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Racing! Heading into a strong racing weekend

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we prepare for a weekend of three Derby prep races.

It’s a big day at Santa Anita with four graded stakes races. One of them is the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes over 6 furlongs. It’s notable because of the return of Roy H after winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint followed up by the Eclipse Award for male sprinter.

Rather than a standard preview, we decided to look at the two monumental events in trainer Peter Miller’s life last year. One great and the other devastating. So, for a look at that, just click here.

For the other local stakes, just look down below under the Santa Anita preview.

Also bearing attention Saturday are two Kentucky Derby preps. There is the Withers at Aqueduct and the Holy Bull at Gulfstream. They, along with the Robert Lewis at Santa Anita, are points races toward Derby qualification.

A handicapping lesson

Here’s this week’s contribution from Rob Henie of the WCHR (West Coast Handicapping Report) and the ECHR (East Coast Handicapping Report). The thinking is by breaking down a race in detail you can learn to handicap like the pros.

Today, Rob looks at the fourth race at Santa Anita.

This is an optional claimer coming down the hill on the turf at 6 ½ furlongs, the most unique layout in the country, featuring the right-hand turn shortly into the race that quickly swings favor to those racing up close from an outer post. It then descends down the hill, and finally crosses the dirt portion of the track. In the end, top pick is TIZANILLUSION (#1). Here’s a great example of a horse who transfers his or her sharp form from track to track, the sign of a horse not affected by the track, usually an easygoing sort who can adapt to all circumstances, meaning, new track surfaces, barn areas, weather, etc. With that in mind, the fact she debuts here at Santa Anita shouldn’t be of concern, as we’ll fully expect her to fire over the new layout with the brief freshening in place and Drayden Van Dyke back in the saddle. He’s good with just about every horse he hops aboard, almost always moving his runners up.

SALTEN SAPITY (#8) is worth a look. Sometimes jockey movement can be pretty useful, as is the case here with this one. Notice that Flavien Prat was riding MONGOLIAN SHOPPER last time out, and despite winning nicely with that one, Flavien keeps his allegiance with the Richard Mandella barn, moving to a filly who’s been inconsistent (unlike the top pick). He fits her well and much better from off the pace than Tyler Baze, and tactically, there should be enough early pace to allow for a progressive trip late.

Race Outlook: Multiples runners would be useful here.

Win Contenders (order of preference): 1-8-7

X Out Runners (eliminating on the win end): 10

Positive Notes:

4 A Little Bit Me — Strings races together for the first time since last June, always a good thing.

7 Tweeting — Speaking of jockey movement, here’s one you can adhere to, Smith rides for Spawr only with well meant runners. We HAVE to include.

Negative Notes:

1 Demigoddess — Stutts is just so poor with placing his runners. This is also the same trainer who back in 2006, ran a filly four times in 23 days, which would be fine if the horse was doing super, but far back in each start, just so hard to watch.

TOP PICK: TIZANILLUSION (#1 5-2 Van Dyke)

SECOND CHOICE: SALTEN SAPITY (#8 6-1 Prat)

The West Coast Handicapping Report can be found at http://www.westcoasthorseracing.com It has been endorsed by leading trainers, handicappers and industry sources.

Santa Anita review

Friday’s card was topped by a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight, which was won by Bob Baffert’s Restoring Hope. The colt’s winning margin of 3 ½ lengths puts him in a rather crowded field of promising 3-year-olds in Baffert’s barn. He was running in one of the boutique races order by Santa Anita boss Tim Ritvo. It was for homebreds and horses bought at public auction for $100,000 or less.

Restoring Hope was homebred by Gary and Mary West, who also own West Coast.

“He’s a caught up now,” Baffert told Mike Willman of Santa Anita. “We were playing catch-up with him going into his last race but we’re ready for the deep end of the pool now.”

The colt, with Prat aboard, paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.40.

Longden finished second and Jimmy Chila was third.

Santa Anita preview

It’s a nine-race card with the first post at 12:30 p.m. Up first among the stakes is the third race, the $200,000 Palos Verdes over 6 furlongs. Roy H is the 3-5 favorite in the five-horse field. As mentioned above, you can read about it here. Post time is about 1:30 p.m.

At about 2:30 p.m. is the Kentucky Derby prep the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. It has a 10-4-2-1 point value. Most of the known Kentucky Derby wannabes at Santa Anita are skipping this race and pointing to shipping or the San Felipe.

Peace is the 3-1 favorite in the nine-horse 1 1/16-mile race. He has won over two turns, which is a good sign, but even more telling is Mike Smith has elected to ride the Mandella colt, over Shivermetimbers for Jerry Hollendorfer.

Shiver beat Peace by a head on Nov. 23, which was Shiver’s last race. The break should also help him. Rafael Bejarano will ride the 7-2 second choice.

The seventh race, at about 3:30 p.m., will be the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes, over 1 ¼ on the turf for older horses. This might as well be called the San Gabriel Stakes, Part 2, even though it is 1/8 mile longer. Six of the eight starters ran in that race, which was won by Itsinthepost, who is the 9-5 favorite for trainer Jeff Mullins.

Isotherm, fifth in the San Gabriel, is the 3-1 second choice with jockey Prat and trainer Phil D’Amato. Flamboyant, who showed a wicked kick to finish second in the San Gabriel, is the 4-1 third choice.

The final stakes is the $200,000 San Pasqual for older horses at 1 1/18 miles and set to go about 4 p.m. The second favorite, at 7-2, is Mubtaahij, who burst on to the local scene by winning the Awesome Again Stakes for Baffert. But then he followed up with a lackluster eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and a third to stablemate Irish Freedom in the Native Diver Stakes. Smith is on Irish Freedom and Van Dyke on Mubtaahij.

Top Of The Game is the 3-1 favorite, returning to the dirt after a poor run on the turf in the San Gabriel Stakes. The combination of Kent Desormeaux and Vladimir Cerin has been strong so far this season.

Big races preview

A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 or more on Saturday. All times PST.

10:30 Gulfstream: Grade 2 $200,000 Swale Stakes, 3-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Strike Power (7-5)

11:30 Gulfstream: Grade 3 $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 1 mile on turf. Favorite: Data Dependent (3-1)

1:30 Santa Anita: Grade 2 $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes, 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Roy H (3-5)

1:35 Aqueduct: Grade 3 $250,000 Withers Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/18 miles. Favorite: Avery Island (8-5)

1:43 Gulfstream: Grade 2 $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Miss Mo Mentum (9-5)

2:16 Gulfstream: Grade 3 $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile on the turf.

2:34 Santa Anita: Grade 3 $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Peace (3-1)

2:38 Oaklawn: $125,000 King Cotton Stakes, 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Ivan Fallunovalot (8-5)

2:49 Gulfstream. Grade 2 $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Enticed (3-1)

3:38 Santa Anita: Grade 2 $200,000 San Marcos Stakes, 4 and up, 1 ¼ miles on turf. Favorite: Itsinthepost (9-5)

4:10 Santa Anita: Grade 2 $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Top Of The Game (3-1)

Bob Ike’s SA play of the day

FOURTH RACE: No. 4 A Little Bit Me (6-1)

Making her third start in this country, 4-year-old filly from the Doug O’Neill stable might be coming up to her best. She dueled from the rail vs. similar before tiring in the final 100 yards but might be able to get a more comfortable stalking trip here and spring a minor upset in this first-level allowance event.

Friday Result: Heartfullofstars got a good trip behind the leaders but offered no punch through the lane in a disappointer.

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

Los Alamitos reminder

No racing Saturday or Sunday. They are giving the racing surface a little rehabbing. Racing returns next Friday.

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And now the stars of the show, Friday’s results and Saturday’s entries.

Santa Anita Charts Results for Friday, February 2.

Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 22nd day of a 59-day meet. Clear & Fast

FIRST RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $10,000. Time 22.26 46.22 58.97 1:12.25


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

2 Lucky Student 116 2 2 1–hd 1–1 1–1½ 1–3½ Roman 0.80
4 Devil's Beauty 121 4 1 2–1 2–1 2–1½ 2–1½ Prat 2.10
1 Tiz Deliteful 121 1 7 4–1 3–1 3–1½ 3–1¾ Conner 5.10
7 Just Bookin 121 7 3 7 6–1½ 5–½ 4–hd Sanchez 17.00
5 Dragon Flower 121 5 4 3–½ 4–1½ 4–2 5–4½ Quinonez 22.60
6 Holidayincambodia 121 6 5 5–1½ 5–2 6–4 6–3 Rojas Fernandez 35.70
3 Forthe Lovof Patty 121 3 6 6–hd 7 7 7 Bednar 57.10

2 LUCKY STUDENT 3.60 2.20 2.10
4 DEVIL'S BEAUTY 2.60 2.20
1 TIZ DELITEFUL 2.60
$1 EXACTA (2-4)  $4.40
$1 SUPERFECTA (2-4-1-7)  $29.70
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-4-1-7-5)  $56.20
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-4-1)  $3.90

Winner–Lucky Student Ch.m.8 by Game Plan out of Corissa's Birthday, by Half Term. Bred by Academic Farms (CA). Trainer: Craig Dollase. Owner: KM Racing Enterprise, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $154,796 Exacta Pool $81,125 Superfecta Pool $40,867 Super High Five Pool $4,129 Trifecta Pool $61,929. Claimed–Lucky Student by Dirt Road Racing, Pender Racing LLC and Skellan, Jeanne. Trainer: Michael Pender. Claimed–Devil's Beauty by ERJ Racing LLC, Westside Racing and O''Neill, Dennis and Doug. Trainer: Doug O'Neill. Claimed–Tiz Deliteful by Saratoga West. Trainer: Jeffrey Metz. Scratched–none.

LUCKY STUDENT had good early speed and dueled inside, inched away on the turn, kicked clear in the stretch and proved best under some urging. DEVIL'S BEAUTY sped to the early lead off the rail, dueled outside the winner, stalked on the turn and in the stretch and held second. TIZ DELITEFUL a step slow to begin, went up inside to stalk the pace, continued along the rail on the turn and in the stretch and bested the others. JUST BOOKIN chased outside then alongside a rival on the turn and just off the rail leaving the turn and into the stretch, came out in the drive and lacked the needed rally. DRAGON FLOWER had speed three deep then stalked off the rail then outside a rival, came out into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. HOLIDAYINCAMBODIA chased outside on the backstretch and turn, came four wide into the stretch and weakened. FORTHE LOVOF PATTY between then outside a rival early, angled in and saved ground off the pace, came out a bit in the stretch and also weakened.

SECOND RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.59 46.60 59.39 1:12.41


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

8 Proper Drink 122 8 3 2–1 2–1½ 2–2½ 1–1½ Maragh 1.90
3 Radio Chatter 117 3 1 1–½ 1–hd 1–½ 2–1¾ Roman 4.00
1 Dizzy Diva 122 1 7 6–1 6–1½ 5–2 3–1½ Quinonez 6.00
6 Veiled Heat 122 6 5 5–½ 3–hd 3–1 4–½ Gutierrez 2.10
2 Magicalchic 122 2 8 3–hd 4–hd 4–½ 5–1¼ Hernandez 61.90
4 Solar Corona 122 4 4 8 8 7–1½ 6–7 Bednar 6.30
5 Sonnet's Joy 122 5 2 4–1 5–1½ 6–1 7–1¼ Evans 64.80
7 Lookingforthewire 122 7 6 7–2 7–1½ 8 8 Pena 54.70

8 PROPER DRINK 5.80 3.80 3.00
3 RADIO CHATTER 4.20 3.40
1 DIZZY DIVA 3.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-8)  $11.40
$1 EXACTA (8-3)  $14.50
$1 SUPERFECTA (8-3-1-6)  $136.50
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-3-1-6-2)  $497.90
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-3-1)  $25.40

Winner–Proper Drink Ch.f.4 by Sky Mesa out of Princess Pegasus, by Fusaichi Pegasus. Bred by Donald Valpredo (CA). Trainer: Leonard Powell. Owner: Donald J. Valpredo. Mutuel Pool $123,078 Daily Double Pool $35,119 Exacta Pool $76,329 Superfecta Pool $38,558 Super High Five Pool $1,960 Trifecta Pool $52,651. Scratched–none.

PROPER DRINK had speed outside then pressed the pace outside a rival, took a short lead under urging nearing the sixteenth pole and inched clear. RADIO CHATTER dueled inside the winner but a bit off the rail, angled in on the turn, came a bit off the fence while fighting back in the stretch, could not quite match that rival late but held second. DIZZY DIVA a bit slow to begin, chased inside, came out leaving the turn and three deep into the stretch and gained the show. VEILED HEAT stalked outside then three deep on the turn and into the stretch and lacked a rally. MAGICALCHIC a step slow into stride, saved ground stalking the pace throughout and weakened some in the drive. SOLAR CORONA between foes early, chased just off the rail then inside on the turn, came out into the stretch and again in upper stretch and lacked a rally. SONNET'S JOY stalked outside a rival then between horses on the turn, continued alongside a foe into the stretch and weakened. LOOKINGFORTHEWIRE bobbled some at the start, settled off the rail then outside on the turn and four wide into the stretch and had little left for the drive.

THIRD RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $33,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $75,000. Time 21.64 44.23 1:07.67 1:14.13


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

7 Impetu 122 7 1 1–1 1–2½ 1–3 1–1½ Prat 0.70
1 Roaring Fork 122 1 3 3–1 2–hd 2–2 2–¾ Elliott 4.40
4 Sellwood 122 4 7 7–1 7–hd 4–2½ 3–nk T Baze 13.00
3 Camps Bay 122 3 9 9 9 5–2 4–hd Talamo 19.40
8 Big Bad Gary 122 8 2 5–1 3–hd 3–2 5–6 Gonzalez 79.10
6 El Asesino 122 6 4 6–hd 8–3½ 6–1 6–2¼ Maragh 11.20
2 Kona Breeze 122 2 5 2–hd 5–½ 9 7–1¾ Frey 35.80
9 War Link 122 9 8 8–5 6–1 8–hd 8–3¾ Franco 66.60
5 Optic 122 5 6 4–½ 4–1½ 7–hd 9 Desormeaux 4.50

7 IMPETU 3.40 2.40 2.20
1 ROARING FORK 4.00 2.80
4 SELLWOOD 5.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-7)  $11.60
$1 EXACTA (7-1)  $6.90
$1 SUPERFECTA (7-1-4-3)  $185.90
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-1-4-3-8)  $566.00
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-1-4)  $16.30

Winner–Impetu Ch.c.3 by Data Link out of Swingaway, by Tapit. Bred by Charisma Stables LLC (KY). Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy. Owner: P and G Stables LLC. Mutuel Pool $272,851 Daily Double Pool $17,228 Exacta Pool $163,327 Superfecta Pool $79,215 Super High Five Pool $2,607 Trifecta Pool $114,266. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (2-8-7) paid $9.80. Pick Three Pool $51,021.

IMPETU sped to the early lead off the rail, came in just after the right hand curve, angled in and set the pace inside, kicked clear and held along the fence in the drive under urging. ROARING FORK moved up inside then saved ground stalking the pace, came a bit off the rail in the stretch and held off foes for the place. SELLWOOD chased a bit off the rail then inside on the hill and through the stretch and got up along the fence for the show. CAMPS BAY broke a bit slowly, angled in on the hill and saved ground off the pace, came out leaving the hill and four wide into the stretch and was edged for a minor award three deep on the line. BIG BAD GARY had speed outside then stalked four wide, continued three deep leaving the hill and four wide into the stretch and was edged for a minor share between foes late. EL ASESINO chased between horses then outside a rival, came out into the stretch and lacked a further response. KONA BREEZE stalked between rivals and steadied in tight midway on the hill, continued outside a foe into the stretch and weakened. WAR LINK settled off the rail then outside leaving the hill, came four wide into the stretch and lacked a further response. OPTIC off the rail early, went up between foes to stalk the pace and steadied in tight just after the right hand curve, continued between foes on the hill, came out three deep into the stretch and weakened. A claim of foul by the rider of the runner-up against the winner for alleged interference just after the right hand curve was not allowed by the stewards, who ruled the videotape failed to substantiate the claim. Rail on hill at 14 feet.

FOURTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $10,000. Time 23.46 47.32 1:12.86 1:39.50 1:46.60


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

6 Lewis Vale 121 6 3 2–3½ 2–2½ 2–1½ 1–1½ 1–2¼ Franco 9.90
1 El Super 121 1 1 1–hd 1–2 1–½ 3–6 2–1¼ Pedroza 4.60
4 Rprettyboyfloyd 121 4 5 4–1 3–hd 3–4½ 2–hd 3–7½ Gutierrez 1.30
2 Tribal Jewel 121 2 4 5–1½ 5–hd 4–½ 4–7 4–13 Gonzalez 3.00
5 Harrovian 114 5 6 6 6 6 6 5–nk Franco 19.40
3 Kristo 116 3 2 3–hd 4–1 5–hd 5–½ 6 Roman 4.10

6 LEWIS VALE 21.80 10.40 3.80
1 EL SUPER 6.20 3.20
4 RPRETTYBOYFLOYD 2.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-6)  $28.60
$1 EXACTA (6-1)  $46.00
$1 SUPERFECTA (6-1-4-2)  $342.20
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-1-4)  $69.70

Winner–Lewis Vale Ch.g.7 by Flower Alley out of Indian Vale, by A.P. Indy. Bred by Eugene Melnyk (ON). Trainer: Reed Saldana. Owner: Saldana, Reed and Urbina, Leopoldo. Mutuel Pool $158,250 Daily Double Pool $22,118 Exacta Pool $89,416 Superfecta Pool $45,139 Trifecta Pool $69,264. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (8-7-6) paid $55.80. Pick Three Pool $17,927.

LEWIS VALE angled in and pressed the pace outside a rival then stalked off the rail, bid again outside the runner-up on the second turn, took the lead leaving the stretch, drifted in and out from the whip in the final furlong but won clear. EL SUPER had speed inside to duel for the lead, inched away on the backstretch and set the pace a bit off the rail, fought back just off the fence on the second turn and into the stretch, angled off heels a bit in midstretch and held second. RPRETTYBOYFLOYD chased three deep on the first turn then outside a rival, angled in for the second turn, came out leaving that turn and three deep into the stretch and bested the others. TRIBAL JEWEL saved ground stalking the pace throughout and weakened in the stretch. HARROVIAN chased three deep then outside a rival, went three wide on the second turn then outside a foe while dropping back and gave way. KRISTO chased between horses then a bit off the rail, was briefly between foes on the second turn, drifted to the inside in the stretch and had little left for the drive.

FIFTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Time 21.85 44.56 1:08.15 1:14.49


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

6 Laynee 121 6 9 6–hd 4–1 4–1½ 1–hd Bejarano 4.60
4 Promnesia 121 4 1 2–hd 3–½ 3–1 2–hd Desormeaux 4.70
3 Batiquitos 121 3 4 3–2 2–1 1–hd 3–1½ Pedroza 3.60
7 Winemenow 121 7 6 8–2½ 7–1½ 6–2 4–ns Talamo 3.10
5 Lethal Legacy 121 5 8 9 8–3 7–hd 5–hd Van Dyke 20.70
2 No Comparison 121 2 2 1–1 1–½ 2–hd 6–½ Quinonez 29.40
8 Bella Sierra 121 8 3 4–hd 5–1½ 5–hd 7–¾ Arias 19.80
1 Li'l Grazen 116 1 5 5–1 6–hd 8–2 8–1¼ Roman 4.10
9 Lil Bit Dangerous 121 9 7 7–½ 9 9 9 Gonzalez 16.90

6 LAYNEE 11.20 5.60 3.60
4 PROMNESIA 4.60 2.80
3 BATIQUITOS 3.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-6)  $120.40
$1 EXACTA (6-4)  $25.70
$1 SUPERFECTA (6-4-3-7)  $315.10
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-4-3-7-5)  $2,501.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-4-3)  $55.70

Winner–Laynee Dbb.f.4 by Popular out of Rowdy Angel, by Roar. Bred by Greg James (CA). Trainer: Andy Mathis. Owner: Michael Jawl. Mutuel Pool $293,323 Daily Double Pool $22,339 Exacta Pool $171,186 Superfecta Pool $81,871 Super High Five Pool $3,279 Trifecta Pool $117,304. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (7-6-6) paid $112.40. Pick Three Pool $54,224. 50-Cent Pick Four (8-7-6-6) 510 tickets with 4 correct paid $164.10. Pick Four Pool $109,725. 50-Cent Pick Five (2-8-7-6-6) 901 tickets with 5 correct paid $380.20. Pick Five Pool $398,666.

LAYNEE a bit awkwardly into stride, pulled between horses and steadied at the right hand curve, angled in and stalked inside, came out a bit in upper stretch then angled in, bid along the rail past the eighth pole, gained a short lead under urging in deep stretch and gamely prevailed. PROMNESIA had speed three deep then stalked outside a rival, came four wide into the stretch, bid again outside foes in the drive and continued gamely to the wire. BATIQUITOS dueled between horses then stalked a bit off the rail, bid again outside the pacesetter leaving the hill, fought back between foes in the stretch and continued willingly to the end. WINEMENOW chased a bit off the rail then angled in on the hill, came out leaving the hill and three wide into the stretch and was outfinished. LETHAL LEGACY settled off the rail, came three deep into the stretch and found her best stride late between horses. NO COMPARISON went up inside to duel for the lead then inched away, set the pace inside, fought back along the rail leaving the hill, came out a bit into the stretch, was between foes in deep stretch and weakened late. BELLA SIERRA stalked outside then alongside a rival, came out leaving the hill and five wide into the stretch and could not quite summon the necessary late kick. LI'L GRAZEN saved ground chasing the pace, fell back some nearing the stretch and lacked a rally. LIL BIT DANGEROUS tugged three deep and steadied at the right hand curve, fell back down the hill, angled in nearing the stretch and lacked a response in the drive. Rail on hill at 14 feet.

SIXTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds. Time 23.63 47.64 1:12.51 1:38.40 1:45.24


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

6 Restoring Hope 122 4 2 2–1½ 2–1½ 2–1½ 1–½ 1–3½ Prat 0.80
1 Longden 122 1 4 1–½ 1–hd 1–hd 2–2 2–½ Van Dyke 4.60
4 Jimmy Chila 122 3 1 4–1½ 4–2 4–3 3–hd 3–1½ Gutierrez 17.20
9 Heartfullofstars 122 7 5 3–½ 3–½ 3–hd 4–9 4–5½ Gonzalez 2.70
7 Point Guard 117 5 7 6–2 5–1 6–14 6–30 5–3 Roman 28.60
8 Big Buzz 122 6 3 7 6–½ 5–1 5–1 6–57 Bejarano 12.10
3 Art's Table 122 2 6 5–hd 7 7 7 7 Frey 40.10

6 RESTORING HOPE 3.60 2.60 2.40
1 LONGDEN (GB) 4.00 3.60
4 JIMMY CHILA 4.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-6)  $23.80
$1 EXACTA (6-1)  $6.40
$1 SUPERFECTA (6-1-4-9)  $99.10
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-1-4-9-7)  $266.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-1-4)  $18.55

Winner–Restoring Hope Dbb.c.3 by Giant's Causeway out of Symbol of Freedom, by Tapit. Bred by Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc. (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: West, Gary and Mary. Mutuel Pool $294,216 Daily Double Pool $36,023 Exacta Pool $143,050 Superfecta Pool $86,324 Super High Five Pool $8,819 Trifecta Pool $104,889. Scratched–Mo Over, Normandy Beach.

$1 Pick Three (6-6-6) paid $113.30. Pick Three Pool $41,743.

RESTORING HOPE had speed outside then angled in and dueled alongside the runner-up, took the lead into the stretch, inched away a sixteenth out and pulled clear under urging. LONGDEN (GB) had good early speed and dueled inside, fought back into and through the stretch, could not match the winner in the final sixteenth but held second. JIMMY CHILA stalked a bit off the rail then inside on the backstretch and second turn, came out into the stretch and just missed the place. HEARTFULLOFSTARS chased three deep then outside a rival or off the rail, continued alongside the runner-up on the second turn, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. POINT GUARD bobbled in a bit of a slow start, chased off the inside or outside a rival, angled in some leaving the second turn and weakened. BIG BUZZ settled three deep then off the inside, went outside a rival on the backstretch, continued off the rail, came out into the stretch and also weakened. ART'S TABLE pulled his way along inside to stalk the pace, dropped back leaving the backstretch and on the second turn, gave way readily and was eased through the drive but did cross the wire.

SEVENTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $20,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 21.81 44.86 1:11.30 1:18.22


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

2 Gonna Fly Now 123 2 8 8–10 5–2 5–4½ 1–hd Maragh 5.30
4 Rick's Dream 123 4 3 3–½ 2–1½ 1–1 2–2¼ Franco 2.50
6 Kenny Benny 123 6 5 5–hd 4–2 4–½ 3–½ Conner 5.40
8 Midnight Harbor 123 8 7 9 9 6–8 4–1½ Ochoa 52.30
9 Hank the Tank 123 9 9 6–1½ 3–hd 2–hd 5–5 Talamo 1.40
3 Cal Cal Li Gowchis 116 3 2 1–½ 1–3 3–hd 6–11 Franco 32.70
7 We Go Now 123 7 6 4–hd 7–hd 8–1 7–3¾ Espinoza 12.90
1 Proudtobesicilian 123 1 4 2–1 6–2 7–½ 8–5½ Evans 112.40
5 Flash Henry 123 5 1 7–hd 8–5 9 9 Elliott 19.70

2 GONNA FLY NOW 12.60 5.00 3.80
4 RICK'S DREAM 3.40 2.60
6 KENNY BENNY 4.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-2)  $25.40
$1 EXACTA (2-4)  $24.70
$1 SUPERFECTA (2-4-6-8)  $541.00
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-4-6-8-9)  $1,561.20
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-4-6)  $47.55

Winner–Gonna Fly Now B.g.9 by Rockport Harbor out of Do Not Disturb, by Maria's Mon. Bred by D. J. Stable, LLC (KY). Trainer: Robert B. Hess, Jr.. Owner: Cicero Farms, LLC. Mutuel Pool $257,922 Daily Double Pool $29,111 Exacta Pool $144,246 Superfecta Pool $89,160 Super High Five Pool $6,139 Trifecta Pool $110,900. Claimed–Rick's Dream by Firsthome Thoroughbreds. Trainer: Adam Kitchingman. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (6-6-2) paid $98.30. Pick Three Pool $37,038.

GONNA FLY NOW chased a bit off the rail, came out leaving the turn and three deep into the stretch, rallied under left handed urging and got up late. RICK'S DREAM had speed three deep then stalked off the rail, bid outside a rival in the stretch to gain the lead, inched away, fought back in deep stretch but could not hold off the winner. KENNY BENNY stalked off the rail, angled in on the turn, came out a bit into the stretch, steadied off heels then split foes in midstretch and edged a rival for the show. MIDNIGHT HARBOR between horses early, dropped back and angled in, saved ground off the pace and went up the rail in the stretch to be edged for third. HANK THE TANK hopped some at the start, chased outside, went five wide into the turn and three deep into the stretch, was between horses in midstretch and lacked the needed late kick. CAL CAL LI GOWCHIS had good early speed between foes, dueled outside a rival, inched away a half mile out, kicked clear, fought back briefly inside nearing midstretch and weakened. WE GO NOW stalked outside then between foes leaving the backstretch, continued outside on the turn and four wide into the stretch and gave way. PROUDTOBESICILIAN went up inside to duel for the lead, stalked leaving the backstretch, dropped back on the turn, came out into the stretch and had nothing left for the drive. FLASH HENRY chased between horses, dropped back a bit off the rail on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and gave way.

EIGHTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $32,000. Time 22.24 44.64 1:07.58 1:13.73


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

10 Little Bit Lovely 121 10 1 1–hd 1–hd 1–2½ 1–¾ Gonzalez 2.30
5 Miss Boom Boom 121 5 4 7–hd 4–½ 4–2 2–1¼ Gutierrez 4.00
7 Peach Cove 121 7 6 4–1 3–2 3–½ 3–2¼ Franco 5.90
9 Time for Ebby 121 9 7 5–hd 5–1 5–1 4–nk Frey 7.20
1 Wonderful Lie 116 1 3 6–1 9–1 6–hd 5–1 Roman 3.10
8 Not too Shiny 121 8 5 2–2 2–2½ 2–1 6–1 Maragh 19.80
2 Joyable 121 2 9 8–½ 8–2 7–hd 7–½ Elliott 12.10
6 Veronica Bay 121 6 8 10 10 9–½ 8–¾ Pena 86.10
4 Adios Cali 121 4 2 3–hd 7–1 8–2 9–3½ Pereira 42.00
3 Utana 121 3 10 9–1½ 6–hd 10 10 Quinonez 53.10

10 LITTLE BIT LOVELY 6.60 4.40 3.00
5 MISS BOOM BOOM 4.40 3.00
7 PEACH COVE (NZ) 3.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-10)  $43.40
$1 EXACTA (10-5)  $14.90
$1 SUPERFECTA (10-5-7-9)  $321.20
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (10-5-7-9-1)  $637.00
50-CENT TRIFECTA (10-5-7)  $37.20

Winner–Little Bit Lovely Grr.m.6 by Saint Anddan out of Hal's Kat, by Concerto. Bred by Kinsman Farm (FL). Trainer: Ryan Hanson. Owner: Dunn, Robin and Hanson, Jim. Mutuel Pool $327,448 Daily Double Pool $94,726 Exacta Pool $190,140 Superfecta Pool $111,884 Super High Five Pool $22,896 Trifecta Pool $139,799. Claimed–Time for Ebby by Johnny Evans. Trainer: Steve Knapp. Scratched–none.

$2 Pick Six Jackpot (7-6-6-2/5/6-2-10) . Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $145,141. $1 Pick Three (6-2-10) paid $59.60. Pick Three Pool $164,199. 50-Cent Pick Four (6-2/5/6-2-10) 1563 tickets with 4 correct paid $271.00. Pick Four Pool $554,985. 50-Cent Pick Five (6-6-2/5/6-2-10) 44 tickets with 5 correct paid $3,141.70. Pick Five Pool $181,145. $2 Pick Six (7-6-6-2/5/6-2-10) 373 tickets with 5 out of 6 paid $102.20. $2 Pick Six (7-6-6-2/5/6-2-10) 15 tickets with 6 correct paid $16,322.00. Pick Six Pool $333,483.

LITTLE BIT LOVELY sped to the early lead, angled in after the right hand curve and dueled inside, kicked clear in the stretch and held under some urging. MISS BOOM BOOM stalked between horses then a bit off the rail leaving the hill and into the stretch and finished willingly. PEACH COVE (NZ) between rivals early, stalked outside a foe then a bit off the rail, came three deep into the stretch and bested the rest. TIME FOR EBBY stalked four wide then three deep leaving the hill and into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. WONDERFUL LIE saved ground chasing the pace, was in a bit tight midway on the hill, came out a bit into the stretch and did not rally. NOT TOO SHINY between horses early, dueled outside the winner to upper stretch and weakened in the final furlong. JOYABLE a bit slow to begin, chased just off the rail then was in a bit tight between foes midway on the hill, came out leaving the hill and four wide into the stretch and did not rally. VERONICA BAY settled between horses then off the rail, angled in on the hill, came out into the stretch and was not a threat. ADIOS CALI stalked a bit off the rail then inside down the hill and into the stretch and weakened. UTANA a bit slow to begin, chased outside then four wide on the hill, was fanned six wide into the stretch and also weakened. Rail on hill at 14 feet.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track3,076$581,964
Inter-TrackN/A$1,567,890
Out of StateN/A$5,387,644
TOTAL3,076 $7,537,498

Santa Anita Entries for Saturday, February 3.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 23rd day of a 59-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 3 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Cooperate Ruben Fuentes122Edward R. Freeman6-1
2Heaven EscapeBrice Blanc122Paulo H. Lobo30-1
3Party DancerDrayden Van Dyke122Simon Callaghan20-1
4HeliocentricityEvin Roman117Jerry Hollendorfer15-1
5FluffheadFlavien Prat122Robert N. Falcone, Jr.8-1
6Super GoodTiago Pereira122Matthew Chew4-1
7Movie MomentVictor Espinoza122John A. Shirreffs12-1
8Mela JonesCorey Nakatani122Michael Pender12-1
9Blessed UnionRajiv Maragh122Richard E. Mandella12-1
10Loving MomentTyler Baze122Philip D'Amato5-1
11Himmah Joseph Talamo122Mark Glatt8-1
12Slick TrickTyler Conner122John W. Sadler7-2
Also Eligible
13Pacific StrikeRafael Bejarano122Peter Eurton3-1
14RancorEvin Roman117Jerry Hollendorfer4-1

SECOND RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Curly's RocketJoseph Talamo122Bob Baffert9-5
2TreEvin Roman117Vann Belvoir15-1
3Eskimo RosesAlonso Quinonez122Mick Ruis4-1
4Pepe the LegendKyle Frey122Doug F. O'Neill15-1
5Once On WhiskeyDrayden Van Dyke122Bob Baffert7-2
6Core BeliefsRafael Bejarano122Peter Eurton8-5

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $200,000. 'Palos Verdes Stakes'. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Roy HKent Desormeaux124Peter Miller3-5
2Bobby Abu DhabiVictor Espinoza120Peter Miller6-1
3AmericanizeRafael Bejarano120Simon Callaghan5-2
4Mongolian SaturdayFlavien Prat120Enebish Ganbat8-1
5Red LightningTyler Conner120William E. Morey8-1

FOURTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1TizanillusionDrayden Van Dyke120John W. Sadler5-2
2Tink's TwirlJoseph Talamo122Philip D'Amato10-1
3Mongolian ShopperRafael Bejarano120Enebish Ganbat7-2
4A Little Bit MeKyle Frey124Doug F. O'Neill6-1
5Sly HumorKent Desormeaux120Vladimir Cerin8-1
6Could Be MagicEvin Roman117Mark Glatt15-1
7TweetingMike Smith120William Spawr5-1
8Salten SapityFlavien Prat122Richard E. Mandella6-1
9ZuzannaAlonso Quinonez120Steve Knapp20-1
10DemigoddessCesar Franco113Charles R. Stutts20-1

FIFTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $150,000. 'Robert B. Lewis Stakes'. 3 year olds. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Ayacara Kent Desormeaux120J. Keith Desormeaux8-1
2Pepe TonoEvin Roman120Victor L. Garcia6-1
3Dark VaderStewart Elliott120Peter Eurton10-1
4LomboFlavien Prat120Michael Pender5-1
5ShivermetimbersRafael Bejarano120Jerry Hollendorfer7-2
6InscomTyler Baze120Simon Callaghan6-1
7PeaceMike Smith120Richard E. Mandella3-1
8RegulateJoseph Talamo120Bob Baffert8-1
9Blame the RiderMario Gutierrez120Doug F. O'Neill15-1

SIXTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $16,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Summer BuddhaAlonso Quinonez123Lorenzo Ruiz30-112,500
2Reverend AlRafael Bejarano123Blake R. Heap6-112,500
3Mercer IslandStewart Elliott123Peter Miller5-212,500
4Southern ThunderFlavien Prat123Jeff Mullins6-112,500
5Gotta Get LuckyEvin Roman118Genaro Vallejo8-112,500
6RooseveltTiago Pereira123David Bernstein8-112,500
7MoonmanSaul Arias123J. Keith Desormeaux7-212,500
8Moonlight BlueKent Desormeaux123Vladimir Cerin3-112,500

SEVENTH RACE.

1¼ Mile Turf. Purse: $200,000. 'San Marcos Stakes'. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Prince of ArabiaTiago Pereira120James M. Cassidy30-1
2Free RoseJoseph Talamo120Richard Baltas8-1
3Mr. RoaryRajiv Maragh120George Papaprodromou15-1
4IsothermFlavien Prat122Philip D'Amato3-1
5Itsinthepost Tyler Baze124Jeff Mullins9-5
6Flamboyant Drayden Van Dyke120Patrick Gallagher4-1
7Hayabusa One Victor Espinoza120Peter Miller6-1
8Editore Brice Blanc122Paulo H. Lobo6-1

EIGHTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile. Purse: $200,000. 'San Pasqual Stakes'. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1PavelMario Gutierrez122Doug F. O'Neill4-1
2Mubtaahij Drayden Van Dyke124Bob Baffert7-2
3AccelerateVictor Espinoza122John W. Sadler4-1
4Win the SpaceRajiv Maragh120George Papaprodromou20-1
5The LieutenantFlavien Prat120Michael W. McCarthy20-1
6Ike WalkerRafael Bejarano120Jerry Hollendorfer20-1
7Irish FreedomMike Smith120Bob Baffert6-1
8Prime AttractionTiago Pereira122James M. Cassidy6-1
9Top of the GameKent Desormeaux120Vladimir Cerin3-1

NINTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Gone to TownAlonso Quinonez122Hector O. Palma5-1
2RoomsBrayan Pena122George Papaprodromou30-1
3Ms WakayaGeovanni Franco124Steven Miyadi12-1
4Staintondale Lass Kyle Frey124Manuel Badilla12-1
5Gotham DesireTiago Pereira124Ed Moger, Jr.6-1
6CarrieCesar Franco115Charles R. Stutts30-1
7Sturdy OneMartin Pedroza124Ian Kruljac12-140,000
8Beau SquareMario Gutierrez124Doug F. O'Neill7-2
9Ruby TrustTyler Baze122Howard L. Zucker10-1
10Del Mar AnnCorey Nakatani124Richard Baltas4-140,000
11BowieFlavien Prat122Richard E. Mandella4-1
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