Horse racing newsletter: How the new riding crop rule passed
Hello, my name is John Cherwa, and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we ready for the final week of Santa Anita this meeting.
As you know, we like to do stewards’ rulings on Monday, but, once again, the California Horse Racing Board didn’t post them in a timely manner, no doubt because staff was still trying to recover from a seven-hour tele-meeting on Thursday.
So, in the interest of showing how things get done in this state, let’s recap all the furor over the decision to limit use of the riding crop (i.e. whip).
We’ll start with media liaison Mike Marten’s summary of items 9 and 10 on the agenda.
(Item 9): The Board approved for 45-day public notice new specifications for construction of riding crops. The regulatory amendment will require all riding crops to be topped by shock-absorbing, smooth foam cylinders, which are demonstrated to be safer for horses.
(Item 10) The Board approved a regulatory amendment that further restricts the use of the riding crop in both racing and training. The rule prohibits using the crop more than six times in the race, excluding simply showing the crop to the horse or tapping the horse on the shoulder, and within that limit prohibits using the crop more than two times in succession without giving the horse time to respond. The rule cites the proper way for using the crop in an underhanded position without it ever rising above the shoulders of the rider. The rule also prohibits using the crop during training except when necessary for the safety of the horse and rider. Under the required regulatory review process involving other state offices, this rule will not go into effect for several months at the earliest.
Now, since holding my breath for two hours is only slightly more uncomfortable than reliving this meeting, I went back and listened to parts of it again. So, let’s take you through how the sausage is made.
First is the discussion of having a standardized riding crop, which is item 9.
The jockey’s guild went through a series of speakers mostly asking that the item be tabled. Invited speakers are not time restricted like the public, but with the exception of a verbose attorney most kept it to around two minutes. It totaled 13 minutes and 5 seconds. Here’s the lineup, with speaking times: jockey Mike Smith 1:36, jockey Aaron Gryder 2:22, head of Jockey’s Guild Terry Meyocks 0:51, jockey G.R. Carter 1:37, attorney Shane Gusman 2:00, former jockey and riding crop inventor Ramon Dominguez 0:48, attorney Mindy Coleman 3:49. Most of his discussion was to the point.
Animal rights activists, opposed to any use of the crop and for the banning of horse racing, had their turn and spoke for a collective 8:25 among six speakers with the final one advocating that jockeys should be whipped. All but one of the speakers were off point as it related to the agenda item. Chairman Greg Ferraro did not intervene.
Vice-chair Oscar Gonzales then spoke for 4:10, suggesting the item be tabled. Board member Alex Solis (1:28) suggested likewise. Chair Ferraro said he was tired of “kicking the can down the road” and that national consensus on this was not likely and that jockeys are only interested in preserving the “status quo.”
Gonzales said that Ferraro was persuasive and the agenda item was approved although Gonzales said he was going to suggest tabling the more important item coming up.
It was then on to item 10, which you can read above. This was the hot button one.
Ferraro warned that if you were going to say the same thing you said about item 9 that you shouldn’t repeat yourself. That was pretty much ignored by most.
It started with industry people again asking for a four-to-six week delay on the item in the hopes of achieving a national standard. Here are the speakers and times: Meyocks (2:48), Smith (1:21), Gryder (2:20), Gusman (2:34), Coleman (3:34), Santa Anita boss Aidan Butler (1:37).
Then the public weighed in. It seemed the timer was asleep at the wheel with three of the four anti- horse racing speakers going 2:43, 2:23 and 2:45. One pro-horse racing person called in to attack the animal rights people and Ferraro tried to cut her off at the 36-second mark and then let her go another 48 seconds. Now these calls, except the personal attacks, were more on point to this agenda item. But, a lot of it was the same stuff we heard earlier.
The board them talked among themselves. Gonzales once again suggested tabling this item so that the board could “get it right” and to not burden CHRB staff, especially if the rule were to be changed in the short term.
Then Scott Chaney, the new executive director, spoke for 1:49 saying it wasn’t “burdensome” for the staff and that a “national standard” will never exist and “it’s not going to happen.” His predecessor, Rick Baedeker, rarely injected himself into board proceedings, but this is an item Chaney is passionate about. We’re guessing this will be more the exception than the rule with Chaney.
A vote was taken and Gonzales, Solis and Dennis Alfieri voted to table and Ferraro, Wendy Mitchell and Damascus Castellanos voted not to table. So, there you have it, a tie.
So, what happens now? Well, the attorneys, who are paid to know such things, didn’t know and had to research. Whose fault is this? How about Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has left a seat on the seven-person board vacant at this point. In fairness, though, he’s been pretty busy lately.
After a while they come back with the word that the rule would have to start from scratch if it doesn’t pass. So, another vote is taken and Gonzales, no doubt fearful a year’s worth of work would be lost, switched to the other side and the rule is passed. For now.
Whew, are you as exhausted reading this as I am listening and writing about it? This is what happens when the CHRB doesn’t post stewards’ minutes in a timely way.
If you want to read The Jockey Club’s response to the meeting just click here.
Santa Anita review
The feature on Sunday was a minor stakes, the $75,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes for fillies and mares going 1 ¼ miles on the turf, except, of course, for the dirt cross-over.
It was yet another masterful ride from Flavien Prat who took Dogtag around from the middle of the pack, swept four-wide into the stretch and won by 1 ¼ lengths. He was the odds-on favorite.
Dogtag paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.20. Don’t Blame was second followed by Pretty Point, Desert Oasis, Strike at Dawn, Streak of Luck and Out of Balance.
Here’s what the winning connections had to say.
Richard Mandella (winning trainer): “She seems to be getting better and better. I thought she’d break sharp and be on the lead, but Flavien got her to settle real nice, which was good. He usually does the right thing. We’ll go ahead and point to the John Mabee at Del Mar (Grade 2, 1 1/8 miles turf on Sept. 5).”
Flavien Prat (winning jockey): “She was very professional and she handled the course beautifully. The mile and a quarter is always a question, but just about everybody was trying it for the first time and the way she relaxed, it was no problem at all. When I asked her around the turn, she took me to the lead very nice, it looks like she’s got a big future.
“I thought I would be a little closer but she broke fine. Just seemed there were some quicker than me. … It’s really important to win races for [Mandella]. I came out here and he was the one who put me in a good situation and gave me a lot of opportunities so it is always great to ride for him. It is something I always remember.”
Big races review
A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 on Sunday.
Woodbine (3): $108,700 allowance optional claimer, 3 and up, 7 furlongs. Winner: Solidify ($19.30)
Woodbine (4): $123,200 maiden special weight, fillies and mares 3 and up, 7 furlongs. Winner: Day Dayenu ($6.40)
Woodbine (5): $126,800 maiden special weight, 2-year-olds, 4 ½ furlongs. Winner: Lion of the Sea ($39.30)
Woodbine (8): $101,200 allowance, 3 and up, 6 ½ furlongs on the turf. Winner: Gray’s Fable ($3.10)
Woodbine (9): $101,200 allowance optional claimer, 3-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Winner: Lucky Curlin ($16.40)
Belmont (9): $100,000 Mike Lee Stakes, NY-bred 3-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Winner: Captain Bombastic ($8.20)
Golden Gate (8): Grade 3 $250,000 San Francisco Mile, 3 and up, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Neptune’s Storm ($8.00)
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Now, the star of the show, Sunday’s results. See you on Friday.
Santa Anita Charts Results for Sunday, June 14.
Copyright 2020 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 58th day of a 60-day meet. Clear & Firm
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $53,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 23.43 47.03 1:11.88 1:24.15 1:36.02
|6||Maxim Rate||124||6||3||5–1||5–½||5–hd||5–½||2–1¼||Van Dyke||5.70|
|3||Miss Hot Legs||124||3||5||3–2||2–½||2–1||3–1||5–1¼||Blanc||3.60|
|$1 EXACTA (1-6)||$39.20|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-6-4-2)||$38.27|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-6-4)||$89.25|
Winner–Colonial Creed Ch.f.4 by Jimmy Creed out of Neverthesame, by Scat Daddy. Bred by Doug Branham & Felicia Branham (KY). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Branham, Doug, Baltas, Richard and McClanahan, Jerry. Mutuel Pool $255,040 Exacta Pool $113,406 Superfecta Pool $31,979 Trifecta Pool $60,978. Scratched–none.
COLONIAL CREED hopped in a bit of a slow start, saved ground stalking the pace, split horses into the stretch, came out in upper stretch and rallied under urging between foes in deep stretch to get up approaching the wire. MAXIM RATE chased outside a rival then three deep on the second turn and into the stretch, rallied four wide in deep stretch and continued willingly to the wire. AMUSE sped to the early lead, drifted out into the first turn then angled in and set the pace a bit off the rail, fought back inside on the second turn, inched away again in the stretch and held on well to deep stretch then saved the show. DUPIONI (IRE) saved ground stalking the pace, went outside a rival on the second turn and three wide into the stretch, was between horses in deep stretch and was edged for third. MISS HOT LEGS a step slow to begin, pulled three deep early then stalked outside a rival, bid alongside the pacesetter on the second turn and between foes iinto the stretch and was outfinished. ZEE DROP pulled between horses then a bit off the rail, angled in on the first turn and stalked inside, continued along the fence in the stretch and lacked the needed late kick.
4½ Furlongs. Purse: $50,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 22.52 46.47 52.90
|5||My Girl Red||122||5||2||1–hd||1–3||1–4¼||Prat||2.00|
|4||Miz Lola La Dare||122||4||1||3–3||4–5||3–½||Gryder||5.30|
|6||Jeanne B||122||6||3||2–3||2–2||4–½||Lopez, Jr.||25.50|
|1||Brio Is Awesome||122||1||4||5–7||5–10||5–10¼||Pereira||34.00|
|5||MY GIRL RED||6.00||3.00||2.20|
|4||MIZ LOLA LA DARE||2.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-5)||$48.60|
|$1 EXACTA (5-2)||$6.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-2-4-6)||$12.84|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-2-4)||$7.60|
Winner–My Girl Red B.f.2 by Texas Red out of Morakami, by Fusaichi Pegasus. Bred by Erich Brehm (KY). Trainer: J. Keith Desormeaux. Owner: Erich G. Brehm. Mutuel Pool $224,271 Daily Double Pool $39,535 Exacta Pool $107,657 Superfecta Pool $51,081 Trifecta Pool $74,302. Scratched–Talkingnonstop.
MY GIRL RED had speed between horses then angled in and dueled inside, drew clear in the stretch and proved best under a strong hand ride and steady handling late. MISS BAYLEE bumped at the start, chased outside a rival then off the rail on the turn, came three deep into the stretch, drifted in some and was clearly second best. MIZ LOLA LA DARE had speed inside foes then stalked off the rail, angled in some leaving the turn and edged rivals for the show. JEANNE B four wide early, angled in and dueled outside the winner to the stretch, drifted to the inside in the final furlong and was edged for third. BRIO IS AWESOME bumped at the start, chased inside, came out leaving the turn and into the stretch and put in a late bid at a minor award. SUPER STEAMY dropped back off the rail on the backstretch and turn, came out into the stretch and failed to menace.
5½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $40,000. Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 21.45 44.54 55.91 1:01.91
|4||Summer Fire||122||4||3||4–½||4–1||2–hd||2–1||Valdivia, Jr.||2.00|
|6||Call Me Daddy||122||6||6||5–3||5–2½||4–hd||5–¾||Cedillo||4.80|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-1)||$36.20|
|$1 EXACTA (1-4)||$19.50|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-4-2-3)||$13.71|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-4-2)||$41.85|
Winner–Bad Beat Grr.g.3 by Danza out of Naturally Naughty, by Holy Bull. Bred by Scott Pierce (MN). Trainer: Adam Kitchingman. Owner: Corser, Corrina, Corser, Mark, Massas, Todd and Firsthome Thoroughbreds. Mutuel Pool $184,296 Daily Double Pool $19,191 Exacta Pool $69,681 Superfecta Pool $21,676 Trifecta Pool $36,767. Claimed–Summer Fire by Gary Barber. Trainer: Peter Miller. Scratched–Commander (FR).
50-Cent Pick Three (1-5-1) paid $84.45. Pick Three Pool $56,073.
BAD BEAT sped to the early lead, set the pace inside, met a pair of bids on the turn, inched away a quarter mile out, came a bit off the rail into the stretch, drifted in a bit in the drive and held on gamely under some urging. SUMMER FIRE angled in and saved ground stalking the pace, came out some a sixteenth out and continued willingly. SHOOTIN MONEY stalked just off the rail, bid between horses then outside the winner on the turn, continued outside the runner-up in midstretch and held third. PROMISE NOTHING angled in and saved ground off the pace, came out into the stretch and again in upper stretch and had a mild late bid. CALL ME DADDY chased outside a rival then a bit off the rail on the turn, angled to the inside into the stretch and did not rally. HYDROGEN stalked outside a rival, bid three deep early on the turn then tracked the leaders off the rail midway on the turn, came three wide into the stretch, was between horses in midstretch and weakened.
1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $50,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 23.40 46.49 1:10.70 1:36.94 1:43.86
|2||Last First Kiss||120||1||3||2–hd||2–hd||2–hd||2–1½||2–3¼||Van Dyke||2.90|
|2||LAST FIRST KISS||3.60|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-4)||$47.60|
|$1 EXACTA (4-2)||$11.00|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-2-5-6)||$2.35|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-2-5)||$8.75|
Winner–Crystal Ball B.f.3 by Malibu Moon out of Deja Vu, by Giant's Causeway. Bred by Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: WinStar Stablemates Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $228,690 Daily Double Pool $11,830 Exacta Pool $76,414 Superfecta Pool $14,662 Trifecta Pool $29,890. Scratched–Belle of Summer, Lookintogeteven.
50-Cent Pick Three (5-1-4) paid $37.65. Pick Three Pool $26,641.
CRYSTAL BALL sped to the early lead, angled in and set all the pace along the inside, shook clear again when rivals loomed into the second turn and drew off in the stretch under a couple cracks of the whip and steady handling then a long hold late. LAST FIRST KISS sent inside then came off the rail in the run to the first turn, stalked just off the inside to the stretch and was clearly second best. VIA ANGELICA three deep into the first turn, stalked outside the runner-up to the stretch and just held third. DOLCI angled in and saved ground off the pace, came out on the second turn and into the stretch and was edged for the show.
5½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $50,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.02 45.07 57.23 1:03.49
|1||Twirling the Gold||120||1||6||2–2½||1–1||1–hd||6–½||Van Dyke||12.90|
|2||Lucky Ryan Seven||120||2||10||10||10||9–hd||9–17¼||Maldonado||48.70|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-8)||$205.80|
|$1 EXACTA (8-9)||$121.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-9-7-10)||$378.15|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-9-7-10-3)||$3,287.30|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-9-7)||$622.55|
Winner–Tripoli Ch.c.3 by Kitten's Joy out of Love Train, by Tapit. Bred by Blue Devil Racing Stable, LLC (KY). Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: Hronis Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $457,423 Daily Double Pool $43,342 Exacta Pool $228,959 Superfecta Pool $90,313 Super High Five Pool $4,307 Trifecta Pool $141,492. Scratched–El Chapin. DQ–#3 Solo Animo–finished 3rd, disqualified, placed 5th.
50-Cent Pick Three (1-4-8) paid $255.20. Pick Three Pool $37,711. 50-Cent Pick Four (5-1-4-8) 111 tickets with 4 correct paid $1,189.55. Pick Four Pool $172,673. 50-Cent Pick Five (1-5-1-4-8) 29 tickets with 5 correct paid $12,653.35. Pick Five Pool $426,690.
TRIPOLI between horses early, stalked a bit off the rail to the stretch, bid outside the leader in midstretch to gain the advantage past the eighth pole, inched away under urging in deep stretch and just held. ABSOLUTE UNIT stalked off the rail then between horses leaving the backstretch, angled in on the turn, came out into the stretch, was bumped between foes and forced out some in midstretch then rallied between horses. SOLO ANIMO hopped some in a bit of a slow start, stalked inside, came out in midstretch brushing with the runner-up then was in tight off heels past the eighth pole, split horses in deep stretch and finished willingly. HOLLYWOODHELLRAISR broke slowly, settled outside a rival, came three deep into the stretch and finished well late. INCH stalked three deep then outside a rival on the turn, came some in the stretch, was bumped and forced out in midstretch and continued willingly. TWIRLING THE GOLD sped to the early lead, dueled inside, inched away on the turn, fought back inside in the stretch and was outfinished. LEMONADE STAND chased outside a rival then a bit off the rail, angled to the inside on the turn, continued along the rail in the stretch and was outfinished. OCULUS angled in and settled inside, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. LUCKY RYAN SEVEN broke slowly, saved ground off the pace, continued inside into the stretch and did not rally. VETERAN bobbled at the start, dueled outside a rival, drifted out on the turn and into the stretch, dropped back, was eased through the drive and unsaddled just past the finish line but walked off.Following a stewards' inquiry, SOLO ANIMO was disqualified and placed fifth for interference in midstretch.
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $53,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 23.26 45.53 1:09.86 1:16.36
|5||Law Abidin Citizen||126||5||2||1–½||1–1½||1–2||1–1¾||Cedillo||1.50|
|2||Hot Sean||126||2||5||5–½||7||6–3½||6–40½||Diaz, Jr.||19.40|
|3||Oil Can Knight||124||3||6||6–1||4–½||7||7||Maldonado||10.20|
|5||LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN||5.00||3.40||2.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-5)||$211.20|
|$1 EXACTA (5-7)||$21.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-7-6-1)||$18.92|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (5-7-6-1-4)||$2,040.10|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-7-6)||$26.35|
Winner–Law Abidin Citizen Dbb.g.6 by Twirling Candy out of Honest Answer, by Tale of the Cat. Bred by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc (KY). Trainer: Mark Glatt. Owner: Agnew, Dan J., Schneider, Gerry and Xitco, John V.. Mutuel Pool $464,633 Daily Double Pool $28,176 Exacta Pool $228,528 Superfecta Pool $79,530 Super High Five Pool $8,019 Trifecta Pool $133,565. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (4-8-5) paid $188.90. Pick Three Pool $67,545.
LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN angled in and dueled inside, inched away on the turn, kicked clear under urging and held. FIGHT ON dueled between horses then stalked a bit off the rail on the turn and into the stretch and continued willingly to be second best. MCKALE prompted the pace three deep then stalked outside the runner-up on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and weakened but bested dthe others. BLAMEITONTHELAW stalked inside then between horses, continued a bit off the rail into the turn, went around a rival on the bend and three wide into the stretch and lacked a further response. JUSTINIAN came in after the start, chased outside then four wide into the turn, came three wide into the stretch, drifted in and weakened. HOT SEAN came out early, stalked between rivals, split horses three deep into the turn, angled in outside a foe leaving the turn and had little left for the stretch. OIL CAN KNIGHT steadied when squeezed shortly after the start, saved ground chasing the pace, dropped back in the stretch, gave way and was eased.
1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $22,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000. Time 22.96 46.34 1:10.61 1:36.21 1:48.67
|5||Sabinos Pride||120||5||2||1–½||1–5||1–3||1–2||1–1||Diaz, Jr.||3.80|
|6||Establish Justice||120||6||3||6||6||6||6||6||Van Dyke||8.30|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-5)||$28.40|
|$1 EXACTA (5-3)||$17.30|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-3-4-1)||$16.65|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-3-4)||$42.80|
Winner–Sabinos Pride B.f.3 by Liam's Map out of Lavender Sky, by Mt. Livermore. Bred by Clearsky Farms (KY). Trainer: David E. Hofmans. Owner: Tarabilla Farms, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $265,324 Daily Double Pool $32,390 Exacta Pool $101,865 Superfecta Pool $34,371 Trifecta Pool $60,798. Claimed–Sabinos Pride by Javier Perez. Trainer: Jorge Periban. Claimed–Smiling Rose by Hotter Than H Racing LLC. Trainer: Ronald Ellis. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (8-5-5) paid $269.15. Pick Three Pool $50,688.
SABINOS PRIDE three deep early, dueled outside a rival then kicked clear and angled in, set the pace inside and held on gamely under left handed urging. SMILING ROSE between horses early, dueled inside then stalked a bit off the rail, was briefly between foes leaving the backstretch, continued inside on the second turn and into the stretch, came out some in midstretch and went on willingly late. KLEEN KARMA tugged between foes then chased outside a rival, was three deep a half mile out, continued alongside a foe on the second turn and in the stretch and bested the others. INVINCIBELLA (GB) pulled along the inside and steadied nearing the wire the first time, saved ground, came out on the second turn and three wide into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. DESTINY'S JOURNEY tugged between horses early, saved ground chasing the pace, came out into the stretch and could not offer the necessary response. ESTABLISH JUSTICE three deep into the first turn, chased outside a rival, angled to the inside into the stretch and did not rally.
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $17,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.55 45.81 1:10.82 1:17.28
|7||Git On Your Pulpit||126||7||3||8–2½||9–3||5–1||5–2½||Franco||14.80|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-9)||$19.40|
|$1 EXACTA (9-8)||$6.00|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (9-8-3-4)||$48.71|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (9-8-3-4-7)||$1,936.90|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (9-8-3)||$33.80|
Winner–Show Business B.g.3 by Distorted Humor out of Dowager, by A.P. Indy. Bred by Godolphin (KY). Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: Godolphin, LLC. Mutuel Pool $399,105 Daily Double Pool $33,325 Exacta Pool $236,865 Superfecta Pool $129,664 Super High Five Pool $5,076 Trifecta Pool $183,645. Claimed–Show Business by Macy, Michael and Plumer, Scott. Trainer: Steve Knapp. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (5-5-9) paid $19.75. Pick Three Pool $63,706.
SHOW BUSINESS stalked between horses then three deep on the turn and into the stretch, bid three deep in midstretch, gained the lead nearing the sixteenth pole and inched away under some urging. STREET IMAGE pressed the pace outside a rival then stalked on the turn, re-bid between horses to gain a slim lead in midstretch, fought back off the rail in deep stretch and held second. MOANA LUNA stalked between horses then a bit off the rail leaving the turn and in the stretch and was edged for the place inside the runner-up. ROSSMAN angled in and dueled inside then inched away on the turn, fought back in the stretch and was outfinished late. GIT ON YOUR PULPIT chased off the rail then outside on the turn and four wide into the stretch and bested the others. ZIYANAIR saved ground off the pace, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. SIGNOFTHECROSS broke in and was squeezed just after the start, dropped back off the rail, angled in some for the turn, split rivals in midstretch and improved position. AGENT ZERO chased outside then alongside a rival on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and did not rally. TYRANNICAL REX stalked four wide then chased three deep on the turn and into the stretch and weakened. STARSHIP CHEWY settled a bit off the rail then inside on the turn, came out a bit past midstretch and was not a threat. GOBOLDLY bobbled at the start, saved ground chasing the pace, continued inside in the stretch and weakened. FUNANDFUNNY stalked between horses, dropped back on the turn, steadied when crowded leaving the turn and had little left for the stretch.
1¼ Mile Turf. Purse: $75,000. 'Possibly Perfect Stakes'. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 23.70 48.20 1:12.82 1:37.26 2:00.69
|7||Don't Blame Judy||122||7||6–3||6–2||6–1||6–1||3–1||2–hd||Pereira||10.30|
|5||Strike At Dawn||122||5||3–1||3–1||3–½||4–1||4–hd||5–1¼||Cedillo||3.60|
|3||Streak of Luck||124||3||2–½||2–1½||2–1||2–hd||5–1||6–5¾||Van Dyke||12.50|
|2||Out of Balance||122||2||4–hd||4–½||4–1½||5–hd||7||7||Gryder||31.60|
|7||DON'T BLAME JUDY||6.60||4.20|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (9-4)||$8.00|
|$1 EXACTA (4-7)||$10.30|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-7-6-1)||$25.48|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (4-7-6-1-5)||$503.60|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-7-6)||$30.35|
Winner–Dogtag Grr.f.4 by War Front out of Diamond Necklace, by Unbridled's Song. Bred by LNJ Foxwoods (KY). Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: LNJ Foxwoods. Mutuel Pool $464,176 Daily Double Pool $133,052 Exacta Pool $230,008 Superfecta Pool $77,622 Super High Five Pool $16,498 Trifecta Pool $144,004. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (5-9-4) paid $12.45. Pick Three Pool $159,249. 50-Cent Pick Four (5-5-9-4) 13503 tickets with 4 correct paid $40.90. Pick Four Pool $724,464. 50-Cent Pick Five (8-5-5-9-4) 253 tickets with 5 correct paid $1,544.70. Pick Five Pool $512,079. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (4-8-5-5-9-4) 90 tickets with 6 correct paid $1,805.96. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $303,173. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $924,314.
DOGTAG pulled between horses and steadied nearing the wire the first time, chased outside a rival then three deep into and on the second turn and four wide into the stretch, took the lead outside the pacesetter in upper stretch, drifted in and inched clear and held under a couple taps of the whip and energetic handling. DON'T BLAME JUDY angled in and chased a bit off the rail then outside a rival leaving the backstretch, split horses into the second turn, came out four wide into the stretch, also drifted in some and got up for the place. PRETTY POINT angled in on the hill and saved ground chasing the pace, came out leaving the second turn and into the stretch, angled out again in upper stretch and finished well to be edge for second. DESERT OASIS (GB) pulled to the early lead, set the pace inside, fought back in upper stretch, continued willingly in deep stretch and was outfinished for a minor award late. STRIKE AT DAWN tugged three deep then stalked outside a rival, went up three wide leaving the second turn and into the stretch and lacked the needed late kick. STREAK OF LUCK pressed the pace outside a rival then stalked just off t he rail to the stretch, was between foes in upper stretch and weakened in the final furlong. OUT OF BALANCE saved ground stalking the pace, dropped back in the stretch and also weakened.
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