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Racing! Ready for the last Kentucky Derby preps of the year

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we welcome Rob Henie back with another handicapping lesson.

Saturday is the last day to gain Kentucky Derby points. You’ve got Improbable vs. Omaha Beach at Oaklawn in the Arkansas Derby. Should be interesting. And, you’ve got minor points at the Lexington Stakes where Sueno, for Keith Desormeaux, and Golden Gate Fields favorite Anothertwistafate are both looking for a win and enough points for a trip to Louisville.

We preview the Arkansas Derby with a story about Omaha Beach and Richard Mandella’s 15-year absence from the Derby. You can read it by just clicking here.

In that story, we also dig down into the alarmingly short fields at Santa Anita over the weekend. Here are some stats to chew on.

--Saturday’s card has 59 starters over nine races, but seven of the races have only six starters, making for an average 6.5 starters a race. On Sunday, there are 49 starters over eight races, with five races with only five starters (6.1 average).

--In 2018, on Saturday there were 11 races with 84 starters (7.6 average). And on Sunday, nine races with 70 starters (7.8 average).

--In 2018, 770 horses worked over the main dirt track and training track in the week following Santa Anita Derby. This year, only 589 horses worked, a decline of 23.5%.

We talk about some of the possible reasons for this which includes the prominence of Keeneland and the shutting down the downhill turf course. Give it a read and see what you think. Again, just click here.

Weekly handicapping lesson

It’s time for our weekly handicapping lesson 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 first race at Santa Anita. The floor is yours Rob.

“The weekend begins with an optional claimer at a mile on the turf. We ended Friday’s card with a nice $26 top-pick winner for members, and though nothing close to that price here in the opener, we’re solidly behind our top selection in KITTY BOOM BOOM (#1). This is a field of six, and usually with smaller fields going long on the turf, most jocks will stay relatively close to one another before turning things into a sprint for home, which is precisely why we believe this runner is a standout here. It’s always noteworthy when a horse shows success doing something for the first time, and in the case of this one, she ran super, no doubt pleasing her connections. Not only did she settle super in her first route, even flicking her ears forward at one point (an indication that the horse is enjoying things), but down the lane, Smith barely had to ask for much, simply allowing her to find a nice rhythm, basically clucking at her to keep the momentum going, finding her best the final 1/16, and what’s most impressive, is, she came home in 23.3 seconds despite that reserved ride. Saturday, she can draw from the experience of that effort, and here’s Drayden Van Dyke up, similar to Mike Smith in that both are not overly aggressive riders, and in a small field, where the best kick from the ¼ pole to the wire usually wins these types of races, we’ll be surprised if this one doesn’t take another step forward here today. SINGLE.

“Hot / Cold Race Trends: none

“Win Contenders (order of preference): 1-4

“X Out Runners (eliminating on the win end): 3

“Negative Notes:

“3 Ciao Luna - Came home in 13.3 seconds going ⅞ on the main track, and that’s likely not gonna translate well enough here today.

“Morning Line Underlays / Overlays:

“1 Kitty Boom Boom - Morning Line 5-2 / WCHR Line 7-5

“3 Ciao Luna - Morning Line 6-1 / WCHR Line 10-1

“6 An Eddie Surprise - Morning Line 2-1 / WCHR Line 4-1

“TOP PICK: KITTY BOOM BOOM (#1 5-2 Van Dyke) *SINGLE*

“SECOND CHOICE: HOT ON THE TRAIL (#4 3-1 Roman)”

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

Anxious moments

At the end of the second race, Night at the Opera fell near the finish line. The green screens came out to hide what was happening from the public and you couldn’t help but think it was fatality No. 24 since Dec. 26. But, as he was being attended to, he just popped right back up and walked onto the van as if it was his own personal Uber. He got a good round of applause. The vets made a diagnosis that he fell because of exhaustion and he was taken straight to the barn rather than the medical facility.

And then, after the seventh race, Wandering Patrol also got a ride back to the barn after finishing third in the seventh race. Jockey Mario Gutierrez stood straight up and looked as if he was having trouble pulling the horse up. There was nothing obvious that looked as if a van was necessary, other than the track is being extremely cautious. The horse was taken back to the barn, so all indications are it was precautionary.

Santa Anita review

Not a lot to say about the feature, an allowance/optional claimer for Cal-bred fillies and mares going 6 ½ furlongs for $57,000. Tapitha Bonita ran a smart stalking race to win by 2 ¼ lengths for trainer Bill Spwar and jockey Tiago Pereira. She paid $6.00, $3.40 and $2.40. Chasin Lucas was second and Wandering Patrol finished third. (See above.)

“We’ve been trying to get her in route races, but they don’t seem to fill,” Spawr told Mike Willman of Santa Anita. “This race was a last-minute decision, because we’d still like to run her long, but it worked out fine.”

Santa Anita preview

No other way to put it, but these are a couple of thin weekend cards. And by thin, we mean real thin. (Wait until you see Sunday’s racing.) Seven of the nine races on Saturday are six horses, just on the cusp of having to cancel the roulette wager. Let’s hope for no scratches. There are four turf races, all a mile since the downhill course is closed to sprints. The card starts at 1 p.m.

The feature is the $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes, which was moved off the downhill course and is now five furlongs on the main turf course. It’s for older fillies and mares. There are, you guessed it, six starters.

Go On Mary is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for trainer Doug O’Neill and jockey Rafael Bejarano. She is four-for 23 lifetime and has won at five furlongs. She hasn’t raced since Dec. 1.

There are co-second favorites in Painting Corners (Peter Miller/Joe Talamo) and Gliding By (Richard Baltas/Gutierrez). But are 5-2. Painting Colors is five-for-17 lifetime and has won twice at five furlongs. This is Talamo’s first ride on her. Gliding By is five-for-24 and is the one most likely disadvantaged by the cut back on the race’s length. She has never raced that short.

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

Big races preview

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

11:30 Aqueduct (3): $100,000 Bridgetown Stakes, 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Regally Irish (8-5)

12:18 Oaklawn (4): Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap, 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Mitole (4-5)

12:54 Oaklawn (5): $100,000 maiden special weight, fillies 3-years-old, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Annie and Caroline (9-5)

1:24 Keeneland (7): Grade 3 $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/18 miles. Favorite: Flameaway (3-1)

1:31 Oaklawn (6): $101,000 allowance optional claiming, 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Rowayton (9-5)

1:57 Keeneland (8): $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 5 ½ furlongs on turf. Favorite: Morticia (3-1)

2:09 Oaklawn (7): $100,000 maiden special weight3-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Breaking News (5-2)

2:21 Aqueduct (8): $200,000 Top Flight Invitational Handicap, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Forever Liesl (2-1)

2:34 Keeneland (9): Grade 3 $200,000 Lexington Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Anothertwistafate (2-1)

3:12 Keeneland (10): Grade 1 $350,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Favorite: Rushing Fall (6-5)

3:22 Oaklawn (9): Grade 2 $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap, 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Giant Expectations (3-1)

4:43 Oaklawn (11): Grade 1 $1 million Arkansas Derby, 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Improbable (8-5)

Bob Ike’s SA pick of the day

NINTH RACE: No. 3 Mind Trick (6-1)

Since this is the only race on the card with more than seven starters, it was pretty easy to decide in which race to make a pick. Away since August and coming back as a gelding, this Doug O'Neill-trained sophomore tries something new going two turns on grass. He ran an OK third behind Sueno in his debut at Del Mar and appears to have trained steadily at San Luis Rey Downs for his return.

Friday’s result: Acclimate raced three-wide throughout but lacked a rally in the stretch and turned in a one-paced effort when finishing fifth 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 pick of the day

THIRD RACE: No. 3 Luv Is All U Need (5-2)

She is back with own sex, drops in class and gets positive rider switch from Johnny Allen to veteran Christian Aragon. She tossed her head up in the air soon after the start of last fifth-place try when very wide into the stretch. Her maiden victory came under Aragon six races back and she has been facing much stronger since.

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

Santa Anita Charts Results for Friday, April 12.

Copyright 2019 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 1st day of a 41-day meet. Clear & Fast

FIRST RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $24,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $30,000. Time 22.65 46.76 1:00.04 1:14.23


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

4 Tick Tock 124 4 5 2–1 1–hd 1–1 1–2¾ Figueroa 1.20
2 Gadot 117 2 3 4–½ 4–½ 3–½ 2–2½ Diaz, Jr. 3.70
5 Miss Omnipotent 124 5 2 1–hd 2–2 2–3 3–3¾ Mn Garcia 55.10
1 New Year New Me 124 1 6 5–2 5–6 5–8 4–1½ Gutierrez 2.10
8 Acadia Fleet 124 7 1 3–hd 3–2 4–1½ 5–4¼ Maldonado 12.90
3 Stellar Way 124 3 4 6–3½ 6–1 6–2 6–6 Roman 33.90
7 Rhine Daughter 124 6 7 7 7 7 7 Delgadillo 9.50

4 TICK TOCK 4.40 2.40 2.40
2 GADOT 3.60 2.80
5 MISS OMNIPOTENT 7.80
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $2.80
$1 EXACTA (4-2)  $8.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-2-5-1)  $34.04
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (4-2-5-1-8)  $1,522.30
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-2-5)  $56.85

Winner–Tick Tock B.f.3 by Majestic Warrior out of Georgie's Sweetie, by Tribal Rule. Bred by George& Martha Schwary LLC (KY). Trainer: Andrew Lerner. Owner: George and Martha Schwary Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $114,805 Roulette Pool $112 Exacta Pool $59,324 Superfecta Pool $33,863 Super High Five Pool $3,493 Trifecta Pool $44,275. Claimed–New Year New Me by Fritts, Marie and Seymour, Lauri. Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Scratched–Appolina.

TICK TOCK sent between horses early, angled in and dueled inside, took a short lead on the turn, inched away under left handed urging in midstretch and won clear. GADOT stalked between horses then outside a rival on the turn, came three deep into the stretch and gained the place. MISS OMNIPOTENT sent between rivals early, dueled outside the winner, fought back on the turn and bested the others. NEW YEAR NEW ME saved ground stalking the pace throughout and weakened in the final furlong. ACADIA FLEET stalked four wide then three deep on the backstretch, angled in off the rail on the turn and also weakened. STELLAR WAY between horses early, dropped back off the rail on the backstretch, angled in a bit off the fence on the turn and had little left for the drive. RHINE DAUGHTER a step slow to begin, settled off the rail, angled in for the turn, came out into the stretch and failed to menace.

SECOND RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500. Time 22.43 47.15 1:00.14 1:06.89


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

1 Curly's Mark 124 1 5 3–1 3–½ 3–1 1–1¼ Pereira 5.60
4 Iron Curtain 124 4 2 4–½ 4–2 2–hd 2–hd Quinonez 6.10
5 Cayate 124 5 1 2–hd 2–1½ 1–1½ 3–ns Mn Garcia 0.80
2 Buck Duane 124 2 4 5–3 5–1½ 4–2½ 4–8¼ Fuentes 2.50
3 Royal Seeker 117 3 6 6 6 6 5 Velez 69.30
6 Night At the Opera 124 6 3 1–1½ 1–½ 5–1½ dnf Flores 13.60

1 CURLY'S MARK 13.20 4.80 2.80
4 IRON CURTAIN 4.40 3.00
5 CAYATE 2.20
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $3.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-1)  $33.80
$1 EXACTA (1-4)  $34.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-4-5-2)  $16.39
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-4-5)  $37.10

Winner–Curly's Mark Dbb.g.4 by Awesome Again out of Princess Dashkova, by Giant's Causeway. Bred by Frederick and May Construction (KY). Trainer: Philip A. Oviedo. Owner: Kleczka, Kevin O., Legan, Dan and Warren, John P.. Mutuel Pool $98,331 Roulette Pool $75 Daily Double Pool $25,681 Exacta Pool $43,658 Superfecta Pool $19,310 Trifecta Pool $31,176. Scratched–none.

CURLY'S MARK saved ground stalking the pace, cut the corner into the stretch, bid along the rail past the eighth pole, gained the advantage nearing the sixteenth pole and proved best under some urging. IRON CURTAIN stalked three deep then outside a rival, came three wide into the stretch and just held second between foes late. CAYATE sped to the early lead off the rail then stalked outside the winner, bid alongside the pacesetter on the turn, took the lead leaving the bend, drifted out some in midstretch then drifted in late and narrowly held third. BUCK DUANE stalked between horses and was in a bit tight nearing the half mile pole, pulled and lugged out some to be in close off heels early on the turn, came out three wide into the stretch and just missed the show outside foes late. ROYAL SEEKER between rivals early, chased off the rail, came out into the stretch and lacked a further response. NIGHT AT THE OPERA had speed outside foes, inched away and angled in, set the pace inside, dueled on the turn, came out between foes into the stretch, gave way then fell past the sixteenth pole and was vanned off.

THIRD RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $35,000. Time 24.03 47.50 1:11.28 1:23.11 1:35.14


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

3 Silken Spy 124 3 1 1–1 1–1½ 1–2 1–4 1–5¼ Franco 0.90
2 Take a Leap 124 2 3 3–½ 3–1 2–hd 2–3 2–3½ Gryder 2.60
5 Whirling 124 5 5 4–12 4–12 4–15 3–1 3–2½ Maldonado 4.30
4 Wind Tartare 124 4 2 2–1 2–½ 3–½ 4–10 4–½ Van Dyke 5.00
1 Imperial Creed 111 1 4 5 5 5 5 5 Diaz, Jr. 17.80

3 SILKEN SPY 3.80 2.40 2.10
2 TAKE A LEAP 3.00 2.10
5 WHIRLING 2.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-3)  $31.20
$1 EXACTA (3-2)  $4.10
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-2-5)  $4.60

Winner–Silken Spy B.f.4 by The Factor out of Despite Her Form, by Speightstown. Bred by R-Cher Family Farms, LLC. (KY). Trainer: J. Eric Kruljac. Owner: R-Cher Family Farms LLC and Kruljac, J. Eric. Mutuel Pool $180,308 Daily Double Pool $8,309 Exacta Pool $78,022 Trifecta Pool $57,890. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-1-3) paid $31.25. Pick Three Pool $32,467.

SILKEN SPY sped to the early lead, set the pace inside, inched away leaving the second turn and drew off in the stretch under a couple taps of the whip and steady handling while being flagged with the stick in the final furlong. TAKE A LEAP saved ground stalking the winner throughout and bested the others. WHIRLING broke out and bobbled slightly, stalked outside a rival then three deep on the second turn and into the stretch and picked up the show. WIND TARTARE (FR) stalked outside a rival, was between foes leaving the second turn and into the stretch and weakened. IMPERIAL CREED bobbled slightly but broke with the field, dropped back along the inside early, lagged off the pace along the rail, came out some in the stretch and was not a threat.

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $18,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500. Time 23.83 48.16 1:14.28 1:27.26 1:40.54


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

9 Implicitly 124 9 1 1–4½ 1–8 1–3½ 1–4 1–5¼ Maldonado 5.00
4 Liberty Park 124 4 8 4–1 4–½ 2–hd 2–hd 2–nk Roman 1.50
6 Sunset Seven 124 6 2 2–4½ 2–1 3–1½ 3–3½ 3–4¼ Pedroza 11.60
8 Lighthouse Point 117 8 3 3–2 3–hd 4–1 4–1½ 4–2½ Diaz, Jr. 20.20
7 Rolls Royce Deal 124 7 9 7–1 7–2 7–2½ 5–1 5–1½ Franco 6.50
3 Gryffindor 124 3 6 6–1½ 6–3½ 6–4 7–2½ 6–ns Payeras 6.20
5 Smokin B 124 5 7 5–hd 5–1 5–½ 6–½ 7–2¾ Fuentes 5.80
1 Spend It 124 1 5 8–½ 8–hd 8–3 8–6 8–13½ Figueroa 14.20
2 Derby Factor 124 2 4 9 9 9 9 9 Martinez 85.30

9 IMPLICITLY 12.00 4.80 3.80
4 LIBERTY PARK 3.00 3.00
6 SUNSET SEVEN 5.80
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $7.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-9)  $31.80
$1 EXACTA (9-4)  $20.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (9-4-6-8)  $195.42
50-CENT TRIFECTA (9-4-6)  $88.30
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (9-4-6-8-7)  Carryover $930

Winner–Implicitly B.c.4 by Artie Schiller out of Ruminate, by Vindication. Bred by Emily Wygod (KY). Trainer: Michael Pender. Owner: Pender Racing LLC and Dunbar, Christopher. Mutuel Pool $122,660 Roulette Pool $151 Daily Double Pool $19,573 Exacta Pool $77,853 Superfecta Pool $41,158 Trifecta Pool $56,183 X-5 Super High Five Pool $1,221. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-3-9) paid $69.30. Pick Three Pool $12,052.

IMPLICITLY sped to the early lead, angled in and set the pace inside, opened up on the backstretch, remained clear under urging then steady handling while drifting out some late and proved best. LIBERTY PARK chased off the rail, angled in on the second turn, came out a bit into the stretch and held second. SUNSET SEVEN chased off the inside then outside a rival on the second turn, also came out into the stretch and was edged for the place. LIGHTHOUSE POINT four wide early, chased off the rail then outside leaving the backstretch, came three wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. ROLLS ROYCE DEAL five wide into the first turn, angled to the inside on the backstretch then saved ground to no avail. GRYFFINDOR three deep early, angled in and settled inside, came out a bit into the stretch and lacked a further response. SMOKIN B four wide into the first turn, chased outside then three deep on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and weakened. SPEND IT saved ground off the pace, came out on the second turn and into the stretch, drifted in late and failed to menace. DERBY FACTOR settled between horses then outside a rival, dropped back on the second turn and gave way.

FIFTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 3 year olds. Time 22.01 45.88 58.20 1:10.96


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

6 Ce Ce 124 6 8 6–hd 2–2 2–5 1–2¼ Espinoza 6.20
4 Honeyfromthesouth 124 4 1 1–hd 1–1 1–hd 2–8¼ Mn Garcia 0.70
5 Into Chocolate 124 5 5 9–½ 9–2 4–hd 3–½ Roman 8.70
7 Hang a Star 124 7 2 2–hd 3–3½ 3–5 4–6¾ Talamo 37.60
10 Heathers Grey 124 10 6 7–3 5–hd 5–2 5–4½ Gryder 20.30
3 Gas Can 117 3 9 8–1 8–1½ 6–1½ 6–2¼ Diaz, Jr. 70.60
8 Royally Bland 124 8 4 3–hd 6–½ 7–½ 7–5¼ Van Dyke 19.20
2 Thought I'dmissyou 124 2 10 10–15 10–18 10–10½ 8–2¼ Franco 40.90
9 Mind for Mischief 124 9 3 4–hd 4–1 8–3 9–3 Gutierrez 5.20
11 Carressa 124 11 7 5–2½ 7–hd 9–½ 10–1 Pereira 39.40
1 California Love 124 1 11 11 11 11 11 Payeras 79.80

6 CE CE 14.40 5.40 3.80
4 HONEYFROMTHESOUTH 2.60 2.20
5 INTO CHOCOLATE 4.80
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $6.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (9-6)  $52.80
$1 EXACTA (6-4)  $18.90
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-4-5-7)  $59.12
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-4-5)  $33.50
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-4-5-7-10)  Carryover $2,507

Winner–Ce Ce Ch.f.3 by Elusive Quality out of Miss Houdini, by Belong to Me. Bred by Bo Hirsch LLC (KY). Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy. Owner: Bo Hirsch, LLC. Mutuel Pool $228,971 Roulette Pool $275 Daily Double Pool $17,044 Exacta Pool $132,335 Superfecta Pool $66,632 Trifecta Pool $99,967 X-5 Super High Five Pool $2,068. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (3-9-6) paid $64.80. Pick Three Pool $48,491. 50-Cent Pick Four (1-3-9-6) 101 tickets with 4 correct paid $591.90. Pick Four Pool $77,900. $1 Pick Five ((STRONACH5)8-4/7/9-6-7-6) 5 correct paid $2,228.60. Pick Five Pool $191,063. 50-Cent Pick Five (4/6-1-3-9-6) 124 tickets with 5 correct paid $2,227.05. Pick Five Pool $320,089.

CE CE chased a bit off the rail then inside on the turn, bid outside the runner-up leaving the turn and into the stretch, took a short lead past the eighth pole and won clear under a steady hand ride. HONEYFROMTHESOUTH went up inside to duel for the lead, inched clear midway on the turn, fought back along the rail into the stretch and past the eighth pole and was clearly second best. INTO CHOCOLATE angled in and saved ground chasing the pace, cut the corner into the stretch and edged a rival for the show. HANG A STAR dueled between horses then stalked off the rail on the turn, came three deep into the stretch and weakened. HEATHERS GREY chased outside, angled in on the turn, continued a bit off the rail in the stretch and also weakened. GAS CAN broke a bit slowly, settled three deep then outside, came four wide into the stretch and did not rally. ROYALLY BLAND dueled three deep between foes, dropped back between horses on the turn and weakened. THOUGHT I'DMISSYOU a bit slow to begin, settled outside a rival, continued a bit off the rail on the turn and was not a threat. MIND FOR MISCHIEF dueled four wide between horses, stalked on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and weakened. CARRESSA pressed the pace five wide on the backstretch, dropped back on the turn, came three deep into the stretch and gave way. CALIFORNIA LOVE veered in sharply to be away behind the field, settled off the pace inside and failed to menace.

SIXTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $33,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 23.31 47.03 1:10.80 1:22.77 1:34.95


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

1 Jimmy Chila 122 1 2 4–1½ 4–1 5–1½ 3–1 1–½ Talamo 4.50
5 North County Guy 122 5 6 2–1 2–1 1–hd 1–½ 2–½ Gutierrez 2.40
4 Chosen Vessel 122 4 7 6–hd 7–½ 7–1 6–1½ 3–ns Maldonado 13.50
2 Combat Zone 124 2 5 1–½ 1–½ 2–1 2–1 4–1¼ Pedroza 6.40
7 Acclimate 124 7 1 3–hd 3–½ 4–hd 5–1 5–½ Pereira 2.00
6 Little No Way 122 6 4 7–1½ 6–hd 3–hd 4–½ 6–1¼ Gryder 11.10
3 Incredible Luck 122 3 3 5–1 5–½ 6–hd 7–1½ 7–3¼ Payeras 14.10
8 Soul Beam 122 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 Franco 27.10

1 JIMMY CHILA 11.00 4.80 3.60
5 NORTH COUNTY GUY 4.20 3.40
4 CHOSEN VESSEL 6.60
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $4.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-1)  $98.80
$1 EXACTA (1-5)  $22.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-5-4-2)  $78.91
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-5-4-2-7)  $3,684.70
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-5-4)  $96.00

Winner–Jimmy Chila B.c.4 by Jimmy Creed out of Mesabu, by Fred Astaire. Bred by Highclere Inc. & Springtown Show Stable (KY). Trainer: Ronald W. Ellis. Owner: Hotter Than H Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $229,605 Roulette Pool $192 Daily Double Pool $20,601 Exacta Pool $139,243 Superfecta Pool $66,169 Super High Five Pool $6,373 Trifecta Pool $100,283. Scratched–Bellerin.

50-Cent Pick Three (9-6-1) paid $128.50. Pick Three Pool $28,116.

JIMMY CHILA saved ground stalking the pace, came out in midstretch and rallied under urging to gain the lead three deep in late stretch and gamely prevailed. NORTH COUNTY GUY pressed the pace outside a rival, took the lead leaving the second turn, fought back in the stretch and was edged between foes late. CHOSEN VESSEL chased inside, came out into the stretch and was edged for second three deep on the line. COMBAT ZONE angled in and set a pressured pace inside, fought back along the rail leaving the second turn and in the stretch and was edged for the show. ACCLIMATE pulled his way along three deep then stalked outside a rival, came three wide into the stretch and was outfinished. LITTLE NO WAY three deep early, chased outside a rival or between horses to the stretch and lacked the needed rally. INCREDIBLE LUCK stalked outside a rival then three deep on the second turn, came four wide into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. SOUL BEAM broke a bit slowly, settled off the rail then outside a rival, continued a bit off the fence on the second turn and did not rally.

SEVENTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $57,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.28 46.11 1:11.82 1:18.57


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

7 Tapitha Bonita 122 7 5 4–1 3–hd 2–1 1–2¼ Pereira 2.00
2 Chasin Lucas 124 2 3 2–2 2–1½ 1–½ 2–3½ Espinoza 6.10
1 Wandering Patrol 124 1 2 1–hd 1–hd 3–4 3–1¾ Gutierrez 1.40
3 Empress of Lov 117 3 7 6–3½ 6–5 4–hd 4–1 Diaz, Jr. 7.20
4 Pied N True 124 4 4 7 7 7 5–½ Quinonez 13.70
6 Mixed Emotions 122 6 6 3–hd 4–1 5–2½ 6–5¼ Fuentes 35.00
5 Sunrise Royale 124 5 1 5–1 5–½ 6–1½ 7 Franco 10.90

7 TAPITHA BONITA 6.00 3.40 2.40
2 CHASIN LUCAS 5.80 3.20
1 WANDERING PATROL 2.40
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $2.10
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-7)  $42.80
$1 EXACTA (7-2)  $16.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-2-1-3)  $14.09
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-2-1-3-4)  $337.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-2-1)  $25.70

Winner–Tapitha Bonita Grr.f.4 by Street Hero out of Tapitha, by Tapit. Bred by Myung Kwon Cho (CA). Trainer: William Spawr. Owner: Acker, Tom, Miller, Andy, Sommers, James and Yee, Glenn. Mutuel Pool $197,469 Roulette Pool $1,128 Daily Double Pool $25,140 Exacta Pool $129,817 Superfecta Pool $59,031 Super High Five Pool $5,090 Trifecta Pool $85,682. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (6-1-7) paid $82.05. Pick Three Pool $30,254.

TAPITHA BONITA stalked outside, came three deep into the stretch, bid outside the runner-up under an energetic hand ride, gained the lead nearing the sixteenth pole and won clear under tap on the shoulder with the whip turned down and steady handling. CHASIN LUCAS dueled outside a rival, took the lead leaving the turn, inched away into the stretch, fought back in midstretch, drifted in late and bested the others. WANDERING PATROL had good early speed and dueled inside, fought back on the turn and into the stretch and held third, then was unsaddled at the end of the stretch and vanned off. EMPRESS OF LOV broke a bit slowly, settled just off the rail then came out on the backstretch, continued outside on the turn and three wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. PIED N TRUE angled in and chased inside, came out in the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. MIXED EMOTIONS chased between horses then off the rail, continued a bit off the fence on the turn and weakened. SUNRISE ROYALE stalked off the inside then angled in on the backstretch, saved ground thereafter and weakened.

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.82 46.28 1:10.84 1:23.14 1:35.60


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

5 Over Emphasize 118 5 4 6–2½ 6–8 4–½ 3–½ 1–ns Van Dyke 12.00
7 Magical Gray 124 7 1 1–½ 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–2½ Talamo 4.40
3 Scattering Mink 124 3 3 3–2 3–1 3–1½ 4–5 3–1 Bejarano 1.20
2 Haughty Girl 111 2 8 7–5 7–2 7–5 7–8 4–1¼ Diaz, Jr. 8.80
9 Storming Lady 124 9 2 2–3½ 2–5 2–2 2–hd 5–3¼ Pereira 5.20
4 Sunriser 124 4 6 4–½ 5–2½ 6–6 6–hd 6–1¼ Franco 16.00
1 Playa Chica 117 1 7 5–1 4–hd 5–hd 5–1 7–6¼ Velez 7.90
6 Molly McGee 118 6 9 8–hd 8–hd 8–hd 8–1 8–2¼ Figueroa 44.00
8 Cuyahoga Falls 120 8 5 9 9 9 9 9 Blanc 60.20

5 OVER EMPHASIZE 26.00 10.40 5.60
7 MAGICAL GRAY 5.80 3.00
3 SCATTERING MINK 2.60
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $2.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-5)  $66.00
$1 EXACTA (5-7)  $72.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-7-3-2)  $129.78
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (5-7-3-2-9)  $3,825.70
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-7-3)  $100.60

Winner–Over Emphasize B.f.3 by Overanalyze out of Star in the Corner, by Holy Bull. Bred by John R. Penn (KY). Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy. Owner: Annuzzi, Mel and Jean. Mutuel Pool $307,554 Roulette Pool $162 Daily Double Pool $85,074 Exacta Pool $181,832 Superfecta Pool $90,534 Super High Five Pool $20,051 Trifecta Pool $128,949. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-7-5) paid $128.25. Pick Three Pool $142,365. 50-Cent Pick Four (6-1-7-5) 298 tickets with 4 correct paid $896.10. Pick Four Pool $349,833. 50-Cent Pick Five (9-6-1-7-5) 17 tickets with 5 correct paid $7,742.80. Pick Five Pool $172,469. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (3-9-6-1-7-5) 3 tickets with 6 correct paid $12,640.28. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $70,989. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $51,675.

OVER EMPHASIZE chased outside a rival, came out three deep into the stretch and rallied under urging to get up in the final stride. MAGICAL GRAY had speed between horses then angled in, dueled inside, inched away on the backstretch, kicked clear in the stretch and held on gamely but was edged on the line. SCATTERING MINK stalked inside then a bit off the rail, angled in on the second turn, came out into the stretch, split horses in midstretch and held third. HAUGHTY GIRL settled outside a rival then inside, came out into the stretch and put in a late bid at a minor award. STORMING LADY angled in and pressed the pace outside the runner-up then stalked just off the rail to the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. SUNRISER stalked outside a rival then a bit off the rail, continued alongside a foe on the second turn and weakened in the stretch. PLAYA CHICA pulled along the inside and steadied nearing and into the first turn, saved ground stalking the pace and weakened in the drive. MOLLY MCGEE broke a bit slowly, angled in and settled off the pace inside and was not a threat. CUYAHOGA FALLS also unhurried early and angled in outside a rival to the stretch and failed to menace.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track3,524$581,675
Inter-TrackN/A$1,541,374
Out of StateN/A$3,912,776
TOTAL3,524 $6,035,825

Santa Anita Entries for Saturday, April 13.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 2nd day of a 41-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $57,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Kitty Boom BoomDrayden Van Dyke118Richard Baltas5-2
2SedamarRuben Fuentes118Shelbe Ruis5-1
3Ciao LunaTiago Pereira122Gary Stute6-120,000
4Hot On the TrailEvin Roman116Mark Glatt3-1
5Emmy and IJ.C. Diaz, Jr.115Vann Belvoir8-120,000
6An Eddie SurpriseMario Gutierrez122Doug F. O'Neill2-1

SECOND RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Benny the JetAlonso Quinonez124Mark Glatt8-1
2Air BossJorge Velez117John W. Sadler4-1
3NoldeEvin Roman124John A. Shirreffs3-1
4Do Not Swipe LeftIgnacio Puglisi124Joe Herrick10-1
5Martial EagleJoseph Talamo124Bob Baffert9-5
6All GoodDrayden Van Dyke124Bob Baffert5-2

THIRD RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $35,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $32,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Indypendent DeputyJ.C. Diaz, Jr.115Dallas E. Keen8-132,000
2ShehastheritestuffRafael Bejarano122Patrick Gallagher3-132,000
3Believe IndeedGeovanni Franco122Michael Pender6-132,000
4Drift AwayRuben Fuentes124Andrew Lerner5-132,000
5Candy SwirlsTiago Pereira122William Spawr2-132,000
6Super PatriotDrayden Van Dyke124Bob Baffert5-232,000

FOURTH RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Grit and CuriosityJorge Velez117Peter Miller5-2
2RogalloVictor Espinoza124John W. Sadler8-1
3DuchampJoseph Talamo124John A. Shirreffs4-1
4Always ForgivenDiego Sanchez124J. Keith Desormeaux8-1
5Secret CourierAaron Gryder124Brian J. Koriner7-2
6City RageDrayden Van Dyke124Mark Glatt8-1
7One EightyMario Gutierrez124Doug F. O'Neill3-1

FIFTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $38,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Very Very StellaEvin Roman122Jeff Bonde7-240,000
2R Cha ChaEswan Flores122Jorge Periban4-140,000
3Sheer FlatteryHeriberto Figueroa124Steve Knapp5-240,000
4Top of the GameAaron Gryder122Ryan Hanson8-140,000
5BistrayaEdwin Maldonado122Robert Gilker6-140,000
6Jan's ReserveAgapito Delgadillo122Mike Puype2-140,000

SIXTH RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $75,000. 'Mizdirection Stakes'. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Painting CornersJoseph Talamo122Peter Miller5-2
2Mongolian ShopperRuben Fuentes124Enebish Ganbat10-1
3Poster Girl Evin Roman122Matthew Chew5-1
4AlgorhythmicMartin Pedroza122Val Brinkerhoff6-1
5Go On MaryRafael Bejarano124Doug F. O'Neill2-1
6Gliding ByMario Gutierrez122Richard Baltas5-2

SEVENTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $57,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Time for EbbyAssael Espinoza124Steve Knapp8-140,000
2Lady NinjaGeovanni Franco122Richard Baltas7-2
3TizanillusionJorge Velez115John W. Sadler3-1
4Devils DanceRafael Bejarano118Craig Anthony Lewis5-1
5UppercutHeriberto Figueroa124Peter Eurton3-1
6Hard Not to LoveTiago Pereira118John A. Shirreffs5-2

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Mongolian GreywolfGeovanni Franco122Enebish Ganbat12-125,000
2Kristi's CopilotJorge Velez115Richard Baltas5-225,000
3Avanti BelloAaron Gryder122Vladimir Cerin9-525,000
4Platinum EquityRuben Fuentes122Steve Knapp5-225,000
5Dukes UpAlonso Quinonez122Mark Glatt6-125,000
6Cabin JohnRafael Bejarano124Jerry Hollendorfer5-125,000

NINTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Big Sky LoganRuben Fuentes124Vladimir Cerin3-150,000
2FlicflacOctavio Vergara, Jr.118Howard L. Zucker20-150,000
3Mind TrickTiago Pereira118Doug F. O'Neill6-150,000
4Sooner BetterDiego Sanchez118J. Keith Desormeaux20-150,000
5River GodJorge Velez111Vladimir Cerin10-150,000
6Lil SydneyRafael Bejarano118Mark Glatt5-150,000
7Tequila BlancoGeovanni Franco124Steven Miyadi7-250,000
8Resident LiberalJoseph Talamo118Thomas F. Proctor4-150,000
9Silent MusketierJ.C. Diaz, Jr.111Jesus Mendoza20-150,000
10TastemakerEvin Roman124Clifford W. Sise, Jr.10-150,000

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