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Santa Anita for Friday 6 March 2020

Kudos to Santa Anita as there are many big fields this weekend. Hope that keeps up. OK race card to start the new week of racing at The Great Race Place.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

4  Preaching Trainer   9 lengths of trip adjust in his MSW debut - 18 lengths of trip adjustment in his 2nd start - 6 lengths of trip adjustment in his 3rd start (wide 1st turn and still set a strong set of fractions) and still graduated - appeared to have gotten hurt in his 4th since and but training as if he has fully recovered from whatever ailed him

3  Rookie Mistake   colt needs these 5 1/2 furlong abbreviated sprint races (turf or dirt) as he lacks endurance.......he owns a record of (4 1 1 2) at the distance (turf or dirt)........latest race is his lifetime best and somewhat disguised in it's strength.......two solid works since.......hard not to like

1  Summer Fire   funky rides by Mike Smith in his last two races........Rosario is up for one at today's 5 1/2 furlong distance albeit in the dirt race......but.......he showed he can handle the turf in his latest........and the trainer is better 2nd time turf........should be a price despite Santa Anita's top rider up

8  Jetovater

6  Rinse and Repeat


race 2    average clarity

7  King Parker   efforts when racing on the Santa Anita main track when not wearing blinkers fit decently here especially his latest........he ran 2nd in the 15 Feb MC20K which was run in one fast time time for the given day.......he was beaten by 7L but that still worked out to be a par effort and there were gaps of 2 1/2L & 6 1/2L behind him

3  Shared   trainer Rosales has done well when teaming up with Edgar Payeras and they appear to have a gelding who is improving and that is rather hidden......two back on the SA dirt this gelding ran his best dirt effort to date......then in his latest in a turf route he pressed a hot pace over his head all the way thru the 6F mark of the race.....should be in the mix from the get go and might be feeling good coming off a turf race

6  Git On Your Pulpit   Kathy Walsh five year old has run numerous races that fit here number wise at today's bottom MC level but he sure needs to overcome his tendency to hang in the stretch when the real running starts

14  Bobs Blues Man

10  Unmasked

5  Lil Sydney


race 3    way below average clarity

6  Red Valor   seems like the most likely to grab the lead and that is where this gelding seemingly needs to be as he is (4 2 1 1) the last 4 times he has been on or dueling on the lead

2  Blue Skye Jade   tepid top selection just set an unsustainable set of fractions in his latest and tired in the stretch in a one mile dirt race at the cut back in distance......and......the last time this gelding sprinted (8 races back) he ran a strong par like effort for today's level........trainer shows signs of breaking out of a small slump

1  Norski   voided claim in latest but switches barns since and with a good work showing hinting he is doing OK.......that and you know he will be highly scrutinized before he is allowed to start..........fits well if he rebounded from what ailed him on 7 Feb

5  Kidman


race 4    above average clarity

2  Smiling Shirlee   all of this youngster's dirt races fit solidly and then some vs. this weak group of foes........and she gets Rosario in the saddle today who 4 races back got a lifetime best number out of this filly the only time he rode her........9-5 ML would be a steal but I wouldn't be surprised if she went off at even odds

4  Time for Ebby   just claimed by Chew and the veteran trainer puts his new shooter in a route race where she has plenty to prove........but her best effort/fig and a good fit here was run 10 races back which was the last time she ran as far as 7F........hmmm.......might be an interesting more

1  Desert Smoke   rather short figure wise but she sure likes contact to the front end of things and she should get that today........that and her trainer Eddie Truman has down awfully well with limited starters at the meeting as in 3 wins - 2 2nd's - 2 3rds with 9 starts


race 5    average clarity

3  Audace   finally gets a shot on the grass and I say finally because he owns some stout grass breeding.......that and he has progressed nicely with each and every dirt sprint with his latest progression rather hidden.......not the best pedigree for a route but you can say that about many in this Cal-bred MSW race

8  Big City Bane   best of those who have competed on the grass and retains Joel Rosario for a 3rd straight class rider does have a tricky post to deal with especially with the rails out 30 feet where turn one comes up quickly......or.........would have been top pick-a-rue

7  Brace for Impact  last race is better than par and was with 1st time blinkers........pedigree for the grass and a route are not the best but he sure is well prepared for a route with many drills of 5, 6 and 7 furlongs........a couple of which are quite impressive

5  Tropical Terror

1  Saturday Johnny


race 6    average clarity

1  Concur   like the turf sprint tune-up in his latest.......prior to that he was only 6L behind River Boyne  who won a Grade 3 on the grass at SA quite easily.......he is a speed horse in a race with other speed but inside posts had dominated the one mile dirt races at SA and Mr. go go go is up in Edwin Maldonado.......should be a price

2  Uno Dancer   here is another price and likely a very big one..........last was a gimme in a protected race to drop and go 2nd out after a long layoff.......gelding will sit back towards the rear in a race that should yield a fast set of fractions.......if he saves some ground he should come flying late

3  Kylemore   five year old shows signs that he might be able to win without the lead........and if he can he might be rated too low as his number earned in his latest race is quite a bit better than par for today's $25K claiming level

5  Impression

4  Fabozzi


race 7    above average clarity

3  Tig Tog   solid improvement in latest running slightly better than par for today's higher claiming level and retains Rosario......Sadler is dynamite at getting back to back wins with a given horse and this mare just put in a strong 4F drill since her winning 17 Feb race.....hard not seeing her anything but one tough cookie

2  Kynance   Prat accepting a mount from the Periban barn hints this mare is doing well.........race two back which was at today's one mile turf distance and versus better is strong for today's lower level........good post should help Prat get a nice fairly close to front ground saving trip thru at least turn his chances of being a factor in this race if that is what transpires

9  Sugary   nasty post especially with the rails out 30 feet so Van Dyke will have to work some magic.......not out of the win picture if he does.........pun intended

6  So Much Happy

8  Wind Tartare


race 8    average clarity

5  Synthesis   four year old gelding dueled in a nasty set of fractions and still held on for 2nd in a race run in a good one mile final time for the given level on 7 Feb.......can he repeat the effort.......a ton if he does

2  Hoffa's Union   gelding has been laid up since 27 July following his fifth lifetime race which was at Elp.........but he won his MSW debut by 15L so you know he is capable of winning a route race off of a long layoff........1st time racing in the Miller barn.........draws Prat who has won 4 of his last 8 teaming up with Miller.......can you spell - d-a-n-g-e-r-o-u-s

7  Street Class   plenty of speed signed up might lead to a brutal pace.......if the is the case this gelding is more than capable of taking back and and come flying down the stretch........and Rosario sticking around suggests he is doing well off of the 2 month break

8  Lambeau

4  Justin's Quest




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