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Racing! The Kentucky Derby field is set, sorta, kinda, maybe

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we congratulate Omaha Beach and Improbable for making the Kentucky Derby field.

All the Kentucky Derby preps are done. The field has mostly taken shape barring any injuries or changes of heart. Let’s look at the 20 top point (and special exemption) horses. I have to say, you had to really be impressed with Omaha Beach’s win in the Arkansas Derby. Improbable was pretty good, too, but the Richard Mandella colt was very impressive. Want to read a little more about the race? Just click here.

The question that I can’t answer is who will jockey Mike Smith choose, Omaha Beach or Roadster? It is good to be Mike Smith.

Here’s the current top 20.

1. Tacitus (150 points) Trainer: Bill Mott. Won Wood Memorial and Tampa Bay Derby.

2. Omaha Beach (137.5) Richard Mandella. Won Arkansas Derby and Rebel Stakes.

3. Vekoma (110) George Weaver. Won Blue Grass Stakes, third in Fountain of Youth.

4. Plus Que Parfait (104) Brendan Walsh. Won UAE Derby, second in Kentucky Jockey Club.

5. Roadster (100) Bob Baffert. Won Santa Anita Derby.

6. By My Standards (100) Bret Calhoun. Won Louisiana Derby.

7. Maximum Security (100) Jason Servis. Won Florida Derby.

8. Game Winner (85) Bob Baffert. Second in Santa Anita Derby and Rebel Stakes. Won Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and American Pharoah.

9. Code of Honor (74) Shug McGaughey. First in Fountain of Youth, second in Champagne Stakes and third in Florida Derby.

10. Haikal (70) Kiaran McLaughlin. Third in the Wood Memorial and first in the Gotham.

11. Improbable (65) Bob Baffert. Won Los Alamitos Futurity, second in the Arkansas Derby and Rebel Stakes.

12. War of Will (60) Mark Casse. First in Risen Star and LeComte.

13. Long Range Toddy (53.5) Steve Asmussen. First in the Rebel Stakes and Remington Springboard Mile, second in the Smarty Jones and third in the Southwest Stakes.

14. Tax (52) Danny Gargan. Won the Withers, second in the Wood Memorial and third in the Remsen.

15. Cutting Humor (50) Todd Pletcher. Won the Sunland Park Derby.

16. Win Win Win (50) Mike Trombetta. Second in the Blue Grass and third in the Tampa Bay Derby.

17. Country Home (50) Bill Mott. Second in the Risen Star, third in the Arkansas Derby and fourth in the Louisiana Derby.

18. Gray Magician (41) Peter Miller. Second in the UAE Derby and fourth in the Sham Stakes.

19. Spinoff (40) Todd Pletcher. Second in the Louisiana Derby.

20. Master Fencer (Japan qualifier). Koichi Tsunoda. Second in Fukuryu.

Where are all the horses, part 2?

On Saturday, in the web and print editions of The Times, we dug down into where all the horses have gone leading to small fields. You can read here. (It’s the second item.) There is no accurate count available (at least to me), but we can safely say that more than 100 horses have left the state.

I caught up with Ben Huffman, the racing secretary at Keeneland, on Saturday to try and find our California horses. Guess what? He has a bunch of them. He estimated that there are about 50-60 on the grounds when normally there are about 20.

“Some of the trainers have been talking about it for a few years and a couple decided to dip their toe in it here,” Huffman said. He mentioned both Phil D’Amato and Jeff Mullins having small divisions in Lexington.

But Huffman also understood the issues California racing is facing could be a factor in the increase in horses.

“There is just a lot of uncertainty [in California],” Huffman said. “So, some decided to send horses here. Now, there is no doubt that the California guys would rather stay home. But it’s a weird dynamic [out there]. It’s so important that California racing survives. But, when you talk to the trainers, you can hear the uncertainty in their voices.”

Huffman is happy Keeneland could accommodate as many horses as it did.

“If we can help, we certainly want to,” Huffman said. “But, we are not calling trainers out there. No one wants to capitalize on anyone’s misfortune.”

Santa Anita review

It was supposed to be 6 ½ furlongs down the hill, but the closure of the course for sprints made the $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes (there is one on New York today, too) made it five furlongs on the flat main turf surface for older fillies and mares.

The winner, rather easily, was Painting Corners, who took the minor stakes by 1 ½ lengths. The winning trainer was Miller and Joe Talamo picked up the ride.

Painting Corners paid $3.60, $2.20 and $2.10. Poster Girl finished second and Go Mary was third.

“I had a great trip.” Talamo said. “Peter gave me all the confidence in the world, he just said, ‘Try to break sharp if they give us a good lead go with it, if not just ride a smart race’. She broke sharp and took it to ’em.

“She’s very quick out of the gate and we got a little breather there around the turn. She could feel [Rafael] Bejarano’s filly (third place finisher Go On Mary) on her outside, but when we straightened up, she switched leads and we were gone.”

Miller was, obviously, proud of his filly.

“Joe rode a very smart race,” Miller said. “She doesn’t like to be on the rail much, but he broke sharp and he just went on with it and cut the corner and saved something for the stretch. So great ride by Joe and the whole team did a great job with this filly.

“She’s a very versatile filly and she’s been so much fun to work with. I still think she can get the longer distances. We are looking into her next race, she might possibly go to Kentucky and we’re even thinking about the Monrovia.”

Santa Anita preview

We foreshadowed this for you, but Sunday’s eight race card is as thin as any card in recent memory. Five of the eight races have only five horses entered. One had six, another has seven and the closing race has 11. Four of the races are on the turf, three of hem a mile and the fourth is five furlongs. Remember, the downhill turf course is closed the rest of the month to sprinters.

There is a graded stakes, though, the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup, for older horses going 1 ½ miles. There are five starters. Here’s how it works, the race starts on the backstretch and the horses come through the homestretch twice.

The favorite at 7-5 is Beach View for trainer Leonard Powell and jockey Flavien Prat. This will be the fifth time he has gone this distance, and third time on the dirt. He won the Cougar II Handicap at Del Mar at this distance. He has won three of his 14 lifetime races. Rafael Bejarano had been the regular jockey but elected to ride Campaign in this race.

Campaign is the second favorite at 2-1 for John Sadler. He is making a very quick turnaround, having run fourth in last Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap. He has won three of his seven lifetime races.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 6, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 7, 11.

Big Races review

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

Aqueduct (3): $100,000 Bridgetown Stakes, 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Winner: Regally Irish ($5.40)

Oaklawn (4): Grade 3 $500,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap, 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Winner: Mitole ($2.80)

Oaklawn (5): $100,000 maiden special weight, fillies 3-years-old, 6 furlongs. Winner: Poets Dreamed ($9.80)

Keeneland (7): Grade 3 $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/18 miles. Winner: Bourbon Resolution ($38.60)

Oaklawn (6): $101,000 allowance optional claiming, 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Winner: Pyron ($7.00)

Keeneland (8): $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 5 ½ furlongs on turf. Winner: Morticia ($6.40)

Oaklawn (7): $100,000 maiden special weight3-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Winner: Breaking News ($5.40)

Aqueduct (8): $200,000 Top Flight Invitational Handicap, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Winner: Another Broad ($11.40)

Keeneland (9): Grade 3 $200,000 Lexington Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Owendale ($27.40)

Keeneland (10): Grade 1 $350,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Winner: Rushing Fall ($3.80)

Oaklawn (9): Grade 2 $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap, 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Winner: Quip ($13.00)

Oaklawn (11): Grade 1 $1 million Arkansas Derby, 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles. Winner: Omaha Beach ($5.40)

Big races preview

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

11:30 Aqueduct (3): $100,000 Plenty of Grace Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 mile on turf. Favorite: Frostie Anne (3-5)

1:46 Oaklawn (6): $150,000 Fifth Season Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Snapper Sinclair (9-5)

2:15 Aqueduct (8): $100,000 Mizdirection Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 6 furlongs on turf. Favorite: Chelsea Cloisters (9-5)

2:42 Oaklawn (8): Grade 1 $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Elate (6-5)

3:43 Santa Anita (6): Grade 3 $100,000 Tokyo City Cup, 4 and up, 1 ½ miles. Favorite: Beach View (7-5)

Handicapper search

One of our favorite people and top contributors, Bob Ike, is stepping away from the newsletter for a little while after today, before returning for Del Mar. So, I’m looking for someone to replace him. If this interests you, drop me a line. Preference will be given to those who do this for a living. Here’s the trick though. Remember how much you pay for the newsletter? Well, that’s what this job pays. There is no budget. And, very important, being reliable is the top attribute. Getting the pick to me by about 6 p.m. PDT the night before is key. So, there you have it. My inbox awaits.

Bob Ike’s SA pick of the day

EIGHTH RACE: No. 5 Fire When Ready (8-1)

On a card that has 49 horses entered to run in eight races, the finale is the only place to go. I will try comebacker from the Bob Hess stable that has been away since September at Los Alamitos. He can fire fresh (as shown by his runner-up try in a Cal-bred stakes in April), has trained in typical slow fashion for a barn that doesn't work them fast to get ready and should be a square price in this spot.

Saturday’s result: Mind Trick set a contested pace under three-way pressure, then spit it out badly entering the stretch and wound up last in the ninth 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

FIFTH RACE: No.5 Bargaining (5-2) and No. 1 Cut (4-1)

Both horses have plenty of upside while two of the favorites, Gutsy Streak and Changing Karma, appear vulnerable. Gutsy Streak has peaked and Changing Karma could easily regress with a one-week turnabout after hard-fought runnerup try. Bargaining is only making his fourth start since November and finished nicely in last two third-place tries. Cut is the inside controlling speed and gets positive class hike after last head loss.

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, April 13.

Copyright 2019 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 2nd day of a 41-day meet. Clear & Firm

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $57,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 23.49 47.03 1:11.30 1:23.45 1:35.57


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

6 An Eddie Surprise 122 6 3 2–1 2–1½ 2–1 1–½ 1–1 Gutierrez 1.60
1 Kitty Boom Boom 118 1 2 3–1½ 3–hd 3–1½ 3–1 2–½ Van Dyke 1.30
2 Sedamar 118 2 6 6 6 6 4–1 3–½ Fuentes 6.50
3 Ciao Luna 122 3 4 4–1 4–1 5–½ 5–hd 4–½ Pereira 15.70
5 Emmy and I 115 5 1 1–3 1–8 1–3½ 2–1½ 5–ns Diaz, Jr. 18.70
4 Hot On the Trail 116 4 5 5–½ 5–2½ 4–hd 6 6 Roman 6.50

6 AN EDDIE SURPRISE 5.20 2.60 2.10
1 KITTY BOOM BOOM 2.40 2.20
2 SEDAMAR 3.20
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $6.80
$1 EXACTA (6-1)  $5.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-1-2-3)  $6.29
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-1-2)  $10.70

Winner–An Eddie Surprise Ch.f.4 by Square Eddie out of Dani Reese, by High Demand. Bred by Reddam Racing, LLC (CA). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: Reddam Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $235,185 Roulette Pool $310 Exacta Pool $111,081 Superfecta Pool $47,642 Trifecta Pool $79,284. Scratched–none.

AN EDDIE SURPRISE stalked a bit off the rail, bid outside the pacesetter to take the lead in midstretch, kicked clear and held under urging. KITTY BOOM BOOM came just off the rail into the first turn to chase the pace, went outside a rival leaving the backstretch, split horses in deep stretch to gain the place. SEDAMAR saved ground off the pace, came out on the second turn and three deep into the stretch, was four wide a sixteenth out and edged rivals for the show. CIAO LUNA pulled her way along inside, chased along the rail, moved up some in the drive, came out for room in deep stretch and went between foes late. EMMY AND I sped to the early lead and angled in, set the pace inside, opened a lengthy lead on the backstretch, fought back in midstretch and was outfinished late for a minor award. HOT ON THE TRAIL chased outside a rival then a bit off the rail, was between foes into the stretch and through much of the final sixteenth and also was outfinished.

SECOND RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds. Time 23.75 47.59 1:13.10 1:26.29 1:39.77


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

6 All Good 124 6 4 2–2½ 2–1½ 1–3 1–4 1–6½ Van Dyke 3.20
3 Nolde 124 3 5 3–hd 3–hd 2–1½ 2–6 2–15 Roman 6.00
2 Air Boss 117 2 2 4–hd 5–7 3–1 3–2½ 3–1½ Velez 5.10
4 Do Not Swipe Left 124 4 6 6 6 6 5–hd 4–1 Puglisi 24.20
5 Martial Eagle 124 5 3 5–4 4–hd 5–3 6 5–¾ Talamo 0.70
1 Benny the Jet 124 1 1 1–1 1–hd 4–2 4–2½ 6 Quinonez 24.80

6 ALL GOOD 8.40 4.20 2.80
3 NOLDE 5.20 3.00
2 AIR BOSS 3.20
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $6.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-6)  $20.00
$1 EXACTA (6-3)  $14.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-3-2-4)  $23.63
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-3-2)  $21.85

Winner–All Good Ch.c.3 by Will Take Charge out of Liszy, by A.P. Indy. Bred by Three Chimneys Farm, LLC & BesiluStables, LLC (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Three Chimneys Farm. Mutuel Pool $235,469 Roulette Pool $319 Daily Double Pool $42,263 Exacta Pool $129,157 Superfecta Pool $56,778 Trifecta Pool $86,001. Scratched–none.

ALL GOOD four wide early, stalked off the rail, bid outside a rival on the backstretch, took the lead into the second turn, kicked clear and angled in on that turn, drifted out a bit then in some from the whip in the final furlong and proved much best. NOLDE broke out a bit, stalked the pace inside then a bit off the rail on the second turn, came out into the stretch and was clearly second best. AIR BOSS close up stalking the pace between horses then outside a rival leaving the second turn, came three deep into the stretch, drifted out some in midstretch, jumped track marks and came in some in deep stretch and held third. DO NOT SWIPE LEFT squeezed a bit at the start, pulled early then angled in and saved ground off the pace, came out in the stretch and lacked a further response. MARTIAL EAGLE between horses early, stalked three deep, dropped back on the second turn, angled in outside a rival into the stretch, came out at the track marks in deep stretch and weakened. BENNY THE JET sped to the early lead, set the pace inside then dueled along the rail on the backstretch, chased the winner inside on the second turn and also weakened.

THIRD RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $35,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $32,000. Time 24.61 49.23 1:13.32 1:24.98 1:36.44


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

3 Believe Indeed 122 3 6 5–1 5–½ 5–2 2–1 1–½ Franco 8.00
2 Shehastheritestuff 122 2 5 4–1½ 4–½ 4–1 3–hd 2–1 Bejarano 2.70
5 Candy Swirls 122 5 1 1–1½ 1–1 1–½ 1–hd 3–2½ Pereira 3.60
1 Indypendent Deputy 115 1 4 6 6 6 6 4–nk Diaz, Jr. 13.30
4 Drift Away 124 4 3 2–½ 2–hd 2–1 4–1½ 5–1¼ Fuentes 2.40
6 Super Patriot 124 6 2 3–1 3–1½ 3–½ 5–2 6 Van Dyke 3.30

3 BELIEVE INDEED 18.00 6.60 4.20
2 SHEHASTHERITESTUFF 4.20 2.80
5 CANDY SWIRLS 3.80
$2 ROULETTE (GREEN)  $18.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-3)  $87.60
$1 EXACTA (3-2)  $29.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-2-5-1)  $64.02
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-2-5)  $99.90

Winner–Believe Indeed B.m.6 by Posse out of True Believer, by Smart Strike. Bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone (KY). Trainer: Michael Pender. Owner: Top Hat Thoroughbreds. Mutuel Pool $219,532 Roulette Pool $530 Daily Double Pool $16,895 Exacta Pool $104,649 Superfecta Pool $43,129 Trifecta Pool $73,808. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (6-6-3) paid $47.55. Pick Three Pool $49,639.

BELIEVE INDEED stalked a bit off the rail then outside a rival, came out on the second turn and four wide into the stretch, bid outside under a left handed crack of the whip while drifting inward in midstretch, gained the advantage and drifted in some nearing the sixteenth pole and gamely prevailed. SHEHASTHERITESTUFF pulled her way along inside, saved ground stalking the pace, cut the corner into the stretch, bid along the rail past midstretch and continued willingly to the end. CANDY SWIRLS sped to the early lead, angled in and set the pace inside, fought back on the second turn and until deep stretch and was outfinished late. INDYPENDENT DEPUTY came a bit off the rail to chase the pace, went up three deep leaving the backstretch, fell back and angled to the inside leaving the second turn, continued inside in the stretch and lacked the needed late kick. DRIFT AWAY close up stalking the pace just off the rail, bid between foes then outside the pacesetter leaving the second turn, continued between horses into the stretch, drifted out a bit in midstretch and weakened some late. SUPER PATRIOT stalked outside a rival then three deep on the second turn and into the stretch and could not offer the necessary late response.

FOURTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds. Time 21.81 45.45 1:11.68 1:18.55


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

2 Rogallo 124 1 4 5–½ 4–hd 2–½ 1–½ Espinoza 10.20
7 One Eighty 124 6 3 2–1½ 2–½ 1–2 2–2½ Gutierrez 0.80
4 Always Forgiven 124 3 5 4–2 5–1 5–1 3–ns Sanchez 20.50
6 City Rage 124 5 2 3–1½ 3–3 3–1½ 4–3¼ Van Dyke 11.00
3 Duchamp 124 2 6 6 6 4–hd 5–8½ Talamo 2.90
5 Secret Courier 124 4 1 1–2½ 1–1 6 6 Gryder 4.80

2 ROGALLO 22.40 6.80 4.60
7 ONE EIGHTY 2.80 2.40
4 ALWAYS FORGIVEN 5.00
$2 ROULETTE (GREEN)  $8.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-2)  $232.80
$1 EXACTA (2-7)  $31.90
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-7-4-6)  $52.87
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-7-4)  $90.65

Winner–Rogallo B.c.3 by Curlin out of Via Veneto, by Orientate. Bred by Donald R. Dizney, LLC (FL). Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: Jerome S. Moss. Mutuel Pool $270,756 Roulette Pool $544 Daily Double Pool $20,957 Exacta Pool $128,414 Superfecta Pool $54,296 Trifecta Pool $85,390. Scratched–Grit and Curiosity.

50-Cent Pick Three (6-3-2) paid $268.75. Pick Three Pool $24,256.

ROGALLO chased inside then a bit off the rail, went outside a rival on the turn and three deep into the stretch and rallied under urging to collar the runner-up late. ONE EIGHTY close up stalking the pace off the rail then outside a rival leaving the backstretch and on the turn, bid alongside the pacesetter past midway on the turn to gain the lead a quarter mile out, kicked clear in the stretch and held on well but was caught late. ALWAYS FORGIVEN angled in and saved ground chasing the pace, steadied off heels leaving the turn, came out for room in upper stretch and just edged a rival for the show. CITY RAGE chased off the rail, angled in leaving the backstretch, continued inside on the turn, awaited room off heels leaving the turn, came out into the stretch, split horses in upper stretch, angled back in and was edged for third on the line. DUCHAMP settled off the rail then outside a rival, came out on the turn and four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. SECRET COURIER sped to the early lead, set the pace off the rail, angled in and dueled leaving the turn and weakened in the drive.

FIFTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $38,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 23.03 45.89 1:11.34 1:24.53


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

2 R Cha Cha 122 2 1 1–1 1–1½ 1–hd 1–hd Flores 5.40
5 Bistraya 122 5 2 6 6 2–½ 2–1¾ Maldonado 16.10
1 Very Very Stella 122 1 5 2–hd 4–½ 5–2½ 3–¾ Roman 3.50
4 Top of the Game 122 4 4 3–hd 3–hd 4–½ 4–¾ Gryder 15.10
6 Jan's Reserve 122 6 3 5–2 2–hd 3–1 5–1¼ Delgadillo 1.00
3 Sheer Flattery 124 3 6 4–hd 5–1 6 6 Figueroa 4.00

2 R CHA CHA 12.80 8.40 4.80
5 BISTRAYA 14.40 6.00
1 VERY VERY STELLA 3.40
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $6.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-2)  $184.00
$1 EXACTA (2-5)  $86.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-5-1-4)  $176.15
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-5-1)  $167.25

Winner–R Cha Cha Dbb.g.5 by Archarcharch out of Latin Lust, by Petionville. Bred by James A Everatt, Janeane A Everatt & JArika Everatt-Meeuse (KY). Trainer: Jorge Periban. Owner: Zolotas, Steven and Zolotas, Sabina Romo. Mutuel Pool $271,294 Roulette Pool $514 Daily Double Pool $20,492 Exacta Pool $121,857 Superfecta Pool $51,123 Trifecta Pool $82,339. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (3-2-2) paid $418.45. Pick Three Pool $40,287. 50-Cent Pick Four (6-3-2-2) 68 tickets with 4 correct paid $1,275.70. Pick Four Pool $113,681. 50-Cent Pick Five (6-6-3-2-2) 25 tickets with 5 correct paid $14,149.95. Pick Five Pool $409,713.

R CHA CHA sped to the early lead, set the pace off the rail, inched away again into the turn, fought back off the inside under urging in the stretch and held on gamely. BISTRAYA chased off the rail then outside on the turn, came four wide into the stretch, bid outside foes in midstretch then alongside the winner to reach even terms in deep stretch and was outgamed. VERY VERY STELLA saved ground stalking the pace throughout and gained the show. TOP OF THE GAME stalked three deep between foes on the backstretch, angled in between horses on the turn, split rivals again past midstretch and was edged for third. JAN'S RESERVE close up stalking the pace four wide on the backstretch and into the turn, continued off the inside leaving the turn and three deep into the stretch, bid between foes in midstretch and was outfinished for a minor award. SHEER FLATTERY stalked between horses, steadied in tight past the three eighths pole, continued off the rail on the turn and into the stretch and lacked a rally.

SIXTH RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $75,000. 'Mizdirection Stakes'. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Time 21.18 44.21 56.30


Pgm Horse Wt PP St 3/16 3/8 Str Fin Jockey $1

1 Painting Corners 122 1 1 1–½ 1–1½ 1–1½ 1–1½ Talamo 0.80
3 Poster Girl 122 3 2 4–1 4–2½ 4–2½ 2–1¼ Roman 4.60
5 Go On Mary 124 5 4 3–4 2–2½ 2–2½ 3–2¾ Bejarano 1.90
4 Algorhythmic 122 4 3 2–hd 3–2 3–1½ 4–1½ Pedroza 13.60
2 Mongolian Shopper 124 2 5 5 5 5 5 Fuentes 16.20

1 PAINTING CORNERS 3.60 2.20 2.10
3 POSTER GIRL (GB) 3.00 2.20
5 GO ON MARY 2.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-1)  $32.40
$1 EXACTA (1-3)  $6.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-3-5-4)  $2.73
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-3-5)  $5.90

Winner–Painting Corners Dbb.m.5 by Pleasant Strike out of Adorable Heidi, by Gimmeawink. Bred by Faraway Farm (FL). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Altamira Racing Stable and Slam Dunk Racing. Mutuel Pool $217,222 Daily Double Pool $18,031 Exacta Pool $88,600 Superfecta Pool $32,254 Trifecta Pool $59,778. Scratched–Gliding By.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-2-1) paid $104.40. Pick Three Pool $38,775.

PAINTING CORNERS had good early speed and set a pressured pace inside, inched away into the turn and held on gamely under some urging. POSTER GIRL (GB) chased outside a rival then a bit off the rail, came out some in the stretch and gained the place late. GO ON MARY pressed the pace three deep on the backstretch then angled in and stalked just off the rail on the turn, drifted in late and was outfinished for second. ALGORHYTHMIC prompted the pace between horses, steadied in tight into the turn, angled in on the turn, came a bit off the rail in the stretch and weakened. MONGOLIAN SHOPPER saved ground off the pace, came out a bit on the turn then angled back in, continued inside in the stretch and lacked the needed rally.

SEVENTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $57,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 21.82 45.12 1:10.77 1:17.53


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

6 Hard Not to Love 118 6 3 4–4 2–½ 1–3 1–½ Pereira 1.30
2 Lady Ninja 122 2 5 5–1½ 5–½ 2–½ 2–3¾ Franco 4.10
1 Time for Ebby 124 1 6 6 6 4–3 3–5¼ Espinoza 24.20
3 Tizanillusion 115 3 1 3–hd 1–hd 3–1 4–7¼ Velez 2.30
4 Devils Dance 118 4 4 1–hd 3–½ 5–4 5–11 Bejarano 11.40
5 Uppercut 124 5 2 2–½ 4–2½ 6 6 Figueroa 5.60

6 HARD NOT TO LOVE 4.60 3.20 2.80
2 LADY NINJA 4.40 2.60
1 TIME FOR EBBY 5.80
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $5.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-6)  $9.40
$1 EXACTA (6-2)  $10.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-2-1-3)  $10.25
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-2-1)  $22.95

Winner–Hard Not to Love B.f.3 by Hard Spun out of Loving Vindication, by Vindication. Bred by Anderson Farms Ont. Inc. (ON). Trainer: John A. Shirreffs. Owner: Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, Dilworth, Scott, Ingordo, Dorothy, Ingordo, David an. Mutuel Pool $277,102 Roulette Pool $285 Daily Double Pool $19,466 Exacta Pool $138,755 Superfecta Pool $55,010 Trifecta Pool $84,867. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-1-6) paid $23.70. Pick Three Pool $33,859.

HARD NOT TO LOVE stalked early then bid four wide to press the pace on the backstretch and into the turn, angled in and took a short lead outside a rival nearing the stretch, kicked clear, drifted to the inside in the stretch and held gamely under a couple late left handed taps of the whip and steady handling. LADY NINJA chased outside a rival then off the rail, came out leaving the turn and four wide into the stretch and finished well. TIME FOR EBBY came off the inside at the gap, chased off the rail then a bit off the fence into the turn, angled to the inside, came out in upper stretch and gained the show. TIZANILLUSION stalked inside then bid along the rail to duel for the lead, took a slim advantage into the turn, fought back along the rail leaving the turn and weakened in the stretch. DEVILS DANCE sped to the early lead a bit off the rail, dueled between horses, stalked just off the inside leaving the turn and had little left for the drive. UPPERCUT prompted the pace three deep between foes, stalked leaving the turn and gave way in the stretch.

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000. Time 23.30 47.23 1:12.54 1:25.49 1:38.92


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

6 Cabin John 124 6 1 2–4 2–1½ 2–2½ 1–hd 1–2¼ Bejarano 4.80
2 Kristi's Copilot 115 2 2 1–hd 1–1 1–hd 2–4 2–nk Velez 2.20
5 Dukes Up 122 5 3 6 6 4–hd 3–1½ 3–7¼ Quinonez 10.30
4 Platinum Equity 122 4 6 5–3½ 4–1 3–3 4–6 4–6½ Fuentes 2.90
1 Mongolian Greywolf 122 1 4 3–2 3–hd 5–2 5–2½ 5–3¼ Franco 8.70
3 Avanti Bello 122 3 5 4–2 5–6 6 6 6 Gryder 2.80

6 CABIN JOHN 11.60 5.80 2.80
2 KRISTI'S COPILOT 4.00 2.60
5 DUKES UP 4.20
$2 ROULETTE (BLACK)  $5.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-6)  $45.40
$1 EXACTA (6-2)  $20.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-2-5-4)  $25.92
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-2-5)  $49.25

Winner–Cabin John Ch.g.4 by Gio Ponti out of Charlie Papa, by Indian Charlie. Bred by Susan M. Forrester & 4M Ranch (KY). Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer. Owner: Hollendorfer, LLC. Mutuel Pool $241,605 Roulette Pool $446 Daily Double Pool $19,505 Exacta Pool $105,685 Superfecta Pool $47,292 Trifecta Pool $69,836. Claimed–Kristi's Copilot by Nickel and Dime Club Stables, LLC. Trainer: Tim Yakteen. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-6-6) paid $21.40. Pick Three Pool $23,669.

CABIN JOHN angled in and dueled outside the runner-up, had that one slip away briefly on the backstretch, re-bid alongside that rival into the second turn, took a short lead under urging in the stretch, fought back past midstretch and inched away late. KRISTI'S COPILOT had good early speed and dueled inside, edged away briefly on the backstretch, fought back inside on the second turn and in the stretch, could not match the winner late and just held second. DUKES UP settled three deep then angled in and saved ground off the pace, moved up inside leaving the second turn and into the stretch, came out in midstretch and finished well to be edged for the place. PLATINUM EQUITY chased off the rail or outside a rival, ranged up four wide into the second turn, fell back and angled in some leaving that turn, came three wide into the stretch and lacked a further response. MONGOLIAN GREYWOLF stalked inside then a bit off the rail, went up three deep into the second turn, fell back and angled in just off the inside on that turn and weakened. AVANTI BELLO chased off the rail then a bit off the fence, dropped back on the second turn and gave way.

NINTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 23.25 47.21 1:12.01 1:24.61 1:36.18


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

1 Big Sky Logan 124 1 2 5–hd 5–½ 4–hd 3–1 1–1¾ Fuentes 5.30
5 River God 111 5 5 4–hd 4–hd 5–hd 1–hd 2–1¾ Velez 3.90
10 Tastemaker 124 10 7 8–1 7–1 10 5–½ 3–¾ Roman 7.70
7 Tequila Blanco 124 7 4 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–hd 4–nk Franco 5.00
9 Silent Musketier 111 9 3 6–1½ 6–hd 6–1 4–hd 5–½ Diaz, Jr. 86.30
8 Resident Liberal 118 8 10 10 10 8–hd 7–1 6–½ Talamo 5.90
2 Flicflac 118 2 9 9–hd 9–hd 7–hd 8–hd 7–hd Vergara, Jr. 19.00
4 Sooner Better 118 4 8 7–½ 8–1 9–hd 9–1 8–6¼ Sanchez 100.80
3 Mind Trick 118 3 1 1–hd 1–hd 1–hd 10 9–2¾ Pereira 3.50
6 Lil Sydney 118 6 6 2–hd 2–hd 2–hd 6–hd 10 Bejarano 8.00

1 BIG SKY LOGAN 12.60 5.80 4.00
5 RIVER GOD 5.60 4.40
10 TASTEMAKER 4.80
$2 ROULETTE (RED)  $5.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-1)  $79.40
$1 EXACTA (1-5)  $30.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-5-10-7)  $63.72
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-5-10-7-9)  $17,727.40
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-5-10)  $76.05

Winner–Big Sky Logan Ch.g.5 by Sky Mesa out of Thwindwhispersmary, by Curlin. Bred by Oxley, TCF Stallions, et al. & NicholasM. Lotz (KY). Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Owner: Wilson, Holly and David. Mutuel Pool $419,505 Roulette Pool $424 Daily Double Pool $77,285 Exacta Pool $223,655 Superfecta Pool $127,033 Super High Five Pool $23,228 Trifecta Pool $159,987. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (6-6-1) paid $59.50. Pick Three Pool $97,468. 50-Cent Pick Four (1/6-6-6-1) 1982 tickets with 4 correct paid $138.00. Pick Four Pool $358,510. 50-Cent Pick Five (2-1/6-6-6-1) 110 tickets with 5 correct paid $1,929.90. Pick Five Pool $278,159. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (2-2-1/6-6-6-1) 18 tickets with 6 correct paid $3,540.88. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $119,315. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $78,991.

BIG SKY LOGAN saved ground stalking the pace, came out into the stretch and again in upper stretch, bid in tight between foes and was bumped in midstretch, took the lead under a couple taps of the whip, drifted in and proved best. RIVER GOD stalked between horses, swung four wide into the stretch, put a head in front in midstretch also drifted in and saved the place. TASTEMAKER stalked three deep, went four wide into and on the second turn and five wide into the stretch and got up late for the show. TEQUILA BLANCO had speed between horses then dueled three deep, took a short lead into the stretch, was bumped between horses in midstretch and was edged late for third. SILENT MUSKETIER four wide into the first turn, stalked three deep, came out five wide into the stretch and was outkicked for a minor award. RESIDENT LIBERAL pulled and chased outside a rival then three deep on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and could not quite summon the needed late kick. FLICFLAC saved ground chasing the pace, continued inside in the stretch and could not offer the necessary late response. SOONER BETTER chased a bit off the rail then between horses on the second turn, came out some into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. MIND TRICK angled in and dueled inside, fought back on the second turn and into the stretch and weakened. LIL SYDNEY dueled between horses, also fought back on the second turn and into the stretch and weakened.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track7,173$1,126,240
Inter-TrackN/A$2,670,273
Out of StateN/A$5,251,595
TOTAL7,173 $9,048,108

Santa Anita Entries for Sunday, April 14.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 3rd day of a 41-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Unusual SpiceAlonso Quinonez118Peter Eurton6-1
2Hit the SeamMario Gutierrez124Edward R. Freeman8-5
3JetovatorRafael Bejarano118Peter Eurton2-1
4Unusually HandsomeJ.C. Diaz, Jr.111Tim Yakteen6-1
5Preaching TrainerDrayden Van Dyke118Carla Gaines3-1
6Rare JourneyDavid Martin124Bobby Wayne Grayson20-1

SECOND RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $33,000. Starter Allowance. 3 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1I Can Do ThisJoseph Talamo122Mark Glatt5-2
2AckEdwin Maldonado118Doug F. O'Neill8-1
3Desert GeneralRafael Bejarano122Sean McCarthy2-1
4BellerinDrayden Van Dyke124Carla Gaines5-2
5Wilshire DudeMario Gutierrez124Manuel Ortiz, Sr.3-1

THIRD RACE.

5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Bowl of SpaghettiEdwin Maldonado118Peter Miller6-1
2OverdueFlavien Prat124Philip D'Amato9-5
3Derby ChampAlonso Quinonez124Ruben Gomez15-1
4FarquharJorge Velez111Vladimir Cerin3-1
5Victory ElementJoseph Talamo124Bob Baffert6-5

FOURTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $33,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Joe JacksonMartin Pedroza122Jack Carava8-125,000
2River Echo Joseph Talamo122Peter Miller5-225,000
3Denman's CallRafael Bejarano124Mark Glatt8-525,000
4Facts MatterTiago Pereira122Steve Knapp5-225,000
5Buckys PickFlavien Prat124Doug F. O'Neill4-125,000

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $64,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $80,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1AhimsaBrice Blanc122Peter Eurton5-1
2CauseforcommotionDrayden Van Dyke124J. Eric Kruljac5-2
3Love and Peace Flavien Prat122Neil D. Drysdale9-5
4TappedRafael Bejarano122Richard Baltas7-2
5Gliding ByMario Gutierrez122Richard Baltas3-1

SIXTH RACE.

1½ Mile. Purse: $100,000. 'Tokyo City Cup'. Stakes. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1CampaignRafael Bejarano120John W. Sadler2-1
2AckerVictor Espinoza120John W. Sadler3-1
3Full of Luck Mario Gutierrez120Jerry Hollendorfer5-1
4Arch PrinceAlonso Quinonez120Brian J. Koriner8-1
5Beach ViewFlavien Prat122Leonard Powell7-5

SEVENTH RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1PersephoneFlavien Prat118Peter Eurton6-150,000
2Breezy BeeRafael Bejarano124J. Keith Desormeaux7-250,000
3Daddys Real DivaEvin Roman118Walther Solis12-150,000
4Gotta Be LuckyDrayden Van Dyke118Carla Gaines3-150,000
5MesoJ.C. Diaz, Jr.111John W. Sadler10-150,000
6Sapori GirlJoseph Talamo118Tim Yakteen7-250,000
7Field BetJorge Velez111John W. Sadler5-250,000

EIGHTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $57,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1CarnivorousMario Gutierrez118Doug F. O'Neill15-1
2Rinse and RepeatRafael Bejarano124Steve Knapp6-1
3Royal TrumpJoseph Talamo122Mark Glatt4-1
4Teacher's TreasureFlavien Prat118Eddie Truman6-1
5Fire When ReadyJ.C. Diaz, Jr.115Robert B. Hess, Jr.8-1
6ShayminMartin Garcia124Ben D. A. Cecil20-1
7MinosoRuben Fuentes124Hector O. Palma12-1
8Psycho DarEvin Roman122Steven Miyadi8-1
9Nap LajoieEdwin Maldonado124Steven Miyadi6-1
10Dialed UpTiago Pereira124Rafael Becerra10-1
11Red EnvelopeDrayden Van Dyke124Dan L. Hendricks9-2

NINTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $20,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Giant MarkFranklin Ceballos116Keith E. Craigmyle20-112,500
2Louden's GrayRuben Fuentes121Victor L. Garcia4-112,500
3Well MeasuredEvin Roman121Jack Carava3-112,500
4Native TreasureTyler Conner121Jack Carava12-112,500
5Here and ThereTyler Baze121Jeffrey Metz8-112,500
6ClassicoGeovanni Franco121Mark Glatt4-112,500
7FinallygotabentleyAlonso Quinonez121Derek Meredith20-112,500
8Mesa SkyMartin Pedroza121David Jacobson6-112,500
9Junior GilliamEdwin Maldonado121Steven Miyadi7-212,500
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