Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we give you a chance to win a book that will help you evaluate seven-furlong races. The holiday spirit abounds.
Welcome back to Thursdays. We haven’t had a Thursday newsletter since April 4. Once Golden Gate Field gets going again, this will be the home of its weekend preview, just like in the past.
Sorry to be a nag, but even though the Fourth is always a fun day, it’s also a day that can be unsettling to your animals, be it a horse, dog, cat or whatever. In short, it’s always best to have someone home during the fireworks. If you can’t, you might consider having a radio or even a television on so that it can overwhelm the noise of sudden fireworks.
I don’t have a horse, but I do have a 10-pound rescue mutt, who will be inches from me whenever the fireworks start in our neighborhood. It’s the day that more dogs run away than any other because they are scared of the noise. Please, don’t let that be you.
Think of how you would feel if you got scared and wound up in a place you didn’t know and had no verbal way of communicating. So, make sure the collar and tags are on and the chip has the right address. You should do that anyway. OK, I’m done.
Del Mar, which at first was unsure if it would follow the Santa Anita safety protocols, did their best James Holzhauer impression by pushing their palms forward as if to say, “all in.”
We’ll be talking in the coming weeks about the pressure the track is under to not be safe but safer than it has ever been.
Forgive the laziness, but I’ve cut and pasted the protocols, with notes where appropriate.
Here are the measures:
--Entry Review Panel: All horses entered to race at Del Mar will be reviewed by a five-person panel consisting of: CHRB Equine Medical Director, Dr. Rick Arthur; two CHRB veterinarians, Dr. William Farmer and Dr. Timothy Grande; CHRB Chief Steward, Darrel McHargue and CHRB Safety Steward, Luis Jauregui. The panel will provide additional review of horses’ medical, training and racing history. The panel will recommend to the stewards that any horse that it deems unfit for competition be declared from racing. (Cherwa note: What isn’t made clear is the process has changed and that the review will occur after the entry draw, which is different than what they did at Santa Anita and Los Alamitos.)
--Medication Reform: Del Mar is adopting additional reforms modeled after the International Federation Horseracing Association (IFHA) requirements. NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories), that were allowed previously up to 24 hours in advance of a race, will be restricted to 48 hours before either a race or workout. The time period that allowed therapeutic usage of corticosteroids in joint treatment has been extended from the previous length of three days before a race to 14 days and horses will not be allowed to start until after the 14-day window.
--Increases in out-of-competition testing: Random testing will be instituted for any horses stabled at Del Mar, including horses readying for -- or having just completed -- morning workouts. (Cherwa note: A little short on details, but things were headed this way even before the Santa Anita crisis. Been talked about forever.)
--Enhanced stable security: Working in conjunction with the investigative staff of the CHRB, an enhanced stable security team will monitor all aspects of the stable area to ensure that rules are properly followed. (Cherwa note: I’ve got to say, I’ve been doing this four years and I’ve been shocked how easily I’ve been able to gain access to stable areas. Until the Santa Anita crisis, it seems as if all you needed was a wave to the guards and you’re in, although things are decidedly more difficult now. At Del Mar, you can walk through the gate to the barns as easily as you can cross the border into Mexico. At Los Alamitos, I felt I could saddle a horse and work one without being bothered.)
--Additional veterinary protocols for morning training: Veterinarians will be stationed at elevated observation points at the facility to oversee morning workouts and will have the ability – through communication with outriders – to remove horses from the racetrack and have them undergo a follow-up examination for soundness. (Cherwa note: Excellent.)
--Prohibit the use of the riding crop during morning workouts: Exercise riders and jockeys will be prohibited from using a riding crop to encourage their horses during morning workouts. Del Mar will continue to work with the CHRB and the Jockey’s Guild on additional guidelines for riding crop use.
--Stakeholder Advisory Committee: DMTC has created a stakeholder advisory committee represented by trainers, veterinarians, jockeys, racing surfaces maintenance personnel and management that will meet regularly to discuss safety practices, operations and track surfaces. (Cherwa note: Works if you haven’t already made the decision before inviting in the stakeholders.)
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Los Alamitos thoroughbred preview
The July 4 card at Los Alamitos is nine-races long and starts at 1 p.m. Six of the races are for maidens. There is one allowance/optional claimer, which we will call our feature. It’s the seventh race, one mile for fillies and mares going for a purse of $45,000. It has a small field of five.
The favorite, at 2-1, is Catoca for trainer Anna Meah and jockey Edwin Maldonado. She is one for 14 lifetime and has run four allowance races this year, finishing 5-3-3-9. She ran the first nine races in the U.K., so she could be looking for a little payback on this national U.S. holiday. (C’mon, you know I’m just kidding.)
The second favorite is Pacific Strike, for Peter Eurton and Aaron Gryder. She hasn’t raced since Nov. 16 at Del Mar, where she finished eighth in an allowance. She has been working weekly at Los Alamitos graduating from three furlongs to six, so she should be fit.
Here are the field sizes, in order: 6, 5, 6, 7, 6, 8, 5, 10, 11.
Ciaran Thornton’s LRC pick of the day
RACE EIGHT: No. 5 Saints
Saints Paynter is another horse from trainer Andrew Lerner that races protected on Thursday. We have done very well with his protected allowance race horses in the last few weeks. Moves from turf to dirt for the second career race and Lerner is winning 33% doing this with a flat-bet profit. Dropping in class and racing protected, we also have a sharp work. These are the works I look for as the horse is not risked so the work is legit. An 8-1 morning line is a fantastic value and with two
Sunday’s result: Soul Owner was bet to 9-5 favorite shortly before the start in a sign of optimism. The horse broke third and tracked the leaders into the turn. Looked like a sure winner briefly but was unable to hold on and finished second. Hunting for value continues to give us some nice results.
Ciaran Thornton is the handicapper for Californiapick4.com, which offers daily full card picks, longshots of the day, best bets of the day.
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And now the star of the show, Thursday’s entries.
Los Alamitos Race Course Entries for Thursday, July 4.
Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California. 3rd day of a 10-day meet.
1 Mile. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $40,000-$35,000.
|1||Unbroken Star||Joseph Talamo||124||Ronald W. Ellis||4-1||40,000|
|2||Passing||Edwin Maldonado||120||J. Keith Desormeaux||2-1||40,000|
|3||Drink||Martin Pedroza||118||David E. Hofmans||9-5||35,000|
|4||Fait Accompli||Tiago Pereira||120||Marsha D. Schwizer||15-1||40,000|
|5||Super Classic||Ignacio Puglisi||122||Ruben Gomez||10-1||35,000|
|6||King Charlie||Jorge Velez||113||Gary Stute||7-2||40,000|
6 Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up. State bred.
|1||Atomic Candy||Jorge Velez||113||5-2|
|3||Young Hendrick||Martin Garcia||124||Philip D'Amato||8-5|
|4||Tiger On Your Six||Barrington Harvey||120||Michael A. Curtis||5-1|
|5||Northrndancrsghost||Octavio Vergara, Jr.||124||Santos R. Perez||15-1|
5 Furlongs. Purse: $13,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000.
|1||Moon Juice||Eswan Flores||124||Philip A. Oviedo||9-5||8,000|
|2||Night At the Opera||Jose Leon||119||Jorge Periban||5-2||8,000|
|3||Mr Bingley||Modesto Linares||120||Vernon E. Aguayo||20-1||8,000|
|4||Big Bad Ben||Ramon Guce||124||Charles S. Treece||10-1||8,000|
|5||Sonic Boy||Edgar Payeras||124||Robert J. Lucas||10-1||8,000|
|6||Handsome John||Evin Roman||120||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||8-5||8,000|
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $21,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. State bred.
|1||Dunbow Road||Joseph Talamo||120||Tim Yakteen||8-1||50,000|
|2||Flying Flirt||Brayan Pena||120||Oscar Heredia||8-1||50,000|
|3||Leading Indicator||Assael Espinoza||120||Dean Pederson||7-2||50,000|
|4||Flying to the Line||Geovanni Franco||120||Peter Miller||6-5||50,000|
|5||Spanish Channel||Edgar Payeras||120||Jesus Mendoza||5-1||50,000|
|6||Second Avenue||Edwin Maldonado||120||Paul G. Aguirre||5-1||50,000|
|7||Petronilla||J.C. Diaz, Jr.||113||Robert A. Bean||20-1||50,000|
5 Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. State bred.
|1||Bluegrass Faith||Geovanni Franco||122||Peter Miller||3-1|
|2||Mainframe Judy||Jose Leon||117||Peter Miller||8-1|
|3||Hot Socks||J.C. Diaz, Jr.||115||Steven Miyadi||4-1|
|4||Pour On the Cole||Flavien Prat||122||Michael W. McCarthy||5-2|
|5||Shez a Grinder||Evin Roman||119||Robert O. Allen||20-1|
|6||Fly the Sky||Jorge Velez||115||Steven Miyadi||9-5|
7 Furlongs. Purse: $17,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $12,500-$10,000.
|1||War Union||Brayan Pena||122||Andy Mathis||6-1||10,000|
|2||Gryffindor||Edgar Payeras||124||Richard Rosales||8-1||12,500|
|3||Nations Hope||Ramon Guce||120||Jack Carava||12-1||12,500|
|4||Alfareed||Tiago Pereira||124||Jeff Bonde||5-2||12,500|
|5||Captain N. Barron||Heriberto Figueroa||124||Craig Anthony Lewis||8-1||12,500|
|6||Drill Time||Evin Roman||120||Vann Belvoir||5-1||12,500|
|7||Sergio||Mario Gutierrez||124||Shelbe Ruis||9-2||12,500|
|8||Lucky Patrick||Jorge Velez||117||Marcelo Polanco||7-2||12,500|
1 Mile. Purse: $45,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.
|1||Qafilah||Geovanni Franco||121||Manuel Badilla||4-1||40,000|
|2||Charmingslew||Joseph Talamo||121||Neil French||7-2||40,000|
|3||Catoca||Edwin Maldonado||121||Anna Meah||2-1|
|4||Watheeqa||Tiago Pereira||124||James M. Cassidy||7-2|
|5||Pacific Strike||Aaron Gryder||121||Peter Eurton||5-2|
6 Furlongs. Purse: $40,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up.
|1||Full Eclipse||J.C. Diaz, Jr.||113||John E. Cortez||15-1|
|2||Shocking Fast||Martin Garcia||120||Bob Baffert||5-2|
|3||Kohala Coast||Evin Roman||120||Martin F. Jones||20-1|
|4||Busy Paynter||Aaron Gryder||120||Brian J. Koriner||5-1|
|5||Saints Paynter||Tiago Pereira||120||Andrew Lerner||8-1|
|6||Amatara||Agapito Delgadillo||120||Richard Baltas||12-1|
|7||Noble Girl||Martin Pedroza||120||Joshua M. Litt||20-1|
|8||Raneem||Joseph Talamo||120||Bob Baffert||2-1|
|9||Lady Wedad||Edwin Maldonado||120||Anna Meah||20-1|
|10||Cherished||120||Eoin G. Harty||6-1|
6 Furlongs. Purse: $15,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000.
|1||Mighty Elijah||Tiago Pereira||124||Daniel Dunham||4-1||20,000|
|2||Siculo||Geovanni Franco||120||Peter Miller||3-1||20,000|
|3||Love and Hold||Johnny Allen||120||Oscar Heredia||20-1||20,000|
|4||Lorelei's Warrior||Jorge Velez||120||Kelly Castaneda||20-1||20,000|
|5||Golden Image||Evin Roman||120||Daniel Dunham||7-2||20,000|
|6||Muscle Head||Assael Espinoza||120||Mike Puype||20-1||20,000|
|7||Irish Ballad||Edgar Payeras||124||Ruben Gomez||10-1||20,000|
|8||R B Eye||J.C. Diaz, Jr.||113||Vann Belvoir||6-1||20,000|
|9||Winding||Vinnie Bednar||120||Art Sherman||6-1||20,000|
|10||Alfonso C||Brayan Pena||120||Lorenzo Ruiz||10-1||20,000|
|11||Baja Warrior||Salvador Iniguez||120||Leitha M. Brady||30-1||20,000|