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Santa Anita for Thursday 10 April 2014

Very weak card today in terms of quality. Not so hot handicapping wise either as you can see from the "clarity" ratings

Best of luck as always!


race 1    slightly above average clarity

2  Newfound Gold   strong win at one claiming level higher in last wining despite running a touch wide and being close to s stout pace.....back in short rest........and historically that has been a good thing

4  Road Ready   severe drop in last (20K to 8K) and this gelding won despite a wide trip on a decent inside day........repeat of the race with a better trip could do the trick here if this diminishing gelding wasn't used up physically speaking

3  Trucial State   away since Sept. when he was in dismal form but returns as a 1st time gelding and sure is training like the time off and/or the surgery did him some good.........and he has a record of (4 2 0 1) on the SA dirt


race 2    average clarity

6  Courageous Gold   fig/effort wise this Ellis filly towers over this soft field.....and Ellis has been firing on all cylinders....hard not to like this one

5  Mum   well bred filly didn't appear to like a route in her last her 2nd lifetime start........raced fairly well sprinting in her MSW awfully well and Smith sticks around for a 3rd straight time indicating he and his agent believe in the filly   

3  Bev's Summer Song   flashed route speed in latest opening up a 4 length lead (in her 2nd lifetime start) and then tired down the stretch........1st ever on conventional dirt and the way in which she is working at SA hints the change will be a light with the bug boy up......should be in it from the get go


race 3    average clarity

6  Seeking the West  done little wrong since the blinkers were added four races back....and his last is somewhat disguised by a very wide trip......and this Ellis four-year-old gelding owns a pedigree that suites the 1 1/4 distance

1  Woodmans Luck   very consistent deep closer gets the apprentice today and the 5 lbs off that he gets is a distinct advantage at the mini-marathon distance of 1 1/4........does need to overcome a tendency to hang 

2  Honduran   needed last off of the 11 month layoff........blinkers on for today and assuming he has been drilling with them on his recent works hint the added equipment has done him some good


race 4    slightly below average clarity

3  Ryleigh Ruler   lone race was way back in July at the tough Del Mar the race she broke poorly and ran wide on a decent inside day.....trainer has had a good SA meeting........filly sure fits solidly if she is ready fresh and gets a decent trip

7  Queen Mad   didn't care for a route in her last which was her 1st attempt running one.....back to a sprint and drops to mdn30K.........she has been competitive in both sprints in which she was running for a tag

1  Betty Bing Bing   3 of 4 lifetime sprints are decent..........might be poised for best ever today if she really worked the listed 47:2B rather than a more logical 47:2H

2  Wild Optimism


race 5    average clarity

5  Spiced Latte   today's one mile turf distance sure stands out as the favorite distance for this five-year-old mare..........(8 3 4 0)..........(6 1 0 1) at other distances.....Blanc knows this filly well and Brice Blanc has been riding quite well of late

6  Smart N Dreamy   tried dirt for the 1st time ever 1st out after the Hollendorfer claim and didn't care for it........stout conditioner puts his newbie back on the grass and in for the 32K he claimed this filly for.......1st time Bejarano is often a major plus.......should be one of the main players in this affair 

4  Miss American Pie   1st on the turf and 1st at a route today........good grass so route pedigree........owns good early speed on the dirt and if she transfers that speed to the turf she might get loose thus enhancing her chances

2  Toomanytomatoes


race 6    slightly below average clarity

4  Grey is Best   has always been better in the a.m. than the p.m.......great spot to learn what it is all about in the p.m. as this is one horrendous group of bottom level maiden claimers

8  Slight Edge   six-year-old-gelding lacks punch in the stretch.......often these kind logically like the abbreviated 5F sprint distance.....sure like the 7lb app Nicholas up here versus a field of low percentage riders.......worst rider lineup for a given race in S Cal I can ever remember

7  Neurosurgeon   needs 2011 form........can he find it 2nd out after the mega layoff.....fits if he does


race 7    average clarity

8  Midnight Lady   nice improvement in last........and.......... I like when Michael Pender switches from a low percentage rider to a high percentage rider and that is the case here

7  Mark of a Gem   one of only two speed types in this field........seemingly own sslightly better early turf speed than our 4th win and one second (by a nose) in 2 lifetime grass races down the majestic Santa Anita hill grass course 

6  Jade With Envy   away for nearly a year and returns for a new trainer in Mike Puype........and Puype has this proven grass runner training exceptionally well over at LA....sure seems very ready for her return to the race wars

2  Noise of the Crowd


race 8    average clarity

6  Closet E   in good form and now races as a 1st time gelding.......recent drills are improved hinting the ultimate equipment change has been a success........well maybe for the connections but not necessarily for him

8  Warrensgoldenyears   definitely on the right end of the learning curve and retains the meetings top gun in Bejarano......last fits.......more would be icing on cake

1  He's a Real Keeper   just fired lifetime best first at a route albeit a turf route.......might be legged up nicely running off of the turf........ back on the dirt this afternoon which he showed he can handle sprinting

7  Code of Pleasure

2  Even Echo

11  Bluegrass Fox Trot

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