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Santa Anita for Friday 19 March 2021

Purchase for our special publication covering the Stakes races carded for Florida Derby day at Gulfstream Park (9 Stakes races last year) on March 27th is now available. As in the past the selections will be sent in your email Friday afternoon at approximately 5 p.m. central.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    above average clarity

5  Cargo   one of the most dangerous turf trainers on the grounds in 2021 is Phil D'Amato and especially so when he runs a given horse on the sod for a 2nd time........solid turf sprint in this gelding's MSW debut......very good pedigree to handle a route.......Prat stays put........hard not to like

3  Bukayo   three year old colt should have plenty of endurance with the cut back in distance from 9F to 8F.......that and this Gaines colt should get a nice position on or near the front end in a race that seems to favor those who sit close up early

4  Hail Freedom

7  Big Coupe

 

race 2    average clarity

5  Fabozzi   2 for 2 with today's rider J J Hernandez up when racing in two turn conventional dirt races........total sprint turf gimme in his last racing at a level (over his head) where the connections would been elated if he was claimed........full go on the 3 level drop today.......J J was up for the gimme and remains aboard for today's go go go this afternoon

2  Conquest Cobra   drop makes sense as this gelding is now in the twilight of his career as he is nine.......3 of his last 4 route races run fit solidly here........and Prat wasn't up in those efforts but he is today and he owns a very good history with this fellow

3  Impression

 

race 3    average clarity

3  Hard Metal   just ran 2nd with the slumping Eswan Flores on his back in the 21 Feb version of this one mile MC30K race.........switch to Rispoli (how many lengths is that worth)......hopefully enough to wind up in the winners circle

2  Sky Navigator   plenty of speed signed up in this affair can set things up for this off pace runner who is racing as a 1st time gelding today.......trainer started the meeting a little dull but things are improving for the Dean Pederson barn the last couple of weeks or so......three year old drops to the lowest MC level of his career........graduation day might be at hand

7  Simmer Down  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

4  Short Rib

8  Royal Orb

 

race 4    below average clarity

1  Chasin Munny   soft number in his latest to win off of a very long layoff but although the final time is poor he was able to press a very slow pace and the effort was likely stress free........race two back in Oct of 2019 was a very fast time for a two year so he is capable of more......good gate horse to date should get a nice stalk position behind the 4 who I doubt will like 6 1/2F

3  Ghoul   seems like the most dangerous of the off pace runners in the field ........his latest which is the 13 Feb version of the 6 1/2 furlong grass race is better than it appears in print as he checked on the run-up and was in tight in the stretch or he would have been in the winners circle........1st time Prat

5  Sash

 

race 5    average clarity

8  Stella Noir   very strong work regiment for this MSW 1st timer especially considering who is the trainer........Keith Desormeaux does not push them too hard in the a.m. and yet this filly popped some solid drills including a very impressive 5F bullet work 6 days ago........speed rider Maldonado gets the call hinting this three year old filly likely has some early gas

1  Stressed   assistant trainer Mora is on fire since O'Neill was suspended and he has a chance to keep the good times rolling here with this filly who made a nice move forward in her 2nd lifetime start and 1st on the dirt........hard not to like despite a tough post at the 6 1/2F distance to deal with

7  Lady Aces

5  Just Distorted  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

2  Sharapova

 

race 6    average clarity

2  Disko Fever   seemingly a great spot for early speed and this filly has plenty of it........and when Baltas legs up Gutierrez these days good things happen as in 5 wins and 2 more in the money with their last 9 starts over the last two months........1st at a route but Baltas is very strong/reliable getting a given turf horse to extend themselves

5  Big Beauty   nothing special about the time/effort to graduate 3 weeks ago despite overcoming some trip trouble but she returns off of short rest for today's race......and the red hot high in demand Flavien Prat stays put hinting this three year old exited the race in good shape and can make another move forward and be a major player in the outcome of this one mile grass race

3  St Helena

 

race 7    average clarity

5  Lightning Fast   very strong effort/Santucci fig in his latest which was the 5 Feb version of this one mile allowance dirt race for Cal-breds and the effort is disguised in it's strength........four year old gelding was wide throughout on a day the rail was somewhat biased.......he was given 7 lengths of adjustment which is about 3L more than he would get if the track was "even"......should be a decent price

4  Clayton Delaney   latest race on the turf sure fits solidly here number wise and he has won on the dirt in the past but he still might be better on the sod than the dirt.......but......if that is not the case he has as good a shot of winning this race as our top pick

1  Autisms World

 

race 8    average clarity

5  Circleofchampions   best route turf speed in the race and back to Rispoli and with a cut back of a full furlong of turf to cover.......all make for a top pick-a-rue

1  Blue Star   big move forward in his latest race and 1st time Prat today........and as mentioned earlier assistant trainer Mora is on fire since O'Neill was suspended........three year old should be flying late from far back

6  Warrens Candy Man

4  Gordy's Boy

 

 

Posted on March 19, 2021 at 6:06 am by richs · Permalink
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