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Los Alamitos for Friday 13 September 2019

So so race card this afternoon but I like both cards on Saturday and Sunday.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Cat's Desire   lone 4 year old filly faces four 3 year old filly foes and owns the best history in route dirt races........and she seems capable of running well with or without the lead.........trainer is 0 for 20 for 2019 but might get off the snide here with

2  Lucky Brite Eye   like the chances of this three year old filly if the connections/rider decide to take her back early because if they don't she will get involved in a pace that she likely can't handle

5  English Empress   doubt this filly 1st time starter is much but her trainer Valdimir Cerin towers over the other four trainers in this field ability wise........can't ever remember writing that comment


race 2    average clarity

1  Claudelle   drop from MSW to MC40K makes sense as this filly usually needs 6 to 8 weeks between starts........7 weeks since her last racing endeavor.........plenty of morning work in the interim.......6 1/2F is a good fit and might not be for a few in here

6  Morning Cynn   another dropping from the MSW ranks to MC40K........she has been absent since 23 March but both of her lifetime races fit solidly in this spot if of course she returns the same individual (or better) off of the 1/2 year layoff.......went for only 70K at sale so the drop to mid priced MC makes some sense

4  Buyback   decent debut in the 31 July version of this MC40K  over at Del Mar........but ........she will likely need to build on her debut to be a player here if either of our top two picks run to there potential.......rate it about 50/50 proposition that she does "build on her debut


race 3    above average clarity

2  Platinum Equity   Steve Knapp won 2 on Sunday and he might add another with this gelding who has run 3 consecutive races that fit very well at today's level and last of which was run at Lrc on 29 Jun........gelding also is (9 6 1 0) "at the distance" and trains as if he feels awfully good......should be one tough cookie with good dirt jock Fuentes in the saddle

4  Implicitly   route speed colt might have to deal with other speed in this field as 2 of his 4 foes in this small group also like to run on the front end.......but it might not matter as she is two for two at Lrc winning by a combined total lengths of 14.........yikes-o-rama!

1   Cabin John   gelding was just claimed by Dean Pederson and company and they have to like the fact that their new shooter should get a nice trip stalking some high level speed that can sets things up for their new acquisition........but of course then he needs to hold off our top pick who should be flying late


race 4    above average clarity

5  Eclair  dull debut especially considering this Baffert two year old filly went off at 3 to 5 odds........but then she ran a big effort/number on the grass at 5F in her next start.........solid 4F dirt drill since the 24 Aug turf class trainer is 4 for 8 at the meeting and has a big chance to make that 5 for 9

9  Bye Bye Beautiful   well-bred filly is training too well to ignore even for trainer in Eric Kruljac is 2 for his last 75 with 1st time starters........and my guess is this youngster has some early gas as speed rider Maldonado gets the call and the trainer doesn't ride Edwin very often

8  Charging Home   O'Neill 1st time starter also shows some a.m. signs of being meant and ready to roll........last three works hint he is peaking when it counts the most as in right before his MSW debut

6  Go Big Blue Nation

4  Well Done Sally


race 5    average clarity

6  Rineshaft   copious works and with a few of them rather decent.......signals a 1st timer that is likely ready for Hector Palma who often doesn't push them very hard in the a.m........good sire and mom has tossed 4 winners from 5 starters.......draws one of the better jocks at the meeting in Fuentes

5  Zorich   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  fell off in his latest but the effort was better than it appears in print as was his race 2 back where he popped a strong adjusted for trip Santucci fig (about 9L) that stands out in this he up for a rebound......tough to tell but a big factor in the outcome of this race if he is

2  Alvaaro  (tie for 3rd choice)  par like debut in his MC40K debut way back on September 28th 2018........claimed in the race by O' are up to snuff........1st time competing as a gelding.........very dangerous sort

3  Norski  (tie for 3rd choice)   take not that Hector Palma also conditions our top pick.......six lifetime races and three of them were on "off tracks" which is extremely unusual to see in sunny S Cal........the three on fast dirt stand out as his best three races by far and that is rather hidden........solid 3F drill at SA just 4 days ago.........dangerous sort


race 6    above average clarity

4  Kim K   lifetime best and a strong number here was her lone lifetime race at Lrc where she won a Stakes race to break her it seems highly likely that a sharp trainer like Peter Miller will have her all revved up and ready to take advantage of the Lrc racing surface

1  Artistic Diva   very nice filly if she is ready fresh off of the hint that she is and Sadler is usually very tough with quality runners coming off of prolonged layoffs

5  Smiling Tigress   not much but all 4 foes like the front end and she doesn't so the race has the potential of collapsing into her hands.........that and she greatly prefers racing at today's 6F distance where she is (5 2 2 0) on the dirt


race 7    below average clarity

7  Heartfulofstars   race shape seems to favor his off the pace running style.......that and he ran a 107:4 in his lone race at Lrc winning today's racing level going away at the wire by 3 1/2 lengths

2  Restless Rambler  six year old has stats on conventional dirt rated "fast" that seem in 10 wins and 4 2nd's and a 3rd in 15 starts......and he seems at his very best in sprints of 5 or 5 1/2 furlong........that and he was just claimed by the ever dangerous Peter Miller.........hard not to like

8  Annies Candy  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  like our top selection he is an off pace type who gets a spot that is loaded with speed.......proven on the Lrc surface (2 1 1 0)........and a good start at the new meeting for Hollendorfer/Figueroa


1  Aced


race 8    below average clarity

6  Scott's Best Beth   misbehaved at the gate loading and it continued when the gate opened as this filly broke slow.......maybe it was because of her quick 6 day turnaround..........gets a more reasonable 4 weeks between starts this time around.....good history at today's 5 1/2F distance.......race 2, 3, and 4 back fit fine

1  Tengs Wonder   four year old filly is an impressive (7 2 4 0) in 2018 but her lone race off of the board was at Lrc.........but it was not as bad as it appears in print......runs 1st out today following the Jerry Wallace claim.......good sign that Guce rides thru the claim as he has been a good fit with this four year old

10  Time For Kisses   quickly declining numbers for this Sherlock three year old filly who has seen better days.......she takes yet another alarming multi level drop for least she gets to race at Lrc where she won the lone time she raced on it's surface

5  California Appeal

4  Xerneas

8  Copper Cowgirl  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  



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