03/11/2011 6:31PM

San Felipe Stakes Day at Santa Anita

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FIRST RACE ANALYSIS  By Brad Free
1. Pink Blanket 2. Home Sweet Aspen 3. Tuesdays With P

PINK BLANKET was tons best in her runner-up debut last month. She broke dead last and spotted the field multiple lengths, uncorked a big backstretch move to zoom up and press the pace, put away her pace foe and shook free midstretch, then got collared while finishing more than four clear or third. With a clean start, she would have won easily. Claimed for $75k by Doug O'Neill, the blazingly fast filly only needs a clean takeoff to break her maiden second time out. HOME SWEET ASPEN finished a sharp second in her debut, and worked well since. Her closing style could play well; there is plenty of speed in this field. TUESDAYS WITH P. continues to improve; her recent runner-up finish puts her squarely in the hunt. She also benefits from the shorter distance of this five and one-half furlong race. SHOO GEE adds more gas.


SECOND RACE ANALYSIS  By Brad Free
1. Lunada Bay 2. Kevlar Kid 3. Brace Yourselves

LUNADA BAY has a series of fast works for his comeback and may be the controlling speed in this N1X sprint. Gate to wire. KEVLAR KID chased a hot pace and finished a creditable fourth in his recent comeback vs. similar. He can improve second start back. The sharp BRACE YOURSELVES improved horse this winter, racing on dirt. His last-out maiden win was flattered when runner-up Ranchero returned March 3 with a highly rated runner-up finish in which he earned a 92 Beyer.


THIRD RACE ANALYSIS  By Brad Free
1. Preferred Mandate 2. Cabo San Lucas 3. Titian

PREFERRED MANDATE and CABO SAN LUCAS both finished second last out in five-furlong maiden claimers similar to this. Either can win. CABO SAN LUCAS might be quicker, but he usually tires. PREFERRRED MANDATE has run well from a chasing position. He gets the call assuming his main rival tires again. Also-eligibles TITIAN and SUPERCARLS REMEDY both have ability, while TRIPLE ACTION debuts with some fast works.


FOURTH RACE ANALYSIS  By Brad Free
1. Lucky Fitz 2. Coloursoftheglen 3. Atticus Pomponius

This race is impossible. LUCKY FITZ has run well against better company (maiden-40 starter). He drops to $12.5k claiming, non-winners of two and adds blinkers. COLOURSOFTHEGLEN was not disgraced in his comeback against slightly better. He drops a notch and will be forwardly placed. ATTICUS POMPONIOUS is usually there or thereabouts. HIATUS was eliminated at the break in his comeback. He stretches out and drops. Not a big fan of this class level.


FIFTH RACE ANALYSIS  By Brad Free
1. Photo Shopped 2. First Blue Angel 3. Joker Face

PHOTO SHOPPED improved in his second start, pressing the pace before tiring to fourth in his first try on the downhill. The son of Mr. Greeley is the first foal out of a good mare. Six-time stakes winner Very Vegas won the La Habra on this downhill course in 2004. PHOTO SHOPPED (bred for the hill?) is improving, and has an experience edge over most of his rivals. FIRST BLUE ANGEL showed no speed and merely went evenly at the back of the field in her debut. However, she certainly is eligible to improve with blinkers on and a race under her belt. JOKER FACE debuts with a solid workout pattern for winning connections.


SIXTH RACE ANALYSIS  By Brad Free
1. Switch 2. Always a Princess 3. Vision in Gold

SWITCH and ALWAYS A PRINCESS are tough to separate. Though SWITCH crushed her main foe in a Dec. 26 sprint, 'PRINCESS subsequently won two route races, while SWITCH has not run long since fall. But SWITCH, whose tactical speed should allow her to stay within striking range of the modest pace. Both seven-furlong wins this winter by SWITCH were blowouts; she proved her ability to run long when she gave Zenyatta a scare last year. Going in, 6-for-12 SWITCH appears to be a better filly. However, ALWAYS A PRINCESS poses a formidable rival. She has improved since finishing behind her rival opening day. 'PRINCESS subsequently stretched out and won twice. She rode speed bias to victory in the El Encino, then took advantage of a slow-pace tempo to wire the La Canada. This field does not include much in the way of speed, so 'PRINCESS could find herself setting another easy pace. VISION IN GOLD won't get the same trip she got wiring the Santa Maria, but the Medaglia d'Oro filly is improving each start and has a chance to outrun her price. ST TRINIANS ran well in the Santa Maria, rallying from behind a slow pace. Can't knock her, but wonder if she might prefer synthetic?

DRF Coverage: Santa Margarita can put Switch on top


SEVENTH RACE ANALYSIS  By Brad Free
1. Bella Roja 2. Rule the Storm 3. Queen Mariles

BELLA ROJA is the logical favorite while dropping slightly in class and returning to the downhill course on which she fired every time (four starts produced one win, three thirds). Off the pace and into the winner's circle. RULE THE STORM wheels back nine days after she squandered a perfect trip and finished second in a route race. She was claimed off the race by high-percent f.o.c. trainer Mike Mitchell, and her up-front running style around two turns suggests sprinting might be her best deal. QUEEN MARILES is likely to set the pace. She finished second last month in a good comeback race on this course at this level. VIKKILEE can improve second start back, while SHE'S NOT LION looms the wacky upsetter returning to turf. She will roll late.


EIGHTH RACE ANALYSIS  By Brad Free
1. Jaycito 2. Bench Points 3. Comma to the Top

JAYCITO was among the top 2-year-olds in California last year for trainer Mike Mitchell; indications are the Derby candidate will come back firing for his new trainer Bob Baffert. Winner of the G1 Norfolk following a runner-up finish in the G1 Del Mar Futurity, JAYCITO returns from a four-month layoff with a solid workout foundation while facing a speed-filled lineup that includes several unproven around two turns. First start back, JAYCITO is ready to roll. BENCH POINTS won his recent comeback and keep his record a perfect 4-for-4. He ran fast in that six-furlong race (1:08.22), is bred to run long (Benchmark-Free House). BENCH POINTS is a very good sprinter; this will determine if he also is a very good router. So far, so good. COMMA TO THE TOP will be a bet-against for many after his clunker comeback at Golden Gate (fourth at odds-on). Based on five successive wins to end his 2-year-old campaign (including the G1 Futurity), it might too soon to write him off after one bad race. But he does enter with questions. RUNFLATOUT and ALBERGATTI won highly rated maiden sprints, and now dive into the deep end to try two turns and seasoned winners. Both have ability, but boy, this is a tough spot for both. PREMIER PEGASUS ran super chasing The Factor last time. He adds speed.

DRF Coverage: San Felipe gives Bench Points first shot going two turns in a stakes


NINTH RACE ANALYSIS  By Brad Free
1. Catchy Tune 2. Prytania 3. Andina

Improving each start, lightly raced CATCHY TUNE (2-for-5) is ready to stretch back to a mile while facing easier than last time. She followed maiden and N1X wins with a good runner-up behind razor-sharp Reba Is Tops in a stakes race, and now drops to N2X. Her closing sprint style suggests a two-turn mile is well within reach. On paper, rock solid. PRTYANIA raced evenly in a downhill comeback sprint two weeks ago, and now stretches back to her preferred two-turn distance. She won this class level (N2X/optional claimer) last summer at Del Mar, and should take a big forward move now that she has a prep race under her belt. ANDINA missed by a half-length both starts this winter at this level; she will roll late; SMART STRIKING makes her U.S. debut for trainer Simon Callaghan, who sprang a minor upset last week with a Euro-shipper making its first start in North America ($10.60 maiden winner Bella Swan, March 6).


TENTH RACE ANALYSIS  By Brad Free
1. Gallatin's Run 2. Lichtenstein 3. Scored

Third by a length and a quarter in a good comeback vs. tougher, GALLATIN'S RUN drops from N1X to $25k claiming, non-winners two lifetime. He can win if he runs two alike. However, he is not the only front-runner here, and the drop following a big comeback is no sign of confidence. LICHTENSTEIN might be better than his last suggests. Although he finished fifth as the favorite, he maintained position throughout, not easy considering the hot pace. Claimed by Doug O'Neill from Baffert, he figures close off his two previous starts. SCORED will roll late in a race likely to unfold at a fast clip. PROUD HILLBILLY has not raced in a year, but he has run well fresh and has a closing style that suits the race shape.