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Santa Anita for Friday 10 January 2020

Rather strange oddity that Glatt/Maldonado happen to be our top pick in races 5 thru 7.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  Malibu Cat   Glatt filly has been away from the game for 11 months but she returns with a strong prolonged work regiment that hints she is ready to rock and roll in her 3rd lifetime start.......1st start she went off at 45 to 1 so it was a total gimme.......2nd start the race was taken off the turf and run on an off track where she flashed speed and stopped......we will ignore that race as well

7  Raneem   no action on the board in her layoff run hints that layoff effort was nothing more than a tune-up........her lone lifetime race off of short rest (21 days) was run dirt to turf and is decent........dirt to turf again this time racing off of 12 days rest........seems dangerous

2  Dance Costume   don't see too much showing in the mornings for this Tim Yakteen filly but mom has tossed three grass winners from four starters.........and.........Rosario and his agent want the mount


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2  Busy Paynter   three of her last four races look solid here and one of them was at Santa Anita........needs contact to the front end or the lead and she appears to have the most early gas in the field.......last two times this girl dropped down she won and won quite easily

1  Cimarron   last three fast rated tracks are par or better for today's lower racing level.......away since 18 October but she does well with ample time off between starts.......solid a.m. work......should make a good account of herself

5  All Tea All Shade   blinkers go back on today.......race 3 back where this filly last wore blinkers might get the job done here.......and the race was at today's 6 1/2 furlong distance.........when was the last meeting anywhere Bejarano started out 0 for 17.......solid rider is likely very hungry

3  Incredibly Lucky


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2  Velvet Queen   appears to need the lead to win and she sure appears loose in this spot as her early speed seems to be enhanced since the blinkers were added two back.........she has continued to train awfully well and Baltas is off to a hot start at the new SA meeting.......decent shot to make it 3 straight with the blinkers on

4  Amatara   dull one mile race at Lrc in latest but the race was run on an off track.......lifetime best and better than par for today's higher level was run 2 back at today's one mile distance on the SA hot rider/trainer combo in Gutierrez/Baltas - 4 for their last 7 over 60 days.........very dangerous

1  Persepolis   dull effort 1st at a route in her latest as the heavy odds on favorite......maybe she didn't care for the Del Mar surface as opposed to disliking the two turns.......we likely will find out today as she ran well on the SA surface.......Prat remains up and he knows this filly well as her regular rider........hope this isn't an omen - Persepolis is in Iran - sire of this mare is War Front - dam is sired by Smart Strike


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8  Big Hoof Dynamite   lifetime best (and by quite a bit) was run turf mile to dirt mile and on the drop down........turf mile today and drops but this time competes in a dirt big deal.......Prat (making for a big rider upgrade) and his agent must really like the colt as they accept the mount from a small win-less barn.......trainer might get off the snide today

5  Benny Chang   positive rider change to Rosario who by my book is the best rider in the jock's room..........and when the world class rider teams up with Miller like he is here he is especially dangerous........latest at Lrc fits.....1st at SA is a ? mark

3  Connection   MSW to MC is such a dangerous move one must always take note but the connections sure are "giving up" on their $260K purchase awfully quickly......that and they put up a very low percentage to make as 3rd pick-a-rue

2  Palace Prince


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6  Nikkileaks   filly has decent early speed in this spot and now adds blinkers.......and draws speed jock Maldonado for the 1st time.......moved forward in her last and believe she will again today in her 3rd lifetime start

1  Kleen Karma   no flashy works showing for this Lewis 1st time starter.......but......the trainer sure has put copious drills into this the saying goes there are many ways to skin a cat

5  Rickie Nine Toe's   very suspicious drop (claim bait?) in her 2nd lifetime start considering how well she ran in her debut......blinkers on today.......needs a rebound in her 3rd start and 2nd out after the claim as her 2nd start would likely not be good enough.......and that start was only 13 days ago

7  Smart Girl


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6  Classy Atlantic   in need of a drop in class and gets one........also gets a good spot to utilize her speed as the race sure lacks it for an abbreviated turf sprint of 5 1/2 furlongs.......that and she is capable of preforming decently without the lead if she doesn't get it

4  Drift Away   last might have been nothing more then a dirt tune-up for this mare who has made her living on the sod........Prat stays put supporting the idea of a tune-up on the dirt........race two back which was at 5 1/2F on the sod is solid and disguised in its strength by about 5L of trip trouble

1  She's a Dime   1st on the turf and 1st out in 13 1/2 are good......pedigree for the lawn is good........O'Neill is getting rather dangerous in these abbreviated turf sprints at SA


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5  Royal Trump   five year old gelding should get a nice stalking trip with the 1 horse as her target........five year old is (7 4 1 1) since Glatt took over the training duties......and here's the real kicker - this fellow is (4 2 2 0) racing at SA on the dirt at 6 1/2 furlongs.......yikes

1  McKale   appears to be lone speed so if this gelding can handle the "gap" that exists at 6 1/2 furlongs at SA this five year old might be loose and lonely on the lead and tough to wheel in

3  Oiseau de Guerre   might feel very good as this M McCarthy six year old scratched out of Grade 2 5 1/2 furlong turf race on New Years Day for this race........and he draws Rosario......1st on the dirt but his pedigree suggests he should handle it


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5  She's Devoted   Baltas three year old filly is out working anyone in this field by a wide margin.......and the fact that Rosario lands on her supports the idea this girl is meant and ready for her debut into the wonderful world that is Thoroughbred racing

3  Warren's Empress    somewhat obscure grass breeding but I like it.........plenty of a.m. put the tight 5 day interval for her last two preparatory works

6  Sara Crewe   so so so far on main track track surfaces.......turf pedigree is decent.......recent a.m. work is more than decent.......trainer is dynamite the 1st time he takes over the training duties of a given horse like he is today

2  Bella Vita

4  Bella D




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