Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we get ready for more racing at Santa Anita and elsewhere.
I know we usually start the newsletter with something that isn’t a race, but because we are in the midst of eight of these in a row, we thought we would highlight the Grade 1 $300,000 Ameircan Oaks for 2-year-old fillies going a mile on the turf.
But first, a couple of you took exception to my idea that the Pegasus is too short at 1 1/8 miles because of the layout at Gulfstream, which penalizes horses on the far outside because of the short run to the first turn. Well, yes, Gun Runner won last year’s race from the 10, so that buys it a few more years.
And, another reason, you say, is that the 1 1/8-mile distance can attract milers looking to stretch out and the fact that the distance wouldn’t be a problem for 1 ¼-mile horses. Well, how about 1 3/16 miles, which, at one time, Stronach big shot Tim Ritvo said was under consideration?
Well, a change didn’t happen. Here’s what could work, rotate the race, along with the accompanying turf race which I’m not sure anyone cares about just yet, between Gulfstream, Santa Anita and Laurel. Yes, I know the giant Pegasus hood ornament sits in the Gulfstream parking lot but I write about Southern California racing and I think Santa Anita deserves the chance to host it and Laurel needs some practice hosting a big event before
Now, back to our regularly scheduled race coverage.
Competitionofideas went from last to first, all in the stretch, to win by a widening 2 ¾ lengths. She paid $12.20, $8.00 and $4.60. K P Pergoliscious was second and Amandine was third.
Competitionofideas, for East Coast trainer Chad Brown, went five wide entering the stretch and then rolled past everyone for the win.
Brown didn’t come to Santa Anita but sent assistant trainer Jose Hernandez.
“It’s great to finish out the year like this,” Hernandez said. “This filly had settled in real good here at Santa Anita and she was doing good coming into this race. She finished up really strong today.”
“She broke well, we saved ground, and we took one shot,” Rosario said of Competitionofideas. “I thought we would be closer but everybody wanted their spot so I just let her settle. I always have to thank everybody for giving me the chance to ride here again and I really appreciate everybody.”
Henie’s handicapping lesson
Now, Rob Henie didn’t ask me to mention this, but I wanted to anyway. Those of you who soaked in his Saturday lesson were treated to a $17.00 winner in Truffalino. And, if you read his explanation, hours in advance, understand why it happened. So, the way I see it, the $17.00 or more you won more than pays for your year’s subscription to our newsletter. Oh, that’s right, it’s free. Talk about value, which I know I always bring down, but my stellar list of contributors always elevate the product. Thanks to all who make this worth reading.
Santa Anita review
We talked about the big Grade 1 up top, so we’ll cover the other stakes race right here. Fahan Mura went gate to wire in winning the Grade 3 $150,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on the turf. The 4-year-old filly had little trouble going to the lead and kept a comfortable pace all the way around and held on for a yielding ¾-length win.
As the favorite, Fahan Mura paid $5.40, $3.40 and $2.80 for trainer Vladimir Cerin and jockey Edwin Maldonado. Excellent Sunset was second and Escape Clause was third.
“The fractions were good for her, but they were good for her last time, too [when she ran 12th in Grade 1 Matriarch],” Cerin said. “For some reason she just didn’t fire. I leave it in Edwin’s hands. He’s improved her by letting her be herself. He never interferes with her. He’s a big reason why she’s doing well.”
Maldonado seems to have it all in hand.
“She’s a really fun horse to ride,” Maldonado said. “She’s become so much more professional. She used to pull quite a bit, but now, she relaxes so nice…I want to thank Vladimir and the owners for putting me on her. [Saturday], she made the lead easy and then she did all the work.”
Santa Anita preview
Sunday’s 10-race card isn’t that great unless you really like to watch 2-year-old fillies. Four of the races are written for those horses that will turn 3 in a couple days. Four of the races are on the turf.
The feature is a minor stakes, the $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going a mile on the turf. Actually, if you look at the national schedule, you’ll only find one race worth at least $100,000 on Sunday. The favorite is the heavily raced Lady Prancealot at 5-2. She runs for Richard Baltas and Joel Rosario. She is one-for-eight lifetime with only her last three races in the U.S. She finished 14th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
The second favorite is Courteous, at 3-1, for Richard Mandella and Joe Talamo. She is one-for-four lifetime and finished second last out in the Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar.
Here are the field sizes, in order: 10 (2 also eligible), 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 11, 10, 10, 10 (1 ae).
Big Races review
A look at graded stakes or races worth more $100,000 or more on Saturday.
Laurel (3): $100,000 Heft Stakes, 2-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Winner: Alwaysmining ($7.20)
Gulfstream (4): $100,000 Janus Stakes, 3 and up, 5 furlongs on turf. Winner: Vision Perfect ($4.60)
Laurel (6): $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes, fillies 2-years-old, 7 furlongs. Winner: Please Flatter Me ($5.40)
Gulfstream (6): $100,000 Abundantia Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 5 furlongs on turf. Winner: Girls Know Best ($8.00)
Aqueduct (6): $100,000 East View Stakes, NY-bred fillies 2-years-old, 1 mile. Winner: Espresso Shot ($6.80)
Laurel (7): $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Isotope ($14.40)
Laurel (8): $100,000 Dave’s Friend Stakes, 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Winner: Colonel Sharp ($12.80)
Aqueduct (8): $100,000 Alex M. Robb Stakes, NY-breds 3 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Winner: Mr. Buff ($7.40)
Santa Anita (4): Grade 3 $150,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 1/8 miles on turf. Winner: Farhan Mura ($5.40)
Gulfstream (10): $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes, 3 and up, 2 miles on turf. Winner: Red Knight ($13.00)
Santa Anita (8): Grade 1 $300,000 American Oaks Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 1 ¼ miles on turf. Winner: Competitionofideas ($12.20)
Big races preview
A look at graded stakes or races worth more $100,000 or more on Sunday. All times PDT:
12:47 Aqueduct (7): $100,000 Bay Ridge Stakes, NY-bred fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Bonita Bianca (2-1)
Bob Ike’s SA pick of the day
FIRST RACE: No. 5 Flip the Coin Jan (4-1)
Hard-knocking sophomore colt moves up a notch off the Alfredo Marquez claim (trainer hitting at 20% this year) and cuts back in distance after settling for second going a mile at Del Mar. He has won two of three starts down the hill and has good tactical speed, which is a big asset over this layout.
Saturday’s result: Violent Behavior was crushed to odds-on favoritism but again settled for second 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).
Ed Burgart LA play of the day
THIRD RACE: No. 4 R Valiant Hero (2-1)
He was third in a much-stronger-than-normal maiden $4,000 field in last when facing winner dropping down from a maiden $12,500 claimer. His new trainer, Jorge Farias, does well with first-out claims and gives the gelding a positive class hike boost. Either one of his prior two races makes him a major threat in this field.
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And now the stars of the show, Saturday’s results and Sunday’s entries.
Santa Anita Charts Results for Saturday, December 29.
Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 3rd day of a 61-day meet. Clear & Firm
1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 23.97 48.24 1:12.69 1:37.24 1:49.05
|7||Out of Balance||122||7||5||5–1½||3–hd||4–½||3–hd||2–½||Prat||7.70|
|8||My Sweet Baboo||122||8||2||1–hd||1–1||1–1||2–1||7–1¾||2.10|
|6||Fashion Island||122||6||8||6–½||6–hd||6–hd||8||8||Van Dyke||4.40|
|7||OUT OF BALANCE||7.80||5.00|
|$2 ROULETTE (GREEN)||$9.80|
|$1 EXACTA (3-7)||$43.90|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-7-1-5)||$245.19|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-7-1)||$154.25|
|$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-7-1-5-4)||Carryover $964|
Winner–Truffalino Ch.f.2 by English Channel out of Joy's Kitten, by Kitten's Joy. Bred by Calumet Farm (KY). Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: Calumet Farm. Mutuel Pool $234,827 Roulette Pool $823 Exacta Pool $107,179 Superfecta Pool $41,810 Trifecta Pool $68,278 X-5 Super High Five Pool $1,265. Scratched–Maxim Rate.
TRUFFALINO broke a bit slowly, settled off the pace inside, came out leaving the second turn and four wide into the stretch, rallied under left handed urging to the front in deep stretch and proved best. OUT OF BALANCE stalked three deep to the stretch and finished with interest to get up for second three wide on the line. MERCY MERCY saved ground stalking the pace, came out into the stretch, split rivals past midstretch and was edged for second between foes on the wire. SPEEDETTE had speed between horses then dueled inside, came a bit off the rail to stalk on the first turn and backstretch, bid again outside the pacesetter on the second turn, took the lead into the stretch, inched away past midstretch and was edged for a minor award late. HELLO BUBBLES stalked between horses, came out in upper stretch and was outfinished. STYLIN OCEAN pulled and tossed her head early, saved ground stalking the pace, came out for room in midstretch, split rivals in deep stretch and also was outfinished. MY SWEET BABOO three deep early, dueled outside a rival then inched away and angled in on the first turn, set the pace inside, dueled along the rail on the second turn and to midstretch and weakened late. FASHION ISLAND broke a bit slowly and was squeezed just after the start, chased a bit off the rail then outside a rival, came out three deep into the stretch, was crowded off heels in upper stretch and weakened in the final furlong.
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $12,500-$10,500. Time 22.30 46.05 1:11.16 1:17.77
|8||Caiifornia Clone||124||8||2||3–1||2–½||2–2||3–½||T Baze||4.70|
|7||June Two Four||122||7||5||5–3½||6–2||4–hd||4–4½||15.70|
|5||Rolls Royce Deal||117||5||8||8||7–2||6–2||6–4||Figueroa||8.30|
|$2 ROULETTE (RED)||$3.20|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-3)||$40.80|
|$1 EXACTA (3-4)||$6.80|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-4-8-7)||$9.58|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-4-8-7-1)||$518.40|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-4-8)||$11.15|
Winner–Facts Matter Dbb.g.3 by The Factor out of
FACTS MATTER stalked a bit off the rail, bid three deep into the stretch to gain the lead and drew clear under some urging and strong handling then a hold late. BLAME JOE chased just off the inside, angled in on the turn, swung three wide into the stretch and gained the place. CAIIFORNIA CLONE dueled three deep, angled in between horses into the stretch and held third. JUNE TWO FOUR chased off the inside, came out four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. LUCKY PATRICK broke a bit slowly and steadied, chased inside, came out leaving the turn and into the stretch and could not summon the necessary response. ROLLS ROYCE DEAL also broke a bit slowly, settled outside a rival, angled to the inside into the stretch and did not rally. CELEBRATE LIFE went up inside to duel for the lead, fought back into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. OPTIMUM had good early speed and dueled between horses, dropped back into the stretch and also weakened.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 22.33 46.37 59.34 1:13.11
|11||A Dime for Me||122||10||7||5–hd||5–2||4–2½||5–½||Pedroza||4.60|
|6||Starship Sky||122||5||11||11–hd||12||11–hd||7–¾||Vergara, Jr.||91.60|
|13||Princess Lili B||122||12||4||6–1½||7–hd||9–hd||9–1¼||Pereira||83.10|
|9||Ron's Cat||120||8||1||2–hd||4–1||8–1||12||E Garcia||97.60|
|$2 ROULETTE (RED)||$3.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-7)||$19.80|
|$1 EXACTA (7-5)||$29.00|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-5-8-1)||$54.05|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-5-8-1-11)||$882.30|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-5-8)||$66.30|
Winner–Naomi Fraley Ch.f.2 by Lucky Pulpit out of Stash, by Maria's Mon. Bred by Nick Alexander (CA). Trainer: William E. Morey. Owner: Nicholas B. Alexander. Mutuel Pool $347,737 Roulette Pool $2,196 Daily Double Pool $29,684 Exacta Pool $224,596 Superfecta Pool $97,162 Super High Five Pool $2,312 Trifecta Pool $141,186. Scratched–The Pet.
50-Cent Pick Three (3-3-7) paid $49.75. Pick Three Pool $66,012.
NAOMI FRALEY went up to duel between horses then outside a rival on the turn, took a short lead in the stretch, inched clear past midstretch and held under urging. MERITOCRACY stalked a bit off the rail, angled out three deep into the stretch and edged a rival for the place. SIERRA SUNRISE chased between horses then three deep on the turn and into the stretch, drifted inward in midstretch and again late and was edged for second. TWIRLING DIAMOND had good early speed and dueled inside, fought back in the stretch and weakened late. A DIME FOR ME bumped just after the start, was between horses early then chased off the rail, came three wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. ATHLEISURE saved ground chasing the pace, went around a rival in the stretch, drifted in a bit and could not offer the needed late kick. STARSHIP SKY broke a bit slowly, settled between foes then off the rail, angled in leaving the turn and improved position in the drive. JELLYBEANKRISTINE chased four wide then outside or off the rail, angled in on the turn and did not rally. PRINCESS LILI B chased outside on the backstretch and turn, came four wide into the stretch and lacked the necessary response. MISS BOISTEROUS a bit slow into stride, settled between foes on the backstretch and turn and outside a rival into the stretch and was not a threat. COMEGOWITHME broke in and bumped a rival, angled in off the rail on the backstretch, found the inside on the turn and weakened in the drive. RON'S CAT sped to the early lead off the rail, dueled three deep, angled in some and stalked on the turn and weakened in the stretch.
1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $150,000. 'Robert J. Frankel Stakes'. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 23.48 47.43 1:11.15 1:34.78 1:46.85
|6||Gliding By||120||6||6||6–½||6–1½||7–hd||7–hd||7–¾||Van Dyke||50.20|
|5||Sweet Charity||120||5||5||4–1||3–2||3–1½||4–1½||8||T Baze||8.50|
|8||EXCELLENT SUNSET (IRE)||3.60||2.80|
|$2 ROULETTE (RED)||$3.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-4)||$28.00|
|$1 EXACTA (4-8)||$9.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-8-3-2)||$11.61|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (4-8-3-2-7)||$196.10|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-8-3)||$16.95|
Winner–Fahan Mura Ch.f.4 by English Channel out of Celtic Cross, by Giant's Causeway. Bred by Michael J. Moran (PA). Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Owner: Bran Jam Stable and Clark, David W.. Mutuel Pool $478,100 Roulette Pool $2,625 Daily Double Pool $35,200 Exacta Pool $241,227 Superfecta Pool $92,148 Super High Five Pool $2,829 Trifecta Pool $154,651. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (3-7-4) paid $12.45. Pick Three Pool $41,465.
FAHAN MURA sped to the early lead, angled in and set all the pace along the inside and held on gamely under urging. EXCELLENT SUNSET (IRE) broke a bit slowly, chased three deep then outside a rival on the backstretch and second turn, came three wide into the stretch and finished well. QUEBEC angled in and stalked inside, came out in midstretch and went on willingly to the wire. ESCAPE CLAUSE a bit crowded at the start, tugged and steadied briefly between foes early, angled in and saved ground chasing the pace, was in tight off heels midway on the second turn, came out for room leaving that turn and three wide into the stretch, split rivals in the drive and finished with some interest. AMBOSELI angled in and settled inside then outside a rival on the backstretch, went three wide into and on the second turn and into the stretch and could not quite summon the necessary late kick. LUCY DE broke out a bit, saved ground stalking the pace throughout and lacked the needed rally. GLIDING BY pulled some and chased between horses then outside a rival, went between foes again on the second turn and into the stretch and did not rally. SWEET CHARITY (FR) close up stalking the pace outside a rival or a bit off the rail, continued alongside a foe leaving the backstretch and on the second turn, came out some in the stretch and weakened in the final furlong.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000. Time 22.07 45.42 57.71 1:10.85
|7||Monterey Shale||124||7||5||6–hd||7||6–4||6–13||T Baze||5.60|
|$2 ROULETTE (RED)||$3.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-4)||$24.80|
|$1 EXACTA (4-3)||$10.90|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-3-5-6)||$22.72|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (4-3-5-6-1)||$709.30|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-3-5)||$15.25|
Winner–Papa Turf B.g.7 by Yes It's True out of Wadena, by Saint Ballado. Bred by T/C Stable (KY). Trainer: Reed Saldana. Owner: Tristan Saldana. Mutuel Pool $322,237 Roulette Pool $1,943 Daily Double Pool $33,525 Exacta Pool $171,270 Superfecta Pool $69,985 Super High Five Pool $2,790 Trifecta Pool $110,681. Claimed–Papa Turf by Brian Koriner. Trainer: Brian Koriner. Claimed–Boy Howdy by Barnes, Michelle and Holden, Mark. Trainer: Kristin Mulhall. Claimed–Monterey Shale by Saratoga West. Trainer: Jeffrey Metz. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (7-4-4) paid $26.70. Pick Three Pool $54,546. 50-Cent Pick Four (3-7-4-4) 4231 tickets with 4 correct paid $47.25. Pick Four Pool $262,001. 50-Cent Pick Five (3-3-7-4-4) 618 tickets with 5 correct paid $728.05. Pick Five Pool $523,445.
PAPA TURF sped to the early lead, set the pace a bit off the rail then inside on the turn, inched clear in the stretch and held on gamely under urging. BOY HOWDY angled in early and stalked inside, came out leaving the turn and into the stretch and finished willingly to just miss. MATRICULATE chased outside a rival then off the rail on the turn, came four wide into the stretch and gained the show. TOMASINO close up stalking the winner outside a rival, came three wide into the stretch the stretch and lost third late. WILL TELL saved ground chasing the pace throughout and lacked the needed late kick. MONTEREY SHALE four wide early, chased outside a rival, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. WHISKEY GINGER in a bit tight along the inside early, chased just off the rail, came out into the stretch, drifted inward in the drive and weakened.
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500. Time 22.10 45.22 1:10.87 1:17.77
|8||J T's A. T. M.||122||8||1||1–hd||2–1½||1–2½||1–¾||Franco||2.20|
|4||George From Tahoe||122||4||9||5–1½||5–1½||4–2||3–nk||Fuentes||8.00|
|1||My Heart Awakens||122||1||8||8–4½||8–4||7–hd||6–¾||Roman||44.80|
|2||Neighborhood Bully||124||2||7||9||9||8–½||7–nk||Van Dyke||12.00|
|3||C R Bullitt||122||3||6||6–hd||7–1||9||9||Flores||82.80|
|8||J T'S A. T. M.||6.40||3.60||3.00|
|4||GEORGE FROM TAHOE||4.40|
|$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)||$4.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-8)||$32.20|
|$1 EXACTA (8-6)||$13.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-6-4-7)||$46.04|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-6-4)||$53.50|
|$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-6-4-7-5)||Carryover $2,004|
Winner–J T's A. T. M. Dbb.g.3 by Bold Chieftain out of Neon Princess, by Royal Anthem. Bred by John Tipton (CA). Trainer: Isidro Tamayo. Owner: John Tipton. Mutuel Pool $398,773 Roulette Pool $2,585 Daily Double Pool $33,441 Exacta Pool $234,622 Superfecta Pool $98,747 Trifecta Pool $152,883 X-5 Super High Five Pool $2,626. Claimed–Saratoga Morning by Ryan, Gloria and O''Neill, Doug. Trainer:
50-Cent Pick Three (4-4-8) paid $21.75. Pick Three Pool $67,140.
J T'S A. T. M. dueled outside a rival, regained the lead leaving the turn, kicked clear in the stretch, drifted out some past midstretch and held under urging. SARATOGA MORNING stalked a bit off the rail then inside, came out leaving the turn and three deep into the stretch and continued willingly but could not catch the winner. GEORGE FROM TAHOE angled in and stalked inside, came out on the turn and four wide into the stretch and edged a rival for the show. OH MAN dueled inside the winner but a bit off the rail, angled in on the turn, came out a bit in the stretch and was edged for third. MADARNAS chased outside a rival then off the rail on the turn, came three deep into the stretch and lacked the needed rally, then did not return to be unsaddled and was vanned off. MY HEART AWAKENS saved ground chasing the pace, came out into the stretch and could not offer the necessary late kick. NEIGHBORHOOD BULLY dropped back a bit off the rail, came out leaving the turn and three deep into the stretch and went between foes on the line. TREASURE HUNTER stalked outside then alongside a rival, came out leaving the turn and five wide into the stretch and weakened. C R BULLITT saved ground chasing the pace, continued inside on the turn and in the stretch and also weakened.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $23,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $30,000. Time 22.05 45.81 58.77 1:12.02
|11||Violent Behavior||122||9||2||7–1½||4–hd||3–2||2–3¼||T Baze||0.80|
|4||Shake N Fries||122||2||10||2–hd||2–1½||2–hd||4–nk||Van Dyke||10.20|
|6||Do Something Easy||117||4||8||9–1½||9–hd||10–1||10–nk||Figueroa||17.50|
|$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)||$5.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-12)||$47.40|
|$1 EXACTA (12-11)||$16.30|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (12-11-9-4)||$63.52|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (12-11-9)||$50.00|
|$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (12-11-9-4-13)||Carryover $3,884|
Winner–Gleyber B.c.2 by
50-Cent Pick Three (4-8-12) paid $63.15. Pick Three Pool $66,494.
GLEYBER dueled four wide then stalked outside on the turn, re-bid three deep into the stretch to gain the lead, inched away under urging in midstretch and held gamely. VIOLENT BEHAVIOR chased outside then four wide on the turn and into the stretch and finished well. SILENT ALARM between horses early, chased off the rail then inside, came out some in the stretch, went around a rival under urging past midstretch then had the rider lose the whip late but bested the rest. SHAKE N FRIES dueled between horses then outside a rival on the turn, put a head in front nearing the stretch, drifted inward in the drive and weakened. BULL FIGHTER stalked outside then four wide into the turn and three deep into the stretch and lacked a rally. ANVIL ROCK dropped back just off the rail early, came out three wide into the stretch and improved position. SAMURAI JACK settled off the rail, split horses leaving the turn, came three deep into the stretch and lacked a rally. REDROCK TRAIL chased outside then four wide on the turn and into the stretch and weakened. TANKER broke out a bit, went up inside to duel for the lead, fought back leaving the turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. DO SOMETHING EASY chased off the rail then inside, came out past midway on the turn and clipped heels to drop back, angled in again and lacked a response in the drive. BACHCHAN dueled between horses, dropped back and angled in some on the turn and had little left for the stretch. The stewards conducted an inquiry into the run leaving the turn before ruling DO SOMETHING EASY was the cause his own trouble.
1¼ Mile Turf. Purse: $300,000. 'American Oaks'. Stakes. Fillies. 3 year olds. Time 24.02 47.86 1:11.95 1:35.84 1:59.77
|3||K P Pergoliscious||120||2||1–1||1–1½||1–1||1–hd||1–hd||2–hd||T Baze||90.70|
|5||Princess Warrior||122||4||3–½||4–1||3–hd||3–1½||3–1||6–1¼||Hernandez, Jr.||10.10|
|3||K P PERGOLISCIOUS (IRE)||48.20||13.80|
|$2 ROULETTE (RED)||$3.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (12-8)||$108.40|
|$1 EXACTA (8-3)||$232.90|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-3-4-2)||$501.73|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-3-4-2-6)||$17,226.30|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-3-4)||$595.80|
Winner–Competitionofideas Dbb.f.3 by Speightstown out of Devil by Design, by Medaglia d'Oro. Bred by John D. Gunther, Tony Chedraoui &Eurowest Bloodstock Services (KY). Trainer: Chad C. Brown. Owner: Klaravich Stables, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $638,279 Roulette Pool $2,452 Daily Double Pool $56,373 Exacta Pool $278,983 Superfecta Pool $126,882 Super High Five Pool $17,482 Trifecta Pool $188,728. Scratched–Kodiak West (IRE).
50-Cent Pick Three (8-12-8) paid $110.65. Pick Three Pool $77,402.
COMPETITIONOFIDEAS four wide early, angled in leaving the hill, saved ground off the pace, came out on the second turn and four wide into the stretch, rallied under left handed urging to the front in deep stretch and won clear. K P PERGOLISCIOUS (IRE) took the early lead and inched away, set the pace inside, fought back along the fence on the second turn and through the stretch, was not a match for the winner in deep stretch but gamely held second. AMANDINE (GB) stalked just off the rail, bid outside the runner-up into and on the second turn and through the stretch and was edged for the place. COLONIA (FR) saved ground stalking the pace, came out a bit into the stretch, went around a rival nearing midstretch and lacked the needed late kick. PAVED was in a good position chasing the pace between horses, continued between foes through much of the stretch and could not quite summon the necessary response. PRINCESS WARRIOR three deep on the hill, angled in and stalked outside a rival, continued off the rail into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. CALIFORNIAGOLDRUSH four wide on the hill, stalked three deep to the stretch and could not summon the necessary late response. RETRO between foes early, angled in through the stretch the first time, stalked inside, dropped back in the lane and had little left for the drive.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $33,000. Starter Allowance. 2 year olds. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 22.19 45.45 58.00 1:11.36
|8||Oracle of Omaha||117||7||2||2–1||2–3½||2–2½||4–6||Figueroa||1.80|
|$2 ROULETTE (RED)||$3.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-7)||$60.40|
|$1 EXACTA (7-3)||$19.70|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-3-2-8)||$19.17|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-3-2-8-1)||$693.30|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-3-2)||$42.50|
Winner–Macwinnon Dbb.g.2 by Prospective out of Sacred Jewel, by Saint Ballado. Bred by Bobby Jones Equine, LLC (FL). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: ERJ Racing, LLC, Keh, Steven, Lewis, Gregory S. and Strauss, William. Mutuel Pool $330,700 Roulette Pool $2,179 Daily Double Pool $46,355 Exacta Pool $163,329 Superfecta Pool $73,779 Super High Five Pool $6,361 Trifecta Pool $110,084. Scratched–I Belong to Becky.
50-Cent Pick Three (12-8-7) paid $89.70. Pick Three Pool $58,984.
MACWINNON had speed between foes then dueled just off the rail, angled in and battled inside on the turn and into the stretch, kicked clear under left handed urging in the drive and held. KID CANTINA chased outside a rival, came out leaving the turn and four wide into the stretch and edged a foe for the place. MAYAN WARRIOR settled inside chasing the pace, moved up on the turn, steadied off heels a quarter mile out, came out and split foes into the stretch and was edged for second. ORACLE OF OMAHA had speed off the rail then four wide, dueled outside the winner on the backstretch and turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. DAMIANO was sent along inside then pulled under a hold and was in a bit tight a half mile out, saved ground stalking the pace and weakened in the drive. RUNNINGWSCISSORS pulled between horses pressing the pace then was in a bit tight a half mile out, stalked outside a rival, came three deep between foes into the stretch and also weakened. MAD MIKE bobbled some at the start, settled three deep then off the rail to the stretch and lacked a response in the drive.
About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 22.52 45.14 1:07.51 1:13.31
|$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)||$3.60|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-11)||$36.80|
|$1 EXACTA (11-3)||$12.80|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (11-3-7-10)||$21.96|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (11-3-7-10-5)||$2,746.40|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (11-3-7)||$39.95|
Winner–Madaket Sunset Grr.f.3 by Point of Entry out of Red Hot Buddha, by Buddha. Bred by Popatop, LLC (KY). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: Sheep Pond Partners, Long Lake Stable LLC and Newport Stables LLC. Mutuel Pool $474,426 Roulette Pool $1,848 Daily Double Pool $154,657 Exacta Pool $280,458 Superfecta Pool $176,304 Super High Five Pool $21,591 Trifecta Pool $209,723. Claimed–Madaket Sunset by R3 Racing LLC and Calara Farms. Trainer: Doug O'Neill. Claimed–Storming Lady by Goodwin, Tim and Goodwin, Kelley. Trainer: Alfredo Marquez. Scratched–Coldwater.
50-Cent Pick Three (8-7-11) paid $85.45. Pick Three Pool $194,419. 50-Cent Pick Four (12-8-7-11) 942 tickets with 4 correct paid $566.90. Pick Four Pool $700,011. 50-Cent Pick Five (8-12-8-7-11) 168 tickets with 5 correct paid $2,207.95. Pick Five Pool $486,036. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (4-8-12-8-7-11) 38 tickets with 6 correct paid $4,173.64. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $296,889. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $196,943.
MADAKET SUNSET sped to the early lead, angled in off the rail, dueled outside a rival on the hill, inched away into the stretch, kicked clear under urging and proved best. STORMING LADY hopped at the start, pulled her way up a bit off then briefly stalked between foes, continued just off the inside leaving the hill, came out three deep into the stretch and was clearly second best. BREEZY BEE chased between foes early then off the rail, angled to the inside on the hill, continued inside in the stretch and outfinished foes for the show. STRENGTHINNUMBERS stalked outside then alongside a rival, came out four wide into the stretch and lost third late. CAT'S DESIRE broke a bit slowly, settled just off the rail then outside a rival, came out five wide into the stretch and put in a late bid at a minor award. BEYOND PLEASURE stalked between horses down the hill, came out three deep into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. BALADERA pulled between horses to stalk the early pace, angled to the inside midway on the hill, came out some into the stretch and could not offer the necessary late kick. WEATHER MARKET stalked outside then four wide on the hill, was fanned five wide into the stretch and weakened. ETCHING chased between horses then outside a rival leaving the hill, came out four wide into the stretch, angled in through the drive and lacked a rally. FUEGA stalked inside then bid along the rail to duel for the lead, came a bit off the fence in the stretch and weakened. GREY TSUNAMI bumped at the start, settled just off the rail, angled in on the hill, came out some into the stretch and lacked a response in the drive. Rail on hill at zero.
|Out of State||N/A||$9,393,855|
Santa Anita Entries for Sunday, December 30.
Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 4th day of a 61-day meet.
About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $43,000. Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000.
|1||Bahamian||Geovanni Franco||122||Vladimir Cerin||12-1||50,000|
|2||Raven Creek||Tyler Baze||122||6-1||50,000|
|3||Crazy Uncle Rick||Kent Desormeaux||122||15-1||50,000|
|4||Zestful||Drayden Van Dyke||122||Doug F. O'Neill||12-1||50,000|
|5||Flip the Coin Jan||Heriberto Figueroa||119||Alfredo Marquez||4-1||50,000|
|6||Shadow Sphinx||Flavien Prat||124||Richard Baltas||6-1||50,000|
|7||Impetu||Joseph Talamo||122||Michael W. McCarthy||12-1||50,000|
|8||Artie B Good||Assael Espinoza||117||William E. Morey||4-1||50,000|
|9||Move Over||Joel Rosario||122||John W. Sadler||7-2||50,000|
|10||Kris' Wild Kat||122||Richard Baltas||8-1||50,000|
|12||Tigerbeach||Heriberto Figueroa||117||William E. Morey||10-1||50,000|
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $28,000. Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000.
|1||Top Hat Tantrum||Octavio Vergara, Jr.||120||Michael Pender||15-1||20,000|
|2||Queen Carmelita||Agapito Delgadillo||120||Rafael DeLeon||10-1||20,000|
|3||At the Margin||Geovanni Franco||120||Edward R. Freeman||3-1||20,000|
|4||Time for Suzzie||Eswan Flores||122||Jorge Periban||5-2||20,000|
|5||Portal Creek||Alonso Quinonez||120||Ryan Hanson||3-1||20,000|
|6||Secret Maneuver||Kent Desormeaux||120||J. Keith Desormeaux||9-5||20,000|
6 Furlongs. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500.
|1||Bragging Rights||Geovanni Franco||120||Gary Sherlock||8-1||25,000|
|2||Red Shelby||Heriberto Figueroa||119||3-1||25,000|
|3||Sly Humor||Ruben Fuentes||122||Vladimir Cerin||5-1||25,000|
|4||Lady Ninja||Flavien Prat||122||Richard Baltas||5-1||25,000|
|5||Copy Begone||Luis Fuentes||115||Neil Knapp||10-1||22,500|
|6||Conquest Flatterme||Joel Rosario||122||Vladimir Cerin||5-2||25,000|
|7||Sturdy One||Alex Cruz||122||Reed Saldana||7-2||25,000|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $75,000. 'Blue Norther Stakes'. Fillies. 2 year olds.
|1||Lady Prancealot||Joel Rosario||120||Richard Baltas||5-2|
|2||Splashy Kisses||Drayden Van Dyke||120||Doug F. O'Neill||12-1|
|3||Data Storm Kitty||Ruben Fuentes||120||Jeff Bonde||12-1|
|4||Cedars of Lebanon||Tyler Baze||120||Doug F. O'Neill||10-1|
|5||Colonial Creed||Rafael Bejarano||120||Richard Baltas||4-1|
|6||Courteous||Joseph Talamo||120||Richard E. Mandella||3-1|
|7||Giza Goddess||Brice Blanc||120||John A. Shirreffs||4-1|
|8||Thriving||Flavien Prat||120||Jeff Mullins||8-1|
1 Mile. Purse: $22,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000.
|1||Odyssey Explorer||Eswan Flores||124||Hector O. Palma||12-1||16,000|
|2||Psychedelicat||Mario Gutierrez||124||Jerry Hollendorfer||6-1||16,000|
|3||Rhettbutler||Tiago Pereira||122||Sam J. Scolamieri||20-1||16,000|
|4||Super Duper Cooper||Tyler Baze||124||Michael W. McCarthy||3-1||16,000|
|5||Elwood J||Edwin Maldonado||124||Eddie Truman||9-2||16,000|
|6||Gain Ground||Angel Cruz||124||Philip D'Amato||4-1||16,000|
|7||Ronton||Joel Rosario||120||Jeffrey Metz||8-1||14,000|
|8||Impression||Martin Pedroza||124||William E. Morey||5-2||16,000|
6 Furlongs. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds.
|1||Happy Tune||Brice Blanc||122||Patrick Gallagher||20-1|
|2||Miss Ava's Union||Joel Rosario||122||Richard Baltas||10-1|
|3||Blue Moonrise||Joseph Talamo||122||5-1|
|4||Free Belief||Flavien Prat||122||Jerry Hollendorfer||5-1|
|5||Twice Golden||Rafael Bejarano||122||Doug F. O'Neill||8-1|
|6||Emrata||Heriberto Figueroa||117||Peter Miller||4-1|
|7||Bizwhacks||Mario Gutierrez||122||Doug F. O'Neill||4-1|
|8||Anuket||Drayden Van Dyke||122||Bob Baffert||5-2|
|9||Cherished||Tyler Baze||122||Eoin G. Harty||20-1|
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000.
|1||Bartlett Hall||Brice Blanc||122||John A. Shirreffs||6-1||16,000|
|2||Jimmy the Bull||Geovanni Franco||122||Gary Sherlock||30-1||16,000|
|3||Serve Me a Double||Edwin Maldonado||124||George Papaprodromou||5-1||16,000|
|4||Arno's Mane Man||Luis Fuentes||115||Mick Ruis||5-1||16,000|
|5||Conversate||Alonso Quinonez||124||Val Brinkerhoff||12-1||16,000|
|6||On the Right||Heriberto Figueroa||117||Peter Miller||4-1||16,000|
|7||Captain N. Barron||Tiago Pereira||122||Craig Anthony Lewis||6-1||16,000|
|8||Santa Fe Blaze||Tyler Baze||122||Jeffrey Metz||15-1||16,000|
|9||Emotional Ride||Edgar Payeras||122||Jeff Mullins||7-2||16,000|
|10||Disco Cat||Assael Espinoza||117||Leonard Powell||15-1||16,000|
|11||Doheny Beach||Evin Roman||122||Ruben Gomez||20-1||16,000|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $59,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500.
|1||Cheekaboo||Joel Rosario||124||Peter Eurton||10-1|
|2||Cordiality||Tyler Baze||124||Mark Glatt||5-2||62,500|
|3||Pulpit Rider||Drayden Van Dyke||122||Mike Puype||6-1|
|4||English Dancer||Flavien Prat||122||Richard Baltas||4-1|
|5||Jazaalah||Kent Desormeaux||122||James M. Cassidy||15-1|
|6||Lightning Dove||Geovanni Franco||122||Hector O. Palma||15-1||62,500|
|7||Tammy's Window||Heriberto Figueroa||117||William E. Morey||8-1|
|8||Ippodamia's Girl||Rafael Bejarano||120||William E. Morey||8-1|
|9||One Fast Broad||Ruben Fuentes||122||Mick Ruis||10-1|
|10||Lemoona||Andrea Atzeni||120||Richard Baltas||6-1|
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $57,000. Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Media Tone||Evin Roman||122||Jose Antonio Flores||30-1|
|2||Todos Santos||Alonso Quinonez||122||Kelly Castaneda||50-1|
|3||Uppercut||Drayden Van Dyke||122||Peter Eurton||5-1|
|4||Spend Spend Spend||Tiago Pereira||122||Brian J. Koriner||5-1|
|5||Exuberance||Tyler Baze||122||Ian Kruljac||10-1|
|6||Zusha||Joseph Talamo||122||Gary Mandella||8-1|
|7||Amuse||122||Richard E. Mandella||5-2|
|8||Oozle||Flavien Prat||122||Jeff Mullins||8-1|
|9||Family Girl||Heriberto Figueroa||117||Peter Miller||8-1|
|10||Dulce Ride||Joel Rosario||122||Anna Meah||7-2|
About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds.
|1||Gallantlystreaming||Joel Rosario||122||John W. Sadler||4-1|
|2||Gemagine||Tiago Pereira||122||Doug F. O'Neill||6-1|
|3||Apache Princess||Kent Desormeaux||122||J. Keith Desormeaux||7-2|
|4||Haughty Girl||Assael Espinoza||117||John A. Shirreffs||15-1|
|5||Posit||Mario Gutierrez||122||Simon Callaghan||15-1|
|6||Mind for Mischief||Heriberto Figueroa||117||Peter Eurton||6-1|
|7||Kittyhawk Lass||Evin Roman||122||Mike Puype||15-1|
|8||Acadia Fleet||Luis Fuentes||115||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||15-1|
|9||Unicorn||Flavien Prat||122||Richard Baltas||6-1|
|10||Harmless||Rafael Bejarano||122||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||4-1|
|11||Twinkle Dream||Brice Blanc||122||Patrick Gallagher||15-1|