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Racing! Checking in with the TVG handicappers

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we get ready for two more days of racing.

It’s been a long time since we’ve done this in the Monday newsletter, but let’s take a look at how the TVG handicappers did Sunday on this long holiday.

Well, not sure this has happened before, but, by my count, no TVG handicapper hit a bet that it gave to its customers. In fact, if you would have turned over your bankroll to them it would have cost you $457.50. Happy new year.

Now, when you just check in every once in a while, you may not find the day that they are on fire. And, if you were to deconstruct their bets, you might find some real gems. But the culprit, as I see it, is TVG’s insistence of offering up big horizontal bets that are intended to keep you watching. That’s especially crazy when you understand that TVG is really just an ADW disguised as a broadcast channel.

OK, enough about that. Here are the totals:

--Vic Stauffer, betting Golden Gate, Laurel, Portland Meadows, Sunland and Turf Paradise, lost $204. (Note: Vic, next time one of your bosses says this is your lineup say, no thanks, if you can.)

--Matt Carothers, betting Aqueduct, lost $54.

--Kurt Hoover, betting Santa Anita, lost $50.

--Ron Ellis, betting Santa Anita, lost $40.50.

--Caleb Keller, betting Golden Gate and Gulfstream, lost $39.

--Rich Perloff, betting Aqueduct, lost $36.

--Gabby Gaudet, betting Gulfstream, lost $34.

Who goofed, I’ve got to know?

It’s me. Not sure how I did it, but completely had the conditions on the American Oaks wrong in Sunday’s newsletter. It was for 3-year-old fillies going 1 ¼ miles on the turf.

Santa Anita review

The most surprising thing about Giza Goddess winning the $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going a mile on the turf is why there was a stewards’ inquiry. She did shift out a little on Colonial Creed but, in the end, didn’t look like the outcome was altered. Well, it didn’t matter as there was no change in the finish.

Giza Goddess was rated nicely and went to the lead in the stretch and gamely held on to win by half-a-length. She is trained by John Shirreffs and was ridden by Bryce Blanc. Giza Goddess paid $13.20, $6.40 and $4.00. Colonial Creed was second and Thriving was third.

“I think switching to the turf is what moved her up,” Shirreffs told Mike Willman of Santa Anita. “It has made all the difference with this filly. It was nice to be able to run back again at a mile, but beating maidens is one thing and beating winners is another…I was wondering if she would settle well today, and she did.”

It’s sad to report that Psychedelicat, a 4-year-old gelding, was euthanized when he suffered a left front leg injury in the fifth race. Jockey Mario Gutierrez pulled him up on the backstretch but the damage was too great to repair.

In the ninth race, Media Tone unseated jockey Evin Roman. The Eclipse Award winning jockey (as an apprentice) walked to the ambulance so the presumption is everything was OK. The horse was rounded up without incident.

Santa Anita preview

Monday’s New Year’s Eve card is not going to keep you lingering around at the track instead of celebrating elsewhere. It’s eight races, starting at 12:30 p.m., with no stakes and three allowance races. The field sizes are good and half the races are on the turf.

Of the three allowance races, the one with the biggest purse ($67,000) is the third, for Cal-bred 3-year-olds and up going a mile on the turf. The favorite is He Will, at 5-2, for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Kent Desormeaux. He is winless in four tries but has been running at a stakes level. His best this year is a fourth in a black type stakes.

Second favorite is King Abner who will be running his 14th race this year. He has won four of them including the last two at the allowance level. Phil D’Amato and Tyler Baze team up to run this horse.

Here are the field sizes, in order, 11 (3 also eligible), 8, 7, 7, 10, 7, 10, 14.

Bob Ike’s SA pick of the day

FIFTH RACE: No. 9 North County Guy (7-2)

Improving gelding from the Richard Baltas stable crushed Cal-breds over this downhill layout two months ago and should be very tough to deny as he steps up to try open allowance company off a steady work pattern. He completely dominated his foes like a horse that will win right back for a red-hot trainer who won three races yesterday (along with three seconds).

Sunday’s result: Flip the Coin Jan (5-1) battled on the lead before tiring late to finish third in the first 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).

Big races review

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

Aqueduct (7): $100,000 Bay Ridge Stakes, NY-bred fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Winner: Split Time ($8.00)

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Now, here are the stars of the show, Sunday’s results and Monday’s entries.

Santa Anita Charts Results for Sunday, December 30.

Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 4th day of a 61-day meet. Clear & Firm

FIRST RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $43,000. Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000. Time 21.18 43.25 1:06.05 1:12.11


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

6 Shadow Sphinx 124 6 2 7–½ 7–1 2–hd 1–1¼ Prat 3.00
9 Move Over 122 9 9 10 9–hd 4–½ 2–1½ Rosario 1.80
5 Flip the Coin Jan 119 5 5 3–hd 1–hd 1–½ 3–hd Figueroa 5.10
10 Kris' Wild Kat 122 10 3 1–½ 2–1½ 3–2½ 4–1¼ Bejarano 8.90
8 Artie B Good 117 8 8 9–1 10 9–2 5–2¼ Espinoza 6.80
4 Zestful 122 4 10 8–hd 8–1½ 7–½ 6–¾ Van Dyke 21.80
3 Crazy Uncle Rick 122 3 4 5–1½ 5–hd 6–1½ 7–1¼ Desormeaux 26.00
2 Raven Creek 122 2 1 2–hd 3–hd 5–1½ 8–1½ T Baze 13.10
1 Bahamian 122 1 7 6–1 6–½ 10 9–2¼ Franco 45.70
7 Impetu 122 7 6 4–2 4–1 8–hd 10 Talamo 43.10

6 SHADOW SPHINX 8.00 4.40 3.40
9 MOVE OVER (GB) 3.20 2.40
5 FLIP THE COIN JAN 3.40
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $4.20
$1 EXACTA (6-9)  $13.30
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-9-5-10)  $27.85
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-9-5-10-8)  $272.30
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-9-5)  $33.45

Winner–Shadow Sphinx Dbb.g.3 by Pioneerof the Nile out of Manx Cat, by Forest Wildcat. Bred by Grade 1 Bloodstock & Halcyon Farm &Equine Equity Partners, LLC (KY). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Little Red Feather Racing, Next Wave Racing and Riley Racing Stables, LLC. Mutuel Pool $251,466 Roulette Pool $1,053 Exacta Pool $152,345 Superfecta Pool $62,791 Super High Five Pool $1,688 Trifecta Pool $97,890. Claimed–Move Over (GB) by B G Stable and Palma, Hector O. Trainer: Hector Palma. Claimed–Artie B Good by Robert Cannon. Trainer: Alfredo Marquez. Scratched–Encumbered, Tigerbeach.

SHADOW SPHINX chased outside then alongside a rival, came out leaving the hill and four wide into the stretch, bid three deep in midstretch under some left handed urging, gained the advantage nearing the sixteenth pole and won clear. MOVE OVER (GB) pulled his way along outside and steadied briefly at the right hand curve, chased outside then alongside a rival, also came four wide into the stretch and gained the place. FLIP THE COIN JAN dueled between horses then inside, came out a bit into the stretch, ought back in midstretch and just held third. KRIS' WILD KAT sped to the early lead off the rail, dueled four wide then outside a rival down the hill, fought back between horses in midstretch and was edged for the show. ARTIE B GOOD between horses early, chased outside then alongside a rival, came out crossing the dirt and steadied off heels three deep into the stretch and bested the others. ZESTFUL broke a bit slowly, settled just off the rail, angled to the inside in the stretch and lacked the needed rally. CRAZY UNCLE RICK bobbled at the start, stalked outside a rival to the stretch and did not rally. RAVEN CREEK bumped at the start, went up inside to duel for the lead then stalked along the rail down the hill and weakened. BAHAMIAN broke out and bumped a rival, saved ground chasing the pace, hopped then stumbled badly onto the dirt crossing and also weakened. IMPETU had speed between foes to duel for the lead then stalked outside a rival, came three deep into the stretch and also weakened. The stewards conducted an inquiry into the run crossing the dirt before ruling BAHAMIAN was the cause of his own trouble. Rail on hill at 14 feet.

SECOND RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $28,000. Claiming. Fillies. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000. Time 22.82 46.68 1:12.20 1:19.07


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

5 Portal Creek 120 5 1 2–hd 2–2½ 1–2½ 1–2¼ Quinonez 2.40
4 Time for Suzzie 122 4 6 4–2½ 3–hd 2–½ 2–6 Flores 3.90
6 Secret Maneuver 120 6 5 6 5–hd 4–3 3–1¼ Desormeaux 0.90
2 Queen Carmelita 120 2 4 1–1 1–½ 3–5 4–7 Delgadillo 10.00
3 At the Margin 120 3 3 5–½ 6 5–1 5–3½ Franco 13.30
1 Top Hat Tantrum 120 1 2 3–1 4–1½ 6 6 Vergara, Jr. 45.80

5 PORTAL CREEK 6.80 3.60 2.20
4 TIME FOR SUZZIE 4.80 2.60
6 SECRET MANEUVER 2.10
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $2.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-5)  $35.20
$1 EXACTA (5-4)  $14.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-4-6-2)  $5.15
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-4-6)  $9.75

Winner–Portal Creek Dbb.f.2 by Shanghai Bobby out of Silent Stream, by Tricky Creek. Bred by White Fox Farm (KY). Trainer: Ryan Hanson. Owner: Christopher Drakos. Mutuel Pool $173,264 Roulette Pool $1,025 Daily Double Pool $46,964 Exacta Pool $92,438 Superfecta Pool $36,931 Trifecta Pool $58,656. Claimed–Portal Creek by Lambert, Jeffrey and Paradise Farms Corp. Trainer: Robert Hess, Jr. Scratched–none.

PORTAL CREEK sped to the early lead off the rail then three deep, stalked outside a rival, bid alongside the pacesetter on the turn, took the lead into the stretch and won clear under urging. TIME FOR SUZZIE broke in a bit, steadied three deep nearing the five eighths pole, stalked just off the rail then outside a rival, continued a bit off the fence into the stretch and was clearly second best. SECRET MANEUVER settled off the rail then angled to the inside for the turn, came out into the stretch and picked up the show. QUEEN CARMELITA bobbled at the start, went up between horses to gain the lead, inched away and angled in on the backstretch, set the pace inside then dueled along the rail on the turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. AT THE MARGIN stalked a bit off the rail then outside a rival on the turn and weakened in the drive. TOP HAT TANTRUM had speed inside then saved ground stalking the pace, came out some in the stretch and had little left for the drive.

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500. Time 22.39 45.61 57.88 1:10.89


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

4 Lady Ninja 122 3 2 2–1 1–1½ 1–2½ 1–4 Prat 2.10
7 Sturdy One 122 5 4 3–hd 3–5 2–4 2–5¼ Cruz 2.60
5 Copy Begone 115 4 3 4–6 4–2 4–1½ 3–2½ Fuentes 14.40
1 Bragging Rights 120 1 5 5 5 5 4–1 Franco 13.70
2 Red Shelby 119 2 1 1–hd 2–½ 3–2½ 5 Figueroa 1.20

4 LADY NINJA 6.20 3.00 2.40
7 STURDY ONE 3.00 3.20
5 COPY BEGONE 4.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-4)  $24.20
$1 EXACTA (4-7)  $8.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-7-5-1)  $6.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-7-5)  $18.80

Winner–Lady Ninja Dbb.f.4 by Majesticperfection out of Dressed to Kill, by Formal Gold. Bred by Sugartown Stable (KY). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Bederian,Harry, Kamberian, Harout, Nakkashian, Hagop and Baltas, Richard. Mutuel Pool $180,194 Daily Double Pool $20,939 Exacta Pool $70,803 Superfecta Pool $25,123 Trifecta Pool $42,686. Claimed–Red Shelby by All Schlaich Stables LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Kenwood Racing, LLC and Todaro, G. Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer. Scratched–Conquest Flatterme, Sly Humor.

50-Cent Pick Three (6-5-4) paid $23.30. Pick Three Pool $63,348.

LADY NINJA had speed between horses then dueled outside a rival, put a head in front into the turn, inched away leaving the turn and drew clear under urging then a hold late. STURDY ONE four wide early, stalked outside a rival then off the rail on the turn, came out some into the stretch and bested the rest. COPY BEGONE between rivals early, stalked off the rail, came out into the stretch and lacked a rally but held third. BRAGGING RIGHTS dropped back off the rail early, angled to the inside on the turn, came out into the stretch and did not rally. RED SHELBY went up inside to duel for the lead, tugged on a short advantage, tried to get out some nearing the turn, fought back early on the bend and weakened in the stretch.

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $75,000. 'Blue Norther Stakes'. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 23.08 46.54 1:10.34 1:22.49 1:34.64


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

7 Giza Goddess 120 7 2 3–hd 2–hd 1–hd 1–1 1–½ Blanc 5.60
5 Colonial Creed 120 5 3 2–2 3–1½ 3–2 2–1½ 2–2¼ Bejarano 6.00
8 Thriving 120 8 8 6–½ 6–2 6–1½ 4–hd 3–hd Prat 4.30
1 Lady Prancealot 120 1 7 8 8 7–1 6–hd 4–1½ Rosario 1.40
6 Courteous 120 6 4 1–1 1–2 2–1½ 3–2 5–1¾ Talamo 5.40
2 Splashy Kisses 120 2 5 7–1½ 7–1½ 8 8 6–½ Van Dyke 12.20
4 Cedars of Lebanon 120 4 6 5–1 5–1½ 4–hd 5–1 7–6 T Baze 30.80
3 Data Storm Kitty 120 3 1 4–1 4–1 5–1 7–½ 8 Fuentes 28.90

7 GIZA GODDESS 13.20 6.40 4.00
5 COLONIAL CREED 6.80 4.20
8 THRIVING (GB) 4.60
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $3.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-7)  $38.20
$1 EXACTA (7-5)  $33.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-5-8-1)  $62.92
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-5-8-1-6)  $1,358.30
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-5-8)  $116.35

Winner–Giza Goddess Grr.f.2 by Cairo Prince out of Comfort and Joy, by Harlan's Holiday. Bred by Clarkland Farm (KY). Trainer: John A. Shirreffs. Owner: Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Dilworth, Scott, Ingordo, Dorothy, Ingordo, David an. Mutuel Pool $362,719 Roulette Pool $1,166 Daily Double Pool $31,968 Exacta Pool $183,700 Superfecta Pool $83,170 Super High Five Pool $3,560 Trifecta Pool $123,236. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (5-4-7) paid $36.80. Pick Three Pool $32,904.

GIZA GODDESS three deep into the first turn, stalked outside a rival then alongside the runner-up nearing the second turn, bid outside the pacesetter on that turn to gain the advantage a quarter mile out, inched away into the stretch and held gamely under left handed urging. COLONIAL CREED between horses early, angled in on the first turn then stalked just off the rail, was in a bit tight behind the winner into the second turn, continued just off the inside to the stretch and finished willingly. THRIVING (GB) fanned out into the first turn, chased outside a rival then off the rail on the second turn, came three wide into the stretch and edged a rival for the show. LADY PRANCEALOT (IRE) saved ground off the pace, came out and was in tight off heels in upper stretch, came out again and finished with some interest but was edged for third. COURTEOUS had speed between horses then inched away and angled in on the first turn, set the pace inside, dueled along the rail on the second turn and nearing the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. SPLASHY KISSES was rank toward the inside then came out and steadied off heels into the first turn, pulled inside then just off the rail leaving the backstretch, drifted out some on the second turn to be three wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. CEDARS OF LEBANON (IRE) pulled between horses and steadied into the first turn, stalked just off the rail then outside a rival on the second turn and into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response in the drive. DATA STORM KITTY saved ground stalking the pace throughout and weakened in the stretch. Following a stewards' inquiry and a claim of foul by the rider of the runner-up against the winner for alleged interference into the second turn, no change was made when the stewards ruled the incident was minor and did not alter the original order of finish.

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $22,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000. Time 23.18 47.02 1:11.98 1:24.71 1:37.67


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

8 Impression 124 8 2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–½ Pedroza 4.20
4 Super Duper Cooper 124 4 4 5–1½ 5–4½ 2–2 2–6 2–11 T Baze 3.20
1 Odyssey Explorer 124 1 6 8 7 6–6 5–3½ 3–2 Flores 18.20
6 Gain Ground 124 6 7 6–1½ 3–hd 4–3 3–1½ 4–3 Cruz 2.70
5 Elwood J 124 5 1 4–2 4–½ 3–hd 4–2½ 5–9 Maldonado 4.00
3 Rhettbutler 122 3 3 2–hd 2–hd 5–3 6 6 Pereira 40.00
2 Psychedelicat 124 2 5 3–hd dnf Gutierrez 6.40
7 Ronton 120 7 8 7–2 6–hd 7 dnf Rosario 11.70

8 IMPRESSION 10.40 5.20 4.00
4 SUPER DUPER COOPER 4.60 3.60
1 ODYSSEY EXPLORER 5.20
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $4.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-8)  $53.80
$1 EXACTA (8-4)  $20.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-4-1-6)  $90.39
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-4-1-6-5)  $2,449.90
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-4-1)  $116.35

Winner–Impression Ch.g.5 by Smart Strike out of Mon Belle, by Maria's Mon. Bred by Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY). Trainer: William E. Morey. Owner: Guelfo, Gene, Lindstrom, Frank and Martin, James. Mutuel Pool $259,622 Roulette Pool $1,301 Daily Double Pool $30,917 Exacta Pool $140,951 Superfecta Pool $64,466 Super High Five Pool $2,343 Trifecta Pool $99,544. Claimed–Gain Ground by Lambert, Jeffrey, Storey, Chuck and Toland, Robert. Trainer: Robert Hess, Jr. Claimed–Elwood J by Brophy, Brett and Saratoga West. Trainer: Jeffrey Metz. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-7-8) paid $71.00. Pick Three Pool $61,470. 50-Cent Pick Four (5-4-7-8) 709 tickets with 4 correct paid $210.45. Pick Four Pool $195,538. 50-Cent Pick Five (6-5-4-7-8) 476 tickets with 5 correct paid $1,003.75. Pick Five Pool $555,176.

IMPRESSION sent along four wide to the early lead, angled in on the first turn and set the pace inside, kicked clear on the second turn and held on gamely under urging. SUPER DUPER COOPER stalked three deep on the first turn and four wide on the backstretch, continued off the rail leaving the second turn and a bit wide into the stretch and finished well. ODYSSEY EXPLORER saved ground off the pace, came out into the stretch and bested the others. GAIN GROUND bobbled some at the break, went up four wide into the first turn then stalked three deep between foes on the backstretch, continued outside a rival on the second turn and weakened. ELWOOD J angled in and saved ground stalking the pace to the stretch and also weakened. RHETTBUTLER between horses early, went up three deep leaving the first turn, stalked between horses, dropped back just off the rail on the second turn and gave way. RONTON four wide into the first turn, chased off the rail, dropped back into and on the second turn, was pulled up into the stretch and walked off. PSYCHEDELICAT stalked inside then between horses leaving the first turn, was pulled up early on the backstretch and vanned off.

SIXTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 21.73 45.08 57.60 1:10.59


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

8 Anuket 122 7 3 3–hd 1–hd 1–1½ 1–4¼ Van Dyke 0.90
2 Miss Ava's Union 122 2 5 5–1½ 5–3½ 2–hd 2–2¼ Rosario 8.30
7 Bizwhacks 122 6 1 4–1 2–hd 3–2 3–3¼ Gutierrez 4.30
9 Cherished 122 8 4 7–hd 7–1 6–1½ 4–2¾ T Baze 49.80
3 Blue Moonrise 122 3 8 1–½ 3–1 4–1½ 5–½ Talamo 4.90
5 Twice Golden 122 4 7 2–hd 4–½ 5–2 6–nk Bejarano 13.70
6 Emrata 117 5 2 6–3 6–2 7–3½ 7–2¾ Figueroa 8.50
1 Happy Tune 122 1 6 8 8 8 8 Blanc 65.50

8 ANUKET 3.80 2.80 2.20
2 MISS AVA'S UNION 6.00 3.80
7 BIZWHACKS 2.80
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-8)  $28.00
$1 EXACTA (8-2)  $10.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-2-7-9)  $51.94
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-2-7)  $20.70
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-2-7-9-3)  Carryover $3,000

Winner–Anuket B.f.2 by Pioneerof the Nile out of Rashnaa, by Tapit. Bred by Town & Country Horse Farms, LLC &Pollock Farms (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $310,871 Roulette Pool $1,592 Daily Double Pool $32,228 Exacta Pool $186,475 Superfecta Pool $97,788 Trifecta Pool $143,344 X-5 Super High Five Pool $3,932. Scratched–Free Belief.

50-Cent Pick Three (7-8-8) paid $49.90. Pick Three Pool $76,978.

ANUKET prompted the pace four wide, took a short lead a quarter mile out, continued four wide into the stretch and drew clear under urging and steady handling late. MISS AVA'S UNION stalked inside, came out on the turn and five wide into the stretch, drifted in and gained the place. BIZWHACKS pressed the pace three deep between horses on the backstretch and turn and into the stretch and bested the others. CHERISHED settled outside then off the rail, came four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. BLUE MOONRISE bobbled at the start, went up between horses early then dueled inside, fought back on the turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. TWICE GOLDEN had good early speed and dueled between horses, fell back a bit off the rail leaving the turn and weakened. EMRATA chased off the rail, swung out into the stretch and lacked a further response. HAPPY TUNE dropped back and came off the rail on the backstretch, angled in on the turn, came out in the stretch and failed to menace.

SEVENTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 22.01 45.35 1:10.87 1:17.85


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

10 Disco Cat 117 10 1 1–1 1–hd 1–hd 1–hd Espinoza 48.90
7 Captain N. Barron 122 7 6 2–1 2–½ 2–2½ 2–1¼ Pereira 7.80
1 Bartlett Hall 122 1 10 7–½ 6–2 6–2½ 3–1¼ Blanc 3.60
11 Doheny Beach 122 11 2 8–hd 8–1½ 7–4½ 4–2¼ Roman 50.10
3 Serve Me a Double 124 3 7 3–½ 5–3 3–½ 5–nk Maldonado 6.70
6 On the Right 117 6 4 4–1½ 4–1½ 5–½ 6–1¼ Figueroa 3.30
9 Emotional Ride 122 9 11 6–hd 3–hd 4–hd 7–1 Payeras 2.70
4 Arno's Mane Man 115 4 9 9–2½ 10–4½ 10–2½ 8–½ Fuentes 8.40
5 Conversate 124 5 5 11 11 9–½ 9–1¼ Quinonez 29.60
8 Santa Fe Blaze 122 8 8 10–2½ 9–1½ 8–2½ 10–17 T Baze 35.10
2 Jimmy the Bull 122 2 3 5–1 7–1 11 11 Franco 42.90

10 DISCO CAT 99.80 37.60 16.80
7 CAPTAIN N. BARRON 9.40 5.40
1 BARTLETT HALL 3.60
$2 ROULETTE (GREEN)  $14.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-10)  $254.00
$1 EXACTA (10-7)  $418.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (10-7-1-11)  $3,618.59
50-CENT TRIFECTA (10-7-1)  $1,219.95
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (10-7-1-11-3)  Carryover $5,357

Winner–Disco Cat B.g.3 by Informed out of Tribal Charm, by Tribal Rule. Bred by Joel Eichenberger & Cathy Eichenberger (CA). Trainer: Leonard Powell. Owner: Eichenberger, Joel and Cathy. Mutuel Pool $300,917 Roulette Pool $1,947 Daily Double Pool $35,013 Exacta Pool $185,253 Superfecta Pool $95,061 Trifecta Pool $128,242 X-5 Super High Five Pool $3,089. Claimed–Arno's Mane Man by CM Racing. Trainer: Steven Miyadi. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (8-8-10) paid $373.25. Pick Three Pool $62,855.

DISCO CAT sped to the early lead off the rail, angled in and set the pace inside, dueled along the fence on the turn, fought back under urging in the stretch and held gamely. CAPTAIN N. BARRON stalked off the rail then bid between horses on the turn, battled outside the winner through a long drive and continued gamely but could not get by. BARTLETT HALL a step slow to begin, chased inside, came out into the stretch, split rivals in midstretch and finished willingly. DOHENY BEACH bobbled at the start, settled outside then four wide, came three deep into the stretch and bested the others. SERVE ME A DOUBLE stalked inside, came a bit off the rail on the turn, angled back in for the stretch and lacked the needed rally. ON THE RIGHT chased between horses, bid three wide between foes on the turn and weakened in the drive. EMOTIONAL RIDE broke a bit slowly, angled in and stalked between horses then three deep leaving the backstretch, bid four wide on the turn and into the stretch and also weakened. ARNO'S MANE MAN chased between horses, dropped back off the rail on the turn and lacked a response in the stretch. CONVERSATE between horses early, settled a bit off the rail to the stretch and did not rally. SANTA FE BLAZE chased off the rail, angled in on the turn, continued inside in the stretch and lacked a further response. JIMMY THE BULL chased a bit off the rail then briefly between foes nearing the turn, dropped back on the turn and gave way.

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $59,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 23.81 47.96 1:12.06 1:23.83 1:35.46


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

4 English Dancer 122 4 1 2–hd 2–1 2–1 1–½ 1–½ Prat 2.40
2 Cordiality 124 2 3 4–½ 4–½ 5–1 3–1 2–nk T Baze 1.80
3 Pulpit Rider 122 3 7 8–hd 7–1 6–1 4–½ 3–1¼ Van Dyke 6.10
1 Cheekaboo 124 1 8 10 9–hd 9–hd 6–hd 4–1 Rosario 8.30
8 Ippodamia's Girl 120 8 2 1–1 1–½ 1–hd 2–1 5–½ Bejarano 14.50
10 Lemoona 120 10 9 7–hd 8–1½ 7–hd 8–1 6–½ Atzeni 10.40
7 Tammy's Window 117 7 10 9–1½ 10 10 9–½ 7–2¼ Figueroa 16.10
5 Jazaalah 122 5 4 3–1 3–1 3–½ 5–1 8–1¼ Desormeaux 25.00
6 Lightning Dove 122 6 6 6–½ 6–½ 8–1½ 10 9–ns Franco 43.60
9 One Fast Broad 122 9 5 5–1 5–1 4–hd 7–½ 10 Fuentes 35.50

4 ENGLISH DANCER 6.80 3.60 3.00
2 CORDIALITY 3.20 2.60
3 PULPIT RIDER 3.20
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $2.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (10-4)  $473.20
$1 EXACTA (4-2)  $11.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-2-3-1)  $15.19
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (4-2-3-1-8)  $576.00
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-2-3)  $19.70

Winner–English Dancer B.f.4 by English Channel out of Your Flame in Me, by Boundary. Bred by Woodlawn Breeding Inc (KY). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Slam Dunk Racing, Turf Stable II, LLC (Rusty Jones) and Nentwig, Michael. Mutuel Pool $396,079 Roulette Pool $1,832 Daily Double Pool $33,237 Exacta Pool $208,965 Superfecta Pool $109,087 Super High Five Pool $12,749 Trifecta Pool $147,942. Claimed–Cordiality by Rockingham Ranch and Bernsen, David A. Trainer: Peter Miller. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (8-10-4) paid $289.35. Pick Three Pool $71,915.

ENGLISH DANCER angled in and dueled inside, put a head in front off the rail into the stretch, inched away past midstretch and held on gamely under urging. CORDIALITY pulled along the inside stalking the pace, came out in midstretch and surged between foes late. PULPIT RIDER saved ground stalking the pace, came out into the stretch and finished willingly three deep on the line. CHEEKABOO settled off the pace inside, cut the corner into the stretch and bested the rest along the fence. IPPODAMIA'S GIRL three deep early, dueled outside the winner, fought back in midstretch and weakened late. LEMOONA four wide into the first turn, chased three deep then outside a rival, came four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. TAMMY'S WINDOW settled outside a rival then a bit off the rail into the stretch and could not summon the necessary response. JAZAALAH pulled her way between horses then stalked outside a rival, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. LIGHTNING DOVE chased between horses or outside a rival, came out some in the stretch and also weakened. ONE FAST BROAD four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep or outside a rival, came out four wide into the stretch and also weakened.

NINTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $57,000. Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 21.78 44.47 1:10.12 1:17.05


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

7 Amuse 122 7 4 5–3 5–2½ 5–1½ 1–2¼ Smith 1.80
10 Dulce Ride 122 10 2 4–½ 4–hd 3–hd 2–ns Rosario 2.90
5 Exuberance 122 5 7 8–2 8–3 6–hd 3–½ T Baze 30.90
4 Spend Spend Spend 122 4 8 3–hd 2–½ 1–1 4–2 Pereira 3.50
9 Family Girl 117 9 1 1–½ 3–1 2–hd 5–nk Figueroa 17.30
8 Oozle 122 8 5 6–2½ 6–2½ 7–1½ 6–nk Prat 14.60
6 Zusha 122 6 6 7–1½ 7–2 8–4 7–4 Talamo 15.30
3 Uppercut 122 3 3 2–hd 1–hd 4–1 8–ns Van Dyke 6.80
2 Todos Santos 122 2 9 9 9 9 9 Quinonez 80.70
1 Media Tone 122 1 10 dnf Roman 109.40

7 AMUSE 5.60 3.20 2.60
10 DULCE RIDE 3.60 3.20
5 EXUBERANCE 8.40
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $3.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-7)  $23.20
$1 EXACTA (7-10)  $8.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-10-5-4)  $53.18
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-10-5-4-9)  $2,285.20
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-10-5)  $64.80

Winner–Amuse Dbb.f.3 by Medaglia d'Oro out of Witty, by Distorted Humor. Bred by Raydelz Stable (KY). Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: Claiborne Farm, Bass II, Perry R., Bass, Ramona S. and Dilschneider, Adele B.. Mutuel Pool $392,180 Roulette Pool $1,331 Daily Double Pool $45,294 Exacta Pool $216,388 Superfecta Pool $138,490 Super High Five Pool $8,985 Trifecta Pool $174,136. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (10-4-7) paid $570.95. Pick Three Pool $49,457.

AMUSE stalked a bit off the rail, waited off heels in upper stretch, came out in midstretch, rallied to the front under some left handed urging a sixteenth out and won clear. DULCE RIDE pressed the pace four wide then stalked into and on the turn, came four wide into the stretch, re-bid between foes past the eighth pole and edged rivals for second three deep on the line. EXUBERANCE settled off the rail then inside, went around a rival past midstretch and went up the fence for the show. SPEND SPEND SPEND a step slow to begin, stalked between foes then bid between rivals to duel for the lead, took a short advantage into the stretch, inched away in midstretch, could not match the winner in the final sixteenth but gave ground grudgingly to the others. FAMILY GIRL dueled three deep between foes then three wide on the turn and into the stretch, drifted in some and weakened. OOZLE chased off the rail, came three wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. ZUSHA settled off the inside, swung four wide into the stretch and also lacked the necessary late kick. UPPERCUT had good early speed and dueled inside, fought back on the turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. TODOS SANTOS broke slowly, settled off the rail, came a bit wide into the stretch and was not a threat. MEDIA TONE stumbled at the start and lost the rider. The stewards conducted an inquiry into the start before ruling MEDIA TONE was the cause of her own trouble.

TENTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 21.26 43.34 1:06.72 1:12.98


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

3 Apache Princess 122 3 4 6–4 5–1½ 2–2½ 1–1½ Desormeaux 2.20
9 Unicorn 122 8 7 7–3 7–3½ 4–hd 2–1¾ Prat 6.10
5 Posit 122 5 1 1–hd 1–1½ 1–2 3–¾ Gutierrez 8.50
2 Gemagine 122 2 2 4–hd 4–1 5–2½ 4–nk Pereira 19.80
10 Harmless 122 9 3 2–hd 2–½ 3–1 5–½ Bejarano 2.70
4 Haughty Girl 117 4 10 9–3 9–5 6–1 6–ns Espinoza 36.90
7 Kittyhawk Lass 122 7 8 8–hd 8–hd 7–hd 7–4½ Quinonez 55.80
1 Gallantlystreaming 122 1 5 5–½ 6–½ 8–1 8–½ Rosario 3.60
11 Twinkle Dream 122 10 9 10 10 10 9–4 Blanc 66.40
6 Mind for Mischief 117 6 6 3–2½ 3–1 9–4½ 10 Figueroa 21.70

3 APACHE PRINCESS 6.40 3.80 2.80
9 UNICORN 6.00 4.40
5 POSIT 5.00
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $3.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-3)  $20.60
$1 EXACTA (3-9)  $21.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-9-5-2)  $99.07
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-9-5-2-10)  $3,511.80
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-9-5)  $76.50

Winner–Apache Princess B.f.2 by Unusual Heat out of Puskita, by Indian Charlie. Bred by KMN Racing (CA). Trainer: J. Keith Desormeaux. Owner: KMN Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $393,953 Roulette Pool $1,495 Daily Double Pool $142,194 Exacta Pool $207,654 Superfecta Pool $127,401 Super High Five Pool $18,408 Trifecta Pool $158,853. Scratched–Acadia Fleet.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-7-3) paid $21.45. Pick Three Pool $269,632. 50-Cent Pick Four (10-4-7-3/8) 286 tickets with 4 correct paid $1,601.00. Pick Four Pool $599,434. 50-Cent Pick Five (4/8-10-4-7-3/8) 91 tickets with 5 correct paid $4,390.00. Pick Five Pool $523,445. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (8-4/8-10-4-7-3/8) 26 tickets with 6 correct paid $6,136.46. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $300,853. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $265,821.

APACHE PRINCESS chased outside then off the rail, was fanned six wide into the stretch, rallied under urging then had the rider lose the right rein outside the sixteenth pole, made the lead in deep stretch and won clear under a hold late. UNICORN settled off the inside, came three wide into the stretch, angled out in upper stretch and gained the place late. POSIT dueled inside, inched away leaving the hill, came off the rail into the stretch, kicked clear, could not match either of the top pair late but held third. GEMAGINE stalked a bit off the rail, came out leaving the hill, was fanned five wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. HARMLESS dueled three deep then stalked outside a rival, drifted four wide into the stretch, drifted in through the drive and weakened. HAUGHTY GIRL broke a bit slowly,, angled in and chased inside, came out a bit into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. KITTYHAWK LASS settled outside a rival chasing the pace, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. GALLANTLYSTREAMING (IRE) stalked inside then a bit off the rail leaving the hill and into the stretch and weakened. TWINKLE DREAM dropped back off the rail then angled in leaving the hill, came out some in the stretch and was not a threat. MIND FOR MISCHIEF dueled between horses then angled in and stalked inside, was in a bit tight leaving the hill and weakened. Rail on hill at 14 feet.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track9,432$1,239,792
Inter-TrackN/A$1,980,125
Out of StateN/A$8,031,678
TOTAL9,432 $11,251,595

Santa Anita Entries for Monday, December 31.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 5th day of a 61-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $25,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Hoover TowerRafael Bejarano122Robert B. Hess, Jr.10-122,500
2Gray AdmiralEvin Roman120Vann Belvoir6-122,500
3Hot AmericanTyler Baze122Neil D. Drysdale4-125,000
4Platinum EquityRuben Fuentes120Andrew Lerner12-122,500
5TopgallantMartin Pedroza124Dan L. Hendricks12-125,000
6All I Can SayAlonso Quinonez124Val Brinkerhoff20-125,000
7Friendly SteveHeriberto Figueroa115Blake R. Heap15-122,500
8Ayacara Flavien Prat122Vladimir Cerin6-125,000
9Smokin BTiago Pereira122Jack Carava15-125,000
10OffshoreJoel Rosario124Richard Baltas3-125,000
11Camino de EstrellaGeovanni Franco124Tim Yakteen5-125,000
Also Eligible
12Buck DuaneBrice Blanc122Steve Knapp12-125,000
13Roaring ForkAaron Gryder122Sean McCarthy12-125,000
14BellerinAngel Cruz124Carla Gaines6-125,000

SECOND RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1VeniceMartin Pedroza122Kristin Mulhall6-116,000
2Here'slookinatyaHeriberto Figueroa117William E. Morey6-116,000
3Second FiddleTyler Baze122Jeff Mullins7-216,000
4Tell My FortuneEdgar Payeras124Gary Sherlock8-116,000
5HeloiseLuis Fuentes115Vladimir Cerin4-116,000
6Brite RiversRuben Fuentes122Martine Bellocq20-116,000
7Crackling BreadAngel Cruz122Jorge Periban9-216,000
8TrappizaEdwin Maldonado124Michael Pender3-116,000

THIRD RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $67,000. Allowance. 3 year olds and up. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1He WillKent Desormeaux122Jerry Hollendorfer5-2
2Start a RunninEswan Flores122Hector O. Palma10-1
3BrandothebartenderJoseph Talamo122Craig Dollase7-2
4AccountabilityJoel Rosario122Rafael Becerra5-1
5Fashionably FastTiago Pereira120Dean Pederson8-1
6More Power to HimGeovanni Franco122Faith Taylor5-1
7King AbnerTyler Baze122Philip D'Amato3-1

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1DawoodHeriberto Figueroa117Richard Baltas15-1
2Justin's QuestFlavien Prat122Richard Baltas9-5
3AcedJoel Rosario122Peter Eurton4-1
4Route Six SixJoseph Talamo122Brian J. Koriner3-1
5Holly BlameAlonso Quinonez122Paulo H. Lobo10-1
6Caribbean Mike Smith124John A. Shirreffs7-2
7Persuasive CatAngel Cruz122John W. Sadler8-1

FIFTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $57,000. Allowance. 3 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Mantracker Aaron Gryder122Philip D'Amato15-1
2Paddock PickTiago Pereira122Brian J. Koriner8-1
3Count AlexanderGeovanni Franco122Vladimir Cerin8-1
4MontmartreMike Smith122Jerry Hollendorfer8-1
5Quick FinishDrayden Van Dyke124Dan Blacker6-1
6War ChestHeriberto Figueroa117Anna Meah6-1
7MesutJoel Rosario124Carla Gaines5-1
8Luke's On FireJoseph Talamo120Craig Dollase12-1
9North County GuyFlavien Prat122Richard Baltas7-2
10Jungle WarfareKent Desormeaux122Jerry Hollendorfer5-1

SIXTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $33,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies. 2 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Be Lifted UpFlavien Prat122Jeff Mullins6-1
2Divine DharmaTyler Baze122John W. Sadler3-1
3Sass MachineRuben Fuentes122William E. Morey6-1
4DiosaRafael Bejarano122Michael Pender3-1
5Tiz a MasterHeriberto Figueroa117William E. Morey6-1
6Blew by YouLuis Fuentes115Daniel Dunham12-1
7Kate's PrincessJoseph Talamo122Craig Dollase5-2

SEVENTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $57,000. Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Tell Me MoreHeriberto Figueroa117Peter Miller7-2
2ScreenshotTiago Pereira122Philip D'Amato8-1
3Tig Tog Flavien Prat120Patrick Gallagher12-1
4Super PatriotJoel Rosario122Bob Baffert5-1
5CatocaMike Smith122Anna Meah5-1
6Dancing BelleKent Desormeaux122J. Keith Desormeaux12-1
7Don't Blame JudyJoseph Talamo122J. Eric Kruljac8-1
8Mongolian WindowDrayden Van Dyke120Peter Miller4-1
9KatherineGeovanni Franco120Peter Eurton8-1
10Believe IndeedRafael Bejarano124Michael Pender12-1

EIGHTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. 2 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Handsome JohnEvin Roman122Robert B. Hess, Jr.8-150,000
2Loud MouthTyler Baze122Michael Machowsky3-150,000
3MulzoffJoseph Talamo122Paul G. Aguirre8-150,000
4C J My BoyEdwin Maldonado122Richard Baltas12-150,000
5John's IntuitionRuben Fuentes122Jeff Bonde15-150,000
6Bob's SniperAlonso Quinonez122Val Brinkerhoff50-150,000
7Starring John WainJoel Rosario122Jerry Hollendorfer4-150,000
8Calder ValeOctavio Vergara, Jr.122Ricardo Zamora12-150,000
9Scrappy DevilleFlavien Prat122Leonard Powell10-150,000
10Unleash the TigerTiago Pereira122Jeffrey Metz10-150,000
11M C BurkeyHeriberto Figueroa117Doug F. O'Neill15-150,000
12Blue Skye JadeLuis Fuentes113Craig Anthony Lewis30-140,000
13Dual AccountEswan Flores122Hector O. Palma12-150,000
14Jack's ReignAssael Espinoza117Robert Gilker8-150,000
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