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Santa Anita for Sunday 17 February 2013


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Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Hold'em Hustler   good improvement 1st at a route and it is somewhat disguised by a very poor trip.........9 lengths of trip and pace adjustment by my book........blinkers on to help focus.....and a much kinder post today

10  Mind The Minister   tough post but didn't have an easy one in his solid last either......big chance here if Talamo once again can clear all or most from the outside post and get a good stalk or lead position in the 1 or 2 path on turn 1

2  Funny Moon   trainer has won his last 3 of 4 "1st time at a route".......he is also good with 2nd time his MSW sprint race likely was the gimme to drop and go go go in a route maiden claimer today

6  Political Man


race 2    slightly above average clarity

4  Sweet Red Cat   great spot here for this Sadler charge if she handles the dirt as well as she has handled the grass.....sure has out worked everyone in this field on the dirt

5  Sense of a Woman   well proven running decently long.......bad trip in latest hides her somewhat coming into today's race

6  Sassy Brunette   Art Sherman is as hot as he has been in S Cal in many a moon......filly is on the improve and will need to have the trend continue......the way the trainer has been going some degree of improvement seems likely


race 3    average clarity

5  Wine List   big move forward in 2nd lifetime 2nd out after the layoff seems like a good thing for today........not as proven on the dirt but is bred just fine to handle it

6  Aleander    works prior to MSW debut were modest by Baffert since are more impressive........seems ready and dangerous for 2nd lifetime start.......bred extremely well to appreciate route racing

4  Misdeed   was rank in the early stages in his last which was his 1st ever on the dirt........ran just fine once he settled down........Mandella has been doing just about everything right so he most likely will have this colt ready for a smoother journey

8  Handsome Dennis


race 4  average clarity

4  Mum's Truckee    major improvement in last and it is much better than appears in print......broke slow - rank some - and ran wide - and still ran 2nd......blinkers off today and a sharp recent bullet drill.......better post for today too

5  Always a Chance    needs to rebound to her effort 3 races back.......cut back of one furlong should help and so might a switch back to Talamo who has gotten the most out of this filly

3  Sassy Suances    away for 13 months but working as if she is ready to roll fresh.....bred decently for the sod.......bit concerned about her ability to get the distance especially off of the long hiatus from racing

6  Luxuriance


race 5    average clarity

5  Footbridge   very strong 1st ever at a route in last his 2nd lifetime start......powerful work tab since.......sure seems like Harty has a good one

3  Syndicated   ran right behind our top choice in last in a major wake up at 55 to was his 1st ever on the dirt after two unimpressive races on the green carpet.......good works since

1  Major Affair   Ellis often uses sprint - sprint (tune-ups) and then go go go 1st ever in a route with his youngsters.....that's the scenario here

2  Mywayorthecauseway


race 6    average clarity

2  Broker Brett   last 2 sprint races on the grass fit fine at the MSW level.......1st at a route today but his pedigree suggests 1 mile on the sod might be a slightly better fit

1  Just Fishin    solid wake up 1st ever on the turf in last and it was with a low % turf rider......Stevens up today and he has been giving some good looking turf rides.......1st long but bred adequately to get the new distance

6  Lefty O'Doul   owns some significant early gas on the turf......should be prominent and dangerous from the get go in his 1st ever at a route.......he is bred extremely well for distance & 2 turn racing

3  Cooper Bay


race 7    average clarity

Belvin   vaulted forward in 2nd lifetime start.......repeat of the that effort with a good trip makes him the one to overcome here......preparatory work series is very impressive for this Baffert runner

2  Shakin It Up   blocked in the stretch in Grade 3 (at today's 7F distance) last or this Baffert charge wins rather easily over at Hollywood on the AW........did show he can handle the SA dirt breaking his MSW convincingly 2 races back

3  War Academy   another dangerous Baffert runner who needs to move forward today but trains like he might and he should appreciate to extended sprint distance of 7F


race 8    below average clarity

2  Baby Blake   hot rider.......and a very consistent turf sprinter in the 2 horse who seems likely to get a nice ground saving stalk position....that'll do

3  Curvee Exchange    needs two things here for this Sadler runner......need her effort/energy in her lifetime debut 2 races back.....and need her to handle her 1st ever on the sod......pedigree for it is seems OK

1  Justification   weak fig in lone grass race but she did seem to handle it......doubt wanted to run long......back to a sprint which she seems better suited for

5  Langfurs Lightning

7  An Shanache

6  Sanibel Sid


race 9    slightly below average clarity

2  Fist Pump    consistent on conventional dirt.....repeat of last which was run at today's 7F distance would make this 4 year old gelding rather tough to beat......trainer is on fire with his claimers

3  Warren's Rail Bird    runs as though 7F will be a good fit.......seems like a logical significant drop for this 5 year old who has not earned his keep for the last 2/3rds of a year

7  Aqua Fever   overdo drop for this gelding......layoff last looks as if it was a tune-up.....very dangerous today if it was and he moves forward

5  Chinese Praise

10  Mr. Why Why

8  Hasty Trend





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