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Racing! Here’s wishing everyone the happiest of holidays

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we look at holiday gifts to give to racing.

I asked you folks to come up with some holiday gifts for people in the racing industry and, as always, you came through. I tried to use as many as I could, but despite my near-begging, some of you didn’t include your names. (And remember, having it in the email isn’t enough because — this may come as a shock — some folks’ email doesn’t use their real name.)

And, as usual, if more than one of you had the same idea, I went with the first one received.

So here you go:

From Carolyn Sherry: “To Santa Anita, new fireproof barns for the safety of the horses and workers that live back there.”

Andy Mosley: “To the survivors of the Southern California fires, both equine and others, comfort and solace, and maybe blankets too.”

James Sheperd: “To Tim Ritvo and Santa Anita, great weather and safe racing surfaces for the beginning of the Santa Anita meet so they can see if the changes they are making increase field sizes and handle.”

Jeff Prupis: “To the racing fans of the Los Angeles area, our beloved Hollywood Park back.”

Tim Robertson: “To Arrogate, one more race in the Pegasus so that he can prove that his recent sub-par performances were entirely due to his dislike of the Del Mar racing surface.”

Jim Favors: “To Bob Baffert, a horse that makes it to the Kentucky Derby this year.”

Fred Hoyt: “To the connections of Zenyatta, one (or both) of her two foals to win a race before the Medaglia D’Oro foal begins racing next year.”

Larissa Grashian: “To Del Mar, another Breeders' Cup. They really pulled it off better than I ever could have imagined.”

John Boudreau: “To Southern California horseplayers, $.50 pick threes, through all of California racing.”

(And now wandering outside of Southern California.)

Larry Kerr: “To Belinda and Frank Stronach, a full, competitive field of 12 horses ready to do battle in the Pegasus World Cup.

Dennis McGarry: “To Jerry Simms, owner of Turf Paradise, give him a smile. He always walks around the track looking like Scrooge, when he should be laughing all the way to the bank.”

Debra Gilbert: “To the Pennsylvania racing authorities, a spine.”

Ray Rittenhouse: “To Illinois racing fans, a functioning government in Illinois that will pass and sign legislation to allow slot machines at race tracks, and provide other purse relief, to save Arlington Park.”

(And finally…)

John Cherwa: “To TVG, a week off from me posting your Sunday results.”

(Although, it would be really unfair not to mention Ron Ellis, one of their best, hitting a pick-five for $190.70 on a $36 bet at Los Alamitos.)

TVG pickers update

See above.

Los Alamitos review

The Lieutenant won the final feature of this Los Al meet by taking the $48,000 allowance optional claimer race over a mile. The colt rallied from last to win by a half-length over the morning-line favorite, Hot Sean. He paid $7.00, $4.00 and $3.20 for trainer Michael McCarthy and jockey Drayden Van Dyke. Rocko’s Wheel finished third.

Trainers Bob Baffert and Doug O’Neill tied with 14 wins for the three Los Alamitos meets. Evin Roman was the top jockey with 18 wins.

Big races review

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

Aqueduct: $150,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes (Great White Way Division) 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Winner: Aqua Bel Sar ($77.00 to win)

Remington: $100,000 She’s All In Stakes, fillies and mares, 3 and up, 1 mile and 70 yards. Winner: Ready To Confess ($7.00)

Remington: $400,000 Remington Springboard Mile Stakes, 2-year-olds, 1 mile. Winner: Greyvitos ($8.00)

Remington: $100,000 Trapeze Stakes, fillies, 2-year-olds, 1 mile. Winner: Cosmic Burst ($4.80)

Final thought

As we head into a much-needed week off, here’s wishing all of you happy holidays that exceed your every expectation. Stay safe.

Until we return on Dec. 26, here’s the star of the show, Sunday’s results:

Los Alamitos Race Course Charts Results for Sunday, December 17.

Copyright 2017 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 12th day of a 12-day meet. Clear & Fast

FIRST RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $30,000. Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000. Time 21.43 45.26 57.90 1:04.25


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

2 Family Girl 117 2 2 3–1½ 3–3½ 1–2½ 1–7 Roman 0.40
4 Tiger Mom 122 4 3 2–1 2–1 2–1½ 2–3¾ Gonzalez 3.30
3 Miss Pretty 122 3 1 1–½ 1–½ 3–5 3–1½ Frey 5.00
7 Dream of Eagles 120 6 6 6 5–1½ 4–1 4–½ Rojas Fernandez 47.30
1 Sugaratsundown 115 1 4 5–hd 4–½ 5–5 5–8 Franco 18.10
6 Cuvee Cat 122 5 5 4–hd 6 6 6 Arana 20.70

2 FAMILY GIRL 2.80 2.40 2.10
4 TIGER MOM 3.00 2.10
3 MISS PRETTY 2.20
$1 EXACTA (2-4)  $3.90
$1 SUPERFECTA (2-4-3-7)  $33.60
$1 TRIFECTA (2-4-3)  $6.70

Winner–Family Girl Ch.f.2 by Tribal Rule out of Girl Named Sam, by Victory Gallop. Bred by Ballena Vista Farm (CA). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Ballena Vista Farm. Mutuel Pool $86,879 Exacta Pool $44,736 Superfecta Pool $35,567 Trifecta Pool $38,093. Scratched–Thursdays Angel.

FAMILY GIRL stalked the dueling leaders on the backstretch, moved up on the turn, came into the stretch three wide, took the lead three wide in midstretch and drew away through the final furlong while well off the rail. TIGER MOM dueled outside a rival into the turn and between horses into the stretch, continued to race between foes in midstretch, could not match the winner in the final furlong but was clearly second best. MISS PRETTY dueled inside a rival into and around the turn, weakened in the final furlong but held third to the wire. DREAM OF EAGLES chased three deep into the turn, remained off the rail in the lane and did not rally. SUGARATSUNDOWN chased a bit off the rail into the turn, saved ground around the turn, came out in the stretch and lacked the needed rally. CUVEE CAT chased the pace between horses into the turn, remained off the rail in the stretch and did not threaten.

SECOND RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $17,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $30,000. Time 21.85 45.28 57.67 1:10.35


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

4 Fire When Ready 122 4 5 2–hd 1–hd 1–2½ 1–4 Elliott 3.30
2 Joeray 122 2 7 6–1½ 5–2½ 2–1 2–¾ Quinonez 4.10
1 Charlie Cowden 122 1 10 9–1 7–3 4–1 3–3¼ Van Dyke 2.30
10 High Rize 122 10 2 10 10 7–4 4–hd Frey 20.20
8 Lipster 115 8 6 4–1½ 3–½ 3–½ 5–½ Franco 4.70
5 Fivetwentyninefund 122 5 3 3–hd 4–½ 6–3 6–2¼ T Baze 4.80
3 Gryffindor 122 3 4 1–½ 2–hd 5–½ 7–10 Maldonado 27.90
6 Mergie Troid 115 6 8 7–1½ 8–1 8–3 8–5½ Velasco 63.40
7 Downhill Run 122 7 9 8–½ 9–hd 9–2½ 9–1½ Pena 123.50
9 Canadian Warrior 122 9 1 5–½ 6–½ 10 10 Boulanger 111.40

4 FIRE WHEN READY 8.60 5.20 3.20
2 JOERAY 7.20 4.60
1 CHARLIE COWDEN 3.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-4)  $13.80
$1 EXACTA (4-2)  $24.30
$1 SUPERFECTA (4-2-1-10)  $475.70
$1 TRIFECTA (4-2-1)  $66.50

Winner–Fire When Ready Dbb.g.2 by Empire Way out of Armed N Dangerous, by Slewdledo. Bred by Dr. Mikel C. Harrington &Patricia O. Harrington (KY). Trainer: Patricia Harrington. Owner: Patricia Harrington. Mutuel Pool $140,570 Daily Double Pool $23,667 Exacta Pool $83,923 Superfecta Pool $48,985 Trifecta Pool $51,163. Scratched–none.

FIRE WHEN READY forced then dueled from between rivals and two wide into and around the turn, gained advantage entering the stretch then drew away under urging. JOERAY tucked in behind dueling leaders around the bend, continued bit off the rail and lacked room in upper stretch, guided to inside, found clear path, moved past rivals and held the place. CHARLIE COWDEN was slow into stride, hugged the rail into and on the turn, angled out into the lane, bumped with inside rival nearing eighth marker and was along for third. HIGH RIZE was bit reluctant to load, chased three then four wide into the lane and only passed tiring rivals late. LIPSTER forced the early issue from outside and four deep, continued on same path around the turn and weakened some in the drive. FIVETWENTYNINEFUND three deep while pressing the pace, remained on same path on the turn, bumped with rival approaching eighth marker and weakened. GRYFFINDOR dueled from the inside, dropped back in upper stretch and faded later in the lane. MERGIE TROID was in tight from between rivals and steadied early, chased on two wide path, saved ground into the stretch but did not rally./. DOWNHILL RUN reserved while slightly off the fence, chased two then three wide into the lane and was no threat. CANADIAN WARRIOR chased three wide, drifted five wide leaving the bend and weakened.

THIRD RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $14,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000. Time 22.25 45.32 57.71 1:03.86


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

8 Inexcess Again 124 8 2 1–1 1–1½ 1–½ 1–ns Frey 2.40
9 Ajac 124 9 4 2–hd 2–1 2–1½ 2–½ Pena 27.30
6 Winning Causeway 119 6 3 4–1 4–hd 3–1½ 3–½ Roman 4.00
2 Fueled by Bourbon 124 2 8 7–½ 6–hd 5–2½ 4–1½ Elliott 2.60
4 Hawk's Eyes 124 4 5 5–hd 5–1 4–1 5–2 Quinonez 3.30
7 Luckarack 124 7 9 6–1 7–2½ 6–2 6–2¼ Bednar 12.40
5 I B Mike 124 5 7 9 8–hd 8–1½ 7–3 E Garcia 17.40
3 Big Bad Batman 124 3 6 8–1½ 9 9 8–¾ Boulanger 105.20
1 Shining Hope 124 1 1 3–1½ 3–1 7–1½ 9 Sanchez 72.20

8 INEXCESS AGAIN 6.80 4.40 3.40
9 AJAC 19.00 10.40
6 WINNING CAUSEWAY 3.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-8)  $38.20
$1 EXACTA (8-9)  $60.20
$1 SUPERFECTA (8-9-6-2)  $984.50
$1 TRIFECTA (8-9-6)  $399.40

Winner–Inexcess Again B.g.6 by Snorter out of Birdinexcess, by Birdonthewire. Bred by Madera Thoroughbreds (CA). Trainer: Jonathan Wong. Owner: Johnson, Troy and Lo, Charles. Mutuel Pool $142,881 Daily Double Pool $12,962 Exacta Pool $91,561 Superfecta Pool $59,127 Trifecta Pool $61,183. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (2-4-8) paid $40.00. Pick Three Pool $35,517.

INEXCESS AGAIN sped to the front, angled over some, set pace into lane, resisted when challenged in the drive and stubbornly held under urging. AJAC angled over and stalked into and on the turn, came three wide into the stretch, loomed outside winner in mid stretch but was turned back in final yards. WINNING CAUSEWAY three wide early then between rivals, came four wide into the stretch, remained well off the rail and gained third. FUELED BY BOURBON settled inside, chased two wide, came out bit leaving the turn and was outfinished for the show. HAWK'S EYES (BRZ) stalked from the inside, saved ground into the lane, moved up some in upper stretch but failed to sustain effort while angling to the rail late. LUCKARACK hit side of gate at the start in a slow start, chased four wide into the bend, came out further leaving the turn and failed to threaten. I B MIKE reserved from off the rail, chased three wide or outside rival to the stretch and failed to menace. BIG BAD BATMAN chased inside, shuffled back early on the turn, remained slightly off the rail and never reached contention. SHINING HOPE stalked from along the rail, continued inside then gave way readily in the final eighth.

FOURTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $15,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 21.86 45.67 58.45 1:05.28


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

10 Ramona Lover 122 10 4 1–½ 1–1½ 1–1½ 1–¾ Franco 1.40
3 Shining Armada 122 3 2 4–2½ 3–hd 2–2½ 2–½ Fuentes 4.90
7 Solar Corona 122 7 6 6–1 5–hd 3–1½ 3–2¼ Boulanger 15.10
9 Bona Fide Image 122 9 10 9–2½ 8–3 4–1 4–1¼ Van Dyke 2.70
5 Dorita's Candy 122 5 9 7–½ 7–2 6–2 5–2¾ Elliott 4.60
4 Magicalchic 122 4 3 3–1 4–2 5–hd 6–½ Hernandez 32.90
6 Molinita 122 6 8 5–hd 6–½ 7–6 7–10 Pereira 46.30
8 Annitasheaven 122 8 5 8–½ 9–2 8–1 8–5 Evans 104.80
2 Our Bright Star 115 2 1 2–hd 2–1 9 9 Werner 65.60
1 Bullet Miss 124 1 7 10 10 dnf Bednar 50.50

10 RAMONA LOVER 4.80 3.00 2.60
3 SHINING ARMADA 5.60 4.80
7 SOLAR CORONA 5.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-10)  $19.20
$1 EXACTA (10-3)  $14.60
$1 SUPERFECTA (10-3-7-9)  $204.80
$1 TRIFECTA (10-3-7)  $85.90

Winner–Ramona Lover B.f.3 by Quality Road out of Gale in the Vale, by Two Punch. Bred by Reborn Stable (KY). Trainer: J. Eric Kruljac. Owner: Dunham, E., Kessler, T., Kruljac, J., Reed, J., Rey, D. and Sondereker, J.. Mutuel Pool $169,798 Daily Double Pool $13,739 Exacta Pool $116,416 Superfecta Pool $80,124 Trifecta Pool $78,115. Scratched–Theverythotofyou, Valedictoriette.

$1 Pick Three (4-8-10) paid $43.50. Pick Three Pool $15,835.

RAMONA LOVER rushed to the front passing half-mile marker then angled over some, padded cushion around the turn, drifted out some in the drive and held off inside rival late. SHINING ARMADA stalked from along the rail early, came off the fence then between rivals later on the turn, shifted in under right hand urging in the drive and whittled gap on winner nearing wire. SOLAR CORONA broke inward, chased three wide or outside rival on the turn, came out five wide exiting the bend, rallied from the outside and bested others. BONA FIDE IMAGE reserved from off the rail, raced four wide into the bend, five wide on the turn and six wide into the lane then rallied bit from the outside to gain a minor award. DORITA'S CANDY bumped at the start, angled over early, chased from the inside thereafter and was no serious threat. MAGICALCHIC tracked leader while outside runner up on the turn then three abreast entering the stretch then finished evenly from off the rail. MOLINITA was forced inward then bumped with inside foe leaving the gate, gained inside early, saved ground but to no avail. ANNITASHEAVEN reserved off early pace, chased two then three wide into the stretch, shifted inward in upper stretch and did not menace. OUR BRIGHT STAR showed good early foot, stalked from the inside, remained along the rail leaving the turn but weakened in the lane. BULLET MISS reserved from along the fence, chased inside, was pulled up nearing eighth marker then vanned off.

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $48,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 24.25 47.75 1:11.10 1:23.23 1:35.46


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

6 The Lieutenant 121 6 6 6 6 3–1 1–hd 1–½ Van Dyke 2.50
4 Hot Sean 119 4 2 2–1 2–½ 2–1 2–2½ 2–4½ Talamo 2.20
2 Rocko's Wheel 121 2 5 5–1 5–2½ 4–½ 3–1½ 3–2½ Pereira 9.50
5 Stormin Monarcho 121 5 3 3–½ 4–hd 5–1 5–1 4–3 T Baze 2.20
3 The Critical Way 119 3 1 1–hd 1–1 1–1½ 4–2 5–2 Fuentes 16.00
1 Senator Robert 124 1 4 4–½ 3–1 6 6 6 Pena 6.50

6 THE LIEUTENANT 7.00 4.00 3.20
4 HOT SEAN 3.80 3.20
2 ROCKO'S WHEEL 4.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (10-6)  $20.80
$1 EXACTA (6-4)  $11.30
$1 SUPERFECTA (6-4-2-5)  $116.60
$1 TRIFECTA (6-4-2)  $57.00

Winner–The Lieutenant B.c.4 by Street Sense out of Stage Magic, by Ghostzapper. Bred by John D. Gunther (KY). Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy. Owner: Warren, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. William K.. Mutuel Pool $161,781 Daily Double Pool $18,234 Exacta Pool $84,017 Superfecta Pool $47,159 Trifecta Pool $62,374. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (8-10-6) paid $40.20. Pick Three Pool $35,766. 50-Cent Pick Four (4-8-10/11/12-6) 4 correct paid $86.80. Pick Four Pool $99,790. 50-Cent Pick Five (2/5-4-8-10/11/12-6) 5 correct paid $190.70. Pick Five Pool $362,504.

THE LIEUTENANT was caught three wide into the first turn, chased on the outside on the backstretch then three deep on the second turn, came into the stretch four wide, rallied three wide in the lane, took a short lead at the furlong marker and held to the wire. HOT SEAN dueled outside a rival down the backstretch and around the second turn, took a short lead in midstretch, drifted out in the late going, could not hold off the winner but was a clear second. ROCKO'S WHEEL chased the pace outside a rival on the backstretch, and between horses on the second turn, came into the lane between foes, came out in the stretch and improved his position. STORMIN MONARCHO was three deep into the first turn, stalked off the rail down the backstretch and again three deep on the second turn, came into the lane three wide and weakened through the lane. THE CRITICAL WAY sped to the lead into the first turn, dueled inside a rival down the backstretch and around the second turn and weakened along the inside in the lane. SENATOR ROBERT chased the pace inside a rival down the backstretch, saved ground around the second turn and weakened through the stretch.

SIXTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. Time 22.34 44.31 56.48 1:09.25


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

5 All Out Blitz 122 5 1 2–1½ 2–1½ 1–hd 1–ns T Baze 3.70
7 Restoring Hope 122 7 6 7–1 4–1½ 3–1½ 2–¾ Van Dyke 4.10
2 Montmartre 122 2 3 1–½ 1–hd 2–2½ 3–6 Smith 1.90
8 Concur 122 8 2 4–1 3–2 4–4 4–½ Maldonado 2.00
6 Paint Me Lucky 117 6 4 5–hd 7–4 5–2½ 5–3¾ Roman 14.90
9 Sunny Spot 122 9 7 6–2 5–2 6–2½ 6–5 Sanguinetti 38.10
1 Your Grace 122 1 9 3–½ 6–1 7–4 7–1½ Gonzalez 92.10
4 Chieftain's Lad 122 4 8 9 9 9 8–1¼ Franco 123.20
3 Dynamic Duo 122 3 5 8–4 8–5 8–3 9 Linares 196.60

5 ALL OUT BLITZ 9.40 4.60 3.20
7 RESTORING HOPE 4.40 3.40
2 MONTMARTRE 3.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-5)  $38.20
$1 EXACTA (5-7)  $21.60
$1 SUPERFECTA (5-7-2-8)  $157.70
$1 TRIFECTA (5-7-2)  $83.00

Winner–All Out Blitz B.c.2 by Concord Point out of Smart and Single, by Smart Strike. Bred by Kaleem Shah, Inc. (KY). Trainer: Simon Callaghan. Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $254,145 Daily Double Pool $25,469 Exacta Pool $125,616 Superfecta Pool $85,505 Trifecta Pool $86,777. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (10-6-5) paid $43.40. Pick Three Pool $47,405.

ALL OUT BLITZ pressured the pace while outside pacesetter, nearly reached even terms leaving the turn, battled outside rival to mid stretch, gained slim advantage, drifted out some under urging and just lasted. RESTORING HOPE settled off the rail, roused then circled rivals while four wide around the turn, continued on same path into the lane, reeled in leaders from outside, closed strongly in final yards but narrowly missed from outside winner. MONTMARTRE set pressured pace from just off the rail, resisted when challenged into and thru the stretch, lost lead in mid stretch but fought gamely to the finish. CONCUR stalked from well off the rail, continued four then three wide to the stretch and could not match top trio in the drive. PAINT ME LUCKY angled in early, raced between rivals then three wide to the stretch, remained off the rail and lacked needed response. SUNNY SPOT chased five wide into the bend, angled in some around the turn and never threatened. YOUR GRACE stalked from the inside, remained along the rail into the stretch and also lacked any stretch response. CHIEFTAIN'S LAD was off bit slow, dropped well back in the early going, raced along the fence, came out slightly leaving the turn and was never a factor. DYNAMIC DUO settled off the pace from the inside, saved ground into the stretch and never reached contention.

SEVENTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $17,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000. Time 23.73 47.21 1:11.26 1:23.90 1:37.07


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

6 Lindante 117 6 5 4–½ 3–1½ 2–2½ 1–½ 1–1½ Franco 5.10
3 American League 119 3 4 1–3 1–2 1–1 2–5 2–5½ Roman 3.80
5 Gentrified 119 5 7 6–1½ 6–1½ 7 4–hd 3–1¾ Quinonez 5.30
1 Gotta Get Lucky 121 1 2 5–½ 5–hd 4–hd 5–1 4–1¼ Pena 4.70
8 Harrovian 119 7 6 7 7 5–½ 6–hd 5–hd Gonzalez 5.30
4 Flash Henry 119 4 3 2–1 2–hd 3–1½ 3–½ 6–½ Elliott 2.90
2 Giant Mark 121 2 1 3–hd 4–½ 6–½ 7 7 Bednar 13.30

6 LINDANTE 12.20 5.60 3.60
3 AMERICAN LEAGUE 4.80 3.20
5 GENTRIFIED 4.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-6)  $64.80
$1 EXACTA (6-3)  $22.90
$1 SUPERFECTA (6-3-5-1)  $345.30
$1 TRIFECTA (6-3-5)  $82.00
$2 CONSOLATION DOUBLE (5-7)  $11.80

Winner–Lindante B.g.6 by Sapphire Cat out of Sav Blanc, by Dixie Union. Bred by John Antonelli (CA). Trainer: Gary Stute. Owner: Ferraro, Kyle, Huston Racing Stable and Mann, Kendall. Mutuel Pool $169,895 Daily Double Pool $19,764 Exacta Pool $91,387 Superfecta Pool $49,372 Trifecta Pool $47,053. Scratched–Six Gun Smokin.

$1 Pick Three (6-5-6) paid $152.20. Pick Three Pool $43,607. $1 Consolation Pick Three (6-5-7) paid $33.80.

LINDANTE tracked pace while outside foe well into backstretch, advanced around last turn, challenged outside pacesetter in upper stretch, gained lead at eighth out and edged away. AMERICAN LEAGUE sped to the front and stretched lead early on backstretch, set uncontested pace from well off the rail, had that cushion dissolve in upper stretch, fought back inside past eighth marker but could not match winner late. GENTRIFIED was bit antsy in the gate, unhurried early, chased while outside rival, came three wide into the stretch and gained third. GOTTA GET LUCKY settled inside, chased along the rail around last turn and through the stretch and outfinished rivals for minor award. HARROVIAN settled off the rail, raced three wide to second bend, came out further around last bend and five wide into the stretch and failed to make any late impact. FLASH HENRY stalked from inside the winner, chased three wide to the stretch and weakened. GIANT MARK reserved from off the rail, chased two or three wide to the stretch, was between rivals in the lane and never threatened.

EIGHTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $28,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 21.57 44.12 56.68 1:03.37


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

5 Dangerously Close 122 5 1 1–1 1–2 1–6 1–5 Maldonado 2.40
9 Chay Up and Away 122 9 2 3–2 3–3 2–2 2–1¾ Puglisi 10.00
4 Li'l Grazen 117 4 5 7–2 6–1 4–hd 3–1¾ Roman 2.90
3 Coalinga Hills 124 3 9 8–1½ 8–2 6–3½ 4–¾ Gonzalez 8.90
2 Yalisha 122 2 7 4–hd 5–½ 5–hd 5–3¼ Arias 15.30
7 Troublesome 122 7 4 2–1 2–1 3–½ 6–¾ Stevens 2.50
6 Dixie Crystal 122 6 8 9 9 7–hd 7–5 Pereira 66.70
1 Royal Astronomer 124 1 6 5–hd 7–½ 9 8–2 Elliott 14.80
8 Lady's War Dress 122 8 3 6–½ 4–½ 8–1½ 9 Pena 35.00

5 DANGEROUSLY CLOSE 6.80 4.20 3.00
9 CHAY UP AND AWAY 9.40 4.60
4 LI'L GRAZEN 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-5)  $52.40
$1 EXACTA (5-9)  $30.10
$1 SUPERFECTA (5-9-4-3)  $639.50
$1 TRIFECTA (5-9-4)  $97.50

Winner–Dangerously Close B.f.3 by Ministers Wild Cat out of Keep Active, by Cee's Tizzy. Bred by Harris Farms (CA). Trainer: Genaro Vallejo. Owner: Battle Born Racing Stable, Pristinus Stables, Three Sixty Racing Stable et al.. Mutuel Pool $179,172 Daily Double Pool $20,176 Exacta Pool $104,658 Superfecta Pool $70,449 Trifecta Pool $76,852. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (5-6-5) paid $136.80. Pick Three Pool $52,637. $1 Consolation Pick Three (5-7-5) paid $45.20.

DANGEROUSLY CLOSE quickly sprinted to the front, dictated all the pace while bit off the fence then steadily stretched margin in the lane under couple of cracks and hand urging. CHAY UP AND AWAY broke out, moved up and tracked pacesetter while outside rival, continued three wide into the stretch, drew clear of others in the drive and safely held the place. LI'L GRAZEN chased three deep into the bend then outside rival on the turn, was between foes into and through the stretch and was along late for the show. COALINGA HILLS was off slow and bit awkward, angled out bit early, chased three then four wide into and on the turn, came out further and improved placing late. YALISHA bobbled bit leaving the gate, stalked from between foes then two wide, angled to the rail in the stretch and lacked needed late punch. TROUBLESOME bumped at the break, prominently placed early, stalked from inside runner-up around the turn then weakened in the drive. DIXIE CRYSTAL was off step slow, dropped well back early, swung out entering the stretch, remained on far outside and did not threaten. ROYAL ASTRONOMER reserved from the inside, hugged the rail into the stretch and lacked needed late response. LADY'S WAR DRESS bumped with inside foe at the break, caught four deep into the bend, remained on same path into the stretch then weakened.

NINTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $18,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500. Time 23.98 47.40 1:11.78 1:24.54 1:37.57


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

8 Tasunke Witco 124 8 7 4–1 5–4 2–3 2–4 1–½ Pereira 2.60
2 Seeking the West 119 2 4 6–2½ 4–1 1–2½ 1–½ 2–4¾ Roman 2.50
1 Hot Perfection 119 1 3 7–1½ 7–½ 6–2 4–2½ 3–3 T Baze 12.20
6 Midnight Harbor 124 6 8 8 8 7–5 5–1½ 4–hd Ochoa 13.60
3 Sense of Glory 124 3 5 2–hd 1–hd 4–1 3–1½ 5–8 Pena 6.00
7 Pick One 122 7 1 1–hd 3–½ 5–2½ 6–1 6–4 Evans 73.40
4 Private Prospect 124 4 2 3–1½ 2–hd 3–½ 7–5 7–3 Elliott 15.70
5 Mon Mousse 124 5 6 5–1 6–1 8 8 8 Frey 2.70

8 TASUNKE WITCO 7.20 3.40 2.80
2 SEEKING THE WEST 3.80 3.00
1 HOT PERFECTION 4.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-8)  $25.60
$1 EXACTA (8-2)  $11.20
$1 SUPERFECTA (8-2-1-6)  $309.00
$1 TRIFECTA (8-2-1)  $73.20

Winner–Tasunke Witco Ch.h.5 by High Cotton out of Saint Gertrude, by Saint Ballado. Bred by Ocala Stud (FL). Trainer: Charles S. Treece. Owner: Carver, Jack and Treece, Charles. Mutuel Pool $180,969 Daily Double Pool $21,357 Exacta Pool $106,617 Superfecta Pool $75,431 Trifecta Pool $79,138. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (6-5-8) paid $81.00. Pick Three Pool $29,076.

TASUNKE WITCO settled off the leaders, tracked the leaders from off the rail then three wide, came out further on the last turn and into the stretch, rallied determinedly from the outside and wore down leader in late stages. SEEKING THE WEST reserved early, came out around first turn, steadily advanced four wide on backstretch, moved past leaders passing three-eighths marker, quickly drew clear, remained off the rail in the drive and could not stave off the winner. HOT PERFECTION settled inside, saved ground chasing the pace, shifted out leaving the last turn and gained the show. MIDNIGHT HARBOR broke in, unhurried early, chased while outside rival, came three wide into the stretch and passed tiring rivals. SENSE OF GLORY dueled from along the rail into second bend, lost contact with leader on that bend, remained inside and weakened some. PICK ONE contested the pace while three abreast past the half-mile marker, could not go with leader around last turn and also weakened some in the lane. PRIVATE PROSPECT dueled from between rivals into second turn, lost contact on that bend and into the stretch and faded late. MON MOUSSE stalked from along the rail, dropped back into and around the last turn and also faded.

TENTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $15,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000. Time 23.68 46.87 1:12.20 1:25.56 1:38.98


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

2 Southern Thunder 122 2 4 9 7–½ 7–1½ 5–1 1–1½ Frey 5.90
7 Downside Up 120 7 8 6–hd 6–3 5–1½ 2–hd 2–1¾ Maldonado 13.90
8 Is Trevor Clever 124 8 9 7–½ 4–½ 3–1 4–2 3–1 Elliott 2.00
4 Haylord 124 4 5 1–½ 2–1 2–1 3–hd 4–ns Gonzalez 14.90
10 Mr. Matlock 124 9 1 2–hd 1–hd 1–½ 1–hd 5–hd Talamo 2.90
5 Spend It 122 5 6 8–hd 8–1½ 8–8 6–hd 6–5 Pena 5.50
1 Vow's Son 122 1 3 3–hd 5–hd 6–1 8–10 7–¾ Conner 9.40
3 Royal Seeker 122 3 2 4–1½ 3–½ 4–hd 7–½ 8–18 Franco 12.00
6 Sun Kingdom 120 6 7 5–1 9 9 9 9 Boulanger 106.80

2 SOUTHERN THUNDER 13.80 6.80 4.20
7 DOWNSIDE UP 12.60 6.60
8 IS TREVOR CLEVER 3.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-2)  $47.00
$1 EXACTA (2-7)  $76.40
$1 SUPERFECTA (2-7-8-4)  $2,676.80
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-7-8-4-10)  $30,176.00
$1 TRIFECTA (2-7-8)  $444.70

Winner–Southern Thunder Dbb.g.3 by Southern Image out of Broke the Slump, by Slewpy. Bred by Rancho San Miguel (CA). Trainer: Jeff Mullins. Owner: Conboy, Michael, Fraser, Jimmy and Mullins, Jeff. Mutuel Pool $185,845 Daily Double Pool $72,024 Exacta Pool $114,063 Superfecta Pool $91,999 Super High Five Pool $39,543 Trifecta Pool $90,681. Scratched–Hailey's Kid Comet.

$1 Pick Three (5-8-2) paid $100.60. Pick Three Pool $90,905. 50-Cent Pick Four (6-5-8-2) 4 correct paid $301.75. Pick Four Pool $514,352. $2 Pick Six (6-5-6-5-8-2) 5 out of 6 paid $381.00. $2 Pick Six (6-5-6-5-8-2) 6 correct paid $31,956.40. Pick Six Pool $496,250.

SOUTHERN THUNDER reserved early, angled out bit on the second turn, advanced then came five wide into the stretch, lugged inward, was straightened out, surged from the outside then finally reached the front nearing the wire. DOWNSIDE UP five wide early, stalked from between rivals then outside foe, came four wide into the lane, engaged leaders while four deep in mid stretch and gained second. IS TREVOR CLEVER caught six wide early, stalked from the outside, continued well off the rail then three wide leaving the last turn, challenged three deep and between foes passing eighth marker and was outfinished. HAYLORD set or forced the pace from the inside, challenged inside leader in upper stretch, battled from along the rail past eighth marker but was outgamed to the wire. MR. MATLOCK four deep into first turn, set pace or dueled from off the rail and outside rival into the stretch, battled between rivals and two deep passing eighth marker but weakened in late stages. SPEND IT reserved early, gained the rail, chased from the inside, came off the fence, then three wide into the stretch and finished from between rivals. VOW'S SON settled inside, stalked from along the rail, came out bit in the stretch and failed to menace. ROYAL SEEKER staked from between rival, dropped back bit around the last turn and weakened. SUN KINGDOM four wide into first turn then tracked pace from between foes, dropped back around the second turn and faded.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track1,714$457,154
Inter-Track5,258$1,627,330
Out of StateN/A$5,227,600
TOTAL6,972 $7,312,084


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