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Santa Anita for Friday 2 October 2020

Decent looking card today and a bonus for Saturday as we are going to give selections for the Preakness Stakes and one or two other Stakes races at Pimlico tomorrow.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   average clarity

5  One Fast Bro   3 of 4 lifetime races are strong for the given level and that is not easy to detect in print........away since 20 October but training well........trainer has had a good year albeit with limited starters......and he owns a good record with laid up runners

8  Perfectionistic   very strong work tab at LA for this D'Amato MSW 1st time starter and I almost always like when the most impressive works our out of the gate which is the case here.......and mom has tossed 4 winners from 4 starters and two of them were turf winners

1  Master Ryan   double barrel action from the D'A's barn as he also conditions our 2nd selection.......basically this four year old shows up every time but fails to win........not impossible to find the circle of joy today but I wouldn't count on it

3  R Matineigh Idol

4  Count Alexi


race 2    average clarity

2  Lionite   (4 2 1 0 1) on fast tracks since the blinkers were put on........good history at today's 6F distance........drops multiple levels and his preparatory works are solid........Sadler is 24% win 2nd following a claim which is the case today

3  Oil Can Knight   6 for 11 lifetime on fast rated conventional dirt tracks and a perfect 3 for 3 at today's 6F distance........and like our top choice this gelding drops multiple levels

6  Captain Scotty   decent chance to get what he needs as in a loose lead.......another dropping precipitously to aid his chances .......and Peter Miller is very tough with multiple level drop downs as he just isn't afraid to lose a given horse

5  Horse Greedy

7  I Belong to Becky


race 3    average clarity

1  Parnelli   decent MSW sprint debut.........trainer John Shirreffs is solid in two trainer categories that apply here: 1st at a route and 2nd lifetime start.......two year old colt should be in the mix from the get go enhancing his chances of staying out of trip trouble

2  Hot Rod Charlie   talk about burning some cash as this two year old colt has gone off favorite in all 3 starts and the best he has accomplished is a distance 3rd.......1st time blinkers and back on the dirt where he ran his top Santucci fig in his lone race on it and it was his MSW debut........doubt he is favorite once again

3  Mega Mischief   blinkers on and 1st at a route for his 2nd lifetime start.......decent pedigree for one......still he needs quite a forward move thus easy to make 3rd selection


race 4    average clarity

8  Luxury Liner   route-sprint-route maneuver and turf to dirt should have this Miyadi two year old filly fit and ready to run a solid sprint which she did in her MSW debut 3 races back......and the strength of the race is disguised by a slow start and a wide trip which is not an easy thing to recover from given the 5F distance.......she did very well to run 3rd only beaten for the win by 1 1/4L

1  Allie's Pal   two year old filly steps up from MC50K into today's non claiming MSW affair........seems like a wise move by Wong as she set a sizzling quarter and still held on for 2nd in her debut.......if she builds on the race the bug boy might get away and never look back

7  Dorita's Heart   believe her MSW debut was a turf muscle her up endeavor to be fully fit and go go go go go this afternoon in today's dirt race.....trainer is night and day better with 2nd time starters than 1st timers.......should go off a big number

6  Careless Star

9  Dylans Wild Cat


race 5    average clarity

3  Colombian Gold   Prat is (4 1 3 0) on this three year olf filly from the Miller barn and all 4 of the races were run at today's one mile turf distance.......and this afternoon for the 1st time Prat gets to start from an inside post......such a deal

8  Sanbinos Pride   believe this three year old filly is best on the turf and that is kind of hidden especially in her latest endeavor.......filly ran wide and checked twice (once on the bk-str and once in the str).........nice 6F drill put in only 6 days ago.......come on T C Baze

6  Savy Gal   speed of the speed will likely attempt to wire the field.......filly needs a rebound and Baltas gives her enough time off to possible get one out of her

4  A G Indy

1  Lady Noquez


race 6    above average clarity

3  Hollywood's Best   seems like a wise move by Glatt to move his gelding back into MSW racing following a strong 2nd lifetime start dropping into a MC50K........Glatt is 2 for his last 8 with 2 others hitting the board MC to MSW......Cedillo wisely stays put

5  Arickaree   Baltas is better with 2nd time starters than 1st time starters........three year old had about a half a dozen lengths of trip trouble in his MSW debut and yet he still was only beaten by 1 1/4 for the win........Prat will be out to make amends

1  Lil Richards Bello   lifetime best (and hidden in its strength some by a wide trip) was his lone race at SA and it was his MSW debut........might be up for his very best but it is never easy to break from the one post because of the gap at the the 6 1/2F distance


race 7    average clarity

1  Devils Dance   four year old filly has been at her best when racing on the SA turf and she just worked one fast 4F bullet as in 46:3H best of 30 that worked on 25 Sept.........decent (on the dirt only to date) bug boy Centeno has a shot to snatch his 1st turf win

3  Majestic Gigi   best a.m. preparatory works for a Palma runner in quite some time......filly can fly but so can our 4th pick.......good sprint turf jock in Hernandez especially with speed types........hard not to like even with the potential of a very fast pace

5  Seaside Dancer   best on the SA grass so this filly might awaken because of it and handle the step up of two claiming levels.........that and the sprint-route-sprint move is one of Miller's better stats and that is saying something considering is overall win rate year in and year out

2  Magical Gray


race 8    average clarity   

6  Classy Ruler   lifetime best by far (and a powerful Santucci fig) was run at Santa Anita........Dmr sprint to SA route off of 36 days rest........Dmr sprint 40 days mile route's not rocket science

2  Velvet Queen   good chance to get loose on the lead and at a distance in one mile on the dirt that has yielded many winners in 2020 when racing at Santa Anita.........back to Prat who won on this filly the last time he rode her which was 6 races back

5  Stellar Sound   awfully ambitious following a somewhat slow MSW win in her exceptionally well and back to reality this afternoon should give her a shot at her 2nd lifetime win

7  Storie Blue


race 9    average clarity

3  Shadow Spinx   not much doing in his latest but his race two back is exceptionally solid for today's given level.........Prat is 3 for 5 riding this Baltas five year old who appears at his best in one mile grass races.......good post should help him get a nice ground saving stalking trip which has worked well in the past for this gelding

5  Truth Seeker   lifetime best was the only time this gelding raced on the turf at distance of one mile........sprint-sprint-route set-up should have this Miyadi four year old ready to handle a route.......jock is in a horrid slump.......come on Geovanni

2  Mithqaal   believe this gelding can get a nice ground saving stalk position behind the one horse who usually cashes it in badly in the stretch.......dangerous sort

8  Honos Man


race 10    average clarity

10  Fabozzi   muscle him up route turf tightener in his latest sets him up for today's 6 1/2 furlong dirt year old has done little wrong on the SA dirt winning and running 2nd in two starts on the SA main track.........jock  Hernandez is off to a good start at the new meeting

3  Jan's Reserve   four level drop in claiming for this seven year old is alarming for sure but not as much as it normally would be if Prat didn't want the mount......that and Puype is quite dangerous thru the years with multiple level drop downs

7  Black Storm   jock upgrade and this gelding likely exited his latest in good shape for Mullins to step his gelding up for the second straight time........good rider/trainer combo thru the years in Baze & Mullins

9  Papa Turf

6  Awhitesportscoat



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