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Santa Anita for Friday 12 April 2013


Average card this afternoon. Take note that the rail was a little dead yesterday and dead rails usually hurt speed horses especially those who start inside. Not sure what we will get today so I studied for a "neutral" track condition.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly below average clarity

5  Wine Stock   disappointing MSW debut especially for a Baffert 1st timer but his colt continues to train like a runner of some merit and takes a drop into maiden claiming........makes sense to price $35K..........running today for $50K

6  Instinctively Bold   1st timer has a prolonged tightly spaced work series that might have him wound up enough to fire at a high enough level in this soft looking field to compete for the winners circle

3  Mi Hijo   work regiment for this Armstrong 1st timer seems to be improving........might be peaking at the right time as in right before his maiden debut


race 2    average clarity

4  Shades Of Sugar   work series and pattern for this O'Neill 1ster seem only average at best but.........this soft looking field sure seems like a great spot for a newcomer with any talent at all

3  Stracciatella    training quite a bit better than last summer when this filly beat 6 of 10 foes for today's same mdn 40K......might prefer conventional trainer has done OK with limited number of starters (7 1 1 1)

6  Spending Plan    works seem good enough here for this Pederson 1st timer to be ready in her mc debut.....and Pederson is quite solid with maiden claiming 1st timers having won with 6 of his last 2 dozen of them


race 3    average clarity

3  D'Obsession    nice stalking/mid pack running style on the hill has led to 1 win and 1 2nd in 2 starts down the majestic SA hill grass course.......continues to train like a happy healthy colt

5  Showme Yourfriends   18 to 1 layoff last suggests the race was needed and that quite a bit more can be expected this afternoon.....and......good history route to sprint which is the case here

1  Motown Men   not much so far without the seems like this Eurton runner will need to be full throttle from the get go here especially from the one post.......he enhances his chances if he does clear and the rail is better than yesterday

6  Guest Star


race 4    slightly above average clarity

3  Ondine   2nd in last 2 MSW races with a gap of over 9 lengths to 3rd.......yikes.......ran too well to lose in last earning an adjusted for trouble fig that would graduate about 90% of the time

5  Iconic Spirit   2nd in both lifetime route endeavors......most likely will need to move forward today to handle our top pick if she runs her race

6  J K's Mischief   MSW debut was decent...........tossed a clunker with the blinkers on in her 2nd start.......wisely removed for today........1st ever at a route with a somewhat questionable pedigree to handle it 


race 5    average clarity

2  Mind The Minister   race lacks early speed and his Eurton runner appears to own the most......loose horses seem to fair rather well in these conditioned claiming low level grass affairs

8  Unremitting   last sure looks like the gimme to........go go go this afternoon 1st time ever in a claimer........classy trainer has been on a very impressive roll for a heck of a long period

1  Sannibel Sid   hidden improve in last.......broke slow and was blocked in the stretch but maybe more importantly this Ellis 5 year old sat too far off of some lackluster fractions

3  His Royal Highness  

Long-shot possibilities:   5  Papa Lev   broke very poorly in latest and made up about 8 lengths from his 14 lengths back position........thie gelding shows speed at times and it would be a good time to show it here......could sit 2nd or 3rd here if he does


race 6    average clarity

5  Old Man Lake   obvious looking layoff gimme in last in a non-claiming event.......lone win came off a gimme/go in a MSW/mdn claiming 2nd out last summer.......seems well meant here 2nd out after the layoff

2  J J Be Chillin   3 year old gelding has done little wrong in both lifetime starts......and he has been well placed to win and seems to be once again here

7  Laugh At Life    very big effort two races back......last isn't too hot........a ton if rebounds....... even with 2 for 63 apprentice up

3  Silk Indian


race 7    average clarity

3  My Philly Girl    2 for 2 at today's distance.......exits a very key race in latest........and continues to train like a happy healthy individual......that'll do

5  Conkate   speed (especially speed close to the rail )had a tough day yesterday and if that occurs once again today it will enhance the chances of this consistent off pace filly (consistent on fast conventional rated dirt)

6  Quizzical   Bejarano sure has been a good fit with this Filly in the past and he is back aboard this Friday afternoon after not riding her in her last 3 races


race 8    average clarity

10  Don't Loose Faith   broke poorly and ran too wide in maiden 75K debut last.....earned a very strong adjusted for trouble grass jock today.......and training better than ever since her impressive debut 

4  Elegant In Silk   solid move forward on the dirt in last and it is somewhat disguised by a wide trip.......GB grass races fit well here and she showed she is fully fit in her last run on the main track......trainer sure has awoken

2  Miss E U    checked early and then sat too far back in a paceless affair......sure appeared to be tightener......seems highly likely to show quite a bit more this afternoon.......Talamo/Eurton have made for a good team over the last couple of months

3  Lucky Student

7  Blake's Magic

8  Heat Du Jour




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