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Santa Anita for Saturday 2 January 2021

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The Stakes races run on Pegasus World Cup Day (about 9) at Gulfstream Park. 

Florida Derby Day Stakes races (only) at Gulfstream Park. There should be about 8 fabulous Stakes races carded.

Full card selections (usually 13 races) for Kentucky Derby Day.

Full card selections (usually 12 or 13 races) for Belmont Day.

Full card selections for Travers Day at (about 12 races) Saratoga.

Full card selections for the 2 days of the Breeders Cups at Del Mar 


Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

1  On Easy Street   toss out his "number"  in his latest as he had a wide trip in a pace less race which made for a unusable final time fig........race two back is solid about 2L better than par.......and unless you are a touring pro 2 under is a good thing

6  Uncle Ray  dead last (bad start) in the pace-less race mentioned above.....not where you want to be........gelding has more speed than he showed in his last (good sprint debut) and best use it here as this race has a total lack of ES so you don't want to sit in the back of the pack

3  Waraire   jock upgrade for his 2nd lifetime start.......great spot for blinkers on as Rosario might be able to place this Sadler runner on or near the lead which sure looks advantageous here

8  Frasard

7  Mulholland Highway


race 2    average clarity

3  Popular Kid  he has been facing better and he is well proven running a distance of ground and nobody else in the field has ever attempted a two turn dirt race........stout rider/trainer combo in Prat and Miller

1  Coalinga Road  consistent sort for Gaines and company just fired his lifetime best........1st at a route today but his pedigree for one is decent especially for Cal-bred.......should be on or close to the lead

4  Tizhotndusty   sprint-sprint-route scenario and good looking a.m work........7 lbs apprentice up........trainer is hot of late.........danger city


race 3    average clarity

6  American Heights   very strong turf breeding and her MSW debut sure appeared to be a gimme as she ran evenly and at odds of 26 to 1.......both suggest the race was a tune-up.......Espinoza is here for this mount only........very aggressive work tab........all systems go go go today

9  Smitten by Kitten   MSW 1st timer is working up to snuff and like our top choice she owns a very good pedigree for the lawn.......and she draws the attention of Rosario and his agent........danger city

5  Freedom Flyer   Callaghan filly needs a little more endurance in the very late stages especially since she has to run 6F today instead of 5F or 5 1/2F........maybe 1st time Lasix can help

8  Stressed

2  Shvere Arbeter


race 4    average clarity

6  Little Miss Ellie   very competitive in all four of her lifetime races (4 1 3 0) and her last race back on 16 Oct with "1st time Prat" is very solid.........decent preparatory works.......hard not to like

5  Claro Que Si   last two races for this filly from the Hess barn are better than par (one on the grass and one on the Kee dirt).........meets leading jock J J Hernandez remains up........might be muscled up racing turf to dirt

2  Raneem   seems like the most dangerous of the speed signed at SA on the main track (4 1 2 1) and (5 0 0 0) everywhere else..........away since March but she owns a decent history racing fresh........hard to split our 3 picks


race 5    below average clarity

9  Malibu Hannah  some route turf speed in her MC80K debut and got bounced and blocked the step up to MSW..........bug boy will likely send this filly and if he doesn't get caught too wide I like her chances to finish well with the cut back in distance.......should be a big number

3  Karalinka   solid MSW debut 2nd at GG in a 5F turf race and the winner of the race came back to win again........away since 29 September but her trainer is very solid off of layoff of 3 months or more ........8 to 1 ML would be nice

7  Bleu Ballon   trainer Sean McCarthy is dismal with 1ster's but the a.m. work for this three year old filly is too good to ignore ........might have some ES and that combined with the 7 lbs bug girl up might be very tough to catch

10  Katerini

5  K P Kan Do


race 6    below average clarity

7  Kanderel   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  1st time blinkers and 1st time racing on the dirt........he has been facing way softer than today and he is a late runner in a race loaded with speed........dirt pedigree is good........seems like a solid fit if he handles his 1st racing endeavor on the main track and/or with blinkers on for the 1st time

8  Paladar   last fits and I like the 8 weeks off as this six year old has his physical troubles.......also like Rosario up as he is a perfect 2 for 2 riding this Baltas gelding

6  Kershaw   seems like a good claim by V Garcia and especially since he took a fellow who appears to like the SA dirt the most....... his chances enhance if he doesn't get caught too wide as he has flattened out at today's 1 1/16 distance where so far he is (3 0 0 0)

4  Ekklesia

10  King Abner


race 7    below average clarity

(below average clarity only because it is a Stakes race and now that means no Lasix)

7  Bowies Hero   D'Amato seven year old really responds to Prat on his back........bad trip and then some in his latest racing way too wide and checking some on the 2nd turn........some energy and a relatively clean trip and he should be headed to the circle of joy

3  Bob and Jackie   Baltas five year old appreciates ample time between starts and the trainer shows patience and gives it to him.........low % jock up but he has ridden this horse well and he has been aboard for all 8 lifetime starts

5  Count Again   solid Grade 2 win in his last and it was the 1st out with the D'A training........and he seems ultra sharp in the a.m. since his win 5 weeks ago.......hard not seeing this gelding being a major player

6  Anothertwistafate


race 8    above average clarity

(No Lasix but no big deal as none were able to run with it as two year old runners)

5  Life Is Good   monster MSW 6 1/2F debut for this Baffert baby and eye popping works since........especially his incredible 1:10:3 worked just 5 DAYS AGO.......that will do

3  Parnelli   on the improve with each and every start.......and of course his latest is quite significant as it was his 1st at a route where he earned a fig that is better than par for today's G3 a.m. work since.......likely needs another forward move and he just might be up for one

1  Medina Spirit   almost always like a Baffert runner who takes the blinkers off following an impressive race where he seemingly did nothing wrong.......he is the only trainer that I can say that about......the man is sharp


race 9    average clarity

8  Lincoln City   race lacks speed and this five year old has some.........trainer is hot and his five year old might be poised for his best 2nd out following a long layoff.........12 to 1 ML would be nice

6  Prodigal Son   a ton if he brings his "A game".......his a.m. prowess of late hints that he might be up for that "ton" of run

4  Mesut   scratched out of a G2 race on Friday for this spot......acts as if 6F will be a good distance for this Gaines elder statesman.......4F best of 47 bullet work 6 days ago.........should be flying late

10  Encoder

3  Ultimate Bango





Posted on January 2, 2021 at 9:59 am by richs · Permalink
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