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Santa Anita for Saturday 13 March 2021

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Nice race card today and with 2 Graded races carded both of which came up strong.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   below average clarity

2  Daniel's Magic  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  nice awakening in 3rd lifetime start 1st time on Lasix and 1st ever in a his 5 Feb turf sprint he checked hard in the stretch and had to gather himself and yet he "restarted" a strong stretch run........jock wisely stays put

11  Chasing Fame   needs his effort 3 back which was better than par for today's lower level.......three year old makes the ever dangerous MSW to MC move for assistant trainer Mora who takes over for O'Neill as he has been suspended for 10 days

8  Imissbaymeadows

5  Call Nine One One

3  Arrest


race 2    above average clarity

5  Triple Tab   six bullet works and at three different has tossed 5 winners from 5 starters and two of them were stakes winners.......and at the helm the planet's best trainer with debuting MSW runners........all that and a jock who won six races in a row in Flavien Prat

3  Barraza   double barrel action from Baffert as he also conditions our top choice........big hidden move forward for this colt in his last as he dueled a decent pace and did so on a dull inside........predictably tired but still earned a Santucci fig that was 2 1/2 lengths better than par for the MSW level

2  Eyes Open


race 3    average clarity

3  Gator Shining   back on Lasix today and that might be a really good thing as the only time this Baltas colt ran on Lasix he fired his best to date........and the strength of the 6 furlong grass race race is greatly disguised by a tough trip......change in riders today and Franco sure has been in a prolonged slump but not for Baltas as he is (4 2 1 0) riding for the trainer over the last two months

5  Party Game  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  both turf routes for this three year old since arriving in the U S of A are better than they appear in print......and he might be better sprinting as his two turf races in GB were good sprint efforts

6  Coulthard


race 4    average clarity

4  Elektronic   new trainer in Palma takes over a five year old that has never raced on conventional dirt but who is training great on it in the mornings at SA........1 for 60 jock aboard but even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then......hard not to root for Eswan Flores who is in quite a slump

5  Mr. Lovejoy   just claimed by Cerin who is a stellar 30% win with his last 50 runners racing 1st after a claim which is the case today........gelding appears to be the speed of the speed and gets J J Hernandez who is one heck of a stout jock with sprint speed types

2  Littlebitamedal

3  Fantastic Day


race 5    average clarity

1  Media Blitz   colt has been away for one year but is proven "fresh" and he owns a pedigree that screams the longer the regiment supports the idea that he is fit and ready to roll.........both of his 9F races run as a young three year old fit well........hard not to like

2  Big Buzz   another who has been absent from the game (22 August last race) who shows works that say he is well meant fresh off of the bench.......and he draws the red hot Flavien Prat........good races at 11F so 10F of turf should fit him well

4  Tropical Terror


race 6    average clarity

5  Oil Can Knight   very suspicious drop for this Knapp five year old but if he has remained in relatively good health he should win this it about a 50/50 proposition that he has

2  Tobacco Road   moved forward in his latest 1st following the Ryan Hanson claim.......he was blocked in the stretch or would have easily have been 2nd.........2 for 5 at today's 7F dirt distance.......1 for 23 racing everywhere else

9  Jan's Reserve

3  Shane Zain

4  Rinse and Repeat


race 7    average clarity

5  Cistron   not much speed for a Grade 3 turf sprint race and this Sadler seven year old has plenty.........away since May 2020 but he won the 2020 version of this Grade 3 turf sprint (albeit at 5 1/2 furlongs) off of long layoff.......that and he gets a significant jock upgrade for a turf race......likely loose but he is capable of winning on or off of the pace.........such a deal

7  Jolie Olimpica   hard to argue with a lifetime record of (8 5 3 0) and the fact that Mike Smith has been aboard for all five of his races since arriving from Brazil.........trainer is are hot........difficult to separate the two top picks

2  Gregorian

3  Bob and Jackie

4  Sombeyay


race 8    average clarity

6  As Time Goes By   ultra impressive 1st at a route in this girl's latest earning a number in a nw winners alw race that is better than par for today's Grade 1 level......retains Mike Smith who will be wearing his Superman outfit for today's Grade 1 as opposed to being dressed as Clark Kent for his everyday mounts

3  Harvest Moon   after winning four straight races on this fine filly Prat needlessly dueled in one nasty set of fractions where if he had taken back he might have won the BC Distaff at 16 to 1........should be interesting what he does here in this race that looks just as good as any BC Distaff affair

1  Swiss Skydiver

2  Golden Principal



race 9    below average clarity

3  Bang for Your Buck    hellooooooo turf.......did this four year old fire a big vastly improved race in his 1st ever on the sod..........he was given a bad ride by Victor Espinoza but still overcame the trouble to graduate..........he will need a better trip stepping into today's higher level but if he gets it he is the one to overcome

9  Caerulean   consistent sort since switching to turf racing (6 2 1 3) and his best to date was his only race at 6F on the turf which is the distance he travels this afternoon.......Gutierrez is quietly having a nice SA meeting riding the grass and you have to like that he knows this colt inside out having been up for all 8 of his lifetime starts

1  Table for Ten

2  Handsome Cat

5  Bench Judge





Posted on March 13, 2021 at 8:32 am by richs · Permalink
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