Racing! Big Kentucky Derby prep race today at Santa Anita
Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we finally get to see McKinzie vs. Bolt D’Oro.
Best day of the meet so far at Santa Anita. Too bad the weather is going be lousy. The rain is supposed to start mid to late morning and continue all day. It’s an early first post of noon, which starting next week will be the regular start time on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, they inaugurate a new 11:30 a.m. brunch first post.
Santa Anita boss Tim Ritvo likes to try different things and this is one of them. But one thing you can be sure of, if this isn’t working then you can expect it to revert back to the old time in a few weeks. At issue is how well the early start will integrate into the end of betting on East Coast cards. It may generate more revenue and interest or it could be swallowed up. I think it stretches the day so you can bet on the races and do something else in the afternoon. I like it. We’ll know soon enough what everyone else thinks.
On Saturday, the San Felipe is the biggest race as No. 1 and 2 ranked Derby horses are meeting for the first time. McKinzie is the slight 8-5 favorite over Bolt D’Oro, who is 2-1. Can’t believe that given this race’s history that it’s only a Grade 2. It’s the sixth race at around 2:55 p.m. We have a pretty extensive look at the race, but we’re going to send you to our website to read it in its entirety. Just click here.
Another big race is the Santa Anita Handicap, formerly the signature race of the meet. You can expect the race to be moved to June next year, possibly replacing the Gold Cup. Maybe a change in schedule can return it to its past glory and maybe even increase the purse from $600,000 to the previous $1 million. It’s the 10th race at about 5 p.m. If you missed it, we talked to trainer John Sadler and owner Kosta Hronis about the favorite, Accelerate. Just click here.
As for the other stakes, check below in our Santa Anita preview section.
A handicapping lesson
Here’s our weekly contribution from Rob Henie of the WCHR (West Coast Handicapping Report) and the ECHR (East Coast Handicapping Report). The thinking is if you can know and understand the strategies, it will make you a better handicapper.
It’s yours, Rob.
Today’s lesson is from Saturday’s 11th race at Santa Anita.
“The final race of the day, a maiden special weight at 1 ⅛ miles on the turf. The WCHR (and ECHR) are known for not only debut winners, but maiden races in general. One of the most useful words when it comes to understanding maidens is “INTENTION.” Let’s take a look at our top pick HOPE WINS (#1). The Phil D’Amato sprinter ran five furlongs at Del Mar back in November, followed by a 6 ½ furlong effort down the hill here a month later. Those were the races given to set her up for the route today. She clearly needed both and here’s the thing, do they move out to a mile, or even 1 1/16? Nope. They move from 6 ½ to 1 ⅛ miles, that’s a sign of confidence, giving her now what she wants, long, long, and longer. If you watch her down the lane last time out, Mike Smith was clearly teaching her, allowing her to find her lead switches, find her stride, asking for very little, giving her a few cracks of the whip but barely even extending his arms, knowing her next start around two turns was the goal. A good effort is on the way, plain and simple. PARTY DANCER (#2) is also well intended. She strings races together for the first time here in her third lifetime start, now moved from a mile to 1 ⅛, giving her what Simon Callaghan believes she wants, longer, with Drayden Van Dyke, which is always a great sign for just about any barn these days. We’re expecting a step forward today with this one as well, which, in the 7-1 to 10-1 range, is certainly worthy of the risk-reward associated.
“Hot / Cold Race Trends: none
“Maiden Listed Condition: MSW
“WCHR Estimated Level: $20,000
“Win Contenders (order of preference): 1-2
“X Out Runners (eliminating on the win end): none
“8 Heaven Escape - Strings races together for the first time ever, telling us some good health is entering the picture, which of course, opens the door to a good effort.
“9 Temple Princess - Has run at a mile, 1 ⅛, 6 ½, now back to 1 ⅛, with her fifth jockey up in six tries. The signs of connections who have no idea what to do with her right now?
“Morning Line Underlays / Overlays:
“1 Hope Wins - Morning Line 4-1 / WCHR Line 5-2
“TOP PICK: HOPE WINS (#1 4-1 Smith)
“SECOND CHOICE: PARTY DANCER (#2 8-1 Van Dyke)”
The West Coast Handicapping Report can be found at https://www.westcoasthorseracing.com It has been endorsed by leading trainers, handicappers and industry sources.
Santa Anita review
The feature on Friday was won by Battleground State over a mile on the turf for Cal-bred fillies. Interesting a Cal-bred would be named Battleground State, as that is one thing California is not. Flavien Prat had the filly well positioned mid-turn headed for the homestretch. He swept her into first, past X S Gold and held off a late charging My Aunt Tillie.
She paid $15.40, $8.80 and $5.20 for trainer Neil Drysdale, who picked up his eighth win in only 32 starts this meeting.
“She made a nice little run down the hill [Jan. 5] and I thought she really ran well today,” Drysdale told Mike Willman of Santa Anita.
Santa Anita preview
Short attention span? Didn’t read the top of the newsletter?
Here’s your preview of the San Felipe. Just click here.
Here’s your preview of the Big ‘Cap. Just click here.
The first stakes of the day is the Grade 1 $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes for older horses going 7 furlongs. City Of Light is the 6-5 morning-line favorite. He won the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes in his last out and four bullets in his last seven works. Van Dyke rides him for the second time, replacing Gary Stevens. Edwards Going Left is the second choice at 9-5. He finished second in the Malibu and won his last time out by 6 lengths in California Cup Sprint. Post is about 1:40 p.m.
Up next is the Grade 1 $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile, going guess how long, on the turf. This should be a showcase for Eclipse Award winning World Approval, shipping in for trainer Mark Casse. He’s won six of his last seven, including the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He picks up Prat as his rider. He’s listed at 4-5, with a post of about 2:15 p.m.
And there is one more stakes, the $75,000 China Doll Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going a mile on the turf. It has a field of 12 with Ippodamia’s Girl the 3-1 favorite.
There are five turf races scheduled on the 11-race card, but don’t be surprised if the rain changes that so they can save the course for the two turf stakes races.
Big races preview
A look at graded stakes or races worth more $100,000 or more on Saturday. All times PST.
12:45 Tampa Bay: $100,000 Challenger Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: War Story (8-5)
1:08 Aqueduct: $150,000 Stymie Stakes, 4 and up, 1 mile. Favorite: Vulcan’s Forge (5-2)
1:20 Tampa Bay: Grade 2 $225,000 Hillsborough Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles on turf. Favorite: La Coronel (5-2)
1:39 Oaklawn: $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes, 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Whitmore (8-5)
1:40 Aqueduct: $150,000 Heavenly Prize Invitational, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 mile. Favorite: Divine Miss Grey (2-1)
1:42 Santa Anita: Grade 1 $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes, 4 and up, 7 furlongs. Favorite: City of Light (6-5)
1:50 Tampa Bay: Grade 3 $200,000 Florida Oaks, fillies 3 years old, 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Favorite: Altea (7-2)
2:12 Aqueduct: Grade 3 $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap, 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Great Stuff (7-2)
2:14 Santa Anita: Grade 1 $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile, 4 and up, 1 mile on the turf. Favorite: World Approval (4-5)
2:20 Tampa Bay: Grade 2 $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby, 3 year olds, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Flameaway (3-1)
2:38 Oaklawn: Grade 3 $200,000 Honeybee Stakes, 3 year olds, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Red Ruby (9-5)
2:42 Aqueduct: Grade 3 $300,000 Gotham Stakes, 3 year olds, 1 mile. Favorite: Free Drop Billy (9-5)
2:53 Santa Anita: Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, 3 year olds, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: McKinzie (8-5)
5:00 Santa Anita: Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, 4 and up, 1 ¼ miles. Favorite: Accelerate (5-2)
Bob Ike’s SA play of the day
NINTH RACE: Liberty Jack (3-1)
Gelding from Billy Morey did not handle class jump last time but was very impressive breaking his maiden one back and should be very hard to hold off in this restricted claimer.
Friday’s result: Trap Queen couldn’t take the heat and faded when the real running began.
Bob Ike is a Partner/VP of Horsebills.com (here’s a video) and the proprietor of BobIkePicks.com (full-card picks, 3 Best Plays and betting strategy).
Ed Burgart’s LA play of the day
FIFTH RACE: No. 3 Keep Walkin (5-2)
She has been freshened for seven months since last seventh-place Golden State Derby trial outing and earned solid Trackmaster speed figures in prior three starts. Trainer Mike Casselman has always enjoyed good results with layoff horses. Plus, favored Tough To Figure, a high-strung filly, looks vulnerable from the rail post.
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And now the stars of the show, Friday’s results and Saturday’s entries.
Santa Anita Charts Results for Friday, March 9.
Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 42nd day of a 59-day meet. Clear & Firm
1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $30,000. Starter Handicap. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 23.25 47.58 1:11.30 1:35.62 1:47.93
|$1 EXACTA (6-3)||$2.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-3-1-7)||$1.66|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-3-1)||$2.80|
Winner–Lazzam (GB) Ch.g.5 by Archipenko out of Empire Rose (ARG), by Sunray Spirit. Bred by Essafinaat (GB). Trainer: Victor L. Garcia. Owner: Garcia, Juan J. and McDonald Stephen. Mutuel Pool $125,848 Exacta Pool $54,392 Superfecta Pool $34,661 Trifecta Pool $43,742. Scratched–Image of Joplin.
LAZZAM (GB) chased outside a rival then a bit off the rail, came out leaving the second turn and three wide into the stretch, rallied under left handed urging then steady handling to collar the runner-up in deep stretch and gamely prevailed. KRISTI'S COPILOT stalked the pace a bit off the rail, bid outside the pacesetter on the second turn to gain the lead into the stretch, inched clear in midstretch, fought back inside the winner in deep stretch and continued willingly. NOBLE NICK broke out a bit, saved ground chasing the pace, came out some in midstretch and outfinished the pacesetter for the show. BEAUMARCHAIS had speed outside then angled in and set the pace inside, fought back along the rail on the second turn and into the stretch, could not match the top pair in the final furlong and was outfinished late for third. SAINT DERMOT a bit slow to begin and slightly crowded, pulled inside then a bit off the rail, went outside the winner on the backstretch, came out some into the second turn and lacked the needed rally. RYE PATCH stalked outside a rival, was between horses into the stretch and weakened.
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.60 45.97 1:11.91 1:18.84
|7||Dressed in Prada||122||7||4||1–hd||1–hd||1–1||1–6½||Quinonez||1.10|
|1||Lake Shore Lady||122||1||7||7||7||6–1||6–6||Sanchez||40.50|
|7||DRESSED IN PRADA||4.20||2.60||2.10|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-7)||$8.20|
|$1 EXACTA (7-3)||$4.50|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-3-4-6)||$2.09|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-3-4-6-2)||$43.30|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-3-4)||$5.65|
Winner–Dressed in Prada Dbb.f.4 by Eskendereya out of Resident Alien, by Bertrando. Bred by Budget Stable (KY). Trainer: Lloyd C. Wicker. Owner: Juan R. Aguilar. Mutuel Pool $144,105 Daily Double Pool $26,786 Exacta Pool $74,228 Superfecta Pool $47,641 Super High Five Pool $5,242 Trifecta Pool $65,889. Scratched–none.
DRESSED IN PRADA dueled outside a rival on the backstretch and turn and into the stretch, inched away nearing midstretch and drew off under urging. VEILED HEAT stalked outside a rival on the backstretch and turn, continued off the rail in the stretch and ran down a foe for the place late. YALLA had good early speed and dueled off the rail then inside on the turn and into the stretch, was no match for the winner in the final furlong and was edged late for second. PRINCESS NICOLE stalked four wide then outside a rival, continued off the rail into and on the turn and into the stretch and did not rally. MAGICALCHIC saved ground tracking the leaders, continued inside on the turn and in the stretch and weakened. LAKE SHORE LADY dropped back inside, came off the rail on the turn and around a rival into the stretch and failed to menace. EMPIRE ZONE stalked between horses then dropped back off the rail, angled in on the turn and gave way.
1 Mile. Purse: $20,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 23.25 46.25 1:12.11 1:25.34 1:38.64
|4||Tough It Out||123||4||6||4–hd||4–hd||3–1½||2–½||2–5¼||Talamo||2.20|
|4||TOUGH IT OUT||3.00||2.20|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-6)||$10.80|
|$1 EXACTA (6-4)||$4.80|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-4-5-3)||$4.82|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-4-5)||$5.90|
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 $124,971 Daily Double Pool $14,864 Exacta Pool $62,668 Superfecta Pool $29,171 Trifecta Pool $44,314. Claimed–Mercer Island by Newman, Roger, Noren, Irv and Pagano, Ray. Trainer: William Morey. Claimed–Tough It Out by James Slatin. Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (6-7-6) paid $7.00. Pick Three Pool $39,079.
MERCER ISLAND three deep into the first turn, stalked outside a rival then off the rail, bid outside the pacesetter leaving the second turn to take the lead, was fanned out some into the stretch, continued off the rail and drew clear under urging then steady handling and a snug hold late. TOUGH IT OUT chased three wide then outside a rival, continued off the inside on the second turn and a bit wide into the stretch and was clearly second best. OREJAS sped to the early lead off the inside, angled in on the first turn and opened up, set the pace inside, dueled leaving the second turn, drifted out from the whip into the stretch, then drifted in through the final furlong and held third. AT EASE chased between horses then a bit off the rail, drifted in some in upper stretch, came out a bit in midstretch and was edged for the show. MIDNIGHT HARBOR dropped back inside, saved ground off the pace, came out into the stretch and weakened. LOS GATOS saved ground chasing the pace, dropped back on the second turn and in the stretch, gave way and was eased in the final furlong.
1 Mile. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. 4 year olds and up. Time 23.95 48.48 1:12.92 1:25.36 1:38.00
|9||Momma's Baby Boy||122||9||6||9||9||8–3½||7–1||6–6½||Prat||2.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-2)||$15.80|
|$1 EXACTA (2-8)||$21.00|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-8-7-6)||$260.83|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-8-7)||$156.45|
|$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-8-7-6-3)||Carryover $2,104|
Winner–Bellerin B.g.4 by Malibu Moon out of Seek to Soar, by Seeking the Gold. Bred by Phillips Racing Partnership (KY). Trainer: Carla Gaines. Owner: Keith Brackpool. Mutuel Pool $282,730 Daily Double Pool $25,699 Exacta Pool $150,248 Superfecta Pool $75,146 Trifecta Pool $102,221 X-5 Super High Five Pool $2,757. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (7-6-2) paid $34.60. Pick Three Pool $19,788.
BELLERIN had good early speed and dueled inside, inched away a bit off the rail into the stretch, drifted in some and held sway under left handed urging. DOWNTOWNER a step slow to begin, went five wide into the first turn then chased outside or off the rail, went up five wide into and out of the second turn and finished well. KONA COAST four wide into the first turn, stalked outside a rival, went four wide into and on the second turn and into the stretch and also finished with interest to be edged for the place. PAPA JAZZ also caught four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep then three wide between horses into and on the second turn and into the stretch and lacked the needed late kick. SURFSIDE SUNSET stalked a bit off the rail then between foes leaving the backstretch and on the second turn and into the stretch and weakened. MOMMA'S BABY BOY four wide early, angled in outside a rival on the first turn, chased outside a foe or just off the rail, came out four wide into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. MONEIGH MOPROBLEMS stalked a bit off the rail then inside on the backstretch and second turn and weakened in the drive. HARLISS had speed between foes then angled in and dueled outside the winner, dropped back in the stretch and also weakened. SUPER TERRIFIC settled inside then a bit off the rail leaving the backstretch, angled in on the second turn, came out into the stretch and had little left for the drive.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $38,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $100,000. Time 23.34 47.54 1:12.30 1:24.79 1:36.82
|6||Chop Chop Charlie||122||6||9||8–1½||6–½||6–hd||7–½||7–2||Maragh||43.70|
|7||Jack and I||122||7||6||3–hd||4–hd||10||9–1||9–16||Prat||12.90|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-4)||$32.20|
|$1 EXACTA (4-10)||$20.90|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-10-5-9)||$34.93|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (4-10-5-9-8)||$953.40|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-10-5)||$34.75|
Winner–Samdar B.c.3 by Uncle Mo out of Emma Carly, by Unbridled's Song. Bred by Tom Evans, Tenlane Farm & Oratis (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Spendthrift Farm LLC. Mutuel Pool $347,850 Daily Double Pool $33,582 Exacta Pool $216,029 Superfecta Pool $97,618 Super High Five Pool $4,163 Trifecta Pool $139,333. Scratched–Goodwillambassador, Onde Ah Mo.
$1 Pick Three (6-2-4) paid $51.20. Pick Three Pool $36,943. 50-Cent Pick Four (7-6-2-4/11/12) 1343 tickets with 4 correct paid $73.60. Pick Four Pool $129,556. 50-Cent Pick Five (4/6-7-6-2-4/11/12) 1616 tickets with 5 correct paid $223.80. Pick Five Pool $420,606.
SAMDAR had speed between foes then dueled outside a rival, took a short lead on the second turn, inched away just off the rail leaving that turn and held on gamely under urging. SELLWOOD angled in and pulled his way along a bit off the rail, waited in traffic between foes leaving the second turn, came three deep into the stretch, split horses past midstretch and surged late to just miss. CAMPS BAY stalked between horses or outside a rival, continued outside on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and finished well. FORMAL DUDE three deep into the first turn, chased outside a rival then between foes leaving the backstretch, came out on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and found his best stride late. POINT GUARD four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep then three wide between foes leaving the second turn and into the stretch and was outfinished. SARATOGA MORNING stumbled at the start, stalked inside then between foes into and on the second turn, awaited room leaving that turn, angled in for the stretch and could not quite summon the necessary response. CHOP CHOP CHARLIE bobbled some at the start, chased a bit off the rail then inside, waited off heels leaving the second turn, came out into the stretch and lacked a rally. CASH PILOT dropped back inside, saved ground off the pace, came out leaving the second turn and three deep into the stretch and did not rally. JACK AND I stalked three deep, dropped back between horses on the second turn and weakened. WAR LINK had good early speed and angled in, dueled inside, fell back leaving the second turn, steadied in tight into the stretch and gave way.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $20,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 22.48 46.23 58.38 1:04.87
|9||Tee Em Eye||113||7||2||7–1||8–hd||6–1||4–nk||Falgione||12.80|
|1||Tiz Deliteful||123||1||10||8–hd||9–2||9–1½||9–1½||T Baze||23.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-8)||$40.00|
|$1 EXACTA (8-12)||$31.30|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-12-10-9)||$177.62|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-12-10)||$168.65|
|$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-12-10-9-11)||Carryover $2,538|
Winner–Conquest Flatterme B.m.6 by Flatter out of My Antonia, by Jules. Bred by Deann Baer & Greg Baer DVM (IN). Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Owner: Wilson, Holly and David. Mutuel Pool $229,731 Daily Double Pool $28,389 Exacta Pool $157,781 Superfecta Pool $70,071 Trifecta Pool $95,390 X-5 Super High Five Pool $3,325. Claimed–Sally Simpson by KM Racing Enterprise, Inc. Trainer: Craig Dollase. Scratched–C. C. Zipp, Tangled Up in Ju.
$1 Pick Three (2-4-8) paid $76.50. Pick Three Pool $42,064.
CONQUEST FLATTERME sped to the early lead, set the pace off the rail then inside into and on the turn, came out a bit in the stretch and held gamely under left handed urging. RIZZI'S HONORS stalked four wide then three deep on the turn and into the stretch, was between rivals in the drive and continued willingly to the end. SALLY SIMPSON chased outside then five wide into the turn, continued four wide on the turn and into the stretch and held third. TEE EM EYE settled off the rail chasing the pace, continued outside on the turn and four wide into the stretch and was outfinished. FOXY FRESH stalked between horses then off the rail on the backstretch and a bit off the fence on the turn and into the stretch and lacked the necessary late kick. RANSOMED saved ground chasing the pace throughout and did not rally. GEMINI JOURNEY chased outside a rival, split horses on the turn, came three deep into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. TODOS SANTOS broke out and bumped a rival, settled outside a foe then off the rail, came out into the stretch and was not a threat. TIZ DELITEFUL bobbled in a bit of a slow start, settled inside chasing the pace, saved ground on the turn and into the stretch and weakened. TUSCANY BEAUTY bumped at the break, stalked between horses on the backstretch and turn and weakened in the drive.
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $30,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 21.72 44.86 1:11.36 1:18.19
|5||Just Be Held||124||5||4||2–1½||2–1½||3–hd||9–2¼||Prat||10.30|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-2)||$49.20|
|$1 EXACTA (2-1)||$142.00|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-1-10-9)||$1,105.65|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-1-10)||$355.50|
|$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-1-10-9-8)||Carryover $8,042|
Winner–Miz Tianjin Grr.f.4 by Mizzen Mast out of Sedley, by El Prado (IRE). Bred by Scott Pierce & Debbie Pierce (KY). Trainer: J. Eric Kruljac. Owner: Condon, Gary, Kruljac, J. Eric, Sondereker, John, Yip, David and Yip, Susan. Mutuel Pool $271,016 Daily Double Pool $29,055 Exacta Pool $174,476 Superfecta Pool $82,728 Trifecta Pool $109,958 X-5 Super High Five Pool $7,211. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (4-8-2) paid $80.50. Pick Three Pool $47,690.
MIZ TIANJIN a step slow to begin, was between foes early then chased inside, came out into the stretch, went around a rival in midstretch then rallied inside under urging to gain the lead in deep stretch and won clear. TINY TINA saved ground chasing the pace, came out into the stretch, split horses in midstretch and edged a rival late for the place. LINE DRIVE had good early speed and angled in, dueled outside a rival, inched away leaving the turn, drifted out from the whip when clear in the drive and was edged late for second. SAPPHIRE KID chased between rivals then outside a foe, continued between horses on the turn, came out three deep into the stretch and lacked the needed late kick. PASADENA PRINCESS broke in a bit, chased outside, went three deep on the turn and four wide into the stretch and could not quite summon the necessary late response. ALBEIT dropped back off the rail on the backstretch and turn, was in tight off heels into the stretch, angled to the inside then split horses in deep stretch and improved position. DEMIGODDESS settled off the rail then outside a rival on the turn, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. CINNAMON TWIST three wide early, chased off the rail on the backstretch and turn, came four wide into the stretch and also lacked a rally. JUST BE HELD had speed off the rail then angled in, dueled inside, stalked leaving the turn and weakened in the drive. TRAP QUEEN close up stalking the pace just off the rail, came three wide into the stretch and also weakened. ATREVIDA had speed outside then stalked outside, dropped back four wide on the turn, came three deep into the stretch and gave way.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.81 46.39 1:10.57 1:23.10 1:35.70
|1||My Aunt Tillie||126||1||8||10||10||8–1½||5–2||2–¾||Nakatani||13.20|
|4||X S Gold||120||4||7||1–1½||1–1½||1–1½||1–1||3–½||Bejarano||5.00|
|2||Dreamy Gal||126||2||1||2–1||2–1½||2–1||3–2½||4–nk||T Baze||2.10|
|8||Mo See Cal||120||6||3||4–1||3–hd||4–1½||7–hd||9–5||Gutierrez||8.30|
|1||MY AUNT TILLIE||12.60||6.60|
|4||X S GOLD||4.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-10)||$65.20|
|$1 EXACTA (10-1)||$88.80|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (10-1-4-2)||$132.48|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (10-1-4)||$218.35|
|$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (10-1-4-2-3)||Carryover $19,415|
Winner–Battleground State Dbb.f.4 by Unusual Heat out of Freedom Dance, by Moscow Ballet. Bred by Harris Farms (CA). Trainer: Neil D. Drysdale. Owner: Harris Farms, Inc. and Bowers-Lepore, Jeanne. Mutuel Pool $292,450 Daily Double Pool $34,863 Exacta Pool $163,467 Superfecta Pool $81,122 Trifecta Pool $108,564 X-5 Super High Five Pool $14,902. Scratched–Lady Espionage, Lostintranzlation, Mizzen Glory, Streak of Luck.
$1 Pick Three (8-2-10) paid $169.70. Pick Three Pool $33,143.
BATTLEGROUND STATE angled in outside a rival then went up between horses into the backstretch, chased inside, came out in upper stretch and rallied under urging to gain the lead outside the pacesetter in deep stretch and held. MY AUNT TILLIE chased inside then a bit off the rail, came out on the second turn and five wide into the stretch and closed willingly late. X S GOLD sped to the early lead, angled in and set the pace inside, fought back in deep stretch and held third. DREAMY GAL pulled along the inside then stalked a bit off the rail, came out some in the stretch and was edged for the show. QUINNIE saved ground chasing the pace throughout and put in a late bid at a minor award. LI'L GRAZEN bumped at the start, angled in and settled outside a rival then off the rail, found the inside on the second turn and into the stretch and improved position. FAMILY GIRL stalked between horses, came out on the second turn and three wide into the stretch and weakened. SPEAKERS broke out and bumped a rival, angled in outside a rival then pulled between horses on the backstretch, went three deep into the second turn, came four wide into the stretch and had little left for the drive. MO SEE CAL three deep into the first turn, stalked three wide then between foes leaving the backstretch and outside a rival on the second turn, came out into the stretch and weakened. ALMOST REALITY four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep, fell back on the second turn, drifted five wide into the stretch and had nothing left for the drive.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $30,000. Time 22.38 46.56 59.38 1:12.17
|6||Pepe the Legend||122||6||2||4–1||3–hd||4–1||7–6½||Martinez||6.00|
|5||Hidden My Way||122||5||6||6–hd||7–hd||8–hd||8–½||Pena||95.80|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (10-11)||$141.60|
|$1 EXACTA (11-12)||$41.00|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (11-12-2-8)||$103.52|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (11-12-2-8-10)||$14,151.10|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (11-12-2)||$77.90|
Winner–Lolly Express Dbb.g.3 by Richard's Kid out of Boehle, by Atticus. Bred by Patrick Harney & Charles Reilly (CA). Trainer: Mike Puype. Owner: Harney, Patrick and Reilly, Charles. Mutuel Pool $317,789 Daily Double Pool $110,351 Exacta Pool $220,915 Superfecta Pool $137,946 Super High Five Pool $67,270 Trifecta Pool $172,901. Scratched–Fabrication.
$2 Pick Six Jackpot (2-4/11/12-8-2-10-11) . Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $7,394. $1 Pick Three (2-10-11) paid $433.90. Pick Three Pool $140,141. 50-Cent Pick Four (8-2-10-11) 660 tickets with 4 correct paid $716.95. Pick Four Pool $620,160. 50-Cent Pick Five (4/11/12-8-2-10-11) 81 tickets with 5 correct paid $2,883.30. Pick Five Pool $306,017. $2 Pick Six (2-4/11/12-8-2-10-11) 8 tickets with 5 out of 6 paid $924.20. Pick Six Pool $64,593. Pick Six Carryover $34,506.
LOLLY EXPRESS stalked four wide then three deep on the backstretch, continued off the rail on the turn and into the stretch, bid outside the runner-up under left handed urging to gain the lead a sixteenth out and won clear. ASTRO RIDER sped to the early lead, angled in and set the pace off the rail then inside, continued toward the rail in the stretch, could not match the winner in the final sixteenth but clearly bested the others. OPTIC broke in the air and slowly, pulled between horses on the backstretch and steadied a half mile out, continued between foes on the turn, came out into the stretch and gained the show late. TYPHOON HARRY broke in and bumped a rival, stalked three deep then four wide into and on the turn and five wide into the stretch, drifted in and was edged for third. NINE ISSUES chased three deep then three wide between foes on the turn and four wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. SHARP RULER settled inside then a bit off the rail, came three wide into the stretch and was not a threat. PEPE THE LEGEND stalked between horses then a bit off the rail leaving the turn and into the stretch and weakened. HIDDEN MY WAY angled in and chased inside then outside a rival on the turn and also weakened. AGRESSIVEBRAWLER saved ground stalking the pace, dropped back on the turn and had little left for the stretch. SANDBED hopped in a bit of a slow start, settled off the rail then three wide into the turn, came out five wide into the stretch and failed to menace. THAT'S GOLD broke out and bumped a rival, was between horses early, angled in and settled just off the rail then inside, came out into the stretch and gave way.
|Out of State||N/A||$5,889,770|
Santa Anita Entries for Saturday, March 10.
Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 43rd day of a 59-day meet.
About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds.
|1||Big Buzz||Rafael Bejarano||122||Tim Yakteen||9-2|
|2||Holly Blame||Brice Blanc||122||Paulo H. Lobo||15-1|
|3||Goodwillambassador||Corey Nakatani||122||Philip D'Amato||15-1|
|4||Harbor Drive||Diego Sanchez||122||Caesar F. Dominguez||50-1|
|5||Rush||Kyle Frey||122||Doug F. O'Neill||10-1|
|6||Agent Bond||Victor Espinoza||122||Peter Miller||6-1|
|7||Lontani||Flavien Prat||122||Bob Baffert||6-1|
|8||Frenchmen Street||Evin Roman||117||Richard Baltas||7-2|
|9||Capall||Javier Castellano||122||Peter Miller||5-1|
|10||Desert Stone||Franklin Ceballos||117||Richard Baltas||12-1|
|11||Rumpus Cat||Joseph Talamo||122||Simon Callaghan||20-1|
|12||Call West||Drayden Van Dyke||122||Bob Baffert||8-1|
|13||Englander||Geovanni Franco||122||Philip D'Amato||8-1|
6 Furlongs. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds.
|1||Blame the Rider||Mario Gutierrez||122||Doug F. O'Neill||8-1|
|2||McKale||Drayden Van Dyke||122||Bob Baffert||9-5|
|3||Passionate Reward||Mike Smith||122||Richard E. Mandella||4-1|
|4||Eviscerator||Flavien Prat||122||Richard Baltas||10-1|
|5||Highly Distorted||Martin Pedroza||122||Jack Carava||12-1|
|6||Bobby Axelrod||Javier Castellano||122||Peter Miller||5-2|
|7||Super Sol||Joseph Talamo||122||Bob Baffert||6-1|
|8||Stay Golden||Cecily Evans||122||Louis A. Bradvica||30-1|
1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.
|1||Well Developed||Drayden Van Dyke||124||Patrick Gallagher||6-1|
|2||Fortune of War||Geovanni Franco||122||J. Eric Kruljac||20-1|
|3||Mesut||Evin Roman||115||Carla Gaines||6-1|
|4||Van Cortlandt||Stewart Elliott||120||Vladimir Cerin||8-1|
|5||Avalanche||Victor Espinoza||122||John W. Sadler||20-1|
|6||Tartini||Rafael Bejarano||122||Jack Carava||7-2|
|7||Temple Keys||Tyler Conner||124||Richard Baltas||10-1|
|8||Accountability||Kent Desormeaux||124||Rafael Becerra||5-1|
|9||Incredible Luck||Edwin Maldonado||124||Dan L. Hendricks||20-1|
|10||Malibu Music||Tyler Baze||122||James M. Cassidy||6-1|
|11||California Street||Flavien Prat||122||Patrick Gallagher||12-1|
|12||The Big Train||Corey Nakatani||124||Peter Miller||10-1|
|13||Unapologetic||Tiago Pereira||124||William Spawr||9-2||40,000|
|14||Bourbon Soul||Tyler Baze||124||Jeff Mullins||20-1||40,000|
7 Furlongs. Purse: $400,000. 'Triple Bend Stakes'. 4 year olds and up.
|1||Edwards Going Left||Tyler Baze||120||John W. Sadler||5-2|
|2||Horse Greedy||Stewart Elliott||120||Brian J. Koriner||20-1|
|3||Giant Expectations||Corey Nakatani||122||Peter Eurton||3-1|
|4||Bobby Abu Dhabi||Victor Espinoza||120||Peter Miller||8-1|
|5||City of Light||Drayden Van Dyke||124||Michael W. McCarthy||9-5|
|6||Captain Scotty||Javier Castellano||120||Peter Miller||3-1|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $400,000. 'Frank E. Kilroe Mile'. Stakes. 4 year olds and up.
|1||Free Rose||Kent Desormeaux||120||Richard Baltas||20-1|
|2||Bowies Hero||Corey Nakatani||122||Philip D'Amato||6-1|
|3||Next Shares||Rajiv Maragh||120||Richard Baltas||8-1|
|4||Syntax||Geovanni Franco||120||Philip D'Amato||15-1|
|5||World Approval||Flavien Prat||124||Mark E. Casse||4-5|
|6||What a View||Tyler Baze||120||Kenneth D. Black||15-1|
|7||Om||Mike Smith||122||Dan L. Hendricks||5-1|
|8||Channel Maker||Javier Castellano||120||William I. Mott||5-1|
1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $400,000. 'San Felipe Stakes'. 3 year olds.
|1||Bolt d'Oro||Javier Castellano||124||Mick Ruis||2-1|
|2||Lombo||Rafael Bejarano||122||Michael Pender||8-1|
|3||Ayacara||Kent Desormeaux||120||J. Keith Desormeaux||8-1|
|4||McKinzie||Mike Smith||124||Bob Baffert||8-5|
|5||Aquila||Martin Pedroza||120||Simon Callaghan||15-1|
|6||Calexman||Alonso Quinonez||120||Vladimir Cerin||30-1|
|7||Peace||Drayden Van Dyke||120||Richard E. Mandella||15-1|
|8||Kanthaka||Flavien Prat||120||Jerry Hollendorfer||4-1|
6 Furlongs. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.
|1||Fast Pass||Ruben Fuentes||120||Librado Barocio||20-1|
|2||Stone Hands||Mario Gutierrez||122||Doug F. O'Neill||5-1|
|3||Allaboutaction||Tyler Conner||124||Jerry Hollendorfer||5-1||40,000|
|4||Big League||Stewart Elliott||122||Charles S. Treece||4-1|
|5||Tribal Roar||Tyler Baze||124||Genaro Vallejo||5-1|
|6||Coils Gold||Evin Roman||119||Bob Baffert||7-2|
|7||Ketos||Tiago Pereira||120||John W. Sadler||5-2|
|8||Sigur Ros||Geovanni Franco||122||Carla Gaines||15-1|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $75,000. 'China Doll Stakes'. Fillies. 3 year olds.
|1||Ms Bad Behavior||Kent Desormeaux||120||Richard Baltas||4-1|
|2||Treasuring||Corey Nakatani||120||Simon Callaghan||20-1|
|3||Deep Breath||Tyler Baze||120||Eoin G. Harty||50-1|
|4||Californiagoldrush||Flavien Prat||120||Neil D. Drysdale||7-2|
|5||Slick Trick||Tyler Conner||120||John W. Sadler||8-1|
|6||Finess Bere||Drayden Van Dyke||120||Bob Baffert||6-1|
|7||Mraseel||Alonso Quinonez||120||Richard Baltas||30-1|
|8||Lexington Grace||Javier Castellano||120||Ian Kruljac||6-1|
|9||Ippodamia's Girl||Rafael Bejarano||124||Mike Puype||4-1|
|10||Theodosia||Martin Pedroza||122||Jack Carava||30-1|
|11||Casino Red||Mike Smith||120||Patrick Gallagher||8-1|
|12||Proud Heroine||Joseph Talamo||120||Tim Yakteen||15-1|
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $16,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500.
|1||Gotta Get Lucky||Geovanni Franco||123||Genaro Vallejo||15-1||12,500|
|2||Gutsy Streak||Juan Sanchez||123||Mike Puype||15-1||12,500|
|3||Celebrate Life||Asa Espinoza||113||Eddie Truman||6-1||12,500|
|4||Rocky's Show||Stewart Elliott||123||Charles S. Treece||8-1||12,500|
|5||Dad's a Gambler||Brayan Pena||123||George Papaprodromou||4-1||12,500|
|6||Liberation||Maria Falgione||113||Val Brinkerhoff||15-1||12,500|
|7||Amodei||Martin Pedroza||123||Mick Ruis||12-1||12,500|
|8||Mostly Cloudy||Ruben Fuentes||123||Lorenzo Ruiz||30-1||12,500|
|9||Marvelous Max||Martin Garcia||123||John W. Sadler||15-1||12,500|
|10||Gator Don't Play||Kyle Frey||123||Andreas Psarras||20-1||12,500|
|11||Bitte||Tyler Baze||123||John W. Sadler||4-1||12,500|
|12||Liberty Jack||Evin Roman||118||William E. Morey||3-1||12,500|
1¼ Mile. Purse: $600,000. 'Santa Anita Handicap'. Handicap. 4 year olds and up.
|1||Top of the Game||Kent Desormeaux||116||Vladimir Cerin||10-1|
|2||Prime Attraction||Tiago Pereira||119||James M. Cassidy||8-1|
|3||Curlin Road||Tyler Baze||116||Doug F. O'Neill||12-1|
|4||Giant Expectations||Corey Nakatani||121||Peter Eurton||5-1|
|5||Hoppertunity||Flavien Prat||121||Bob Baffert||7-2|
|6||Fear the Cowboy||Javier Castellano||118||Efren Loza, Jr.||3-1|
|7||Accelerate||Victor Espinoza||123||John W. Sadler||5-2|
|8||Mubtaahij||Mike Smith||122||Bob Baffert||4-1|
1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $54,000. Maiden. Fillies. 3 year olds.
|1||Hope Wins||Mike Smith||122||Philip D'Amato||4-1|
|2||Party Dancer||Drayden Van Dyke||122||Simon Callaghan||8-1|
|3||Pacific Strike||Rafael Bejarano||122||Peter Eurton||7-2|
|4||It's Alexus||Kyle Frey||122||Doug F. O'Neill||20-1|
|5||Rancor||Evin Roman||117||Jerry Hollendorfer||5-1|
|6||Heliocentricity||Tyler Conner||122||Jerry Hollendorfer||20-1|
|7||Aha||Martin Garcia||122||Alexis Barba||30-1|
|8||Heaven Escape||Brice Blanc||122||Paulo H. Lobo||8-1|
|9||Temple Princess||Geovanni Franco||122||Jeff Mullins||12-1|
|10||Sekhmet's Revenge||Stewart Elliott||122||Richard Baltas||10-1|
|11||Fluffhead||Flavien Prat||122||Robert N. Falcone, Jr.||12-1|
|12||Curlin's Journey||Mario Gutierrez||122||Dallas E. Keen||6-1|