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Racing! Battle of Midway, RIP

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we explore the huge rise in horse deaths at Santa Anita.

I enjoy writing about horse racing most of the time, and then there is today. Santa Anita suffered three horse fatalities over a 16-hour period, including the death of Battle of Midway, a top flight, Grade 1 winning horse that just picked up a win in the San Pasqual.

On Friday, Hot American broke down leaving the backstretch in a 1 1/8-mile turf race. On Saturday morning, Battle of Midway suffered a fracture of his hind pastern during a timed workout. Just Forget It, an unraced 4-year-old gelding, was also vanned off and euthanized after a training breakdown. The incidents occurred at different places on the track.

None of the jockeys suffered any serious injuries.

Santa Anita has a problem this racing season. More horses are dying than last year. That’s not to say the track is to blame, in fact, I can say with 100% certainty that Santa Anita, and every other track, feels its share of pain when a horse goes down. It’s the part of the business that everyone hates.

I was actually doing some research for a story for later this week on the increase of fatalities at Santa Anita, more than double, when I learned of the death of Battle of Midway. And, as I and others have said so many times, the death of a top-notch Grade 1 winner such as Battle of Midway is no more or less tragic than the deaths of Hot American or Just Forget It, who also died during this span of a day.

Santa Anita plans to bring in Mick Peterson, a track safety expert from the University of Kentucky to consult on this issue. The CHRB plans an emergency call with Santa Anita management on Sunday to discuss the problem.

As Dr. Rick Arthur, equine director at both the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Horse Racing Board, said in a story I did for The Times web and print editions: “One horse [dying] is too a large number,” Arthur said. You can read the story here.

Tim Ritvo, Stronach boss, also said the same thing about any horse loss is one too many. He also said nothing different has been done to the track but the weather has been a mitigating factor. He also mentioned the track has spent more money this year on maintaining the track.

“When you float [seal] the track, it makes it hard,” Ritvo said. “And then you have to train and race over it. The only other option is to not train or race and that’s not a good option, either.”

Ritvo was quick to get back to The Times on this issue even though he was in Maryland. So, you know it is of major concern. And the CHRB has its share of concerns, as no doubt most other organizations that are touched by this issue have been.

It’s tough to get all these groups on the same page (and even impossible in the same room), but I can’t think of any better issue to be pushing for a common goal than horse safety. We can all agree on that.

Santa Anita review

It’s doubtful it took away the sting of losing Battle of Midway in the morning, but trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won the Grade 2 $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares going a mile on the turf.

The amazing Vasilika bided her time near the back, started to make a move on the far turn and motored down the center of the track to win by 1 ½ lengths. It was a confident ride by Flavien Prat to allow her to win her 10th race in her last 11 starts.

Vasilika paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.20. Streak of Luck was second and Ms Bad Behavoir was third.

“By the three eighths pole, I could see we were making ground and probably would be able to catch the leader, Fahan Mura,” Prat told Mike Willman of Santa Anita. “I did have to ask her in the stretch, but as soon as I switched my stick to my left hand, she made a very nice move.”

Hollendorfer picked up Vasilika for $40,000 before her win streak started 11 races ago.

“I don’t know if there’s anything this horse can’t do, if there is, we haven’t found out yet,” Hollendorfer said. “I thought going down the backside, Flavien had a good idea of how fast they were going, so he started moving a little earlier than he usually does, then she kicked in her last eighth like she always does and ran very well. … If I could answer why she is so consistent and so special, I wouldn’t have to work.”

Santa Anita preview

Santa Anita has a nine-race card starting at 1 p.m. There are four turf races, one Cal-bred stakes race and two maiden specials. In other words, an OK but not great card. But, it’s a Sunday and, let’s be honest, not a great weekend of racing nationally. It’ll get better.

The feature is the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes for Cal-bred fillies and mares going six furlongs. It’s a small field of five and should go about 4:55 p.m. as the penultimate race.

Show It N Moe It is the even money favorite for trainer Gary Sherlock and jockey Rafael Bejarano. He is five-of-18 lifetime and won his last race, an allowance by 3 ¼, in which he beat S Y Sky. He is four-of-10 at Santa Anita.

The second favorite is S Y Sky for Phil D’Amato and Joe Talamo. He won his last race on Jan. 26, an ungraded stakes at Santa Anita, where he has raced seven times, won four and finished second three times. He’s five-of-nine lifetime.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 5, 7, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 5, 10.

Big Races review

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

Aqueduct (8): $100,000 Franklin Square Stakes, NY-bred fillies 3-years-old, 6 furlongs. Winner: Stonesintheroad ($5.90)

Gulfstream (11): Grade 3 $100,000 Hal’s Hope Stakes, 4 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Prince Lucky ($17.60)

Oaklawn (8): $100,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes, Ark-bred fillies and mares 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Winner: Usual Suspect ($54.40)

Santa Anita (8): Grade 2 $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Vasilika ($3.60)

Big races preview

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

3:18 Sunland (9): $100,000 Mine That Bird Derby, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Wicked Indeed (9-5)

4:54 Santa Anita (8): $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes, Cal-bred fillies and mares, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Show It N Moe It (1-1)

Bob Ike’s SA pick of the day

NINTH RACE: No. 6 Honor Guard (6-1)

In the only race on the card with more than seven entrants, let's try this 4-year-old colt from the Phil D'Amato barn as the abbreviated week closes out with $50,000 maiden claimers going one mile on turf (rails at 20 feet). He improved when switched to grass when running third to similar and has an improving pattern on numbers. Looks as good as any in an open contest.

Saturday’s result: Longshot Qafilah hesitated at the start, raced wide throughout, then was all done by the 1/4-pole.

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 SIX: No. 1 Private Terrace (4-1)

Needed the race when making first start at this oval on Feb. 1 while dropping down in distance and class. In that event 23 nights ago, the veteran mare drifted back steadily versus much quicker rivals and trailed the leader by almost 10 lengths in mid-backstretch. However, she did put together a solid run through the turn and down the lane before moving best of all past the wire and around the clubhouse turn. With that speed sharpening start out of the way, I'll gamble on this 10-time winner being closer to leader tonight while remaining the late threat with a good chance to return a nice payout.

(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.)

Final thoughts

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

Santa Anita Charts Results for Saturday, February 23.

Copyright 2019 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 36th day of a 61-day meet. Clear & Firm

FIRST RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. 4 year olds and up. Time 21.74 43.71 1:06.61 1:12.58


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

5 Unbridled Ethos 124 5 5 3–hd 3–1 2–1½ 1–nk T Baze 11.20
3 Sir Eddie 124 3 2 4–hd 4–hd 1–hd 2–2¾ Prat 2.00
4 Hit the Seam 124 4 4 2–1½ 1–½ 3–hd 3–1½ Gutierrez 4.30
1 Atonarun 124 1 3 5–½ 5–3 5–8 4–½ Van Dyke 5.10
6 Dubnation 119 6 1 1–hd 2–1 4–½ 5–16 Figueroa 1.70
2 Access Granted 124 2 6 6 6 6 6 Pereira 18.00

5 UNBRIDLED ETHOS 24.40 8.00 4.80
3 SIR EDDIE 3.20 2.40
4 HIT THE SEAM 3.20
$2 ROULETTE (GREEN)  $9.80
$1 EXACTA (5-3)  $31.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-3-4-1)  $20.48
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-3-4)  $49.45

Winner–Unbridled Ethos Grr.c.4 by Mizzen Mast out of Seoul Unbridled, by Unbridled's Song. Bred by Donald Valpredo (CA). Trainer: Jeff Mullins. Owner: Donald J. Valpredo. Mutuel Pool $227,715 Roulette Pool $186 Exacta Pool $100,614 Superfecta Pool $36,281 Trifecta Pool $64,504. Scratched–none.

UNBRIDLED ETHOS stalked outside then three deep on the hill, was fanned five wide into the stretch, bid outside, drifted inward in midstretch and through the final furlong and gamely prevailed under left handed urging. SIR EDDIE stalked between horses then outside a rival leaving the hill, bid between foes in upper stretch, took a short lead, fought back inside the winner through the final furlong and continued gamely to the end. HIT THE SEAM had good early speed and dueled a bit off the rail then inside, drifted out on the dirt crossing, drifted in a bit between foes nearing midstretch and held third. ATONARUN stalked the pace a bit off the rail then briefly between foes, angled in midway on the hill, bid inside into the stretch and was outfinished. DUBNATION dueled outside a rival, was fanned four wide between foes into the stretch, was in tight off heels in midstretch, came out some and weakened late. ACCESS GRANTED broke a bit slowly, pulled his way along inside and was shuffled back in a bit tight midway on the hill, came out leaving the hill and into the stretch and had little left for the drive. Rail on hill at zero.

SECOND RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $36,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $75,000. Time 22.12 44.95 57.33 1:10.25


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

1 Platinum Nights 122 1 4 1–hd 1–1 1–2 1–3¼ Smith 1.00
2 Bullion 117 2 3 2–4 2–8 2–8 2–7 Figueroa 9.10
4 Salah 122 4 2 5 3–2 3–5 3–8½ Bejarano 11.50
3 River God 117 3 1 3–1½ 4–1½ 4–1½ 4–2½ Espinoza 2.50
5 High Five 122 5 5 4–½ 5 5 5 Franco 3.20

1 PLATINUM NIGHTS 4.00 2.60 2.10
2 BULLION 5.20 3.00
4 SALAH 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-1)  $59.40
$1 EXACTA (1-2)  $10.10
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-2-4)  $14.85

Winner–Platinum Nights Grr.c.3 by Broken Vow out of Gerent, by Monarchos. Bred by Cherry Valley Farm, LLC. (KY). Trainer: Peter Eurton. Owner: Burns Racing, LLC, Exline-Border Racing, LLC, Hudock, Dan and Legan, Taylor. Mutuel Pool $229,698 Daily Double Pool $46,756 Exacta Pool $86,432 Trifecta Pool $71,372. Scratched–none.

PLATINUM NIGHTS had good early speed and dueled inside, inched away on the turn, kicked clear and proved best under a moderate hand ride. BULLION sped to the early lead a bit off the rail, dueled outside the winner, stalked just off the inside leaving the turn and was clearly second best. SALAH chased off the rail then inside leaving the backstretch and on the turn, swung out leaving the turn and into the stretch was bested the others. RIVER GOD settled off the rail then outside a rival on the turn, had the rider lose the whip leaving the turn, came out into the stretch and weakened. HIGH FIVE broke in the air then bobbled in a slow start, settled outside a rival then off the rail on the turn, came a bit wide into the stretch and lacked a further response.

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $22,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Time 22.10 45.22 57.42 1:10.50


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

7 Come On Kat 124 7 1 1–1½ 1–2½ 1–6 1–6 Gryder 0.80
1 Pied N True 124 1 4 6–hd 4–1 3–½ 2–6 Flores 11.60
3 Magicalchic 124 3 2 5–1½ 6–hd 5–2½ 3–½ Payeras 73.70
2 Rizzi's Honors 124 2 7 4–½ 3–1½ 4–3½ 4–½ Rosario 4.10
4 Fracas 124 4 3 2–1 2–2 2–hd 5–10½ Maldonado 3.10
5 Mi Pajarito 124 5 6 3–hd 5–1 6–2½ 6–6½ Quinonez 9.10
6 Mama's Kid 117 6 5 7 7 7 7 Leon 39.30

7 COME ON KAT 3.60 2.80 2.40
1 PIED N TRUE 6.80 4.00
3 MAGICALCHIC 8.80
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $2.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-7)  $7.60
$1 EXACTA (7-1)  $11.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-1-3-2)  $52.64
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-1-3-2-4)  $7,920.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-1-3)  $74.25

Winner–Come On Kat Dbb.f.4 by Munnings out of Double Devils Food, by Devil His Due. Bred by David Purvis (KY). Trainer: Matthew Chew. Owner: Aulds, Chris, Johnston, Keith and Victor Racing. Mutuel Pool $258,350 Roulette Pool $683 Daily Double Pool $24,698 Exacta Pool $137,887 Superfecta Pool $68,452 Super High Five Pool $7,892 Trifecta Pool $101,967. Claimed–Come On Kat by Hat Trick Racing and Martin, John F. Trainer: John Martin. Claimed–Pied N True by Matthew Chew. Trainer: Matthew Chew. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (5-1-7) paid $43.75. Pick Three Pool $57,064.

COME ON KAT had speed outside then inched away and set the pace a bit off the rail, continued inside leaving the backstretch and on the turn and drew off under some urging in the stretch then was under steady handling late. PIED N TRUE saved ground chasing the pace, came out leaving the turn and three deep into the stretch and bested the others. MAGICALCHIC stalked between horses, dropped back on the turn, angled to the inside entering the stretch, came out in midstretch and got up for third three deep on the line. RIZZI'S HONORS hopped slightly at the start, was between horse early then chased inside, came out into the stretch and was edged for the show between foes late. FRACAS had speed between rivals then stalked a bit off the rail, continued just off the fence in the stretch and was edged for a minor award late. MI PAJARITO bobbled at the start, was four wide early then stalked three deep to the stretch and gave way. MAMA'S KID pulled and steadied in tight early, chased outside, came three wide into the stretch and had little left for the drive.

FOURTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $57,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 21.19 42.89 1:05.43 1:11.64


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

1 What'sontheagenda 124 1 5 1–1 1–2½ 1–3½ 1–½ Delgadillo 3.10
8 Rumpus Cat 122 8 4 7–1½ 7–1½ 4–1½ 2–½ Rosario 2.40
3 Extrordinary Jerry 122 3 8 8 8 6–½ 3–2¼ Bejarano 6.80
6 Castle 124 6 1 3–1½ 3–2 2–2 4–ns Van Dyke 4.50
7 Passionate Reward 124 7 2 4–hd 5–½ 3–hd 5–1½ Prat 6.20
2 Acclimate 124 2 7 6–1 6–1 7–hd 6–2 Pereira 9.80
4 Flip the Coin Jan 119 4 6 5–1 4–hd 5–1 7–nk Figueroa 19.10
5 Kiwi's Dream 124 5 3 2–hd 2–hd 8 8 Talamo 15.50

1 WHAT'SONTHEAGENDA 8.20 4.00 3.20
8 RUMPUS CAT 3.80 2.80
3 EXTRORDINARY JERRY 4.20
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $6.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-1)  $14.20
$1 EXACTA (1-8)  $13.30
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-8-3-6)  $34.92
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-8-3-6-7)  $534.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-8-3)  $40.15

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 and Sayjay Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $480,863 Roulette Pool $658 Daily Double Pool $34,670 Exacta Pool $245,499 Superfecta Pool $92,736 Super High Five Pool $5,404 Trifecta Pool $155,774. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-7-1) paid $9.80. Pick Three Pool $32,318.

WHAT'SONTHEAGENDA went up inside to gain the lead, set the pace along the rail, kicked clear on the hill and held on gamely under left handed urging. RUMPUS CAT chased outside then alongside a rival, came four wide into the stretch and surged between foes late. EXTRORDINARY JERRY settled off the pace inside, came out on the dirt crossing and four wide into the stretch and also found his best stride late outside the top pair on the line. CASTLE had speed between foes then stalked outside a rival, continued a bit off the inside into the stretch and lacked a rally. PASSIONATE REWARD stalked outside a rival, came three wide into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. ACCLIMATE pulled some and chased a bit off the rail, steadied in a bit tight between foes onto the dirt crossing, came out three wide into the stretch and also lacked the needed late kick. FLIP THE COIN JAN angled in and saved ground chasing the pace, cut the corner into the stretch, continued inside and did not rally. KIWI'S DREAM (AUS) had speed a bit off the rail then stalked just off the inside, angled in leaving the hill, came out some into the stretch and weakened. Rail on hill at zero.

FIFTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $23,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $30,000. Time 22.03 45.52 57.95 1:04.70


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

4 Gran Martillo 124 4 5 3–1½ 2–1 1–½ 1–1 Maldonado 1.30
3 Jack's a Diva 119 3 2 1–½ 1–½ 2–4 2–4½ Figueroa 1.50
1 Golden Image 124 1 7 4–1 4–3 3–2½ 3–1½ Payeras 29.40
6 Fright Night 124 6 8 8 6–hd 5–½ 4–2 Franco 8.10
2 Blue Skye Jade 124 2 6 5–1½ 5–1½ 6–2 5–1½ Pereira 8.00
7 Temple View 124 7 3 6–hd 7–1½ 7–5 6–2½ Vergara, Jr. 30.90
5 Lu Cat 114 5 1 2–hd 3–1½ 4–2 7–10 Velez 13.50
8 Tiz Me Now 117 8 4 7–hd 8 8 8 Leon 53.50

4 GRAN MARTILLO 4.60 2.60 2.20
3 JACK'S A DIVA 2.60 2.40
1 GOLDEN IMAGE 4.60
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $4.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-4)  $24.80
$1 EXACTA (4-3)  $4.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-3-1-6)  $33.62
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (4-3-1-6-2)  $356.10
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-3-1)  $35.30

Winner–Gran Martillo Dbb.g.3 by Macho Uno out of My Diamond Gal, by Concorde's Tune. Bred by Equus Farm (KY). Trainer: Paul G. Aguirre. Owner: Jeffrey Metcalfe. Mutuel Pool $322,759 Roulette Pool $722 Daily Double Pool $38,476 Exacta Pool $184,434 Superfecta Pool $91,989 Super High Five Pool $4,941 Trifecta Pool $133,508. Claimed–Jack's a Diva by Hronis Racing LLC. Trainer: John Sadler. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (7-1-4) paid $10.00. Pick Three Pool $61,922. 50-Cent Pick Four (1-7-1-4) 6144 tickets with 4 correct paid $27.35. Pick Four Pool $220,283. 50-Cent Pick Five (5-1-7-1-4) 922 tickets with 5 correct paid $536.00. Pick Five Pool $574,509.

GRAN MARTILLO had speed between horses to duel for the lead, battled outside the runner-up on the turn and into the stretch, took a short lead in midstretch and gamely prevailed under left handed urging. JACK'S A DIVA angled in and dueled inside, fought back along the rail in the drive but could not quite match the winner late. GOLDEN IMAGE saved ground stalking the pace, came out leaving the turn and three deep into the stretch and bested the others. FRIGHT NIGHT broke a bit slowly and steadied briefly when crowded, chased outside or off the rail, continued three deep on the turn and into the stretch and lacked a rally. BLUE SKYE JADE sent between horses early, stalked a bit off the rail to the stretch, drifted in some in midstretch and did not rally. TEMPLE VIEW chased outside a rival then off the rail, angled in approaching the turn and weakened. LU CAT broke out a bit, pressed the pace t here deep then stalked off the rail on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. TIZ ME NOW chased three deep, angled in outside a rival into the turn, drifted to the inside in the stretch and gave way.

SIXTH RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds. Time 21.81 44.15 1:06.97 1:12.72


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

3 Galloping Mischief 124 3 6 7–1 7–1½ 4–½ 1–1¾ Prat 11.00
9 Alleva 124 9 1 1–hd 1–hd 1–1 2–ns Bejarano 4.70
6 Mountain Spirit 124 6 4 3–hd 4–hd 2–hd 3–2¼ Smith 0.70
2 Montana Moon 124 2 2 6–4½ 6–4½ 6–hd 4–½ Desormeaux 15.00
5 Taos 124 5 7 2–1½ 2–1½ 3–1 5–1½ Pereira 11.20
1 Whitehouse Road 124 1 9 9 9 8–2 6–½ Rosario 13.00
7 Volubile 124 7 5 5–hd 3–hd 5–hd 7–4½ Talamo 9.10
4 Lacazette 124 4 3 4–½ 5–2 7–5 8–¾ Franco 26.70
8 Caecilius 124 8 8 8–4 8–2½ 9 9 Pedroza 57.40

3 GALLOPING MISCHIEF 24.00 10.80 3.60
9 ALLEVA 5.00 3.00
6 MOUNTAIN SPIRIT 2.10
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $6.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-3)  $66.60
$1 EXACTA (3-9)  $59.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-9-6-2)  $108.89
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-9-6-2-5)  $2,705.70
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-9-6)  $59.70

Winner–Galloping Mischief B.g.3 by Into Mischief out of Ford Gallop, by Victory Gallop. Bred by Diamond A Racing Corp. (KY). Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: Diamond A Racing Corporation. Mutuel Pool $438,514 Roulette Pool $915 Daily Double Pool $46,896 Exacta Pool $240,376 Superfecta Pool $106,562 Super High Five Pool $3,548 Trifecta Pool $165,357. Scratched–Worthy to Stand.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-4-3) paid $45.40. Pick Three Pool $78,880.

GALLOPING MISCHIEF settled a bit off the rail then outside a rival, came out four wide into the stretch and finished strongly under some urging and energetic handling to gain the lead in deep stretch and won clear. ALLEVA had good early speed and angled in, dueled inside, drifted out into the stretch, inched away in midstretch, drifted in under right handed urging in deep stretch, bumped with MOUNTAIN SPIRIT late and gamely edged that one. MOUNTAIN SPIRIT stalked a bit off the rail then inside, bid along the fence past midstretch, drifted out a bit and bumped with the runner-up in deep stretch and was edged for the place. MONTANA MOON chased a bit off the rail, swung out four wide into the stretch and continued willingly but was outfinished. TAOS dueled outside the runner-up, was fanned out some into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. WHITEHOUSE ROAD broke in and a bit slowly, settled inside, came out leaving the hill and into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. VOLUBILE stalked three deep down the hill and into the stretch and also weakened in the final furlong. LACAZETTE close up stalking the pace between horses to the stretch, also weakened. CAECILIUS bobbled slightly at the start, chased just off the rail then inside down the hill and into the stretch and lacked a rally. The stewards conducted an inquiry into the late stretch run between the second and third finishers but made no change when they ruled both runners contributed to the contact between them. Rail on hill at zero.

SEVENTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $22,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500. Time 21.67 45.10 57.78 1:04.63


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

6 Jimmy the Juice 122 6 5 7–hd 5–½ 3–hd 1–½ Franco 8.20
4 Croissant 124 4 7 6–hd 4–1 2–½ 2–1 Payeras 29.60
2 Papa Turf 122 2 4 2–1 2–2 4–3 3–nk T Baze 7.20
1 Tough But Nice 124 1 8 1–hd 1–½ 1–1½ 4–½ Prat 2.20
8 Burn Me Twice 122 8 6 8 8 6–hd 5–¾ Pereira 5.10
7 Boy Howdy 122 7 2 4–hd 7–1 7–½ 6–1½ Rosario 2.20
5 Bargaining 122 5 3 5–1 6–hd 8 7–½ Figueroa 34.20
3 Market Sentiment 122 3 1 3–1 3–hd 5–1 8 Gryder 7.60

6 JIMMY THE JUICE 18.40 8.00 5.80
4 CROISSANT 27.00 12.00
2 PAPA TURF 5.00
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $5.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-6)  $276.20
$1 EXACTA (6-4)  $156.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-4-2-1)  $350.37
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-4-2)  $402.25
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-4-2-1-8)  Carryover $3,669

Winner–Jimmy the Juice Grr.g.6 by Speightstown out of Candy Jo, by Maria's Mon. Bred by Affirmed Investment Corp. (KY). Trainer: Reed Saldana. Owner: Johnny Taboada. Mutuel Pool $328,100 Roulette Pool $559 Daily Double Pool $34,311 Exacta Pool $166,343 Superfecta Pool $81,540 Trifecta Pool $124,108 X-5 Super High Five Pool $4,807. Claimed–Tough But Nice by BG Stables and Palma, Hector O. Trainer: Hector Palma. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-3-6) paid $92.40. Pick Three Pool $57,402.

JIMMY THE JUICE chased outside a rival then between foes, angled to the inside entering the stretch, moved up under urging along the rail then steadied off heels in midstretch, came out and rallied between rivals late. CROISSANT stalked a bit off the rail then angled in on the turn, came out leaving the turn and three deep into the stretch, bid outside to gain a short lead in deep stretch but could not hold off the winner. PAPA TURF bobbled at the start, was sent between horses to duel for the lead, battled outside a rival into and on the turn, fell back some in midstretch then came on to edge that foe for the show. TOUGH BUT NICE had good early speed and dueled inside, inched away into the stretch, drifted in a bit in midstretch, fought back in deep stretch and was edged for third. BURN ME TWICE six wide early, settled off the rail, angled in on the turn, moved up toward the inside past midstretch, came out in deep stretch and finished willingly. BOY HOWDY had speed five wide then stalked outside, went four wide on the turn and into the stretch and was outfinished. BARGAINING stalked between horses then three deep on the turn and into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. MARKET SENTIMENT forced the pace three deep then stalked off the rail, continued outside a rival on the turn and three wide into the stretch and weakened.

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $200,000. 'Buena Vista Stakes'. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Time 22.53 45.48 1:09.37 1:21.75 1:33.35


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

9 Vasilika 124 8 4 7–1½ 7–2 6–1 3–½ 1–1½ Prat 0.80
10 Streak of Luck 120 9 7 8–2½ 8–3½ 8–3½ 5–hd 2–1¼ T Baze 53.90
2 Ms Bad Behavior 120 2 2 2–1½ 2–1½ 2–½ 1–½ 3–nk Smith 7.00
1 Take These Chains 120 1 6 3–2 3–½ 3–1 4–1 4–¾ Pereira 12.90
6 Amandine 120 5 8 6–1 6–1 7–1 8–1½ 5–½ Van Dyke 16.90
8 Elysea's World 122 7 9 9 9 9 9 6–hd Rosario 4.80
7 English Dancer 120 6 5 5–hd 5–½ 5–hd 7–1 7–nk Desormeaux 50.50
5 Compelled 120 4 3 4–1 4–2 4–½ 6–hd 8–1½ Talamo 27.20
4 Fahan Mura 122 3 1 1–2 1–5 1–4½ 2–1 9 Maldonado 5.70

9 VASILIKA 3.60 2.80 2.20
10 STREAK OF LUCK 18.80 6.80
2 MS BAD BEHAVIOR 3.80
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $2.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-9)  $45.60
$1 EXACTA (9-10)  $45.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (9-10-2-1)  $130.44
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (9-10-2-1-6)  $22,108.90
50-CENT TRIFECTA (9-10-2)  $109.80

Winner–Vasilika Ch.m.5 by Skipshot out of La Belle Marquet, by Marquetry. Bred by Mikhail Yanakov (KY). Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer. Owner: All Schlaich Stables LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and Todaro, G.. Mutuel Pool $669,744 Roulette Pool $590 Daily Double Pool $58,607 Exacta Pool $341,684 Superfecta Pool $162,119 Super High Five Pool $24,161 Trifecta Pool $236,389. Scratched–Zaffinah (IRE).

50-Cent Pick Three (3-6-9) paid $113.00. Pick Three Pool $69,065.

VASILIKA settled outside a rival chasing the pace, continued three deep on the second turn and four wide into the stretch, rallied under urging to the front in deep stretch and proved best. STREAK OF LUCK angled in and settled inside then a bit off the rail, came out leaving the second turn and five wide into the stretch and closed willingly. MS BAD BEHAVIOR stalked inside then just off the rail, bid outside the pacesetter to gain the lead in midstretch and just held third. TAKE THESE CHAINS (IRE) pulled inside then chased outside a rival or a bit off the inside, came three wide into the stretch and was edged for the show. AMANDINE (GB) angled in and saved ground chasing the pace, came out into the stretch and went on willingly with a late bid at a minor award. ELYSEA'S WORLD (IRE) a step slow to begin, angled in and raced unhurried along the inside, came out into the stretch and again in upper stretch and was outfinished. ENGLISH DANCER bobbled at the start, stalked outside a rival then between horses on the second turn and in the stretch and lacked the necessary late kick. COMPELLED angled in and saved ground chasing the pace, came a bit for room in the stretch, continued between horses in deep stretch and could not quite summon the needed response. FAHAN MURA sped to the early lead, angled in and set the pace inside, opened up on the backstretch and second turn, fought back in midstretch and weakened in the final furlong.

NINTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $28,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 23.03 46.43 1:11.60 1:24.84 1:37.68


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

2 Kenzou's Rhythm 117 2 5 5–hd 7–2 6–2½ 5–hd 1–2¾ Figueroa 5.70
4 Curlin Road 122 4 6 6–3½ 5–2 5–2 3–½ 2–1¼ Bejarano 1.70
7 Pioneerof the West 122 7 1 4–1½ 4–hd 4–hd 2–hd 3–hd Franco 7.10
5 Bedeviled 122 5 7 8 8 7–hd 7–6 4–1½ Rosario 5.90
1 Impression 122 1 3 2–2 2–1½ 2–½ 4–1 5–nk Pedroza 4.70
3 Holland Road 122 3 4 3–1½ 3–1 3–1 6–2 6–½ Gryder 16.90
8 Little Scotty 112 8 2 1–3 1–5 1–2 1–hd 7–7½ Velez 12.60
6 Clear the Mine 117 6 8 7–½ 6–hd 8 8 8 Espinoza 8.40

2 KENZOU'S RHYTHM 13.40 5.60 3.60
4 CURLIN ROAD 3.80 3.00
7 PIONEEROF THE WEST 4.20
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $4.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (9-2)  $22.20
$1 EXACTA (2-4)  $26.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-4-7-5)  $49.89
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-4-7-5-1)  $1,462.20
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-4-7)  $59.50

Winner–Kenzou's Rhythm Dbb.g.5 by Algorithms out of American Queen, by Quiet American. Bred by Ann Fostock (KY). Trainer: William E. Morey. Owner: Gulliver Racing LLC, KM Racing Enterprises, Inc. and Morey, William E.. Mutuel Pool $328,967 Roulette Pool $568 Daily Double Pool $49,538 Exacta Pool $169,470 Superfecta Pool $81,963 Super High Five Pool $5,748 Trifecta Pool $125,762. Claimed–Impression by Acker, Tom, Brown, Rusty, Smith, Corey and Spawr, William. Trainer: William Spawr. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (6-9-2) paid $63.95. Pick Three Pool $55,180.

KENZOU'S RHYTHM steadied between foes early, angled in and chased inside, came out into the stretch, bid five wide under urging past the eighth pole to gain the lead and won clear. CURLIN ROAD chased outside a rival, came out four wide into the stretch, bid four wide in midstretch, put a head in front past the eighth pole and held second. PIONEEROF THE WEST three deep early, stalked outside a rival or just off the rail, came three wide into the stretch, bid between foes in midstretch and held third. BEDEVILED angled in and chased inside then a bit off the rail, came out into the stretch and was edged for the show. IMPRESSION sent inside early, saved ground stalking the pace, bid inside in the stretch and was outfinished. HOLLAND ROAD chased outside a rival or a bit off the fence, continued just off the rail in the stretch and could not summon the needed late kick. LITTLE SCOTTY bobbled at the start, had speed outside then kicked clear on the first turn, set the pace off the rail, was between foes in midstretch and weakened in the final furlong. CLEAR THE MINE broke slowly, settled outside a rival, came out into the stretch and lacked a further response.

TENTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $57,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 23.04 46.97 1:11.81 1:36.29 1:47.05


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

9 Mirth 122 9 1 6–1½ 6–hd 6–1 3–2 1–nk Prat 6.30
2 Stradella Road 124 2 5 3–hd 2–hd 2–1 2–½ 2–1½ Bejarano 4.20
4 Lady Mamba 122 4 10 1–1½ 1–2 1–1½ 1–1½ 3–1¼ Smith 10.60
3 Tammy's Window 124 3 9 10–1½ 10–hd 11 7–hd 4–1¼ Rosario 5.30
5 Sutro 119 5 6 8–½ 8–1 9–1 9–hd 5–½ Figueroa 17.00
10 Drift Away 124 10 8 4–hd 5–1½ 5–½ 5–hd 6–ns Atzeni 26.60
8 K P Pergoliscious 124 8 2 9–2 9–1 7–hd 4–hd 7–½ T Baze 1.60
1 Zusha 122 1 4 2–hd 3–1½ 4–1 6–1 8–½ Pereira 54.20
6 Copper Fever 124 6 11 11 11 10–½ 8–½ 9–2½ Talamo 65.40
7 Super Patriot 124 7 3 7–hd 7–hd 8–hd 11 10–½ Van Dyke 13.20
11 Qafilah 124 11 7 5–3 4–hd 3–hd 10–hd 11 Franco 23.30

9 MIRTH 14.60 6.80 5.20
2 STRADELLA ROAD 5.60 4.40
4 LADY MAMBA 8.20
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $3.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-9)  $110.00
$1 EXACTA (9-2)  $33.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (9-2-4-3)  $150.55
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (9-2-4-3-5)  Carryover $11,767
50-CENT TRIFECTA (9-2-4)  $165.35

Winner–Mirth Dbb.f.4 by Colonel John out of Di's Delight, by French Deputy. Bred by Barlar, LLC (PA). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: Little Red Feather Racing. Mutuel Pool $429,459 Roulette Pool $393 Daily Double Pool $103,936 Exacta Pool $230,709 Superfecta Pool $126,266 Super High Five Pool $15,417 Trifecta Pool $168,370. Claimed–Tammy's Window by Hronis Racing LLC. Trainer: John Sadler. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (9-2-9) paid $40.35. Pick Three Pool $193,775. 50-Cent Pick Four (6-3/9-2-9) 1160 tickets with 4 correct paid $448.85. Pick Four Pool $682,523. 50-Cent Pick Five (3-6-3/9-2-9) 92 tickets with 5 correct paid $4,658.80. Pick Five Pool $561,596. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (4-3-6-3/9-2-9) 52 tickets with 6 correct paid $2,969.76. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $286,445. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $382,001.

MIRTH chased three deep, came four wide into the stretch, rallied under urging to gain the lead outside foes in deep stretch and gamely prevailed. STRADELLA ROAD stalked outside a rival, bid between horses past midstretch and continued willingly. LADY MAMBA had speed outside rivals then inched away and angled in, set the pace along the rail, fought back in deep stretch and held third. TAMMY'S WINDOW saved ground off the pace, came around a rival into the stretch, split horses in the drive and bested the others. SUTRO settled inside chasing the pace, came out a bit for room in the stretch, went between foes in deep stretch and could not quite summon the needed late kick. DRIFT AWAY three deep on the first turn, stalked off the rail then pulled some on the backstretch, went between foes on the second turn and into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. K P PERGOLISCIOUS (IRE) stalked off the rail then three deep, came out five wide into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. ZUSHA bobbled at the start, saved ground stalking the pace and weakened. COPPER FEVER broke a bit slowly, settled outside a rival, came out on the second turn and six wide into the stretch and could not offer the needed late response. SUPER PATRIOT chased between horses, came out five wide into the stretch and did not rally. QAFILAH (IRE) bobbled and broke out a bit, pulled her way along four wide on the first turn, stalked outside a rival, continued three deep into the stretch and also weakened.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track8,440$1,486,405
Inter-TrackN/A$2,662,894
Out of StateN/A$8,892,333
TOTAL8,440 $13,041,632

Santa Anita Entries for Sunday, February 24.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 37th day of a 61-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Caribbean Evin Roman124John A. Shirreffs4-1
2MidcourtTiago Pereira124John A. Shirreffs10-1
3PaladarJoel Rosario124Richard Baltas6-1
4Justin's QuestFlavien Prat124Richard Baltas6-5
5Victory ElementDrayden Van Dyke124Bob Baffert8-5

SECOND RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $23,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $30,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Nations HopeTyler Baze124Jack Carava2-130,000
2JonathantoquickGeovanni Franco124Genaro Vallejo5-130,000
3MulzoffJoseph Talamo124Paul G. Aguirre7-230,000
4Sooner BetterSaul Arias124J. Keith Desormeaux5-230,000
5Spectator's DreamJose Leon117Jesus Mendoza20-130,000
6Midnight RoamerAlonso Quinonez124Ryan Hanson4-130,000
7New SaluteEdgar Payeras124Ruben Gomez20-130,000

THIRD RACE.

About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $33,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Madaket SunsetRafael Bejarano124Doug F. O'Neill5-2
2OperandiAssael Espinoza119Steve Knapp3-1
3Sheza ChattykatDrayden Van Dyke124Mike Puype4-1
4Gypsy BluJoel Rosario124Mark Glatt4-1
5Take a LeapTyler Baze124Manuel Ortiz, Sr.6-1
6Tiny TinaFlavien Prat122Philip D'Amato4-1

FOURTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $30,000. Starter Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1No Wine UntastedGeovanni Franco124J. Eric Kruljac3-1
2Be a LadyJoel Rosario124Neil French5-1
3MistressofthenightFlavien Prat124Richard Baltas7-2
4Red ShelbyDrayden Van Dyke122Jerry Hollendorfer5-1
5Baby IceAssael Espinoza117Steve Knapp4-1
6Uno Trouble MakerTiago Pereira122William Spawr5-2

FIFTH RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Shanghai BarbieAlonso Quinonez124Neil D. Drysdale15-1
2Spanish ChannelKent Desormeaux124Jesus Mendoza8-1
3Ruby BradleyJoseph Talamo124Philip D'Amato6-1
4Lucky LatelyGeovanni Franco124Carla Gaines5-2
5Stylin OceanAssael Espinoza119James M. Cassidy2-1
6Kitty Boom BoomMike Smith124Richard Baltas5-1
7GoodtingscominpinkFlavien Prat124Vladimir Cerin4-1

SIXTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $38,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1He WillJoel Rosario122Jerry Hollendorfer3-140,000
2Sheer FlatteryAssael Espinoza117Steve Knapp5-240,000
3Secret TouchEdwin Maldonado122Peter Eurton5-140,000
4Very Very StellaEvin Roman122Jeff Bonde6-140,000
5Avanti BelloFlavien Prat122Vladimir Cerin7-240,000
6Cabin JohnGeovanni Franco122Jerry Hollendorfer10-140,000
7BistrayaDrayden Van Dyke122Robert Gilker6-140,000

SEVENTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $38,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Start a RunninEswan Flores122Hector O. Palma5-140,000
2Incredible LuckEdgar Payeras122Dan L. Hendricks8-140,000
3Invasion LoomingBrice Blanc124Charles S. Treece10-140,000
4Tequila JoeJoseph Talamo122Mark Glatt5-140,000
5Magic MusketierJoel Rosario124Jerry Hollendorfer6-140,000
6Kazan Flavien Prat122Simon Callaghan2-140,000
7Cimpl ManKent Desormeaux122Dan L. Hendricks5-240,000

EIGHTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $100,000. 'Spring Fever Stakes'. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Show It N Moe ItRafael Bejarano122Gary Sherlock1-1
2Coco KissesJoel Rosario120Jeff Bonde8-1
3S Y SkyJoseph Talamo122Philip D'Amato6-5
4Barbara BeatriceTiago Pereira122Philip D'Amato5-1
5Into RissaGeovanni Franco120Gary Sherlock20-1

NINTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Combat ZoneMartin Pedroza124John W. Sadler5-250,000
2Aussie FoxJoel Rosario124Jeff Mullins7-250,000
3Super ClassicAlonso Quinonez124Ruben Gomez30-150,000
4Why Not UsAssael Espinoza119Jerry Hollendorfer12-150,000
5Holy GhostGeovanni Franco124Vladimir Cerin5-150,000
6Honor GuardTiago Pereira124Philip D'Amato6-150,000
7Super TerrificDrayden Van Dyke124Brian J. Koriner6-150,000
8Armed WallEdwin Maldonado124David E. Hofmans20-150,000
9Single Me OutJoseph Talamo124James M. Cassidy10-150,000
10TastemakerEvin Roman124Clifford W. Sise, Jr.8-150,000

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