Horse racing newsletter: Breeders’ Cup odds and ends
Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome to our horse racing newsletter as we pretty much end all the best racing for the year (meaning Dec. 25), from a national perspective.
I know you come to the Monday newsletter to see the stewards’ rulings and, even better, the explanations. But, the California Horse Racing Board didn’t get the first week of the Del Mar meeting published in time. So, there you have it.
Since I covered the Breeders’ Cup from my couch again (I hope to return to the track for Santa Anita’s opening day to see Charlatan’s return in the Malibu.), I counted on our Kentucky correspondent Louis Rabaut to give us his thoughts from Keeneland. So, Louis, whaddya got to say?
“Breeders’ Cup 2020 has come and gone, the 37th attempt at gathering the world’s best thoroughbreds in a single venue. Despite a recorded, off-site message from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear thanking the leadership at Keeneland for not having fans at the event, 3,200 spectators flooded the Lexington track alongside the media, staff, trainers, and other horsemen that make these events happen. Side note: whoever was in charge of the weather—kudos.
“It was a two-day event filled with the classiest horses dominating their respective races, with Monomoy Girl winning the Distaff, and Authentic wiring the field in the Classic; a sentimental favorite Whitmore bucking the track trends and winning the Sprint; the Euros doing their part and dominating Saturday’s turf races. The Euros provided plenty of long prices, the turf races produced an average $2 win ticket return of $54.95 and the average $1 exacta returned $398.42.
“For me, however, it was the undercurrent at the track, expressed more overtly on social media this weekend that most caught my attention. Something important has happened in horse racing — with increased gambling numbers during the pandemic, greater scrutiny of trainer stats and outcomes has followed.
“There is no better example of this than Bob Baffert. I have two sports analogies for how I think about Baffert.
“On our show last week, I likened Baffert to Lance Armstrong: if you keep hearing the stories over and over, they have to be true, right? How much smoke can there be before we acknowledge a raging fire? And the predicament is incredibly similar: if we take down Armstrong, we also have to take down his seven Tour de France victories; with Baffert, his Derbies, Preaknesses, Belmonts, Classics, Triple Crowns. Can we face that? What if LIVESTRONG is a lie? What if Pharoah’s 2015 is a lie?
“Or is Baffert more like LeBron James? I’m convinced James could play 10 more seasons, go to the Finals all 10, win 10 titles, and the Jordan GOAT folks wouldn’t change their tune one note. What if Baffert is just a terrific trainer, with terrific methodologies, with terrific horses, and terrific assistants? What if people simply don’t want to acknowledge the greatness in front of them, as they refuse to do with James?
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“As a horseplayer (read: degenerate) and observer of the sport, I obsess with trends. The trend: bet Baffert in the big spots. “Gamine only paid $4.20, Louis.” Fine. Single in a longer ticket: the Pick 4 that ended the next race paid $603. The straight exacta with the second-best horse in the race, Serengeti Empress, still paid $8.10. Authentic’s victory in the Classic wrapped up a Pick 4 sequence that paid $4,556.15.
“Armstrong or James, at least the Baffert truthers and defenders can all agree on one thing: 73° and sunny is perfect track weather. And that I should’ve included Whitmore in my Pick 4.”
Louis Rabaut is a Louisville-based co-host of The Horse Racing Happy Hour podcast, alongside Megan Devine and Mike Gandolfo. New episodes release every Thursday on all major podcast platforms. Follow him on Twitter @LouisRabaut.
Breeders’ Cup odds and ends
Here’s some random stats, you may or may not have heard. (These are stolen from the Breeders’ Cup notes team, with some comments from me.)
--Brad Cox becomes the second trainer to win four races at a Breeders’ Cup. He ties Richard Mandella, who did it in 2003 at Santa Anita. Not to diminish Cox’s accomplishment, but Mandella did it on an eight-race program. This year, there were 14.
--Irad Ortiz, Jr., won his third straight Bill Shoemaker Award, for most outstanding jockey in the Breeders’ Cup. He won two races (Golden Pal in Juvenile Turf Sprint, Whitmore in Sprint), a second (Improbable in the Classic) and a third (Sharp Samurai in the Dirt Mile).
I missed it the first time, but a racing executive pointed out that Ortiz struck Improbable somewhere between 15 and 17 times in the stretch (It depends on where you define the stretch starting.) If the race were in California, would his ride and Improbable’s placing be any different given California’s whip rules? Next year the Breeders’ Cup is at Del Mar.
--Four jockeys won a Breeders’ Cup race for the first time. There was Pierre-Charles Boudot aboard Audarya in the Filly & Mare Turf. (He later won on Order of Australia in the Mile), Luis Saez in the Juvenile riding Essential Quality, Tom Eaves winning the Turf Sprint with Glass Slippers, and Colin Keane winning aboard Tarnawa in the Turf.
--Four trainers won their first Breeders’ Cup race. Dermot Weld won with Tarnawa in the Turf, his 17th BC starter. Ron Moquett in the Sprint with Whitmore. It was Moquett’s sixth BC start, four of them being Whitmore. Kevin Ryan, in his second BC start, won with Glass Slippers in the Turf Sprint. And, James Fanshawe won with his first starter, Audarya in the Filly & Turf Sprint.
--There were five favorite who won: Golden Pal (Juvenile Turf Sprint), Aunt Pearl (Juvenile Fillies Turf), Gamine (Filly & Mare Sprint), Knicks Go (Dirt Mile) and Monomoy Girl (Distaff).
Who goofed, I’ve got to know?
The answer is always the same. I got a couple emails from folks pointing out that in Ciaran Thornton’s Del Mar pick for Sunday, that Sandi Gann was referred to as a “he.” Well, that’s the kind of thing I should catch, so I’ll take the blame. Gann was a successful jockey, even becoming the first woman to win the riding title at Turf Paradise. She retired from riding in 2008 and became a trainer.
Del Mar review
Mo See Cal ran a perfect stalking trip, making up ground on the backstretch and entering the stretch second but putting on a kick to win by 1 ½ lengths to win the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for fillies and mares going seven furlongs. It was part of an all dirt card, which only briefly interrupted by rain on Sunday.
Mo See Cal paid $5.60, $3.60 and $2.80. P R Radio Star was second and Pyron finished third, followed by Manhattan Up, Anyportinastorm, Sparky Ville, Grit and Curiosity and He’s the Reason.
Peter Miller (winning trainer): “Great weekend. Good run at the Breeders’ Cup and then to win all three stakes here. What could be better than that? I’m really just proud of the mare. They did a great job bringing her back after surgery (bone chips in knees) and a great ride by Flavien [Prat]. I told him there were two that were going to go and I didn’t want him to get involved with them. The pace was slow and he was kind of right on them, but he knows when to go. He knew it was time to go and he went. We put blinkers on [Mo See Cal] because she’d won with them before and I’m kind of a tinkerer. She’d also won without them.”
Flavien Prat (winning jockey): “We were just cruising on the backside and when we came up to the turn, I decided to see what she could do. She responded well. I don’t know if the blinkers (added Sunday) made a difference, but if they did it was a good one.”
Big races review
A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 on Sunday.
Woodbine (3): $108,700 allowance optional claiming, fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Winner: Above All Names ($24.40)
Woodbine (5): $126,800 maiden special weight, 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Winner: Arzak ($10.20)
Aqueduct (9): Grade 3 $100,000 Nashua Stakes, 2-year-olds, 1 mile. Winner: Pickin’ Time ($21.00)
Woodbine (6): $101,200 allowance, 3 and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Winner: Succeedandsurpass ($4.20)
Woodbine (8): $123,200 maiden special weight, 3 and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Winner: Pitching Fast($15.00)
Del Mar (7): $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes, Cal-bred fillies and mares 3 and up, 7 furlongs. Winner: Mo See Cal ($11.80)
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Now, the star of the show, Sunday’s results. See you on Friday.
Del Mar Charts Results for Sunday, November 15.
Copyright 2020 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, California. All finishes confirmed by Plusmic USA. Official program numbers may not correspond with post position. 8th day of a 15-day meet. Clear & Firm
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $43,000. Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000. Time 23.25 47.70 1:11.75 1:23.46 1:35.27
|2||Too Much Heaven||118||2||2||2–½||2–1||2–1||2–1||1–nk||Rispoli||1.80|
|4||A G Indy||120||4||1||1–1||1–1||1–1||1–1||2–hd||Cedillo||8.30|
|3||White Velvet||120||3||6||5–½||5–½||6–2||5–1||4–¾||Diaz, Jr.||37.50|
|1||Sabinos Pride||120||1||3||3–1||3–½||4–1½||4–1||5–1¼||T Baze||10.70|
|6||Loud Loud Music||120||6||5||6–1½||6–½||7–hd||7–½||6–nk||Pereira||8.70|
|8||Star of Africa||120||8||7||8||7–1||5–½||6–2||7–¾||Smith||8.40|
|2||TOO MUCH HEAVEN||5.60||3.80||2.60|
|4||A G INDY||6.80||4.00|
|$1 EXACTA (2-4)||$18.20|
|$2 QUINELLA (2-4)||$18.80|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-4-5-3)||$57.61|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-4-5)||$37.50|
Winner–Too Much Heaven B.f.3 by Twirling Candy out of Make Music, by Unbridled's Song. Bred by W. S. Farish & E. J. Hudson, Jr.Irrevocable Trust (KY). Trainer: Peter Eurton. Owner: Bran Jam Stable. Mutuel Pool $254,490 Exacta Pool $156,562 Quinella Pool $4,604 Superfecta Pool $54,209 Trifecta Pool $89,664. Scratched–none.
TOO MUCH HEAVEN steadied from inside early, switch outside the leader, chased two wide to the stretch, drew alongside the leader at the sixteenth pole and drove past. A G INDY sped to the front and angled to the rail, traveled clear to the eighth pole, challenged from outside with a sixteenth to go and was outfinished by the winner. COLOMBIAN GOLD in range early, went two then three wide into the stretch and finished well outside the top pair. WHITE VELVET steadied off heels early, saved ground then tipped out into the stretch, steered out further in the lane, rallied and closed well four deep at the wire. SABINOS PRIDE steadied off heels early, stalked the pace from inside, looked to have run late but lacked room behind the top pair inside the sixteenth pole. LOUD LOUD MUSIC went three then two wide around the first turn, tracked in the two path to the stretch and failed to rally. STAR OF AFRICA raced outside a rival off the pace, advanced three to four wide around the second turn and lacked further response in the lane. LADY NOGUEZ traveled near the back of the pack from inside, steadied briefly near the nine-sixteenths pole, took the second turn three to four wide and was always outrun.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $31,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 22.45 46.28 58.85 1:05.24
|1||Little Miss Belle||122||1||6||7||7||6–5||4–2¼||Pereira||38.40|
|6||Win Like Coach P||122||6||2||2–1||4–1||4–½||6–6¾||T Baze||7.50|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-5)||$52.40|
|$1 EXACTA (5-3)||$21.90|
|$2 QUINELLA (3-5)||$24.20|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-3-7-1)||$30.39|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-3-7)||$22.50|
Winner–Ole Silver Grr.f.3 by Acclamation out of Silver Swallow, by Alphabet Soup. Bred by Andrew Molasky (CA). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC. Mutuel Pool $221,755 Daily Double Pool $43,118 Exacta Pool $104,047 Quinella Pool $3,252 Superfecta Pool $46,027 Trifecta Pool $77,026. Scratched–none.
OLE SILVER broke out, stalked off the rail, raced three deep into the turn then outside a rival, ranged up three wide into the stretch, collared the leader at the eighth pole and bested ELGOFRANCO in the final furlong. ELGOFRANCO away quickly in the beginning, stalked the top pair from inside, ranged up two wide around the turn, challenged between foes in the lane then fought with OLE SILVER and could not match the winner in the late stages. CAPITAL HEAT forced out and had the rider lose the right-iron at the start, still managed to clear the field and set the pace to the turn, rider finally regained her iron at the five-sixteenths pole and continued to show the way around the bend, headed by a pair of rivals at the eighth pole and weakened in the final furlong. LITTLE MISS BELLE dropped back early, angled out into the stretch and passed a pair of rivals. CHEERFUL CHARM tracked two to three wide around the turn and failed to rally. WIN LIKE COACH P broke out, showed early speed and raced inside the leader then chased that foe leaving the backstretch, raced between foes at the three-eighths pole then lost ground around the bend and had little left for the drive. FIERCE KITTY stumbled leaving the gate, chased off the rail, took the turn four wide and also had nothing left for the stretch run.
1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $25,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000. Time 23.68 47.61 1:12.37 1:36.68 1:48.41
|4||Turn the Switch||124||4||7||7–2||7–3||7–½||5–hd||3–ns||Cedillo||2.40|
|2||Mr Right Now||122||2||4||1–1||1–2||1–1||2–1||5–1¾||T Baze||34.50|
|7||Big City Bane||124||7||3||6–1||6–1||6–1||8||6–nk||Hernandez||9.00|
|4||TURN THE SWITCH||2.60|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-3)||$66.20|
|$1 EXACTA (3-8)||$9.30|
|$2 QUINELLA (3-8)||$9.20|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-8-4-5)||$18.58|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-8-4)||$12.75|
Winner–Seeking Refuge Grr.c.4 by The Factor out of Summers Edge, by The Cliff's Edge. Bred by Denny Andrews (KY). Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Owner: Peerenboom-Bowyer Racing Stables, LLC. Mutuel Pool $244,918 Daily Double Pool $21,429 Exacta Pool $125,414 Quinella Pool $4,485 Superfecta Pool $67,232 Trifecta Pool $93,378. Claimed–Seeking Refuge by Royalty Stable. Trainer: Hector Palma. Claimed–Turn the Switch by Atreides LLC and Lambert, Jeffrey. Trainer: Robert Hess, Jr. Claimed–Big City Bane by Altamira Racing Stable, Atreides LLC and Slam Dunk Racing. Trainer: Peter Miller. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (2-5-3) paid $35.30. Pick Three Pool $78,107.
SEEKING REFUGE bumped from the outside at the start, stalked from between runners, steered out four wide in the stretch, put in a late bid outside the runner-up and reeled in foe under urging. HONOS MAN stalked three wide and outside a rival, bid three deep at the quarter pole, took a short lead in upper stretch, cleared inside the furlong pole, challenged by the winner in deep stretch and could not hold. TURN THE SWITCH pinballed and steadied at the start, tucked inside early, continued along the fence then tipped out into the two path near the quarter pole, finished well in the lane and edged GO TIME for the show. GO TIME broke in and bumped rival at the start then steadied off the heels of TEJON, trailed the field early, went outside a rival on the second turn, came three wide into the stretch and missed the show honors. MR RIGHT NOW sped to the front, led along the inside, headed by a pair of rivals at the quarter pole, fought back to the eighth pole and weakened late. BIG CITY BANE tracked three wide then moved out into the four path entering the stretch and never threatened. TEJON broke in, forwardly placed early on two wide, bid between at the quarter pole and gave way in the final furlong. SILENT MUSKETIER stumbled leaving the gate, settled inside, saved ground to the stretch, came off the rail in the lane and proved no menace.
1 Mile. Purse: $57,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.56 46.41 1:11.70 1:24.77 1:38.47
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-1)||$14.80|
|$1 EXACTA (1-2)||$6.90|
|$2 QUINELLA (1-2)||$11.80|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-2-5-3)||$1.64|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-2-5)||$7.55|
Winner–Charlito Dbb.c.4 by Fed Biz out of Virtuously, by Congrats. Bred by Moreau Bloodstock Int'l Inc. & WhiteBloodstock LLC (KY). Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: Iris Smith Stable. Mutuel Pool $174,835 Daily Double Pool $22,573 Exacta Pool $56,588 Quinella Pool $1,755 Superfecta Pool $12,961 Trifecta Pool $25,761. Scratched–Munnings' Pilot, Tapitution.
50-Cent Pick Three (5-3-1) paid $23.90. Pick Three Pool $25,590.
CHARLITO broke out, showed speed in the two path, vied inside pair early on the backstretch, inched away at the half-mile pole, continued clear into the lane and drew off. MONGOLIAN KINGDOM bumped leaving the gate, raced three then two wide around the first turn, stalked inside to the second bend, angled out into the stretch then further out in the lane and rallied for the place. TIZ VICIOUS bumped twice at the start, took the first turn five then four wide, moved up to vie for command three deep early on the backstretch, could not keep pace with the leader past the half-mile pole, chased two to three wide into the stretch, weakened and lost the place. SEICHE bumped both sides in the beginning, chased four then three wide around the first turn, vied for the lead between rivals on the backstretch then chased the winner past the half-mile pole, dropped back on the second turn and tired.
5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $59,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.52 45.19 56.56
|1||Time for Ebby||125||1||6||5–1||3–½||3–hd||2–1||T Baze||10.90|
|9||Silk From Heaven||125||9||8||8–2||7–hd||6–1½||5–hd||Hernandez||17.00|
|8||Eye On Tiger||121||8||9||9||9||8–2||7–½||Pereira||26.00|
|7||Concise Advice||123||7||7||7–½||8–2||7–½||8–7¼||Valdivia, Jr.||9.40|
|4||D's Lovely Sophia||125||4||3||3–1||4–1||9||9||Flores||24.40|
|1||TIME FOR EBBY||8.00||5.20|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-6)||$13.60|
|$1 EXACTA (6-1)||$35.30|
|$2 QUINELLA (1-6)||$31.20|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-1-3-2)||$180.81|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-1-3)||$167.20|
Winner–She's Devoted Grr.f.3 by Grazen out of Devoted One, by Broken Vow. Bred by Slam Dunk Stable (CA). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Slam Dunk Racing. Mutuel Pool $425,998 Daily Double Pool $35,311 Exacta Pool $243,486 Quinella Pool $6,796 Superfecta Pool $104,292 Trifecta Pool $162,386. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (3-1-6) paid $11.95. Pick Three Pool $103,277. 50-Cent Pick Four (5-3-1/4/6-6) 4 correct paid $95.40. Pick Four Pool $219,103. 50-Cent Pick Five (2-5-3-1/4/6-6) 5 correct paid $363.55. Pick Five Pool $665,025.
SHE'S DEVOTED stalked up the backstretch, took the turn two wide, angled out and rallied between foes at the sixteenth pole and edged away. TIME FOR EBBY stumbled a bit at the start, chased from inside, angled three wide into the stretch, bid four deep at the sixteenth pole but got outkicked by the winner. LA AGUILILLA vied between foes early, then dueled outside a rival in the lane and weakened late. SOFI'S GOLD away quickly from the gate then vied for the lead from inside, dueled with rival into and down the lane and yielded late. SILK FROM HEAVEN settled off the pace while off the inside, swung out into the stretch and failed to threaten. ANA LISA threw head at the start, attended the pace four deep early, chased four wide around the turn and lacked late kick in the drive. EYE ON TIGER threw head and hopped at the start, trailed in the two path into turn, swung out into the stretch and proved no menace. CONCISE ADVICE came away quickly then propped at the start, dropped back off the pace and could not rally. D'S LOVELY SOPHIA vied three deep for the lead, could not keep pace around the turn, chased three wide into the lane and faded. HAND-TIMED.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $20,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 21.93 46.08 58.41 1:04.84
|3||Follow the Lute||124||3||7||5–½||4–½||2–½||2–3½||Van Dyke||4.10|
|5||Lucky Ryan Seven||115||4||1||2–½||1–½||3–1½||3–2¼||Pyfer||4.50|
|8||Wild Cat Canyon||124||7||2||4–1½||5–1½||4–5||4–1¼||Diaz, Jr.||64.60|
|6||El Mas Poderoso||122||5||8||8||8||8||8||Flores||46.50|
|3||FOLLOW THE LUTE||4.00||3.00|
|5||LUCKY RYAN SEVEN||2.80|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-7)||$15.00|
|$1 EXACTA (7-3)||$7.50|
|$2 QUINELLA (3-7)||$9.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-3-5-8)||$25.19|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-3-5)||$12.50|
Winner–Threearchbaymafia Ch.c.3 by Will Take Charge out of Brazen Persuasion, by Indian Charlie. Bred by Bridlewood Farm (FL). Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Owner: Wilson, Holly and David. Mutuel Pool $245,863 Daily Double Pool $28,784 Exacta Pool $134,160 Quinella Pool $4,149 Superfecta Pool $76,744 Trifecta Pool $98,942. Scratched–Git On Your Pulpit.
50-Cent Pick Three (1-6-7) paid $8.55. Pick Three Pool $74,961.
THREEARCHBAYMAFIA had early speed three deep, duel with LUCKY RYAN SEVEN leaving the turn and into the stretch, kicked clear at the eighth pole and was kept to task to the wire. FOLLOW THE LUTE chased off the rail, between runners at the three-eighths pole, ranged up four wide nearing the stretch, chased outside the leader through the lane, could not summon the needed late kick but proved second best. LUCKY RYAN SEVEN vied between runners into and around the turn, dueled two wide into the lane and weakened in the final furlong. WILD CAT CANYON attended the pace four deep on the backstretch, chased four wide then three wide into the lane, was in range in upper stretch but flattened out in the furlong grounds. TWIRLING DERBY tracked outside a rival, raced three deep into the turn, came five wide into the stretch and failed to rally. FLOYD MONEYMAKER raced off the pace, entered the lane two wide and was never a factor. ACTING CAT vied for the lead from inside to the five-sixteenths pole and faded. EL MAS PODEROSO lacked early speed and was always outrun.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $59,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 22.26 45.40 1:09.93 1:22.14 1:34.24
|1||Shanghai Truffles||123||1||5||4–1||5–½||4–hd||4–2||3–1¼||Van Dyke||7.50|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-2)||$12.20|
|$1 EXACTA (2-4)||$9.60|
|$2 QUINELLA (2-4)||$11.00|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-4-1-5)||$9.74|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-4-1)||$14.50|
Winner–On Mars Ch.f.3 by Vronsky out of Elana Mar, by Cyclotron. Bred by Ed Bernstein & Andrew Molasky (CA). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC and Bernstein, Ed. Mutuel Pool $283,805 Daily Double Pool $32,541 Exacta Pool $145,413 Quinella Pool $4,803 Superfecta Pool $49,204 Trifecta Pool $89,998. Scratched–Equal Measure.
50-Cent Pick Three (6-7-2) paid $20.45. Pick Three Pool $59,981.
ON MARS raced two wide and outside a rival on the first turn, went outside a pair of foes at the half-mile pole, closed in two wide into the lane, collared foe mid-stretch and drew clear. VELVET QUEEN away quickly and sped to the front, opened up a large lead around the first turn and into the backstretch, continued well clear into the far turn, held a diminished lead into the drive, caught by the winner mid-stretch and held the place. SHANGHAI TRUFFLES traveled along the inside then angled out in the drive and finished willingly for the show honors. PAID INFORMANT raced outside a rival early, traveled between foes at the half-mile marker, dropped back between foes around the second turn, then showed some response to urging and whittle the gap late. HERMAPHRODITE (FR) raced along the inside then moved off the rail on the backstretch, angled four wide into the lane and never rallied. ALL QUALITY settled off the pace, closed in along the inside around the second turn, then weakened in the late stages.
7 Furlongs. Purse: $100,000. 'Bob Hope Stakes'. 2 year olds. Time 22.73 45.34 1:10.36 1:23.56
|4||Coastal Kid||120||4||3||3–hd||5–6||6||6||T Baze||25.20|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-5)||$77.00|
|$1 EXACTA (5-6)||$42.10|
|$2 QUINELLA (5-6)||$49.20|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-6-1-2)||$58.96|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-6-1)||$141.15|
Winner–Red Flag Ch.c.2 by Tamarkuz out of Surrender, by Stormy Atlantic. Bred by Elaine Macpherson (KY). Trainer: John A. Shirreffs. Owner: Moss, Jerome S. and Moss, Tina. Mutuel Pool $345,482 Daily Double Pool $44,729 Exacta Pool $146,304 Quinella Pool $4,913 Superfecta Pool $66,129 Trifecta Pool $98,087. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (7-2-5) paid $55.40. Pick Three Pool $50,924.
RED FLAG vied four deep to the turn, kicked clear approaching the quarter pole and powered away under hand urging. UNCLE BOOGIE raced far off the pace, entered the stretch four wide, came with a late run and bested the rest. AMBIVALENT angled out some early, well placed behind the speedy quartet up the backstretch, chased the winner around the turn and through the lane and got outfinished for the place. SPIELBERG vied for the lead between rivals up the backstretch, was outpaced to the five-sixteenths pole, chased two to three wide into the drive and stayed on for a minor award. WESTON vied for the lead from inside, lost command past the five-sixteenths pole, chased a bit off the rail into the lane and tired. COASTAL KID vied three deep to the turn, stumbled between runners past the three-eighths pole and dropped back, then weakened in the stretch. FOLLOWING AN INQUIRY, THE STEWARDS RULED THAT THE VIDEO COULD NOT DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF WHY COASTAL KID STUMBLED PAST THE THREE-EIGHTHS POLE AND THERE WOULD BE NO CHANGE IN THE ORDER OF FINISH.
5 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $57,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 23.29 46.36 57.63
|4||Judy With Grace||122||4||8||9–hd||8–hd||8–hd||8–1||Franco||27.20|
|8||Made in Karoo||122||7||10||10||10||9–1||9–1¼||Figueroa||38.10|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-10)||$168.00|
|$1 EXACTA (10-2)||$44.20|
|$2 QUINELLA (2-10)||$38.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (10-2-6-5)||$49.88|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (10-2-6-5-13)||$4,931.00|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (10-2-6)||$98.05|
Winner–Magical Thought B.f.2 by Overanalyze out of Magical Flute, by Midnight Lute. Bred by Springland Farm & Burden Creek Farm LLC (KY). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Slam Dunk Racing. Mutuel Pool $426,030 Daily Double Pool $119,730 Exacta Pool $237,241 Quinella Pool $8,197 Superfecta Pool $131,650 Super High Five Pool $72,907 Trifecta Pool $165,117. Scratched–Cami Kate, Chrome of Our Own, Quick and Dirty, Royal Blend.
50-Cent Pick Three (2-5-10) paid $219.80. Pick Three Pool $175,812. 50-Cent Pick Four (7-2/7-5-10) 4 correct paid $663.45. Pick Four Pool $637,878. 50-Cent Pick Five (6-7-2/7-5-10) 5 correct paid $2,652.10. Pick Five Pool $684,291. 50-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (1/4/6-6-7-2/7-5-10) 6 correct paid $3,151.35. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $190,981. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $49,771. $1 Place Pick All 8 out of 9 paid $657.30. Place Pick All Pool $22,841.
MAGICAL THOUGHT set the pace outside a rival, cleared that one into the turn, angled to the inside, challenged in the final furlong and held gamely. VELVET shifted in and bumped foe at the start, chased inside then two wide, exited the bend three wide, rallied outside the top pair but could not get by the winner. FREEDOM FLYER chased off the rail, two wide around the turn, ranged up outside the leader in the lane but lacked the needed late punch. EVOO tracked off the inside or outside a rival, checked past the three-eighths pole, exited the turn three wide and kept on for a minor award. AMERICAN HEIGHTS stalked four wide around the turn and weakened. INVESTMENT GRADE shifted in at the start, pressed the pace from inside, steadied near the three-eighths pole, remained inside to the stretch and flattened. PHILLY LISHES settled off the pace, went four wide around the turn and proved no menace. JUDY WITH GRACE traveled between runners at the rear of the field and never made an impact. MADE IN KAROO raced three deep up the backstretch, through the turn, and into the stretch and failed to respond when asked. BATHORY bumped at the start, checked early down along the inside, was in a bit tight at the three-eighths pole, bumped outside rival at the five-sixteenths, and had little left for the drive.
|Out of State||N/A||$8,935,294|
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