race two back which was at today's distance on the turf was quite a bit better than par when you adjust for trouble and man did he have trouble........broke slow and ran very wide and still closed in the stretch........nasty post but a jock upgrade........same effort with even a mediocre trip and he should still be in the hunt for the win

2  Pocket Prince   Stein runner needed last........expecting much more today.........ran 2nd to Huntsville 2 back in June at GG and Huntsville sure would handle these

9  Waitwaitdonttellme


race 2    slightly above average clarity

5  Tiz Dynamic   very bad trip in last hides a gelding in good form......caught wide pressing a decent pace.......never good on a neutral racing surface.........positive rider switch for this afternoon with the change in trainers following the 25 January claim by O'Neill

3  First Strike    another coming off of an impossible trip ......toss the effort out.......drops into claiming and this 5 year old has been tough when trainer Diodoro puts him up for a tag.....and Diodoro is having a good SA meet so far

1  Chicsdigtheshark   solid step up the claiming ladder for today but 2 for 2 at SA and Spawr has been on fire........gelding might be feeling really good as he is running off of short rest for the 1st time in his 7 race career


race 3    slightly above average clarity

2  He's Not Too Shabby.......but his trip in his layoff last sure was shabby.......2 reassuring works since..........will be tough here if his new rider can smooth things out

4  I'm Not Gray   nice win in 2nd lifetime start and he was snatched up for 30K by Ellis.......will be in this with a semi-logical forward move with even an average trip.....or.....with the same effort as his last with a very good trip

5  Judge Carr   on the right end of the learning cure and his last work which was on Feb. 1st hints the trend will continue this afternoon


race 4     average clarity

8  Syndicated    major league wake up in last 1st time running without the blinkers and 1st time running on the the question is was it the equipment change that woke him up or the dirt.......trainer is solid with grass runners and Bejarano (who is white hot) takes over........obviously I'm leaning on blinkers off being the catalyst

11  Examen   lone lifetime race was back in July at Arlington Park and he went off favorite....turns out he caught a solid AP field and ran 4th........bred very well to appreciate the 1 1/8th as a Feb. 3 year old......working as if he is meant and ready to roll off of the extended layoff 

5  Perfect Set   nowheresville in lone lifetime race which was run in mid summer.........but seems ready to roll as he is wound up like a top with extremely tightly spaced interval training......Richard Mandella has been on an extended impressive roll

2  Dontextndrive

Long-shot possibilities:   3  Apostle Paul    two consecutive horrid trips in 2 lifetime races hides a long-shot that came run some.......bred well to handle the 9 furlongs.......should be 100-1


race 5    slightly below average clarity

4  Cruel Spirits    seems to be running into shape........likely to be fit enough now to be a major factor for the 1st time in his young life

3  Trice Up   should get a ground saving stalk position behind a suspect leader or two......Gary Stevens sure looks to be in the drivers seat here

7  Captain Corrigan    not a very stout group to face and the works are decent for this O'Neill 1st timer.....solid series of 4 straight tightly spaced works and then two gate works to finish his preparation......seems meant and ready

1  In Taylor's House


race 6    average clarity

6  Belle De Lune   probably needed last.......very impressive drills since.......might be up to the significant run/effort she displayed in France in a Grade 3 near miss 2nd last year in April

8  There Is No Limit   best running at 6F on the main track or turf but her last was very strong and if she repeats the effort with a decent trip I doubt the extra furlong will hurt too much

10  Hidinginplainsight   very consistent filly has yet to win without the lead but she seemingly only has one other speed horse to cope with in the 3 horse who doesn't have much punch in the stretch

5  Emerald Gold    (tie for 4th)

7  Madre Luna     (tie for 4th)


race 7    average clarity

5  Zee Bros    has hit the track an average of 7 days for the last 2 1/2 months........and finished off work tab for Mr Baffert with 4 consecutive gate works.......spell..... R-E-A-D-Y

7  Salutos Amigos   solid layoff run in last chasing a stellar pace and rightfully tired......most likely will build off the effort and he should be tough and prominent throughout if he does

3  Bench Press    useful debut and sharper a.m. work since.....rather sure moves forward today in his 2nd lifetime endeavor and that should put him in the hunt for the circle of joy

1  Joelito


race 8    slightly above average clarity

3  Pride Of Silver   significant drop makes sense.....hasn't earned his keep whatsoever the last two years.......drops to pay some bills and cut back on the red ink

1  Prized By Buck   brutal trip (I've got him with 11 lengths of trip trouble) in last from the extremely difficult outer-most 11 post.....hello 1 post......and hello best of 39 bullet drill

7  Spit Ball   likes the conventional SA dirt surface and it showed in his last.....has shown in can handle 2 turns in the past......solid trainer/jockey combo

6  Ithoughtipaidyou


race 9    average clarity

1  Interaction   last was solid and the drills since suggest this Mac runner is doing awfully well right now......and so is McAnally who is in better shape physically these days .......good post and rider a big plus in the large field........and I have a soft spot for the name Interaction as I owned the USA version of Interaction in the late 80's and he was a very consistent hard trying healthy claimer)

2  Juniper Pass   2 for 5 at the distance on the turf and only 1 for 11 at other turf distances.......would have been much closer in last but was blocked in the stretch......relatively smooth runner gets a good post and the sizzling hot Bejarano

11  Fire With Fire   seems best on the turf at SA (4 0 3 0).......controlling speed here with the added plus that he can chase if need be

3  All Squared Away


race 10    average clarity

6  Gaul   sure handled his 1st ever at route well and it was only his 2nd lifetime start......trainer has been doing fairly well lately.......good shot at being a major factor from the get go

1  Hume   major improvement 1st time at a route in latest.......and he draws a better post especially to utilize the good early gas he displayed in his last

7  Majestic Desert   last was better than appears in print.......caught wide trailing the field on a good inside/speed day and still managed to close well into soft fractions......and his pedigree is fine for his 1st ever at a route

10  Captain Hadley

9  Chico Suerte

5  Dry Gulcher




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