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Horse racing newsletter: Medina Spirit wins terrific Lewis Stakes

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Medina Spirit and jockey Abel Cedillo, right, hold off Roman Centurian, ridden by Juan Hernandez, left, and Hot Rod Charlie, ridden by Joel Rosario, to win the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
(Benoit Photo via Associated Press)

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter, as we’re glad to have Rob Henie back for a handicapping lesson.

Saturday’s running of the Grade 3 $100,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita was one heck of a race. Down the stretch, you wouldn’t have been surprised if any of three horses won it. But the winner was Medina Spirit for trainer Bob Baffert, winning it for the ninth time. The winning margin was a neck, and only a nose separated Roman Centurian and Hot Rod Charlie.

Medina Spirit just wouldn’t give it up as he appeared ready to be passed by either Roman Centurian or Hot Rod Charlie. The distance was 1 1/16 miles, so we’ve still got a ways to go before we know who has the classic distance. But this time when the Kentucky Derby comes around, none of the horses would have gone 1 ¼ miles yet.

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Medina Spirit paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.20. The remainder of the field, in order, was Roman Centurian, Hot Rod Charlie, Spielberg, Parnelli and Wipe the Slate. Rombauer and Waspirant were pre-race scratches. The track was listed as good.

I wrote a story for web and print, which includes a lot of the quotes I’ve listed below. But if you want to see all my word transitions, just click here.

If you just want the quotes, here you go.

Bob Baffert (winning trainer): “That reminded me a little bit of Silver Charm. He had every reason to give it up late down in the stretch when those horses came to him, I thought he was beat. I thought they were going to get by and he wouldn’t let them by, he fought on. He really is not as tired as I thought he would be. He got caught up in the speed duel. We were afraid about the one-hole and I was hoping he could just back off a little bit. We’re going to work with him and learn about the horse. A race like this gives them a good foundation, that’s why I decided to run him here. I rather run him in a race and keep breezing him, getting him ready. He’s going to get a lot out of this race, but I think you have to take him pretty seriously now. Those are two good horses that he beat, so I’m really fortunate.”

Abel Cedillo (winning jockey): “He’s a very game horse. At the quarter pole, I didn’t know, but he looked around and when he saw those horses, he kept going. He didn’t get tired at all. On the gallop out, he was by himself.”

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A handicapping lesson

It’s time for a handicapping lesson from Rob Henie of the WCHR (West Coast Handicapping Report) and the ECHR (East Coast Handicapping Report). Today’s analysis comes from the eighth race at Santa Anita and incorporates some handicapping angles into the mix. Rob, take it away.

“Maiden $50,000 claimers going six furlongs on the turf, with the most important portion of this condition being, ‘4 and up.’ When we come along this type of race, we’re looking for a couple of things — runners who appear to be finding better health, which can open the door to better efforts. It also leads to new variables being in place, meaning, a new distance, surface, etc., designed to bring out better. With this in mind, the horse that fits this criteria well would be top selection MR. VERRACITY (#1). He didn’t run as a 2- or 3-year-old, showing up the first day of his 4-year-old year career, so the mere fact he’s now back right on schedule for the second time this month is super encouraging, with Mike Puype now moving to the turf, with excellent turf jock Jose Valdivia stringing along, a guy who once won a Breeders Cup turf race, also a nephew of the great turf rider of the ‘70s and ‘80s in Fernando Toro. We’ll look for sharp improvement with the experience of breaking next to multiple runners under him, good health creeping into the picture, now trying a new surface. MIDNIGHT MYSTERY (#4) strings races together for the second time in six months, eligible to be claimed for $35,000 last time out, so the mere fact he’s now being offered for the higher price of $50,000 for Bob Baffert is a sign of confidence for sure. He too is moving to the turf off his main track effort last time out, also retaining the services of his recent jock in Abel Cedillo. With both runners here, lots of reasons to believe both are improving.

“Hot / Cold Race Trends: The turf course has been super fair so far, great to see so early in the meet, as opposed to most turf courses which have so much bounce in them early on, giving an advantage to those running on late, not the case so far here.

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

“X Out Runners (eliminating on the win end): 6,9

“Negative Notes:

“5 Capo Mafioso - That second two back he exited, was a weak heat.

“6 Stir the Pot - Absolutely nothing to offer after losing some confidence in recent months.

“TOP PICK: MR. VERRACITY (#1 12-1 Valdivia)

“SECOND CHOICE: MIDNIGHT MYSTERY (#4 7-2 Cedillo)”

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

Santa Anita review

The second of the two stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita was the Grade 2 $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile dirt race for older horses. The race acts as a prep for the Santa Anita Handicap. Express Train won the race after a nice rail trip at the start before gaining position on the far turn and then came through the stretch three wide to win by 3 ¼ lengths.

Express Train paid $7.20, $3.60 and $2.20. Tizamagician was second, followed by Idol, Zestful and King Guillermo, who had shipped in for the race.

John Shirreffs (winning trainer): “We knew there was plenty of speed in the race and it worked out fine. [Jockey] Juan [Hernandez] fits this horse very well, show me a horse he doesn’t fit. When you speak to him, he exudes confidence. He’s a rider. We’ll stay home and run in the Big ’Cap [on March 6.]”

Juan Hernandez (winning jockey): “The difference was the distance of a mile and an eighth and different horses, but he’s a really nice horse. He loves going short and going long so you can do whatever you want with him, he’s a really nice horse. The boss, Mr. Shirreffs, just told me to have a good trip. There were three horses that tried to go to the lead and my horse relaxed pretty well behind them. … I was just waiting to get into the stretch to let him run, that’s what he did. Around the turn before the stretch, I checked, I went outside and I was clear and he started running again.”

Santa Anita preview

Sunday’s eight-race card at Santa Anita is, well, pretty miserable. But they are running despite recent weather and half the races (the even ones) are back on the turf. Seven of the races have a claiming aspect to them. But, here’s the deal, racing secretary Chris Merz is writing races to fit the population, and ultimately having races that keep horses running is better than great conditions but only four or five horses entering. First post is 12:30 p.m.

There really is no feature on Sunday. There are two $63,000 races, both for Cal-bred fillies and mares 4 and up. One is an allowance at 1 1/8 miles on the turf and the other is an allowance/optional claimer going seven furlongs on the dirt. We’ll pick the former as the feature. Kleen Karma is the 7-2 favorite for trainer Craig Lewis and Abel Cedillo. She has won two-of-11 lifetime and is coming off a third as the beaten favorite in an allowance at Santa Anita. There are two horses as 4-1, Y Not Sizzle (Jeff Mullins, Umberto Rispoli) and Scarlet Heat (Dan Blacker, Ricardo Gonzalez). Y Not Sizzle is coming off a claiming win and Scarlet Heat was fourth last out in an allowance. Post is around 3:06 p.m.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 5, 9, 8, 7, 6, 9, 7, 9.

Ciaran Thornton’s SA pick of the day

SECOND RACE: No. 3 Lady Noguez (6-1)

Lady Noguez is the top closer in a race loaded with early speed that will each drive a very fast early pace. Making the first start since November, Juan Hernandez again rides this horse for trainer Vladimir Cerin. Juan is riding very well of late and is two of six for this trainer. Lady has just missed in most of her starts. If Juan can keep her a little bit closer Sunday for that late run we should have a 6-1 or more value win.

Saturday’s result: Feeling Flush was a waste of a ride for Joel Rosario, who can’t be happy with his agent on that choice.

Ciaran Thornton is the handicapper for Californiapick4.com, which offers daily full card picks, longshots of the day, best bets of the day.

Big races review

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

Gulfstream (4): Grade 3 $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Chess’s Dream ($18.60)

Aqueduct (4): Grade 3 $150,000 Toboggan Stakes, 4 and up, 7 furlongs. Winner: American Power ($9.50)

Gulfstream (6): Grade 3 $100,000 Swale Stakes, 3-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Winner: Drain the Clock ($4.20)

Gulfstream (9): Grade 3 $100,000 Forward Gal Stakes, fillies, 3-year-old, 7 furlongs. Winner: Zaajel ($3.20)

Oaklawn (5): $200,000 Martha Washington Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 1 mile. Winner: Will’s Secret ($18.00)

Gulfstream (10): Grade 3 $100,000 Sweetest Charm Stakes, 3-year-olds, Del Mar 1 mile on turf. Winner: White Frost ($11.00)

Gulfstream (11): Grade 3 $200,000 Holy Bull Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Greatest Honour ($7.60)

Santa Anita (5): Grade 2 $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, 4 and up 1 1/8 miles. Winner: Express Train ($7.20)

Oaklawn (8): $150,000 American Beauty Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Winner: Frank’s Rockette ($3.20)

Santa Anita (7): Grade 3 $100,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Medina Spirit ($4.00)

Big races preview

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

12:50 Aqueduct (8): $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes, 3-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Favorites: Hello Hot Rod-Scotch Rock’s (entry) (7-5)

1:53 Sam Houston (5): $100,000 Pulse Power Turf Sprint Stakes, 4 and up, 5 furlongs on turf. Favorite: Fast Boat (7-2)

3:00 Sam Houston (7): $200,000 Texas Turf Mile Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile on turf. Favorite: Fighting Force (3-1)

3:32 Sam Houston (8): Grade 3 $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Letruska (1-1)

4:07 Sam Houston (9): Grade 3 $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup, 4 and up, 1 1/2 miles on turf. Favorite: Spooky Channel (5-2)

Chris Wade’s LA pick of the day

EIGHTH RACE: No. 7 Cant Take A Joke (5-1)

He improved immensely in his second career start to finish second against repeat winner Ilushion Eagle, who looks to be one of the favorites in Sunday’s seventh race. In that outing 44 nights ago, Cant Take A Joke broke well to show some speed while securing a nice racing position prior. He drifted in and out about past the gap and down the lane and it was here where he lost ground to Illushion Eagle. I still like how sharp he looked early on and he faced a candidate for the top qualifying time of the night. If he can make one more step of improvement, this Joke might leave backers smiling from ear to ear with a win at a big price.

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

Santa Anita Charts Results for Saturday, January 30.

Copyright 2021 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 18th day of a 81-day meet. Clear & Good

FIRST RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 3 year olds. Time 22.24 46.25 59.33 1:12.86


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

6 Maddie's Mojito 123 5 1 2–1 1–1½ 1–3 1–7¼ Cedillo 4.70
7 Ensleys Dream 123 6 4 4–4 2–2 2–4 2–2 Prat 0.90
5 Jeanne B 123 4 5 6 6 4–2½ 3–2¼ Valdivia, Jr. 58.20
4 Our Little Tiger 123 3 3 3–½ 4–4½ 3–2 4–4½ Pereira 8.60
3 Feeling Flush 123 2 6 5–5 5–1½ 5–2½ 5–22 Rosario 10.40
2 Bossy Mama 123 1 2 1–½ 3–½ 6 6 Hernandez 2.50

6 MADDIE'S MOJITO 11.40 3.20 4.00
7 ENSLEYS DREAM 2.40 2.20
5 JEANNE B 7.20
$1 EXACTA (6-7)  $13.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-7-5-4)  $44.06
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-7-5)  $71.15

Winner–Maddie's Mojito Dbb.f.3 by Strong Mandate out of Totally Worth It, by Congrats. Bred by Thomas W. Bachman (CA). Trainer: Mark Glatt. Owner: Fairview, LLC. Mutuel Pool $172,801 Exacta Pool $74,374 Superfecta Pool $30,604 Trifecta Pool $45,908. Scratched–Our Miss Millie.

MADDIE'S MOJITO away quickest from the gate then was rated outside the leader, applied pressure into the turn, headed rival at the three-eighths, took over shortly after and cleared at the five-sixteenths pole, urged right-handed in the lane and padded the margin in the late stages. ENSLEYS DREAM chased outside the top pair up the backstretch, went four then three wide around the turn, urged around the bend but lacked the necessary bid and stayed on for the place. JEANNE B lacked early speed, angled in nearing the turn, saved ground along the inside then tipped out at the top of the lane and was along for the show. OUR LITTLE TIGER chased two then three wide around turn and weakened. FEELING FLUSH raced off the pace and moved to the rail, shifted to the two path around the bend, came out at the top of the stretch and proved no menace. BOSSY MAMA set the pace near the inside, challenged by rival at the three-eighths pole, could not offer the needed response to kick on with the winner, dropped back around the turn, was eased late and walked off.

SECOND RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $31,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000. Time 22.50 47.02 59.87 1:06.52


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

4 Lady On Ice 122 3 4 3–hd 4–3½ 2–½ 1–½ Rosario 0.90
2 Canadian Ginger 124 2 5 4–2½ 3–½ 1–hd 2–3 Gutierrez 1.90
1 Tiz Toffee 122 1 1 2–1 1–½ 3–hd 3–nk T Baze 2.90
6 Sherilinda 110 5 2 1–hd 2–1 4–6 4–7 Ellingwood 19.60
5 Sea Glass 115 4 3 5 5 5 5 Centeno 26.80

4 LADY ON ICE 3.80 2.40 2.10
2 CANADIAN GINGER 2.40 2.10
1 TIZ TOFFEE 2.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-4)  $39.80
$1 EXACTA (4-2)  $4.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-2-1-6)  $0.96
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-2-1)  $3.30

Winner–Lady On Ice Dbb.f.4 by Archarcharch out of Steel and Ice, by Tale of the Cat. Bred by Dream Walkin' Farms, Inc. (KY). Trainer: Steve Knapp. Owner: Zolotas, Steven and Zolotas, Sabina Romo. Mutuel Pool $97,486 Daily Double Pool $27,387 Exacta Pool $35,729 Superfecta Pool $16,250 Trifecta Pool $28,351. Claimed–Canadian Ginger by Glatt, Kevin and Xitco, John V. Trainer: Mark Glatt. Scratched–Swirling.

LADY ON ICE pinballed between rivals at the start, chased the top pair two wide into the turn, angled out leaving the bend, came four wide into the stretch, bid four deep then dueled with CANADIAN GINGER in the late stages and edged the runner-up. CANADIAN GINGER broke out and bumped rival, chased along the inside, waited for room past the halfway point on the turn and into the stretch, bid between rivals in upper stretch, grabbed the lead at the eighth pole, dueled with LADY ON ICE in the final furlong and got outkicked in the closing moments. TIZ TOFFEE dueled for the lead from inside into and around the turn, vied with a trio of rivals to the eighth pole, weakened in the final furlong but held the show. SHERILINDA dueled for the lead outside TIZ TOFFEE, vied three deep in upper stretch and weakened inside the furlong grounds. SEA GLASS bumped twice leaving the gate, trailed the field three then two wide around the turn and never made an impact.

THIRD RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $22,000. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 23.72 48.45 1:13.80 1:27.48 1:41.68


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

1 K P D Day 117 1 3 2–2½ 2–1 1–½ 1–2½ 1–3¾ Pyfer 5.90
7 Full Draw 124 7 6 4–hd 3–½ 3–3 2–2 2–4¼ Gutierrez 2.20
5 Twirling Derby 124 5 4 5–½ 4–1 4–6 4–10 3–2¼ Franco 1.60
3 Lucky Ryan Seven 124 3 1 1–2 1–hd 2–2 3–4 4–18 Valdivia, Jr. 7.60
6 Mongol Altai 124 6 5 6–hd 5–1½ 5–6½ 5–8½ 5–2½ Figueroa 11.30
2 Landaa 114 2 7 7 7 7 6–7 6–24 Ellingwood 84.30
4 Big Billy 124 4 2 3–1 6–3 6–½ 7 7 Pereira 5.70

1 K P D DAY 13.80 5.80 2.60
7 FULL DRAW 3.80 2.20
5 TWIRLING DERBY 2.10
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-1)  $38.20
$1 EXACTA (1-7)  $22.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-7-5-3)  $9.66
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-7-5-3-6)  $230.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-7-5)  $21.45

Winner–K P D Day B.g.4 by Normandy Invasion out of Raffie's Chance, by Raffie's Majesty. Bred by Christina Deronda (NY). Trainer: Alfredo P. Marquez. Owner: Robert T. Cannon. Mutuel Pool $247,969 Daily Double Pool $9,466 Exacta Pool $145,085 Superfecta Pool $58,237 Super High Five Pool $4,465 Trifecta Pool $91,171. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (6-4-1) paid $67.60. Pick Three Pool $39,733.

K P D DAY stalked from inside then angled outside the leader on the backstretch, applied pressure then dueled past the halfway, took the lead at the quarter pole and cleared rival at the top of the lane and held safely in the late stages. FULL DRAW was fanned six wide into the first turn then angled down to the two path, went up to get in range on the backstretch, chased three wide into the stretch, could not summon the needed late kick but was clearly second best. TWIRLING DERBY went four wide around the first turn, chased outside a rival then three wide into the drive and was along for third. LUCKY RYAN SEVEN sped clear in the two path, pressured from outside and dueled with K P D DAY into and around the far turn, then weakened in the lane. MONGOL ALTAI was fanned five wide around the first turn, tracked widest then angled into the three path nearing the far turn, shifted to the two path around that bend and weakened. LANDAA settled along the inside, saved ground to the stretch and proved no menace. BIG BILLY tracked the pace off the rail, coaxed along up the backstretch, had little left around the far turn, was eased in the lane and walked off.

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $35,000. Maiden Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 25.48 50.26 1:15.63 1:28.20 1:40.98


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

2 This Tea 124 2 5 5–2 5–6 4–hd 1–2½ 1–4¾ Prat 0.50
5 Shezaghost 124 5 1 2–½ 2–hd 1–hd 3–2 2–nk Valdivia, Jr. 8.10
6 Awesome Pamela 124 6 4 3–½ 4–½ 2–1 2–½ 3–4½ Van Dyke 15.60
1 Miss Mo' Licious 124 1 3 1–½ 1–½ 3–hd 4–3 4–10 T Baze 15.50
3 Lookintogeteven 124 3 6 4–hd 3–½ 5–12 5–17½ 5–26 Smith 2.30
4 Face Card Contessa 124 4 2 6 6 6 6 6 Amparan 88.10

2 THIS TEA 3.00 2.20 2.10
5 SHEZAGHOST 4.20 4.00
6 AWESOME PAMELA 8.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-2)  $23.20
$1 EXACTA (2-5)  $7.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-5-6-1)  $11.39
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-5-6)  $24.50

Winner–This Tea Ch.f.4 by Curlin out of Funny Moon, by Malibu Moon. Bred by My Meadowview LLC (KY). Trainer: George Papaprodromou. Owner: Kretz Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $249,108 Daily Double Pool $20,340 Exacta Pool $120,393 Superfecta Pool $55,577 Trifecta Pool $92,881. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-1-2) paid $12.40. Pick Three Pool $16,263.

THIS TEA bumped from inside at the start, was well placed behind the top quartet early, came out on the final turn and bid five then four wide leaving the turn, led into the stretch, kicked clear and shifted inward inside the sixteenth pole while staying strong to the wire. SHEZAGHOST pressed the pace from outside, went up to vie for command between foes, led into the far turn, battled around that bend and into the stretch, could not match the winner but held the place. AWESOME PAMELA attended the pace three deep early, vied between rivals to the stretch and got edged for the place. MISS MO' LICIOUS broke out and bumped rival at the start, set the pace under pressure, vied with a trio of rivals into and around the far turn, lost contact into the lane, shifted out upper stretch and weakened. LOOKINTOGETEVEN went three wide into the first turn then moved out into the four path, raced up close outside the top trio, challenged four deep around the second bend and weakened. FACE CARD CONTESSA trailed the field through the early stages, came three wide into the stretch and showed little.

FIFTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile. Purse: $200,000. 'San Pasqual Stakes'. 4 year olds and up. Time 23.84 48.74 1:13.70 1:39.26 1:52.13


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

4 Express Train 120 4 4 4–1½ 3–½ 3–½ 1–½ 1–3¼ Hernandez 2.60
1 Tizamagician 120 1 3 1–1 1–½ 1–1 2–½ 2–nk Van Dyke 5.00
2 Idol 120 2 5 5 5 5 4–10 3–1¼ Saez 1.00
5 Zestful 120 5 2 2–hd 2–1 2–1 3–2½ 4–17 Maldonado 19.20
3 King Guillermo 122 3 1 3–½ 4–1 4–1½ 5 5 Cedillo 3.50

4 EXPRESS TRAIN 7.20 3.60 2.20
1 TIZAMAGICIAN 5.00 2.60
2 IDOL 2.10
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-4)  $11.20
$1 EXACTA (4-1)  $12.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-1-2)  $9.95

Winner–Express Train B.c.4 by Union Rags out of I'm a Flake, by Mineshaft. Bred by Dixiana Farms LLC (KY). Trainer: John A. Shirreffs. Owner: C R K Stable LLC. Mutuel Pool $463,063 Daily Double Pool $25,962 Exacta Pool $155,474 Trifecta Pool $117,011. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-2-4) paid $16.10. Pick Three Pool $43,144. 50-Cent Pick Four (3/4-1-2-4) 2087 tickets with 4 correct paid $39.15. Pick Four Pool $120,718. 50-Cent Pick Five (6-3/4-1-2-4) 895 tickets with 5 correct paid $372.85. Pick Five Pool $387,881.

EXPRESS TRAIN went three then two wide around the first turn, moved to the inside on the backstretch stalking the pace, angled three wide leaving the far turn, struck the front approaching the eighth pole and drew away in deep stretch. TIZAMAGICIAN set the pace in the two path with company to the outside, got headed by rival at the quarter pole, fought back from inside to the eighth pole, could not match the winner in the final furlong but stayed on to hold second. IDOL tracked off the inside, went between rivals at the nine-sixteenths, chased three into the second bend, two wide into the stretch, steered out in the drive and finished willingly. ZESTFUL up close outside the leader in the early going, headed rival at the quarter pole, led into the stretch but weakened in the final furlong. KING GUILLERMO stalked outside a rival then three deep on the backstretch, took the final turn three to four wide and came up empty.

SIXTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $65,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 22.65 46.14 58.32 1:11.17


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

3 Loud Mouth 124 3 3 2–1½ 2–½ 1–hd 1–hd Cedillo 1.80
5 Parsimony 122 5 4 4–1 3–1 3–2½ 2–ns Gutierrez 2.80
1 Speed Pass 122 1 2 1–1 1–hd 2–hd 3–7 Rosario 1.70
2 Sparky Ville 124 2 1 3–½ 4–2 4–2½ 4–hd Smith 5.60
4 El Tigre Terrible 124 4 5 5 5 5 5 Hernandez 13.60

3 LOUD MOUTH 5.60 3.00 2.10
5 PARSIMONY 3.60 2.40
1 SPEED PASS 2.10
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-3)  $17.80
$1 EXACTA (3-5)  $7.80
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-5-1)  $10.30

Winner–Loud Mouth Dbb.h.5 by Boisterous out of Drama Cat, by Tale of the Cat. Bred by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (CA). Trainer: Steve Knapp. Owner: Thomsen Racing, LLC. Mutuel Pool $319,791 Daily Double Pool $28,501 Exacta Pool $120,094 Trifecta Pool $86,434. Claimed–Sparky Ville by Iavarone, Michael and Radley Equine, Inc. Trainer: Dan Blacker. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-4-3) paid $8.25. Pick Three Pool $36,339.

LOUD MOUTH closest in pursuit early, bid outside at the three-eighths pole, vied between rivals through the stretch and prevailed. PARSIMONY raced off the rail staying within striking distance, ranged up four deep around the turn, vied outside the top pair down the lane and finished a game second. SPEED PASS showed speed along the rail, challenged around the far turn, met bid and fought back from inside around the turn and down the stretch, battled through the final furlong and stayed on gamely to the wire. SPARKY VILLE chased two wide then angled out at the half-mile pole, put in a mild bid three deep and between runners around the turn, could not sustain momentum leaving the bend, came out into the stretch and weakened. EL TIGRE TERRIBLE tracked off the pace, went two wide around the turn and also weakened.

SEVENTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $100,000. 'Robert B. Lewis Stakes'. 3 year olds. Time 22.89 46.61 1:12.36 1:39.34 1:46.26


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

1 Medina Spirit 120 1 2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–½ 1–nk Cedillo 1.00
5 Roman Centurian 120 4 6 6 6 5–½ 3–5 2–ns Hernandez 11.20
4 Hot Rod Charlie 120 3 4 4–½ 4–2½ 3–1 2–hd 3–11 Rosario 2.50
8 Spielberg 124 6 5 5–2 5–½ 6 4–2 4–8 Prat 5.50
3 Parnelli 120 2 3 3–4 3–1½ 4–hd 6 5–¾ Rispoli 15.60
7 Wipe the Slate 120 5 1 2–hd 2–1½ 2–½ 5–1 6 Gutierrez 8.10

1 MEDINA SPIRIT 4.00 2.80 2.20
5 ROMAN CENTURIAN 7.60 3.80
4 HOT ROD CHARLIE 2.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-1)  $13.40
$1 EXACTA (1-5)  $13.90
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-5-4-8)  $10.23
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-5-4)  $17.60

Winner–Medina Spirit Dbb.c.3 by Protonico out of Mongolian Changa, by Brilliant Speed. Bred by Gail Rice (FL). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Zedan Racing Stables Inc. Mutuel Pool $724,957 Daily Double Pool $55,968 Exacta Pool $272,500 Superfecta Pool $94,508 Trifecta Pool $188,299. Scratched–Rombauer, Waspirant.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-3-1) paid $18.20. Pick Three Pool $48,236.

MEDINA SPIRIT set the pace pace from inside, inched away past the five-sixteenths pole, met challengers in upper stretch, held a short lead under right-handed urging through the final furlong and prevailed. ROMAN CENTURIAN trailed the field in the early going, went outside a rival on the backstretch, angled out and rallied four to five wide into the stretch, drifted in and bumped HOT ROD CHARLIE at the eighth pole, finished gamely three deep in the late stages but could not get by the winner. HOT ROD CHARLIE stumbled leaving the gate, tucked inside on the first turn, maneuvered off the rail on the backstretch, exited the far turn three to four wide, bid between in upper stretch, got bumped by ROMAN CENTURIAN at the eighth pole and battled gamely between runners to the wire. SPIELBERG bumped from inside at the start, traveled two wide and outside a rival around the first bend, came four wide into the stretch and lacked a rally. PARNELLI had early speed between foes early then took back a bit to stalk the top pair, was coaxed along at the three-eighths pole and faded in the drive. WIPE THE SLATE broke out and bumped rival, was closest in pursuit outside the leader, chased two wide around the far turn then came out a bit at the top of the lane and tired.

EIGHTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $35,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000. Time 22.65 46.49 58.90 1:12.18


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

9 Sabuda 123 9 3 2–hd 1–hd 1–3 1–5½ Rispoli 1.30
6 Theluteismine 119 6 1 1–1 2–4½ 2–7 2–5 Hernandez 5.70
1 Crash Corrigan 119 1 11 8–1 8–1 4–½ 3–1¾ Van Dyke 4.40
7 The Roan Ranger 119 7 2 3–hd 3–½ 3–1½ 4–2¾ Centeno 53.60
5 Stone's River 123 5 5 5–½ 5–hd 5–1½ 5–1¼ Cedillo 13.70
10 J T's Watch 119 10 6 7–hd 6–½ 6–½ 6–1½ Figueroa 11.30
2 Seahawk Cody 123 2 10 9–½ 10–3½ 9–½ 7–1¼ Prat 9.80
11 Careless Kitten 119 11 7 6–hd 7–1 7–1 8–1¼ Fuentes 83.00
4 Robin's Legacy 119 4 4 4–1 4–1 8–2½ 9–2½ T Baze 11.40
3 Cousin Eddie 123 3 9 10–2 9–1 10–5 10–ns Valdivia, Jr. 17.80
8 Little Mischief 123 8 8 11 11 11 11 Flores 84.90

9 SABUDA 4.60 3.00 2.40
6 THELUTEISMINE 5.00 3.80
1 CRASH CORRIGAN 3.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-9)  $13.80
$1 EXACTA (9-6)  $13.90
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (9-6-1-7)  $84.21
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (9-6-1-7-5)  $10,160.90
50-CENT TRIFECTA (9-6-1)  $26.30

Winner–Sabuda Dbb.c.3 by Metaboss out of Elusive Sabu, by Elusive Quality. Bred by Dan Preiss & All Out Investments (CA). Trainer: Anna Meah. Owner: Preiss, Dan, Aiken, Adam, Foran, David, Bandemer, Troy and Witherall, Graham. Mutuel Pool $421,563 Daily Double Pool $131,012 Exacta Pool $281,381 Superfecta Pool $152,663 Super High Five Pool $13,314 Trifecta Pool $198,909. Scratched–Gabby Hayes.

50-Cent Pick Three (3-1-9) paid $10.55. Pick Three Pool $191,266. 50-Cent Pick Four (4-3-1/2/6-9/12) 7298 tickets with 4 correct paid $40.75. Pick Four Pool $389,768. 50-Cent Pick Five (2-4-3-1/2/6-9/12) 4866 tickets with 5 correct paid $58.75. Pick Five Pool $374,692. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (1-2-4-3-1/2/6-9/12) 938 tickets with 6 correct paid $151.72. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $266,308. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $771,174.

SABUDA stalked the leader from outside, bid alongside at the three-eighths pole, gained command at the quarter pole, cleared rival and drew off while drifting out in the lane. THELUTEISMINE broke out and bumped at the start, set the pace in the two path into the turn, dueled with rival around the bend, could not go on with the winner in the stretch but was clearly second best. CRASH CORRIGAN tracked the pace along the inside to the turn, moved out into the two path around the bend and bested the rest. THE ROAN RANGER knocked into rival at the start, chased between foes then two wide around the turn, weakened but was able to churn on for a minor award. STONE'S RIVER chased outside a rival early then checked at the five-eighths pole, went two then three wide around the turn and lacked a rally. J T'S WATCH tracked three wide into the turn, four wide into the stretch and failed to threaten. SEAHAWK CODY drifted out and bumped rival into the turn, chased two wide to the stretch and lacked a response when asked. CARELESS KITTEN stalked outside a rival, four to five wide around the turn and never made an impact. ROBIN'S LEGACY stalked the pace up the backstretch and steered to the inside, saved ground to the lane and faded. COUSIN EDDIE raced outside a rival then got bumped by that foes into the turn, came four wide into the stretch and had little left. LITTLE MISCHIEF bumped hard and almost lost the rider at the start, was able to regain his right iron soon after, steadied off heels past the five-eighths pole, steered out into the clear, went four wide into the turn then angled to the rail around the bend and was empty in the lane.


AttendanceHandle
On-TrackN/A$205,302
Inter-TrackN/A$777,199
Out of StateN/A$7,128,571
TOTALN/A $8,111,072

Santa Anita Entries for Sunday, January 31.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 19th day of a 81-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $36,000. Starter Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Gate SpeedJessica Pyfer115Mark Glatt5-2
2El Diablo RojoJuan Hernandez122Craig Anthony Lewis9-5
3Dark PrinceDrayden Van Dyke122Bob Baffert3-1
4Crooked Finger RayJoel Rosario122Mike Puype9-250,000
5Holden the LuteAbel Cedillo122Steve Knapp4-1

SECOND RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $36,000. Starter Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Cowboys DaughterTyler Baze120Thomas Ray Bell, II8-145,000
2So Much HappyDrayden Van Dyke122George Papaprodromou8-1
3Lady NoguezJuan Hernandez122Vladimir Cerin6-1
4A Thousand DreamsAbel Cedillo122Vladimir Cerin6-150,000
5Quiet SecretaryVictor Espinoza122Ian Kruljac3-1
6Kept WaitingJoel Rosario122Robert N. Falcone, Jr.5-2
7Sophie AntoinetteJessica Pyfer115Doug F. O'Neill8-1
8Flat Out JoyJose Valdivia, Jr.122Ronald W. Ellis4-1
9Cover VersionGeovanni Franco118Reed Saldana6-140,000

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $24,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Blame It On KittyEdwin Maldonado122Lorenzo Ruiz20-118,000
2Strike It LuckyGeovanni Franco124Brian J. Koriner6-120,000
3LeprinoJessica Pyfer117Reed Saldana4-120,000
4Defense WinsAbel Cedillo124Doug F. O'Neill7-220,000
5PrinceofthenorthUmberto Rispoli122Eddie Truman5-118,000
6Dark HedgesJuan Hernandez124Mark Glatt3-1
7Red ValorTyler Baze124Val Brinkerhoff12-120,000
8Old Indian TrickTiago Pereira124Mike Puype4-120,000

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $36,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Blackout Jessica Pyfer113Peter Miller4-122,500
2Ian GlassUmberto Rispoli122Robert N. Falcone, Jr.5-225,000
3Irish HeatwaveFlavien Prat122Doug F. O'Neill3-125,000
4Lord Wimborne Joel Rosario120Peter Miller3-122,500
5French GetawayMike Smith122Robert B. Hess, Jr.4-125,000
6Worthy TurkMario Gutierrez122Reed Saldana12-125,000
7Mo Bob Ruben Fuentes120Jesus Ramos30-122,500

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $24,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$12,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Lady O'PradoJessica Pyfer113Robert B. Hess, Jr.4-112,500
2Princess TaleTyler Baze124Mark Glatt8-116,000
3Enriched by DebGeovanni Franco124Richard Baltas3-116,000
4RealrealgoodFrancisco Amparan124Alberto Amparan4-116,000
5Info's TreasureAbel Cedillo120Ian Kruljac6-112,500
6Midnight JamboreeTiago Pereira124William Spawr8-516,000

SIXTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $63,000. Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Navy QueenTyler Baze124John W. Sadler12-1
2Pushing SixtyMario Gutierrez124Ben D. A. Cecil8-1
3Y Not SizzleUmberto Rispoli124Jeff Mullins4-1
4Scarlet HeatRicardo Gonzalez124Dan Blacker4-1
5Peace PipeJessica Pyfer117Richard Baltas6-1
6Secret SquareEdwin Maldonado122Adam Kitchingman12-1
7Almost a FactorJoel Rosario124Carla Gaines5-1
8Kleen KarmaAbel Cedillo122Craig Anthony Lewis7-2
9Rose's CrystalJuan Hernandez124Carla Gaines8-1

SEVENTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $63,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Silk From HeavenJuan Hernandez124Hector O. Palma5-120,000
2Time for EbbyTyler Baze124Charles S. Treece9-220,000
3Little Miss EllieFlavien Prat122Vladimir Cerin8-1
4She's a DimeAlexis Centeno115Doug F. O'Neill7-2
5HomehomeMario Gutierrez124Doug F. O'Neill5-1
6La AguilillaRuben Fuentes124Jesus Ramos5-1
7Kristi's TigerUmberto Rispoli122Thomas Ray Bell, II5-2

EIGHTH RACE.

6 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $35,000. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Mr VerracityJose Valdivia, Jr.124Mike Puype12-150,000
2InchRicardo Gonzalez124Michael W. McCarthy3-150,000
3Me MachoAlexis Centeno117John E. Cortez10-150,000
4Midnight MysteryAbel Cedillo124Bob Baffert7-250,000
5Capo MafiosoJuan Hernandez124Richard Baltas7-250,000
6Stir the PotTyler Baze124Steve Knapp20-150,000
7McWherterJessica Pyfer117Doug F. O'Neill5-250,000
8Prince MagicianEswan Flores120Hector O. Palma12-145,000
9Arrivederci RomaTiago Pereira120Sally Rivera20-145,000


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