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Santa Anita for Sunday 3 January 2021

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OK race card to close out week two of racing at Santa Anita. Week one was decent but week two not so hot. Hope to salvage one good day this afternoon.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

3  Offshore Affair   believe Rispoli will go after the front end of things and attempt to slow things down and if someone else grabs the lead this gelding is capable of winning without it.......either way the pace scenario seems to favor those up close early

5  Sea of Liberty   decent race in his latest and it's strength is disguised by a bad trip.......jock upgrade especially for an off pace turf runner........solid a.m. work.........good history on the SA turf (7 2 2 2)

7  Camelita's Man   strong late running four year old colt is training sharply and retains the red hot J J Hernandez.........trainer Dean Pederson is very solid with two stats that apply here: winner last race and racing off of 46 to 90 day breaks

1  Big City Bane

8  Kakistocracy


race 2    average clarity

4  Bye Bye Miss Pie   very solid drills for this 1st time starter especially for Puype who usually doesn't push his developing horses too hard..........and look who lands on the 1ster........Flavien Pratt

2  Pharoah's Heart   another 1st timer who appears meant and ready for her debut into the wonderful world that is Thoroughbred racing........and like our top pick she gets a top tier rider

5  Little Rachael   wise move by Victor Garcia to get this filly out of a claiming affair as his four year old has run two races that fit at today's level........retains the red hot J J Hernandez and blinkers go on today likely to help her break better from the gate


race 3    average clarity

7  Vegas Kitten   very consistent grass horse in 2020 outside of one 12F turf affair which he didn't care for.........Rosario should be no worse than 2 wide on turn one sitting 1st, 2nd or 3rd......that should set thing up well for his chances of being well placed on the back-stretch.....hard not to like

6  Shadow Sphinx   another with some tactical speed and a rider who is capable of putting it to work with an up close ground saving trip.....that and the six year old is 4 for 7 at Santa Anita on the negative is that it seems a little fishy that he was protected in his last and won earning a big fig and yet he is up for $50K today

2  Maestro Dearte   seems the sharpest of the off pace runners in this field of seven.......connections will likely have their fingers crossed the race will produce faster fractions than anticipated

4  Untamed Domain


race 4    average clarity

2  Shane Zain   Baltas sees fit to drop his six year multiple levels and makes a significant rider upgrade to Rosario from an average apprentice in Centeno (at least so far) very reassuring drill since his last.......very tough if this fellow is doing decently physically speaking

12  Flip the Coin Jan   another dropping multiple levels and draws one of Santa Anita's top jock's making for a big rider upgrade from the same bug boy (Centeno) mentioned in our top choice

3  Street Image   need the lead type and he has a shot of getting it here.......trainer Eddie Truman is ever so dangerous 2nd time after a claim and espicially so when he puts up a stout rider.......and no one is hotter than Hernandez at the moment

1  Awhitesportscoat

5  Camby

11  Minoso


race 5    average clarity

3  Equal Measure   2 for 2 with today's rider Kent Desormeaux up and 0 for 13 with others in the saddle........with that in mind it hints that her latest was just a soft turf sprint tune-up to muscle up and be fit and ready for her drop into claiming........that and she is racing at what appears to be his best distance

2  Jen's Battle  SCATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   Rosario is familiar with this east coast invader so the fact that he lands here is more significant than it usually would be........filly has only been around two turns once and it was one of her better lifetime races.......she is well placed for success today and she has a good history racing off of breaks.......8 weeks since her last qualifies for that

7  A G Indy   trainer is oh so dangerous 2nd out after he takes over the training duties of a given horse either by claiming or by private deal.........rider is ice cold on the grass of late but I doubt that will continue much longer.........filly as usual should be in the mix from the get go

8  Sabinos Pride

1  Lucky Peridot


race 6    average clarity

2  Du Jour   powerful route turf MSW debut for this Baffert colt who nearly broke his maiden at 1st asking despite a very wide trip from a difficult post in the 10........if he runs as well on the dirt today he should be awfully tough breaking from the one post

5  Roman Centurian   no action on the board whatsoever (18 to 1 in a 5 horse field) in this colt's MSW debut and yet he ran fairly well.......that race likely was a prep to have him fit enough to strut his stuff in a big way 1st at a route......Callaghan won a race with a three year with 1st time Lasix (no Lasix for the two year old runners) yesterday......might make it 2 for 2

7  Star Sailor   sprint-sprint-route scenario for this Sadler three year old who really ran a strong effort/fig in his 2nd start and 1st on the dirt......gets 1st time Rosario for start number 3........bred to love a route race......six works since his last which was run on 8 Nov..........seems very ready and dangerous

1  Chasing Fame

8  Editor in Chief


race 7    below average clarity

6  England's Rose   solid rider upgrade for a turf race especially with a late running grass horse that this mare happens to pace mare isn't the best exiting the gate but her pedigree suggests the 9F of turf should be a plus for her and her rider Umberto Rispoli who won two yesterday

5  Shes'a Perfectlady   beat our top pick in her latest and might again as she is also bred well to handle another furlong of grass ........that and she has been able to put in 5 works since her latest run in mid Nov........feeling good

8  Wind and Hope   jock/trainer won as a team yesterday and might be able to do it again here as this mare should get nice early position in the race stalking the 1 and/or the 4 horse......her staying power come stretch time should be significant as she cuts back in distance a full furlong

1  Acoustic Shadow

7  Disappearing Act


race 8    below average clarity

7  Kalypso  almost always like a Baffert runner who takes the blinkers off following a series of solid races where they seemingly did nothing wrong.......he is the only trainer that I can say that about......the man is sharp.......similar scenario yesterday for our 3rd choice in a G3 who was one more jump away from beating his 1 to 5 barn mate

3  Exotic West   solid MSW winning debut and her a.m. work since hints she will move forward and have a shot at going a perfect 2 for 2 to start her career........very high % combo over the last 3 months in Cedillo & Baffert

5  Varda  SCATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  three speed horses (#6 is also a Baffert runner with speed) and this closer has Baffert's chances covered in this Grade 2

6  Frosteria


race 9    below average clarity

2  Nu Pi Lambda   tepid top choice retains Mike Smith who will be out to make amends as he dropped the whip when this mare was closing well in a 5F race at Dmr on 29 Nov..........away since but continues to train like a happy healthy filly......20 to 1 ML

3  All Quality   4 drills since this mare last ran in late Nov and they are tightly spaced 6 days apart........switch to Rosario and the fact that Miller doesn't drop this gal down hints that Miller now has a handle on this five year old he took over in late our top pick she should go off a price

9  Woke Up to Aces   speed of the speed as this filly can really fly and usually breaks sharply from the metal monster........and her endurance should be good coming off of a 1 1/16 turf race

6  Quiet Secretary

7  Althea Gibson

11  Dolce





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