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Santa Anita for Thursday 2 January 2014

After a card I didn't care for yesterday it sure is nice to be looking at two straight cards that look decent to me in Thursday's and Friday's.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly above average clarity

3  Electric Eddie   has been competing well versus better and could use a confidence builder and an easier payday so back in a MSW to accomplish both 

2  Oh Billy Billy   might be a bit too much esoteric thinking but here is the scenario: colt was training great prior to MSW debut until he needed an 11 day break in his works and then his last work was Baffert had to use his debut to get him back to where he was.......and the works since his dull debut indicate he is back on track.........1st long but this expensive Cal-bred has a pedigree to appreciate the one mile distance 

1  Unusual Fleet   so so MSW debut on the AW sprinting.......2nd lifetime race routing on the turf is better than appears in print as it is disguised by a bad trip.........blinkers on for today should have this Hollendorfer colt in the hunt from the get go......1st time Bejarano for the trainer hints this fellow is getting sharp


race 2    average clarity

5  Caraquista   nice stretch run into soft fractions.....likely to get ample pace here.......should be flying late if this filly has held her form which I believe she has

4  Socialbug   might be the speed of the speed here........both races on the AW would likely beat these.....but.....her only race on the SA dirt is a dull one........deserves another shot but doesn't deserve top selection status

3  Scherzinger   toss out 1st on the grass in latest.......prior to her dud on the grass she was on the improve........seemingly a good spot for her closing style


race 3    average clarity

7  Senor Pegasus   might have needed last......and a sharp little 4F drill since.......cut back of 1/2 furlong appears to be a good fit.......unless the lone 1st timer in the field has some early foot this Bobby Grayson runner will likely get good position close or maybe even on the lead

3  Tasha's Courage   off since MSW debut back in July.......the effort looks as though it was meant as a tune-up........returns as a 1st time well and drops from the top maiden level to the bottom maiden level at SA.......seems meant and dangerous

1  Soul Saver   seems best sprinting on the dirt and running at today's 5 1/2F distance.........fired best AW race ever in his latest and if I am right that he prefers the real dirt he will likely move forward today and fit here

4  Perfectly Legal


race 4    average clarity

2  Inner Groove   just claimed by Hollendorfer and if the stout trainer can manage to get either of the last 2 efforts out of this seven-year-old mare she fits quite well here.........good sign Bejarano remains aboard as he rides this gal quite well

4  Eltoninadress   autopilot mare likely is still in good form and will be once again be in the hunt from the get go and highly competitive thru out.....and Sutherland knows this mare well having ridden her the last 5 races and giving her decent trips

6  Secret Genius   nice to see struggling Mojica win yesterday's he has a mare who will likely welcome getting back on conventional dirt.......and if it wakes her up and she brings her "A game" she can upset the applecart here


race 5   slightly above average clarity

5  One Time Only   steadily developing Proctor grass runner now gets a major league rider upgrade and the conditioner is red hot especially with his grass runners......that'll do

3  Laria   very green and very impressive MSW debut on the SA dirt in late Oct.........has trained decently since.......owns a good pedigree to handle the turf route........dangerous five-year-old-mare here if she settles down

1  Kid Rollins   OK maiden debut last which was a maiden since are very good and this filly might be doing awfully well for Proctor to raise her up into the MSW ranks....dangerous

6  Shrilanka


race 6    average clarity

3  Senza Fina   what a wake-up in last on the Bhp AW in 3rd lifetime start which followed 2 grass races.......impressive turn move with a hand ride on the turn and all the way home.......believe she will be tough here if this Glatt runner can duplicate the effort in her 1st ever on convention dirt

1  E Equalsmcsquared   been racing well versus better......would have been top choice if it wasn't for this fillies tendency to flatten out in the stretch in races past 6F

4  A P Pepper   major move forward 1st time with the blinkers on in latest.......claimed by Craig Lewis in her last and he just got this filly to work a solid 4F drill........same or maybe even more seems likely today.

2  Monstro Ness


race 7    average clarity

6  Bro's Pro   on the improve and this Zucker runner could have won a Grade 2 in last if it wasn't for a 3 wide trip and a 3 wide trip near the pace setters.......did well to only get beat by 2 1/4L as the "wide with pace" trip was worth about 7L of trouble by my book

4  Regally Ready   outstanding grass sprinter was on the decline until being placed in a couple of 2 turn grass races in Kentucky which appear to have woken him up some

1  My Best Brother   solid race 2 back with Bejarano up.......which was the only time he has ridden this horse..........handled solid pace and stuck around for a close 2nd.......Mr. Bejarano is back aboard today


race 8    average clarity

4  Sidebar   both lifetime races for this laid up Spwar runner fit well and the debut race is hidden by a green since the last day of August but the final drill of 1:12:3H says this filly is ready to roll and possibly graduate this afternoon

1  Dulcemia  big step up in last (mc20K to MSW) and the barn likely knew what they were doing as this mare ran 3rd in a MSW race at odds of 58 to 1 in a 7 horse field........drops back into maiden claiming (mc40K) which ought to make her a top contender here

5  Silk in Silver   near miss in mc debut last and smartly is stepped up two maiden claiming levels.....trainer/rider won last nights 9th with a 2nd time starter......hmmm

2  Corinthian Melody

6  Full's Dress Code

8  Shand

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 10:46 am by richs · Permalink
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