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Santa Anita for Monday 20 January 2014

Take note of the inside this afternoon as the rail was a little dull yesterday. It sure hurt some low priced speed types that were too close to the inside. Hurt some of my picks as well. I leaned ever so slightly on the rail remaining a little dull today.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly below average clarity

2  Fiesta Express   solid layoff run in last.....step up is a good sign this mare feels quite good 2nd out after the layoff ......small barn has been firing on all cylinders

5  Amulay   seems likely to let the number 4 go which will put her in a nice stalk position which she seems to respond to

3  Gittel   not sure how ready this mare is fresh off of the bench but if she is she is racing at her favorite track and will be in this race in a big way


race 2    slightly above average clarity

2  Indianapolis   solid MSW debut win for this Baffert colt and has trained since as if more is likely today........and more will be tough here

5  Beach Hut    1st on Lasix........ and blinkers off......... and an impressive 6F near bullet work just 6 days hot jock up.......sure seems poised for best ever today

4  Elmonte Cristo   dangerous speed type steps up quite a bit but might be up to the challenge off of two solid wins at lower levels


race 3    average clarity

2  Brokered   3rd out after the layoff..... and...... turf to dirt today might have this Dollase runner primed for his best and his best fits well here.....plenty of gas in this affair to aid his off pace style

3  Protocol    off pace runner finds a good spot loaded with speed......both races on the dirt are par like efforts here......and he might feel good legging up off a turf race

6  Got Even   speed of the speed might get away......when he is at his very best he sure can hold together despite fast fractions

1  Omega Star


race 4    average clarity

3  Big Medicine Man   on the right end of the learning curve....and two things hint the trend can continue today.....retains Bejarano.....and just worked a vastly improved 5F drill

7  Cowtownmary   1ster is showing both speed and endurance in his impressive a.m. work......turf pedigree is a ? mark for me but if he takes to it he might be in the race from the get go and never quit

8  Bury Pacer   trainer's record with 1st time Euro invaders isn't too hot but Mike Smith and his agent sure have been getting on live horses........seems like a good spot if this fellow is ready fresh

2  Closet E  

Longshot consideration:   5  Life's Journey   only grass race with short rest (26 Oct) is quite a bit better than par and it is hidden by a bad trip..........23 days since his last.........that is short rest.....dangerous price shot here


race 5   average clarity

2  Half Dome Dude   most of his career on conventional dirt sprinting fits very well here..........just claimed / bullet work.....all systems go

1  Sammy's A Runnin'   another who has multiple sprints that stand out here in including his last which was his 1st out after the claim........back to the level he was claimed at and Talamo put up......and Talamo has done quite well with this seven year old in the past

3  Senator Bob   might be on a loose lead here and that is a dangerous proposition with a switch to the meets leading rider in Bejarano

6  Zuboff


race 6   average clarity

4  Insideondoutside   better than par figs for today's level in last 5 races on the sod............and his last two are disguised by bad trips........and a jock upgrade......seems solid if he has remained in good form

8  Koast   declining Sadler runners usually are not very dangerous but this fellow seems likely to get a nice mid pack position in a race with plenty of speed.....and might move forward 2nd after the layoff....still I sure wouldn't want to claim him

1  Relentless Heat    4 for 10 on the SA hill........deep closer gets what he wants...... multiple lead type only's in the race......rider upgrade to Talamo who has ridden this gelding well in the past

11  Dixieland Blues


race 7   average clarity

3  Yana    big efforts not to have graduated in both lifetime starts........wide with strong pace in both...........powerful rider/trainer combo in Smith/Spawr.......seems very formidable here

4  Cause Ur My Baby    monster wake up in last 1st ever on conventional dirt.........and the effort is hidden by a horrid journey......very dangerous today if he gets a good trip.......and with 1st time with Bejarano to boot

11  Capers N Wine   definitely on the right end of the learning curve and might be nicely legged up coming off a sprint grass race.....back to Espinoza who has been doing well on Peter Miller's stock the last couple of months

5  More Complexity


race 8    average clarity

2  Pulla Train   last two races on the Tup dirt are very solid here..........and he sure is bred well to handle the green carpet.........a ton here if he is still in good form and takes to the grass as his pedigree suggests

4  Mr. Ornery   seems to be peaking and retains the meets leading rider........solid close into a soft pace in last......1st on the hill but the extra 1/2 furlong likely will be a plus

7  Pulpit's Express   good layoff turf distance race in last......still will likely need a little more today.......decent chance to get it 2nd out after the layoff and route to sprint

3  Crimson Giant


race 9    average clarity

9  Katy's Plum    very strong mc debut last June........squeezed at the start or would have graduated at 1st asking.........returns at a couple of mc notches lower.....obviously stout here if she is at least 85 % of what she was 

7  Yesterday Sings   trainer has scored with his last 4 of 9 2nd time starters.....which is way above his 2013/14 11% win percentage.....2nd out today and her debut isn't bad.....dangerous and most likely at a price

2  Mean Emma Jean   nicely hidden at today's level in last.....ran wide on a good rail day.........fairly impressive to only get beat by 4 3/4L......same effort with a better trip and she likely will be hunt the hunt for the circle of joy

5  Lovely Instinct

12  Singleinthelast

8  Perched


Posted on January 20, 2014 at 11:02 am by richs · Permalink
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