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Santa Anita for Sunday 21 April 2013


Closing day at picturesque Santa Anita

Average card today to close out the SA meeting. The race meeting since Rich Santucci became the handicapper and owner of The Racing Digest with our most success starts up Thursday at Hollywood. We will be ready!

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly above average clarity

6  Tanquerray   solid wake up in last the 1st time ever this Puype runner took back early in a route on the grass.......same strategy here with the same effort and a better trip and she is easily the one to beat

3  Briteness   when Gaines goes off at 30 to 1 it is most likely a tune-up of sorts.......with that in mind this runners last her 1st at a route on the turf wasn't bad........very likely to move forward today 2nd time long.....back in shorter rest.....and 1st time Bejarano

1  Swingaway   somewhat suspicious from Kruljac to drop this allowance filly into claiming but she fits just fine if she still is in relatively good condition

8  Bonita Sonador


race 2    average clarity

3  Procurement   very consistent runner for Proctor since he started running this colt on the grass.......3 year old seemingly runs all day so the 1 1/8th distance should be advantageous especially for his age group

4  Collation    broke slow and ran wide in a vastly improved effort in latest in a race that was a grass sprint......back to two turns today and he is 1 for 1 around two turns winning his lone route race 2 races back.....improving and dangerous if he handles the 1 1/8th

5  Counting Days   most likely only needs a small improvement to battle for the top prize here and it sure seems like a good sign that top gun Bejarano sticks with the horse who only ran 1 1/2 lengths behind our top choice


race 3    average clarity

3  Guidopanzini   claimed for 40K two races back and in for 8K here.......obviously in poor health but my guess is he is running low enough to perform well enough here.......wouldn't be the 1st time O'Neill won with a suspect horse like this guy

2  Streets Of Heaven     last race fits........race 2 back does not.........another who doesn't appear all that healthy but if he feels decent he sure fires solid efforts at a high % of the time

4  Honour the Deputy   another suspect 8K claimer health wise......claimed for 12.5K and drops to 8K and off of a backwards effort.......fits well if rebounds but I have my doubts


race 4    average clarity

5  Greyline    nice forward move with plenty of support at the windows in latest.......1st on the grass and I like this colt's pedigree to be able to handle the change in surfaces

2  Baby Blake   six seconds in seven grass races.......very likely to fire a strong race on the grass again here........but obviously needs to overcome his tendency to hang in the stretch

7  Only The Gold   just claimed by the very capable Vann Belvoir and he might have the trump card for this gelding as the a.m. work is vastly better and he seems fit to step this runner up quite a bit.....and some back numbers fit well

8  Inflamed Spirit

Long-shot possibilities:    1  Captain Beau   owns one lifetime grass race run over 2 years ago which fits well here......lousy recent form of late but his recent works suggest he might be vastly improved since his last race


race 5    average clarity

5  Circle The Moon   last 4 races run on firm turf fit here especially his latest where he coped with a nasty set of fractions and did well to only get beat by 2 1/2 lengths

7  Insideondoutside    very consistent runner on the sod......last effort at today's level and distance is quite solid and better than par for the level

Donato   lead type only mostly will likely need our top pick (and maybe the 6 horse) to sit off of the pace to prevent a suicidal speed guess is he will and that can give this Spawr runner what he desires

4  Smokey Lonesome


race 6    average clarity

3  Corlett Drive   fell off in last somewhat......what we want is her strong effort run 2 races back and the effort is hidden by a bad trip...............bullet 6F work just 6 days ago says we are going to get it.....and hopefully get it with a good trip-a-roo

5  Gifting   Bob Baffert 1st timer seems all set to roll in her MSW debut.......and if she has some early gas (as so much of Baffert's stock does) then her chances are enhanced here in this field lacking speed types

6  Kanowait     not much at a route on the grass in latest but her MSW turf sprint debut is a solid slightly better than par effort.......1st on the dirt but is bred well to handle the change in surfaces


race 7    average clarity

5  Sky Kingdom   powerful 1st ever in a marathon in last surprised the heck out of me and sounded as if the strength of the race surprised Baffert as well.......1st ever on the lawn today but bred just fine to handle it

4  Lime Rickey    assigned 112 lbs and Bejarano can make the weight......that can do wonders for an inferior runner competing over his head especially at the ultra marathon distance of 1 3/4 miles.....and the Bill Spawr runner is no stranger to marathon races

7  Smart Ellis    115 lbs here and Gomez can make that weight assignment provided he didn't pig out at dinner last night.......lifetime best in latest and this runner must have exited the race in good shape for Mandella to put him in a Grade 2 affair.........distance is a question mark but if world class trainer Richard Mandella thinks he can go 1 3/4's that is good enough for me

3  Fire With Fire


race 8    slightly above average clarity

6  Already Rockin   did well to snatch 3rd (beaten 8 lengths) in his maiden debut as this Ted West runner broke a little slow and ran way too way......meets top jock in wins will be out to make amends in this gelding's 2nd lifetime endeavor

7  Captain Corrigan    improving nicely with every start and now this gelding gets a significant rider upgrade......likely to fire best ever today

1  Rio Hondo    solid maiden claiming route debut in last......and R. Mandella is more dangerous with 2nd time starters......and what a terrific SA meeting he has had

3  Soul Saver


race 9    average clarity

2  Hard Rockin Girl   set a nasty pace and rightfully tired in a somewhat impressive one mile turf race in latest.......good speed rider remains up..... .seems likely to rate her better today and save something for the stretch

8  Scooter Bird    strong late finisher could have broken her maiden in last if she wasn't blocked in the rider today.......same distance and surface......and sharp recent works

3  Indygo F M A   definitely on the right end of the learning curve......retains Bejarano......and finally draws an inside post after having to deal with 2 outside posts which is no bargain at 1 mile on the grass at SA

6  Jazz On The Beach

4  Fine Assay

5  Charm Catcher




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