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Racing! Something is missing from Sunday’s Santa Anita card

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we congratulate Jeremy Balan on winning a media Eclipse Award.

Before we get to our weekly handicapping lesson from Rob Henie, it’s probably worth a look at the Sunday card at Santa Anita. There appears to be something missing. It’s turf races. Now, when was the last time you can remember that Santa Anita has not had a turf race scheduled for a weekend day? I asked a couple of press-boxers and they couldn’t remember either.

Now, this is where you might expect me to go off on one of my half-baked rants, but I view this as a good thing. The weather forecast is for a lot of rain Saturday night with lingering showers overnight and into Sunday morning. In other words, if there were turf races, come Sunday, there wouldn’t be.

Danny Eidson, the track’s racing director, made the call to make Sunday’s card all on the dirt. Eidson, along with Stronach racing office overseer, P.J. Campo, have been running the racing office since Stronach boss Tim Ritvo fired long-time racing secretary Rick Hammerle late last year.

Now, we’re not saying this call wouldn’t have been made a year ago, but, in fact, it wouldn’t have been. If you look at the condition book for the ninth day, you would see four turf races and one on the runway as a substitute race. In the past, it might have been a wait and see situation. But not now. Clearly, Eidson was trying to move the racing office into a more proactive role.

There will be consequences when the track tries to fill some dirt races in the near future because the inventory has been stretched thin. But what do they say? Sunday comes before Thursday.

The new racing secretary, Steve Lym, doesn’t start until next week but Eidson’s move might be the kind of thinking Ritvo was looking for when he said people need to change and evolve as the business undergoes a transformation.

It goes without saying (but yet we’ll say it) that the advantages of getting in front of the weather is that there won’t be the glut of scratches when the races are moved off the turf. Fewer scratches mean bigger fields. Bigger fields mean a bigger handle, which, of course, means the track makes more money.

Now, before we leave this section, I have to give full credit to Balan of the BloodHorse for pointing this out to me. Jeremy was in a pretty good mood on Friday as he won the Eclipse Award for news/enterprise reporting. It was a story on the San Luis Rey Downs fires and the challenges that the horsemen faced. It’s really good. You can read it here.

Also, congratulations to Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated for winning the feature/commentary Eclipse Award for a story about Chic Anderson’s call of Secretariat winning the Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown. You can read it here.

Weekly handicapping lesson

Here’s our weekly contribution from Rob Henie of the WCHR (West Coast Handicapping Report) and the ECHR (East Coast Handicapping Report). The thinking is if you can know and understand the strategies, it will make you a better handicapper.

Today’s lesson is from the second race at Santa Anita. Take it away, Rob.

This is a maiden $50,000 claimer at a mile. The most important word when it comes to handicapping maidens, is intentions. Whether we’re looking at a debut runner (and entering this Winter meet we’ve had 23 of the last 24 first timers at Santa Anita and Del Mar combined), or, runners moving out in distance, returning from time away, etc, it’s the intentions of the connections, which, when deciphered correctly, can eliminate well backed runners, as well as bringing less than obvious runners, into a new light. When we look here at the 5-2 second choice QUEEN OF THE TRACK, we see a horse who was unable to relax when sent long for the first time, then, was asked to settle on the turf, still going long, and now, they’re back on the main track, desperately hoping she’ll suddenly relax. If she was offering a price, that type of speculation could be useful, but in the 3-1 range, we’re much more apt to take a ‘been there done that approach,’ making her come beat us. Meanwhile, the 2-1 morning-line choice is TRUE VALIDITY, but where’s the intentions with this one? While it’s true they’ve kept her at the higher MSW levels, they’ve run on the main track sprinting, down the hill on the turf sprinting, shipped her to No. Cal to try the Tapeta surface, and now, back to So. Cal, back on the dirt, but now asked to run long for the first time. Sure, she’s at a good level, but look at the experiments, do they seem to know what she wants, or are they searching? Keep in mind, her price today is gonna be short, and for us, we’ll make her come beat us. In the end, top selection is LILY CON (#1). Intentions, there’s that word again. So, she debuted in the summer going 5 ½ furlongs. Obviously they ran into a little hiccup, away for the past five months, but do they return sprinting, giving her the race? No, they immediately return her going two turns, likely the plan back in the summer following the debut, but simply unable to get her back quickly to try the longer distance, but today, in the comeback, longer, fitting well class wise, with Joel Rosario taking the call. PALM D’ORO (#6) improved last time out when shortening up to 5 ½, but do they return to that shorter assignment, or even ¾? No, they now send two turns, coinciding with her stringing three races together, telling us her health is improving, which opens the door for her best effort to date, removing the blinkers. Again, intentions, understanding the rationale can open the door to contenders, while also allowing us to try and beat overbet runners.

“Hot / Cold Race Trends: none

“WCHR Maiden Power Rating: - 2.00 (slightly below average)

“Win Contenders (order of preference): 1-6

“X Out Runners (eliminating on the win end): 2,7

“TOP PICK: LILY CON (#1 4-1 Rosario)

“SECOND CHOICE: PALM D’ORO (#6 8-1 E Flores)”

The West Coast Handicapping Report can be found at http://www.westcoasthorseracing.com It has been endorsed by leading trainers, handicappers and industry sources.

Santa Anita review

A Little Bit Me showed that she might just be better than the claimer she was in her last race by winning the Friday $59,000 allowance feature, 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course for older fillies and mares. Once she took the lead she pulled clear to win by 2 ½ lengths.

Trainer Richard Baltas claimed her for $40,000 last out.

“She came out of a really good race and she was in great shape when I claimed her,” Baltas told Mike Willman of Santa Anita. “The winner of that race (Amandine) is a really good filly and she came back and won a stake here on opening day. She’s been training great and she ran that way.”

A Little Bit Me paid $6.40, $3.00 and $2.20. Favored Tonahutu was second and Travieza was third. Flavien Prat was the winning jockey.

Very sad end to the day as both Tank Team and Unusual Agent suffered life-ending injuries during their trips down the 6 ½ furlong hillside turf course.

Santa Anita preview

It’s a 10-race card at Santa Anita with a first post of noon. There are four turf races and two stakes. I actually do a mini-preview of one of the stakes that you can read here, although I spend more time talking about Bellafina running on Sunday.

The first stakes is the Grade 2 $200,000 San Gabriel for horses 4 and up going 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Chicago Style is the 3-1 favorite for trainer Tom Proctor and jockey Drayden Van Dyke. He is six of 11 lifetime, all on the turf, but has never hit the board in two starts at Santa Anita. Last out, he won the Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar. he did his best running in 2017.

The second favorite, at 7-2, is Next Shares for Baltas and Joel Rosario. He pulled an upset by winning the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, which got him the Breeders’ Cup (Turf) Mile, where he finished a disappointing 13th. Post time is around 3:05 p.m.

The more interesting race is the Grade 3 $100,000 Sham Stakes, where you get to see promising 3-year-olds going a mile. The race was won last year by McKinzie. The even money favorite is Coliseum for Bob Baffert and Joe Talamo. He has only run once, winning by a strong 6 ¾ lengths. More seasoned is Gunmetal Gray, at 5-2, for Jerry Hollendorfer and Mike Smith. He has won only one of his four races but has been facing tougher competition. He was fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and second in the American Pharoah. Both races were won by Game Winner. Post time will be about 4:05 p.m.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 8, 7, 8, 8, 12 (2 also eligible), 7, 10, 9, 7, 10 (2 ae).

Big races preview

A look at graded stakes or races worth more $100,000 or more on Saturday. All times PST.

11:05 Gulfstream (5): $100,000 Ginger Brew Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 7 ½ furlongs on turf. Favorite: Pivottina (2-1)

12:59 Aqueduct (8): $100,000 La Verdad Stakes, NY-bred fillies and mares 4 and up, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Satisfy (5-2)

1:10 Gulfstream (9): $100,000 Kitten Joy Stakes, 3-year-olds, 7 ½ furlongs on turf. Favorite: Henley’s Joy (3-5)

1:41 Gulfstream (10): $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile. Favorite: Code of Honor (7-5)

3:04 Santa Anita (7): Grade 2 $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles on turf. Favorite: Chicago Style (3-1)

4:04 Santa Anita (9): Grade 3 $100,000 Sham Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile. Favorite: Coliseum (1-1)

Bob Ike’s SA pick of the day

SIXTH RACE: No. 7 Spokane Eagle (4-1)

Sharp gelding won his last pair for different trainers and will go for the hat trick while making his first start off the Peter Miller claim (he has been red-tagged out of his last five starts). Razor sharp, drawn well outside with good tactical speed and given a confident boost in class after beating $20,000 claimers last time, let's stick with the "now" horse at a decent morning line price.

Friday’s result: Nolo Contesto ($5.40) was crushed in the wagering into the teeth of an even-money favorite and outdueled that one in an exciting stretch battle to prevail in the sixth race.

Bob Ike is a Partner/VP of Horsebills.com (here's a video) and the proprietor of BobIkePicks.com (full-card picks, 3 Best Plays and betting strategy).

Ed Burgart’s LA play of the day

THIRD RACE: No. 6 Kamilche Gold (5-2)

In a race where three of the six entrants need the lead to win, I like the chance of Kamilche Gold, whose tactical speed should keep her close to speedsters Stella’s Princess, Sea Secret and Evening Again. The 9-year-old mare is a win machine, having captured 10 of 42 starts and showed early zip in last runnerup try vs. Cioppino Pasadino, who since won for $8,000 during the daytime Los Al winter thoroughbred meet.

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And now the stars of the show, Friday’s results and Saturday’s entries.

Santa Anita Charts Results for Friday, January 4.

Copyright 2019 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 7th day of a 61-day meet. Clear & Firm

FIRST RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $36,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 21.32 42.82 1:06.20 1:12.69


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

4 What'sontheagenda 124 4 1 1–1½ 1–5 1–3½ 1–hd Pereira 5.00
8 Chosen Vessel 124 7 3 5–1½ 6–7 4–2 2–3 Maldonado 14.80
9 Exultation 124 8 2 3–1½ 3–hd 3–1½ 3–nk Franco 2.00
2 Hollywood Square 124 2 6 4–1 4–3 2–½ 4–¾ Gutierrez 5.00
7 Bellerin 124 6 5 6–3 5–hd 5–hd 5–4 Van Dyke 3.00
5 Conquest Superstar 124 5 4 2–2½ 2–hd 6–6 6–1 Quinonez 44.70
3 Taki's Choice 119 3 7 7–5 7–2 7–4 7–7 Figueroa 4.50
1 Anziyan Cat 124 1 8 8 8 8 8 Vergara, Jr. 83.20

4 WHAT'SONTHEAGENDA 12.00 6.00 4.00
8 CHOSEN VESSEL 10.40 5.40
9 EXULTATION 3.20
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $5.20
$1 EXACTA (4-8)  $75.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-8-9-2)  $107.85
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (4-8-9-2-7)  $5,064.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-8-9)  $89.80

Winner–What'sontheagenda Dbb.g.5 by Dialed In out of Open Agenda, by More Than Ready. Bred by Lantern Hill Farm LLC (KY). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: Beerman Family Trust, Hall, Greg and Sayjay Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $154,263 Roulette Pool $672 Exacta Pool $98,816 Superfecta Pool $45,879 Super High Five Pool $32,002 Trifecta Pool $65,192. Scratched–Ice Kat.

WHAT'SONTHEAGENDA had speed inside then inched away, kicked clear down the hill and just held under some left handed urging. CHOSEN VESSEL between horses early, chased outside a rival then just off the rail, came out into the stretch and closed willingly late to just miss. EXULTATION four wide early, angled in and saved ground stalking the pace, continued inside in the stretch and just held third. HOLLYWOOD SQUARE stalked inside then outside a rival leaving the hill, came out three deep into the stretch and was edged for the show. BELLERIN angled in and chased inside to the stretch, came out in upper stretch and lacked the needed rally. CONQUEST SUPERSTAR had speed between foes then stalked just off the rail, was between horses into the stretch, drifted in through the final furlong and weakened. TAKI'S CHOICE broke a bit slowly, settled just off the rail, angled to the inside on the hill, continued along the rail into the stretch and did not rally. ANZIYAN CAT broke slowly then ducked in some, settled inside then a bit off the rail leaving the hill and into the stretch and failed to menace. Rail on hill at 14 feet.

SECOND RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000. Time 25.07 49.17 1:14.36 1:27.78 1:41.92


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

1 Smart Rachel 122 1 1 1–1 1–½ 1–2 1–2½ 1–3½ Flores 2.70
2 Miz Tianjin 122 2 5 3–hd 4–½ 2–hd 2–1 2–ns Maldonado 2.60
5 Blooming Hannah 115 5 2 2–1 2–1 3–1½ 3–2 3–2¾ Fuentes 27.60
4 Majestic Design 119 4 4 4–1 3–hd 5 4–1 4–8 Espinoza 1.20
3 Kennedie Sky 117 3 3 5 5 4–hd 5 5 Figueroa 5.40

1 SMART RACHEL 7.40 3.20 3.60
2 MIZ TIANJIN 3.20 3.00
5 BLOOMING HANNAH 4.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-1)  $45.80
$1 EXACTA (1-2)  $10.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-2-5-4)  $10.21
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-2-5)  $24.55

Winner–Smart Rachel Ch.f.4 by Chhaya Dance out of Rachel Jones, by Smarty Jones. Bred by BG Stables (CA). Trainer: Hector O. Palma. Owner: BG Stables. Mutuel Pool $152,250 Daily Double Pool $34,245 Exacta Pool $70,392 Superfecta Pool $24,303 Trifecta Pool $44,190. Scratched–Princess Leia.

SMART RACHEL took the early lead a bit off the rail, angled in and set the pace inside, kicked clear on the second turn and proved best under urging. MIZ TIANJIN stalked the pace inside, came out a bit into the stretch and just held second. BLOOMING HANNAH had speed and angled in outside the winner then stalked a bit off the rail, bid outside that one on the backstretch, tracked alongside the runner-up on the second turn, came out some into the stretch and was edged for the place. MAJESTIC DESIGN three wide on the first turn, stalked outside a rival then between foes into and early on the second turn, came out into the stretch and weakened. KENNEDIE SKY chased a bit off the rail then three deep into and on the second turn, came out into the stretch and had little left for the drive.

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 22.05 45.51 58.44 1:12.66


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

2 Seahawk Wave 119 2 2 1–1 2–2½ 1–½ 1–1¼ Espinoza 8.50
3 Stonegate 124 3 6 5–hd 5–hd 4–1½ 2–½ Cruz 5.00
5 Molaf 124 5 4 6–1 7 6–hd 3–nk Franco 7.70
6 Normandy Beach 124 6 1 3–1 3–½ 3–2 4–1½ T Baze 10.50
7 Paladar 124 7 3 2–hd 1–hd 2–2½ 5–1 Van Dyke 3.10
4 Aggressivity 124 4 5 7 6–1½ 7 6–8 Talamo 1.60
1 Shanghai Billy 124 1 7 4–hd 4–1 5–hd 7 Rosario 9.40

2 SEAHAWK WAVE 19.00 7.80 5.00
3 STONEGATE 5.60 4.00
5 MOLAF 4.80
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $7.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-2)  $54.00
$1 EXACTA (2-3)  $37.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-3-5-6)  $95.18
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-3-5-6-7)  $1,276.10
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-3-5)  $98.85

Winner–Seahawk Wave Dbb.g.4 by Sixthirteen out of Felice the Cat, by Distinctive Cat. Bred by Bar C Racing Stables Inc (WA). Trainer: Ronald W. Ellis. Owner: Hotter Than H Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $170,613 Roulette Pool $663 Daily Double Pool $18,221 Exacta Pool $92,033 Superfecta Pool $34,669 Super High Five Pool $1,672 Trifecta Pool $61,236. Claimed–Paladar by Hesz, Aaron, Los Pollos Hermanos Racing, McClanahan,Jerry and Hendrickson,Dennis. Trainer: Richard Baltas. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-1-2) paid $74.90. Pick Three Pool $46,095.

SEAHAWK WAVE sped to the early lead, set the pace inside then dueled along the rail on the turn, regained the advantage nearing midstretch, inched away under urging and held. STONEGATE a bit slow to begin, stalked between horses then a bit off the rail on the turn, came out into the stretch and finished willingly. MOLAF stalked three deep then dropped back off the rail on the turn, split horses in midstretch, angled in and gained the show inside. NORMANDY BEACH between rivals stalking the pace on the backstretch, continued outside foe on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and was edged for third between foes late. PALADAR stalked four wide, bid outside the winner on the turn to put a head in front a quarter mile out, dueled outside that rival into the stretch and until past midstretch and weakened late. AGGRESSIVITY chased outside then four wide into and out of the turn and lacked the needed rally. SHANGHAI BILLY a step slow to begin, saved ground chasing the pace throughout and weakened in the drive.

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $33,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 24.15 48.39 1:12.78 1:24.55 1:36.38


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

6 Drift Away 122 5 2 2–hd 2–½ 2–1 2–1½ 1–nk T Baze 6.30
3 Untouched Elegance 122 3 1 1–1 1–½ 1–hd 1–hd 2–1 Van Dyke 5.00
2 Foxtail 122 2 3 3–2 3–1 3–½ 3–1 3–2¼ Rosario 2.10
4 Trust Fund Kitty 122 4 6 5–1½ 5–1 5–hd 5–1 4–¾ Quinonez 10.90
8 Take a Leap 122 7 4 4–hd 4–½ 4–1½ 4–½ 5–¾ Smith 1.70
1 Chalky 122 1 7 7 7 7 7 6–2¼ Blanc 32.70
7 Sugary 122 6 5 6–1 6–½ 6–1½ 6–1½ 7 Prat 11.80

6 DRIFT AWAY 14.60 7.40 4.40
3 UNTOUCHED ELEGANCE 6.00 4.20
2 FOXTAIL 2.80
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $4.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-6)  $206.00
$1 EXACTA (6-3)  $53.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-3-2-4)  $71.45
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-3-2-4-8)  $6,742.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-3-2)  $91.70

Winner–Drift Away B.f.4 by Congrats out of Retroesque, by Red Ransom. Bred by Hidden Brook Farm (KY). Trainer: Andrew Lerner. Owner: Del Mar Summer Racing Club LLC, Hidden Brook Farm and Lerner Racing. Mutuel Pool $295,815 Roulette Pool $1,054 Daily Double Pool $19,510 Exacta Pool $179,043 Superfecta Pool $82,536 Super High Five Pool $6,539 Trifecta Pool $132,604. Scratched–Sudden Light.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-2-6) paid $144.60. Pick Three Pool $22,655.

DRIFT AWAY angled in and stalked outside a rival, bid alongside the runner-up on the backstretch and second turn and through a stiff drive and gamely prevailed late under urging. UNTOUCHED ELEGANCE broke out a bit, took the early lead and set the pace inside, dueled on the backstretch and second turn, fought back along the rail through the stretch and continued gamely to the end. FOXTAIL saved ground stalking the pace, came out some in upper stretch and continued willingly to best the others. TRUST FUND KITTY squeezed a bit at the start, stalked the pace inside throughout and lacked the needed rally. TAKE A LEAP angled in and chased outside a rival, came out into the stretch and could not offer the necessary late kick. CHALKY (IRE) broke a bit slowly, settled inside then a bit off the rail leaving the second turn and into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. SUGARY a bit washy at the gate, chased outside a rival, came out into the stretch and did not rally.

FIFTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500. Time 22.30 45.62 1:09.67 1:16.13


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

3 Denman's Call 122 3 3 2–½ 2–½ 1–hd 1–½ Bejarano 1.60
1 Allaboutmike 122 1 2 1–1½ 1–½ 2–2½ 2–1½ T Baze 7.00
4 Conquest Cobra 122 4 1 3–½ 3–1 3–hd 3–½ Prat 10.20
2 Junior Gilliam 124 2 5 5 4–½ 4–3 4–11 Rosario 1.10
6 Big League 122 5 4 4–2 5 5 5 Van Dyke 7.20

3 DENMAN'S CALL 5.20 3.00 2.80
1 ALLABOUTMIKE 5.40 3.00
4 CONQUEST COBRA 4.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-3)  $55.20
$1 EXACTA (3-1)  $15.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-1-4-2)  $9.18
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-1-4)  $27.00

Winner–Denman's Call Ch.g.6 by Northern Afleet out of Maggie McGowan, by Salt Lake. Bred by W C Racing, Milt Gilman & Mark Verge (KY). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: Gilman Racing, W. C. Racing and Westside Racing Stable. Mutuel Pool $242,699 Daily Double Pool $27,631 Exacta Pool $110,180 Superfecta Pool $39,151 Trifecta Pool $72,771. Claimed–Denman's Call by Drummond, Lee, Riso, Joe, Xitco, John V. and Schwartz, Paul. Trainer: Mark Glatt. Scratched–Stone Hands.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-6-3) paid $137.75. Pick Three Pool $39,397. 50-Cent Pick Four (1-2-6-3) 172 tickets with 4 correct paid $524.45. Pick Four Pool $118,217. 50-Cent Pick Five (4-1-2-6-3) 99 tickets with 5 correct paid $3,041.90. Pick Five Pool $349,833.

DENMAN'S CALL stalked a bit off the rail, bid between horses on the turn and outside the runner-up into the stretch, took a short lead in midstretch and gamely prevailed under some urging. ALLABOUTMIKE sped to the early lead, set the pace inside, dueled along the rail on the turn, fought back inside through the stretch and continued gamely to the end. CONQUEST COBRA stalked off the rail then between foes leaving the backstretch, bid three deep on the turn, angled in outside a rival into the stretch and held third. JUNIOR GILLIAM bobbled some at the start to drop back, saved ground chasing the pace throughout and was edged for the show. BIG LEAGUE stalked outside then three deep, continued outside on the turn and three wide into the stretch and weakened.

SIXTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds. Time 23.66 47.55 1:12.32 1:24.64 1:37.49


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

7 Nolo Contesto 122 6 5 5–1 3–hd 2–3 1–hd 1–½ Rosario 1.70
6 Omaha Beach 122 5 3 2–½ 2–1 1–hd 2–7 2–8 Prat 1.10
10 Green Fleet 122 9 4 7–1½ 6–hd 5–1 3–2½ 3–4¼ Talamo 8.70
8 Harmon 122 7 8 8–hd 8–2½ 7–½ 5–1 4–1½ Smith 23.20
5 Royal Insider 122 4 1 3–1 4–hd 6–2 6–½ 5–2 T Baze 66.20
2 Railman 122 1 6 4–hd 5–1 4–½ 4–hd 6–½ Bejarano 8.40
11 American Camp 122 10 7 9–2 9–hd 9–hd 8–2 7–7 Roman 108.40
4 Asano 117 3 2 1–hd 1–hd 3–½ 7–3½ 8–¾ Espinoza 19.50
9 Midnight Roamer 122 8 10 10 10 10 10 9–11 Quinonez 94.00
3 Carribean Colours 122 2 9 6–½ 7–2 8–3 9–hd 10 Gutierrez 53.10

7 NOLO CONTESTO 5.40 3.00 2.60
6 OMAHA BEACH 2.60 2.20
10 GREEN FLEET 3.40
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $2.10
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-7)  $18.00
$1 EXACTA (7-6)  $6.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-6-10-8)  $15.00
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-6-10-8-5)  $979.40
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-6-10)  $16.70

Winner–Nolo Contesto B.r.3 by Pioneerof the Nile out of Applauding, by Congrats. Bred by Ramona S. Bass, LLC. (KY). Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: Hronis Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $385,680 Roulette Pool $2,322 Daily Double Pool $47,761 Exacta Pool $200,952 Superfecta Pool $104,075 Super High Five Pool $4,800 Trifecta Pool $136,723. Scratched–Istanbul.

50-Cent Pick Three (6-3-7) paid $51.20. Pick Three Pool $70,266.

NOLO CONTESTO four wide on the first turn, stalked outside, bid alongside the runner-up leaving the second turn, took a short lead in midstretch, fought back when headed in deep stretch and gamely prevailed under some left handed urging and strong handling. OMAHA BEACH stumbled at the start but quickly recovered, bid three deep leaving the first turn then dueled outside a rival, inched away and angled in on the second turn, fought back along the rail leaving that turn and in the stretch, put a head in front in deep stretch and continued gamely to the wire. GREEN FLEET four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep then outside a rival, continued three wide into and on the second turn and into the stretch and bested the others. HARMON chased off the rail then inside, continued just off the fence leaving the backstretch, came out three wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. ROYAL INSIDER bid between horses leaving the first turn then stalked between foes, dropped back a bit off the rail on the second turn and weakened. RAILMAN saved ground chasing the pace, split rivals into the stretch and lacked a further response. AMERICAN CAMP three deep early, chased outside a rival on the backstretch and second turn and did not rally. ASANO had good early speed and angled in, set a pressured pace inside, dropped back on the second turn and gave way. MIDNIGHT ROAMER broke a bit slowly, angled in and saved ground off the pace, continued inside into the stretch and had little left for the drive. CARRIBEAN COLOURS broke a bit slowly, saved ground chasing the pace, dropped back on the second turn and gave way.

SEVENTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $59,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 21.35 43.46 1:06.52 1:12.58


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

3 A Little Bit Me 124 3 7 5–hd 5–1½ 2–2½ 1–2½ Prat 2.20
7 Tonahutu 124 7 3 7 6–½ 4–1 2–1 Rosario 1.60
6 Travieza 122 6 1 2–1½ 2–2 1–hd 3–4 Bejarano 4.70
5 Grace Bay 122 5 4 6–2 7 5–hd 4–1¼ Gryder 74.00
1 Wicked Storm 122 1 6 4–1½ 4–1 6–½ 5–2¼ T Baze 36.00
2 Okinawa 117 2 5 1–hd 1–hd 3–hd 6–½ Figueroa 3.70
4 Suspicious Spouse 122 4 2 3–hd 3–hd 7 7 Van Dyke 12.90

3 A LITTLE BIT ME 6.40 3.00 2.20
7 TONAHUTU (IRE) 2.80 2.20
6 TRAVIEZA 2.40
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $5.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-3)  $17.20
$1 EXACTA (3-7)  $8.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-7-6-5)  $46.39
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-7-6-5-1)  $1,064.40
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-7-6)  $10.50

Winner–A Little Bit Me Grr.m.5 by The Factor out of Sayedah (IRE), by Darshaan (GB). Bred by Galleria Bloodstock & RhinestoneBloodstock (KY). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Chris Johnson. Mutuel Pool $263,776 Roulette Pool $1,144 Daily Double Pool $33,774 Exacta Pool $131,234 Superfecta Pool $59,761 Super High Five Pool $6,975 Trifecta Pool $89,982. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (3-7-3) paid $27.25. Pick Three Pool $57,697.

A LITTLE BIT ME chased a bit off the rail, came three deep into the stretch, bid outside a rival in the stretch, took the lead in deep stretch and won clear under some urging. TONAHUTU (IRE) settled off the rail then inside, came out into the stretch and gained the place late. TRAVIEZA dueled outside a rival, took a short lead into the stretch, fought back a bit off the rail in the drive, could not match the winner in the final sixteenth and lost second late. GRACE BAY pulled and steadied between horses nearing the right hand curve, chased outside a rival, came three deep into the stretch and lacked a rally. WICKED STORM saved ground chasing the pace, came out a bit in midstretch, split horses in deep stretch and did not rally. OKINAWA went up inside to duel for the lead, fought back on the hill and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. SUSPICIOUS SPOUSE stalked outside a rival, was between foes into the stretch and weakened. Rail on hill at 14 feet.

EIGHTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $57,000. Allowance. 4 year olds and up. Time 22.58 45.76 57.73 1:10.23


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

7 Clyde's Pride 124 7 2 1–hd 1–1 1–3 1–2½ Rosario 1.50
5 Minoso 124 5 3 5–1 6–2 2–1 2–2½ Pedroza 8.10
3 Leroy 124 3 5 6–½ 7–4 7–4 3–1¼ T Baze 5.80
6 Cyclometric 124 6 7 7–4 5–hd 5–1½ 4–1¼ Franco 4.90
4 Old Indian Trick 122 4 1 2–hd 3–1 4–½ 5–½ Pereira 12.50
8 Raul Rosas 124 8 6 4–1 2–hd 3–hd 6–1½ Talamo 3.90
2 Tanners Pride 122 2 4 3–½ 4–1 6–hd 7–2¾ Gryder 12.60
1 Plain Wrap 124 1 8 8 8 8 8 Flores 72.30

7 CLYDE'S PRIDE 5.00 3.00 2.60
5 MINOSO 5.80 3.40
3 LEROY 3.20
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $4.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-7)  $17.40
$1 EXACTA (7-5)  $11.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-5-3-6)  $20.15
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-5-3-6-4)  $498.20
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-5-3)  $20.75

Winner–Clyde's Pride Dbb.g.4 by Good Journey out of Callie Mae, by Abstract. Bred by Dunns Down LLC (CA). Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer. Owner: Dunns Downs, LLC. Mutuel Pool $249,287 Roulette Pool $642 Daily Double Pool $32,666 Exacta Pool $138,972 Superfecta Pool $67,166 Super High Five Pool $5,879 Trifecta Pool $104,446. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (7-3-7) paid $15.60. Pick Three Pool $50,707.

CLYDE'S PRIDE dueled outside a rival then three deep leaving the backstretch and into the turn, inched away and angled in leaving the turn, kicked clear, drifted in late and proved best under some urging. MINOSO stalked a bit off the rail, was between horses into the stretch and clearly second best. LEROY saved ground chasing the pace, came out leaving the turn and four wide into the stretch and gained the show. CYCLOMETRIC chased off the rail then outside leaving the backstretch and on the turn, came four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. OLD INDIAN TRICK had speed a bit off the rail then pressed the pace between foes, stalked leaving the turn, angled to the inside entering the stretch and weakened. RAUL ROSAS pressed the pace outside then stalked three deep leaving the turn and into the stretch and also weakened. TANNERS PRIDE went up inside to duel for the lead, stalked along the rail on the turn and weakened in the drive. PLAIN WRAP broke a bit slowly, dropped back inside, came out into the stretch and did not rally.

NINTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds. Time 21.90 44.67 1:07.58 1:13.70


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

8 Tiger Dad 117 8 1 1–½ 1–½ 1–2½ 1–2¼ Espinoza 7.90
10 Brix 122 10 3 3–1 3–1 3–6 2–1¼ Fuentes 17.70
9 Unusual Rider 122 9 2 2–1 2–1½ 2–½ 3–6 Van Dyke 0.90
7 Go Like the Wind 122 7 10 10 7–1 5–hd 4–nk Quinonez 26.00
2 Vezuchiy 122 2 9 9–1 6–1½ 4–½ 5–3½ Rosario 8.70
3 Bounty Hunter 122 3 6 4–1½ 4–3½ 6–1½ 6–3¾ Pereira 33.30
5 Nice Haircut 122 5 5 7–hd 9 8–1½ 7–3¾ Gutierrez 13.70
1 King Parker 122 1 7 6–3 8–hd 9 8 Franco 91.80
4 Tank Team 122 4 4 5–½ dnf Desormeaux 8.60
6 Unusual Angel 122 6 8 8–1 5–1 7–2½ dnf Blanc 6.00

8 TIGER DAD 17.80 8.60 5.00
10 BRIX 15.60 9.60
9 UNUSUAL RIDER 2.80
$2 ROULETTE (GREEN)  $11.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-8)  $50.60
$1 EXACTA (8-10)  $112.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-10-9-7)  $443.04
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-10-9-7-2)  Carryover $8,769
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-10-9)  $158.35

Winner–Tiger Dad Dbb.g.3 by Smiling Tiger out of Q T Shae, by Unusual Heat. Bred by Mark Devereaux, Scott Gross & Mark Gross (CA). Trainer: Carla Gaines. Owner: Devereaux, Mark and Gross, Scott. Mutuel Pool $302,474 Roulette Pool $895 Daily Double Pool $91,257 Exacta Pool $190,454 Superfecta Pool $110,942 Super High Five Pool $11,490 Trifecta Pool $147,550. Scratched–Peedie, Satchel Paige, Sea of Liberty, Trending Higher.

50-Cent Pick Three (3-7-8) paid $45.05. Pick Three Pool $106,659. 50-Cent Pick Four (7-3-7-8) 2302 tickets with 4 correct paid $169.20. Pick Four Pool $510,448. 50-Cent Pick Five (3-7-3-7-8) 419 tickets with 5 correct paid $664.70. Pick Five Pool $364,934. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (6-3-7-3-7-8) 36 tickets with 6 correct paid $3,366.20. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $223,580. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $447,555.

TIGER DAD had good early speed and dueled a bit off the rail then inside, inched away just off the fence into the stretch and won clear under urging. BRIX chased outside then alongside a rival, angled to the inside in the stretch and bested the others. UNUSUAL RIDER had good early speed and dueled outside the winner, came out into the stretch and was outfinished for the place. GO LIKE THE WIND broke a bit slowly, settled outside a rival, steadied and was forced out at the spill on the hill, angled in then came out into the stretch and lacked a rally. VEZUCHIY a bit slow to begin, settled inside chasing the pace, steadied at the spill leaving the hill, came out leaving the hill and into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. BOUNTY HUNTER stalked a bit off the rail then inside, cut the corner into the stretch and weakened. NICE HAIRCUT chased outside then alongside a rival, steadied and was forced wide at the spill on the hill, came four wide into the stretch and lacked a further response. KING PARKER saved ground chasing the pace, came a bit off the rail on the hill, also steadied and was forced out at the spill on the hill, came three deep into the stretch and did not rally. UNUSUAL ANGEL chased just off the rail then inside, got through along the fence leaving the hill, came out into the stretch, took a bad step and was severely injured in the right front in midstretch, was pulled up and vanned off. TANK TEAM chased a bit off the fence then outside a rival, took a bad step leaving the hill, lost the rider and was severely injured in the left front and was vanned off. The stewards conducted an inquiry into the run leaving the hill but made no change when they ruled no runner was the cause of the trouble to TANK TEAM. Rail on hill at 14 feet.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track4,637$689,746
Inter-TrackN/A$1,456,638
Out of StateN/A$5,909,568
TOTAL4,637 $8,055,952

Santa Anita Entries for Saturday, January 5.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 8th day of a 61-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $35,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Van CortlandtAaron Gryder124Vladimir Cerin5-135,000
2Hey SequoiaRuben Fuentes124Alfredo Marquez8-135,000
3Incredible LuckEdgar Payeras124Dan L. Hendricks4-135,000
4Camino de EstrellaGeovanni Franco124Tim Yakteen7-235,000
5Invasion LoomingBrice Blanc124Charles S. Treece6-135,000
6Union RebelTyler Baze124Jack Carava15-135,000
7Iron AlexRafael Bejarano124Dallas E. Keen6-135,000
8EncumberedMario Gutierrez124Simon Callaghan3-135,000

SECOND RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Lily ConJoel Rosario122Richard Baltas4-150,000
2Super KlausAngel Cruz122Victor L. Garcia5-150,000
3True ValidityAndrea Atzeni122Simon Callaghan2-150,000
4Queen of the TrackRuben Fuentes122Jeff Bonde5-250,000
5Fabulous StarEvin Roman122Ronald W. Ellis6-150,000
6Palm d'OroEswan Flores122Art Sherman8-150,000
7American FallsAlonso Quinonez122Ryan Hanson15-150,000

THIRD RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Rare JourneyEdgar Payeras124Bobby Wayne Grayson30-150,000
2BriosoAgapito Delgadillo124Brian Kozak20-150,000
3Aussie FoxDrayden Van Dyke124Tim Yakteen8-550,000
4TastemakerAssael Espinoza117Clifford W. Sise, Jr.5-140,000
5Reckless GravityRafael Bejarano122Patrick Gallagher8-140,000
6Mo Bob Joel Rosario124Philip D'Amato3-150,000
7FalconeKent Desormeaux124J. Keith Desormeaux5-250,000
8Super ClassicTiago Pereira124Ruben Gomez30-150,000

FOURTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $25,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1SchulaceAlonso Quinonez124Val Brinkerhoff8-125,000
2CayateFlavien Prat124Kristin Mulhall5-125,000
3Vintage HollywoodRuben Fuentes124Victor L. Garcia9-225,000
4Duke of FallbrookLuis Fuentes117Antonio Garcia15-125,000
5Bear Chum Agapito Delgadillo124Sean McCarthy9-225,000
6Spa ShackalackaHeriberto Figueroa117Philip D'Amato3-122,500
7From the DistanceEdgar Payeras122Kelly Castaneda15-122,500
8KidmonJoel Rosario124John W. Sadler5-225,000

FIFTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1StubbinsFlavien Prat122Doug F. O'Neill4-1
2HackberryAndrea Atzeni122Dan Blacker12-1
3SensuousLuis Fuentes115Mick Ruis20-1
4VolubileJoseph Talamo122Gary Mandella7-2
5My MandateDrayden Van Dyke122Mark Glatt5-1
6MuralistEvin Roman122Dan Blacker10-1
7Light of the WorldAssael Espinoza117Richard E. Mandella12-1
8MutineerRafael Bejarano122Philip D'Amato12-1
9ParsimonyMario Gutierrez122Doug F. O'Neill8-1
10Secret CourierAaron Gryder122Brian J. Koriner8-1
11KichiroJoel Rosario122Philip D'Amato8-1
12PalaleoRuben Fuentes122Jeff Bonde30-1
Also Eligible
13Loud MouthTyler Baze122Michael Machowsky15-1
14Mountain SpiritJoel Rosario122Jeff Mullins6-1

SIXTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $57,000. Allowance. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1GorenHeriberto Figueroa119Jerry Hollendorfer12-1
2Cool BobbyFlavien Prat124Peter Eurton3-1
3Sir SamsonTiago Pereira124Art Sherman30-1
4ZatterJoseph Talamo124Bob Baffert2-1
5Best Two MinutesKent Desormeaux124Steve Knapp4-1
6Coil Me HomeJoel Rosario124Richard Baltas4-1
7Spokane EagleDrayden Van Dyke122Peter Miller4-1

SEVENTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $200,000. 'San Gabriel Stakes'. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Liam the CharmerKent Desormeaux124Michael W. McCarthy4-1
2Platinum Warrior Shane Foley122John W. Sadler15-1
3Cleopatra's StrikeFlavien Prat120Philip D'Amato8-1
4Oscar Dominguez Rafael Bejarano120Peter Miller20-1
5Chicago StyleDrayden Van Dyke124Thomas F. Proctor3-1
6Flamboyant Brice Blanc122Patrick Gallagher5-1
7Next SharesJoel Rosario124Richard Baltas7-2
8Big ScoreMike Smith120Tim Yakteen6-1
9Big BendJoseph Talamo120Thomas F. Proctor12-1
10Arms RunnerMartin Pedroza120Peter Miller30-1

EIGHTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $57,000. Allowance. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Mongolian GroomGeovanni Franco124Enebish Ganbat15-1
2Lord GuinnessAssael Espinoza119William E. Morey8-1
3Extrordinary JerryRafael Bejarano122Doug F. O'Neill8-1
4JamminwithbrandonTiago Pereira124Vladimir Cerin8-1
5The Big TrainFlavien Prat124Peter Miller5-2
6Show Me Da LuteJoel Rosario124Bob Baffert6-1
7Popular KidKent Desormeaux124Jerry Hollendorfer7-2
8Liberty ParkEvin Roman124Clifford W. Sise, Jr.10-1
9KylemoreHeriberto Figueroa119Richard Baltas5-1

NINTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $100,000. 'Sham Stakes'. 3 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1SuenoKent Desormeaux120J. Keith Desormeaux20-1
2Gray MagicianFlavien Prat120Peter Miller4-1
3SavageryJoel Rosario120Peter Miller10-1
4Easy ShotRafael Bejarano120J. Keith Desormeaux30-1
5ColiseumJoseph Talamo120Bob Baffert1-1
6Gunmetal GrayMike Smith120Jerry Hollendorfer5-2
7Much BetterDrayden Van Dyke120Bob Baffert6-1

TENTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $20,000. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Starship ChewyOctavio Vergara, Jr.124Howard L. Zucker30-120,000
2Bless His HeartRafael Bejarano124Hector O. Palma4-120,000
3Bitter Ring HomeFlavien Prat124Neil D. Drysdale4-120,000
4SergioLuis Fuentes117Mick Ruis3-120,000
5Paul's DivaHeriberto Figueroa119Mike Puype6-120,000
6Dude's DudeEvin Roman124Bobby Wayne Grayson30-120,000
7GetaloadofthisGeovanni Franco124Jerry Hollendorfer5-220,000
8When Jesus WalkedDiego Sanchez124Jesus Nunez30-120,000
9Violent AffairTiago Pereira124Alan Sherman15-120,000
10Derby FactorAgapito Delgadillo124Ruben Gomez15-120,000
Also Eligible
11Brahms ForestEdgar Payeras124Richard Rosales12-120,000
12Malibu MagicEswan Flores124Bobby Wayne Grayson15-120,000
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