Santa Anita for Saturday 28 May 2022

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Bad day yesterday. Decent card to make a rebound.

Best of luck as always

 

race 1  average clarity

7  Paleo's Princess   very impressive 2nd lifetime start and 1st on the turf......filly had a 3 wide trip up on the pace and yet was still able to win .....the Santucci fig earned still fits well at today's higher level......good jock/rider combo in Vazquez & Alvarado

2  Funny Feline   last race at one mile on the sod is very strong and disguised in it's strength by a wide 1st turn to clear by the back stretch but at the same time setting a very fast pace........that and over the years the cut back from a speed route on the grass to the about 6 1/2F on the hill is quite often a very successful move

3  Current Mood

6  Sunshine Babe

 

race 2  average clarity

6  Fun to Dream   very strong works for a three year old Cal-bred filly MSW 1st time starter and this Sean McCarthy debut runner catches a soft looking group.......stout new sire and mom has tossed 2 winners from 2 starters one of which was a Stakes winner.......easy to place as our top pick-a-rue

1  Shemakescents   only two starts were run last summer as a two year old.........filly showed "life" in both efforts and returns like she is ready to roll fresh off of the bench........red hot rider/trainer combo at the helm in Gonzalez & D'Amato as in 4 wins with their last 6

4  Three Point Oh

7  Tracy Di Vicenzo

 

race 3 average clarity

6  Hail Freedom   SCRATCHED OUT OF THE RACE Mike Smith likely will get a stalking trip behind our 2nd choice (or might even lead the race) with this consistent O'Neill colt who is (3 2 1 0) with the blinkers on like today.........colt has had 8 weeks off but in the interim put in 6 works.......seems very pointed for today seeking his 1st win in a Stakes race

2  Jimmy Blue Jeans   most likely leader in the race but he is capable of running well without the lead as well.........Cal-bred is 3 for 5 on the grass including a nice Cal-bred $150K Stakes win last summer which was his lone race to date on the Santa Anita grass course

5  Carmelita's Man

 

race 4  average clarity

2  Desmond Doss   by far at his best racing on the SA dirt as in 2 wins and 2 2nds in 4 starts.......only one of those races was a sprint (6F like today) and the 16 Jan 21 race was one key race.......because SA ends in 3 weeks the connections have plenty of incentive to have this gelding ready.......and Miyadi is a dynamite 31% win with runners coming off of 90+ day layoffs

5  Good With People   like Miyadi trainer Alvarado is solid with his stock coming off of long layoffs albeit with a much smaller sapling..........four year old colt is (6 4 2 0) in dirt sprints and a perfect 2 for 2 at today's 6F dirt distance......very aggressive impressive a.m. work

4  Tigre Di Slugo

 

race 5  average clarity

6  Smuggler's Run   this three year old has run his best races on the dirt but his turf efforts aren't too shabby either.......new trainer for today in John Sadler who might have the trump card for this three year old as his a.m. work is improved.....gelding should be in the mix from the get go

1  Royal 'n Rando   solid move forward of late for this GG invader who just won a one mile Stakes race up north........works since the one mile grass race are strong.......red hot rider/trainer combo in Alvarado/Specht......running lines hint another furlong of sod to cover will be a plus

5  Worse Read Shanchez

 

race 6  average clarity

4  Six Feet   dangerous looking work regiment for a MC50K Cal-bred debut runner......trainer is only 1 for his last 18 with MC 1st time starters but this three year old is training too well to ignore

9  Bag's Gold   bad trip/beginning in this fellow's debut or he might have graduated..........trainer Paul Aguirre is strong with two stats that apply here as in 2nd career race and racing a given horse off of 45 to 90 day breaks ........Maldonado wisely stays put

3  Chipper

10  Disko Tribute

5  Projectile

 

race 7  average clarity

9  Raging Waters   colt is in every other mode and today he is on the positive end of the pendulum......and his race two back was impressive and was his lone race on the turf to date.......his fig earned is as good anyone in this group despite going off at 88 to 1........also this colt is 4 for 6 on the AW.......if he likes the turf as much as he does the synthetic - lookout

4  Minister Shane   like the switch to Bravo as the lone win for this gelding came the only time he was on this four year old........and the four year old has a nice mid pack running style which has been a good fit in these turf races down the hill in 2022

7  Forgiving Spirit

5  Caerulean

3  El Diablo Rojo

 

race 8  average clarity

2  Big Switch   three year old filly won her debut and then 2 1/2 months later she won a $175K Stakes race......so......racing off of a 3 month hiatus should be a good thing.......prolonged and impressive a.m. work supports the notion

1  Rose Maddox   very consistent stout three year old filly but she does tend to find trouble in her races enough to make her our 2nd selection

5  It's Simple

 

race 9  average clarity

6  Self Isolation   very sharp 5F preparatory drill only 4 days ago hints this route speed grass filly is feeling great......and her endurance should be strong cutting back from 9F of turf to 8F turf.......hard not to like

5  Alice Marble   since D'Amato took over the training duties of this mare she has been the epitome of consistency (7 4 2 1).........1st ever running a route seems to be the only ? mark but her pedigree for one is decent......and......the DA coaxes top gun J J Hernandez to ride for the 1st time

7  Pulpit Rider

3  Fi Fi Pharoah

 

 

 

 

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