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Santa Anita for Sunday 11 April 2021

Kentucky Derby Day and our full card selections for Churchill Downs is only 3 weeks away. In a few days you will see our discounted price which will be available for five days only at a $6 savings.

Turf course gets a break this weekend as all 18 races are on the dirt. Sure seems like a good card today.

Best of luck as always!

 

race 1    average clarity

6  Big Passion   both lifetime races with apprentice rider Emily Ellingwood fit fine at today's slightly higher level........Emily is 3 for her last 12 competing in route races.........trainer Tim Yakteen is decent "1st at a route" and also very solid when he moves a given horse up one level.......and last but not least this filly owns a decent pedigree for a route race

7  Starship Sky   mare has something to prove on the dirt as she did not handle it well but it was early in her career........trainer is hot and the drop is significant if she handles the dirt today as well as she has been racing on the sod........hot trainer of late in Hess and some of that success has been teaming up with jockey J J Hernandez

3  Nicole Grace   

4  Keep It Classy

 

race 2    average clarity

2  Kenzou's Rhythm   toss out latest as it appears Treece helped the racing office make the race go and at the same time dirtying up the form of his new acquisition........2nd out after the claim and drops one level below where he was claimed.........Treece is 11 for his last 44 2nd after a claim.........gelding likes one mile on main track as in (10 3 4 0) and you can make that 10 a 9 as his last was a "no go".........go go go today

4  Fabozzi   only time this Mulhall runner went for a claiming price less than 12,500 the eight year old ran what appears to be his lifetime best and it was at today's one mile distance albeit at Lrc.......up for $10K today and with a nice recent improved work showing........gelding likes the SA dirt and also having J J Hernandez on his back

3  Justin's Quest   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

 

race 3    average clarity

2  Barraza   last race fits well in this spot and the race two back for this Baffert colt is even better and disguised plenty by dueling in fast pace on a dull rail..........cut back in distance appears to be a plus.......easy to like this one

5  Doncic   trainer has won with only 2 of his last 32 maiden debut runners but this colt has been training too well too ignore......that and the ever dangerous meets leading jock Flavien Prat wants the mount

4  Perfecto Amor

 

race 4    average clarity

7  Bristol Bayou   wow does it appear that Miyadi and company made quite the claim as this filly who hadn't raced on the dirt since 29 Dec 19 really woke-up on the surface.......she ran a race that is much better than par for today's drastically higher level (MC20K to 32Knw2).........and the effort is supported by gaps of 7 and 4 to 2nd and 3rd........and a jock upgrade to Prat to boot

1  Ballet de Cour   MSW debut gimme to drop and go in 2nd start and win by 5L.........she was not eligible to be claimed in her 3rd lifetime start which off of a long layoff and the effort sure appears to be another gimme to muscle up for a full go today......it's not rocket science

4  Wild Arch

3  Varoma

 

race 5    average clarity

3  Dancing Dana   ultra consistent sort since the blinkers were put on 6 races ago (6 1 2 3) and the most this filly was behind the winner in the 6 races was 1 3/4L.........two very reassuring works since her latest race on 14 March......feeling good......repeat of her latest would be tough here

7  Agreetodisagree   lost to our top choice by 2 1/2 lengths fair and square.......but........she is improving in each and every race and today she draws 1st time Flavien Prat which "might he be good" for those "2 1/2 lengths".......we shall see this afternoon at The Great Race Place

6  Mama Superior

2  Shanghai Sunrise

 

race 6    average clarity

4  Wedding Groom   big forward move in latest and the effort is disguised by a combination of being wide on the turn and with plenty of pace........jock upgrade and Desormeaux looks loose on the lead.......5 to 1 ML would be nice

5  Go Daddy Go   last looks like a gimme to put some doubt into the minds of the claiming vultures lurking above and drop into the claiming ranks for the 1st time.......late runner will be hoping someone pushes our top picks or he might be too late to the party

1  Invictatatus

 

race 7    above average clarity

4  Stressed   with Gutierrez not riding today look who hops aboard this O'Neill three year old filly - Flavien Prat - filly only cost $110K as a two year old so the drop into a MC100/80K (6 lbs off for entering for 80K) is not much of a concern......both lifetime dirt races look good vs. today's competition

2  Ginja   another dropping to aid her chances of getting to the circle of joy.......she only went for $60K at sale so like our top choice it doesn't bother me that this Baffert three year filly is up for $100K today

5  Queen of Arendell

6  Caparegime

 

race 8    below average clarity

5  Trina   on the improve with each and every race since Wong claimed........mare has only been on conventional dirt and the effort run at Lrc is better than it appears in print.......like that Wong is using Cedillo as he knows the jock well from the riders prowess in N Cal........trainer is dynamite at getting a given horse to get back to back wins and this five year old won her latest at GG

3  Liberalism   Koriner is awfully good at getting a "fresh" speed horse to fire a strong race off of a long layoff.......works are solid for her 1st race since 21 August.......speed rider who won two yesterday in Maldonado up........all systems seem to be "go"

8  Little Grazen

2  Little Miss Ellie

9  Homehome

 

race 9    average clarity

6  Uncaged Kitty   Peter Miller three year old filly put in back to back solid 5F gate works (especially considering the given level of racing) to finish her a.m. preparation for her MC50K debut.......that and mom has tossed 4 winners from 4 starters and one of them was also a Stakes winner........trainer is an impressive 18% with debuting MCs

3  Chiquita Piquita   total turf tightening gimme in this girl's debut........and the Cassidy three year filly old sure appears to have muscled up from the race as she just popped a strong 47H bullet work since the race...........should be a price

2  My Tigress

1  Life's Emotions

8  Saturday Heist

 

Posted on April 11, 2021 at 8:49 am by richs · Permalink
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