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Racing! Time to look back at the best of 2017

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we wish all horses a happy birthday.

Hopefully, everyone had a good New Year’s Eve celebration and is ready for a healthy, happy and prosperous new year.

Now seems as good a time as any to look back at the best horses and horsemen of 2017 and to do so through the Eclipse Awards.

As a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, I get an Eclipse vote. I heard I gained membership to the NTWAB after losing the popular vote of members, but winning the electoral college because of the strength of winning California. So, I’m in.

I’m not submitting until Tuesday afternoon (the deadline), so if you think I’m more delusional than usual, let me know. Today we’ll look at about half of the categories.

Steeplechase: It has been years since I’ve seen a steeplechase race in person, so I have no clue. Luckily, the Daily Racing Form sends voters past performances. There were PPs from only six horses, so that narrows the field in this category. So, how about (1) Scorpiancer on top. He ran two races this year, winning by 16 lengths and a neck. (2) Modem seems like a good shot for second, especially since he ran second his last four races. (3) All the Way Jose won two races, more than anyone else left.

Apprentice jockey: An easy one. (1) Evin Roman crushed the other apprentices with more than 800 wins. (2) Katie Clawson did extremely well at Indiana Grand before retiring at age 20 in September. (3) Hector Diaz Jr., despite starting late at 27, should do well back in New York.

Breeder: We’re going to switch last year’s results and go (1) Clearsky Farms and (2) WinStar Farm. WinStar had the numbers, but Clearsky had the quality (Abel Tasman). And, we’ll finish with (3) Adena Springs.

Owner: The question is what do you do with Sol Kumin, who owns a piece of a lot of good horses, including seven wins in Grade 1s. He owns horses through various partnerships. I might have given him a lot more love except for the shameless attempt of one of his employees to sell his case via email to Eclipse voters. Can an Eclipse Award be bought through promotion? We’ll find out. I’ll go old school with (1) Juddmonte Farms, (2) Goldophin Racing and (3) Kumin.

Jockey: This is just a case of looking at the stats. And that’s where (1) Jose Ortiz comes out on top. He won more than $27 million. Then (2) Mike Smith with his huge winnings, 25% win rate and 56% in the money. If he rode more, he’d win by a ton. Looking for the day I can vote for Flavien Prat in this category, he’s that good, but will go with (3) Irad Ortiz Jr., with more than 300 wins.

Trainer: Want to stay West, but have to go East with (1) Chad Brown, who has 47 graded stakes wins, 16 in Grade 1. (2) Bob Baffert, who, despite public perception, does not have a monster-sized barn, always belongs in this top grouping for what he does with his horses. (3) Steve Asmussen has almost 400 wins with a monster-sized barn, plus having likely horse of the year.

Male Turf: It’s hard to ignore (1) World Approval, who won five of his six races, including the Breeders’ Cup Mile. (2) Talismanic won more money and the Breeders’ Cup Turf, but didn’t have the stakes record that World Approval did. (3) Beach Patrol gets our third-place vote for his second in the BC Turf, plus a win in the prestigious Arlington Million.

Female Turf: When in doubt, go with the best story and that’s (1) Lady Eli. She came back from a near-fatal bout with laminitis to go to the top of her game. Sure, she had a troubled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and finished seventh, but that was after three wins and a second. (2) Off Limits didn’t run in the Breeders’ Cup, but did finish with four straight wins. We give our third-place vote to (3) Wuheida, only because you’re supposed to give some love to the Breeders’ Cup winner in any category.

Horse of the year: I know you’re supposed to build suspense for this award, but there is none. (1) Gun Runner did everything asked of him, winning his last four races, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Woodward by 10 ¼. Enough said. I can be criticized for this one, but I’m still going (2) Arrogate for my runner-up spot. Sure, he languished at Del Mar, but who can forget the race of the year — with him winning the Dubai World Cup from dead last. And he won the Pegasus. Final vote goes to underappreciated (3) Collected, who won every race he ran but the Classic, when he finished second to Gun Runner.

We’ll get to the rest of the awards Tuesday.

Santa Anita review

Ippodamia’s Girl made a nice move in the stretch to take the lead, then held off a furious late charge by One Fast Broad to win the $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes over a mile on the grass course. The winning margin was half-a-length.

“I like the way she was training, things were going well,” said winning trainer Mike Pupye. “I was a little leery of the post; you don’t ever like to draw outside because you don’t know how hard it’s going to be. But [jockey] Rafael [Bejarano] did a great job of getting her into the right spot. The pace was moderate and she picked ’em off.”

Ippodamia’s Girl paid $10.60, $5.20 and $4.00.

Santa Anita preview

Again, when you run three graded stakes on Saturday, the rest of the weekend cards can be a little weak. Still, there are nine races, three on the turf, on a special New Year’s Day card. First post is 12:30 p.m.

The feature is the seventh, the $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes for older horses going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course. Now, if you are a newcomer, you may never have heard of Joe Hernandez. He was the race caller at Santa Anita from the day it opened in 1934 until 1972, when he died. During that time, he called 15,587 consecutive races.

The 3-1 favorite in the race is Pee Wee Reese, who has won five of his last seven, including the Grade 3 American Stakes at Santa Anita back in July. Joe Talamo is the jockey for trainer Phil D’Amato.

Om and Richard’s Boy should be solid competition at 7-2.

We don’t usually mention a race such as this, or even root for a horse, but check out the seven in this maiden special weight for 4-year-olds and up. Ziconic, who is better known as a colt by the great Zenyatta, is the 5-2 favorite. He’s winless in 10 tries. Zenyatta has really struggled with her foals and is still looking for a win from her offspring. So, here’s hoping.

Big races review

A look at graded stakes or races worth more $100,000 or more on Sunday.

Fair Grounds: $100,000 Louisiana Futurity, fillies 2 years old, 6 furlongs. Winner: Iona Star ($14.20 to win)

Fair Grounds: $100,000 Louisiana Futurity, 2 years old, 6 furlongs. Winner: Pound for Pound ($45.80)

Note: There was no racing at Aqueduct because of ​​​​​​​the weather.

Bob Ike’s SA play of the day

FIRST RACE: No. 6 Buck Duane (5-2)

Start the day with a Pick 5 "single" as this Cal-bred maiden claimer from the Steve Miyadi stable drops in for a tag, shortens up distance and races as a gelding for the first time. He's got tactical speed, is drawn outside and catches a modest field. Let's kick off the New Year with a winner.

Sunday result: El Tovar dead-heated for third in the first race.

Bob Ike is a Partner/VP of Horsebills.com and the proprietor of BobIkePicks.com (full-card picks, 3 Best Plays and betting strategy).

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Now, here are the stars of the show, Sunday’s results and Monday’s entries.

Santa Anita charts results for Sunday, Dec. 31.

Copyright 2017 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 4th day of a 59-day meet. Clear & Firm

FIRST RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 21.18 42.94 1:06.05 1:12.37


PgmHorseWtPPSt¼½StrFinJockey$1

3Fly to Mars114312–1½1–hd1–1½1–2¼Roman2.50
7Secreto Primero124768–hd8–1½3–hd2–¾Stevens5.00
8DH–El Tovar124896–hd6–25–13–nkBejarano3.80
6DH–Rate for Me120677–½7–hd6–hd3–nkT Baze14.90
4Rocket Heat124421–½2–52–45–1¼Conner8.90
1Hitters Park12011010108–1½6–nkOchoa28.00
5Street Vision122534–14–hd4–½7–1¾Maragh16.70
9Sword Fighter121955–25–½7–2½8–1¼Desormeaux5.30
2Trifecta120289–39–hd9–1½9–12Talamo8.70
10Farley1211043–13–1½1010Gutierrez50.50

3FLY TO MARS7.004.403.00
7SECRETO PRIMERO 4.802.80
8DH–EL TOVAR 2.40
6DH–RATE FOR ME 3.60
$1 EXACTA (3-7)  $18.10
$1 SUPERFECTA (3-7-6-8)  $334.60
$1 SUPERFECTA (3-7-8-6)  $225.50
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-7-6-8-4)  $1,549.20
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-7-8-6-4)  $1,093.80
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-7-6)  $44.85
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-7-8)  $12.80

Winner–Fly to Mars B.g.3 by Ministers Wild Cat out of Warren's Flyer, by Doc Gus. Bred by Gary Barber (CA). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Gary Barber. Mutuel Pool $267,860 Exacta Pool $180,141 Superfecta Pool $66,294 Super High Five Pool $8,157 Trifecta Pool $112,278. Scratched–none.

FLY TO MARS went up inside to duel for the lead, took the advantage on the hill, inched away under urging in the stretch and won clear. SECRETO PRIMERO settled outside then alongside a rival, came out leaving the hill and four wide into the stretch and gained the place late. RATE FOR ME between foes early, chased a bit off the rail then inside on the hill and into and through the stretch and got up to share the show. EL TOVAR chased outside then three deep leaving the hill and into the stretch, was between rivals through much of the final furlong and also got up outside foes for a share of third. ROCKET HEAT had speed between foes then off the rail, dueled outside the winner, could not match that one in the final furlong and lost a minor award late. HITTERS PARK broke a bit slowly and bobbled some, settled inside then just off the rail, came out leaving the hill and four wide into the stretch and improved position. STREET VISION stalked a bit off the rail then inside, came out some in upper stretch and lacked a rally. SWORD FIGHTER chased outside then between foes leaving the hill, steadied in tight on the dirt crossing, angled in some in upper stretch and could not summon the necessary response. TRIFECTA settled off the pace inside, saved ground to the stretch, continued inside and did not rally. FARLEY three deep early, stalked off the rail then a bit off the fence leaving the hill and had little left for the stretch. Rail on hill at 7 feet.

SECOND RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $25,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000. Time 22.04 45.01 1:10.54 1:17.12


PgmHorseWtPPSt¼½StrFinJockey$1

2Top Brass122276–hd6–14–21–1¼Desormeaux3.30
8Logan's Moon122834–hd3–hd1–½2–1¼Bejarano3.30
4Tribal Roar122411–hd1–hd2–1½3–2¾Pena18.50
5Native Treasure117567–3½7–4½6–2½4–1¾Roman14.50
7Iron Rob122725–14–13–hd5–½Pereira3.40
6Matriculate122642–hd5–½7–16–2½Gutierrez4.20
1Bear Skinned122183–hd2–½5–hd7–nkEspinoza6.50
3Chief of Staff122358888T Baze16.60

2TOP BRASS8.604.203.20
8LOGAN'S MOON 3.802.80
4TRIBAL ROAR 8.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-2)  $51.60
$1 EXACTA (2-8)  $20.80
$1 SUPERFECTA (2-8-4-5)  $1,763.00
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-8-4-5-7)  Carryover $2,519
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-8-4)  $132.70

Winner–Top Brass Dbb.c.4 by Arch out of Agreeable Miss, by Speightstown. Bred by Keithshire Farm (KY). Trainer: David Jacobson. Owner: David Jacobson. Mutuel Pool $228,904 Daily Double Pool $66,716 Exacta Pool $134,895 Superfecta Pool $56,520 Super High Five Pool $3,302 Trifecta Pool $89,451. Claimed–Logan's Moon by Drawing Away Stable. Trainer: Robert Falcone, Jr. Claimed–Iron Rob by Acker, Tom, Brown Jr., Edward,Smith, Corey, Sanford, Tom and Spawr,William. Trainer: William Spawr. Claimed–Matriculate by Puype, Mike and Tiger Racing Stable. Trainer: Mike Puype. Claimed–Bear Skinned by Paymaster Racing LLC. Trainer: Jack Carava. Scratched–none.

TOP BRASS stalked just off the rail then inside, came out on the turn and four wide into the stretch, rallied under urging to the front in deep stretch and proved best. LOGAN'S MOON prompted the pace five wide then four wide leaving the turn and into the stretch, took a short lead in the drive, could not match the winner late but held second. TRIBAL ROAR had good early speed off the rail then dueled between horses, fought back toward the inside in midstretch and to deep stretch and bested the others. NATIVE TREASURE stalked outside a rival then off the rail on the turn, swung four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. IRON ROB dueled four wide between horses then three deep between foes leaving the turn and into the stretch and weakened in the drive. MATRICULATE forced the pace three deep between horses, stalked on the turn and also weakened in the lane. BEAR SKINNED a step slow to begin, went up inside to duel for the lead, fought back on the turn and also weakened in the stretch. CHIEF OF STAFF settled a bit off the rail then inside, cut the corner into the stretch, came out in deep stretch and lacked a rally.

THIRD RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 21.98 44.08 1:06.53 1:12.68


PgmHorseWtPPSt¼½StrFinJockey$1

10Tristan's Trilogy1221055–14–hd3–hd1–nsElliott5.90
6Incensed115631–hd1–½1–½2–nkRoman8.50
4Skelton Pass124474–hd5–1½4–2½3–1½Gonzalez4.80
9Brandothebartender124949–hd107–14–nkT Baze3.50
1Record Highs124126–½7–hd5–15–1½Maragh15.90
5Burning Brightly 1235107–hd6–hd6–½6–½Pereira7.10
2Green With Eddie123213–hd2–hd2–17–¾Gutierrez8.10
8Little Juanito12188109–hd108–1Van Dyke8.80
3Thorpe d'Oro121392–½3–19–hd9–¾Frey34.20
7True Valor119768–2½8–28–hd10Desormeaux7.10

10TRISTAN'S TRILOGY13.806.005.20
6INCENSED 9.806.40
4SKELTON PASS 4.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-10)  $83.40
$1 EXACTA (10-6)  $57.10
$1 SUPERFECTA (10-6-4-9)  $786.60
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (10-6-4-9-1)  Carryover $6,011
50-CENT TRIFECTA (10-6-4)  $142.65

Winner–Tristan's Trilogy Grr.g.4 by Scat Daddy out of Deadly Diva, by Unbridled's Song. Bred by Mikhail Yanakov (KY). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Rockingham Ranch. Mutuel Pool $365,349 Daily Double Pool $26,351 Exacta Pool $220,977 Superfecta Pool $91,477 Super High Five Pool $4,576 Trifecta Pool $141,600. Claimed–Skelton Pass by David Jacobson. Trainer: David Jacobson. Claimed–Brandothebartender by Lerner Racing, Schwartz, Jack and Vindicate Racing. Trainer: Andrew Lerner. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (3-2-10) paid $153.60. Pick Three Pool $83,292.

TRISTAN'S TRILOGY stalked outside then three deep leaving the hill and into the stretch, bid three wide under left handed urging past midstretch and edged foes late. INCENSED had speed off the rail then dueled three deep, battled outside a rival in midstretch and held on well but was edged between foes on the line. SKELTON PASS stalked between horses to the stretch, bid between foes then inside in the final furlong and went willingly to the end. BRANDOTHEBARTENDER chased outside then alongside a rival, came three deep into the stretch, angled out in upper stretch and found his best stride late. RECORD HIGHS saved ground stalking the pace, came out in deep stretch and split horses late. BURNING BRIGHTLY (IRE) hopped in a bit of a slow start, chased between horses, came three deep into the stretch and lacked the needed late kick. GREEN WITH EDDIE went up inside to duel for the lead, fought back leaving the hill and into the stretch and weakened late. LITTLE JUANITO steadied off heels at the right hand curve, chased off the rail then inside on the hill and into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response in the stretch. THORPE D'ORO had good early speed and dueled between horses, fought back between foes leaving the hill and weakened in the final furlong. TRUE VALOR stalked outside then three deep down the hill and four wide into the stretch and weakened. Rail on hill at 7 feet.

FOURTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.64 46.14 1:12.66 1:26.34


PgmHorseWtPPSt¼½StrFinJockey$1

2Tiffany Diamond118295–½1–11–1½1–1¼Roman0.70
7Dressed in Prada123776–hd6–hd3–22–½Quinonez4.90
6Solar Corona123638–1½7–1½4–3½3–3¼Bednar39.00
13Yalla1231311–hd2–½2–hd4–3¾Pereira15.90
8Crimsoned N Clover123882–½3–15–45–2¼Fuentes10.10
1Grace Hopper1231121311–16–3½6–4Frey23.30
4Dedication12341011–1½12–2½7–½7–4½Arias12.30
11Sonnet's Joy12411410–3½10–110–½8–2¾Evans152.00
5Lookingforthewire12351312–11311–½9–½Ochoa77.70
12Chatty Carole1231223–hd5–hd8–hd10–½Franco8.70
3Shady Love116364–hd4–hd9–311–8Werner49.70
10Valedictoriette1231057–1½8–212–3½12–13Martinez82.00
9Chosen Bride1239119–hd9–1½1313Pena134.90

2TIFFANY DIAMOND3.402.602.40
7DRESSED IN PRADA 3.603.00
6SOLAR CORONA 9.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (10-2)  $25.20
$1 EXACTA (2-7)  $4.80
$1 SUPERFECTA (2-7-6-13)  $442.50
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-7-6-13-8)  $10,274.00
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-7-6)  $25.75

Winner–Tiffany Diamond B.f.3 by Gemologist out of Epiphanyfortiffany, by Vindication. Bred by Jay Goodwin, Jake Delhomme and NathanGranger (KY). Trainer: Michael Machowsky. Owner: Lo Hi Stable, Keegan, Jim, Marchosky, Ernest, Shaw, Ken and Tartaglione, Tom. Mutuel Pool $395,152 Daily Double Pool $41,050 Exacta Pool $274,395 Superfecta Pool $139,402 Super High Five Pool $5,586 Trifecta Pool $190,401. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (2-10-2) paid $80.30. Pick Three Pool $34,948.

TIFFANY DIAMOND went up inside to duel for the lead, inched away into the turn, edged clear under urging in the stretch and held gamely. DRESSED IN PRADA stalked between horses then off the rail, came three wide into the stretch and edged a rival for second. SOLAR CORONA chased a bit off the rail then inside, came out into the stretch and in upper stretch and was edged for the place. YALLA had speed off the inside then dueled four wide, stalked off the rail on the turn, angled in some entering the stretch and weakened late. CRIMSONED N CLOVER had good early speed then dueled between horses, dropped back off the rail on the turn, drifted in and steadied off heels in upper stretch and weakened. GRACE HOPPER settled inside then outside a rival, continued off the inside on the turn, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. DEDICATION unhurried a bit off the rail then angled in, saved ground on the turn and into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. SONNET'S JOY chased outside then off the rail, came three deep into the stretch and was not a threat. LOOKINGFORTHEWIRE stumbled at the start, settled outside a rival, angled to the inside on the turn and passed tiring rivals. CHATTY CAROLE prompted the pace five wide then stalked into the turn, dropped back on the turn, came four wide into the stretch and weakened. SHADY LOVE had speed a bit off the rail then dueled between horses, dropped back between foes on the turn and also weakened. VALEDICTORIETTE stalked outside, also dropped back on the turn and had little left for the drive. CHOSEN BRIDE chased off the rail, continued between horses into the stretch and gave way.

FIFTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $20,000. Waiver Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 21.86 45.00 57.24 1:10.14


PgmHorseWtPPSt¼½StrFinJockey$1

5Make It a Triple124552–hd1–hd1–1½1–3½Bejarano1.40
1Rick's Dream123185–hd3–hd3–½2–½Franco8.40
7Hank the Tank124743–½2–22–1½3–2Talamo2.20
2Tough It Out124277–hd6–1½5–1½4–2¼Gonzalez7.50
8Bolitar124814–14–hd4–25–3¼Conner14.10
3Tengas Ransom124321–hd5–36–46–3½T Baze9.40
4Gone With It1174387–hd7–hd7–1¾Payeras46.40
6Sindys Luck119666–½888Roman14.80

5MAKE IT A TRIPLE4.803.202.40
1RICK'S DREAM 5.803.80
7HANK THE TANK 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-5)  $7.80
$1 EXACTA (5-1)  $12.60
$1 SUPERFECTA (5-1-7-2)  $201.50
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (5-1-7-2-8)  $1,132.20
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-1-7)  $22.55

Winner–Make It a Triple Dbb.g.4 by Misremembered out of Thunder Sands, by Level Sands. Bred by Richard Barton Enterprises (CA). Trainer: Michael Machowsky. Owner: Richard Barton. Mutuel Pool $251,425 Daily Double Pool $48,249 Exacta Pool $147,251 Superfecta Pool $72,292 Super High Five Pool $4,451 Trifecta Pool $113,818. Claimed–Make It a Triple by Radar Rob Racing. Trainer: Keith Craigmyle. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (10-2-5) paid $32.70. Pick Three Pool $96,090. 50-Cent Pick Four (2-10-2-5) 1349 tickets with 4 correct paid $109.75. Pick Four Pool $194,087. 50-Cent Pick Five (3-2-10-2-5) 903 tickets with 5 correct paid $525.50. Pick Five Pool $551,856.

MAKE IT A TRIPLE dueled outside a rival then between foes, battled just off the rail leaving the turn and into the stretch and won clear under some left handed urging and a long hold late. RICK'S DREAM bumped at the start, chased inside then a bit off the rail, went between foes on the turn and edged a rival for the place. HANK THE TANK stalked between horses then bid three deep between foes a half mile out, battled outside the winner leaving the turn and was edged for second. TOUGH IT OUT broke in and bumped a rival, stalked outside a foe then inside, came out into the stretch and bested the others. BOLITAR tracked the early pace then bid four wide leaving the backstretch, stalked three deep on the turn and into the stretch and weakened. TENGAS RANSOM went up inside foes but off the rail to duel for the lead, angled in and stalked inside on the turn and also weakened. GONE WITH IT three deep early, chased between horses then a bit off the rail leaving the turn and lacked a further response. SINDYS LUCK settled off the rail then chased three deep, came out into the stretch and weakened.

SIXTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $30,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000. Time 23.20 46.98 1:11.10 1:23.34 1:35.55


PgmHorseWtPPSt¼½¾StrFinJockey$1

7Little Bit Lovely122712–1½1–hd1–hd1–21–nkGonzalez3.40
9Scatterling 122976–hd6–hd5–13–hd2–3¼Pereira8.10
2Ryder's Starlight122297–17–½7–½6–½3–½Elliott24.00
5Carrie114533–hd4–½4–½5–1½4–nkFranco85.70
8Kennedie Sky12281111111110–1½5–nsPena16.60
10Out Ofthe Ordinary1221054–½3–hd3–½2–½6–1¾Frey5.30
11Winner's Dream1221165–1½5–16–hd8–½7–hdDesormeaux2.80
4Simmy's Temple 1214108–½8–18–17–18–½T Baze14.80
6Arethusa 1226810–39–19–1½9–hd9–nsVan Dyke7.80
1Gift of a Star119121–hd2–12–14–110–2¼Roman6.70
3Very Hot121349–110–110–hd1111Solis57.10

7LITTLE BIT LOVELY8.805.204.00
9SCATTERLING (IRE) 7.806.00
2RYDER'S STARLIGHT 9.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-7)  $20.40
$1 EXACTA (7-9)  $36.50
$1 SUPERFECTA (7-9-2-5)  $17,477.20
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-9-2-5-8)  Carryover $1,946
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-9-2)  $207.00

Winner–Little Bit Lovely Grr.m.5 by Saint Anddan out of Hal's Kat, by Concerto. Bred by Kinsman Farm (FL). Trainer: Adam Kitchingman. Owner: Firsthome Thoroughbreds and Ahern Racing Stables. Mutuel Pool $318,521 Daily Double Pool $26,185 Exacta Pool $205,698 Superfecta Pool $89,458 Super High Five Pool $2,552 Trifecta Pool $138,657. Claimed–Little Bit Lovely by Dunn, Robin and Hanson, Jim. Trainer: Ryan Hanson. Scratched–Salsita.

$1 Pick Three (2-5-7) paid $18.50. Pick Three Pool $90,856.

LITTLE BIT LOVELY angled in and dueled outside a rival, kicked clear in the stretch and held on gamely under a tap of the whip and energetic handling. SCATTERLING (IRE) chased outside a rival then between foes on the backstretch, came out three deep into the stretch and finished well. RYDER'S STARLIGHT saved ground stalking the pace, came out into the stretch and edged foes for the show. CARRIE stalked a bit off the rail then inside on the backstretch and second turn, came out into the stretch and was edged for third. KENNEDIE SKY angled in and settled off the pace inside, went outside a rival on the second turn, came out in the stretch and put in a late bid at a minor award. OUT OFTHE ORDINARY pulled and stalked between horses then outside a rival on the second turn, came three wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. WINNER'S DREAM four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep, came four wide into the stretch and weakened. SIMMY'S TEMPLE (GB) bobbled at the start, chased outside a rival then three deep on the backstretch and turn and into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. ARETHUSA (GB) four wide into the first turn, angled in outside a rival then chased a bit off the rail, continued inside on the second turn, came out into the stretch and did not rally. GIFT OF A STAR had good early speed and dueled inside, fought back on the second turn and weakened in the stretch. VERY HOT settled a bit off the rail then angled in, saved ground to the stretch to no avail.

SEVENTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 21.66 45.35 58.26 1:12.11


PgmHorseWtPPSt¼½StrFinJockey$1

9Tribal Dance122914–hd3–11–1½1–1½Conner15.00
1Judicial1171115–3½5–34–22–½Roman7.40
5Charmingslew122566–1½6–4½5–1½3–½Stevens17.60
11Inland Empire122118118–1½7–44–2¼Smith7.30
3Z Z Tiger122321–½1–hd3–15–½Desormeaux1.60
6Mo See Cal122642–hd2–½2–hd6–6½Gutierrez1.90
7Allie's Love115733–14–16–27–2Werner15.80
4Irish Lassie122499–1½9–hd9–48–1½Pereira46.20
8Sunset Melody122878–17–½8–29–7Evans135.40
2Oshoto1222107–hd10–2½10–310–7T Baze59.50
10Lady California12210510–2½111111Solis121.10

9TRIBAL DANCE32.0012.007.80
1JUDICIAL 9.006.00
5CHARMINGSLEW 9.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-9)  $150.40
$1 EXACTA (9-1)  $89.60
$1 SUPERFECTA (9-1-5-11)  $5,618.90
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (9-1-5-11-3)  Carryover $6,554
50-CENT TRIFECTA (9-1-5)  $526.75

Winner–Tribal Dance Ch.f.2 by Tribal Rule out of Last Dance for Me, by General Meeting. Bred by Al Kirkwood & Saundra Kirkwood (KY). Trainer: Mark Glatt. Owner: Kirkwood, Al and Saundra S.. Mutuel Pool $362,030 Daily Double Pool $40,849 Exacta Pool $191,808 Superfecta Pool $112,088 Super High Five Pool $6,038 Trifecta Pool $137,940. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (5-7-9) paid $222.40. Pick Three Pool $48,259.

TRIBAL DANCE stalked off the rail, advanced four wide then bid three deep leaving the turn to gain the lead into the stretch, inched away in midstretch and proved best under some left handed urging. JUDICIAL saved ground stalking the pace, came out in the stretch and edged rivals for the place. CHARMINGSLEW steaedged 3rdight between horses early, chased off the rail or outside a rival, came four wide into the stretch and gained third. INLAND EMPIRE settled off the rail, went outside a rival leaving the turn, came out in the stretch and was edged for the show. Z Z TIGER went up inside to duel for the lead, fought back on the turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. MO SEE CAL had good early speed and dueled between horses to the stretch and also weakened in the final furlong. ALLIE'S LOVE bobbled a bit at the start, was between horses early, prompted the pace three deep, fell back some leaving the turn, continued three wide into the stretch and weakened. IRISH LASSIE chased off the rail then outside a rival leaving the turn and into the stretch and did not rally. SUNSET MELODY settled outside then off the rail, angled in leaving the turn and entering the stretch and weakened. OSHOTO saved ground chasing the pace, continued inside in the stretch and had little left for the drive. LADY CALIFORNIA dropped back off the rail, angled in a bit off the fence for the turn and was not a threat.

EIGHTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $58,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 21.81 44.52 56.96 1:09.92


PgmHorseWtPPSt¼½StrFinJockey$1

8Bobby Abu Dhabi121825–13–12–2½1–1¾Espinoza4.70
7Aristocratic121712–11–½1–hd2–nsFuentes10.80
3Adens Dream124333–hd6–1½4–13–nkRoman9.40
6Dr. Dorr1226587–½6–hd4–2¾Van Dyke4.40
4Desert Law123464–15–1½3–hd5–1¾Elliott2.30
5Horse Greedy122577–1½886–nkFrey10.70
2Clear the Mine124286–hd4–hd5–hd7–8Bejarano6.50
1Lewys Vaporizer124141–hd2–17–48Desormeaux6.50

8BOBBY ABU DHABI11.406.004.00
7ARISTOCRATIC 10.205.20
3ADENS DREAM 7.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (9-8)  $221.80
$1 EXACTA (8-7)  $53.70
$1 SUPERFECTA (8-7-3-6)  $2,595.00
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-7-3-6-4)  $6,903.70
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-7-3)  $269.10

Winner–Bobby Abu Dhabi Ch.c.3 by Macho Uno out of Wadena, by Saint Ballado. Bred by T/C Stable, LLC (KY). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Rockingham Ranch. Mutuel Pool $317,872 Daily Double Pool $30,595 Exacta Pool $169,816 Superfecta Pool $82,795 Super High Five Pool $18,551 Trifecta Pool $122,917. Claimed–Clear the Mine by Hronis Racing LLC. Trainer: John Sadler. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (7-9-8) paid $440.10. Pick Three Pool $42,686.

BOBBY ABU DHABI stalked outside then moved up four wide on the turn, bid three deep into the stretch, took the lead outside the runner-up past the eighth pole and inched clear under urging. ARISTOCRATIC had speed four wide then angled in leaving the backstretch and dueled outside a rival, took a short lead on the turn, inched away into the stretch, fought back inside in midstretch, could not match the winner and just held second. ADENS DREAM stalked a bit off the rail then between foes, steadied in tight past the half mile pole, continued just off the fence on the turn, came out some in the stretch and split horses late to be edged for the place. DR. DORR settled off the rail then outside, went four wide into the turn and three deep into the stretch and was edged for third three wide on the wire. DESERT LAW had speed between horses then stalked outside a rival, steadied in tight past the half mile pole, continued outside a foe on the turn and lacked the needed rally. HORSE GREEDY chased off the rail then outside a rival on the turn and could not offer the necessary response. CLEAR THE MINE broke slowly, settled inside on the backstretch and turn, went around a rival in the stretch and did not rally. LEWYS VAPORIZER went up inside to duel for the lead, fought back on the turn, came out in the final furlong and weakened. A claim of foul by the rider of DESERT LAW against the runner-up for alleged interference leaving the backstretch was not allowed by the stewards, who ruled the incident did not alter the original order of finish.

NINTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $75,000. 'Blue Norther Stakes'. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 23.07 47.58 1:12.16 1:24.16 1:35.93


PgmHorseWtPPSt¼½¾StrFinJockey$1

10Ippodamia's Girl120922–hd2–12–1½1–hd1–½Bejarano4.30
9One Fast Broad12481010–11110–hd5–hd2–½Stevens2.30
7Silken Spy120631–11–hd1–½2–33–2¼Talamo12.10
12Finess Bere 12011119–19–1119–hd4–1¼Van Dyke12.30
8Streak of Luck120713–13–hd3–hd3–½5–hdPuglisi38.80
2X S Gold120167–17–½5–½6–½6–½Desormeaux15.30
11Multiplayer1241091110–½7–½7–1½7–nkT Baze14.10
3Retro120276–hd6–½6–18–18–1½Smith1.70
4Holy Diver120354–½4–14–14–19–2¼Linares165.40
5Deep Breath 120488–½8–hd8–hd10–110–½Conner56.10
6Empress of Lov120545–15–hd9–11111Pereira108.60

10IPPODAMIA'S GIRL10.605.204.00
9ONE FAST BROAD 4.003.20
7SILKEN SPY 6.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-10)  $84.40
$1 EXACTA (10-9)  $16.10
$1 SUPERFECTA (10-9-7-12)  $838.30
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (10-9-7-12-8)  $19,037.00
50-CENT TRIFECTA (10-9-7)  $65.80

Winner–Ippodamia's Girl Dbb.f.2 by Stormy Atlantic out of Ippodamia, by Peterhof. Bred by George Schwary (KY). Trainer: Mike Puype. Owner: George and Martha Schwary Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $456,707 Daily Double Pool $145,244 Exacta Pool $219,916 Superfecta Pool $132,218 Super High Five Pool $24,945 Trifecta Pool $170,567. Scratched–Mraseel (IRE), Treasuring (GB).

$2 Pick Six Jackpot (2-5-7-9-8-10) . Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $113,815. $1 Pick Three (9-8-10) paid $489.60. Pick Three Pool $157,983. 50-Cent Pick Four (7-9-8-10) 505 tickets with 4 correct paid $1,141.40. Pick Four Pool $755,533. 50-Cent Pick Five (5-7-9-8-10) 47 tickets with 5 correct paid $4,322.85. Pick Five Pool $236,245. $2 Pick Six (2-5-7-9-8-10) 188 tickets with 5 out of 6 paid $186.60. $2 Pick Six (2-5-7-9-8-10) 6 tickets with 6 correct paid $39,442.80. Pick Six Pool $306,394.

IPPODAMIA'S GIRL three deep into the first turn, bid outside the pacesetter on the backstretch and second turn, took a short lead in midstretch, inched away from that rival under urging in deep stretch and held gamely. ONE FAST BROAD chased off the rail then outside a rival, swung four wide into the stretch and closed willingly. SILKEN SPY had speed between horses then angled in and set the pace inside, dueled on the backstretch and second turn, fought back in the stretch, could not quite match the winner late and just lost the place. FINESS BERE (FR) broke slowly, angled in and settled inside then a bit off the rail, came out leaving the second turn and four wide into the stretch and bested the others. STREAK OF LUCK tugged three deep early, stalked off the rail then outside a rival, came out into the stretch and lacked a rally. X S GOLD was rank inside and steadied early then steadied again into and out of the first turn, pulled her way along inside on the backstretch and into the second turn, came out leaving that turn and into the stretch, split rivals in deep stretch and could not summon the needed late kick. MULTIPLAYER three deep into the first turn, angled in and chased inside, came out in midstretch, went between foes in deep stretch and lacked the needed rally. RETRO came out nearing the first turn, chased three deep to the stretch and did not rally. HOLY DIVER angled in stalked inside, came out a bit in upper stretch then continued inside in the drive and weakened late. DEEP BREATH (IRE) chased three deep on the first turn and backstretch, continued outside on the second turn and three wide into the stretch and weakened. EMPRESS OF LOV pulled her way between horses early, chased between foes then a bit off the rail into the stretch and also weakened.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track8,107$1,294,810
Inter-TrackN/A$1,950,969
Out of StateN/A$7,818,610
TOTAL8,107 $11,064,389

Santa Anita Entries for Monday, January 1.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 5th day of a 59-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $29,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Our Tiger's BoyTyler Conner122Jeff Bonde7-250,000
2LipsterAlonso Quinonez120Jorge Periban10-140,000
3CatabilityMatt Garcia122Philip A. Oviedo5-150,000
4Mac McLovinTyler Baze120Jorge Periban12-140,000
5ThunderwolfCesar Franco115Jeff Mullins10-150,000
6Buck DuaneGeovanni Franco122Steven Miyadi5-250,000
7Dark HelmetEvin Roman117Peter Miller4-150,000
8Black SiteAustin Solis120Val Brinkerhoff5-140,000

SECOND RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Momma's Baby BoyMike Smith122Jerry Hollendorfer4-1
2BoogaluteDrayden Van Dyke122Mike Puype8-1
3Bold PapaKent Desormeaux122Richard Baltas5-1
4Hollywood StrikeRajiv Maragh122John A. Shirreffs7-2
5AntiochJoseph Talamo122Gerard Piccioni4-1
6Fi Fi's Wild HeartTyler Baze122Jeff Mullins8-1
7ZiconicVictor Espinoza122John A. Shirreffs5-2

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $30,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Resilient HumorMartin Pedroza123Jack Carava5-2
2Little NatiRuben Fuentes121Victor L. Garcia8-1
3DemigoddessCesar Franco114Charles R. Stutts15-1
4Reckless CharmJoseph Talamo123James M. Cassidy12-1
5Khaleesi Tiago Pereira123Michael Machowsky3-1
6Party HostessMario Gutierrez121Jerry Hollendorfer2-1
7Li'l GrazenEvin Roman116Jack Carava9-2

FOURTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Raven CreekTyler Baze122Jeff Mullins2-1
2ShayminMario Gutierrez122Ben D. A. Cecil8-1
3I'm AmoreGeovanni Franco122Anthony DeMarco30-1
4Smart Knows SmartMartin Pedroza122Peter Miller5-2
5Dreamer's RealityDrayden Van Dyke122Mike Puype12-1
6Unusual ChampStewart Elliott122Victor Fernandez30-1
7CroissantKyle Frey122Doug F. O'Neill8-1
8Clem Dela ClemJoseph Talamo122Neil D. Drysdale12-1
9George From TahoeRuben Fuentes122Jeff Bonde6-1
10NevermissesabeatEvin Roman117Carla Gaines8-1
Also Eligible
11Jersey's HeatTiago Pereira122Rafael Becerra5-1
12Minister's GloryJoseph Talamo122Michael Machowsky6-1
13ConsensualVictor Espinoza122James M. Cassidy5-1
14Rustic CanyonEvin Roman117Carla Gaines12-1

FIFTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $20,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $12,500-$10,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Awesome SilverRajiv Maragh121Manuel Landeros10-112,500
2Freddies DreamTyler Baze119Andrew Lerner10-110,500
3PulmarackTyler Conner121Ed Moger, Jr.12-112,500
4He'sarulerKyle Frey119Jeff Mullins6-110,500
5Jes JaaSantiago Gonzalez121Robert B. Hess, Jr.5-212,500
6Karma KingTiago Pereira121Brian J. Koriner8-112,500
7RprettyboyfloydStewart Elliott121David Jacobson3-112,500
8FinallygotabentleyEvin Roman116Jerry Hollendorfer4-112,500
9DowntownbigbrownAlonso Quinonez121Matthew Chew20-112,500

SIXTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1OpticKent Desormeaux122J. Keith Desormeaux6-1
2Normandy BeachTyler Baze122Jeff Mullins10-1
3LomboRajiv Maragh122Michael Pender20-1
4Ax ManDrayden Van Dyke122Bob Baffert9-5
5Shanghai BillyRafael Bejarano122Mike Harrington3-1
6Captain N. BarronStewart Elliott122Craig Anthony Lewis20-1
7SolteroSantiago Gonzalez122Philip D'Amato20-1
8More HonorJoseph Talamo122Mark Glatt8-1
9The ItalianGeovanni Franco122Mick Ruis20-1
10Elevated KnightFlavien Prat122Philip D'Amato8-1
11Alternate RhythmMartin Pedroza122Jeff Mullins12-1

SEVENTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $75,000. 'Joe Hernandez Stakes'. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Gold Rush DancerEvin Roman124Vann Belvoir20-1
2Pee Wee ReeseJoseph Talamo124Philip D'Amato3-1
3Cimpl ManRajiv Maragh122Gary Mandella15-1
4Mr. RoaryMike Smith124George Papaprodromou10-1
5TribalistVictor Espinoza120Blake R. Heap9-2
6Law Abidin CitizenTyler Baze120Mark Glatt8-1
7OmDrayden Van Dyke120Dan L. Hendricks7-2
8Richard's BoyFlavien Prat120Peter Miller7-2
9Krsto SkyeStewart Elliott120Ari Herbertson20-1
10Next SharesRafael Bejarano122Richard Baltas12-1
Also Eligible
11Smokey ImageGary Stevens120Carla Gaines15-1
12Sycamore LaneKent Desormeaux120David Jacobson15-1
13Conquest DaddyoTyler Conner120John W. Sadler20-1

EIGHTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $30,000. Starter Optional Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Royal TrumpFlavien Prat120Vladimir Cerin5-1
2Luke's On FireJoseph Talamo120Craig Dollase12-1
3Zippy GroomSantiago Gonzalez120Robert B. Hess, Jr.12-1
4Cannonball CominEvin Roman115Gary Stute15-1
5Big HunkDrayden Van Dyke120Michael W. McCarthy12-1
6Utah UteKyle Frey122Doug F. O'Neill6-140,000
7Royal BarTyler Baze120John W. Sadler6-1
8Get Em Up ScoutGeovanni Franco122Steven Miyadi8-140,000
9Treasure HunterTiago Pereira120G. F. Almeida4-1
10Time for CioppinoRafael Bejarano120Gary Sherlock20-1
11Ima Take ChargeKent Desormeaux122J. Keith Desormeaux8-140,000
12For HimRajiv Maragh120Michael Pender8-1

NINTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1ShazaraTiago Pereira121Gary Sherlock8-1
2ZuzannaAlonso Quinonez119Steve Knapp30-1
3CauseforcommotionTyler Baze121J. Eric Kruljac6-1
4Antonina Brice Blanc123Paulo H. Lobo12-1
5Zero ZeeJoseph Talamo119Philip D'Amato15-1
6Sasini Drayden Van Dyke121Simon Callaghan6-1
7Ms WakayaRajiv Maragh123Steven Miyadi8-1
8How About ZeroMario Gutierrez119Doug F. O'Neill5-2
9The Tulip Mike Smith121Patrick Gallagher6-1
10Be MineFlavien Prat119Philip D'Amato4-1
Also Eligible
11BombilateKent Desormeaux121James M. Cassidy3-1
12Peach Cove Victor Espinoza123John W. Sadler6-140,000
13HacktivismEvin Roman118Ben D. A. Cecil8-1
14AchiraGary Stevens119John A. Shirreffs12-1
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