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Santa Anita for Saturday 12 April 2014

Speed bias on the main track yesterday as all the horses on the lead at the first call went on to win. So my selections are slanted that way some this afternoon. Card on the 1 to 10 scale is a 6.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Time for Angie   somewhat of a suspicious drop but I sure like when Bejarano sticks around for a small barn when they drop

6  Passion Bucket   T C Baze sure hustled the heck out of his mounts yesterday to get them to take advantage of an inside speed bias (every dirt winner was on the lead) works......right rider

2  Divine Way   poor stats for trainer dropping 1st out off of a claim......but might get an inside stalk position behind a trio that might battle it out in the 3, 5 and 6


race 2    average clarity

6  Dream Baby   easily best early foot in the race looks loose lonely and gone if the track remains speed biased......still has a shot if it plays fair

1  Italian Baba   laid up since last summer but training well enough to be ready.......and she won her debut showing she can fire's rider Aaron Gryder rode that day

2  Pennies From Denny   dismal conventional dirt record.........away since August.......but.........hard to work any better at LA especially considering the level of racing........might be a vastly improved returnee

3  It's Aine


race 3    average clarity

9  Star Act   best grass credentials of those that have run.....not an easy post for the bug save some ground on at least one of the turns or his 5 lbs alw. will go to waste........not to mention a few wagering dollars

7  Cryptic   1st timer is well bred for the lawn and she sure is training as if she is ready and that she might have some early gas........and the race lacks the commodity

2  Lethal Story   last sure looks like the tune-up to be at full throttle for today 2nd out after the layoff.......big effort/fig 2 back for a 2 year-old filly running 1 1/8th in October versus the boys........stout here if she is up to that race

1  Disregarded


race 4    slightly below average clarity

8  Slewissurfing   showed decent early speed in debut and now adds blinkers......if the track surface keeps aiding speed types you will see many adding blinkers in the days to trainer in drills......seems likely to move forward

2  Profire   believe this colt is declining and his chances diminish if the track plays even.....but......if the track remains inside speed favoring good gate jock Maldonado makes him dangerous still

4  Ice Cream Truck    consistent sort seems at his very best at today's 6 1/2F distance......does have a tendency to hang in the stretch

9  Tancred


race 5    average clarity

5  Sky High Gal   very reliable four-year-old filly gets 1st time Bejarano and she is working extremely well with the dogs up on the grass......and last but not least Sadler's grass runners sure have been getting the job done

7  Minds Eye   another Sadler runner..........filly would have a better record on the SA hill turf course than her one win and one 3rd in 4 runs on it if she had had better racing luck on it.......should be motoring late

4  Biorhythm   lead type only might be able to get it and if she does she seems dangerous.......but.......I'm never crazy about using an apprentice in a Stakes where he loses his weight break.....if someone like Maldonado or T C Baze had the mount I would be much higher on fillies chances

1  Ciao Bella Luna


race 6    average clarity

9  True Ten   won MSW debut 2 back like a good thing.......decent route race in 2nd lifetime start......cut back to 7F and switch to the meets top gun.....and the trainer has had one of his better meetings in many a moon

6  Chelios   done little wrong in both lifetime starts.....been away for 2 1/2 months but shows an exceptionally strong tightly spaced set on preparatory work......rather sure very fit and ready

2  Ferocious   good early speed and a hot conditioner in Ellis.......hard not to see this colt being a factor here

8  Top Fortitude


race 7    average clarity

10  Intoxicating Move   filly has found a new home and that home is the SA hill.....two consecutive strong hill races....... and...... her work tab since hints the best is yet to in this afternoon

6  Blake's Magic   also appreciates running down the majestic SA hill turf course.....last isn't bad but what she needs is her effort 2 back

7  Grammy Times Six   Maldonado has done quite well this past month with speed down the hill and he might be able to kick free with this filly

4  Writer Fever


race 8    slightly above average clarity

6  Wild Dude   ultra consistent sort......last is stellar and hidden by being up on the pace too far away from a golden rail ........yet he still only was beaten by 3/4 of a length

2  Wine Police   extremely dangerous when he brings his "A game".....solid shot here if he does......7F appears to be a good fit

7  Big Macher   one of the best claims over the past year in S Cal just keeps improving.....has a shot here if he doesn't end up in a suicidal speed duel with the one horse shipping in from Florida

4  Midnight Transfer


race 9    average clarity

7  J Kat   on the improve with every start not only in final time but also pace wise........that is a very good sign of a developing youngster

2  Broadcaster   useful run off of the long hiatus from the track for this GB invader..........nice forward move last summer in GB in 2nd lifetime start.....formidable here if similar occurs 2nd out after the layoff today

6  Cowtownmary   all three lifetime starts fit fig wise at today's sightly lower level.....1st on the hill is a ? mark

9  Distillery

5  Troy Story

10 Robert E. Lee






Posted on April 12, 2014 at 10:18 am by richs · Permalink
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