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Santa Anita for Sunday 24 February 2013


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Not an easy card this afternoon. Easily the best pick 6 "single" on the card is our top choice in the last race but he is going to be a single on many tickets.

Best of luck as always!



race 1    slightly below average clarity

3  Miner's Daughter   Baffert horse that has kind of run into shape....that's a bit different......bred well to appreciate a route.....continues to work like a happy healthy improving individual

2  Mia Isabel   solid history since O'Neill took over 5 races back......ran fine in a winning effort in lone lifetime race on conventional dirt and it was at today's distance and at SA

1  Twelve Folds    hard to argue with 2 wins and 3 2nds (all 3 2nds were by 1/2 length or less) in 5 lifetime races on main track surfaces with the blinkers off


race 2    average clarity

3  Miles Heir    16 of 27 on conventional dirt surfaces......nobody in this affair is close to that record

5  Global Glow   cut back of 1/16th sure looks like a positive here as this gelding tends to flatten out past 1 mile and quite often doesn't (and often battles for the win) at 1 mile

8  Morganouska   both a trainer and rider upgrade for this 6 year old off of the claim by Hollendorfer and the switch to Bejarano........seems likely to improve and fight for the top prize

4  Apply


race 3    slightly below average clarity

3  Blueskiesnrainbows   colt loaded with talent when he brings his "A game".......and Hollendorfer is solid 2nd out after he takes over the training duties of a horse and that is the case today

6  Castaway   Baffert colt had little support at the windows in his layoff last....... that suggests he needed the race and more can be expected from him this afternoon

4  Black N Beauty   1st or 2nd in all 4 lifetime efforts at today's distance......laid up since June (when racing in The Big Apple) but training as if he is meant and ready fresh off the bench


race 4    average clarity

4  Atta Girl Alma    nice move forward for this Richard Baltas trainee in her 2nd lifetime start should have this filly primed and ready for her 1st on the sod which she is bred quite nicely to handle

7  Lucky Student   showed some ability last Spring at 2 including a race on the grass.......laid up since but Eddie Truman is very good off of extended layoffs when he shows solid a.m. work and that is the case here

10  Mint Twist    displayed significant early speed in the slop in latest........bred decently to take to the green carpet......should be tough on the front end of things if she does

6  Mark Of A Gem


race 5    slightly below average clarity

8  Joe Carl   terrific history on conventional dirt surfaces.........(7 4 1 2)......and Gomez really seems to get the most out of this ultra consistent late runner

4  Graeme Crackpot     seems to be on the improve and Bonde seems fit to step him up 2 levels......that strongly  hints he's getting awfully good.......owns some significant back numbers last winter at SA which would handle these

7  Half Dome Dude    better than appears on paper in last couple.......drops a notch for 2nd out after the claim.......won the only time he saw 1 mile on the dirt in a race which was run against a fairly decent alw bunch at Zia

2  Bluegrass Reward   (tie for 4th selection)

5  Scorpion Time  (tie for 4th selection)


race 6    average clarity

8  Jade With Envy    toss out last - off track - both lifetime sprints on the AW are strong and against some stout so pedigree for the grass........but lookout if she handles it.......good trainer and rider seem to think she will.....that's good enough for me

5  Yawannagokidnice    MSW debut on the main track.........aggressive work regiment since......OK turf pedigree.......seems rather likely to be in the hunt for the win here

9  Cravin' The Heat    low percentage trainer with 1st time starters but this filly is a full to a 1ster that ran well for Abrams in her debut a couple of years back.......and she is training has tossed 2 turf winners from 5 starters

1  Maddog Maddie


race 7    average clarity

5  Branding    impressive 7F win in last in 2nd lifetime start off of a long hiatus from the track........impressive bullet 6F work since......1st long but bred extremely well to handle a route of ground

2  Spellbound    nice wake up 1st time with the blinkers on in last............trainer has been firing on all cylinders lately so my guess is this runner moves forward this afternoon which should put her in the hunt for the win

3  Qiaona   on the right end of the learning curve and retains Gomez.......very impressive powerful late stretch run in latest on an off track.......fits as well as anyone if she can duplicate it on today's fast track


race 8    slightly below average clarity

2  A Toast To You    lifetime best was run on the SA hill two races back and it was run off of 8 days rest.........9 days rest for today........hmmmm

7  Cat Talk    just fired lifetime best in latest his 1st ever on the majestic SA hill grass course........draws outside like his last and runs with one pound less.........effort in last fits well with a good trip

1  Stoney Fleece     strong return to the race wars in last at 1 1/8th on the sod.......that run should make him very fit for today's hill race......just missed in a small Stakes race last year in lone lifetime run down the hill.....late runner seemingly gets ample pace to close into

5  Starspangled Heat


race 9    slightly above average clarity

4  Pure Blush    so much the best here if she repeats her last or someone makes a shocking significant move forward

5  Willetta   major wake up in last......could have been much closer at the wire but was blocked and steadied in the stretch......decent pedigree to handle 1st running a route of ground

6  She's Actceptional   two useful lifetime sprint races might have this Canani runner primed and ready for his 1st at a distance

7  Rockin' Hard Gals

1  Warren's My Queen

8  My Moment Too





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