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Racing! A handicapping lesson from Rob Henie

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as e look forward to a pretty good Santa Monica Stakes.

Let’s get right to it and a teachable moment.

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 sixth race at Santa Anita. Rob, take it away.

“A maiden special weight at a mile on the turf. One of the attributes of both our WCHR and ECHR, is our winning first timers, as exemplified by the $22 debut winner Friday, as well as 23 of the last 24 debut winners between Del Mar and Santa Anita entering this meet. One of the main reasons for this, is not only understanding the patterns over the years, winning tendencies of trainers, but often just as important, is, understanding who exits what races. What do we mean? It means not all $30,000 maiden claimers are the same, and not all maiden special weights are the same, which is why we came up last year with our WCHR Maiden Power Rankings, which clearly reveal which races consist of more talent than the others. When we look at this field on Saturday, it’s bad, not indicative of a true MSW condition, much closer to a $20,000 bunch than the other end of the spectrum. Not only is this useful, but even more important next time out when these same runners return, we can evaluate the strength of race they exit. As for this Saturday race, top selection is UNICORN (#4), exiting not only a decent race last time out, but freshened off the downhill turf sprint, now given a flat mile, a signature move for many at this meet, but Richard Baltas in particular has become really good at this. The majority of this field just isn’t much, and that should allow for a pretty effective effort, with a final ¼ in the 24 second range giving her dead aim nearing the wire. MAXIM RATE (#7) debuts for Simon Callaghan, a guy who rarely leaves his horses short at first asking, and especially true when going long. He’s also been giving Andrea Atzeni plenty of good opportunities, and here’s another.

“WCHR Maiden Power Rating: - 5.50 (well below average)

“Win Contenders (order of preference): 4-7-8

“X Out Runners (eliminating on the win end): none

“Positive Notes:

“3 Holly Hundy - We like the fact Cerin goes long in the local debut off the Gulfstream sprint.

“8 Posit - Mario is so good with settling his mounts, especially useful with young runners, and we certainly liked the big improvement moving to the sod.

“TOP PICK: UNICORN (#4 3-1 Pereira)

“SECOND CHOICE: MAXIM RATE (#7 12-1 Atzeni) Debut”

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Santa Anita review

The feature, over a muddy track, was 6 ½-furlong race taken off the downhill turf course for older Cal-bred fillies and mares. The purse was $57,000.

Donut Girl paid $6.80, $4.40 and $3.20 for trainer Hector Palma and jockey Flavien Prat. Judicial was second and Shylock Eddie was third.

Prat rode the perfect race, biding his time early and then keeping Donut Girl on the rail, where he was able to gain the win by ½ length.

“She’s good right now,” Palma told Mike Willman of Santa Anita. “She needed some time off, but she’s good now. We’ll see how she is in the morning, but I want to keep her with Cal-breds.”

Santa Anita preview

There is a forecast of little to no rain on Saturday so maybe we’ll be seeing some turf racing. It’s a 10-race card starting at noon, with half of the races to be run on the grass. The average field size is 8.6, thanks to some big turf fields.

The big stakes race is the Grade 2 $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares going seven furlongs. It’s drawn a pretty good field. It should go off about 4:10 p.m.

Marley’s Freedom, and Eclipse Award finalist, is the 2-1 favorite for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Drayden Van Dyke. Marley is seven-of-14 lifetime and has won six of her last seven races. She even won a Grade 1 at Saratoga.

The second favorite, at 3-1 is Selcourt, for John Sadler and Joe Talamo. She has won four-of-eight lifetime including Grade 2 and 3s. However, she was a disappointing 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

Also in the race is Dream Tree, who won her first five races before a struggling eighth in the La Brea Stakes on opening day at Santa Anita.

There is also a minor stakes, the $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes for older fillies and mares going 6 ½ furlongs down the 6 ½ furlong hillside turf course. Belvoir Bay is the 5-2 favorite for Peter Miller and Joel Rosario. She won the Las Cienegas Stakes last out and has won Grade 2 and 3 races.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 6, 7, 5, 11, 7, 11, 8, 12 (4 also eligible), 7, 12 (1 ae).

Big races preview

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

11:30 Laurel (5): $100,000 Miracle Wood Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile. Favorite: Alwaysmining (7-5)

12:00 Laurel (6): $100,000 Wide Country Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Our Super Freak (2-1)

12:30 Laurel (7): $100,000 John B. Campbell Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Discreet Lover (3-1)

12:46 Tampa Bay (7): $100,000 Pelican Stakes, 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Imperial Hint (2-5)

1:00 Laurel (8): Grade 3 $250,000 General George Stakes, 4 and up, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Still Having Fun (9-2)

1:30 Laurel (9): Grade 3 $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Spiced Perfection (3-1)

1:40 Aqueduct (8): $100,000 Broadway Stakes, NY-bred fillies and mares 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Pauseforthecause (2-1)

2:12 Gulfstream (11): Grade 3 $150,000 Royal Delta Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 mile. Favorite: Tequilita (8-5)

2:25 Fair Grounds (8): Grade 3 $150,000 Mineshaft , 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Lone Sailor (7-2)

2:38 Oaklawn (8): $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Unholy Alliance (2-1)

2:57 Fair Grounds (10) Grade 3 $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap, 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Synchrony (3-1)

3:29 Fair Grounds (11): Grade 2 $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 1 1/16 miles. Favorites: Positive Spirit, Needs Supervision (5-1)

3:54 Golden Gate (7): $100,000 El Camino Real Derby, 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Kingly (2-1)

4:02 Fair Grounds (12): Grade 2 $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: War of Will (5-2)

4:09 Santa Anita (9): Grade 2 $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Marley’s Freedom (2-1)

Bob Ike’s SA pick of the day

TENTH RACE: No. 1 Kichiro (4-1)

Second-time starter from the Phil D'Amato barn debuted vs. straight maidens and didn't run badly when finishing mid-pack after contesting the early pace in a race that has produced two next-out winners. He drops into a $50,000 claimer today, has tactical speed and should be very formidable in here assuming he can overcome the disadvantageous rail post coming down the hillside turf course.

Friday’s result: R Cha Cha dueled on the early lead, then spit it out in mid-stretch in a weak effort.

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).

Chris Wade’s LA pick of the day

RACE SEVEN: No. 5 ENERGETIC (6-1)

He went very well late for second after a tough getaway in his most recent effort against a perfect tripped victor. In that effort, this gelding broke slow and outward to lose over a length and his early racing momentum. Energetic was still able to put forth a big run past the gap to finish with a quality second place finish. It’s true that Energetic has a tendency to get into trouble early on, but he’s also very talented and will pay nicely if he can put it all together against this evenly matched group at 300 yards.

(No worries, Ed Burgart hasn’t gone away, he’s just on vacation. Chris Wade has been the racing analyst and host of the Los Alamitos night simulcast broadcast for nearly two decades. While Ed is on vacation, Chris also fills in as the nighttime morning-line maker.)

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

Santa Anita Charts Results for Friday, February 15.

Copyright 2019 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 31st day of a 61-day meet. Cloudy & Good

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Time 23.92 48.22 1:12.46 1:24.67 1:37.05


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

3 Kaydetre 124 3 2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–¾ Blanc 24.20
4 Gold Arrow 124 4 4 4–1½ 4–1 3–1½ 3–½ 2–1¾ Rosario 0.70
2 Waze Ready 124 2 3 5 5 4–4 4–10 3–¾ Quinonez 4.10
5 Scattering Mink 124 5 1 2–hd 2–hd 2–1 2–1 4–15 Prat 1.90
1 Mongolian Empire 124 1 5 3–1 3–1 5 5 5 Boulanger 26.30

3 KAYDETRE 50.40 9.80 5.60
4 GOLD ARROW 2.60 2.10
2 WAZE READY 2.60
$1 EXACTA (3-4)  $74.70
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-4-2)  $72.65

Winner–Kaydetre Grr.m.5 by Mizzen Mast out of Delavallade, by Northern Spur (IRE). Bred by David Randall & Vida Randall (KY). Trainer: David A. Randall. Owner: Ranch Runners Ltd., Inc.. Mutuel Pool $144,821 Exacta Pool $81,505 Trifecta Pool $59,194. Scratched–none.

KAYDETRE had good early speed and angled in, set the pace a bit off the rail then inside leaving the second turn, responded when challenged into the stretch, inched away again along the fence in midstretch and held on gamely under left handed urging. GOLD ARROW stalked a bit off the rail then outside a rival, went three deep into and out of the second turn and continued willingly late. WAZE READY chased inside, went around a rival on the second turn then angled back to the rail into the stretch and gained the show. SCATTERING MINK three deep into the first turn, stalked outside a rival then just off the rail on the second turn, bid alongside the winner into the stretch, fell back some between foes a sixteenth out and was edged for third. MONGOLIAN EMPIRE bobbled in a slow start, was sent inside then saved ground stalking the pace, pulled a bit along the rail on the backstretch, dropped back on the second turn and gave way. WAZE READY wore calks.

SECOND RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $20,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.38 45.64 1:09.97 1:16.26


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

1 Contagion 124 1 4 1–hd 1–hd 1–1½ 1–2¼ Gutierrez 1.20
4 Hard to Come Home 117 3 3 3–2 2–½ 2–4 2–7 Diaz, Jr. 1.30
3 R B Eye 119 2 2 2–hd 3–1½ 4–hd 3–1¼ Espinoza 5.20
6 Calder Vale 124 5 1 4–½ 5 3–hd 4–¾ Quinonez 12.90
5 Sky Glory 124 4 5 5 4–½ 5 5 T Baze 9.50

1 CONTAGION 4.40 2.60 2.10
4 HARD TO COME HOME 2.60 2.10
3 R B EYE 2.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-1)  $159.60
$1 EXACTA (1-4)  $4.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-4-3-6)  $2.20
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-4-3)  $5.55

Winner–Contagion Dbb.c.3 by Fed Biz out of Stadia, by Teuflesberg. Bred by Douglas Arnold (KY). Trainer: Steve Knapp. Owner: Zolotas, Steven and Zolotas, Sabina Romo. Mutuel Pool $117,756 Daily Double Pool $30,458 Exacta Pool $57,275 Superfecta Pool $18,865 Trifecta Pool $35,989. Claimed–Contagion by ERJ Racing LLC, Robershaw, Richie, Rothblum, Steve and Westside Racing Stable. Trainer: Doug O'Neill. Scratched–Friday's At Shady.

CONTAGION broke in a bit and bobbled slightly in the second stride, went up inside to duel for the lead, came out a bit leaving the turn, inched away off the rail in the stretch and held gamely under urging then a hold late. HARD TO COME HOME dueled three deep then outside the winner leaving the turn and into the stretch, could not match that one in the final furlong but clearly bested the others. R B EYE had good early speed and dueled between horses, was momentarily in a bit tight a quarter mile out, continued between foes through much of the stretch and outfinished rivals for the show. CALDER VALE four wide early, chased off the rail then outside a rival, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. SKY GLORY settled off the rail then angled in on the backstretch, saved ground on the turn and into the stretch, continued inside and also weakened.

THIRD RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $33,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 23.74 47.46 1:11.53 1:23.71 1:36.26


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

3 Foxtail 122 3 2 1–½ 1–½ 1–hd 1–1½ 1–6 Rosario 2.60
4 Dearborn 122 4 1 2–hd 2–½ 2–2 2–4 2–nk Prat 6.30
7 Trust Fund Kitty 122 6 5 5–1 5–1 5–hd 4–1 3–1 Blanc 6.50
5 Princess Leia 124 5 6 4–3 3–1 3–1½ 3–1½ 4–5 Gryder 9.50
1 Atina 122 1 4 6 6 6 5–hd 5–3¾ Talamo 8.60
2 Madaket Sunset 122 2 3 3–1 4–3 4–1 6 6 Pereira 1.20

3 FOXTAIL 7.20 3.80 3.00
4 DEARBORN 6.40 3.60
7 TRUST FUND KITTY 3.40
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $5.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-3)  $22.60
$1 EXACTA (3-4)  $21.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-4-7-5)  $28.27
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-4-7)  $44.75

Winner–Foxtail B.m.5 by Mizzen Mast out of Surf Babe, by E Dubai. Bred by Joseph J. Perrotta (KY). Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: Hronis Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $158,298 Roulette Pool $244 Daily Double Pool $14,576 Exacta Pool $87,236 Superfecta Pool $31,741 Trifecta Pool $50,259. Scratched–Operandi.

50-Cent Pick Three (3-1-3) paid $156.10. Pick Three Pool $36,060.

FOXTAIL had speed between horses, angled in on the first turn and set a pressured pace inside, inched away in the stretch and drew off under a tap with the whip turned down, an energetic hand ride and steady handling late. DEARBORN three deep early, dueled outside the winner then between horses on the backstretch and into second turn, fought back alongside the winner leaving that turn, could not match that one in the drive and just held second. TRUST FUND KITTY chased outside then off the rail, continued alongside a rival on the second turn and three wide into the stretch and was edged for the place. PRINCESS LEIA three deep into the first turn, stalked outside a rival then bid three wide leaving the backstretch and into the second turn, fell back and angled in some leaving that turn and was outfinished for a minor share. ATINA (ARG) saved ground chasing the pace, came a bit off the rail into and on the second turn, split horses into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. MADAKET SUNSET had speed inside to press the pace, was in a bit tight early on the first turn, saved ground stalking the pace, dropped back on the second turn, continued inside and also weakened. FOXTAIL wore calks.

FOURTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 21.83 45.71 58.36 1:04.88


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

7 Gio Pronto 124 7 6 6–6 4–hd 4–2 1–¾ Roman 10.00
1 Sweetener 124 1 5 3–hd 3–2 1–hd 2–ns T Baze 1.50
4 Crackling Bread 124 4 1 2–1½ 2–1½ 2–½ 3–3¼ Fuentes 1.60
6 Secret Offer 124 6 3 5–hd 6–7 5–1½ 4–ns Maldonado 11.00
3 Purdue 119 3 2 1–hd 1–hd 3–2 5–7 Figueroa 12.50
5 Factorize 117 5 4 4–1½ 5–1½ 6–5 6–2 Diaz, Jr. 5.30
2 Tempestuous Gal 119 2 7 7 7 7 7 Espinoza 58.20

7 GIO PRONTO 22.00 9.20 3.40
1 SWEETENER 3.40 2.20
4 CRACKLING BREAD 2.10
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-7)  $68.80
$1 EXACTA (7-1)  $35.90
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-1-4-6)  $27.25
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-1-4-6-3)  $620.80
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-1-4)  $33.70

Winner–Gio Pronto B.f.4 by Gio Ponti out of Miss Forest City, by Coronado's Quest. Bred by Laberinto Farm & Racing Stables Corp (KY). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: BHMFR, LLC. Mutuel Pool $179,558 Roulette Pool $241 Daily Double Pool $16,652 Exacta Pool $111,232 Superfecta Pool $44,656 Super High Five Pool $33,962 Trifecta Pool $68,663. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-3-7) paid $48.70. Pick Three Pool $19,449.

GIO PRONTO broke out some and a bit slowly, chased off the rail, angled in for the turn, came out into the stretch and again in upper stretch and rallied under urging to get up three deep late. SWEETENER a step slow to begin, chased inside, came out leaving the turn and into the stretch, bid three deep to gain the lead, battled outside a foe in the final furlong and was caught between horses late. CRACKLING BREAD had speed between foes then stalked off the rail, bid outside the pacesetter on the backstretch to duel for the lead, fought back between horses in midstretch then off the rail in the final furlong and continued gamely to the end. SECRET OFFER chased off the rail, angled in on the turn, found the inside into the stretch, came out a bit in the drive and lacked the needed rally. PURDUE had good early speed and angled in, dueled inside, fought back on the turn and to midstretch and weakened in the final furlong. FACTORIZE sent between horses early, stalked between rivals then off the rail, continued outside a foe on the turn and three deep into the stretch, drifted in some in the drive and weakened. TEMPESTUOUS GAL broke a bit slowly, dropped back inside, saved ground off the pace to the stretch and failed to menace. SWEETENER wore calks.

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000. Time 23.23 46.92 1:12.66 1:25.19 1:37.86


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

4 Enlisting 124 3 5 5–2½ 5–6 2–½ 1–6 1–14½ Prat 0.80
3 Lil Respect 124 2 3 2–1 2–½ 3–1 3–1 2–¾ Pereira 2.60
1 Lily Con 124 1 1 1–½ 1–½ 1–1 2–1½ 3–1¾ Franco 8.30
6 Kirsch Truffle 124 4 2 3–hd 3–hd 4–2 4–5 4–8 Fuentes 9.10
7 American Falls 124 5 4 4–1 4–1 5–6 5–6 5–14 Quinonez 5.30
8 Reds Sacred Appeal 124 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 Flores 50.80

4 ENLISTING 3.60 2.20 2.10
3 LIL RESPECT 2.60 2.20
1 LILY CON 3.60
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $4.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-4)  $35.60
$1 EXACTA (4-3)  $3.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-3-1-6)  $4.43
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-3-1)  $9.40

Winner–Enlisting Ch.f.3 by Candy Ride (ARG) out of Sign Up, by Mineshaft. Bred by Hurstland Farm & Alfred H. Nuckols III (KY). Trainer: Dan Blacker. Owner: D K Racing, LLC, Radley Equine, Inc., Taste of Victory Stables and Gold, Rick. Mutuel Pool $183,855 Roulette Pool $209 Daily Double Pool $20,643 Exacta Pool $109,473 Superfecta Pool $57,288 Trifecta Pool $74,610. Claimed–Enlisting by Hess, Maria E., Lambert, Jeffrey and Paradise Farms Corp. Trainer: Robert Hess, Jr. Claimed–Lil Respect by Hronis Racing LLC. Trainer: John Sadler. Scratched–Hilltop Harmony, Sapori Girl, Si'mon Li'mon.

50-Cent Pick Three (3-7-4) paid $36.90. Pick Three Pool $30,126. 50-Cent Pick Four (1/2-3-7-2/4/5/9) 1248 tickets with 4 correct paid $80.65. Pick Four Pool $131,985. 50-Cent Pick Five (3-1/2-3-7-2/4/5/9) 52 tickets with 5 correct paid $4,948.60. Pick Five Pool $299,237.

ENLISTING chased a bit off the rail then inside on the second turn, came out into the stretch to gain the advantage outside a rival under a tap of the whip turned down, was shaken up with the reins to widen in the drive and drew off under a hold the final sixteenth. LIL RESPECT pressed the pace outside a rival then between horses, stalked leaving the second turn and outfinished the pacesetter late for the place. LILY CON had good early speed and set a pressured pace inside, inched away on the second turn, was not a match for the winner in the drive and was outfinished for second. KIRSCH TRUFFLE stalked three deep then bid three wide between foes on the backstretch and into the second turn, tracked again on that turn, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. AMERICAN FALLS four wide into the first turn, bid four wide on the backstretch, stalked outside leaving the second turn, came four wide into the stretch and had little left for the drive. REDS SACRED APPEAL angled in and saved ground off the pace, came a bit off the rail in the stretch and gave way.

SIXTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500. Time 22.07 44.77 1:09.70 1:16.11


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

2 Conquest Cobra 122 2 3 4–hd 4–½ 2–hd 1–nk Prat 4.60
1 Best Two Minutes 122 1 4 5 5 3–1 2–¾ Desormeaux 2.60
7 Graycaster 122 5 2 2–1½ 2–1½ 1–½ 3–6 Rosario 2.20
3 R Cha Cha 119 3 1 1–hd 1–hd 4–3 4–3¾ Figueroa 1.90
4 Monydontspenitself 122 4 5 3–1 3–hd 5 5 Talamo 10.80

2 CONQUEST COBRA 11.20 4.40 2.80
1 BEST TWO MINUTES 3.40 2.60
7 GRAYCASTER 2.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-2)  $24.20
$1 EXACTA (2-1)  $14.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-1-7-3)  $8.48
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-1-7)  $25.95

Winner–Conquest Cobra B.g.7 by Pioneerof the Nile out of Stateliness, by Silver Deputy. Bred by McKathan Bros. (FL). Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Owner: Horseplayer Racing Club. Mutuel Pool $221,859 Daily Double Pool $18,437 Exacta Pool $94,261 Superfecta Pool $31,662 Trifecta Pool $59,901. Claimed–Conquest Cobra by Hronis Racing LLC. Trainer: John Sadler. Claimed–Graycaster by DA Meah Racing and Boney, Derek. Trainer: Anna Meah. Claimed–R Cha Cha by Zolotas, Steven and Zolotas, Sabina Romo. Trainer: Jorge Periban. Scratched–Beantown Boys, Conqueror.

50-Cent Pick Three (7-4-2) paid $83.15. Pick Three Pool $25,225.

CONQUEST COBRA stalked outside a rival then between foes on the turn, came three deep into the stretch, rallied under urging to get up three deep nearing the wire. BEST TWO MINUTES saved ground stalking the pace, bid along the rail in the stretch, put a head in front in deep stretch and continued gamely to just miss. GRAYCASTER angled in and dueled outside a rival, was three deep into the stretch while taking a short lead, fought back between horses in the final furlong and was outkicked late. R CHA CHA had good early speed and dueled a bit off the rail to the stretch, was between rivals in upper stretch and weakened in the final furlong. MONYDONTSPENITSELF stalked off the rail then three deep on the turn, came four wide into the stretch and also weakened.

SEVENTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $57,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 21.93 44.81 1:10.10 1:16.60


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

6 Donut Girl 122 3 6 3–hd 4–hd 2–1 1–½ Prat 2.40
4 Judicial 124 2 1 1–hd 1–hd 1–½ 2–1¾ Bejarano 3.10
8 Shylock Eddie 124 5 3 4–hd 3–hd 3–½ 3–½ Gryder 4.30
7 An Eddie Surprise 124 4 5 5–6 5–4 5–3½ 4–2½ Gutierrez 7.90
2 Bragging Rights 122 1 4 6 6 6 5–3¼ Franco 23.40
9 Chasin Lucas 119 6 2 2–2 2–1½ 4–hd 6 Espinoza 2.10

6 DONUT GIRL 6.80 4.40 3.20
4 JUDICIAL 4.00 3.00
8 SHYLOCK EDDIE 3.20
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $2.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-6)  $57.40
$1 EXACTA (6-4)  $11.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-4-8-7)  $10.06
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-4-8)  $17.50

Winner–Donut Girl B.f.4 by Smiling Tiger out of Saturday's Girl, by Any Given Saturday. Bred by Premier Thoroughbreds LLC, Alan Klein &Rusty Brown (CA). Trainer: Hector O. Palma. Owner: Granja Mexico and Palma, Hector. Mutuel Pool $244,796 Roulette Pool $482 Daily Double Pool $21,567 Exacta Pool $139,711 Superfecta Pool $60,912 Trifecta Pool $89,980. Scratched–Bezzy, Great Ma Neri, Scathing.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-2-6) paid $22.00. Pick Three Pool $21,087.

DONUT GIRL angled in and stalked inside, bid along the rail in the stretch, gained a slim advantage nearing the sixteenth pole and gamely prevailed under urging. JUDICIAL dueled a bit off the rail then inside, came out a bit into the stretch, battled outside the winner through the final furlong and continued gamely but could not quite match that one late. SHYLOCK EDDIE stalked three deep to the stretch, continued three wide in midstretch and edged a rival for the show. AN EDDIE SURPRISE stalked the pace between horses, waited off heels when lacking room from upper stretch to midstretch, angled in then out for room just past the eighth pole and was edged for third. BRAGGING RIGHTS settled inside then off the rail, angled in on the turn, swung out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. CHASIN LUCAS angled in and dueled outside the runner-up, was fanned out a bit into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong.

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000. Time 22.97 46.25 1:10.44 1:23.28 1:36.56


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

2 Zestful 117 2 1 1–1 1–1½ 1–4 1–6 1–7 Figueroa 2.20
5 Lindante 117 5 3 3–hd 2–hd 2–1½ 2–1½ 2–1¼ Espinoza 3.30
3 Harrovian 122 3 7 4–2 6–1 5–1½ 3–1½ 3–1¼ Flores 28.70
6 I'll Wrap It Up 115 6 5 5–1 5–hd 4–hd 4–½ 4–4 Leon 5.60
1 Go Ghetto 124 1 2 2–1½ 3–½ 3–1 5–4 5–4¾ Roman 7.50
4 Crystal Dome 122 4 6 6–hd 7 7 6–½ 6–2½ Maldonado 5.90
7 Banze No Oeste 124 7 4 7 4–1 6–1½ 7 7 Fuentes 3.90

2 ZESTFUL 6.40 3.60 2.80
5 LINDANTE 4.20 2.80
3 HARROVIAN 8.20
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $4.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-2)  $35.60
$1 EXACTA (2-5)  $11.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-5-3-6)  $39.00
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-5-3-6-1)  $850.30
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-5-3)  $53.75

Winner–Zestful Ch.g.4 by Ghostzapper out of Sweet Relish, by Smoke Glacken. Bred by Pin Oak Stud, LLC (KY). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: C T R Stables LLC (Calvert), MyRacehorse.com, Wonderland Racing Stables, Friedman, Phil and Galliand. Mutuel Pool $216,136 Roulette Pool $288 Daily Double Pool $84,227 Exacta Pool $127,028 Superfecta Pool $52,467 Super High Five Pool $11,144 Trifecta Pool $83,152. Claimed–Zestful by Top Hat Thoroughbreds. Trainer: Jeffrey Metz. Claimed–Go Ghetto by Sides, Clay R. and Rassel, Albert. Trainer: Peter Miller. Claimed–Banze No Oeste (BRZ) by Barnes, Michelle and Saratoga West. Trainer: Jeffrey Metz. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-6-2) paid $38.30. Pick Three Pool $78,624. 50-Cent Pick Four (2/4/5/9-2-6-2) 2180 tickets with 4 correct paid $88.40. Pick Four Pool $252,638. 50-Cent Pick Five (7-2/4/5/9-2-6-2) 133 tickets with 5 correct paid $967.10. Pick Five Pool $168,156. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (3-7-2/4/5/9-2-6-2) 41 tickets with 6 correct paid $970.98. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $74,520. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $148,820.

ZESTFUL sent between horses early, dueled outside a rival then inched away leaving the first turn, set the pace a bit off the rail then inside on the second turn, kicked away on that turn and drew off in the stretch under a crack of the whip and a strong hand ride. LINDANTE three deep into the first turn, stalked outside a rival then off the rail leaving the second turn, came out into the stretch and held the place. HARROVIAN chased inside then a bit off the rail on the backstretch, angled in for the second turn, cut the corner into the stretch and bested the others. I'LL WRAP IT UP three wide into the first turn, chased off the rail then between foes on the backstretch, continued outside on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. GO GHETTO had speed inside to duel for the lead then stalked along the fence, came out leaving the turn and into the stretch and weakened. CRYSTAL DOME (GB) pulled between horses then angled in and chased inside, came out into the stretch and also weakened. BANZE NO OESTE (BRZ) four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep, came four wide into the stretch and had little left for the drive.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track2,708$495,013
Inter-TrackN/A$1,407,331
Out of StateN/A$3,680,002
TOTAL2,708 $5,582,346

Santa Anita Entries for Saturday, February 16.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 32nd day of a 61-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 3 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Thought I'dmissyouGeovanni Franco124J. Eric Kruljac8-1
2Over EmphasizeDrayden Van Dyke124Michael W. McCarthy5-2
3Hard Not to LoveTiago Pereira124John A. Shirreffs3-1
4Chocolate SpeightsAssael Espinoza119Jerry Hollendorfer8-1
5Morning CynnJ. Diaz, Jr.117Doug F. O'Neill4-1
6Flat Out JoyJoseph Talamo124Ronald W. Ellis2-1

SECOND RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $30,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1War MoccasinJ. Diaz, Jr.117Javier Jose Sierra8-1
2Miss Boom BoomMario Gutierrez124Reed Saldana3-1
3Kennedie SkyAgapito Delgadillo124Rafael DeLeon20-1
4Indypendent DeputyKent Desormeaux124Dallas E. Keen4-1
5Halo DarlinJoel Rosario122Michael Pender5-2
6SpeakersDrayden Van Dyke124Andrew Lerner4-1
7Believe IndeedRafael Bejarano124Michael Pender4-1

THIRD RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $35,000. Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1AckJ. Diaz, Jr.115Doug F. O'Neill5-132,000
2VangilderKent Desormeaux122J. Keith Desormeaux5-232,000
3Swamp SouffleGeovanni Franco124George Papaprodromou2-132,000
4Poppy's C NoteTyler Baze122Steven Miyadi8-132,000
5PalladiumJoel Rosario124Doug F. O'Neill8-532,000

FOURTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Union StationTyler Baze124Eoin G. Harty20-1
2Thief of Joy Aaron Gryder124Matthew Chew12-1
3SpeakerofthehouseDrayden Van Dyke124Ian Kruljac10-1
4American CampTiago Pereira124Robert B. Hess, Jr.20-1
5Storms RiverJoseph Talamo124John W. Sadler7-2
6MutineerRafael Bejarano124Philip D'Amato12-1
7ParsimonyMario Gutierrez124Doug F. O'Neill3-1
8Mo MississippiJoel Rosario124Peter Eurton4-1
9Montana MoonKent Desormeaux124Shelbe Ruis6-1
10HarmonMike Smith124Patrick Gallagher8-1
11PotanticoGeovanni Franco124Vladimir Cerin8-1

FIFTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Golden BirthdayTyler Baze122James M. Cassidy15-1
2CurryAssael Espinoza117Bruce Headley5-1
3Derby StarEdgar Payeras122Ruben Gomez30-1
4Starring John WainJoel Rosario122Jerry Hollendorfer4-1
5Don'tteasethetigerAaron Gryder122Brian J. Koriner3-1
6Play MoneyJoseph Talamo122David E. Hofmans2-1
7Prodigal SonMario Gutierrez122Doug F. O'Neill3-1

SIXTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 3 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Mercy MercyRafael Bejarano124Robert B. Hess, Jr.4-1
2EmrataDrayden Van Dyke124Peter Miller8-1
3Holly HundyGeovanni Franco124Vladimir Cerin6-1
4UnicornTiago Pereira124Richard Baltas3-1
5MeanasasnakeAaron Gryder124Philip D'Amato12-1
6Happy TuneJoel Rosario124Patrick Gallagher15-1
7Maxim RateAndrea Atzeni124Simon Callaghan12-1
8PositMario Gutierrez124Simon Callaghan7-2
9Live the MomentTyler Baze124Eoin G. Harty20-1
10SupremaKent Desormeaux124J. Keith Desormeaux20-1
11Kittyhawk LassJoseph Talamo124Mike Puype6-1

SEVENTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $12,500-$10,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1HeloiseRuben Fuentes124Vladimir Cerin3-112,500
2Copper CowgirlJorge Velez114Patricia Harrington6-112,500
3Mousey MouseyGeovanni Franco122Robert Gilker15-110,500
4Lucky ValEswan Flores124Kathy Walsh5-112,500
5Gia LulaAssael Espinoza119Mark Glatt7-212,500
6WhirlingDrayden Van Dyke124Richard E. Mandella9-512,500
7Warm It UpModesto Linares124Vernon E. Aguayo12-112,500
8AnnitasheavenFelipe Martinez124Antonio Gonzalez30-112,500

EIGHTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $70,000. 'Wishing Well Stakes (R)'. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Poster Girl Mike Smith122Matthew Chew12-1
2Lady SuebeeAgapito Delgadillo122John W. Sadler6-1
3TesoraKent Desormeaux122Michael W. McCarthy10-1
4CompelledJoseph Talamo122Thomas F. Proctor6-1
5Lynne's LegacyTyler Baze122Doug F. O'Neill20-1
6Birdie GoldTiago Pereira124Gary Mandella30-1
7Belvoir Bay Joel Rosario124Peter Miller5-2
8A Little Bit MeGeovanni Franco122Richard Baltas8-1
9Painting CornersJose Delgadillo122Peter Miller5-1
10QuebecRafael Bejarano122Richard Baltas6-1
11Mongolian ShopperRuben Fuentes122Enebish Ganbat20-1
12La Sardane Drayden Van Dyke124Neil D. Drysdale10-1
Also Eligible
13Spin Me a KissEdwin Maldonado122Philip D'Amato15-1
14Barbara BeatriceTiago Pereira122Philip D'Amato15-1
15EmboldenedMike Smith120Bob Baffert4-1
16Spy Ring Kent Desormeaux120James M. Cassidy10-1

NINTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $200,000. 'Santa Monica Stakes'. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Paradise WoodsJoel Rosario120John A. Shirreffs7-2
2SelcourtJoseph Talamo120John W. Sadler3-1
3Marley's FreedomDrayden Van Dyke124Bob Baffert2-1
4Dream TreeMike Smith124Bob Baffert4-1
5MopotismMario Gutierrez120Doug F. O'Neill12-1
6Escape ClauseTyler Baze122Don Schnell6-1
7AmuseRafael Bejarano120Richard E. Mandella12-1

TENTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1KichiroTyler Baze124Philip D'Amato4-150,000
2Violent BehaviorEdwin Maldonado124Frank Lucarelli6-150,000
3Silent MusketierAgapito Delgadillo122Jesus Mendoza30-145,000
4Samurai JackMartin Pedroza124Mark Glatt15-150,000
5PalaleoRuben Fuentes124Jeff Bonde6-150,000
6Surprise FashionJoel Rosario124Victor L. Garcia5-150,000
7Spectator's DreamJose Leon115Jesus Mendoza50-145,000
8Secret CourierAaron Gryder124Brian J. Koriner9-250,000
9King LebronJ. Diaz, Jr.115Doug F. O'Neill15-145,000
10River GodGeovanni Franco124Vladimir Cerin7-250,000
11Craig'sTiago Pereira124Rafael Becerra20-150,000
12Red ValorEswan Flores124Val Brinkerhoff10-150,000
Also Eligible
13RailmanRafael Bejarano124Peter Eurton4-150,000
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