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Santa Anita for Friday 15 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 by the end of the month.

Only two morning line favorites on top today and one of them is 3 to 1. Always like that.

Best of luck as always!


race 1    average clarity

6  Del Mar Drama   best preparatory work (4 Oct) for this Kruljac filly since her strong effort run on 17 July where she earned a Santucci fig that is 2 1/2L better than par for today's level.....that and the trainer is quite reliable when he shows solid drills......filly often runs wide but how wide can you be in only a 6 horse field

1  Kuora  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   only two wins in 9 races since arriving from Peru were her only two starts at one mile........her winning last race came off of 6 weeks weeks since her win seems like a nice amount of time away for her......and Baltas has put 4 reassuring drills into her in the interim

2  Zabava


race 2    average clarity

1  Essential Wager   nice works at LA for this Baffert colt but even more impressive works put in since arriving at SA........Baffert is an amazing 37% win with his last 214 with MSW debut runners........big mount for J J Hernandez as you know he would love to impress Mr Baffert

3  Miacomet   double barrel action for Baffert with another MSW 1st time starter who has been working with our top choice dating back to 10 September........Desormeaux who is off to a hot start at the new SA meeting will also be out to impressive Baffert

6  Affable

7  Thales

8  Disco Ball


race 3    average clarity

8  Acal   stout owner/rider/trainer trio is hot of late and seem to have a good shot at keeping the ball rolling here with this four year old filly who does her best running on the SA turf course........that and O'Neill has put the best back to back drills into her that she has worked in many a moon

4  Takethediamondlane   not sure if this mare's latest run off of a 15 month layoff was nothing more then a dirty her up race to get away with her 1st in a claiming race or not........but if it was a total gimme lookout as she ran well in her lone turf race and should fit fine today

5  Rev Rita


7  Miss Tokyo


race 4    above average clarity

10  Fenestra  SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE   Vladimir Cerin has been sending out "live" horses of late and he legs up one of his go to guys in Kent Desormeaux.......five year old has made only one start which was at GP on the 4th of July 2020........he showed significant early speed finishing fifth in a MSW where 1st and 3rd came back to win......Cerin is very dangerous off of layoffs greater than one year........five year old maiden might be looking at graduation day

12  Pick Your Bid   last two races for this Antonia Garcia three year old fit well at today's lower racing level and the last effort is better than it appears in print........and back to Mario Gutierrez who got the most out of this gelding two races this guy's chances if he can hold his recent form

6  Gerlach's

4  Try to Capture

5  Circle Back


race 5    average clarity

5  Carroll Girl   decent effort/number in her two year old debut which like today was at one mile and run on the grass.........very aggressive impressive works since.......rider upgrade........Baltas is better with 2nd time starters than 1st........hard not seeing this two year battling for the right to the winners circle this afternoon

7  Ballet Dancing   beautifully bred expensive 1st time starter being sent out by Simon Callaghan off of a work regiment that suggests she is meant and ready......and the trainer wins his far share of MSW debut runners

8  Peripheral

3  Magical Sign

1  Toeris


race 6    below average clarity

7  Direct Line   lifetime best stands out especially versus today's competition and if this four year old is up to that race he is the one to overcome........the effort was run two back and it was the only time T C Baze was up.......that and Baze is coming off of a nice weekend of riding

6  Exalted Joy   lone win can at SA and it the last time this colt ran in a claiming race and like today was a dirt mile......the number earned fits well unless our top choice is up to his best........good to see Hernandez stick with the colt as he is getting live mounts from Mike McCarthy of late

4   The Beat

2  Borkan


race 7    average clarity

6  Via Egnatia   very nice 1 1/16 turf race in a nw 2021 32K claiming race which is essentially the same par time as today's open 25K claiming race.......fractions set by this seven year old in the 1 1/16 winning race for the Q, H, 6 F were very fast.......that seemingly makes the cut back in distance 1 1/16 to 6 1/2F very doable......two sharp reassuring drills since the 3 Sept race......Victor Espinoza wisely stays put

7  Ian Glass   gelding is at his best by far competing on the SA turf as in 3 wins and a 3rd from four starts.......just claimed by Mike Maker and he seems to have his new gelding fit and ready to roll off of some solid a.m. the fact this five year old is capable of winning on or off of the pace giving Bravo options

9  Castle

8  Admirably

1  Blameless


race 8    average clarity

8  Barossa   nice awakening for this Baffert two year old colt in his 2nd lifetime start and 1st at a route........and the strength of the race is disguised by racing a little wide and doing so sitting close to a hot pace especially for a two year old ......he ran a Santucci fig that would take down most two year old MSW races......very aggressive work regiment since the 27 Aug. race working 6 times

1  Durante   two year old dueled in his MSW debut and tired in the stretch.......last two works preparing for today's race hint he benefitted from the race.......that and O'Neill was chilly when this youngster debuted but is rather hot right now

2  Breakfast Ride

3  South Street

7  Noble Union


race 9    average clarity

2  My Mane Champ   spotty work pattern for this colt prior to his debut which was run in an open company Stakes his debut was nothing more than a muscled him up distance turf race which appears to have worked as his a.m. work is no longer "spotty" but regular .......very nice distance turf pedigree for this colt especially for a Cal-bred.........Rispoli sticks around

7  Agador Spartacus   two year old gelding sure woke up in his 4th lifetime start and first around two turns and also his 1st on the sod.......blinkers on to increase his early speed and considering his speed was good without them one would surmise that he has a good chance to get loose rather than duel.......and the right guy for the job in Maldonado stays put

6  Fore Flag

5  Sippin N Kissin

8  Bally's Charm

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