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Racing! And the best mudder is …

Hello, my name is John Cherwa, and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as I thank all you readers for writing the newsletter today.

As I mentioned, thanks to all of you who sent in your thoughts on who was the best mudder you’ve ever seen. I couldn’t use all your comments, so I apologize, and I tended to use the first ones in with their thoughts. So let’s get right to it.

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And the winner is …

I certainly didn’t think there would be a landslide winner, and even more so that the horse would be a former claimer, but that’s who many of you brought up as the best mudder. He ran 72 times, winning 22 of them. I couldn’t find out how many of those were in the slop, but your memories indicate a lot of them were on off tracks.

Here’s what some of you said about River Buoy:

“During the early 1970s there was a horse called River Buoy. He was a $6,250 claiming horse on dry dirt, but moved into allowance or overnight stakes in the mud/slop. He'd win by open air and it was truly amazing.”

-- Annie Lambert

“The best mudder I've ever seen was a former claiming horse named River Buoy (aptly named as he virtually floated over a muddy track), who raced in the early ’70s. An off surface turned him into a stakes-caliber runner, long before there were overnight and conditioned stakes races, winning one race at Santa Anita by Secretariat-like margins.”

-- Bill Kolberg

“Reaching back 45 years, I recall River Buoy (son of the obscure stallion Wetok-Indian Hemp-Nasrullah) who seemed to move up significantly from lower-class levels on both dirt and turf, later winning wire-to-wire in stakes competition circa 1973. From research performed more than 30 years ago when we had many more off-tracks, I also recall that Fleet Nasrullah (son of Nasrullah) was superior as a sire of off-track runners. This was likely passed on to his son Gummo, who sired Flying Paster and Out of the East (second in the SA Handicap in the mud against Stardust Mel).”

-- Paul Rubke

“That’s easy. River Buoy was claimed in 1972 by trainer Jack Look for $6,500, and at age 8 went on the win the Arcadia, San Luis Obispo and San Bernardino Handicaps in the mud. All Grade 2 and Grade 3 races at the time. Gummo, Deputy Commander and Desert Code were all excellent mud sires.”

-- Gil Luna

“River Buoy (the old-timers will remember him well ). Mid-level claimer until it rained, then he was stakes caliber, especially when they had real mud. Back in those days they had three marks in the Racing Form for good off-track ability. An asterisk (*) for good, an X for excellent, and an X with a circle around it for superior. River Buoy had the circled X.”

-- Jay Osterberg

And in second place …

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Here are a couple comments.

“It has to be Pappanick, who won the race I called on the Seinfeld episode ‘The Subway.’ #HisMuddaWasAMudda”

-- Michael Wrona

(Cherwa note: Thanks, Michael. I know I speak for myself and many, many readers in wishing you well. And it’s great to hear your call on this race.)

“I have to go with ‘Pappanick.’ That's the horse that Kramer got a tip on and played in a hilarious episode on Seinfeld. ‘His father was a mudder, his mother was a mudder, he loves the slop, he eats the slop.’”

-- Dennis McGarry

And Triple Crown winners …

“I'd pick Seattle Slew as my top mudder. Won the Belmont Stakes on a muddy track. Won two allowance races on sloppy tracks. But maybe his best off-track race was his only defeat on an off track in the 1978 Jockey Club Gold Cup (mile and one-half back then). After breaking through the gate before the race, he was reloaded, then got hung up inside a head-and-head duel with Affirmed (whose saddle slipped so he got very rank) and Affirmed's ‘rabbit,’ Life's Hope. They went six furlongs in 109 and change (way, way too fast), but Seattle Slew put away the two Laz Barrera horses then fought back when Exceller came up inside him and Slew was beaten only a neck.”

-- Jeff Tufts

“Seattle Slew (runner and sire). Second is Bates Motel.”

-- Robert Fleming

“Anything in the Slew family line. If I see any connection to Seattle Slew, it is an automatic to be included on tickets.”

-- Rob Tuel

“My husband, Ken, and I attended the Kentucky Derby and were lucky enough to do the walk over with My Boy Jack. I did the walk in my bare feet, so I can attest to how muddy the track was before the Derby was run! Given Justify's front-running win in the Derby on one of the wettest Derby Days on record, Justify qualifies as my favorite mudder.”

-- Barbara Meserve

“I'd have to say Justify. After all, he did win two legs of the Triple Crown on a wet track.”

-- Karen Manner

“Come on, anyone who ever watches horse racing has seen what Secretariat did in the Belmont.”

-- Jeff Prupis

And some other thoughts …

“Gummo without a doubt … had the 'X' (with a circle around it).”

-- Paul O’Reilly

“Mud Route. Hold on, I know where the exit is.”

-- Andy Mosely

“Saw a lot of good mudders, but one I remember was a come-from-way-behind horse, I think maybe Silky Sullivan. Horse had to have extra 50 pounds of mud on him at end. Jockey said he had four or five pairs of glasses and it wasn't near enough. We all cheered when he started his run. Old days.”

-- Gary D. Gress

“Bayakoa, a.k.a. ‘parrot face’ trained by Ron McAnally. Back before the Tomlinson ratings, the DRF used to put in mud marks to indicate mud ability, it was either an asterisk, an X or the X in a circle which was called a ‘wagon wheel.’ They rarely gave out the wagon wheel, but she was a wagon wheel.

“Also, a guy named Drouilly trained by Jerry Fanning back in the early ’80s. French-bred, he loved the mud, especially at Pomona. Ridden by Christina Blacker's Dad, Frank Olivares.”

-- Curt Larson

“In the early 1980s, Mr. Reactor (a $20-$25K claimer) was one that I made a few dollars investing upon. He loved the stuff wet at SA or Hollywood Park during a spring-summer rain.”

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-- Greg Badovinac

“I am reasonably sure that I saw Skywalker break his maiden by 5+ lengths in the mud at Hollywood Park in the early ’80's. I would guess that his sire ‘Relaunch’ would have sired some other mudders.”

-- Mark Forster

“Best mudder I saw was Rokeyby Stables’ Key to the Mint during the 1972 season. He swept all the fall championship races at Belmont that year as it seemed to conveniently rain every Saturday. He couldn't beat Riva Ridge on a dry track, but was dominant on a wet track.”

-- Randy Gabbo

“I will go with the most recent favorite, Super Saver. If there was no rain at Churchill Downs that day, then no Derby.”

-- Steve Stange

“Superb Moment* An asterisk horse!”

-- Barry Poynter

“In NorCal there was a horse named Leos Aussie (sic) that was unbelievable in the mud. He was mediocre on a fast track but would romp on a wet one.” (Cherwa note: He won 25 of 85 races)

-- Martin Alexander

“Spinney has a superior mud mark on the Form. A S in a circle.”

-- Pete Calvi

“BOZINA (Wing Out)-(Semprebene) Petrone 1981. At Santa Anita from 2/02/86-3/26/86, six races all in slop 2-3-1 Lifetime 76-9-13-12 $420,760.”

-- Lynn Kirkorian (Cherwa note: She was the breeder of Bozina.)

“The most impressive I ever saw was Forego. He carried weights we never see anymore — 130 to 137 pounds — and won on off tracks on his notoriously bad ankles. A true iron horse.”

-- Carolyn Sherry

“I'm not an old-timer, so only Arrogate comes to mind.”

-- Zizi Howell

“Cee's Tizzy in California; Deputy Minister nationally.”

-- Donald Brodt

“Exaggerator.”

Nikki Samolovitch

“It was a rainy day at Santa Anita in the late ’60s and it was my first time at the races and my first bet and the horse won and paid $12.00. I thought, ‘I’m gonna be rich, just read the program and bet.’ Oh yeah, the horse’s name was the Fabulous Mudder.”

-- William Casper

Los Alamitos thoroughbred review

Originally, I thought the feature was the fourth race, an allowance for fillies and mares going a mile. But two scratches turned it into a four-horse race. It was a close finish with Lightning Dove winning the bob over Queen Bee to You. Lightning Dove paid $6.80 to win for trainer Hector Palma and jockey Geovanni Franco.

So, the other $45,000 race was the eighth, a six-furlong allowance. Coil Me Home rallied on the outside and won easily by three lengths for Richard Baltas and Flavien Prat. Coil Me Home paid $8.40, $4.20 and $3.20. Minoso was second and Leroy finished third.

Big races review

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

Woodbine (6): $125,000 Ontario Lassie Stakes, Ont-bred fillies 2 years old, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Artilena ($19.80)

Woodbine (8): Grade 3 $125,000 Valedictory Stakes, 3 and up, 1 3/4 miles. Winner: Pumpkin Rumble ($3.10)

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Now, here is the star of the show, Sunday’s results. Back on Thursday.

Los Alamitos Race Course Charts Results for Sunday, December 9.

Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 4th day of a 8-day meet. Cloudy & Fast

FIRST RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $17,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 22.29 45.34 57.06 1:09.48


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

2 Street Zombie 122 2 3 4–1 3–1½ 3–2½ 1–¾ Franco 2.80
6 Honeymoonz Over 117 6 1 2–½ 2–1½ 2–hd 2–ns Figueroa 1.80
4 Caiifornia Clone 124 4 2 1–1½ 1–1 1–1 3–3 T Baze 7.40
1 Platinum Equity 122 1 4 3–hd 4–2 4–1 4–nk Quinonez 2.70
3 June Two Four 122 3 6 5–1 6 5–1½ 5–6 Fuentes 11.30
5 Captain Walker 119 5 5 6 5–hd 6 6 Payeras 8.40

2 STREET ZOMBIE 7.60 4.00 3.40
6 HONEYMOONZ OVER 3.40 2.40
4 CAIIFORNIA CLONE 4.40
$1 EXACTA (2-6)  $12.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-6-4-1)  $12.33
$1 TRIFECTA (2-6-4)  $55.60

Winner–Street Zombie Ch.g.3 by Street Boss out of Elle a Lishous, by Closing Argument. Bred by Robert Durbin (KY). Trainer: Genaro Vallejo. Owner: Battle Born Racing Stable and Pristinus Stables. Mutuel Pool $85,041 Exacta Pool $43,391 Superfecta Pool $23,634 Trifecta Pool $30,033. Scratched–none.

STREET ZOMBIE stalked outside a rival then bid three deep on the turn, came four wide into the stretch, re-bid under urging three wide a sixteenth out and got up late. HONEYMOONZ OVER had speed outside then stalked the pace alongside a rival, bid between horses on the turn, came three wide into the stretch, re-bid between foes past the eighth pole and continued willingly for the place. CAIIFORNIA CLONE had speed off the rail then inched away on the backstretch, angled in, met bids on the turn, inched away off the rail again into the stretch, fought back in deep stretch and was edged for second. PLATINUM EQUITY stalked the pace inside, lugged out on the turn to come three wide into the stretch and lacked the needed response. JUNE TWO FOUR chased a bit off the rail then angled in leaving the backstretch, saved ground thereafter to no avail. CAPTAIN WALKER chased off the rail then outside a rival into the stretch and weakened.

SECOND RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $14,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000. Time 21.67 45.14 56.98 1:03.51


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

7 Ps Bettin On You 119 7 4 4–2 4–2½ 1–1½ 1–¾ Payeras 10.60
3 Awesome Leap 119 3 2 3–hd 3–hd 2–hd 2–1¼ McDaid 15.80
4 Gutsy Streak 124 4 1 2–1 1–hd 3–4 3–4 Hernandez 7.60
2 Ivy Mike 117 2 7 7 7 6–3 4–nk Figueroa 3.40
5 Knust 124 5 6 5–1 5–hd 5–½ 5–7 Gutierrez 0.90
6 Creative Hit 122 6 3 1–hd 2–1 4–1 6–7 Aragon 4.60
1 Uptown Street 124 1 5 6–½ 6–1 7 7 Flores 84.30

7 PS BETTIN ON YOU 23.20 9.20 6.20
3 AWESOME LEAP 12.00 8.60
4 GUTSY STREAK 5.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-7)  $156.00
$1 EXACTA (7-3)  $109.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-3-4-2)  $183.61
$1 TRIFECTA (7-3-4)  $471.60

Winner–Ps Bettin On You Dbb.g.6 by Forest Grove out of Low Key Affair, by Vying Victor. Bred by S. Telford & W. Rudnick (BC). Trainer: Eric Berman. Owner: Jesus J. Uranga. Mutuel Pool $94,498 Daily Double Pool $22,280 Exacta Pool $52,840 Superfecta Pool $35,504 Trifecta Pool $43,173. Claimed–Creative Hit by Donn Start. Trainer: Jorge Periban. Scratched–none.

PS BETTIN ON YOU stalked outside then alongside a rival on the turn, came four wide into the stretch, bid outside rivals to gain the lead, inched away under left handed urging and held gamely. AWESOME LEAP had speed inside to duel for the lead and was shuffled back into the turn, came out a bit then around a rival into the stretch, bid again between foes in upper stretch and continued willingly inside the winner. GUTSY STREAK dueled between horses then inside on the turn and into the stretch, battled back in upper stretch and bested the others. IVY MIKE broke a bit slowly, chased just off the rail, came out on the turn and four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. KNUST a step slow to begin, chased outside a rival then off the rail on the turn, came out into the stretch and also lacked the necessary response. CREATIVE HIT dueled three deep then outside a rival on the turn, battled between horses in upper stretch and weakened in the final furlong. UPTOWN STREET saved ground chasing the pace throughout and had little left for the stretch.

THIRD RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 22.28 46.00 57.62 1:04.03


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

4 Rose Dunn 122 4 3 4–1½ 3–1 1–1 1–1¾ Talamo 0.40
7 Silk From Heaven 122 7 6 5–2½ 4–hd 2–2½ 2–9 Flores 5.90
5 Derby Luck 122 5 2 2–1 1–hd 3–2½ 3–nk Gutierrez 11.50
1 Tip Top Gal 117 1 4 3–hd 5–3 4–1½ 4–1¾ Figueroa 13.10
6 Autumn Isabella 122 6 5 6–7 6–5 6–3 5–2 Vergara, Jr. 106.20
3 Ron's Cat 122 3 1 1–hd 2–1 5–hd 6–2½ Delgadillo 6.00
9 West Way Dreams 117 8 7 7–1½ 7–1½ 7–5 7–8 Payeras 97.50
2 Daddys Real Diva 115 2 8 8 8 8 8 Fuentes 45.50

4 ROSE DUNN 2.80 2.20 2.10
7 SILK FROM HEAVEN 3.00 2.40
5 DERBY LUCK 3.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-4)  $48.80
$1 EXACTA (4-7)  $4.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-7-5-1)  $7.78
$1 TRIFECTA (4-7-5)  $26.20

Winner–Rose Dunn Ch.f.2 by Violence out of Red Hot Bullet, by Red Bullet. Bred by Premier Thoroughbreds LLC (CA). Trainer: Brian J. Koriner. Owner: Blinkers On Racing Stable, Bennett, Richard, Billow, Timothy, Cahee, Mark, Decker, Anthony, Decker,. Mutuel Pool $148,328 Daily Double Pool $11,269 Exacta Pool $78,965 Superfecta Pool $55,898 Trifecta Pool $57,844. Scratched–Put Her On Hold.

$1 Pick Three (2-7-4) paid $227.00. Pick Three Pool $34,439.

ROSE DUNN stalked outside a rival, bid three deep into the stretch, took the lead between foes in upper stretch, inched away and held under urging. SILK FROM HEAVEN chased outside a foe, came out on the turn and four wide into the stretch, bid outside horses in upper stretch and clearly bested the rest. DERBY LUCK dueled outside a rival, put a head in front on the turn, fought back off the rail in upper stretch then drifted in and held third. TIP TOP GAL pulled her way along to stalk the pace a bit off the rail then inside on the turn, came out into the stretch and weakened. AUTUMN ISABELLA angled in and saved ground chasing the pace and lacked a response in the stretch. RON'S CAT had good early speed and dueled inside, fought back on the turn and weakened in the drive. WEST WAY DREAMS broke out and a bit slowly, settled off the rail, angled to the inside on the turn and did not rally. DADDYS REAL DIVA hopped some in a slow start and was squeezed a bit, settled off the pace inside and failed to menace.

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $45,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 24.10 47.68 1:11.50 1:23.35 1:35.57


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

5 Lightning Dove 121 3 2 1–1 1–1 1–½ 2–3 1–ns Franco 2.30
1 Queen Bee to You 121 1 3 3–2½ 3–2½ 3–3 1–hd 2–8 Prat 2.00
3 Starr of Quality 121 2 1 2–1 2–1 2–hd 3–8 3–11 Pedroza 1.30
6 Atina 121 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 Talamo 6.90

5 LIGHTNING DOVE 6.60 4.20
1 QUEEN BEE TO YOU 3.40
3 STARR OF QUALITY
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-5)  $17.40
$1 EXACTA (5-1)  $11.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-1-3-6)  $2.18
$1 TRIFECTA (5-1-3)  $19.30

Winner–Lightning Dove B.f.4 by Uncle Mo out of Thunders Dove, by Thunderello. Bred by Windmill Manor Farm, Inc. (KY). Trainer: Hector O. Palma. Owner: BG Stables and Palma, Hector O.. Mutuel Pool $113,025 Daily Double Pool $15,912 Exacta Pool $43,487 Superfecta Pool $13,066 Trifecta Pool $20,680. Scratched–Dominating Woman, Drift Away.

$1 Pick Three (7-4-5) paid $104.40. Pick Three Pool $15,509.

LIGHTNING DOVE had speed outside a rival then inched away and angled in, set the pace along the inside, was between horses into the stretch, fought back outside the runner-up in the final furlong and gamely prevailed under urging. QUEEN BEE TO YOU saved ground stalking the pace, bid inside in the stretch, put a head in front a furlong out and was outgamed late. STARR OF QUALITY had speed outside the winner then stalked just off the rail, bid three deep into the stretch, dropped back in midstretch and weakened. ATINA (ARG) broke a bit slowly, angled in and settled off the pace inside then a bit off the rail leaving the backstretch, swung out into the stretch and had little left for the drive.

FIFTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 21.65 45.25 57.23 1:03.48


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

3 According to Buddy 115 3 3 5–1½ 3–1 2–1½ 1–6 Fuentes 0.60
1 Midnight Bandit 124 1 6 8 6–hd 5–5 2–¾ T Baze 7.00
6 Desert Movie 122 6 7 6–2 5–1 4–1 3–½ Fuentes 5.20
2 Champsachamp 118 2 4 1–hd 1–½ 1–hd 4–2½ Franco 7.40
4 El Senor de Latuna 122 4 5 2–2½ 2–4½ 3–1½ 5–5 Flores 13.80
8 Rare Journey 117 8 8 7–hd 8 6–6 6–9 Payeras 21.00
7 Pale Color 122 7 2 4–1 7–1 7–4 7–16 Harvey 51.80
5 Street Machine 115 5 1 3–½ 4–½ 8 8 Orduna-Rojas 34.70

3 ACCORDING TO BUDDY 3.20 2.60 2.10
1 MIDNIGHT BANDIT 4.80 3.20
6 DESERT MOVIE 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-3)  $22.80
$1 EXACTA (3-1)  $8.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-1-6-2)  $5.86
$1 TRIFECTA (3-1-6)  $19.20

Winner–According to Buddy B.g.3 by Acclamation out of Woman's Intuition, by Bolger. Bred by Old English Rancho (CA). Trainer: Hector O. Palma. Owner: Finish Line Racing, LLC. Mutuel Pool $139,504 Daily Double Pool $13,841 Exacta Pool $93,495 Superfecta Pool $66,427 Trifecta Pool $72,061. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (4-5-3) paid $16.00. Pick Three Pool $54,914. $1 Pick Four (7-4/8-5-3) 4 correct paid $240.80. Pick Four Pool $86,549. 50-Cent Pick Five (2-7-4/8-5-3) 5 correct paid $901.40. Pick Five Pool $309,218.

ACCORDING TO BUDDY saved ground chasing the pace, came out into the stretch then angled in and bid inside, took the lead past the eighth pole and drew off under urging. MIDNIGHT BANDIT broke a bit slowly, settled inside, moved up along the rail leaving the turn and into the stretch and gained the place inside. DESERT MOVIE also a bit slow to begin, chased outside then advanced three deep on the turn and into the stretch, drifted in some in midstretch, split rivals late and edged a foe for the show. CHAMPSACHAMP went up inside to duel for the lead, came off the rail into the stretch, battled outside the winner a furlong out and was edged late for third. EL SENOR DE LATUNA had good early speed and dueled outside a rival, was fanned out into the stretch, drifted in some in the drive and weakened. RARE JOURNEY broke a bit slowly, settled off the rail then outside, came four wide into the stretch, also drifted in and lacked a further response. PALE COLOR chased outside a foe on the backstretch and turn, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. STREET MACHINE stalked a bit off the rail then outside a rival, dropped back and drifted to the inside in the stretch and gave way.

SIXTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $30,000. Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000. Time 22.17 45.60 57.78 1:04.26


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

5 Owning 122 3 4 3–hd 3–hd 2–hd 1–hd Gutierrez 1.80
8 The White Shadow 122 5 1 4–1 4–3 1–hd 2–hd Prat 1.00
4 Kid Koil 122 2 5 2–hd 2–½ 3–4 3–2½ Maldonado 2.70
6 Peppers Ace 122 4 2 5 5 4–2 4–8 Flores 16.60
2 Shark 117 1 3 1–hd 1–hd 5 5 Payeras 48.20

5 OWNING 5.60 2.60 2.10
8 THE WHITE SHADOW 2.40 2.10
4 KID KOIL 2.10
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-5)  $8.20
$1 EXACTA (5-8)  $5.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-8-4-6)  $1.18
$1 TRIFECTA (5-8-4)  $9.00

Winner–Owning Grr.c.2 by Flashback out of Meridian Mama, by Forestry. Bred by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. (KY). Trainer: Simon Callaghan. Owner: Reddam Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $131,692 Daily Double Pool $13,837 Exacta Pool $58,581 Superfecta Pool $31,371 Trifecta Pool $43,145. Claimed–The White Shadow by Vindicate Racing and Del Mar Summer Racing Club LLC. Trainer: Andrew Lerner. Scratched–Just Hit Play, Malibu Bay, Mr Bingley.

$1 Pick Three (5-3-5) paid $25.20. Pick Three Pool $28,977.

OWNING dueled three deep between horses to the stretch, fought back between foes in the final furlong and gamely prevailed under urging. THE WHITE SHADOW dueled five wide then four wide into and on the turn and into the stretch, battled three deep on a short lead in the final furlong and was edged late. KID KOIL had good early speed and dueled between horses then off the rail in upper stretch, fought back along the fence in the final furlong and went willingly to the end. PEPPERS ACE prompted the pace four wide between foes then fell back nearing the turn, angled in some on the bend and lacked the needed late kick. SHARK also had good early speed and dueled inside, fought back on the turn and into the stretch, dropped back in upper stretch and weakened.

SEVENTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $17,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000. Time 22.45 46.18 1:10.96 1:23.78 1:36.98


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

6 Midnight Soot 119 6 7 7–1 7–hd 8 1–hd 1–1¼ Fuentes 19.10
5 Topgallant 121 5 8 8 8 5–hd 6–2 2–1 Pedroza 5.00
4 Canada 124 4 4 4–½ 4–1½ 3–1½ 3–hd 3–nk Vergara, Jr. 48.50
2 Pioneerof the West 124 2 1 1–1 1–hd 1–hd 2–½ 4–½ Talamo 1.90
7 Downside Up 116 7 6 6–2½ 6–1½ 4–1 5–1½ 5–½ Payeras 18.70
1 Above Board 124 1 2 3–1½ 3–hd 2–hd 4–hd 6–3 Hernandez 1.20
8 Pamper Me Now 121 8 5 5–2 5–2 7–½ 7–8 7–19 Flores 51.30
3 Rhettbutler 112 3 3 2–hd 2–1 6–hd 8 8 Fuentes 9.70

6 MIDNIGHT SOOT 40.20 13.80 7.60
5 TOPGALLANT 6.00 3.60
4 CANADA 16.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-6)  $97.80
$1 EXACTA (6-5)  $75.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-5-4-2)  $562.93
$1 TRIFECTA (6-5-4)  $1,831.40

Winner–Midnight Soot Grr.r.3 by Liaison out of Vegas Prospector, by Crafty Prospector. Bred by Brandywine Farm (Jim & Pam Robinson) (KY). Trainer: Jack Carava. Owner: Paymaster Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $150,377 Daily Double Pool $13,789 Exacta Pool $80,109 Superfecta Pool $56,490 Trifecta Pool $63,613. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (3-5-6) paid $104.90. Pick Three Pool $42,208.

MIDNIGHT SOOT settled off the rail then outside a rival, came out leaving the second turn and five wide into the stretch, rallied under urging to the lead four wide a furlong out and inched away. TOPGALLANT angled in and saved ground off the pace, came out into the stretch, lacked room in upper stretch then steadied when boxed in off heels a furlong out, came out and got up four wide for the place. CANADA washy at the gate, had speed four wide on the first turn then stalked outside a rival, bid four wide on the second turn and into the stretch and three deep in the drive and held third between foes late. PIONEEROF THE WEST had speed inside to set the pace, dueled along the rail, came a bit off the fence in the stretch and fought back, battled between foes late and was edged for the show. DOWNSIDE UP angled in a bit off the rail chasing the pace, continued inside on the second turn, bid along the rail past midstretch and was outkicked for a minor award. ABOVE BOARD stalked inside, bid between horses on the second turn and in the stretch and was outfinished late. PAMPER ME NOW five wide into the first turn, stalked outside, came four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. RHETTBUTLER had speed three deep then stalked early on the backstretch, bid outside a rival then three wide between horses on the second turn and into the second turn and into the stretch and gave way.

EIGHTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $45,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 21.73 44.18 56.32 1:08.54


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

2 Coil Me Home 120 2 6 3–hd 3–1 2–1 1–3 Prat 3.20
3 Minoso 120 3 5 5–½ 4–hd 4–2½ 2–¾ Pedroza 8.40
6 Leroy 122 6 7 7–4½ 6–hd 6–2 3–½ Talamo 16.50
4 Clyde's Pride 122 4 1 1–hd 1–hd 1–hd 4–4 Franco 0.70
8 Billy the Hott 117 8 3 2–1½ 2–2½ 3–hd 5–¾ McDaid 52.00
1 Joe Jackson 120 1 2 6–4 7–5 7–4 6–2 T Baze 7.80
7 Buck Duane 120 7 4 4–1 5–3 5–hd 7–2½ Delgadillo 11.60
5 Son of the South 122 5 8 8 8 8 8 Vergara, Jr. 119.80

2 COIL ME HOME 8.40 4.20 3.20
3 MINOSO 7.00 4.00
6 LEROY 6.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-2)  $210.40
$1 EXACTA (2-3)  $24.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-3-6-4)  $60.34
$1 TRIFECTA (2-3-6)  $144.10

Winner–Coil Me Home B.c.3 by Coil out of Goodtobehome, by Came Home. Bred by GGG Stables (CA). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: GGG Stables. Mutuel Pool $175,148 Daily Double Pool $19,515 Exacta Pool $93,387 Superfecta Pool $59,830 Trifecta Pool $74,352. Scratched–none.

$1 Pick Three (5-6-2) paid $256.10. Pick Three Pool $23,393.

COIL ME HOME stalked a bit off the rail then inside on the turn, came out into the stretch, bid three deep then outside a rival to gain the lead past the eighth pole and won clear under urging. MINOSO stalked between horses or a bit off the rail, came three wide into the stretch and gained the place. LEROY settled off the inside then a bit off the fence, came out into the stretch again past midstretch and edged a rival late for third. CLYDE'S PRIDE dueled off the rail then inside on the turn and in the stretch and was outfinished late for a minor share. BILLY THE HOTT angled in and dueled outside a rival on the backstretch and turn and into the stretch, was between horses nearing the eighth pole and weakened in the final furlong. JOE JACKSON saved ground stalking the pace, continued inside in the stretch and also weakened. BUCK DUANE stalked outside then three deep into and on the turn and four wide into the stretch and had little left for the drive. SON OF THE SOUTH dropped back and angled in early, saved ground off the pace, came a bit off the rail in the stretch and failed to menace.

NINTH RACE.

5 Furlongs. Purse: $14,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000. Time 21.93 45.39 57.96


Pgm Horse Wt PP St 3/16 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

8 Quizlet 117 7 7 6–hd 6–hd 4–1½ 1–½ Payeras 10.30
2 Gone Skyward 122 2 4 2–hd 1–hd 2–1 2–hd Bednar 4.40
9 Charming Alexis 122 8 5 3–2½ 2–hd 1–½ 3–1¼ Ochoa 19.70
10 Dressed in Prada 124 9 9 8–6 8–5 5–1 4–½ Quinonez 7.30
7 Jabber Now 117 6 6 7–2 7–1 6–½ 5–2 Fuentes 0.90
1 Tiz Mi Haina 119 1 2 1–hd 3–3 3–1 6–1¼ Figueroa 5.20
4 Luv Is All U Need 122 4 3 5–½ 5–hd 7–4 7–1 Aragon 32.80
5 Fellina 124 5 8 9 9 9 8–7 Hernandez 59.70
3 Canned Heat 119 3 1 4–1 4–1 8–1 9 McDaid 33.50

8 QUIZLET 22.60 9.40 5.40
2 GONE SKYWARD 6.00 4.80
9 CHARMING ALEXIS 7.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-8)  $140.40
$1 EXACTA (8-2)  $59.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-2-9-10)  $306.05
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-2-9-10-7)  Carryover $7,815
$1 TRIFECTA (8-2-9)  $646.30
$2 CONSOLATION DOUBLE (2-6)  $6.80

Winner–Quizlet Dbb.f.3 by Informed out of Grey Babe, by Grey Memo. Bred by Ridgeley Farm LLC (CA). Trainer: Richard Rosales. Owner: Laura Armstrong. Mutuel Pool $178,223 Daily Double Pool $67,452 Exacta Pool $102,247 Superfecta Pool $83,461 Super High Five Pool $10,240 Trifecta Pool $77,348. Scratched–Majestic Authority, Mergie Troid, Wicked Sunset.

$1 Pick Three (6-2-8) paid $2,096.40. Pick Three Pool $75,487. $1 Consolation Pick Three (6-2-6) paid $94.20. $1 Pick Four (5-6-2-8) 4 correct paid $4,811.20. Pick Four Pool $370,372. $2 Pick Six (5-3-5-6-2-8) 5 out of 6 paid $2,634.00. Pick Six Pool $69,027. Pick Six Carryover $36,877.

QUIZLET sent along then came in early, chased o0utside a rival or a bit off the rail, split horses on the turn, angled to the inside past midstretch and rallied under urging to get up late. GONE SKYWARD dueled between horses, put a head in front, fought back just off the rail past midstretch and was edged between foes late. CHARMING ALEXIS angled in and dueled three deep, fought back outside a rival at the furlong marker and three wide in deep stretch and continued willingly. DRESSED IN PRADA settled off the rail, angled in leaving the backstretch, found the inside on the turn and finished with interest along the rail. JABBER NOW in a bit tight early, chased outside then three deep, came four wide into the stretch and was outfinished. TIZ MI HAINA had good early speed and dueled inside, fought back on the turn and into the stretch, came a bit off the rail past midstretch and weakened. LUV IS ALL U NEED steadied sharply in tight between foes early, angled in and saved ground, came out into the stretch and lacked a rally. FELLINA also steadied in tight between foes early, angled in and saved ground off the pace, came out leaving the turn and into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. CANNED HEAT pulled between horses and steadied early, stalked a bit off the rail, came out into the stretch and weakened. The stewards conducted an inquiry into the early running but made no change when they ruled both the winner and CANNED HEAT contributed to the trouble.

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