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Racing! Jon White’s top 10 Kentucky Derby horses before the San Felipe

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as Sunday’s card at Santa Anita has suddenly gotten much more interesting.

This just in: Bob Baffert’s super-horse in waiting, Justify, is a surprise entrant in the fifth race on Sunday, a mile allowance for a purse of $56,000. Justify has been the talk of the backstretch with a 9½-length win in his debut and a couple of bullet workouts.

He was originally scheduled to run in the Sunland Derby in two weeks, but Baffert switched him to Sunday’s race. There are whispers that Justify may be in the class of American Pharaoh. A convincing win on Sunday could point him to the Santa Anita Derby.

Another sign that Baffert is serious about this 3-year-old colt is that he has taken Drayden Van Dyke off the horse and put Mike Smith on it. Smith also rides McKinzie, the favorite in Saturday’s San Felipe.

And while we’re talking about the weekend, here’s a preview of Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap. The favorite, at 5-2, is Accelerate, for trainer John Sadler. We caught up with him and owner Kosta Hronis. Take a read right here.

Jon White’s Top 10

This Saturday should really shake up the Kentucky Derby rankings, especially with the San Felipe at Santa Anita. So, don’t get wedded to these rankings because they are about to be blown up. Doing the demolition will be the insightful Jon White, the morning-line maker at Santa Anita. He’ll give you a front-row seat on what to look for and what to expect. Here’s this week’s look at his Top 10 with an eye to the future.

So, Jon, it’s in your hands.

“Odds-on favorite Good Magic had a perfect trip all the way to the top of the stretch in last Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. But when it came to crunch time, the ‘magic’ just was not there for the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male of 2017. Good Magic did not have any punch in the lane and finished third behind front-running longshot Promises Fulfilled and 7-2 Strike Power.

“Not wanting to overreact to Good Magic's defeat, I have moved him down only one notch this week from No. 2 to No. 3. After all, the Fountain of Youth was his first start since he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last Nov. 4. It will not be surprising if the Curlin colt moves forward off this loss and runs better next time. But he certainly needs to do that in order for me to continue ranking him as one of the top three Kentucky Derby contenders. According to trainer Chad Brown, the tentative plan is for Good Magic to make his next start in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 7.

“Promises Fulfilled enters my Top 10 this week at No. 6. The Shackleford colt showed that he was ready to roll in the Fountain of Youth even though he had not raced since finishing third in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last Nov. 25. Dale Romans trains Promises Fulfilled, who now has won three of four career starts. Romans also conditioned Shackleford, who won the 2011 Preakness Stakes. For Promises Fulfilled, now it's on to the Florida Derby at Gulfstream on March 31, a race that also is being targeted by Holy Bull Stakes winner Audible.

“As a result of Good Magic's slight demotion to No. 3 this week, Bolt D'Oro moves up to No. 2. That means Saturday's San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita will be a mouth-watering early-season clash between the two top-ranked horses on my Kentucky Derby list, No. 1 McKinzie and No. 2 Bolt d'Oro.

“Will either McKinzie or Bolt D'Oro win the San Felipe to firmly establish himself as a consensus early Kentucky Derby favorite? Or will they both prove unable to get the job done? Who knows? Perhaps the San Felipe will produce an upset a la this year's Fountain of Youth Stakes (won by 18-1 Promises Fulfilled), Risen Star Stakes (won by 21-1 Bravazo) and Southwest Stakes (won by 8-1 My Boy Jack).

“While the San Felipe certainly is the most significant race this week on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, the Tampa Bay Derby and Aqueduct's Gotham Stakes also will be decided Saturday. Neither the Tampa Bay Derby nor the Gotham has attracted a horse currently on my Top 10 list.”

  1. McKinzie (1)
  1. Bolt D'Oro (3)
  1. Good Magic (2)
  1. Audible (4)
  1. Solomini (5)
  1. Promises Fulfilled (NR)
  1. Instilled Regard (6)
  1. Catholic Boy (7)
  1. Avery Island (8)

10. My Boy Jack (9)

Note: Last week’s ranking in parenthesis

Santa Anita review

Core Beliefs, a maiden no more, may have joined the Triple Crown trail with a 3¼-length win over 11/16 miles in Thursday’s feature. Trained by Peter Eurton and ridden by Smith, the $350,000 purchase made easy work of the small field of five.

Eurton’s daughter, Britney of TVG, laid out this plan to Mike Willman of Santa Anita.

“Allowance, Lexington (1 1/16 miles on March 28 at Keeneland), then the Preakness (1 3/16 miles on May 19 at Pimlico).”

Core Beliefs paid $6.60, $3.20 and $2.60.

Santa Anita preview

Don’t know what’s in the water but the field sizes are swelling at Santa Anita on Friday and again on Sunday. Friday’s nine race card, starting at 1 p.m., goes like this as far as horses entered: 7, 7, 6, 9, 10 (2 also eligible), 12, 11, 10 (4 AE), 12.

The races don’t seem to be a lot different than usual but the entry box is clearly filling up. The feature is the eighth, an allowance going one mile on the turf for Cal-bred fillies and mares 3 and up. It carries a purse of $56,000.

There are three turf races on the card, as usual.

Bob Ike’s SA play of the day

SEVENTH RACE No. 3 Trap Queen (6-1)

Quick filly from the Mike Machowsky barn was outkicked late when facing similar but could be dangerous in this spot with a repeat effort. The extra half-furlong could pose a problem but we're hoping 'Queen might be able to open some daylight in mid-stretch and hold on.

Thursday Result: Two Thirty Five was bet hard (7/2 morning line, went off at 8/5) but handled his opponents first off the Richard Baltas claim under good apprentice rider Frankin Ceballos.

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).

Los Alamitos weekend preview

This weekly segment is now in the hands of Orlando Gutierrez, marketing and media maven at Los Al. So, the floor is yours, Orlando.

“Los Alamitos was the home to an exceptional group of freshman fillies in 2017. J Fire Up was at the head of this class and at season’s end was named PCQHRA Horse of the Year, AQHA champion 2-year-old and AQHA champion 2-year-old filly.

“In addition to J Fire Up, this division also featured Wild West Futurity winner Moonie Blues, Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity runner-up Matilda Czech, and graded stakes finalists Summertime Favorite and A Political Lady. All four of these top fillies will be in action on Saturday night in the trials to the Grade 3, $183,800 La Primera Del Ano Derby at 400 yards. There will be two trials with the 10 fastest times qualifying to the La Primera Del Ano final on March 30.

“Moonie Blues and Matilda Czech will be in the second of the trials. This will be their third meeting since Dec. 17. Moonie Blues has finished ahead of Matilda Czech in both of those starts. A Political Lady, who could be a major star in 2018, will head the opening trial. She was third in the Golden State Million to J Fire Up and Matilda Czech and won her sophomore debut in style.

“Sunday night will be the trials to the Grade 3 El Primero Del Ano Derby. KVN Corona, the 2-year-old champion colt, will put his undefeated record on the line. He won the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million and Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity last year to go six for six. Jesus Rios Ayala will ride KVN Corona for the first time.

“Two good races have developed in the standings with just one win separating the four leading riders, while the top four trainers are tied with 11 wins.

Chris O’Dell was the leading trainer going into the last weekend in February before Jose Flores took over the lead. Valentin Zamudio then joined Flores for the top spots after saddling two winners Saturday. Paul Jones, the perennial leading trainer, joined them at the top by picking his 11th win with Stare In My Eyes on Sunday night before O’Dell made it a tie by saddling GS Wintermeyer to victory in the last race.

Eduardo Nicasio was the winning rider aboard GS Wintermeyer to give him his 15th win, tying him with Cruz Mendez for the lead in the jockey standings. Nicasio’s wins have come from just 49 mounts for a win ratio of 30.6%. Mendez has been just as hot, winning at a 30% clip. Rios Ayala and De Alba are right behind them with 14 wins each.”

Ed Burgart’s LA play of the day

THIRD RACE: No. 4 Hedoesitinstyle (2-1)

He figures to be in a good tactical position while stretching back out to 4½ furlongs after finishing fourth against much tougher at 4 furlongs in last start two weeks ago. I liked his maiden victory at this distance three outs ago when beating Piper Pegasus, who returned to score wire-to-wire victory at maiden $5,000 level. For those playing exotics, use No. 1 Bonmont and No. 2 Dutt Bart as exacta partners.

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

Santa Anita Charts Results for Thursday, March 8.

Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 41st day of a 59-day meet. Clear & Firm

FIRST RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $29,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 22.37 45.36 1:08.42 1:14.25


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

6 Cats Blame 126 5 8 6–2 5–1½ 3–1½ 1–¾ Talamo 4.60
3 Kopitar 121 3 4 1–hd 1–1 1–1 2–nk Roman 3.10
8 Impression 126 7 3 3–hd 3–½ 2–1 3–3½ Smith 0.80
10 Street to Indy 126 9 1 9–1½ 8–hd 7–1 4–1¼ T Baze 13.60
2 Black Storm 124 2 10 4–hd 4–1½ 4–2½ 5–1¾ Pena 96.20
7 Papa Gulf 124 6 7 8–2½ 9–1½ 9–1 6–1¼ Bejarano 27.40
11 You'll Be Lucky 124 10 2 10 10 10 7–1 Van Dyke 108.30
1 Zoomin In 120 1 9 5–1 6–1 6–hd 8–¾ Espinoza 31.80
4 Anziyan Cat 126 4 6 2–1½ 2–hd 5–hd 9–nk Blanc 89.50
9 Hoover Tower 126 8 5 7–½ 7–2 8–1 10 Desormeaux 15.40

6 CATS BLAME 11.20 5.20 2.60
3 KOPITAR 4.40 2.40
8 IMPRESSION 2.10
$1 EXACTA (6-3)  $17.30
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-3-8-10)  $14.13
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-3-8-10-2)  $1,323.30
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-3-8)  $15.80

Winner–Cats Blame B.g.4 by Blame out of Manx Cat, by Forest Wildcat. Bred by Grade 1 Bloodstock & Halcyon Farm (KY). Trainer: Mike Puype. Owner: Tiger Racing Stable, Regner, Jacob and Slugo Racing. Mutuel Pool $235,072 Exacta Pool $166,634 Superfecta Pool $86,116 Super High Five Pool $5,202 Trifecta Pool $115,930. Claimed–Impression by Guelfo, Gene, Lindstrom, Frank and Martin, James. Trainer: William Morey. Scratched–Big Bad Gary.

CATS BLAME stalked outside a rival then off the rail, came four wide into the stretch and rallied under left handed urging to get up three deep late. KOPITAR had good early speed a bit off the rail, angled in and dueled inside, inched away on the hill and held on well but was caught nearing the wire. IMPRESSION had speed outside then stalked three deep or outside a rival, came three wide leaving the hill and into the stretch, bid between the top pair in deep stretch and was edged for the place. STREET TO INDY settled outside then alongside a rival on the hill, came out into the stretch and bested the others. BLACK STORM a bit slow to begin, went up inside to stalk the pace, continued along the rail leaving the hill and into the stretch and weakened. PAPA GULF chased just off the inside then angled in and saved ground down the hill and into the stretch, waited briefly then came out off heels in midstretch and lacked the needed rally. YOU'LL BE LUCKY cut the corner at the right hand curve then angled in, came out leaving the hill, was three deep then angled in just off the rail into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. ZOOMIN IN broke a step slowly, stalked a bit off the rail then inside on the hill and into the stretch and weakened. ANZIYAN CAT had speed between horses then dueled outside the runner-up, stalked between foes leaving the hill and weakened in the drive. HOOVER TOWER chased outside then alongside a rival, came out four wide into the stretch and lacked a further response. Rail on hill at 14 feet.

SECOND RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds. Time 23.94 48.21 1:12.25 1:37.73 1:44.40


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

1 Core Beliefs 122 1 2 1–1½ 1–hd 1–hd 1–hd 1–3¼ Smith 2.30
4 Longden 122 4 1 2–1 2–½ 2–½ 2–2 2–1¾ Van Dyke 1.50
3 Regulate 122 3 4 4–2½ 3–2 3–2½ 3–2½ 3–¾ Talamo 4.40
2 Draft Pick 122 2 3 3–1 4–½ 4–2½ 4–4½ 4–5 Bejarano 7.00
5 American All Star 122 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 T Baze 4.30

1 CORE BELIEFS 6.60 3.20 2.60
4 LONGDEN (GB) 3.00 2.40
3 REGULATE 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-1)  $35.00
$1 EXACTA (1-4)  $8.20
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-4-3)  $10.30

Winner–Core Beliefs B.c.3 by Quality Road out of Tejati, by Tactical Advantage. Bred by Thomas J. Young (KY). Trainer: Peter Eurton. Owner: Gary Broad. Mutuel Pool $185,825 Daily Double Pool $46,772 Exacta Pool $95,499 Trifecta Pool $64,525. Scratched–none.

CORE BELIEFS sped to the early lead, set the pace inside then dueled along the rail, inched away again under left handed urging a sixteenth out and won clear. LONGDEN (GB) three deep into the first turn, stalked off the rail then bid between horses on the backstretch and second turn, battled outside the winner in the stretch, could not match that one but was second best. REGULATE stalked off the rail then bid three deep on the backstretch and second turn and into the stretch and held third. DRAFT PICK chased off the rail then inside on the backstretch and second turn, continued along the rail in the stretch and was outfinished for the show. AMERICAN ALL STAR settled off the rail then outside a rival on the backstretch, angled in on the second turn, came out into the stretch and weakened.

THIRD RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 23.77 47.58 1:12.89 1:39.61 1:46.54


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

1 Second Gear 117 1 3 2–1½ 2–½ 1–1 1–½ 1–½ Ceballos 3.10
3 Tequila Blanco 122 3 6 3–hd 4–2 2–hd 2–6 2–12 Arias 11.90
5 Beloved Holiday 122 4 4 6–1½ 5–hd 4–hd 4–hd 3–¾ Pereira 16.90
7 Spend It 122 6 7 7 7 6–1 5–5 4–1 Franco 5.40
8 Sawbuck 122 7 1 1–½ 1–½ 3–3½ 3–2½ 5–11 Talamo 4.00
2 Warren's Fandango 122 2 5 5–2 6–3½ 7 6–3½ 6–12 T Baze 5.00
6 Perfection Tale 122 5 2 4–hd 3–1 5–1½ 7 7 Maldonado 2.40

1 SECOND GEAR 8.20 4.80 3.20
3 TEQUILA BLANCO 11.20 6.80
5 BELOVED HOLIDAY 7.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-1)  $27.60
$1 EXACTA (1-3)  $37.90
$1 SUPERFECTA (1-3-5-7)  $1,297.20
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-3-5)  $153.60
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-3-5-7-8)  Carryover $2,582

Winner–Second Gear Dbb.g.4 by Calimonco out of Switching Gears, by Tapit. Bred by Ballena Vista Farm & Martin Wygod (CA). Trainer: Sal Gonzalez. Owner: Tricar Stables, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $195,013 Daily Double Pool $20,262 Exacta Pool $120,644 Superfecta Pool $57,443 Trifecta Pool $86,256 X-5 Super High Five Pool $3,384. Scratched–Western Warrior.

$1 Pick Three (6-1-1) paid $82.70. Pick Three Pool $57,324.

SECOND GEAR had speed inside to press the pace then dueled outside a rival on the backstretch and into the second turn, inched away midway on that bend, continued off the rail into the stretch, drifted out a bit and bumped with the runner-up nearing midstretch and gamely prevailed under left handed urging and steady handling late. TEQUILA BLANCO three deep into the first turn, stalked between horses then just off the rail, bid outside the winner leaving the second turn, bumped with that one nearing midstretch and continued willingly but could not get by. BELOVED HOLIDAY chased a bit off the rail then outside a rival on the backstretch, continued just off the rail on the second turn and into the stretch and edged a rival for the show. SPEND IT chased off the rail then outside a rival, came three wide into the stretch and was edged for third. SAWBUCK angled in with speed outside the winner, inched away and angled in entering the backstretch, dueled inside, dropped back on the second turn and weakened. WARREN'S FANDANGO stalked between horses early then inside, dropped back leaving the second turn and into the stretch and gave way. PERFECTION TALE four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep, also dropped back on the second turn, angled in some, gave way readily and was eased in the stretch. Following a stewards' inquiry and a claim of foul by the rider of the runner-up against the winner for alleged interference in the stretch, no change was made when the stewards ruled the contact between the top pair did not alter the original order of finish.

FOURTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $30,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 24.09 48.36 1:13.17 1:38.75 1:45.30


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

3 Two Thirty Five 119 3 1 1–hd 1–hd 2–hd 1–hd 1–1¼ Ceballos 1.70
4 Super Duper Cooper 124 4 6 5–½ 5–½ 1–hd 4–3 2–nk Maragh 2.90
7 Trustworthy 124 7 3 4–hd 4–1 4–½ 2–hd 3–½ Talamo 3.10
2 Arch Prince 124 2 5 7 7 6–hd 3–½ 4–6½ Quinonez 12.30
6 Spokane Eagle 124 6 7 6–2 6–3 7 5–2½ 5–5 Conner 7.20
5 Old School Ike 118 5 2 3–1 3–hd 5–1 7 6–ns T Baze 11.70
1 Kaleidoscope Kid 113 1 4 2–½ 2–hd 3–1 6–2 7 Roman 17.10

3 TWO THIRTY FIVE 5.40 3.20 2.40
4 SUPER DUPER COOPER 3.40 2.40
7 TRUSTWORTHY 2.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-3)  $25.80
$1 EXACTA (3-4)  $7.00
$1 SUPERFECTA (3-4-7-2)  $86.40
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-4-7-2-6)  $263.40
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-4-7)  $11.65

Winner–Two Thirty Five Dbb.g.4 by Stay Thirsty out of A Footstep Away, by Giant's Causeway. Bred by A Footstep Away Syndicate (KY). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Baltas, Richard, Mansor, Tom and Slam Dunk Racing. Mutuel Pool $151,447 Daily Double Pool $22,444 Exacta Pool $84,334 Superfecta Pool $32,100 Super High Five Pool $6,999 Trifecta Pool $50,082. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (1-1-3) paid $42.60. Pick Three Pool $24,025.

TWO THIRTY FIVE had good early speed and dueled between horses, regained the advantage into the stretch, battled between foes through the drive and gamely inched away late under urging. SUPER DUPER COOPER stalked a bit off the rail, bid between horses leaving the backstretch and on the second turn, fought back inside into and through the stretch and edged rivals for the place. TRUSTWORTHY four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep then bid our wide on the backstretch and five wide into the second turn, re-bid four wide into and through the stretch and was edged for second. ARCH PRINCE saved ground stalking the pace, split horses leaving the second turn, came three deep into the stretch, bid between foes in the drive and was edged for the show. SPOKANE EAGLE bobbled at the start, chased off the rail then outside a rival, continued outside on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and weakened. OLD SCHOOL IKE pressed the pace three deep then four wide between foes leaving the backstretch and into the second turn, dropped back and angled in leaving that turn and also weakened. KALEIDOSCOPE KID had good early speed and dueled inside, battled along the rail leaving the backstretch and second turn, fell back leaving that turn and into the stretch and had little left for the drive.

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $58,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 22.95 45.98 1:10.49 1:22.61 1:34.76


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

3 Cordiality 120 3 3 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–2½ 1–1 T Baze 6.40
9 Just a Little Hope 120 8 7 7–½ 7–2 6–hd 2–hd 2–ns Van Dyke 10.90
1 Pantsonfire 122 1 5 9–1 10 9–hd 6–hd 3–2½ Maragh 2.30
10 Do the Dance 124 9 4 3–hd 3–1 2–hd 4–1 4–½ Frey 38.20
4 Pricedtoperfection 122 4 9 8–2 8–1 8–1 8–1½ 5–hd Pereira 10.30
2 Fizzy Friday 120 2 10 4–½ 4–½ 5–1½ 5–½ 6–ns Prat 1.50
8 Nodiac 120 7 1 6–1 6–hd 7–½ 7–hd 7–¾ Franco 10.20
7 Beautiful Becca 120 6 2 5–2½ 5–2½ 3–hd 3–½ 8–4 Gutierrez 21.60
6 Starlite Style 119 5 8 10 9–hd 10 9–3½ 9–4½ Roman 59.50
11 Citizen Kitty 124 10 6 1–1½ 1–1½ 4–hd 10 10 Talamo 79.30

3 CORDIALITY 14.80 7.60 4.40
9 JUST A LITTLE HOPE 10.60 5.80
1 PANTSONFIRE (IRE) 3.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-3)  $60.60
$1 EXACTA (3-9)  $73.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-9-1-10)  $465.99
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-9-1)  $225.20
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-9-1-10-4)  Carryover $1,805

Winner–Cordiality Dbb.m.5 by Papa Clem out of Warmth, by Unusual Heat. Bred by Dr. Edward C. Allred (CA). Trainer: Mark Glatt. Owner: Drummond, Lee, Glatt, Mark and Xitco, John V.. Mutuel Pool $307,068 Daily Double Pool $25,919 Exacta Pool $169,702 Superfecta Pool $80,473 Trifecta Pool $109,610 X-5 Super High Five Pool $2,365. Scratched–Shazara.

$1 Pick Three (1-3-3) paid $172.80. Pick Three Pool $64,053. 50-Cent Pick Four (1-1-3-3) 465 tickets with 4 correct paid $306.25. Pick Four Pool $186,719. 50-Cent Pick Five (6-1-1-3-3) 251 tickets with 5 correct paid $1,640.90. Pick Five Pool $479,136.

CORDIALITY stalked inside then a bit off the rail, took the lead outside the pacesetter leaving the second turn, inched away inside, kicked clear under urging and held. JUST A LITTLE HOPE a bit slow to begin, chased three deep then outside a rival, continued three wide on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and finished well. PANTSONFIRE (IRE) saved ground off the pace, went between foes leaving the backstretch and on the second turn, came out four wide into the stretch and closed willingly to be edged for the place. DO THE DANCE angled in and chased outside a rival, split horses leaving the second turn, drifted in some in midstretch and was outfinnished. PRICEDTOPERFECTION angled in on the first turn and chased inside, came out leaving the second turn and three wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. FIZZY FRIDAY (GB) bobbled at the start, saved ground stalking the pace, split horses leaving the second turn, bumped with a rival into the stretch, continued inside, steadied when crowded in midstretch and could not summon the needed late kick. NODIAC (IRE) angled in on the first turn and saved ground chasing the pace, came out into the stretch and could not offer the necessary late response. BEAUTIFUL BECCA stalked three deep then outside a rival, continued three wide on the second turn and into the stretch and did not rally. STARLITE STYLE a bit slow into stride, settled outside a rival, went three deep into and on the second turn and five wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. CITIZEN KITTY had speed outside then angled in, set the pace inside, offered little resistance when challenged on the second turn, took up sharply when bumped into the stretch and weakened. The stewards conducted inquiries into an incident into the stretch between FIZZY FRIDAY and CITIZEN KITTY and another incident in midstretch involving the former and DO THE DANCE but made no change when they ruled those incidents did not alter the original order of finish.

SIXTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 23.69 48.22 1:12.98 1:39.35 1:46.42


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

6 Wise Curlin 122 6 1 1–½ 1–½ 1–1 1–2 1–1 Pedroza 6.20
3 Vegas Itch 122 3 4 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–3 2–7 Pena 5.60
8 Defense Minister 117 8 7 7–3 7–2½ 7–½ 6–1½ 3–1¼ Roman 3.60
4 Path of Exile 122 4 2 5–hd 5–2½ 5–3½ 5–hd 4–hd Puglisi 5.50
2 Lighthouse Point 122 2 3 4–1½ 4–1½ 4–1½ 4–2 5–hd Maragh 6.70
7 Lucky Staxx 122 7 8 3–hd 3–hd 3–3½ 3–3½ 6–2¾ Fuentes 6.70
1 Is Trevor Clever 112 1 5 8 8 8 7–hd 7–¾ Espinoza 2.90
5 Royal Rebel 122 5 6 6–hd 6–hd 6–1 8 8 Pereira 64.20

6 WISE CURLIN 14.40 7.40 4.60
3 VEGAS ITCH 7.00 5.00
8 DEFENSE MINISTER 4.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-6)  $196.60
$1 EXACTA (6-3)  $49.20
$1 SUPERFECTA (6-3-8-4)  $1,923.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-3-8)  $176.10
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-3-8-4-2)  Carryover $6,707

Winner–Wise Curlin Ch.h.5 by Curlin out of Wise Investor, by Belong to Me. Bred by CRK Stables, LLC (KY). Trainer: Peter Eurton. Owner: C R K Stable LLC. Mutuel Pool $209,663 Daily Double Pool $22,644 Exacta Pool $132,494 Superfecta Pool $60,380 Trifecta Pool $83,784 X-5 Super High Five Pool $6,423. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (3-3-6) paid $203.00. Pick Three Pool $32,085.

WISE CURLIN sent between horses then angled in, set a pressured pace inside, inched away on the second turn, kicked clear under urging In the stretch and held. VEGAS ITCH pressed the pace outside the winner then stalked just off the rail on the second turn and into the stretch and continued willingly late. DEFENSE MINISTER four wide on the first turn, chased outside then alongside a rival, came out four wide into the stretch and picked up the show. PATH OF EXILE stalked a bit off the rail, came three wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. LIGHTHOUSE POINT saved ground stalking the pace, continued inside on the second turn and in the stretch and weakened. LUCKY STAXX stalked three deep then outside a rival, continued three wide leaving the second turn and into the stretch and also weakened. IS TREVOR CLEVER settled off the pace inside, saved ground throughout and lacked a response in the drive. ROYAL REBEL chased between horses then off the rail, continued between foes into the stretch and weakened.

SEVENTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 23.89 47.92 1:12.75 1:39.08 1:45.63


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

5 Trapalanda 120 5 5 2–1 3–1½ 2–hd 1–1 1–1 Bejarano 7.90
3 Plain Wrap 112 3 4 5–1 4–½ 4–hd 3–1 2–2¼ Espinoza 11.90
7 DQ–Popular Kid 124 7 7 6–4 6–8 5–½ 4–1½ 3–6 Desormeaux 2.50
6 Desert General 120 6 6 3–½ 1–hd 3–1 5–2 4–¾ T Baze 2.70
4 Preacher Roe 124 4 2 1–hd 2–hd 1–½ 2–hd 5–1¼ Elliott 4.20
2 Rolls Royce Deal 120 2 3 7 7 7 7 6–nk Ochoa 9.90
1 Drouillard 122 1 1 4–hd 5–hd 6–6 6–hd 7 Franco 5.10

5 TRAPALANDA 17.80 10.20 4.80
3 PLAIN WRAP 12.60 5.60
6 DESERT GENERAL 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-5)  $135.80
$1 EXACTA (5-3)  $100.00
$1 SUPERFECTA (5-3-6-4)  $1,551.70
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (5-3-6-4-2)  $11,758.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-3-6)  $186.30

Winner–Trapalanda B.g.4 by Slew's Tiznow out of La Treizieme, by French Deputy. Bred by Michelle MacDonald (CA). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: Nakhleh, Michael and Rothblum, Steve. Mutuel Pool $192,363 Daily Double Pool $26,225 Exacta Pool $99,169 Superfecta Pool $48,826 Super High Five Pool $22,031 Trifecta Pool $72,970. Claimed–Popular Kid by Battle Born Racing Stable, Run It Twice Racing and Marchese, Joe. Trainer: Genaro Vallejo. Scratched–none. DQ–#7 Popular Kid–finished 3rd, disqualified, placed 6th.

$1 Pick Three (3-6-5) paid $660.70. Pick Three Pool $28,584.

TRAPALANDA dueled outside a rival then between horses on the backstretch and second turn, took a short lead into the stretch, inched away under urging in midstretch and held. PLAIN WRAP between horses early, stalked outside a rival then three deep on the second turn, ranged up four wide leaving that turn and into the stretch and continued willingly but could not catch the winner. POPULAR KID angled inward nearing and into the first turn, chased inside, came out a bit into the stretch and bested the others. DESERT GENERAL stalked three deep then bid three wide on the backstretch and second turn, came three deep into the stretch and weakened. PREACHER ROE had good early speed and angled in, dueled inside, fought back into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. ROLLS ROYCE DEAL in tight between horses early, settled inside, steadied and came out off heels into the first turn, angled back in and saved ground to no avail. DROUILLARD stalked inside then a bit off the rail, continued between foes leaving the backstretch and on the second turn and weakened in the drive. Following a stewards' inquiry, POPULAR KID was disqualified and placed sixth for interference into the first turn.

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $23,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000. Time 23.71 47.95 1:12.54 1:24.87 1:36.67


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

1 Wicked Old Fashion 123 1 10 10 10 7–hd 5–1 1–¾ Fuentes 4.50
8 Subic Bay 113 8 9 5–hd 5–1½ 4–hd 1–hd 2–1¼ Espinoza 4.60
7 Hotsy Dotsy 118 7 6 8–1 7–½ 6–1½ 7–hd 3–¾ Roman 7.80
6 So Golden 123 6 8 9–5 9–4 10 8–1½ 4–¾ Espinoza 10.70
5 Road Test 123 5 5 4–1 3–hd 3–½ 2–hd 5–nk Gutierrez 3.60
4 Empress Rules 123 4 2 3–½ 4–½ 5–1 6–½ 6–hd Martinez 7.40
9 Christy Jackson 116 9 3 1–1 1–1½ 1–hd 4–½ 7–½ Franco 53.00
10 Pirate Flag 123 10 1 2–½ 2–1 2–½ 3–hd 8–2¼ Elliott 26.90
3 Tizno's Dilemma 123 3 4 6–½ 8–1 9–½ 9–hd 9–6 T Baze 17.50
2 Duranga 123 2 7 7–1½ 6–hd 8–hd 10 10 Prat 4.40

1 WICKED OLD FASHION 11.00 5.00 3.40
8 SUBIC BAY 6.00 4.20
7 HOTSY DOTSY 5.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-1)  $180.40
$1 EXACTA (1-8)  $31.80
$1 SUPERFECTA (1-8-7-6)  $1,665.50
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-8-7-6-5)  $4,609.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-8-7)  $106.65

Winner–Wicked Old Fashion Dbb.f.4 by Colonel John out of Ilona, by Pirate's Bounty. Bred by Venneri Racing Inc. (KY). Trainer: Edward R. Freeman. Owner: Blackburn,Brian,Murigo,Antony,Marsdsen,Mike,Hunt,Shannon and Wayne, Albert,D.. Mutuel Pool $276,916 Daily Double Pool $95,815 Exacta Pool $165,431 Superfecta Pool $106,431 Super High Five Pool $24,160 Trifecta Pool $118,972. Scratched–Agent Nine T Nine, Carrie, Oh Scatty Oh.

$1 Pick Three (6-5-1) paid $426.80. Pick Three Pool $132,593. 50-Cent Pick Four (3-6-5-1) 126 tickets with 4 correct paid $2,624.75. Pick Four Pool $432,854. 50-Cent Pick Five (3-3-6-5-1) 28 tickets with 5 correct paid $4,788.35. Pick Five Pool $175,691. $2 Pick Six (1-3-3-6-5-1) 19 tickets with 5 out of 6 paid $629.80. $2 Pick Six (1-3-3-6-5-1) 1 ticket with 6 correct paid $187,559.80. Pick Six Pool $104,539.

WICKED OLD FASHION broke a bit slowly, settled inside, came out on the second turn and five wide into the stretch, rallied under left handed urging to wore down the runner-up late while drifting in. SUBIC BAY stalked three deep, went up four wide leaving the second turn and into the stretch, gained the lead outside foes nearing midstretch, inched away in deep stretch but could not hold off the winner. HOTSY DOTSY chased outside a rival then three deep leaving the second turn and into the stretch, was between foes in midstretch and gained the show. SO GOLDEN angled in and settled inside, came out on the second turn and into the stretch and was outfinished for the show. ROAD TEST stalked between horses then bid three deep leaving the second turn, battled between rivals in midstretch and was outfinished for a minor share. EMPRESS RULES stalked inside, came out into the stretch, was boxed in off heels in midstretch and was outfinished. CHRISTY JACKSON sped to the early lead, angled in and set the pace inside, dueled leaving the second turn, fought back inside in the stretch and weakened late. PIRATE FLAG angled in and stalked a bit off the rail, bid between horses leaving the second turn, fought back between foes in the stretch and also weakened late. TIZNO'S DILEMMA pulled her way along and was in a bit tight early, tugged inside stalking the pace, continued along the rail into the stretch and did not rally. DURANGA came out and chased outside a rival then a bit off the rail, was between horses into the stretch and weakened.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track2,833$512,793
Inter-TrackN/A$1,241,177
Out of StateN/A$5,008,996
TOTAL2,833 $6,762,966

Santa Anita Entries for Friday, March 9.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 42nd day of a 59-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $30,000. 'Five Finger Starter'. Starter Handicap. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Noble NickBrice Blanc127Ari Herbertson4-1
2Saint DermotEvin Roman116Adam Kitchingman8-1
3Kristi's CopilotJoseph Talamo124Michael Machowsky3-1
4Image of JoplinMatt Garcia122Michael Pender4-1
5Rye PatchBrayan Pena116Jesus Nunez30-1
6Lazzam Corey Nakatani127Victor L. Garcia9-5
7BeaumarchaisTyler Baze121Reed Saldana6-1

SECOND RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Lake Shore LadyEulices Gomez122Lance Hellum20-120,000
2MagicalchicEfrain Hernandez122Louis A. Bradvica10-120,000
3Veiled HeatJuan Ochoa122Nestor M. Capitaine5-220,000
4YallaMartin Pedroza122Alfredo Marquez3-120,000
5Empire ZoneAsa Espinoza112George Papaprodromou12-120,000
6Princess NicoleKyle Frey122Val Brinkerhoff5-120,000
7Dressed in PradaAlonso Quinonez122Lloyd C. Wicker8-520,000

THIRD RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $20,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Midnight HarborJuan Ochoa123Mick Ruis15-116,000
2Los GatosTiago Pereira123William Spawr3-116,000
3At EaseEvin Roman118Hector O. Palma6-116,000
4Tough It OutJoseph Talamo123Philip D'Amato4-116,000
5OrejasMaria Falgione113Richard Baltas5-216,000
6Mercer IslandStewart Elliott123Peter Miller9-516,000

FOURTH RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Super TerrificJoseph Talamo122Brian J. Koriner8-1
2BellerinMike Smith122Carla Gaines8-1
3Surfside SunsetKent Desormeaux122Robert B. Hess, Jr.6-1
4HarlissTyler Baze122Val Brinkerhoff15-1
5Moneigh MoproblemsRafael Bejarano122George Weaver8-1
6Papa JazzStewart Elliott122Richard Baltas12-1
7Kona CoastEvin Roman117Leonard Powell12-1
8DowntownerDrayden Van Dyke122Bob Baffert5-2
9Momma's Baby BoyFlavien Prat122Jerry Hollendorfer2-1

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $38,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $100,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Saratoga MorningKent Desormeaux122J. Keith Desormeaux12-1100,000
2Cash PilotDiego Sanchez122Michael Pender50-1100,000
3War LinkRafael Bejarano122Vann Belvoir20-1100,000
4SamdarDrayden Van Dyke122Bob Baffert4-1100,000
5Camps BayJoseph Talamo122John W. Sadler5-2100,000
6Chop Chop CharlieRajiv Maragh122Tim Yakteen20-1100,000
7Jack and IFlavien Prat122Adam Kitchingman8-1100,000
8Point GuardTyler Conner122Richard Baltas6-1100,000
9Formal DudeGeovanni Franco122Philip D'Amato6-1100,000
10SellwoodTyler Baze122Jeff Mullins3-1100,000
Also Eligible
11Onde Ah MoGeovanni Franco122Jeffrey Metz6-1100,000
12GoodwillambassadorEvin Roman117Philip D'Amato6-1100,000

SIXTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $20,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Tiz DelitefulTyler Baze123Jeffrey Metz20-116,000
2RansomedFranklin Ceballos118Sal Gonzalez20-116,000
3Tangled Up in JuEdwin Maldonado123Michael Machowsky5-116,000
4Todos SantosEdgar Payeras116Kelly Castaneda15-116,000
5Tuscany BeautyTiago Pereira123Jack Carava15-116,000
6Gemini JourneyRafael Bejarano123William Spawr6-116,000
7C. C. ZippEvin Roman118Jerry Hollendorfer9-516,000
8Conquest FlattermeStewart Elliott123Vladimir Cerin6-116,000
9Tee Em EyeMaria Falgione113Michael Machowsky12-116,000
10Sally SimpsonJoseph Talamo123Patricia Harrington15-116,000
11Foxy FreshSantiago Gonzalez123James M. Cassidy12-116,000
12Rizzi's HonorsGeovanni Franco123Mark Glatt10-116,000

SEVENTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $30,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Tiny TinaStewart Elliott118Richard Baltas15-1
2Miz TianjinGeovanni Franco124J. Eric Kruljac4-1
3Trap QueenEdwin Maldonado126Michael Machowsky6-1
4DemigoddessCesar Franco117Charles R. Stutts30-1
5Just Be HeldFlavien Prat124Genaro Vallejo8-1
6AlbeitFranklin Ceballos119Sal Gonzalez20-1
7Cinnamon TwistAsa Espinoza108Simon Callaghan15-1
8Pasadena PrincessRafael Bejarano118Richard Baltas5-1
9Sapphire KidRajiv Maragh118Rafael Becerra15-1
10Line DriveKyle Frey118Doug F. O'Neill5-2
11AtrevidaBrice Blanc118Michael W. McCarthy6-1

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1My Aunt TillieCorey Nakatani126Mike Puype12-1
2Dreamy GalTyler Baze126Jeff Mullins3-1
3QuinnieJoseph Talamo118Carla Gaines15-1
4X S GoldRafael Bejarano120James M. Cassidy7-2
5Streak of LuckIgnacio Puglisi118Matthew Chew12-1
6Family GirlFranklin Ceballos115Peter Miller12-1
7Lady EspionageStewart Elliott126Michele Dollase30-1
8Mo See CalMario Gutierrez120Doug F. O'Neill4-1
9Almost RealityKent Desormeaux126Neil D. Drysdale8-1
10Battleground StateFlavien Prat126Neil D. Drysdale4-1
Also Eligible
11LostintranzlationGeovanni Franco126Richard Baltas5-2
12SpeakersDrayden Van Dyke126Patrick Gallagher3-1
13Li'l GrazenMike Smith124Eddie Truman8-1
14Mizzen GloryEvin Roman121Ed Moger, Jr.12-1

NINTH RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Sharp RulerStewart Elliott122Mike Harrington12-130,000
2OpticKent Desormeaux122J. Keith Desormeaux5-230,000
3AgressivebrawlerModesto Linares122Vernon E. Aguayo50-130,000
4SandbedMartin Pedroza122Clifford W. Sise, Jr.10-130,000
5Hidden My WayBrayan Pena122Oscar L. Garcia20-130,000
6Pepe the LegendFelipe Martinez122Doug F. O'Neill7-230,000
7That's GoldCesar Franco115Marcelo Polanco20-130,000
8Typhoon HarryAsa Espinoza112Mike Puype12-130,000
9FabricationTyler Baze122Kristin Mulhall5-130,000
10Nine IssuesEdwin Maldonado122Dallas E. Keen20-130,000
11Lolly ExpressRafael Bejarano122Mike Puype6-130,000
12Astro RiderTyler Conner122Ed Moger, Jr.8-130,000

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