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Santa Anita for Saturday 15 February 2014

Always tough on yours truly (and of course for many of you) when I like a card and things don't work out much at all like yesterday. Like the card once again and I'll be scratching my head if the results this time aren't different.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Omar Little   bad start and then a wide run greatly compromised this Miller runner in his last.......did well to only get beat by 5 1/2L........ jock will be out to make amends  

1  No Ez Money   good enough work regiment to be ready at this level for this Mike Puype 1ster.........five year old has hit the track to work every 6 or 7 days since 5 Dec.......should be fit

3  Bosque Angel   big drills early on and then not so hot......might signal that the barn didn't want to show too much once they realized what they had in fear of getting claimed......another dangerous 1st timer

5  Chat N' Cut


race 2    average clarity

7  Awesome Prospect   big forward move in last both in final time and pace with the blinkers added........improved drill since.....should be in this from the get go

1  Salutos Amigos   Eric Gulliot four year old gelding has seen better days but he's running at a level that seems to fit and like our top pick he just worked a sharp 5/8ths drill in preparation for this race

4  Sidepocket Champ   improving since this gelding learned to take back in the early stages some in sprint races........last sure fits at 6F so the ? is can he do the same at 8F

3  Midnight Casanova


race 3    slightly above average clarity

2  Rangi   versatile four year old can go to the front or take back if need be and that is always a strong advantage when there is only one other speed horse in the field and especially an inferior one......big effort down the hill in last giving one of the better state-breds (who had a perfect trip) on the grounds all he could handle down the stretch

6  Presenceofagenius   done little wrong in two lifetime starts both on the at 6F at Bhp and one at SA at one doubt the hill will present a problem.....very dangerous

5  Monument   plenty of talent at one time but that talent sure has been missing in 2013 & 2014........but very impressive recent works and for a trainer that is waking up........1st on the sod but has an OK pedigree for it

4  Brokered


race 4    slightly above average clarity

6  Seeking The Sherif   likely has the most early speed in the field and has a good gate jock up.......and his trainer Ron Ellis has been firing on all cylinders......all three lifetime races at SA fit here

7  Money Canon   very consistent sort and he may have never been in better form......last sure fits and he might be razor sharp for today as he just popped a 46:3 best of 87 drill just 6 days ago

5  Close To The Bridge  4 straight claims for this seven year old..........trainers like what they see.........last 3 run at SA are quite good and his latest is disguised by a bad trip......caught wide pressing a solid pace.....not a good place to be

1  Master Chef


race 5    slightly above clarity

2  Cowtownmary   seems very loose here.....will need to rate some because of the 1 1/18th distance.......and look who is up today to get that accomplished..........Mr. Bejarano 

3  Bury Pacer   sure looks as if the distance will be to his liking according to his pedigree and also in the way in which has been finishing his 1 1/16th races

1  Life's Journey   easily best ever for this colt was the only time he has run this far.......and the race was run at two......that effort with a better trip does fit here and this fellow will be a price

8  Go Black Tie


race 6    slightly below average clarity

7  Rough Passage   route - route to 7F is usually a good maneuver and that is the case here.....last was decent but what would be very tough here is his run two races back.......retains the meets top gun

10  Vegas Strip   Baffert 1st timer has worked out of the gate 4 of his last 5 works.....and he has multiple drills of 6F........gate works hint he is meant in his debut and the long works hint he is fit enough to meet the challenge of 7F in his MSW debut

6  Simon Kenton   very tight interval training for this Mandella MSW 1st timer says he is wound up and ready to roll for the Hall of Fame trainer........impressive work at today's 7F distance is quite reassuring

4  The Admiral


race 7    average clarity

3  Susan's Express   65 to 1 shocker 1st ever on the grass in last in a one mile grass Stakes........filly won debut in a sprint on the AW so I doubt the hill will be much of a problem

1  Sprague River   only sprint grass race which was at Bhp 2 races back was solid........and 2nd time out for Miller is quite often significantly better than the 1st and that is the case here

2  On The Backstreets   very similar to our top pick in the way this filly exploded in her 1st ever grass her case it was on the majestic SA hill turf course which she gladly gets to see again today

6  Soresca


race 8    average clarity

3  Ondine   highly consistent sort especially on conventional dirt.....and her last was very impressive as she chased a brutally fast pace and only was beat by 1/2L in a Grade 2............should have to cope with only an average pace today and if that does happens he ought to be tough

5  Let Faith Arise   very stout efforts/figs in only 2 lifetime "real dirt" races.....continues to train like a happy healthy individual and for one of the best trainers around in Jerry Hollendorfer

1  Iotapa   excellent 7F Grade 2 effort in last considering it was her 1st race since July........and that 7F effort should set things up nicely today's 1 1/16th race 

2 Fiftyshadesofhay


race 9    slightly above average clarity

9  Kid Rollins   all three lifetime starts fit at today's level of racing and today we get a rider upgrade......and 2 reassuring drills hinting this filly has held form

7  Teacher Teacher   if I thought for sure that this filly was up to repeating her last she would have been the top choice but I am a bit leery about the drop from mdn40K down to mdn20K for a horse that took 7 failures at the MSW level to break her maiden to drop to $40K

4  Charger Girl   monster wake up two races back only running about a length less than our top pick when they faced off on Jan 16th when you adjust for trouble.....and that race was run dismal route to sprint.......dismal route in last - sprint today

5  Itsabeautifulday

3  Bully's Magic Girl

1  Cassie's Harbor




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