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Santa Anita for Friday 8 October 2021

TAKE NOTE: Just wanted everyone to know that major changes are coming to The Racing Digest next year which I will post sometime in the next few weeks.

There is SHF carryover in race one today. Seems like a decent card.

Best of luck as always!


race 1   average clarity

(SHF carryover of $9,751 for this race)

2  Aloha Kitten   Florida invader consistently tries hard and his lone win (and by 4L at Tampa) came the only time he has raced off of a long layoff as in 5 months......last race 4+ months ago.......Hess finished the SA meeting on fire and legs up one of his top go to guys in Desormeaux

7  Go Greta   suspicious significant drop into $25 claiming for this alw runner from the Baltas barn........but Prat takes the mount so maybe it is time to cut the losses - lose her by way of claim - and win.......we shall see about 1 PM Pacific

3  Frazzled

1  Pistachio Princess

6  Starship Sky


race 2    average clarity

5  Simmer Down   trainer Ryan Hanson is very reliable when he shows good works with a given horse and that is the case here with this three year old filly......he also is good with the sprint - sprint- route scenario which the case here........and look who wants the mount - Mr Flavien Prat

1  Rowangoeshollywood   top 3 lifetime races are the only 3 times this filly got to run in route races......just claimed by Art Sherman and he puts up bug boy Herrera and his 7 lbs weight break and Diego is 17% win in routes.......should be in the mix from the get go

6  Secret Maneuver

7  Zahra

2  Starship Defiant


race 3    average clarity

5  Best Chance   colt appears to be at his best with about 2 months off between starts and gets that today.......and he seems to appreciate the SA turf the most and also the one mile turf distance.......Bravo has been in a bit of a funk (1 for 18 with many live/good mounts) following an outstanding Dmr meeting but he might snatch his 2nd win here

1  Liar Liar   1st time gelding and a significant jock upgrade to Prat especially for a turf race.........very good history/figs breaking from the one hole in one mile turf races......plenty to like

9  East Rand

10 AE  Absolute Unit

6  Bee Catcher

3  Nerves of Steel


race 4    average clarity

5  Lady O'Prado   filly just won by 10L in a 16nw2 claiming race which has the same par time as this open 10K.....her number wasn't that great considering the margin of victory but she did it so easily one would surmise she has plenty left in the tank for today

2  Perfect Ice Storm   when Sadler goes to Prat with a cheap horse he isn't messing around........five year old mare was protected in her last race hinting the race was a gimme to get away with today's drop.....last time she raced as low as 10K she won and fired her lifetime best.......hmmm

4  Destiny's Journey

1  Avisse

10  Chollima


race 5    average clarity

3  Viazar   very dangerous team at Del Mar in Gallagher & Rispoli as almost every thing Umberto rode for the trainer was very "live"..........five year old mare has never missed the board in 8 route turf races (8 1 6 1) and she is a perfect 1 for 1 in turf routes at SA......and her last 5 races are par or better for today's level.......all that and a good post to break from especially with the rails out 30 feet

5  Shizaamnice   solid win to graduate in her latest which was her 2nd start in the USA......she was our top selection in the race off of a big number in a 5F turf race which was disguised by a very bad start in an extremely fast 5F turf heat for the F & M MSW level at Dmr........previous race was in Ireland (and at today's one mile turf distance) where she beat 14 of 17 foes and the 3 horses that beat her came back to win their next start........hard not to like

6  Deise Delight

1  Agreetodisagree 

7  Bestrella


race 6    average clarity

2  Hay Juan   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE  O'Neill shows signs that he might be ready to heat things up and he is usually at his most dangerous 1st following a claim which is the case here........that and J J Hernandez sees fit to ride thru the his chances if J J can avoid a unsustainable speed duel one way or another

7  Sauls Call   two year old seems like a need to lead type and he has a couple of other of speed horses to cope with.......but it is hard to ignore his last two races which were at 5 1/2F and he won them both by an average of 5 negative which helped make our 2nd choice instead of the 1st pick is because Cedillo is 0 for 22 at the new meeting and with many decent mounts

1  I Know Cash Flow

3  Prince Hussar

8  Shortman


race 7    average clarity

3  Bruja Escarlata   filly is 3 for 4 lifetime and her only race at today's 6F turf distance was her career best and run at SA.....T C Baze wisely stays put attempting to get his 4th win on this promising four year old who is back on Lasix where she is a perfect 3 for 3

1  Gidgetta   quite the late running filly in sprint races dirt or turf as she has closed down of the leaders every career effort.......Prat remains up and that is especially dangerous with only 6 horses or less to negotiate on the turn and stretch drive

4  Beautiful Ballard

6  Five Pics Please


race 8   below  average clarity

6  I Got a Gal   tepid top selection was bet in her debut to 2nd choice but she had little chance to win as she pressed a very fast quarter and fairly fast 1/2 especially for a two year old filly........3 reassuring works since the 5 Sept race.........Rispoli stays put.........might get ignored some at the windows

8  Aqua Julia   dangerous looking work tab for this Richie Baltas MSW 1ster.........and he draws the attention of Prat and his agent which theses days is as dangerous a sign of readiness as it ever has been......and that folks is saying something

3  Butterfly Barb

9  Brocade

1  Awesome Taylor    SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE


race 9    average clarity

4  Floral Essence   trainer is 3 for his last 7 with 2 others hitting the board with the MSW to MC move........all but one of this girl's races put forth would likely crush word of caution is that she stumbled badly in her latest and when a given horse does that "buyer beware" as they sometimes tweak something for the worse

1  Badger Kitten   big hidden in it's strength effort two back at Delaware off of 42 days rest........decent 2L short of par race 1st into the Cal racing scene in her next.........back in 47 days.......might be poised for best to date..........J J sticks around to find out

11 AE  Mongolian Mission    SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE

3  Chantal

7  Sky On Ice

5  Quinevere


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