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Racing! Big weekend of Derby preps gives us more to think about

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as some new names bubble up on the Derby trail.

Two things to remember on Super Bowl Sunday. First, Santa Anita has an 11 a.m. post, so you can get home to watch the game. And, Los Alamitos has no racing. It is dark until Friday. And for our Northern California readers, Golden Gate starts at 11:15 a.m.

OK, let’s update the Kentucky Derby picture after Saturday’s three prep races.

Audible’s crushing performance in the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream should move him up on the Derby prediction charts. He was somewhat below the radar going into this race but that anonymity is gone now.

He was never in trouble, running near the lead until he just blew everyone away down the stretch, winning by 5½ lengths. He runs for Todd Pletcher and his jockey is Javier Castellano. The multi-Eclipse Award winning Castellano was recently named to ride Bolt D’Oro, replacing Corey Nakatani. So, which horse will he choose if they both make the Derby? Way too early to think about.

The Withers Stakes at Aqueduct was supposed to be a battle between Avery Island and Firenze Fire, and that’s what happened. But Avery Island made no doubt that he was the best over the 1 1/8 miles. He glided through the stretch after sitting in second through mid-turn. Firenze Fire was working hard in the stretch but couldn’t make up any ground. The winning margin was two lengths.

Perhaps the weakest of the three Derby prep races was the Robert Lewis at Santa Anita. It was won by Lombo for trainer Michael Pender and jockey Flavien Prat. My colleague Eric Sondheimer was there to capture the happenings on an excellent Saturday card with four graded stakes races. You can read Eric’s story here.

So, the points race for the Derby has Good Magic and Firenze Fire with 24 points. You’re on the bubble in the mid 20s, but likely to make the field with 30. McKinzie has 20 points and Bolt D’Oro, Solomini, Instilled Regard and Avery Island all have 14.

Santa Anita preview

Remember, early post of 11 a.m. today. And, if you are a 3-year-old filly, this is your lucky day. (Of course, it would be even more amazing if your filly could actually read this.)

Anyway, there are four races restricted to fillies that are 3. But the big one is the 1 mile, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes. It’s only got six entrants, likely because of the presence of Dream Tree, undefeated in three starts, including the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos. She’s the 3-5 favorite.

She was bought for $750,000 so expectations are high. She’s from the Bob Baffert barn who, as usual, has no shortage of good 3 year olds. Drayden Van Dyke is aboard and she is no doubt pointed to the Santa Anita Oaks, and, if all goes well, to the first Friday in May for the Kentucky Oaks.

Thirteen Squared is the second favorite at 5-2 and assumes the role of the “other Baffert.” Tyler Baze gets the ride.

Sunday will also be the 14th renewal of the Super Bowl Party Starter Handicap. It’s more of a great marketing ploy than must-see race. There are 10 older horses going to 1 1/8 miles on the turf. The winning owner gets and NFL autographed football, although I’d be more interested in the winner share of the $40,000 purse.

Big Races review

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

Gulfstream: Grade 2 $200,000 Swale Stakes, 3 year olds, 7 furlongs. Winner: Strike Power ($3.60 to win)

Gulfstream: Grade 3 $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes, fillies 3 years old, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Thewayiam ($11.40)

Santa Anita: Grade 2 $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes, 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Winner: Roy H ($2.40)

Aqueduct: Grade 3 $250,000 Withers Stakes, 3 year olds, 1 1/18 miles. Winner: Avery Island ($4.30)

Gulfstream: Grade 2 $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes, fillies 3 years old, 7 furlongs. Winner: Take Charge Paula ($7.40)

Gulfstream: Grade 3 $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes, 3 year olds, 1 mile on the turf. Winner: Speed Franco ($10.80)

Santa Anita: Grade 3 $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, 3 year olds, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Lombo ($19.40)

Oaklawn: $125,000 King Cotton Stakes, 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Winner: Wilbo ($10.00)

Gulfstream. Grade 2 $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes, 3 year olds, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Audible ($8.40)

Santa Anita: Grade 2 $200,000 San Marcos Stakes, 4 and up, 1 ¼ miles on turf. Winner: Itsinthepost ($3.80)

Santa Anita: Grade 2 $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes,4 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Winner: Accelerate ($9.40)

Big races preview

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

12:32 Santa Anita: Grade 2 $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes, fillies 3 years old, 1 mile. Favorite: Dream Tree (3-5)

Bob Ike’s SA play of the day

EIGHTH RACE: No. 10 Kochees (3-1)

Bay Area shipper from the high-percentage Jonathan Wong stable comes off a sharp win over the Golden Gate synthetic and now ships south to run in this $8,000 claimer. He's drawn well outside, can handle dirt and looks like a short-priced “single” in the late exotics.

Saturday Result: A Little Bit Me got a gorgeous trip, loomed boldly at the top of stretch, then lost her punch late and wound up third.

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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Santa Anita Charts Results for Saturday, February 3.

Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 23rd day of a 59-day meet. Clear & Firm

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 3 year olds. Time 23.18 47.45 1:11.26 1:23.43 1:35.55


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

12 Slick Trick 122 11 5 1–1 1–½ 1–1 1–1½ 1–hd Conner 3.70
10 Loving Moment 122 10 8 2–½ 2–2 2–2½ 2–hd 2–1¼ T Baze 7.60
13 Pacific Strike 122 12 4 6–hd 3–½ 3–hd 3–1 3–¾ Bejarano 2.80
2 Heaven Escape 122 2 1 5–1 8–1½ 7–2½ 5–½ 4–1 Blanc 37.40
3 Party Dancer 122 3 2 3–1 4–1 4–1½ 4–1½ 5–nk Van Dyke 42.60
7 Movie Moment 122 7 11 9–1 9–1½ 8–1½ 8–3 6–hd Espinoza 9.90
9 Blessed Union 122 9 6 7–1 6–1 6–1½ 6–hd 7–3¾ Maragh 18.70
5 Fluffhead 122 5 7 10–½ 11–1½ 10–1½ 10–4½ 8–¾ Prat 13.20
1 Cooperate 122 1 10 12 12 9–1 9–1 9–nk Fuentes 13.10
8 Mela Jones 122 8 12 11–hd 7–½ 5–hd 7–2½ 10–5 Nakatani 18.80
4 Heliocentricity 117 4 9 8–½ 10–1 11–4½ 11 11 Roman 22.80
6 Super Good 122 6 3 4–hd 5–hd 12 dnf Pereira 4.90

12 SLICK TRICK 9.40 5.20 3.40
10 LOVING MOMENT 8.20 5.00
13 PACIFIC STRIKE 3.00
$1 EXACTA (12-10)  $34.80
$1 SUPERFECTA (12-10-13-2)  $1,711.20
50-CENT TRIFECTA (12-10-13)  $45.80
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (12-10-13-2-3)  Carryover $873

Winner–Slick Trick B.f.3 by Lemon Drop Kid out of Eloquently (GB), by Dansili (GB). Bred by Michael Talla (KY). Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: Michael Talla. Mutuel Pool $321,807 Exacta Pool $218,382 Superfecta Pool $89,643 Trifecta Pool $130,965 X-5 Super High Five Pool $1,144. Scratched–Himmah (IRE), Rancor.

SLICK TRICK had speed five wide then angled in and set the pace inside, inched away again on the second turn, edged clear under left handed urging in the stretch and held on gamely. LOVING MOMENT hopped some at the start, pulled four wide then three deep into the first turn, stalked off the rail, bid outside the winner on the backstretch, tracked again on the second turn and into the stretch and surged late to just miss. PACIFIC STRIKE four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep then outside a rival leaving the backstretch and on the second turn and into the stretch and held third. HEAVEN ESCAPE saved ground chasing the pace, came out leaving the second turn and three deep into the stretch and was edged for the show. PARTY DANCER stalked the pace inside, remained along the rail into and through the stretch and was outfinished. MOVIE MOMENT chased three deep then outside a rival on the backstretch and a bit off the rail on the second turn, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. BLESSED UNION stalked outside a rival then inside leaving the backstretch and on the second turn, came out into the stretch and also could not offer the necessary late kick. FLUFFHEAD chased between horses then outside a rival, went between foes again into the second turn, continued a bit off the fence into the stretch and did not rally. COOPERATE (IRE) pulled along the inside and was in tight into the first turn, came out into the backstretch, went t here deep into and out of the second turn and lacked a rally. MELA JONES squeezed some at the start, chased three deep then outside on the second turn and three wide into the stretch and did not rally. HELIOCENTRICITY saved ground off the pace, cut the corner into the stretch and weakened. SUPER GOOD pulled between horses, drifted out some into the first turn then angled in, chased between foes or outside a rival, drifted out again on the second turn, dropped back and was pulled up but walked off.

SECOND RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds. Time 22.07 45.53 58.20 1:11.19


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

1 Curly's Rocket 122 1 4 2–1 1–hd 1–2 1–3¼ Talamo 2.00
5 Once On Whiskey 122 5 6 6 5–1 4–3 2–1½ Van Dyke 4.80
6 Core Beliefs 122 6 3 3–hd 3–8 2–1½ 3–4½ Bejarano 1.00
3 Eskimo Roses 122 3 1 1–hd 2–hd 3–5 4–½ Quinonez 5.90
2 Tre 117 2 5 5–4 6 5–6 5–25 Roman 51.30
4 Pepe the Legend 122 4 2 4–6 4–2 6 6 Frey 44.00

1 CURLY'S ROCKET 6.00 3.40 2.20
5 ONCE ON WHISKEY 5.40 2.60
6 CORE BELIEFS 2.10
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (12-1)  $34.20
$1 EXACTA (1-5)  $12.60
$1 SUPERFECTA (1-5-6-3)  $47.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-5-6)  $11.20

Winner–Curly's Rocket B.c.3 by Into Mischief out of Call for Fire, by War Chant. Bred by Allied Racing Stable, LLC (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $242,444 Daily Double Pool $66,422 Exacta Pool $115,238 Superfecta Pool $50,182 Trifecta Pool $81,551. Scratched–none.

CURLY'S ROCKET had good early speed and dueled inside, inched away under urging nearing midstretch and won clear. ONCE ON WHISKEY dropped back well off the rail without early speed, went outside a rival on the turn and three deep into the stretch and finished well late for the place. CORE BELIEFS stalked outside, bid three deep on the turn and into the stretch and bested the others. ESKIMO ROSES dueled outside the winner then between horses on the turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. TRE dropped back along the inside, saved ground off the pace, continued inside on the turn and into the stretch and lacked a rally. PEPE THE LEGEND bobbled a bit at the break, stalked off the rail, dropped back on the turn and gave way in the stretch.

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $200,000. 'Palos Verdes Stakes'. 4 year olds and up. Time 22.06 45.15 57.04 1:09.68


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

1 Roy H 124 1 3 4 3–1½ 1–2 1–3½ Desormeaux 0.20
3 Americanize 120 2 4 2–hd 1–hd 2–½ 2–1¼ Bejarano 3.50
5 Red Lightning 120 4 2 1–hd 2–½ 3–3½ 3–5½ Conner 9.70
4 Mongolian Saturday 120 3 1 3–1½ 4 4 4 Prat 22.30

1 ROY H 2.40 2.10
3 AMERICANIZE 2.10
5 RED LIGHTNING
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-1)  $8.20
$1 EXACTA (1-3)  $1.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-3-5)  $1.30

Winner–Roy H B.g.6 by More Than Ready out of Elusive Diva, by Elusive Quality. Bred by Ramona S. Bass, LLC. (KY). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Rockingham Ranch and David A Bernsen LLC. Mutuel Pool $288,734 Daily Double Pool $28,746 Exacta Pool $88,702 Trifecta Pool $68,838. Scratched–Bobby Abu Dhabi.

$1 Pick Three (12-1-1) paid $20.80. Pick Three Pool $80,704.

ROY H chased inside then a bit off the rail, came out on the turn, bid three deep, took the lead into the stretch, kicked clear and drifted to the rail and proved best in hand. AMERICANIZE between horses early, angled in and dueled inside, fought back leaving the turn and into the stretch, was no match for the winner but held second. RED LIGHTNING dueled three deep then angled in between the top pair and battled leaving the turn and into the stretch, weakened in the final furlong. MONGOLIAN SATURDAY sped to the early lead off the rail then dueled between foes, fell back some midway on the turn and weakened in the drive.

FOURTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 22.06 44.48 1:07.19 1:13.34


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

3 Mongolian Shopper 120 3 4 1–hd 1–½ 1–½ 1–1¼ Bejarano 3.70
8 Salten Sapity 122 8 3 2–1 2–1 2–½ 2–nk Prat 5.80
4 A Little Bit Me 124 4 5 4–½ 3–hd 3–1½ 3–1¾ Frey 5.10
1 Tizanillusion 120 1 1 3–1 4–2 4–2½ 4–1 Van Dyke 2.20
9 Zuzanna 120 9 6 10 9–hd 6–3 5–½ Quinonez 47.30
7 Tweeting 120 7 8 7–hd 6–1½ 5–1½ 6–3¼ Smith 5.20
6 Could Be Magic 117 6 9 6–½ 7–1 8–½ 7–nk Roman 47.80
2 Tink's Twirl 122 2 10 8–1 8–1½ 9–½ 8–nk Talamo 11.20
10 Demigoddess 113 10 7 9–hd 10 10 9–8½ Franco 88.50
5 Sly Humor 120 5 2 5–2½ 5–½ 7–hd 10 Desormeaux 13.30

3 MONGOLIAN SHOPPER 9.40 5.40 4.00
8 SALTEN SAPITY 6.60 4.40
4 A LITTLE BIT ME 4.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-3)  $12.20
$1 EXACTA (3-8)  $26.30
$1 SUPERFECTA (3-8-4-1)  $520.30
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-8-4-1-9)  $3,486.70
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-8-4)  $80.80

Winner–Mongolian Shopper Dbb.m.5 by Any Given Saturday out of Window Shopper, by Dynaformer. Bred by Dagvadorj Ganbaatar (KY). Trainer: Enebish Ganbat. Owner: Mongolian Stable. Mutuel Pool $459,972 Daily Double Pool $27,479 Exacta Pool $253,642 Superfecta Pool $109,310 Super High Five Pool $3,424 Trifecta Pool $172,861. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (1-1-3) paid $24.00. Pick Three Pool $37,869.

MONGOLIAN SHOPPER had good early speed and dueled a bit off the rail then inside, fought back under urging in the stretch and inched away late. SALTEN SAPITY three deep early, pressed the pace outside the winner then between horses leaving the hill, came out and brushed a rival crossing the dirt, fought back between horses in the stretch and held second. A LITTLE BIT ME between foes early, stalked outside a rival, bid three deep while brushing with the runner-up on the dirt crossing, battled three wide in the stretch and was edged for the place. TIZANILLUSION saved ground stalking the pace, came out into the stretch, angled back to the rail in midstretch and lacked the needed late kick. ZUZANNA settled a bit off the rail then inside, came out some into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. TWEETING chased outside then three deep on the hill and into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. COULD BE MAGIC settled between horses chasing the pace, continued off the rail leaving the hill, came out into the stretch and did not rally. TINK'S TWIRL a bit slow to begin, settled just off the rail then inside, went outside a rival leaving the hill, drifted five wide into the stretch, drifted in some in the drive and lacked a further response. DEMIGODDESS settled outside a rival down the hill, came out crossing the dirt and four wide into the stretch and was not a threat. SLY HUMOR chased between horses then a bit off the rail, angled in on the hill and saved ground to the stretch, then weakened. The stewards conducted an inquiry into the run across the dirt by the second and third finishers but made no change when they ruled the contact between those two minor and the incident did not alter the original order of finish. Rail on hill at zero.

FIFTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $150,000. 'Robert B. Lewis Stakes'. 3 year olds. Time 23.40 47.26 1:12.20 1:38.34 1:45.41


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

4 Lombo 120 4 1 1–2 1–½ 1–2 1–4 1–2 Prat 8.70
1 Ayacara 120 1 8 8–hd 7–hd 6–1 3–3½ 2–2¼ Desormeaux 4.90
3 Dark Vader 120 3 4 2–½ 2–hd 2–1 2–1 3–3½ Elliott 36.90
8 Regulate 120 8 9 7–1½ 6–hd 8–hd 6–hd 4–½ Talamo 11.20
7 Peace 120 7 3 5–3 5–2 5–hd 4–2 5–½ Smith 2.20
2 Pepe Tono 120 2 7 6–hd 8–½ 9 5–½ 6–3¼ Roman 10.10
5 Shivermetimbers 120 5 2 4–4 3–hd 4–2 7–1 7–1½ Bejarano 2.10
9 Blame the Rider 120 9 6 9 9 7–½ 9 8–1¾ Gutierrez 47.50
6 Inscom 120 6 5 3–hd 4–5 3–½ 8–½ 9 T Baze 12.80

4 LOMBO 19.40 10.40 7.20
1 AYACARA (GB) 6.00 4.40
3 DARK VADER 13.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-4)  $86.40
$1 EXACTA (4-1)  $45.60
$1 SUPERFECTA (4-1-3-8)  $4,950.30
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-1-3)  $266.60
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (4-1-3-8-7)  Carryover $4,230

Winner–Lombo Grr.c.3 by Graydar out of Burg Berg, by Johannesburg. Bred by Twin Creeks Farm (KY). Trainer: Michael Pender. Owner: Michael V. Lombardi. Mutuel Pool $685,159 Daily Double Pool $62,150 Exacta Pool $386,765 Superfecta Pool $149,163 Trifecta Pool $240,937 X-5 Super High Five Pool $5,544. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (1-3-4) paid $53.80. Pick Three Pool $74,968. 50-Cent Pick Four (1-1/2-3-4) 1520 tickets with 4 correct paid $110.65. Pick Four Pool $220,501. 50-Cent Pick Five (12-1-1/2-3-4) 1144 tickets with 5 correct paid $541.00. Pick Five Pool $719,893.

LOMBO washy at the gate, sped to the early lead, angled in on the first turn, set the pace inside, inched away again on the second turn, opened up under urging in the stretch and won clear. AYACARA (GB) saved ground off the pace, moved up inside on the second turn and into the stretch, slipped through along the rail in midstretch, came out a bit late and was clearly second best. DARK VADER stalked inside then bid between horses on the backstretch, continued a bit off the rail on the second turn and into the stretch and bested the others. REGULATE settled outside then off the rail, continued outside on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and improved position. PEACE chased off the inside then four wide leaving the backstretch and on the second turn and into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. PEPE TONO settled inside, chased between horses on the backstretch, found the inside again on the second turn and did not rally. SHIVERMETIMBERS stalked between horses then bid three deep between foes on the backstretch, continued between horses then just off the rail on the second turn and weakened . BLAME THE RIDER bobbled at the start, angled in and settled outside a rival, split horses on the second turn and lacked a response in the drive. INSCOM stalked three deep then bid four wide on the backstretch, fell back on the second turn, came three deep into the stretch and had little left for the drive.

SIXTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $16,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500. Time 23.69 47.73 1:13.15 1:25.96 1:38.48


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

3 Mercer Island 123 3 3 2–1 2–1 1–2½ 1–1½ 1–2 Elliott 3.20
4 Southern Thunder 123 4 7 5–1½ 5–1 2–hd 2–1½ 2–5¼ Prat 7.70
8 Moonlight Blue 123 8 4 4–hd 4–hd 3–2 3–3½ 3–3¼ Desormeaux 2.00
7 Moonman 123 7 8 6–1 6–3 4–½ 4–1½ 4–2¼ Arias 11.80
2 Reverend Al 123 2 6 3–1½ 3–hd 5–1½ 5–5 5–5 Bejarano 3.00
5 Gotta Get Lucky 118 5 2 7–hd 8 7–1 6–1 6–6½ Roman 9.70
6 Roosevelt 123 6 5 8 7–hd 8 7–3 7–4 Pereira 14.80
1 Summer Buddha 123 1 1 1–1½ 1–½ 6–2 8 8 Quinonez 47.30

3 MERCER ISLAND 8.40 4.80 3.40
4 SOUTHERN THUNDER 6.80 4.00
8 MOONLIGHT BLUE 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-3)  $71.80
$1 EXACTA (3-4)  $26.90
$1 SUPERFECTA (3-4-8-7)  $421.40
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-4-8-7-2)  $1,794.10
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-4-8)  $47.15

Winner–Mercer Island Ch.g.6 by Tapit out of Seattle Envoy, by Deputy Minister. Bred by Sam-Son Farm (ON). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Rockingham Ranch. Mutuel Pool $384,982 Daily Double Pool $44,213 Exacta Pool $213,280 Superfecta Pool $87,589 Super High Five Pool $8,116 Trifecta Pool $135,220. Claimed–Reverend Al by Jasmin, Bobby, Spaunhurst, Ed and Miyadi, Steve. Trainer: Steven Miyadi. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (3-4-3) paid $181.20. Pick Three Pool $80,751.

MERCER ISLAND stalked a bits off the rail, bid outside the pacesetter on the backstretch, took the lead into the second turn, kicked clear and angled in and proved best under urging. SOUTHERN THUNDER stalked off the rail then between foes on the backstretch and a bit off the fence on the second turn and into the stretch and continued willingly to be second best. MOONLIGHT BLUE four wide into the first turn, chased three deep to the stretch and clearly bested the others. MOONMAN five wide into the first turn, chased three deep, angled in outside a rival leaving the second turn and weakened. REVEREND AL saved ground stalking the pace, steadied in tight off heels into the second turn, went around a rival then angled back in and also weakened. GOTTA GET LUCKY chased a bit off the rail then inside, split horses on the second turn and also weakened. ROOSEVELT four wide into the first turn, settled outside a rival, came three deep into the stretch and lacked a further response. SUMMER BUDDHA sped to the early lead, set the pace inside then dueled along the rail, dropped back on the second turn and gave way in the stretch.

SEVENTH RACE.

1¼ Mile Turf. Purse: $200,000. 'San Marcos Stakes'. 4 year olds and up. Time 23.22 45.96 1:09.46 1:33.93 1:58.24


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

5 Itsinthepost 124 4 4–½ 4–1½ 3–½ 1–½ 1–1½ 1–ns T Baze 0.90
7 Hayabusa One 120 6 5–2½ 5–5 5–5 4–1 2–1 2–2½ Espinoza 14.90
8 Editore 122 7 6–4 6–3 6–4 6–4½ 3–1½ 3–1¾ Blanc 17.60
2 Free Rose 120 1 2–1 2–hd 4–1½ 5–hd 5–3 4–3¼ Talamo 7.60
3 Mr. Roary 120 2 1–hd 1–1½ 1–½ 2–hd 4–1 5–3½ Maragh 36.60
6 Flamboyant 120 5 7 7 7 7 7 6–3¼ Van Dyke 7.00
4 Isotherm 122 3 3–1 3–1½ 2–hd 3–hd 6–hd 7 Prat 2.40

5 ITSINTHEPOST (FR) 3.80 3.00 2.40
7 HAYABUSA ONE (FR) 9.00 4.80
8 EDITORE (BRZ) 4.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-5)  $19.00
$1 EXACTA (5-7)  $16.50
$1 SUPERFECTA (5-7-8-2)  $621.90
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (5-7-8-2-3)  $3,395.10
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-7-8)  $61.00

Winner–Itsinthepost (FR) B.g.6 by American Post (GB) out of Sakkara Star (IRE), by Mozart (IRE). Bred by Julien Leaunes (FR). Trainer: Jeff Mullins. Owner: Red Baron's Barn LLC. Mutuel Pool $545,973 Daily Double Pool $47,336 Exacta Pool $272,181 Superfecta Pool $122,935 Super High Five Pool $12,503 Trifecta Pool $194,308. Scratched–Prince of Arabia.

$1 Pick Three (4-3-5) paid $86.60. Pick Three Pool $87,609.

ITSINTHEPOST (FR) four wide on the dirt crossing, stalked off the rail, bid three deep on the backstretch and second turn, took the lead leaving that turn, inched away and angled in entering the stretch, edged clear along the rail and held on gamely under urging. HAYABUSA ONE (FR) five wide into the stretch the first time, angled in and chased inside then a bit off the rail, came out on the second turn and three deep into the stretch, drifted out then in from the whip in the stretch, had the ride lose the whip a sixteenth out while alongside the winner and continued gamely to just miss. EDITORE (BRZ) settled off the rail then angled in and chased a bit off the fence, came out leaving the second turn and four wide into the stretch and gained the show. FREE ROSE dueled inside then saved ground stalking the pace, continued inside into the stretch, went around a rival past midstretch and lacked the needed late response. MR. ROARY dueled outside a rival then inched away on the first turn and angled in, set a pressured pace inside, fought back leaving the second turn and weakened in the final furlong. FLAMBOYANT (FR) angled in and saved ground off the pace, swung out into the stretch and lacked a rally. ISOTHERM stalked a bit off the rail then outside a rival, bid between foes leaving the backstretch and on the second turn and weakened in the drive.

EIGHTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile. Purse: $200,000. 'San Pasqual Stakes'. 4 year olds and up. Time 24.34 48.94 1:12.85 1:38.23 1:50.58


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

3 Accelerate 122 3 8 4–hd 5–hd 4–hd 1–1½ 1–1¾ Espinoza 3.70
8 Prime Attraction 122 8 9 6–hd 6–2 6–4½ 3–hd 2–2½ Pereira 15.10
2 Mubtaahij 124 2 3 1–hd 3–1½ 1–hd 2–hd 3–nk Van Dyke 3.10
1 Pavel 122 1 4 5–1 4–½ 5–hd 6–4 4–½ Gutierrez 2.30
9 Top of the Game 120 9 1 2–1 1–hd 3–1½ 4–hd 5–2¼ Desormeaux 4.80
7 Irish Freedom 120 7 7 3–hd 2–hd 2–hd 5–1 6–1½ Smith 7.70
5 The Lieutenant 120 5 2 8–½ 7–hd 7–½ 7–10 7–17 Prat 21.40
6 Ike Walker 120 6 6 9 9 9 9 8–67 Bejarano 64.60
4 Win the Space 120 4 5 7–1 8–1½ 8–½ 8–½ 9 Maragh 35.00

3 ACCELERATE 9.40 5.20 3.20
8 PRIME ATTRACTION 12.00 6.00
2 MUBTAAHIJ (IRE) 3.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-3)  $17.20
$1 EXACTA (3-8)  $48.00
$1 SUPERFECTA (3-8-2-1)  $664.90
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-8-2-1-9)  $1,698.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-8-2)  $96.05

Winner–Accelerate Ch.h.5 by Lookin At Lucky out of Issues, by Awesome Again. Bred by Mike Abraham (KY). Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: Hronis Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $578,713 Daily Double Pool $77,075 Exacta Pool $282,865 Superfecta Pool $143,496 Super High Five Pool $8,904 Trifecta Pool $198,900. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (3-5-3) paid $42.90. Pick Three Pool $61,148.

ACCELERATE between foes early, angled in and stalked inside, bid along the rail then steadied in tight early on the backstretch, continued inside, slipped through along the fence into the stretch to gain the lead, inched clear under left handed urging and proved best. PRIME ATTRACTION stalked three deep, came five wide into the stretch and finished well for the place. MUBTAAHIJ (IRE) dueled a bit off the rail then inside, fought back on the second turn, came out a bit into the stretch, was between foes nearing midstretch and held third. PAVEL came off the rail and chased between horses, waited off heels leaving the second turn, came out for room into the stretch, was blocked behind foes from upper stretch to midstretch, swung out and was edged for the show. TOP OF THE GAME angled in and dueled outside a rival then between foes, was carried out some into the stretch, continued between horses in midstretch and was edged for a minor award. IRISH FREEDOM stalked three deep then bid three wide on the backstretch and second turn, continued four wide into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. THE LIEUTENANT chased a bit off the rail then inside on the backstretch, came out leaving the second turn and into the stretch and lacked a rally. IKE WALKER settled off the rail then three deep leaving the backstretch and into the second turn, dropped back in the stretch and gave way. WIN THE SPACE chased between horses then outside a rival, went between foes into the second turn, dropped back and angled in on that turn, gave way and was eased in the stretch.

NINTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 21.52 43.48 1:06.28 1:12.66


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

11 Bowie 122 11 1 1–1½ 1–2½ 1–5 1–5 Prat 3.00
3 Ms Wakaya 124 3 2 5–hd 2–hd 2–hd 2–½ Franco 12.80
8 Beau Square 124 8 9 7–hd 7–1½ 6–1½ 3–hd Gutierrez 3.20
9 Ruby Trust 122 9 3 2–½ 3–hd 3–hd 4–hd T Baze 16.00
1 Gone to Town 122 1 8 6–1 5–1½ 5–1 5–½ Quinonez 5.80
2 Rooms 122 2 6 10–1½ 10–2 9–4 6–2½ Pena 25.70
10 Del Mar Ann 124 10 5 3–hd 4–hd 4–hd 7–nk Nakatani 4.30
7 Sturdy One 124 7 7 9–hd 8–1 7–hd 8–hd Pedroza 13.20
4 Staintondale Lass 124 4 4 4–hd 6–hd 8–hd 9–2¼ Frey 37.20
5 Gotham Desire 124 5 11 8–hd 9–½ 10–2½ 10–2¼ Pereira 9.60
6 Carrie 115 6 10 11 11 11 11 Franco 96.50

11 BOWIE 8.00 5.80 4.00
3 MS WAKAYA 13.80 6.80
8 BEAU SQUARE 3.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-11)  $41.00
$1 EXACTA (11-3)  $53.30
$1 SUPERFECTA (11-3-8-9)  $2,778.50
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (11-3-8-9-1)  Carryover $23,725
50-CENT TRIFECTA (11-3-8)  $135.55

Winner–Bowie Ch.f.4 by Malibu Moon out of Life Lesson, by Unbridled's Song. Bred by T. F. VanMeter & Ricky Stivers (KY). Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: LNJ Foxwoods. Mutuel Pool $534,190 Daily Double Pool $146,180 Exacta Pool $304,491 Superfecta Pool $190,047 Super High Five Pool $31,088 Trifecta Pool $248,646. Claimed–Del Mar Ann by Michelson, Grant, Rubendall, Dave and Smith, Lawrence. Trainer: Dan Hendricks. Scratched–none.

$2 Pick Six Jackpot (3-4-3-1/5-3-11) . Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $170,417. $1 Pick Three (5-3-11) paid $42.70. Pick Three Pool $223,869. 50-Cent Pick Four (3-1/5-3-11) 6626 tickets with 4 correct paid $106.40. Pick Four Pool $924,048. 50-Cent Pick Five (4-3-1/5-3-11) 320 tickets with 5 correct paid $1,013.60. Pick Five Pool $425,212. $2 Pick Six (3-4-3-1/5-3-11) 323 tickets with 5 out of 6 paid $78.20. $2 Pick Six (3-4-3-1/5-3-11) 15 tickets with 6 correct paid $7,863.40. Pick Six Pool $220,787.

BOWIE sped to the early lead, set the pace off the rail then angled in, opened up in the stretch and drew off under a brisk hand ride. MS WAKAYA stalked the winner between horses throughout and edged rivals for the place. BEAU SQUARE was in a good position stalking the pace five wide then four wide leaving the hill and into the stretch and got up late for the show. RUBY TRUST close up stalking the pace three deep between rivals to the stretch and was edged between foes for third. GONE TO TOWN saved ground stalking the pace, continued inside in the stretch and was narrowly outfinished for a minor award. ROOMS chased between horses then inside, came a bit off the rail in the stretch and lacked the needed rally. DEL MAR ANN stalked five wide then four wide leaving the hill and into the stretch, drifted inward in the final furlong and weakened. STURDY ONE chased between horses then inside leaving the hill and into the stretch and also weakened. STAINTONDALE LASS (IRE) stalked between horses then a bit off the rail leaving the hill, came out into the stretch and also weakened. GOTHAM DESIRE broke slowly, pulled her way along four wide between horses then steadied in tight midway on the hill, came four wide into the stretch, drifted in and had little left for the drive. CARRIE settled off the rail, came out four wide into the stretch and was not a threat. Rail on hill at zero.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track11,071$1,742,574
Inter-TrackN/A$2,750,840
Out of StateN/A$9,697,482
TOTAL11,071 $14,190,896

Santa Anita Entries for Sunday, February 4.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 24th day of a 59-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $75,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1CaliforniagoldrushFlavien Prat120Neil D. Drysdale6-1
2RetroMike Smith120Richard E. Mandella4-1
3Ms PeintourJoseph Talamo120Brian J. Koriner9-5
4Silken SpyEvin Roman115J. Eric Kruljac3-1
5Casino Red Drayden Van Dyke120Patrick Gallagher4-1
6Time to PlayTyler Baze120Eoin G. Harty20-1
7Krissys ManicureRafael Bejarano120Richard Baltas10-1

SECOND RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Eleazar WarriorTiago Pereira122Oscar L. Garcia15-120,000
2Royal SeekerGeovanni Franco122Marcelo Polanco8-120,000
3Awesome E KBrayan Pena122George Papaprodromou12-120,000
4Pure PursuitCerapio Figueroa115John W. Sadler7-220,000
5MilhaudFlavien Prat122Richard E. Mandella2-120,000
6Defense MinisterEvin Roman117Jerry Hollendorfer8-120,000
7Thankful Every DayStewart Elliott122Eddie Truman8-520,000

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $30,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Lighthouse BoogieKyle Frey122Art Sherman12-130,000
2Bright Autism MindRajiv Maragh122Marcia Stortz5-130,000
3FabricationTyler Baze122Kristin Mulhall6-130,000
4AgressivebrawlerModesto Linares122Vernon E. Aguayo20-130,000
5FivetwentyninefundJoseph Talamo122Kristin Mulhall4-130,000
6Gem of a GuyEvin Roman117Peter Miller4-530,000
7Pure MomentTyler Conner122Jeff Bonde12-130,000
8Grand AirSantiago Gonzalez122Jesus Mendoza20-130,000

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $200,000. 'Las Virgenes Stakes'. Fillies. 3 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Thirteen SquaredTyler Baze120Bob Baffert5-2
2She's No DramaKyle Frey120Jeff Bonde8-1
3Dream TreeDrayden Van Dyke124Bob Baffert3-5
4ExuberanceCorey Nakatani120Ian Kruljac15-1
5Steph Being StephStewart Elliott120Brian J. Koriner4-1
6Holy DiverCesar Franco120Charles R. Stutts50-1

FIFTH RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1D D's LuteTiago Pereira122Gary Sherlock10-1
2WampusStewart Elliott122Art Sherman15-1
3Spring LilyEvin Roman117John A. Shirreffs8-1
4Gracious MeKent Desormeaux122Vladimir Cerin5-2
5ChickatiniMike Smith122Peter Eurton6-1
6BroomeFlavien Prat122Peter Miller9-5
7Wicked StormRafael Bejarano122Tim Yakteen3-1

SIXTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $40,000. 'Super Bowl Party Starter Handicap'. Starter Handicap. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Any QuestionsKent Desormeaux122David Jacobson10-1
2AquaphobiaCorey Nakatani127Robert N. Falcone, Jr.5-2
3For Greater GloryEvin Roman118David Jacobson15-1
4Rye PatchBrayan Pena114Jesus Nunez20-1
5Lazzam Flavien Prat123Victor L. Garcia7-2
6Urban BourbonGeovanni Franco120William E. Morey4-1
7Comes the DreamDrayden Van Dyke120Mike Puype12-1
8Conquest Sabre CatRafael Bejarano122Hector O. Palma5-1
9Kristi's CopilotJoseph Talamo119Michael Machowsky8-1
10SanaviStewart Elliott117Anthony K. Saavedra20-1

SEVENTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $21,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $30,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Misty SlewAsa Espinoza112Vann Belvoir15-130,000
2Tisn't She LuckyBrice Blanc122David Bernstein20-130,000
3Artistic MinistryEvin Roman117Steven Miyadi6-130,000
4All NetTyler Baze122Jeff Mullins5-230,000
5VeniceMartin Pedroza122Kristin Mulhall8-130,000
6TaylorealswiftRafael Bejarano122Richard Baltas4-130,000
7Tapitha BonitaFranklin Ceballos115Sal Gonzalez8-130,000
8TizswiftSantiago Gonzalez122Jesus Mendoza30-130,000
9Mischievious LassTyler Conner122Mark Glatt3-130,000
10Jinn WinGeovanni Franco122Craig Anthony Lewis15-130,000

EIGHTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $16,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1South Texas LingoKent Desormeaux123Vladimir Cerin4-18,000
2AjacBrayan Pena121Marcelo Polanco30-18,000
3Awesome SilverKyle Frey121Manuel Landeros30-18,000
4Freddies DreamTyler Baze121Andrew Lerner6-18,000
5Sense of GlorySantiago Gonzalez121Rafael Becerra15-18,000
6PulmarackTyler Conner121Ed Moger, Jr.20-18,000
7The NaturalGeovanni Franco121Genaro Vallejo15-18,000
8Private ProspectRajiv Maragh121Paulo H. Lobo8-18,000
9ChromiumStewart Elliott121Kenneth D. Black6-18,000
10KocheesMario Gutierrez123Jonathan Wong3-18,000
11Roman TizzyEvin Roman116Vladimir Cerin5-18,000
12Winning CausewayTiago Pereira121Genaro Vallejo15-18,000

NINTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $29,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Ib ProspectingDrayden Van Dyke122Peter Eurton12-150,000
2Tell Me MoreCorey Nakatani122Peter Miller6-150,000
3Time for LuckBrayan Pena122George Papaprodromou15-150,000
4FoxtailTyler Baze122John W. Sadler8-150,000
5Diva La MousseEvin Roman117Bob Baffert4-150,000
6Paddy JeanJoseph Talamo120Vann Belvoir7-240,000
7Del Mar DivaTyler Conner122Michael Machowsky20-150,000
8My Party GirlRafael Bejarano122Jerry Hollendorfer5-150,000
9Bissou BissouStewart Elliott122Peter Miller20-150,000
10Married by NowTiago Pereira122Matthew Chew20-150,000
11ArrowsphereFlavien Prat122Peter Eurton4-150,000
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