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Santa Anita for Friday 21 February 2020

Nice card handicapping wise to start off the new week of racing at Santa Anita. Saturday's also looks good.

Best of luck as always!


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4  Vannavanna Bo Bana   3 of her last 4 dirt routes since the blinkers were put on fit well vs. this weak group........cut back of 1/16 should be a plus........trainer Steve Knapp is off to a very good start in 2020

6  First Empress  MC debut which was on the turf wasn't too bad considering today's lower level and the softness of the field........pedigree for the dirt is this filly benefited from her debut on the sod she should fit just fine here

2  Turkish Angel   likely needs her best to date and she might provide it as she has been on the AW and the turf for her three career races and now gets to race on conventional dirt which her pedigree seems best for.........also she gets a new conditioner in Marcelo Polanco who is a respectable (6 2 0 1) to start 2020

7  Queen Arya


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3  Smiling Annie   Marc Glatt has been chilly at SA so far but might jump start the barn here with this mare who owns solid efforts when racing on the turf at 5 1/2 or 6 1/2 furlongs.....checked and blocked in the stretch in her latest (versus somewhat better) or had a shot at the winners circle.......2 works since the race are improved

4  Querella   blinkers on to help adjust (hopefully with a little more early speed) to a sprint race after 9 consecutive route endeavors.........also Rosario gets the call and he is 6 for his last 16 teaming up with Peter Miller

2  Roses and Candy   like so many speed types this mare often shows her best early speed when racing fresh off of the bench........if she if ready to roll she has a shot to go gate to wire


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8  Daddy's Melody   mare has yet to race at today's 6 1/2 furlongs but when you examine her running lines it looks as though the distance will suit her the rider change back to Cedillo (Rispoli is dynamite of the turf but so far not so hot on the dirt 26% vs 8%) who won for fun on his lady 3 races back

5  Purdue   very dangerous speed if this Truman five year old mare is ready to roll off of a 9 month hiatus from racing.......and if she is ready she sure has the best speed jock on her back (and by a wide margin) that she has ever seen when racing at SA

4  Encountress   both Santa Anita races run on fast rated surfaces fit fine here........and I like the sprint-route-sprint maneuver for this mare which should enhance her chances of having something left in late stretch at today's 6 1/2 furlongs.......should be a nice price

1  Queen Carmelita

6  Promnesia


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1  Naughty Sophie   laid up Javier Sierra five year old mare is working extremely well for today's level of racing........she might display some of the ability she had in the summer of 2018 where she ran three races that would beat these handily

5  Tiz Toffee   two nice races at LA since Rosemary Trela claimed three races back.......that and her mare has a decent history at Santa Anita (7 2 1 2) on the dirt........five year old is capable on or just off of the pace..........such a deal

7  Love a Honeybadger   seemingly needs the lead to run well........good news is that she gets speed jock Edwin Maldonado on her back for the 1st time.......bad news is she has 3 speed horses lined up inside of her

6  Christy Jackson


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7  Mongolian Legend   gelding just popped one strong adjusted for trouble Santucci fig for the MSW level with about 8L of trip adjustment........that and he has but in two quality drills since the 26 Jan race......decent history racing off of short rest and 26 days since his latest qualifies for that

3  Paint Me Lucky   bet fairly hard prior to his return to the race wars following an extended hiatus from the game but tossed a clunker......since that race in late November Baffert has him training like a Stakes runner.......blinkers off for today which is a strong stat for Baffert.......definitely deserves another shot

2  Muralist   3 decent lifetime turf routes and this gelding's pedigree to handle the dirt seems adequate.......that and he gets a rider upgrade to Rosario to help him with the adjustment.......two nice drills since his 30 January race suggests he is one happy healthy individual

4  Strugar


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2  Order and Law   four year old gets a monumental rider upgrade for a turf race and he already owns some one mile turf numbers for today's level that are quite good........barn is ice cold but the fact that they coax Rosario to ride hints this one might break their win-less at the meet

6  Takeo   might be loose in this spot void of much early speed and with a decent front running route turf rider in Brice Blanc.......and.........trainer John Shirreffs has had a very fine 2020 with limited starters (15 4 1 3)

3  Sea of Liberty   all four lifetime grass races were run at today's one mile distance and were at Santa Anita.......gelding was competitive in all four and his last two worked out to be par like for today's level when you adjust for trip.......not out of the win picture by any pun intended


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5  Mucho Macho Woman   Ellis and company had to be relieved that they didn't lose this filly dropping to MC40K in her last where she won by about 10 lengths running a time that is 4+ lengths better than par for today's higher level of racing.......and her a.m work since hints she should be up for similar or better today.......believe that this Ellis filly will be one tough cookie this afternoon

2  Jaccat   lifetime best by my book was run last summer utilizing the turf to dirt move..........turf in last and now dirt today 26 days later.......and back to Prat (after being absent for 3 races) who by far has gotten the most out of this Leonard Powell six year old mare

3  Tinsel Town Queen   toss out her latest as she doesn't care much for the sod.......likely needs her best ever today (and then some) and maybe racing turf to dirt can provide it


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3  Best Chance   powerful back to back tightly spaced works the last of which was only 4 days ago should have this Sadler colt razor sharp.......solid better than par dirt route race in latest and the strength of the effort is somewhat disguised........handles the turf OK and that also is somewhat hidden.......hopefully that will help the price that this three year old goes of at

7  Champers   all three lifetime grass races fit fine here and they were run at SA at today's one mile distance.......and you have to like that this is Mike Smith's only mount on the card.......that and Smith and Hess teamed up for a nice win last weekend

4  Railsplitter  lifetime best was run last summer at Del Mar in his lone turf race of his career and it was at today's one mile distance........1st time gelding today and also takes the blinkers regiment preparing for today hints that changes have worked........we shall see about 4:30 p.m. pacific

9  Brother Reid

6  Master Recovery


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