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Santa Anita for Saturday 8 April 2023

Might be some large payoffs today in the gimmicks as there are many large fields and quite a few them seem wide open. Mandatory payout today in the pick 6! Be back with you in a couple of weeks as SA takes a two week break.

Best of luck as always !


race 1  average clarity

8  Thorne House   trainer Dean Pederson sure has upped his game in 2022/23 and part of his success has been handling this (5 3 2 0) gelding who is also (2 1 1 0) on the majestic Santa Anita hill grass course......and today's jock has been aboard for all of his lifetime races

7  Anmer Hall   laid up Peter Miller four year old appears very ready for his return to the race wars off of a strong work regiment........gelding is (4 1 1 1 1) lifetime on the grass and her win was her lone turf sprint race.......dangerous sort

2  One Flew South

4  King Apollo

11  Forgiving Spirit


race 2  average clarity

5  Ceiling Crusher   very impressive efforts in both lifetime races not only time wise but in the fact there were significant gaps behind her at the wire......both were "fresh" races and she is 2 1/2 months "fresh" today......going after a perfect 3 for 3 at SA for O'Neill & company

3  Love U Mean It   no action on the board whatsoever screams gimme for this Knapp filly in her return to the race wars off of 9 month hiatus from the game......she graduated in her 2nd lifetime start off of 21 days rest.......27 days rest since her layoff race......Frey stays put for a 3rd straight race.......dangerous  sort

4  Tom's Regret


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8  Yes This Time   five year old is in need of a drop in class and makes one today entering for the OC price of $80K......he is best on very firm turf and he gets that today......he also seems at his most dangerous racing one mile on the grass.......and he gets quite the jock upgrade to Franky Dettori.....trainer has been hot of late

5  Time to Party   like out top choice this four year old likes the one mile turf distance as in 3 for 5.......and the "Papa" gelding is 1 for 10 at other turf distances.......and......his endurance should be strong today cutting back in distance a 1/4 mile

1  Yeng Again

7  Carmelita's Man

6  Cash Equity


race 4  average clarity

6  Cavendish   1st time starter from the Bob Baffert barn acts as if he has plenty of early speed and he gets one of the best speed jocks around in Johnny V.......and the race lacks speed has tossed 3 winners from 3 starters

1  Dillinger   double barrel action from Baffert as he also trains our top selection......three year old colt ran a strong 2nd lifetime start 3 weeks ago and has put in 2 maintenance works since....hard not seeing this colt in the mix for the win

3  El Perfecto

5  Mystification


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2  Dicey Mo Chara   very consistent sort on the grass racing anywhere between 9F to 12F.......and the only 4 times in 2022/23 that this gelding has had a top echelon jock on his back he ran races that look awfully good in this of them is J J Hernandez and he is up for the 3rd straight time on this late runner

6  Masteroffoxhounds   controlling speed in the race and he sure appreciates the 10F turf distance (6 2 3 0)......and today's rider Umberto Rispoli has fit the six year old horse quite well in 10F races

1  Opry

3  Midnight Jostar


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5  Practical Move   3 for 3 in route races and this fine three year colt acts as if another 1/16 to travel will be right up his alley.......and he is versatile as he runs well stalking the lead or coming from farther back......and he continues to train like a happy healthy individual

6  National Treasure   seems to be doing awfully well in the a.m. to be able to put in 23 furlongs of strong works in a 19 day span.......his endurance should be "boosted".......good to see Velasquez stick with the promising colt

3  Geaux Rocket Ride

8  Mandarin Hero

7  Skinner


race 7  above average clarity

2  Kangaroo Court  monster 2nd lifetime start in August as a two year old winning by 14 lengths.....then he came back 6 1/2 months later to run a winning 108:3.......if he moves forward in his 2nd out following the long break similarly like he did in his 2nd lifetime start he should crush these.......and if he just repeats his last he still has a decent shot to win

3  Bus Buzz   both lifetime races for this Cal-bred were very good but he did lose fair and square to our top choice in his last race.....but if our top pick regresses off of such a strong layoff run he seems like the one to beat

5  Left Hand Man

1  Barely Functional


race 8  below average clarity

1  Ballader   blinkers go on and he already seems like he owns the best early speed in the field....not crazy about Mike Smith up in a turf race these days (1 for his last 22) but thru the years he is tough overcome when he is loose on the lead in turf routes

5  Reckless Spirit   1st at 1 1/8 but he finishes well in his 1 1/16 grass races suggesting the extra 1/16 will be a plus........good to see Detorri stick around on this gelding who can really "kick it in" in the late stages of a race

10  General Mathis

8  Coalinga Road

9  Genius Jimmy


race 9  average clarity

4  Teton Valley   lookout here as this five year old went off at 33 to 1 hinting he had a muscle him up turf gimme to tighten up and attempt to go gate to wire in this race lacking speed......a move right up Steve Knapp's alley

3  Manitowish   very consistent individual and especially so at The Great Race Place (7 3 2 1).......gelding likes to stalk the lead and like last time he should get that position today......good to see Berrios stick with the five year old for a 3rd straight race

9  Clem Labine

1  Joe Don Looney 

7  Lovesick Blues


race 10  below average clarity

4  Tom's Beauty   on the improve with each and every race and this filly just won on the hill and she should love very firm turf as witness by her 107:3 2+ length win two back......that and she retains Berrios who sure is impressive on the turf and especially in turf sprints

8  Amy C   hard to argue with a perfect 3 for 3 on the hill and all with Rispoli aboard......and she is trained by one reliable turf trainer in Phil D'Amato

2  Awake At Midnight

9  Big Summer

3  Canoodling


race 11  average clarity

5  Faiza   4 for 4 to start her career and two of her wins were at today's 1 1/6 dirt distance.....she has more Graded wins than the field combined and this is a nine horse field.....and she is trained by Baffert and ridden by Prat.....obviously the one to overcome

3  Clearly Unhinged   powerful winning MSW debut on 5 Feb. running 6 1/2F in 115:3.......6 works since the impressive debut and this three year old filly owns a pedigree that screams "route racing".......she has plenty of early speed and draws the meets top gun......dangerous sort

6  Window Shopping

8  And Tell Me Nolies   

4  Cliquish


race 12  below average clarity

(AE 13 Howboutdemapples is dangerous if he draws into the field)

4  Ultimate Hy  look for this Carla Gaines six year old mare to show more speed today as she appears to be training to improve the commodity.......six year old is (7 2 2 1 1) at today's one mile turf distance and with quite a few eventful trips.....2nd out after a layoff - sprint to route - go to guy for Carla in Bravo is up.....should be a price

10  Shocking Grey   Mullins is red hot with his turf starts and this fine Cal-bred filly is (5 2 3 0) lifetime all on the grass......and the two wins were the only two times that J J Hernandez was aboard.......four year old is more than qualified o take on open company today

9  Unfaithful Ways

11  Ancient Peace

12  Chloe's Crown

3  Annaghlasa

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