Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we get back to the regular racing days at Del Mar.
Since Del Mar is running, can there be a better time to talk about Santa Anita? (Just turned out that way, nothing malicious.) Santa Anita announced its stakes schedule for its winter meet and it seems pretty much like usual. There are 64 stakes races, 30 of them graded, eight of which are Grade 1.
Opening day on Dec. 26 has the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes and La Brea Stakes. Next up is the Dec. 29 American Oaks. The Big ‘Cap is on March 9, along with the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (and the Grade 2 San Felipe for 3-year-olds). The Beholder Mile is March 16 and the
Now, the ever-shrinking Santa Anita Handicap has shrunk even more, going from $600,000 to $500,000. It seems as if that money is now with the San Felipe, which went from $400,000 to $500,000. It makes sense. When we cover the stories that day, the attention is always on the San Felipe because of its Kentucky Derby implications and the secondary story is the not-quite-as Big ‘Cap. Still, a pretty good day of racing.
Here’s the full list of races, and those of you who are viewing on your phone, good luck.
$300,000 Malibu Stakes (Grade I), 3 year olds, 7 furlongs
$200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (Grade II), 3 year olds, 1 mile (turf)
$300,000 La Brea Stakes (Grade I), 3-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs
$300,000 San Antonio Stakes (Grade II), 3 & up, 1 1/16 miles
$75,000 Lady Of Shamrock Stakes, 3 year-old fillies, 1 mile (turf)
$75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes, 2 year olds, 1 mile (turf)
$300,000 American Oaks (Grade I), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/4 miles (turf)
$150,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (Grade III), F/M, 3 and up, 1 1/8 miles (turf)
$75,000 Blue Norther Stakes, 2-year-old fillies, 1 mile (turf)
$75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes, 4 & up, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
$200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (Grade II), 4 & up, 1 1/8 miles (turf)
$100,000 Sham Stakes (Grade III), 3 year olds, 1 mile
$200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (Grade II), 3-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs
$100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes (Grade III), F/M, 4 & up, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
$200,000 La Canada Stakes (Grade II), 4 & up, 1 1/16 miles
$75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes, 4 & up, 6 1/2 furlongs
$200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (Grade II), 4 & up, 6 furlongs
$75,000 Astra Stakes, 4 & up, 1 1/2 miles (turf)
$100,000 Megahertz Stakes (Grade III), 4 & up, 1 mile (turf)
$100,000 Cal Cup Turf Sprint Stakes, 3 year olds (Cal-bred), 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
$150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Sprint, F/M, 4 & up (Cal-bred), 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
$150,000 California Cup Sprint, 4 & up (Cal-bred), 6 furlongs
$200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic, 4 & up (Cal-bred), 1 1/8 miles (turf)
$75,000 Clockers' Corner Stakes, 4 & up (R), 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
$200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (Grade II), 4 & up, 1 1/8 miles
$150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (Grade III), 3 year olds, 1 1/16 miles
$200,000 San Marcos Stakes (Grade II), 4 & up, 1 1/4 miles (turf)
$75,000 Baffle Stakes, 3 year olds, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
$100,000 Thunder Road Stakes (Grade III), 4 & up, 1 mile (turf)
$200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (Grade II), 3-year-old fillies, 1 mile
$75,000 Sweet Life Stakes, 3-year-old fillies, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
$200,000 San Vicente Stakes (Grade II), 3 year olds, 7 furlongs
$75,000 Wishing Well Stakes, 4 & up (R), 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
$250,000 Santa Monica Stakes (Grade II), 4 & up, 7 furlongs
$200,000 California Cup Derby, 3 year olds (Cal-bred), 1 1/16 miles
$200,000 California Cup Oaks, 3 year-old fillies (Cal-bred), 1 mile (turf)
$200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (Grade II), F/M, 4 & up, 1 mile (turf)
$100,000 Spring Fever Stakes, F/M, 4 & up (Cal-bred), 6 furlongs
$200,000 Pasadena Stakes, 3 year olds, 1 mile (turf)
$100,000 Tiznow Stakes, 4 & up (Cal-bred), 1 mile
$500,000 San Felipe Stakes (Grade II), 3 year olds, 1 1/16 miles
$75,000 China Doll Stakes, 3 year-old fillies, 1 mile (turf)
$500,000 Santa Anita Handicap (Grade I), 4 & up, 1 1/4 miles
$400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (Grade I), 4 & up, 1 mile (turf)
$200,000 San Carlos Stakes (Grade II), 3 & up, 7 furlongs
$100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (Grade III), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles
$100,000 San Simeon Stakes (Grade III), 3 & up, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
$400,000 Beholder Stakes (Grade I), F/M, 3 & up, 1 mile
$100,000 Irish O'Brien Stakes, F/M, 4 & up (Cal-bred), 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
$200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes (Grade II), 4 & up, 1 1/2 miles (turf)
$100,000 Sensational Star Stakes, 4 & up (Cal-bred), 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
$200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (Grade II), F/M, 4 & up, 1 1/4 miles (turf)
$75,000 Santana Mile, 4 & up, 1 mile
$1-million Santa Anita Derby (Grade I), 3 year olds, 1 1/8 miles
$200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes, 3 year olds (Cal-bred), 6 1/2 furlongs
$200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes, 3-year-old fillies (Cal-bred), 6 1/2 furlongs
$400,000 Santa Anita Oaks (Grade I), 3-year-old-fillies, 1 1/16 miles
$150,000 Providencia Stakes (Grade III), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/8 miles (turf)
$200,000 Royal Herione Stakes (Grade II), F/M, 4 & up, 1 mile (turf)
$100,000 Las Flores Stakes (Grade III), F/M, 4 & UP, 6 furlongs
Del Mar preview
Del Mar has an eight-race card starting at 12:30 p.m. It’s one of the few times I just couldn’t find a feature to preview, which will make it tough to do the review tomorrow. There are three races worth $54,000, maybe the most interesting being the eighth an allowance/optional claimer going 1 3/8 miles on the turf. There are also two races worth $53,000. So, I’m going to leave it up to you figure which race is the most interesting.
Here are the field sizes, in order: 7, 8, 6, 8, 9, 8, 7, 10 (1 also eligible).
Bob Ike’s SA play of the day
FIFTH RACE: No. 4 Peachy (10-1)
These restricted claimers are not my favorite races to handicap but the price seems right to gamble on this George Papaprodromou-trained filly. She faded on turf last time but returns to the main track, where both of her efforts around two turns have been good, including a maiden claiming win one back despite racing wide. She figures to get a legitimate pace at which to run and might be able to pull off the upset in here.
Monday’s result: More Ice ($6.00) got bet from 9/2 morning line but split horses in mid-stretch and outkicked a game runner-up to get the victory in the seventh 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).
Golden Gate preview
We are back with our weekly look at the best racing going on at Golden Gate Fields. Race caller and all-around good guy Matt Dinerman is our host for previews and other musings. So, take it away, Matt.
“Some handicappers and horsemen say that the biggest step up in class is from maiden company to competing against proven winners. Tivan, a 2-year-old California-bred gelding, made his first start against winners in the $50,000 Golden Nugget Stakes last Sunday and passed the class test with flying colors, sitting off the pace before coming with a ferocious rally down the lane to surge past early pacesetter Tribal War Chant in the final yards.
“Our feature race of the week is the Golden Nugget Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward. The six-furlong stake will feature some of the Bay Area’s fastest sprinters, including stakes winners Annie’s Candy, Quick and Silver and hard knockers like J C’s Nightcap, Midnight Ming, Sunset Draggun, Sir Vronski and Touched By Autism.
“The Stronach 5 wager Leg E (last leg) goes as the fourth race on Friday: a contentious 12-horse starter allowance race over 5 1/2 furlongs. My top pick in the race is #12 Cannonball Comin, who should get a lovely stalking trip from that outside post. I also like #11 Dancing Harbor at a price. The Frank Lucarelli trainee drops in class having just finished five lengths behind Oakland Stakes contender Annie’s Candy.
“In other news, Bay Area trainer Jonathan Wong claimed 8-year-old Point Piper off of Hollendorfer in a $10,000 claiming race last weekend at Del Mar. Wong reported on Twitter that Point Piper was doing well after the claim and that he would be retired to stand stud. Point Piper’s biggest win came in the 2016 Grade 3 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs and the 2015 Harry F. Brubaker at Del Mar.”
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And now the star of the show, Thursday’s entries.
Del Mar Entries for Thursday, November 15.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, California. $2 Win, Place and Show; $1 Exacta, $2 Quinella, 50-cent Trifecta, $2 Rolling Double, 50-cent rolling Pick 3; 10-cent Superfecta; 50-cent Pick 4 last 4 races; 50-cent Players Pick 5 first 5 races; $2 Pick 6 last 6 races; $1 Place Pick All; $1 Super High Five last race. Trifecta needs 4 betting interests; Superfecta needs 6. 5th day of a 16-day meet.
5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $53,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds.
|1||Miss Stormy D||Geovanni Franco||122|
|2||Elusively||Heriberto Figueroa||117||Doug F. O'Neill|
|3||Devils Dance||122||Craig Anthony Lewis|
|4||Gallantlystreaming||Drayden Van Dyke||122||John W. Sadler|
|5||Mo Me Mo My||122||Doug F. O'Neill|
|6||Miss Alegria||Agapito Delgadillo||122||Victor L. Garcia|
|7||Rather Nosy||Flavien Prat||122|
1 Mile. Purse: $30,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000.
|1||Sooner Better||Kent Desormeaux||122||J. Keith Desormeaux||50,000|
|2||Bean Street||Eswan Flores||118||Robert A. Bean||40,000|
|3||Classy Chasie||Tyler Baze||122||Tim McCanna||50,000|
|4||Rockandahardplace||Agapito Delgadillo||122||Jeffrey Metz||50,000|
|5||Ack||Edwin Maldonado||122||J. Keith Desormeaux||50,000|
|6||Spectator's Dream||Edgar Payeras||113||Jesus Mendoza||40,000|
|7||Redrock Trail||Drayden Van Dyke||122||John W. Sadler||50,000|
|8||Silent Alarm||Tiago Pereira||118||Michael Machowsky||40,000|
1 Mile. Purse: $54,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.
|1||Aunt Lubie||Flavien Prat||120||Richard E. Mandella|
|2||Mo See Cal||122|
|3||Chickatini||Geovanni Franco||120||Peter Eurton|
|4||Starr of Quality||Tiago Pereira||124||William Spawr|
|5||Convince||Mario Gutierrez||120||Peter Eurton|
|6||Whirling||Drayden Van Dyke||120||Richard E. Mandella|
1 1/16 Mile Turf. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $62,500-$55,000.
|1||Sensible Thoughts||Rafael Bejarano||122||Steve Knapp||62,500|
|2||Breezy Bee||Kent Desormeaux||122||J. Keith Desormeaux||62,500|
|3||Super Good||Heriberto Figueroa||114||Mike Puype||55,000|
|4||See That Kat||Flavien Prat||122||Richard Baltas||62,500|
|5||Gattaia||Joseph Talamo||122||Simon Callaghan||62,500|
|6||Tig Tog||Drayden Van Dyke||122||Patrick Gallagher||62,500|
|7||Journal Entry||Geovanni Franco||122||Carla Gaines||62,500|
|8||Bella Papa||Tyler Baze||122||Philip D'Amato||62,500|
1 Mile. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000.
|1||K P's Smokin||Drayden Van Dyke||122||Steve Knapp||16,000|
|2||Rolling Shadow||Mario Gutierrez||124||Neil D. Drysdale||16,000|
|3||Sugaratsundown||Tiago Pereira||120||Jesus Mendoza||14,000|
|4||Peachy||Angel Cruz||120||George Papaprodromou||14,000|
|5||Mousey Mousey||Geovanni Franco||122||Robert Gilker||16,000|
|6||Copper Cowgirl||Edgar Payeras||117||Patricia Harrington||16,000|
|7||Sweet Treat||Heriberto Figueroa||119||Mike Puype||16,000|
|8||Pray for Corday||Luis Fuentes||113||Sal Gonzalez||14,000|
|9||Inland Empire||Agapito Delgadillo||122||Rafael Becerra||16,000|
5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $53,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds.
|1||Apples Arch||Alonso Quinonez||122||Doug F. O'Neill|
|2||Shut It Up||Heriberto Figueroa||117||Doug F. O'Neill|
|3||Objective||122||Thomas F. Proctor|
|4||Comegowithme||Martin Pedroza||122||Javier Jose Sierra|
|5||Sold It||Mario Gutierrez||122||Doug F. O'Neill|
|6||Any Two Cards||Angel Cruz||122||Genaro Vallejo|
|7||Data Storm Kitty||Ruben Fuentes||122||Jeff Bonde|
|8||Harmless||Flavien Prat||122||Robert B. Hess, Jr.|
1 Mile. Purse: $54,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. State bred.
|1||Ninety Nine Proof||Heriberto Figueroa||117||Peter Miller||20,000|
|2||Duluth||Joseph Talamo||120||Philip D'Amato|
|3||Plain Wrap||Eswan Flores||122||Javier Jose Sierra|
|4||Minoso||Martin Pedroza||120||Hector O. Palma|
|5||California Journey||Mario Gutierrez||122||Jerry Hollendorfer|
|6||King Abner||Tyler Baze||122||Philip D'Amato|
|7||Ground Attack||Geovanni Franco||122||Bruce Headley|
|8||New Karma||Angel Cruz||122||Anna Meah||20,000|
1 3/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $54,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.
|1||Red King||Geovanni Franco||122||Vladimir Cerin|
|2||Tough It Out||Tiago Pereira||124||Vladimir Cerin||40,000|
|3||Icy Street||Drayden Van Dyke||122||John W. Sadler|
|4||Lucky Soul||Flavien Prat||122||Michael W. McCarthy|
|5||Alsatian||Mike Smith||124||Neil D. Drysdale|
|6||Hard Fought||Evin Roman||122||Robert B. Hess, Jr.|
|7||Epical||Tyler Baze||120||James M. Cassidy|
|8||Save Ground||Mario Gutierrez||124||Ben D. A. Cecil|
|9||Gain Ground||Angel Cruz||122||Philip D'Amato|
|10||Tartini||Rafael Bejarano||122||Jack Carava|
|11||Saltini||Gary Stevens||124||Richard E. Mandella||40,000|
|12||Terrys Tom Cat||Joseph Talamo||124||Tim McCanna||40,000|