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Santa Anita for Sunday 30 April 2023

2023 Kentucky Derby day full card selections (usually 14 races) for Churchill Downs on May 6th are available for purchase at a $5 discount until 30 April for $35.45. The selections will be sent to your email at about 5 p.m. central time on Friday afternoon, May 5th.

Ten race Sunday card with only one claiming race. Way to go Santa Anita racing office.

Best of luck as always !


race 1  average clarity

6  Boss Lady   very impressively fast MSW debut in a 5 1/2 furlong grass race at Santa Anita 6 weeks ago which this Mullins filly won by 4 1/2 lengths beating 11 foes........3 maintenance works since.......three year old ran like another furlong to travel will be a plus especially getting 4 lbs off today

1  Big Hopes   Sadler three year old filly sure ran a strong (and somewhat disguised) effort in her first on the sod and first covering two turns.......not only was her start poor but the pace up front was slow giving her little shot to make up much ground late......Rispoli wisely stays her chances to come flying if she breaks a little better

5  Kleen Karma

3  Hotitude


race 2  average clarity

1  Issa Court   mare was very impressive in her 1st three lifetime races but not nearly as good in her next start......she appears to need softer to get to the circle of joy and trainer Blacker puts her in a spot where her recent efforts fit.....look for Vazquez to go after the lead and attempt to hold of all challengers

2  Lucky L   best two lifetime races were her latest two efforts and her only two racing around two turns......bug boy is 20% win in dirt routes and 2 for his last 6 riding for Yakteen......look for Aguilar to get a nice stalk position behind our top pick

3  Beachbrass


race 3  above average clarity

6  Going Mobile   very strong back to back 4F gate works appear to have this Steve Knapp two year old Cal-bred MSW 1ster all cranked up and ready to roll......Knapp legs up his go to guy in 2023 in Tiago Pereira........ mom has tossed 1 winner from 1 starter and the runner preciously won at two

2  Last Call London   ultra aggressive tightly spaced work regiment over at Slr for this Peter Miller 1st time starter says that he is very well-meant in his debut.......and supporting the notion is the fact that the meets top gun in J J Hernandez lands here

1  I Will Be King


race 4  average clarity

6  Luminiferous   4 of the 7 horses in this affair exit the 2 April version of this race which was run in a solid time for the given level.....this filly beat the other three and has put in two maintenance works since.......and ironically the filly draws the same post and same rail position in 10 feet out and the same jock in Mike Smith

1  Sareeha   since arriving in the USA the three times when this four year old was on or near the front end she ran 3 solid 2nd place finishes......race lacks speed so look for her to be in the vanguard early and with a jock in Desormeaux who is tough in turf routes with the position

4  Marinas Tina

2  Magic Light


race 5  average clarity

4  Blue Dog   not the best of rides by apprentice Armando Aquilar as he was wide in only a 6 horse  field on a day the rail was somewhat biased.......the four year gelding earned a Santucci fig that fits fine at today's level........considering it was his 1st in a route one would surmise his endurance will be even better bullet 47:1 only 3 days ago hints the gelding will show more speed today and likely sit no worse then two wide on turn his chances if that is what occurs

5  Yellow Brick   all three lifetime dirt routes were run at SA and they were all solid MSW efforts especially his latest run 50 days ago......plenty of time off to recover from the effort and in the interim Richard Mandella has put 4 nice works into colt seeming with a bright future.....good dirt route jock in Vazquez who won 4 races yesterday

1  Texthelegend   

2  Flat On


race 6  average clarity

3  Duvet Day   the longer the better for this Mike McCarthy four year old filly and I can't say that about any of the others in this $100K Stakes race.....hard not to like that and also the fact we get a rider upgrade

5  Queen Ofthe Temple  five year old mare appreciates ample time between starts and she gets it today as in seven weeks.......she has run competitively at 10F, 11F and 12F and four of the races were Graded affairs which this race was last year but lost it's Graded status this year and ironically the race came up strong

6  Seisai

4  Scarabea


race 7  above average clarity

3  Katonah   Doug O'Neill sure has improved this four year old since he claimed him way back in Nov. of 2021 and had to lay him up for about a year before he could get him back in training.......gelding is (3 2 1 0) on the dirt since going on Lasix and with 3 eye popping times 109:3, 109:2 & 135:3......seems like a ton if he holds form

2  Ultimate Gamble   bad trip in his 2nd start run off of a layoff but still broke his MSW by 2 1/4 lengths and ran a respectable 136:3 despite the trip.......two solid drills since.....might need a small move forward and he sure is bred (cost 1 3/4 million) to be special

6  Got Thunder


race 8  below average clarity

2  Very Scary   tepid top selection is this four year old filly who should be on or near the lead in a race that seemingly will benefit those that do......and as mentioned in race number four jockey Kent Desormeaux is tough in turf routes on or near the front end.......trainer Ian Kruljac is having quite the year with limited starts (20 6 1 2)

1  Macadamia   D'Amato five year old mare should get a nice stalking position behind our top choice and also the 6 horse......very consistent sort over his last ten races (10 3 3 2 2) and the largest margin behind the winner at the wire was 2 lengths.......retains Tiago Pereira who has looked good riding this mare the last two races

7  Quattroelle



race 9  average clarity

4  Stay in the Game   since this Knapp three year old went on Lasix he is 3 for 4 on the dirt......that and he runs best off of short rest and 21 days since his latest race qualifies for that.......trainer's go to guy stays up for the 10th straight race

3  Moose Mitchell   better on the dirt than the turf and for the first time in 7 races (since Papaprodromou claimed) he is put in a dirt race......gets to race turf to dirt and with 4 nice works showing since his last race on 18 March.......four year old gelding should be a player today

2  My Man Bags

1  Super Chief



race 10  below average clarity

10  Strikingly   all three lifetime turf sprints fit here vs. what appears to be a weak group of MSW female runners.....four year old filly has put in 5 drills since her last race on 18 March........should go off a big number

1  La Peer   four lifetime races fit but his last race way back on 30 December 2022 does not.....and three of the races were on the grass....late on the scene sort short appreciate the 6 1/2 furlong turf distance to aid his chances of getting up in time......such a deal

8  Unjokable

12  Irresistible Force

3  Free and Humble

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