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Santa Anita for Saturday 23 March 2013


Discounted full card selections for Kentucky Derby day, Preakness Day, and Belmont Day all three of which usually have 13 races has been extended to March 24th. That breaks down to costing approximately $1.60 per race.


Nice card for today and for Sunday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly below average clarity

1  Hard Bill    tremendous history on conventional dirt (12 8 3 1)........needs months between starts so you know the barn will have him ready fresh.......this is only the 20th start for this 9 year old

5  Afleet Cowboy   has won his last 3 conventional dirt races..........laid up since July but rather sure he is fully ready to roll off of a 7F work just 8 days ago.....good history at 6F (4 2 0 2)

6  Fire In The Wind   keeps handling the climb up the claiming ladder (8K-10K-12.5K-16K) running 1st or 2nd in last 4 endeavors........steps up another rung here and might own the best early gas......just worked an eye popping bullet 4 furlong work


race 2    above average clarity

2  Top Kisser   stalked a nasty pace in an impressive effort to only lose to our 2nd pick by 1/2 length........then was able to get loose and wire in a semi-soft pace in latest........doubt exerted herself at all with such a stress free run.......and the works since strongly suggest she has never felt better.....trainer/rider have won 10 of the last 15 as a team......yikes

1  Market Quote    one of the most impressive MSW debut wins on the grass in many a California moon......dwelt at the start but still won thanks in part to ridiculous pace being set up leave the gate better today.......the one to beat if she breaks clean

4  Clayton   definitely on the right end of the learning curve......will need the trend to continue and continue in a big way to beat our top two choices


race 3    average clarity

6  Splendid Fortune   crushed the only time this Baffert runner drew an outside post.......little shot in latest.....broke bad and rushed up.....back to 6F seems like the perfect fit for this 4 year old filly

2  Twelve Folds   7 for 7 in the money on conventional dirt.........not crazy about two turns so I believe his last was a gimme/tune-up of sorts to expand her endurance.......might be very well meant for today 

4  Conkate   best late running animal in the race........last two efforts fit fine versus these if she gets a better than average pace up front......back to Maldonado who won on this filly 2 races back 


race 4    slightly above average clarity

4  Baby Blake   ultra consistent grass runner owns 5 2nd's in 6 races on the sod and ran 4th beaten only 1 1/2 L in the other.........won his MSW debut and since (obviously) has had a tendency to hang.......Bejarano sticks around for a 5th straight time and my guess is he is very aware of this and he will be very aggressive late with this colt

1  My Samurai Warrior   only grass race down the hill with the blinkers on was his last and it is a solid effort......seems best with 4 or 5 weeks between starts and gets pace runner likely will be closing fast in the late stages

2  Cloud Top    away from racing since early March of 2012 but training as if he is ready for Mark Tsagalakis who makes the most of limited starters every year.....1st on the green carpet but owns a pedigree that seems OK for it

6  Nome


race 5    slightly above average clarity

2  Pure Loyalty   exits a MSW field loaded with talent in latest and ran a significant 2nd........his time was 5 clicks better than the winner of another group of MSW runners (split MSW 1 mile divisions) .......route to 7F is usually a good thing especially for a 3 year old

8  Zees Bros   another who ran much better than par for the level both considering final time and pace......might be the one to beat if he avoids goes so brutally fast in the early stages this time

7  Master Appeal   yet another exiting a race that was run quite a bit better than good as our top two if he manages a forward move in his 2nd lifetime start......trainer shows signs of waking up out of the doldrums

6  Tenkiller Kid


race 6    average clarity

2  Wednesday   love the cut back in distance for this Gaines runner and the 2 bullet drills for today........must feel really good to work a bullet 5F work just 3 days ago.......and we get a jock upgrade to the meets leading rider

6  Charm Catcher   moved forward in 2nd lifetime start......... both grass starts were 2nd place finishes....continues to work like a filly loaded with talent.......seems likely to show even more today........Hall of Fame trainer has had a good SA meeting

1  Dance Team    decent turf runner last summer.........laid up a long time but just about everything Mandella puts on the track is firing........and most are improving

5  Devious Chic


race 7    average clarity

8  Dhaamer   runs all day long turf or dirt so 1 1/2 miles is right up his alley........seems like the one to overcome if Mitchell has him ready fresh and he sure had him ready fresh last year in the 2012 version of this race.....draws Bejarano as he did last year for this Grade 3 affair

4  Oilisblackgold   has become a significantly better runner since the blinkers were removed 4 races back.........last fig was lifetime best and it fits here if he can run the effort in a marathon.......OK pedigree for the 1 1/2 miles

3  Batti Man    solid forward move with the addition of blinkers in last....set a nasty pace and still almost won.......might be viewed as the speed not to worry about and/or dare go with or you will do yourself in.....and if that happens......and he rates......he might never look back

6  Calidoscopio


race 8    average clarity

6  Atticus Jack   solid in all 3 lifetime turf sprints and his last is hidden by a very bad trip......checked a length down the hill and ran way too wide on the turn and still only lost by 2 1/4L at today's 25K level......should be tough here if he gets a better trip

8  Mr. Bossy Pants   6 of 9 down the hill......and two straight wins since switching to the hot riding Espinoza......that'll do

3  Drift King   seems at very best down the SA hill grass course even tough he has yet to win running 2nd 3X in 3 starts on it......Bejarano stays up.....and 1st time Bejarano on the hill with this gelding.......seems like a plus

1  Golden Missile


race 9    slightly above average clarity

1  Jawbreaker   decent debut last.....chased a decent pace and tired late versus better.......2nd start for this Mitchell runner and drops.......a very dangerous scenario historically.....and retains Maldonado who is coming off of a 3 win day and is quite good with speed types

3  Amulay   horrid trip in maiden debut last and still ran 2nd albeit a distant 2nd.....broke 4 slow and ran 4-5 wide......can find the winners circle here if displays the same energy/effort and has a reasonably good trip

9  Going Back To Cali    very dangerous MSW drop down.......toss out last on the grass at SA.......debut run 2 back at Tampa would most likely get the job done why not top pick?.......jock is ice cold......but still has a shot with this runner

7  Top Tizzy

6  Jiggin' With M K R

2  Warren's Veneda




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