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Santa Anita for Friday 25 September 2020

Good to be back. Very classy race cards on Saturday & Sunday. 

Best of luck as always!


race 1   below average clarity

3  Great Return   both turf sprint races run in 2020 fit well here and both are disguised in their strength by bad trips.......this four year old filly could easily be 5 for 5 in the money in turf sprints if not for those tough trips......should go off a decent number

4  Holly Hundy   Z pattern trip in latest suggests the race was a tune-up........2nd out after a long layoff today should have this filly poised for a top effort.......seems at her best racing on the turf at SA at today's 5 1/2 furlong distance.......good sign that Rispoli stays put

5  Mischiffie   solid filly when when racing "fresh" and she is 2 months "fresh" our 2nd choice she appears best racing on the turf at SA at today's 5 1/2 furlong distance........and she gets a jock upgrade especially for a turf race


race 2    average clarity

3  High On Gin   best of three races run in S Cal was her lone effort at SA where she earned a number that fits well in this spot.........that and she sure appears fit and ready off of some tightly spaced works on the SA main track the last of which was a 48H fourth best of 104 that worked at the distance

6  Trouville  consistent sort especially since the blinkers became part of her arsenal of equipment.........jock upgrade today and she gets to compete at a sprint distance that should be a good fit.........she should get a nice mid pack position with the ever dangerous Flavien Prat in the saddle

7  Munny   turf tightener in her last which was run off of a one year hiatus from the it seems noteworthy that her lone win (by 7L) came in her 2nd lifetime start........four reassuring works since her 14 August return to the race wars.........dangerous sort

5  Dehyfration


race 3    average clarity

5  Psycho Dar   very dangerous speed in this spot and so the the switch to one of the better speed jocks on the grounds in Maldonado should be a good move.......last two races for this gelding are better than they appear in print

9  Seven Scents   best jock on his back in quite some time........four year old colt can really fly late especially if our top choice and our 3rd choice duke it out in the early stages of this 5 1/2F grass race

2  Blackout   seems best on the SA turf course and gets a stout rider in Luis Saez and who has done well teaming up with Peter Miller in the past........believe his chances of taking down this race are enhanced if he avoids a duel with our top pick

8  About Our Time

7  Ultimate Bango


race 4    average clarity

4  Polar Wind   2 of his 3 lifetime route races fit fine at today's level........retains Rispoli in the irons..........Clifford Sise has had quite a rebound year......1st time blinkers today and just what you want to see as in an improved solid recent work.........colt has only been up for a tag once before and it was a 4 1/4L win at SA

2  Bronn   Baffert colt seems at his best in dirt routes and he finally gets to race on the SA main track where he has put in many impressive works..........drop into 50K claiming doesn't bother me much as this three year old went for only $85K

6  Big Hoof Dynamite   (5 1 2 2 ) when Prat rides and in general Eddie Truman is almost always very live when he puts up a top echelon rider........that and his gelding is (6 2 2 2) at the distance

7  The Stiff


race 5    average clarity

1  Eddie's Sister   the D'A was red hot at the end of the Del Mar meeting and he might keep the good times going with this filly coming off of a turf route where she ran a 6F split time the was the best of 4 turf routes run on 21 August........nice four work series preparing for this race and retains Cedillo......filly should be in the mix from the get go

9  Cassie Belle   best work in quite some time just put in 6 days ago for this Sean McCarthy filly.......and the four year old gets one solid jock upgrade especially for a grass race........route to sprint today and that should help her endurance........filly should be closing fast

5  Envy   back in the Saavedra barn after 5 races run for Bob Hess........away since Feb but training like a vastly improved individual........we shall see if that is the case about 2:30 pacific time........should go off a big price

10  Va Va Voom

2  Spanish Channel


race 6    average clarity

3  Into Chocolate   Sise four year old filly is (7 3 2 1) when not wearing blinkers which is the case today.......that and she appears best at SA where she has 2 wins and a 3rd from 3 starts at The Great Race Place.......her lone race run at today's 6 1/2F distance at SA was a win and fits here.........the strength of the effort is well disguised by racing wide and doing so less than 3L off of a fast 1/2 mile split......she earned 5L worth of trip adjustment

7  Amuse   another who appears best at SA and her trainer likely realizes that and has her more than ready for today's Grade 3 race........also like our top choice 6 1/2 furlongs appears to be a good fit.......very dangerous five year old mare from the Richard Mandella barn

2  Qahira   Baffert filly in 4 for 4 racing outside of Santa Anita.......but she has missed the board in both of her starts at Santa Anita......that is enough of a concern to make her our 3rd pick-a-rue



race 7    average clarity

1  Wildman Jack   two giant efforts in his last race and his race 3 back......he broke the track record in his race three back which was at today's 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass at SA......and in his latest race he ran out of his mind to finish a 1 1/2L beaten 4th in a Grade 1 on the dirt at Dmr.......he raced 4 wide on the turn pressing a brutal pace especially considering his wide position........solid a.m. preparation for one of the better individuals in the O'Neill barn

7  Big Runnuer   a perfect 3 for 3 racing on firm turf at SA at today's 5 1/2 furlong distance.......and this afternoon he gets a more accomplished rider on the grass than he had in his aforementioned 3 wins......should be a major player

6  El Tigre Terrible   extremely game in the late stages of a race and his lifetime best was run the only time he has competed at today's 5 1/2 furlong distance........away since the last day of July but he has put in a strong looking series of 5 works

3  Mr Vargas


race 8    below average clarity

10  Bedrock   quite the awakening with the blinkers put on in this colt's his chances if he builds on the effort a little .......improved drill since the race hints that he will

5  Fratelli   Miller is very solid 1st following a claim which is the case here.......and he also owns a good history teaming up with Jockey Luis Saez

2  Oakland Mills   dead on the board in his latest hints that the barn dirtied up his form to get away with today's significant drop in class.........we shall see if that is so about 4 PM pacific time

4  Press Briefing

11  Zorich

3  Sly


race 9    average clarity

3  Kitty Boom Boom   good grass races that fit fine here racing everywhere but at Del her latest which was at Del Mar disguises her ability some........good grass trainer in Richard Baltas .......owns some speed in a race that lacks the commodity

1  Gypsy Spirit   all four starts in the U S of A for this Leonard Powell filly are par or better Santucci figs for today's racing level.........good post and a very solid grass jock in Prat..........would have been top choice if it wasn't for her tendency to hang in the stretch

4  Nice Ice   (6 2 2 0) at today's one mile grass distance........just claimed by Mullins and he legs up returnee jock T C Baze who has teamed up decently with Mullins over the last couple of years

2  Avenue de France


race 10    average clarity

7  Enriched by Deb   1st and foremost this three old filly is training extremely well especially considering the low level of racing that filly & mare MC20K is..........filly should be part of the vanguard early and with a decent 7 lbs apprentice on her back........hard not to like

14  Scream and Shout   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  turf to dirt and MSW to MC20K........owns as good of early speed as anyone in the field and Cedillo best use it from the 14 post to not get caught too wide on the her chances if that is what occurs

9  Suezaaana   filly loves SA and she just ran an improved effort ay Dmr with the blinkers put on.......she should make a good account of herself but she must overcome her tendency to settle for 2nd or 3rd

13  Into Victory


3  Faded Love






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