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Santa Anita for Friday 15 March 2013


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OK looking card for today.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

5  Fighting On    eventful MSW debut......taken back hard at the start and then showed plenty of life in a race down the SA hill turf course.......drops and switches to the dirt with an adequate pedigree to handle it....should be tough here if the blinkers on can smooth out the kinks

6  Shackbamalama   good move forward in 2nd lifetime start..........repeat of the effort makes this colt one of the top contenders here......Pender is quietly having a good SA meting

2  Moreno's Mine   laid up since August but fits solidly on the drop out of MSW racing to maiden claiming providing he returns at about 80% of what he was at his best.......works seem good enough and trainer sure could use a win


race 2     slightly above average clarity

4  Manando   not sure why this Baffert runner stopped abruptly in latest which was run up North but I doubt it was from injury becauase he is back in 4 weeks and training as if he is a happy healthy individual..........solid wire to wire shot here

5  War Academy   two solid lifetime sprints for this Baffert runner and his pedigree suggests he will even be better at a route

6  Kid Dreams   nice win in 2nd lifetime start and 1st time running a route for this Drysdale runner......has worked since like another forward move is likely and he will need one to overcome 2 good looking Baffert runners 


race 3    slightly above average clarity

2  In A Wine Tizzy   really took to route grass racing in last firing a decent final time fig and showing significant pace.......and the works since hint he will show even more this afternoon

6  Red Globe   broke slowly in MSW debut and then sat too far off of a lackluster pace to do any damage.........plenty of furlongs of work since.......rather sure this Drysdale runner moves forward........the question is how much 

5  Waitwaitdonottellme    improving with each and every start and will need the positive trend to continue

7  Tribal Dude


race 4    slightly below average clarity

1  National   plenty of early speed types in this affair can set things up nicely for this mid pack runner........just claimed by Jack Carava and even though his claim is out of jail he still steps him up a notch.......Carava is quite stout when he has done this over the years......and Gomez seems fit to take the mount

8  Hidden Blessing   3 wins and 4 3rds in 7 races at today's distance with his worst beat being 2 1/2 lengths........that'll do

6  You Bettor Beware   just won by more than a half dozen lengths in a 4 1/2 furlong race at LA........yikes.....deserves a shot at the big time especially for a trainer who owns gaudy stats with claiming repeaters up 2+ levels...... which this fellow is..... 5K to 10K passing on 8K

4  Macias


race 5    slightly above average clarity

7  Upbeat Mood   both lifetime grass races with the blinkers off are stellar and one of them (his route) is disguised by a very poor trip..........blinkers off for today.........away since early Fall but training as if all systems are go for his return to the race wars.......and we get a jock upgrade

6  Malibu Honey   Sadler is quite good snatching maiden claiming 1sters and he must have liked this one a lot as he was in a maiden claiming 75K affair........solid drills since the claim........1st on the lawn but bred just fine for it

4  Disko Dasko   Euro invader sure was on the right end of the learning curve overseas when she was laid up after her winning race at Longchamp on Oct 28th........shows up in the Cassidy barn and sure works as if she might be ready to roll.........has some shot here is she is

10  Bonnie Lesley

Long-shot possibilities:   8  Sultry Season   blinkers on and a new trainer after the claim of 40K.........works since (most likely with the blinkers on) since Periban claimed are improved........good grass pedigree


race 6    slightly above average clarity

5  Could Be Trouble   solid race win in latest for this filly and the stretch drive was visually very impressive ..........shows up in the Miller barn in what looks like a private purchase........just worked a bullet best of 28 5F one week ago........highly likely to improve and she would still have a shot even if she repeated her last

2  A Drop Dead Diva   big 8L win in maiden debut......claimed by Cassidy and he claims very few.......runs him back in 2 weeks rest suggesting this impressive winnner came out of the race just fine....decent shot to make it 2 for 2

4  Out of Thin Air   bit short on figs but might be feeling really good coming off of a very soft paced wire to wire win.......kind of like the perfect work-out

8  Spring Gal


race 7    average clarity

9  Sweet Swap   2 of 3 lifetime grass races down the SA hill would be tough for others to beat......his last is especially impressive..........he was caught wide pressing a solid pace after a slightly tardy start and did extremely well to only get beat by 1 1/2 L.........and 3 bullet works in preparation for today's race......yikes

10  Big Note   sharp work regiment for this Mitchell import who owns a couple of efforts in GB that might be able to upset our top pick

8  Starspangled Heat   loves the SA hill grass course..........(8 2 3 3)..........flys late and should get some heat up front to flatter his late run here

5  D'pendable


race 8    below average clarity

13  Of Royalty   two MSW grass races fit at today's lower level if this filly can duplicate the effort in her 1st ever on the dirt.....dirt pedigree seems adequate and she has always trained fairly well on the SA dirt surface

11  McBoomer    fairly good effort considering this Mitchell runner went off 22 to 1 in debut......doubt he was fully wound up and very well meant........likely to build off of the debut and fire an effort that might be good enough to visit the circle of joy  

3  Backintheacademy    big awakening in latest and the effort is well hidden by a bad trip-a-roo.......shuffled back quite a bit at the start and ran wide.........gave it 8 lengths of trip trouble in my notes.......sharp (hopefully telltale) 5/8ths drill since her wake up last

12  Penrose

10  Silky Lace

6  Nekomata