Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we wait to crown Justify as a
By now, you’ve figured out how the Triple Crown rankings were going to finish. And you probably had a pretty good idea who was going to win before it even started. But it’s been a fun journey for me and I hope you enjoyed the excursion as well. So, now, drumroll, the final two in the countdown.
2. Citation (1948) 121 points
Citation may have finished second in the Triple Crown rankings, but his 3-year-old season seems impossible to top. He won 19 of 20 races, including a 16-race win streak that encompassed the Triple Crown races. Panelist Jon White said this about his year: “What Citation did as a 3-year-old is still mind boggling. Not only did he sweep the Triple Crown, he set a track record for 1 1/4 miles in the Jersey Stakes at Garden State Park between
Panelist Tim Wilkin made this case: “He won three Triple Crown races by 17 lengths, won 32 of 45 starts, only off the board once, a clear second to Big Red.” And voter Rick Hammerle called him: “The best of four Triple Crown winners in the 1940s.”
Three of the panelists voted him fourth, one had him third and seven had him in his final spot of second.
Citation’s rise in racing could be foreshadowed early as he won eight if his nine starts as a 2-year-old. His only loss came in the Washington Park Futurity where he lost to stablemate Bewitch.
His 3-year-old career started with four straight wins at Hialeah Park, three of them stakes, when his jockey Al Snider drowned in a fishing accident near the Florida Keys. Eddie Arcaro was hired to replace Snider and in his first race finished second in the Chesapeake Trial Stakes at now defunct track Havre de Grace, located in Maryland halfway between Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.
Citation, and trainer Ben Jones, avenged the loss and won the Chesapeake Stakes, what would be the first of 15 straight wins. He brushed up his form by winning
The Preakness was an even more select field of four. Citation won by 5 ½ in what was little more than a paid workout. He could have won by much more. Just for good measure he won the Jersey Stakes before moving on to the Belmont.
It was a field of eight at the
Citation didn’t lose the rest of the year. He had problems with arthritis and sat out all of 1949. Calumet Farms brought him back in 1950 wanting him to be the first horse to win $1 million lifetime. He had $865,150 to that point. After winning his first race back at Santa Anita, his win streak stopped at 16 when he finished second in the San Antonio Handicap, carrying more weight than his opponents. He then finished second in the Santa Anita Handicap and San Juan Capistrano Handicap.
He was brought back for one more season at age 6, still short of $1 million. It was there that he finished out of the money for the first time in his career in the
He finished his career with 45 starts, 32 wins, 10 places and two shows. He earned $1,085,760.
Citation couldn’t duplicate his success running as a stallion, although he did sire 1956 Preakness winner Fabius. He died in 1970 at age 25.
Still want more on Citation, here’s a 45-minute documentary from ESPN.
Was there really any doubt? In a unanimous vote of our panel, Secretariat was named the best Triple Crown winner ever. Here’s what some our panelists had to say:
Rick Hammerle: “Won the Belmont by 31 lengths, ‘like a tremendous machine.’ Horse that got me into horse racing.”
Jay Privman: “He set track records in all three races, including a Beamonesque Belmont. The gold standard.”
Jon White: “There is no question in my mind that Secretariat deserves to be No. 1. In one of the most amazing accomplishments in racing history, all these years after he swept the Triple Crown, Secretariat has the distinction of having run the fastest Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in history.
Tim Wilkin: “The best horse to ever live, no one will ever touch his 31-length romp in the Belmont Stakes.”
Those of you who have seen the 2010 movie must remember it’s a Disney biopic, meaning all you can count on being true is that there was a horse named Secretariat and he won the Triple Crown. So, don’t get caught up in all the imaginary subplots. Steven Crist of the Daily Racing Form did this review of the film’s accuracy.
He was a massive horse when fully grown at 16.2 hands (66 inches) and carried the nickname “Big Red.” It was his size that might have been a contributor to his success. When they did his necropsy, it was discovered that he had a heart that was about 2 ½ times the size of a normal horse heart. That increased ability to supply the muscles with oxygenated blood might explain his performance in the Belmont and aided him in many races.
In his very first race on July 4, 1972, he finished fourth in a field of 12 at Aqueduct. In his remaining eight races as a 2-year-old, no horse crossed the finish line in front of him. Now, he only got credit for wins in seven of those races, because he was disqualified to second in the Champagne Stakes for interference.
Trainer Lucien Laurin sent Secretariat to Florida for the winter but raced him in New York. He had only three preps before the Kentucky Derby, which was a light schedule in the 1970s but the standard for today. He won the Bay Shore Stakes and the
In the Kentucky Derby, he broke slowly and ran the first half of the race near the back of the pack. On the backstretch and through the far turn he started picking off horses and pulled even with Sham entering the stretch, they ran side by side until Secretariat pulled ahead and kept going, winning by 2 ½ lengths. The time of 1:59 2/5 was the first time the Derby was run in less than two minutes. Each of his quarter miles was faster than the previous one, going the final in 23 seconds. There was no sign of tiring. Watch the race here.
In the Preakness, Secretariat broke last and jockey Ron Turcotte was content to stay back through the early part of the race. But on the first turn, Turcotte thought the fractions were a little too slow and in a massive charge went to the front in seemingly a matter of seconds. He just glided around the track the rest of the way and he won by the same 2 ½ lengths. Watch race here.
By this point, Secretariat was becoming a national celebrity appearing on many magazine covers.
The story of his Belmont win has been well told. Secretariat and Sham went out to the lead and ran a blistering 46 1/5 second for the first half mile of the 1 ½-mile race. Nearing the far turn, Sham had no more and Secretariat started lengthening his lead. Track announcer Chick Anderson uttered the famous phrase, “He is moving like a tremendous machine.”
With a quarter-mile to go, his time was 1:59, faster than he won the Kentucky Derby. The 31-length margin marks this as the greatest performance by a horse in history. The picture of Turcotte looking back underneath his arm entering the stretch remains one of the iconic images in the sport. Watch race here.
Secretariat raced nine more times, winning six of them. He also had two seconds and a third. His last race was Oct. 28 of that year, winning a 1 5/8-mile turf race at Woodbine by 6 ½ lengths. Watch race here.
Secretariat went on to a successful career as a stallion, but like many of the other Triple Crown winners, produced better broodmares than colts. In 1989, he contracted laminitis, a painful condition where the top of the hoof can no longer support to bone of the leg. After unsuccessfully treating it, he was euthanized at age 19.
If you want more, here is the 40-minute ESPN documentary.
We can’t thank our panel enough for the thought they put into their selections. It was composed of horse racing experts, journalists and racing secretaries. It members are Rick Hammerle, racing secretary at Santa Anita; Steve Haskin, racing author and columnist at the BloodHorse; David Jerkens, racing secretary at Del Mar; Tim Layden, turf writer at Sports Illustrated; Tom Pedulla, lead writer for America’s Best Racing; Jay Privman, national correspondent for the Daly Racing Form; Jeff Siegel, veteran horseman and lead commentator at XBTV.com; Childs Walker, turf writer at the Baltimore Sun; Alicia Wincze Hughes, racing editor at the BloodHorse; Jon White, racing historian and morning-line maker at Santa Anita and Tim Wilkin, turf writer at the Albany Times Union.
Vote totals were 14 points for first place, 12 for second, 10 for third, and then one point less in descending order.
3. Seattle Slew (read about him here)
4. Count Fleet (read about him here)
5. Affirmed (read about him here)
6. War Admiral (read about him here)
7. Whirlaway (read about him here)
8. American Pharoah (read about him here)
9. Gallant Fox (read about him here)
10. Assault (read about him here)
11. Omaha (read about him here)
12. Sir Barton (read about him here)
Our 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.
But, today, we’re going to do something a little different and give you his case for Justify winning the Belmont Stakes. Take it away, Rob.
“We've been so surprised by the negativity and doubt with regards to Justify’s Preakness win. So, he didn't win by 6 lengths, which, think about it, is basically the premise for the doubt of many. After all, if he had won by many lengths, he'd be the guaranteed next big thing, but a narrow victory with others closing, and he's now viewed with a hint skepticism?
“Here's our take (which is the shortest, and by the way, best one):
“First, he broke his maiden on Feb. 18th. Uh, people, think about this, he BROKE HIS MAIDEN JUST OVER 3 MONTHS AGO. He then followed that with your ‘basic’ allowance win, SA Derby win, how about a Kentucky Derby win, and, oh, throw in a Preakness win why you're at it. During that Pimlico win, he overcame a sticky track, while being eyeballed the entire way by last year's BC Juvenile winner Good Magic, before putting him away at the top of the lane. Then, he was forced to deal with those who found themselves in an advantageous position of running on late, yet they still couldn’t out finish this beast named Justify.
“Will Justify win the Belmont? My answer is an emphatic YES. Actually, I don't believe he's just gonna win, I think he'll win like the Triple Crown champ he’s soon to be, and since I'm never one to mince words or shy from ‘making the call,’ I'll emphatically state: JUSTIFY WILL WIN THE BELMONT BY A MARGIN OF 7 LENGTHS OR MORE.
The West Coast Handicapping Report can be found at https://www.westcoasthorseracing.com It has been endorsed by leading trainers, handicappers and industry sources.
XBTV Belmont analysis
As with the past Triple Crown races, we’ve got exclusive analysis of the Belmont from our friends at XBTV.com. Jeff Siegel and Aaron Vercruysse share their thoughts on the race. They are top shelf. You are guaranteed to get some insight. (You can view it here.)
In case you missed
Here’s your preview story from the Times on today’s Belmont Stakes. (Just click here.)
More on the Belmont
We can’t be everywhere, so with the help of the NYRA Press Office here’s a quick spin around what’s going on at the backstretch.
--Gronkowski, the horse, is expected to meet Gronkowski, the man, on Saturday afternoon. Trainer Chad Brown will set up a brief meeting with New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski before the colt runs in the Belmont Stakes. “Any time we can bring some positive publicity to this great sport we work in, it's a great thing,” Brown said. “I really hope this horse has success tomorrow because I think it can be a great thing all around. To meet one of the all-time great tight ends is exciting for me and is a nice little perk.”
--Tenfold jogged around the one-mile Belmont training track on Friday morning. Trainer
--All systems are go for likely second-favorite Hofburg. “We had a good morning training all the way around,” said trainer Bill Mott. “He seems to still be going around the racetrack good. You just hope that you're dealing with a horse that's genetically capable of dealing with the mile and a half. I think we have that.”
--Blended Citizen owner Stephen Young is happy with the $85,000 purchase. “We're lucky to have him,” Young said. “We have a budget of $100,000, and the only reason we got him is because he was a really late foal. It took him a while to mature, and [trainer] Doug [O’Neill] was real good, and as patient as he could be with him. When he and [assistant trainer] Leandro [Mora] put the blinkers on him, he got a little bit better then got a little bit better on his own after that. He’s going to be competitive, I think. I mean, Justify might get a 48 opening half, and he might be sitting back there 15 lengths behind after the race, but you have to run and find out.”
--Free Drop Billy galloped around the 1 ½-mile main Belmont track on Friday morning. Trainer
“It's good to be here. It's a showcase, but we're here to beat him. We're a long shot, but I think we're a live long shot. There are a lot of reasons to be here, including you've got to make him earn it. It's not worth it if he doesn't earn it.”
Santa Anita review
Law Abidin Citizen was able to get up over a competitive field to win Friday’s allowance feature, a $63,000 allowance down the hill at 6 ½ furlongs. He won by ¾ of a length with Tiago Pereira in the saddle. The 4-year-old gelding paid $17.80, $8.20 and $4.00.
“He’s a really nice horse, but he’s been a little inconsistent,” winning trainer Mark Glatt told Mike Willman of Santa Anita. “He’s had a few things crop up on him, but he’s good now. He’s out of conditions, so we’ll have to think about what’s next.”
Air Vice Marshall was second and Texas Wedge was third.
Santa Anita preview
Great 11-race card at Santa Anita on Saturday, starting at noon, although gates open up at 7:15 a.m. for betting at Belmont. There are lots of full fields at Santa Anita and four of the five turf races have also eligibles. The feature is the eighth, the Grade 2 $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes going 1 1/8 miles on the turf for 3-year-old fillies.
Fatale Bere is the 5-2 morning-line favorite for trainer Leonard Powell. She won her first two races in France before shipping to the U.S. She is two-for-two at Santa Anita, having won the Surfer Girl Stakes and Providencia Stakes. She was fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar.
The second favorite is Paved at 3-1 for Michael McCarthy. She was third in the Providencia and is two-for-five lifetime. She has never finished off the board.
The field sizes, and hold on to your hat, are, in order: 9, 9, 8, 12 (2 also eligible), 7, 12 (2 AE), 9, 8, 8, 12 (1 AE), 12 (1 AE).
The turf races are the first, fourth, sixth, eighth and 11th.
Big races preview
A look at graded stakes or races worth more $100,000 or more on Saturday. All times PST.
9:11 Belmont: $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes, 3 year olds, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Mask (5-2)
9:47 Belmont: Grade 1 $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Abel Tasman (8-5)
10:24 Belmont: Grade 1 $700,000 Acorn Stakes, fillies 3 years old, 1 mile. Favorite: Monomony Girl (4-5)
11:03 Belmont: Grade 2 $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational, 4 and up, 1 ½ miles. Favorite: War Story (2-1)
11:43 Belmont: Grade 2 $400,000 Jaipur Invitational, 4 and up, 6 furlongs on turf. Favorite: Disco Partner (5-2)
12:22 Belmont: Grade 2 $400,000 Woody Stephens Stakes, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Kanthaka (3-1)
12:59 Woodbine: $100,000 Alywow Stakes, fillies 3 years old, 6 ½ furlongs on turf. Favorite: Road To Victory (1-1)
1:02 Belmont: Grade 1 $700,000 Just a Game Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 mile on turf. Favorite: A Raving Beauty (5-2)
1:11 Gulfstream: $100,000 Soldier’s Dancer Stakes, Fla.-breds 3 and up, 1 1/16 on turf. Favorites: Galleon Mast, Mr. Jordan (7-5)
1:45 Belmont: Grade 1 $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap, 3 and up, 1 mile. Favorite: Mind Your Biscuits (5-2)
2:32 Woodbine: $125,000 Plate Trail Stakes, Ontario-breds 3 year olds, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Telekinesis (2-5)
2:40 Belmont: Grade 1 $1 million Manhattan Stakes, 4 and up, 1 ¼ miles on turf. Favorite: Beach Patrol (5-2)
2:58 Churchill: Grade 3 $100,000 Mint Julep Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Favorite: Lovely Bernadette (3-1)
3:30 Santa Anita: Grade 2 $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes, fillies 3 years old, 1 1/8 miles on turf. Favorite: Fatale Bere (5-2)
3:37 Woodbine: $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, Canadian-bred fillies 3 years old, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Wonder Gadot (1-5)
3:46 Belmont: Grade 1 $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, 3 year olds, 1 ½ miles. Favorite: Justify (4-5)
Bob Ike’s SA play of the day
SIXTH RACE: No. 3 Tequila Blanco (4-1)
Older gelding from the Phil D'Amato stable didn't show much when finishing a distant third as the favorite over a wet-fast main track last time. However, he switches back to turf and had a very tough trip when sprinting over the grass one race back and can handle two turns. Look for him to rebound in a big way.
Friday’s result: Cimpl Man ran out in the sixth race.
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
THIRD RACE: No. 6 Land Of The Free (3-1)
Stretch-running gelding should get a great pace setup and was reclaimed by trainer Jesus Nunez from a victory vs. softer $2,500 field in last. With the presence of front runners Avila Beach, Bonmont and Battle Jet, I look for jockey Efrain Hernandez to get a great stalking trip aboard a gelding who has defeated stronger fields during a 43-race span in which he has seven victories and 13 seconds.
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And now the stars of the show, Friday’s results and Saturday’s entries.
Santa Anita Charts Results for Friday, June 8.
Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 32nd day of a 42-day meet. Clear & Firm
About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $38,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 22.36 44.84 1:07.87 1:14.02
|4||Gray Admiral||121||4||1||5–½||6||4–2||4–4||T Baze||8.40|
|$1 EXACTA (3-1)||$19.80|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-1-2-4)||$13.89|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-1-2)||$34.45|
Winner–Risky Proposition B.g.3 by
RISKY PROPOSITION sped to the early lead, angled in and set all the pace inside and drew clear in the stretch under left handed urging. GOODWILLAMBASSADOR came a bit off the rail to stalk the winner throughout and held second. HONEYMOONZ OVER broke a bit slowly, moved up inside to stalk the pace, came out into the stretch and bested the others. GRAY ADMIRAL broke on top but bobbled and dropped back, chased just off the rail then outside a rival, steadied midway on the hill, angled in and saved ground thereafter but did not rally. GIDDYMEISTER pulled his way between horses then stalked between foes down the hill, came out into the stretch then drifted in through the drive and weakened. SARATOGA MORNING stalked the winner three deep down the hill and four wide into the stretch and also weakened. Rail on hill at 7 feet.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000. Time 22.36 46.50 59.23 1:05.76
|2||Love Your Life||123||2||5||1–hd||2–hd||1–hd||2–¾||Rojas Fernandez||14.30|
|3||Four Gaels||123||3||3||2–hd||3–1½||5||5||Mn Garcia||4.70|
|2||LOVE YOUR LIFE||8.00||3.80|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-1)||$22.80|
|$1 EXACTA (1-2)||$20.00|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-2-5)||$54.95|
Winner–Louden's Gray Grr.g.7 by Street Sense out of Minishaft, by Mineshaft. Bred by Estate of Edward P. Evans (
LOUDEN'S GRAY chased inside, came out leaving the turn and into the stretch, went around a rival then angled in nearing midstretch, rallied under urging to the lead in deep stretch and proved best. LOVE YOUR LIFE sent along to duel for the lead inside, came off the rail into the stretch, was between foes a sixteenth out and held second. ADRIATIC SON dueled three deep then outside the winner into the stretch, was between rivals past midstretch and edged a foe for third. BLAZE'N PROSPECTOR close up stalking the pace off the rail, came three wide into the stretch, bid four wide past midstretch and was edged for the show. FOUR GAELS dueled between horses, dropped back some in a bit tight leaving the turn, drifted to the inside in the stretch and weakened.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $59,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 23.05 47.20 1:11.51 1:23.92 1:36.07
|8||Sea Sensation||120||7||6||6–1½||6–hd||7–1½||4–½||1–1||T Baze||4.20|
|3||Nothing But Heat||120||3||3||3–½||4–1½||3–1||1–½||2–1½||Conner||7.80|
|3||NOTHING BUT HEAT||7.60||4.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-8)||$29.40|
|$1 EXACTA (8-3)||$29.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-3-5-7)||$134.99|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-3-5-7-6)||$4,945.40|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-3-5)||$55.10|
Winner–Sea Sensation B.f.3 by Golden Balls (IRE) out of Ocean Style, by Ocean Sound (IRE). Bred by
$1 Pick Three (3-1-8) paid $80.30. Pick Three Pool $43,986.
SEA SENSATION pulled between horses then stalked inside, continued between foes into and on the second turn and into the stretch, steadied in tight off heels nearing midstretch, came out and rallied under some urging and vigorous handling to the front in deep stretch to prove best. NOTHING BUT HEAT angled in and pulled along the inside stalking the pace, came out leaving the second turn and three deep into the stretch, gained the advantage outside a rival in midstretch, fought back in deep stretch and held second. RADISH saved ground stalking the pace, came out in upper stretch, went around the pacesetter in midstretch then bid inside and outfinished rival for the show. MARJORIE E three deep early, dueled outside a rival, took a short lead leaving the second turn, fought back toward the inside in the stretch and was outkicked for third. VENUE chased outside a rival then off the rail into and on the second turn, came four wide into the stretch and put in a late bid at a minor award. ZILLINDA stalked outside then alongside a rival, went three deep on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. PULPACHEEKS pulled inside then came off the rail, stalked outside a rival, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. AND COUNTING sped to the early lead, dueled inside, fought back on the second turn, steadied as a rival went past in midstretch and also weakened.
1 Mile. Purse: $28,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 23.57 47.73 1:13.76 1:26.51 1:39.70
|1||Momma's Baby Boy||118||1||5||5–1||7||4–hd||3–1½||2–1¼||Espinoza||3.60|
|4||Street to Indy||125||4||7||7||6–hd||5–½||4–½||3–¾||T Baze||1.70|
|1||MOMMA'S BABY BOY||4.60||2.60|
|4||STREET TO INDY||2.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-7)||$120.80|
|$1 EXACTA (7-1)||$38.10|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-1-4-2)||$11.28|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-1-4-2-5)||$481.30|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-1-4)||$43.85|
Winner–Roaring Fork Dbb.g.3 by Mineshaft out of Salina, by Arch. Bred by Cobra Farm Inc. (KY). Trainer: Sean McCarthy. Owner: Kelly, Glyn C. and MacLennan, Anne. Mutuel Pool $260,938 Daily Double Pool $23,106 Exacta Pool $159,380 Superfecta Pool $87,814 Super High Five Pool $7,424 Trifecta Pool $131,761. Claimed–Tidal Effect by Cuyathy LLC and Noren, Irv. Trainer: William Morey. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (1-8-7) paid $195.30. Pick Three Pool $16,524.
ROARING FORK stalked off the rail, bid outside the pacesetter leaving the second turn, took the lead into the stretch and drew clear under a tap of the whip and good handling. MOMMA'S BABY BOY chased inside then a bit off the rail, split horses leaving the backstretch, continued outside a foe on the second turn and three deep leaving that turn, came four wide into the stretch and gained the place. STREET TO INDY stumbled badly at the start, settled inside, came out into the stretch, went around a rival in midstretch and came up the rail for the show. TIDAL EFFECT stalked the pace inside, came out leaving the second turn and into the stretch and was outfinished for third. WESTERN MONGOLIA broke slowly, chased outside a rival then three deep leaving the backstretch and into the second turn, dropped back and angled in on that turn and weakened. LATITUDE stalked outside a rival, dropped back between horses leaving the second turn and also weakened. ESCUDO NACIONAL (ARG) sped to the early lead and angled in, set the pace inside, dueled along the rail leaving the second turn and had little left for the stretch.
1 Mile. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500. Time 23.50 47.40 1:13.49 1:26.83 1:41.02
|5||Red White 'n Peach||120||5||3||1–hd||2–1||7–hd||8||8||Mt Garcia||30.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-8)||$57.60|
|$1 EXACTA (8-3)||$7.70|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-3-2-1)||$37.60|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-3-2-1-7)||$2,478.80|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-3-2)||$48.25|
Winner–Atrevida B.f.3 by Turbo Compressor out of Dixie Shea, by Malibu Moon. Bred by P and G Stables LLC (FL). Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy. Owner: P and G Stables LLC. Mutuel Pool $234,341 Daily Double Pool $17,316 Exacta Pool $156,095 Superfecta Pool $67,027 Super High Five Pool $3,248 Trifecta Pool $101,599. Claimed–Atrevida by Rancho San Roberto, Inc., Spasiano, Alex J. and Ratcliff, Johnnie. Trainer: Genaro Vallejo. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (8-7-8) paid $134.90. Pick Three Pool $34,554. 50-Cent Pick Four (1-8-7-8) 324 tickets with 4 correct paid $256.15. Pick Four Pool $108,809. 50-Cent Pick Five (3-1-8-7-8) 234 tickets with 5 correct paid $1,314.25. Pick Five Pool $357,089.
ATREVIDA four wide on the first turn, stalked outside a rival, moved up three deep early on the second turn, took the lead outside a rival, inched clear leaving the turn and proved best under urging. BONNEVILLE FLATS had speed inside then tugged along the rail stalking the pace and steadied early on the backstretch, split horses midway on the second turn and leaving that turn and closed the gap to the winner late. REINAHERMOSA saved ground off the pace, came out into the stretch and edged a rival late for the show. MILLIE JOEL chased inside then outside a rival leaving the backstretch and into the second turn, went three deep leaving that turn and into the stretch and was edged for third. LOVELY LINDA had speed between horses, dueled a bit off the rail leaving the first turn then inside, continued along the rail and surrendered the advantage on the second turn and weakened in the drive. MAJESTIC DIVA stalked outside a rival then inside into and on the second turn and into the stretch and also weakened. MISTY SLEW chased off the rail then outside a rival leaving the second turn and also weakened. RED WHITE 'N PEACH had speed three deep then dueled outside a rival, dropped back between horses on the second turn and gave way.
About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $63,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 21.86 43.98 1:06.94 1:13.03
|5||Law Abidin Citizen||123||5||4||1–hd||3–2||1–hd||1–¾||Pereira||7.90|
|3||Air Vice Marshal||123||3||2||3–1||1–hd||3–1||2–nk||Bejarano||2.40|
|2||Cimpl Man||125||2||8||5–½||4–hd||2–hd||5–¾||T Baze||4.50|
|8||Artie B Good||111||8||5||9–2||9–½||9–2||6–½||Espinoza||35.00|
|4||Eric the Trojan||123||4||6||7–1½||6–1||6–½||7–2½||Nakatani||7.10|
|5||LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN||17.80||8.20||4.00|
|3||AIR VICE MARSHAL||4.00||3.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-5)||$55.80|
|$1 EXACTA (5-3)||$34.00|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-3-6-9)||$202.90|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-3-6)||$108.40|
|$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (5-3-6-9-2)||Carryover $1,913|
Winner–Law Abidin Citizen Dbb.g.4 by Twirling Candy out of Honest Answer, by Tale of the Cat. Bred by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc (KY). Trainer: Mark Glatt. Owner: Agnew, Dan J., Schneider, Gerry and Xitco, John V.. Mutuel Pool $366,842 Daily Double Pool $26,219 Exacta Pool $224,914 Superfecta Pool $94,435 Trifecta Pool $144,137 X-5 Super High Five Pool $2,506. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (7-8-5) paid $418.00. Pick Three Pool $35,932.
LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN dueled between horses, came three deep into the stretch, battled on a short lead three wide in the lane and held on gamely under urging. AIR VICE MARSHAL stalked early then bid inside to duel for the lead, came out into the stretch, fought back between horses through the final furlong and went willingly to the end. TEXAS WEDGE stalked outside a rival or off the rail, came out four wide into the stretch and finished with interest. SO CONFLATED chased off the rail then between rivals, continued outside a foe into the stretch and found his best strife late between horses. CIMPL MAN between rivals early, chased inside, bid along the rail in the stretch and was outfinished. ARTIE B GOOD settled outside then angled in a bit off the rail to the stretch, came out in midstretch and also found his best stride late. ERIC THE TROJAN chased three deep, came four wide into the stretch and could not quite summon the needed late kick. GRAZEN SKY a bit slow to begin, saved ground chasing the pace throughout and lacked a rally. ACCEPTANCE broke in the air and slowly, pulled early while off the rail, swung four wide into the stretch and was not a threat. SIGUR ROS dueled three deep then four wide into the stretch and weakened in the drive. Rail on hill at 7 feet.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $33,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 22.28 46.98 1:00.02 1:07.06
|9||Warm It Up||125||9||1||6–1½||5–hd||1–hd||1–nk||Pedroza||5.60|
|7||Champagne Honey||118||7||3||3–hd||3–1||2–2½||2–5¼||T Baze||3.40|
|2||Lucky Outcome||118||2||2||1–hd||1–hd||6–2||7–2½||Mn Garcia||7.40|
|9||WARM IT UP||13.20||5.00||2.60|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-9)||$122.80|
|$1 EXACTA (9-7)||$18.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (9-7-6-3)||$101.61|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (9-7-6)||$29.25|
|$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (9-7-6-3-8)||Carryover $4,638|
Winner–Warm It Up Ch.f.4 by Heatseeker (IRE) out of Broke in Blairsden, by Bonus Money (GB). Bred by Vadnais Family Trust (CA). Trainer: Vernon E. Aguayo. Owner: Eric Daniel Smith. Mutuel Pool $317,212 Daily Double Pool $28,516 Exacta Pool $178,479 Superfecta Pool $78,797 Trifecta Pool $119,735 X-5 Super High Five Pool $3,570. Scratched–Fight Lika Girl.
$1 Pick Three (8-5-9) paid $174.90. Pick Three Pool $31,401.
WARM IT UP prompted the pace six wide then stalked outside on the turn, bid again four wide into the stretch, took a short lead outside the runner-up and held under urging. CHAMPAGNE HONEY dueled four wide between foes then three deep on the turn, fought back off the rail in the stretch and continued willingly to the end. I'M SASSY had good early speed and dueled three deep between foes then between rivals on the turn and held third. SPECTACULAR STORM stalked a bit off the rail then inside on the turn, came out in midstretch and split rivals late. DON'T PASS pressed the pace five wide between foes then stalked between rivals on the turn, came three deep into the stretch and weakened. KYA settled outside then off the rail, angled in off the inside on the turn and outside a rival into the stretch and lacked a rally. LUCKY OUTCOME dueled between horses then inside on the turn and weakened in the drive. SISTER NELA chased off the rail then outside a rival, came three wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. MS. REHBURG dropped back off the rail then outside a rival leaving the backstretch and on the turn, swung out into the stretch and was not a threat. CALI CHATTER went up inside to duel for the lead, fell back on the turn, came out into the stretch and weakened. TIZ INTRIGUING bobbled at the start, settled just off the rail then inside leaving the backstretch and on the turn and into the stretch and had little left for the drive.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $61,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 23.47 47.13 1:11.26 1:23.20 1:35.09
|4||X S Gold||120||3||2||1–1½||1–1½||1–1½||1–1||2–3||Desormeaux||1.10|
|9||Moonshine Annie||125||7||5||4–hd||4–1||4–½||5–2||6–1¾||T Baze||9.30|
|10||Easydoes It Please||113||8||8||6–hd||6–hd||6–hd||8||8||Figueroa||44.80|
|4||X S GOLD||3.00||2.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (9-1)||$85.20|
|$1 EXACTA (1-4)||$13.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-4-6-8)||$28.60|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-4-6-8-7)||$802.50|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-4-6)||$42.05|
Winner–Almost Reality Ch.m.6 by Desert Code out of Reality With Class, by Cutlass Reality. Bred by Harris Farms (CA). Trainer: Neil D. Drysdale. Owner: Harris Farms, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $371,395 Daily Double Pool $121,359 Exacta Pool $206,481 Superfecta Pool $100,347 Super High Five Pool $42,315 Trifecta Pool $137,402. Scratched–Sapphire Kid, Within the Law.
$1 Pick Three (5-9-1) paid $491.90. Pick Three Pool $118,152. 50-Cent Pick Four (8-5-9-1) 429 tickets with 4 correct paid $817.85. Pick Four Pool $460,106. 50-Cent Pick Five (7-8-5-9-1) 22 tickets with 5 correct paid $8,481.00. Pick Five Pool $244,473. $2 Pick Six (8-7-8-5-9-1) 25 tickets with 5 out of 6 paid $861.00. Pick Six Pool $188,028. Pick Six Carryover $158,759. $2 Pick Six Jackpot (8-7-8-5-9-1) . Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $110,461.
ALMOST REALITY saved ground stalking the pace, came out in upper stretch, bid outside the runner-up under some urging past the eighth pole, gained a slim advantage in deep stretch and gamely prevailed. X S GOLD pulled her way to the early lead, angled in and set the pace inside under some restraint, fought back inside the winner in the final furlong and went willingly to the end. SEA SMOKE stalked outside the winner then off the rail to the stretch and held third. MIZZEN GLORY chased between horses then a bit off the rail, continued inside on the second turn and into the stretch, came out in midstretch and was edged for the show between foes late. CLEARLY GONE pulled early and steadied into the first turn, settled a bit off the rail, split horses leaving the second turn, came out in the stretch and put in a late bid at a minor award. MOONSHINE ANNIE stalked three deep on the first turn then outside a rival to the stretch and lacked the needed rally. VERONICA BAY saved ground chasing the pace, continued inside in the stretch and did not rally. EASYDOES IT PLEASE broke a bit slowly, settled three deep then outside a rival, came three wide into the stretch and weakened.
|Out of State||N/A||$5,811,651|
Santa Anita Entries for Saturday, June 9.
Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 33rd day of a 42-day meet.
About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $61,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. State bred.
|1||Unusual Meeting||Heriberto Figueroa||118||Jeffrey Metz||20-1||16,000|
|2||Forest Chatter||Geovanni Franco||125||Clifford W. Sise, Jr.||6-1||16,000|
|3||Ultimate Bango||Ruben Fuentes||118||Blake R. Heap||8-1|
|4||Leroy||Tyler Baze||123||Philip A. Oviedo||3-1|
|5||Croissant||Mario Gutierrez||118||Doug F. O'Neill||12-1|
|6||Preacher Roe||Asa Espinoza||118||Mike Puype||4-1||16,000|
|7||Kristi's Copilot||Joseph Talamo||125||Michael Machowsky||5-2||16,000|
|8||Calvert Street||Edwin Maldonado||125||George Papaprodromou||6-1||16,000|
|9||Irish Sky||Tiago Pereira||118||Ed Moger, Jr.||20-1|
7 Furlongs. Purse: $20,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000.
|1||Herkimer Storm||Edgar Payeras||118||Charles S. Treece||20-1||20,000|
|2||Blaze of Glory||Asa Espinoza||113||Richard E. Mandella||9-5||20,000|
|3||Captain N. Barron||Joseph Talamo||120||Craig Anthony Lewis||6-1||20,000|
|4||Royal Rebel||Matt Garcia||125||J. Buenaventura Vargas||20-1||20,000|
|5||Satori||Tiago Pereira||125||Martin F. Jones||15-1||20,000|
|6||Brag Dude||Martin Garcia||120||Juan Andres Rodriguez||15-1||20,000|
|7||Rak City||Geovanni Franco||125||Philip D'Amato||5-2||20,000|
|8||Spend It||Heriberto Figueroa||118||Rafael Becerra||15-1||20,000|
|9||Johnny Ray||120||Blake R. Heap||3-1||20,000|
5 Furlongs. Purse: $59,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds.
|1||At the Margin||Ruben Fuentes||119||Edward R. Freeman||30-1|
|2||Mayan Warrior||Geovanni Franco||122||Doug F. O'Neill||5-1|
|3||Synthesis||Kent Desormeaux||122||J. Keith Desormeaux||4-1|
|4||Honcho||Tyler Baze||122||Michael W. McCarthy||5-1|
|5||Two Fifty Coup||Asa Espinoza||115||12-1|
|6||Sparky Ville||Gary Stevens||122||Jeff Bonde||9-5|
|7||Parsimony||Mario Gutierrez||122||Doug F. O'Neill||3-1|
|8||Thin Line||Diego ||122||Doug F. O'Neill||15-1|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $59,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Kalei||Asa Espinoza||118||John A. Shirreffs||20-1|
|2||Bartlett Hall||Brice Blanc||120||John A. Shirreffs||12-1|
|3||Bobby Axelrod||Kent Desormeaux||120||5-1|
|4||Soltero||Joseph Talamo||120||Philip D'Amato||5-1|
|5||Victor's Show||Stewart Elliott||125||Eoin G. Harty||20-1|
|6||Cajun Treasure||Tyler Conner||120||Peter Eurton||5-1|
|8||Blitzkrieg||Martin Garcia||120||Richard E. Mandella||20-1|
|10||Pointed||Martin Pedroza||120||Marsha D. Schwizer||20-1|
|11||Noivo||Gary Stevens||120||Dan Blacker||8-1|
|12||Sellwood||Tyler Baze||120||Jeff Mullins||6-1|
|13||Starting Bloc||Gary Stevens||125||Alfredo Marquez||10-1|
|14||Rumpus Cat||Geovanni Franco||120||Simon Callaghan||8-1|
1 Mile. Purse: $33,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Sapphire Kid||Asa Espinoza||111||Matthew Chew||9-2|
|2||Lucky Val||Tiago Pereira||118||Kathy Walsh||5-1|
|3||Lucky Lula||Geovanni Franco||118||J. Eric Kruljac||5-1|
|4||Broome||Heriberto Figueroa||111||Peter Miller||4-1|
|5||Summer Down Now||Tyler Baze||118||Thomas Ray Bell, II||3-1|
|6||Lets Light the Way||Joseph Talamo||118||Ronald L. McAnally||5-1|
|7||Mongolian Humor||Stewart Elliott||118||Enebish Ganbat||5-1|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $33,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000.
|1||Indian Gulch||Geovanni Franco||120||Peter Eurton||12-1||50,000|
|2||Hoover Tower||Kent Desormeaux||123||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||20-1||40,000|
|3||Tequila Blanco||Brice Blanc||125||Philip D'Amato||4-1||50,000|
|4||Friendly Outthedor||Tyler Conner||125||Peter Eurton||7-2||50,000|
|5||Elevate||Tiago Pereira||120||John A. Shirreffs||20-1||50,000|
|6||Big Sky Logan||Edwin Maldonado||123||Vladimir Cerin||5-1||40,000|
|7||Papa Joe||Asa Espinoza||113||David E. Hofmans||12-1||50,000|
|8||He's Like Violence||Alonso Quinonez||120||George Papaprodromou||12-1||50,000|
|9||Desolation Sound||Gary Stevens||120||Alfredo Marquez||5-1||50,000|
|10||Malibu Magic||Edgar Payeras||118||Bobby Wayne Grayson||20-1||50,000|
|11||Cosa Nostra||Rafael Bejarano||120||Jack Carava||6-1||50,000|
|12||Dignitaire||Tyler Baze||120||Gary Mandella||12-1||50,000|
|13||Alfareed||Mario Gutierrez||120||Doug F. O'Neill||10-1||50,000|
|14||Capall||Kent Desormeaux||120||Peter Miller||5-1||50,000|
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $59,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up.
|1||There and Back||Martin Garcia||120||Bob Baffert||9-5|
|2||Goren||Tyler Conner||120||Jerry Hollendorfer||8-1|
|3||He's Stylish||Tyler Baze||120||Philip D'Amato||3-1|
|4||Cold Brew Kid||Tiago Pereira||120||Margie Cantrell||20-1|
|5||Pleasant d'Oro||Joseph Talamo||120||Simon Callaghan||15-1|
|6||Belden Avenue||Rafael Bejarano||120||Ronald W. Ellis||12-1|
|7||Bahamian||Mario Gutierrez||120||Simon Callaghan||3-1|
|8||Violent Affair||Gary Stevens||120||Art Sherman||15-1|
|9||Runaway Saturday||Asa Espinoza||113||James M. Cassidy||10-1|
1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $200,000. 'Honeymoon Stakes'. Fillies. 3 year olds.
|1||May Girl||Tyler Conner||120||James M. Cassidy||20-1|
|2||Finess Bere||Tyler Baze||120||Bob Baffert||12-1|
|3||Animosity||Geovanni Franco||120||Patrick Gallagher||6-1|
|4||Ms Peintour||Stewart Elliott||120||Brian J. Koriner||4-1|
|5||Fatale Bere||Alonso Quinonez||122||Leonard Powell||5-2|
|6||Miss Sienna||Rafael Bejarano||120||Philip D'Amato||4-1|
|7||Movie Moment||Joseph Talamo||120||John A. Shirreffs||10-1|
|8||Paved||Gary Stevens||120||Michael W. McCarthy||3-1|
7 Furlongs. Purse: $61,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.
|1||Talent Scout||Rafael Bejarano||118||Bob Baffert||4-1|
|2||Kidmon||Joseph Talamo||123||John W. Sadler||7-2|
|3||McKale||Martin Garcia||118||Bob Baffert||5-2|
|4||Ride to the Wire||Mario Gutierrez||118||Ben D. A. Cecil||20-1|
|5||Circus Act||Stewart Elliott||118||Molly J. Pearson||12-1|
|6||Divisor||Tiago Pereira||121||Philip D'Amato||4-1|
|7||Solid Wager||Martin Pedroza||125||Peter Miller||5-1||40,000|
|8||Make It a Triple||Geovanni Franco||125||Keith E. Craigmyle||8-1|
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500.
|1||Baby Beauty||Franklin Ceballos||120||Rafael DeLeon||50-1||12,500|
|2||All Net||Tyler Conner||120||David Jacobson||8-1||12,500|
|3||Fellina||Ruben Fuentes||125||Bobby Wayne Grayson||30-1||12,500|
|4||Complete Discreet||Tiago Pereira||120||Sam J. Scolamieri||8-1||12,500|
|5||Yellow Bonnet||Geovanni Franco||125||Mark Glatt||4-1||12,500|
|6||Chiefs Lil Pearl||Asa Espinoza||113||Patricia Harrington||12-1||12,500|
|7||Tenthousandreasons||Joseph Talamo||125||Craig Dollase||8-1||12,500|
|8||Cow Dog||Edwin Maldonado||120||Charles S. Treece||5-1||12,500|
|9||Myrcella||Stewart Elliott||120||Molly J. Pearson||7-2||12,500|
|10||Yalla||Martin Pedroza||125||Alfredo Marquez||10-1||12,500|
|11||Heartofthetemple||Octavio Vergara, Jr.||125||Dean Greenman||30-1||12,500|
|12||Dee Way to Go||Heriberto Figueroa||113||Jorge Periban||6-1||12,500|
|13||Royal Astronomer||Edgar Payeras||118||John E. Cortez||20-1||12,500|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $61,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.
|1||Marckie's Water||Joseph Talamo||125||Richard Baltas||12-1|
|2||Tule Fog||Tiago Pereira||125||Javier Jose Sierra||7-2|
|3||Mongolian Greywolf||Stewart Elliott||123||Enebish Ganbat||30-1|
|4||Upper Room||Tyler Baze||123||Peter Eurton||20-1|
|5||Epical||Kent Desormeaux||118||James M. Cassidy||6-1|
|6||Conquest Typhoon||Gary Stevens||125||Brian J. Koriner||5-1||40,000|
|7||Pioneer Lad||Martin Pedroza||123||Jack Carava||8-1|
|8||Temple Keys||Rafael Bejarano||125||Richard Baltas||15-1|
|9||Majestic Eagle||Geovanni Franco||118||Neil D. Drysdale||15-1|
|10||Oiseau de Guerre||Brice Blanc||123||Michael W. McCarthy||6-1|
|11||Peace||Martin Garcia||118||Richard E. Mandella||8-1|
|12||Avalanche||Tyler Conner||123||John W. Sadler||6-1|
|13||Home Run Kitten||Mario Gutierrez||125||Doug F. O'Neill||12-1||40,000|