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Horse racing newsletter: Catching up on news

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Jockey Flavien Prat, pictured in 2019 as he waits for the result of an objection at the end of the Kentucky Derby, has parted ways with agent Derek Lawson.
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Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter, as we preview the only Kentucky Derby prep at Golden Gate Fields.

There were a lot of news stories that went on this past week. We mentioned a couple the other day, but let’s get caught up on all of them.

Dr. Jeff Blea has been named equine medical director of the California Horse Racing Board. He will replace Dr. Rick Arthur, who will be retiring in July. Actually, Arthur has been trying to retire for a few years but kept getting pulled back for another term. The news release quoted CHRB chairman Dr. Greg Ferraro as saying that Blea is “recognized for his clear thinking and fairness in his decision making.” Ferraro is a retired veterinarian. Arthur’s best retirement gift, no doubt, will be the fact he no longer has to attend any CHRB meetings.

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— Jockey Flavien Prat and his agent Derek Lawson have parted ways, and Prat has hired Brad Pegram as his new agent. No reason was given for the split. Pegram is also the agent for Mike Smith. Lawson should be given a lot of credit for bringing Prat from France and nurturing his career. Most of you have seen Lawson but probably didn’t know it. In the clip where Maximum Security is disqualified from the 2019 Kentucky Derby and Country House is named the winner, Lawson can be seen mouthing the words, “You won the Kentucky Derby” to Prat. Of course, Country House’s time in the national spotlight can only be compared to William Henry Harrison.

— Because a jockey agent can only have two clients in California, Brad Pegram chose to drop Drayden Van Dyke. DVD had a few calls from agents offering their services, but he has gone with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.

— Former jockey Aaron Gryder was named vice president, industry relations for the Stronach Group. He will be based in Florida. Gryder was called upon frequently during the Santa Anita equine fatality crisis of 2019 to do standups for the local television stations. His job will be to work with the various stakeholders on safety issues, which, of course, includes jockeys. Rare is it that a corporate news release from TSG doesn’t leave some major question unanswered, no doubt in its zeal to see how many times it can work “1/ST” into its release. In this case, the question was, “Isn’t this about the same job TSG gave Steve Lym, the former Santa Anita racing secretary?” Aidan Butler, the chief operating officer, called to say that Lym still has that job but is working primarily in Maryland.

— Santa Anita and Del Mar have collaborated to create a $1-million bonus for any horse that can win the Santa Anita Handicap (March 6), Hollywood Gold Cup (at Santa Anita on May 31) and the Pacific Classic (at Del Mar on Aug. 21). It’s a good idea, even though they gave it the cornball name of the “$1 million Wild West Bonus,” as if the streets of Arcadia and Del Mar are littered with guys on horses with cowboy hats and six shooters. Santa Anita is also upping the China Doll Stakes from on March 6 from $75,000 to $100,000 and raising the overnight purses $15,000 on Big ‘Cap day.

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Santa Anita review

We had picked the seventh as Friday’s feature, but Mike Willman at Santa Anita went with the fourth, so we’ll go with him. A nice rail saving trip for half the seven-furlong race, followed by a slight move to the outside on the far turn allowed Exaulted to win the $63,000 allowance race by a widening 2 ¼ lengths.

Exaulted paid $5.20, $2.60 and $2.20. American Theorem was second, followed by Mongolian Legend, Rayray, Posterize and Wrecking Crew.

“This is such a nice colt,” winning trainer Peter Eurton told Willman. “He finally got his maiden broken and he had to do it against winners, but we’ve entered several times and those [maiden] races didn’t go. [Jockey] Mike [Smith] did an amazing job. He was very patient the first quarter and he was able to work out a perfect trip. … We’ll just take our time and see what he’s eligible for.”

Santa Anita preview

Saturday’s card at Santa Anita is nine races, and more than half are on the turf — that means five, the odd-numbered races. First post is at 12:30 p.m. There are four races of the allowance type and one stakes race. The Grade 2 $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes is for older fillies and mares going seven furlongs. The favorite, at 7-2, is the one-eyed mare Hard Not to Love for trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Juan Hernandez. She hasn’t won since she won the race a year ago as the heavy favorite. She’s run graded stakes since then. She has won five-of-11 lifetime.

There are two horses at 4-1, Fair Maiden (Eoin Harty, Robert Gonzalez) and Qahira (Bob Baffert, Joel Rosario). Fair Maiden was a Grade 1 winner last out in La Brea and has won four-of-eight lifetime. Qahira won last out in an ungraded stakes at Santa Anita. She has won five of eight. Post is around 4:20 p.m.

Here are the field sizes, in order: 12 (2 also eligible), 5, 8, 8, 7, 10, 9, 11, 10.

Ciaran Thornton’s SA pick of the day

FIRST RACE: No. 2 Premiumonsaturday (20-1)

Premiumonsaturday is what we are getting for this debut horse from trainer Richard Rosales. His small stable already has one winner from three races. Jockey Eswan Flores rode that winner. Dam has turf in the blood. There are some sizzling workouts for the debut, including a 59-second work on Jan. 22. 20-1 in a wide-open race. I am all over this value.

Friday’s result: Polished Lady was just too far back into the turn making a late move to finish off the board. Lady passed the winners on the gallop out. Make note next out, especially if they send her routing.

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

Golden Gate preview

Matt Dinerman is back for another week of Golden Gate Fields racing. The genial race caller is the host for our weekly previews and other musings. So, take it away, Matt.

“This is an all El Camino Real Derby edition of our weekly Golden Gate Fields write-up. The 40th running of the race is Saturday’s eighth race with a 4:37 p.m. post. The El Camino Real Derby, run at 1 1/8 miles on Tapeta, offers 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner and an all-expenses paid, free berth into the Preakness Stakes. For the winner to earn this incentive, he or she must be Triple Crown nominated.

“There are nine runners. The morning line favorite, Rombauer, makes his 3-year-old debut and is one of six shipping North from Southern California. The son of Twirling Candy most recently placed fifth in the Grade 1 Breeders Cup Juvenile in November. Earlier in the fall, Rombauer finished as the runner-up in the Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita. Michael McCarthy trains. He won the 2018 El Camino Real Derby with Paved. Rombauer draws the outside post.

“Javanica hopes to become the second filly to win the El Camino Real Derby in its 39-year history. Javanica, royally bred by Medaglia D’Oro, has finished second in her last three starts, all against stakes competition. Eoin Harty trains for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin LLC.

“Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella saddles Petruchio, by white-hot stallion Into Mischief. After breaking his maiden on turf two starts ago, Petruchio tried winners for the first time in the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity and finished third.

“Owner Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill won the 2016 El Camino Real Derby with Frank Conversation and, five years later, campaign the California-bred Play Chicken. Trainer John o the Shirreffs has a contender in Waspirant. The son of 2009 Breeders Cup Ladies Classic winner Life Is Sweet ran fourth in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes behind two of the top 3-year-olds in California, the Bob Baffert-trained pair of Life Is Good and Medina Spirit. Positivity rounds out the list of Southern California contenders. His best run came in the summertime as a 2-year-old, winning the Graduation Stakes at Del Mar while sprinting on dirt. He also ran second in his next start, the Golden State Juvenile. Both races were against California-breds.

“Three local contenders look to play spoiler to the Southern California contingent. It’s My House, trained by Jamey Thomas, broke his maiden sprinting two weeks ago and stretches out in distance. Tesoro, who unofficially hit the wire first in his career debut for trainer O.J. Jaregui, was disqualified for interference and enters the El Camino Real Derby still a maiden. Recent starter allowance winner Govenor’s Party completes the trio of local talent and is expected to go at a big price for trainer Dan Franko.

“We’ve also got a live race card on Sunday and a holiday program on Monday. Good luck to all who watch and wager.”

Big races preview

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

10:23 Laurel (3): $100,000 Miracle Wood Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile. Favorite: Maythehorsebwithu (2-1)

10:53 Laurel (4): $100,000 John B. Campbell Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Bankit (9-5)

11:23 Laurel (5): $100,000 Nellie Morse Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Lucky Stride (2-1)

11:34 Gulfstream (6): $100,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint, 4 and up, 5 furlongs on turf. Favorite: Leinster (3-5)

11:53 Laurel (6): $100,000 Wide Country Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Street Lute (2-1)

12:23 Laurel (7): Grade 3 $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Hello Beautiful (8-5)

12:53 Laurel (8): Grade 3 $250,000 General George Stakes, 4 and up, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Funny Guy (9-5)

1:11 Fair Grounds (7): $100,000 Colonel Power Stakes, 4 and up, 5 ½ furlongs on turf. Favorite: Extravagant Kid (5-2)

1:19 Tampa Bay (9): $100,000 Pelican Stakes, 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Edgemont Road (5-2)

2:12 Fair Grounds (9): $100,000 Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Favorite: Secret Message (5-2)

2:16 Gulfstream (11): Grade 3 $100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint, 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Mischevious Alex (6-5)

2:44 Fair Grounds (10): Grade 3 $200,000 Mineshaft Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Maxfield (4-5)

3:16 Fair Grounds (11): Grade 3 $150,000 Fair Grounds Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles on turf. Favorite: Factor This (3-1)

3:47 Fair Grounds (12): Grade 2 $300,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Travel Column (2-1)

4:18 Fair Grounds (13): Grade 2 $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Mandaloun (9-2)

4:20 Santa Anita (8): Grade 2 $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Hard Not to Love (7-2)

4:37 Golden Gate (8): $100,000 El Camino Real Derby, 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Rombauer (8-5)

Chris Wade’s LA pick of the day

SEVENTH RACE: No. 1 Favorite Midnight (6-1)

He showed a good amount of ability in his two previous career starts against very productive rivals. In his most recent effort 49 nights ago, this gelding broke a tad slow and outward at the gate opening, decreasing his chances of victory. He eventually showed a nice turn of foot while running fifth against a talented winner named Dynastic Energy, who returned to run fourth against impressive recent winner Ilushion Eagle in a trial to a $100,000 race. Favorite Midnight will need to improve in his third career start and with a top-notch jockey/trainer/owner combo that does well with entrants of this ilk, I’ll take a shot that he ends up as a big player for all the board placings at a nice price here.

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And now the star of the show, Friday’s results and Saturday’s entries.

Santa Anita Charts Results for Friday, February 12.

Copyright 2021 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 23rd day of a 81-day meet. Clear & Firm

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $39,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000. Time 22.61 45.87 1:10.63 1:22.39 1:34.19


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

4 Fly to Mars 124 3 3 2–2½ 2–2 2–1 1–2½ 1–2 Prat 1.00
5 Southern King 122 4 5 5–1½ 5–1 3–½ 2–1 2–2¼ Franco 6.60
3 Prodigal Son 122 2 2 4–2½ 4–1½ 4–hd 4–½ 3–nk Gutierrez 4.50
6 Jasikan 122 5 6 6 6 5–hd 3–1½ 4–5 T Baze 4.70
7 Cajun Treasure 122 6 4 3–hd 3–hd 6 5–1½ 5–5 Rispoli 4.20
2 Causeididitmyway 120 1 1 1–1 1–2 1–hd 6 6 Flores 38.30

4 FLY TO MARS 4.00 3.00 2.10
5 SOUTHERN KING 6.40 3.00
3 PRODIGAL SON 2.80
$1 EXACTA (4-5)  $8.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-5-3-6)  $8.17
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-5-3)  $14.90

Winner–Fly to Mars B.g.7 by Ministers Wild Cat out of Warren's Flyer, by Doc Gus. Bred by Gary Barber (CA). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Gary Barber. Mutuel Pool $129,784 Exacta Pool $59,625 Superfecta Pool $21,585 Trifecta Pool $36,303. Claimed–Prodigal Son by Clarke M. Cooper Family Trust. Trainer: Gus Headley. Claimed–Jasikan (IRE) by Bone, Robert, Brown Jr., Edward and Tomazic, Todd W. Trainer: Mike Puype. Claimed–Cajun Treasure by Giordano, Louis A., Mattias, Robert and Moore, Jeffrey. Trainer: Jeff Mullins. Scratched–Move Over (GB).

FLY TO MARS bumped with PRODIGAL SON early, was closest in pursuit through the early stages, drew alongside on the far turn and headed rival at the quarter, cleared into the stretch, urged once right-handed mid-stretch and remained unchallenged through the final furlong under urging. SOUTHERN KING settled a bit off the rail early then moved out on the backstretch, went three deep on the second turn, moved in a bit leaving the bend and finished finished well for the place. PRODIGAL SON got pinballed between rivals prior to entering the first turn, stalked the lone leader inside a rival, moved a bit off the rail around the far turn, tipped out at the top of the lane and gained the show. JASIKAN (IRE) tossed head at the start to come away to a slow beginning spotting the field a few lengths, angled to the inside quickly then steered out leaving the the first turn, traveled three to four wide around the final bend and lacked the necessary bid when asked. CAJUN TREASURE stalked outside a rival to the stretch and weakened. CAUSEIDIDITMYWAY bumped early, sped clear early, showed the way to the far turn, was headed by the winner at the quarter pole and gave way.

SECOND RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Time 22.30 45.53 58.23 1:10.82


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

2 Bye Bye Miss Pie 124 2 5 5–½ 4–½ 3–2½ 1–4¼ Prat 0.80
5 Fierce for Sul 124 4 2 2–hd 2–½ 1–½ 2–1¾ Van Dyke 5.00
7 Angel of Freedom 124 6 4 6 5–2½ 4–1 3–4¼ Gonzalez 7.60
3 Reem 124 3 1 1–1 1–½ 2–hd 4–10 Cedillo 2.90
6 Bay Witch 117 5 6 4–1 3–1 5–6 5–½ Pyfer 65.10
1 Rattrapante 124 1 3 3–½ 6 6 6 Rispoli 9.90

2 BYE BYE MISS PIE 3.60 2.60 2.10
5 FIERCE FOR SUL 4.80 2.80
7 ANGEL OF FREEDOM 3.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-2)  $9.00
$1 EXACTA (2-5)  $6.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-5-7-3)  $3.62
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-5-7)  $11.70

Winner–Bye Bye Miss Pie Dbb.f.4 by Maclean's Music out of Spinning Looks, by Hard Spun. Bred by Crane Thoroughbred Services LLC (PA). Trainer: Mike Puype. Owner: Paymaster Racing LLC and Slugo Racing. Mutuel Pool $165,170 Daily Double Pool $30,665 Exacta Pool $83,629 Superfecta Pool $29,228 Trifecta Pool $52,522. Scratched–Shell Shock.

BYE BYE MISS PIE sat off the pace then pulled early to a closer position before being taken in hand, stalked two wide through the turn, angled outside the top pair and rallied three wide, cleared inside the eighth pole and drew away. FIERCE FOR SUL showed early speed outside a pair of rivals, vied between foes around the turn and into the drive, led in upper stretch to the eighth pole but could not match strides with the winner in the final furlong. ANGEL OF FREEDOM tracked widest up the backstretch, went four wide around the bend and kept on for the show. REEM broke a bit but came away quickest, set the pace between rivals then vied along the inside through the turn, lost command in upper stretch and weakened. BAY WITCH off slow to begin then was hustled along to chase outside rivals, bid three deep on the turn and tired. RATTRAPANTE pressed the pace from inside early, lost ground around the bend and angled four wide leaving the turn and retreated in the lane.

THIRD RACE.

6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $36,000. Starter Optional Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 21.35 44.04 1:08.91 1:15.35


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

2 Disko Fever 121 2 10 1–½ 1–1 1–1 1–1¾ Gutierrez 1.10
4 Dancing Dana 121 4 6 5–½ 5–1 3–½ 2–1½ Cedillo 7.80
5 Risen Lady 121 5 2 3–½ 3–1½ 2–1 3–1½ Franco 4.60
8 Polished Lady 121 8 8 9–3 9–3½ 8–1 4–½ Rispoli 6.80
1 Commas Save Lives 121 1 1 4–1 4–hd 4–1½ 5–¾ T Baze 20.90
7 Big Mama Sue 114 7 9 10 10 10 6–nk Pyfer 40.60
6 Malibu Mistress 121 6 4 8–4½ 7–hd 6–hd 7–1¼ Figueroa 107.30
10 Yellow Dress 123 10 7 7–½ 8–2½ 7–1 8–½ Van Dyke 6.80
3 Exchange Vows 110 3 5 2–½ 2–hd 5–1 9–3¾ Centeno 127.00
9 Mucha Woman 117 9 3 6–1½ 6–1½ 9–hd 10 Prat 10.40

2 DISKO FEVER 4.20 3.00 2.40
4 DANCING DANA 6.60 3.80
5 RISEN LADY 2.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-2)  $7.40
$1 EXACTA (2-4)  $12.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-4-5-8)  $14.00
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-4-5-8-1)  $933.40
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-4-5)  $19.30

Winner–Disko Fever Ch.f.3 by Tom's Tribute out of Disko Dasko (FR), by Country Reel. Bred by DP Racing (CA). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Bederian, Harry, Kamberian, Harout and Nakkashian, Hagop. Mutuel Pool $315,173 Daily Double Pool $18,811 Exacta Pool $185,759 Superfecta Pool $80,665 Super High Five Pool $19,088 Trifecta Pool $115,073. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-2-2) paid $5.95. Pick Three Pool $46,904.

DISKO FEVER off a bit slow to begin, split foes and went up to take control, set the pace inside a pair of rivals, cleared around the turn, urged right-handed through the lane and held well. DANCING DANA steadied early, chased outside a rival then two to three wide around the turn, angled out in upper stretch and gained ground on the winner late. RISEN LADY showed early speed outside the top pair, chased the winner three wide to the stretch and flattened in the late stages. POLISHED LADY sat off the pace early, angled out in the lane and split foes mid-stretch and continued on willingly for a minor share. COMMAS SAVE LIVES stalked the pace from inside throughout and never responded to urging. BIG MAMA SUE trailed the field early, traveled along the inside into the turn, angled out into the four path around the bend and improved position. MALIBU MISTRESS stumbled a bit leaving the gate, appeared to be climbing along up the backstretch, went two wide into the drive, steadied and angled in at the top of the stretch and never threatened. YELLOW DRESS settled off the pace early, went three wide into the turn, angled into the two path then steered back out and came four wide into the stretch and failed to rally. EXCHANGE VOWS pressed the pace from between rivals up the backstretch, failed to match strides with the winner around the turn, chased two wide leaving the bend and faded. MUCHA WOMAN traveled three wide into the turn, moved out into the five path entering the stretch and had little left.

FOURTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $63,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 22.25 44.70 1:09.69 1:22.77


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

1 Exaulted 122 1 4 4–2 3–½ 2–3 1–2¼ Smith 1.60
6 American Theorem 124 6 3 2–3 2–2½ 1–1½ 2–3¼ Prat 1.20
2 Mongolian Legend 115 2 5 6 5–½ 5–1½ 3–1½ Centeno 36.80
3 Rayray 124 3 1 3–1 4–2 4–½ 4–4¼ T Baze 5.90
4 Posterize 124 4 2 1–½ 1–1 3–½ 5–1¾ Franco 10.50
5 Wrecking Crew 124 5 6 5–½ 6 6 6 Rosario 9.00

1 EXAULTED 5.20 2.60 2.20
6 AMERICAN THEOREM 2.60 2.40
2 MONGOLIAN LEGEND 4.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-1)  $18.00
$1 EXACTA (1-6)  $6.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-6-2-3)  $17.30
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-6-2)  $26.15

Winner–Exaulted B.c.4 by Twirling Candy out of Gilded Miracle, by Gilded Time. Bred by Jack Swain III (KY). Trainer: Peter Eurton. Owner: C R K Stable LLC. Mutuel Pool $206,160 Daily Double Pool $27,021 Exacta Pool $100,423 Superfecta Pool $38,239 Trifecta Pool $60,846. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-2-1) paid $9.15. Pick Three Pool $24,782.

EXAULTED settled off the pace early, took closer order around the turn while angling out into the three path, chased the leader to mid-stretch then put in a late bid and drew clear. AMERICAN THEOREM broke inward at the start, stalked outside the pacesetter early, headed rival near the quarter pole, took over exiting the bend, kicked clear in upper stretch and got caught in the final sixteenth. MONGOLIAN LEGEND saved ground into the lane, shifted out and split foes mid-stretch and gained the show. RAYRAY tracked off the inside, went three to four wide around the turn and lacked a rally. POSTERIZE set the pace up the backstretch inside of AMERICAN THEOREM, showed the way along the inside into the turn, raced on even terms with rival at the quarter pole, lost command into the drive and weakened. WRECKING CREW tossed head and got shuffled back at the start, raced outside rival early then came out into the lane and never made an impact.

FIFTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $28,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500. Time 23.16 46.88 1:10.95 1:22.95 1:35.00


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

2 Boru 124 1 2 3–½ 4–1½ 3–1½ 3–2 1–nk Rispoli 2.20
7 Armour Plate 122 5 4 4–1½ 3–hd 2–½ 1–hd 2–½ Prat 2.00
3 Hard Count 124 2 1 1–1 1–1 1–½ 2–1½ 3–3¼ Gonzalez 13.40
6 Galloping Mischief 124 4 9 9 9 8–3 5–½ 4–½ Van Dyke 6.70
11 Show Business 124 9 7 7–½ 7–½ 7–1 6–½ 5–hd Valdivia, Jr. 54.90
4 Big City Bane 122 3 6 6–2 6–2 6–½ 7–hd 6–1¾ Figueroa 10.30
9 Juggles 124 7 5 5–2 5–1 5–2½ 4–1½ 7–4½ Gutierrez 4.30
10 Surfside Sunset 122 8 8 8–2 8–1 9 9 8–½ Pereira 125.60
8 Western Smoke 124 6 3 2–1 2–1 4–hd 8–5½ 9 T Baze 21.90

2 BORU 6.40 3.40 3.00
7 ARMOUR PLATE 3.20 2.60
3 HARD COUNT 5.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-2)  $23.00
$1 EXACTA (2-7)  $9.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-7-3-6)  $21.13
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-7-3-6-11)  $1,935.80
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-7-3)  $25.85

Winner–Boru B.g.6 by Curlin out of Guard the Lines, by War Front. Bred by Mayfair Speculators Pty LTD (KY). Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Owner: Lauri Seymour. Mutuel Pool $270,501 Daily Double Pool $20,069 Exacta Pool $169,550 Superfecta Pool $78,533 Super High Five Pool $5,073 Trifecta Pool $113,181. Scratched–Flat White, Foothill, Gov From Above, Montana Moon, No Parking Here.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-1-2) paid $16.80. Pick Three Pool $44,001. 50-Cent Pick Four (2/4-2-1-2) 3405 tickets with 4 correct paid $29.80. Pick Four Pool $132,951. 50-Cent Pick Five (1/4-2/4-2-1-2) 4093 tickets with 5 correct paid $79.85. Pick Five Pool $380,170.

BORU bumped leaving the gate, stalked the leader from along the fence, steered out in the stretch, rallied outside and got up late. ARMOUR PLATE bumped at the start, pulled early on the first turn, bid outside and took over in upper stretch, led through the final furlong but was caught nearing the wire. HARD COUNT broke in and bumped rival at the start, sped to the front, was challenged around the final bend, met that bid and fought back from inside, lost command approaching the furlong maker, continued to battled through the late stages and proved a game third. GALLOPING MISCHIEF broke and bumped at the start, trailed through the early going, went outside a rival into the far turn, came three deep into the stretch and bested the rest. SHOW BUSINESS traveled near the back of the pack while outside a rival, raced between into the stretch and improved position. BIG CITY BANE was mid-pack through the early stages, saved ground into the lane, moved out and raced between runners in the stretch and could not rally. JUGGLES stumbled, broke out and bumped rival at the start, raced three wide into the first turn, two wide into the stretch and weakened. SURFSIDE SUNSET bumped from inside rival in the beginning, angled to the fence around the first turn, tracked the leader from inside and was never a factor. WESTERN SMOKE up close early outside the pacesetter, lost ground around the far turn and faded.

SIXTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $22,000. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 21.75 45.04 57.77 1:11.16


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

7 Crankin 117 6 3 3–½ 3–hd 3–3 1–1¾ Centeno 1.20
3 Stir the Pot 124 2 2 1–2 1–½ 1–½ 2–1¾ T Baze 15.70
5 Betito 124 4 4 2–3 2–4½ 2–2½ 3–¾ Cedillo 4.30
1 Tiger's Song 124 1 7 4–½ 4–2½ 4–3 4–2¾ Pereira 3.20
6 Mr. Clutch 124 5 5 7 6–5 5–hd 5–nk Flores 69.30
4 Golden Victory 124 3 6 5–hd 5–1 6–13 6–29 Fuentes 36.30
8 Fun Coupons 124 7 1 6–1½ 7 7 7 Franco 3.60

7 CRANKIN 4.40 3.20 2.40
3 STIR THE POT 9.40 4.60
5 BETITO 4.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-7)  $17.00
$1 EXACTA (7-3)  $23.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-3-5-1)  $26.54
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-3-5-1-6)  $3,867.10
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-3-5)  $41.05

Winner–Crankin B.c.4 by Lookin At Lucky out of C C's Pride, by Successful Appeal. Bred by Richard Barton Enterprises (CA). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: C T R Stables LLC (Calvert). Mutuel Pool $218,939 Daily Double Pool $30,056 Exacta Pool $115,486 Superfecta Pool $62,226 Super High Five Pool $5,067 Trifecta Pool $85,512. Scratched–Pobrecito.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-2-7) paid $14.55. Pick Three Pool $31,990.

CRANKIN tracked the pace off the inside, took the turn three to four wide, rallied outside the top pair and drew clear late under a drive. STIR THE POT sped clear to set the pace, met the bid from BETITO on the turn, held a short lead over that rival to the sixteenth pole but could not fend off the closing winner. BETITO chased outside the leader up the backstretch, bid outside on the turn, challenged to the sixteenth pole and flattened late. TIGER'S SONG traveled along the inside then two wide into the lane and finished evenly in the final furlong. MR. CLUTCH raced off the inside then angled to the rail on the turn, saved ground into the stretch and lacked a rally. GOLDEN VICTORY was off the pace in the early going, took the turn two wide and could not respond when called upon. FUN COUPONS away quickly from outside, chased the speed outside a rival, dropped back into the turn and was done early.

SEVENTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $65,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 23.20 45.77 1:09.52 1:21.64 1:33.88


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

1 Tapwater 122 1 3 3–1 3–2 3–2½ 2–1 1–nk Prat 4.40
3 On Mars 124 3 7 7–2 7–2 7–1½ 6–2 2–½ Smith 2.40
8 Moonhall Milly 122 8 2 6–2 6–½ 6–½ 4–½ 3–¾ Rispoli 7.20
4 Miss Stormy D 124 4 5 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–½ 4–1¼ T Baze 9.50
5 She's Our Charm 124 5 6 2–1½ 2–2 2–1 3–2 5–1½ Franco 1.80
2 Love and Peace 122 2 4 5–½ 4–hd 4–1 5–½ 6–2¼ Maldonado 28.40
7 Silberpfeil 124 7 8 8 8 8 7–3 7–10 Valdivia, Jr. 9.40
6 Queen of God 124 6 1 4–1½ 5–2 5–hd 8 8 Cedillo 50.90

1 TAPWATER 10.80 5.00 3.80
3 ON MARS 3.80 2.80
8 MOONHALL MILLY (IRE) 4.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-1)  $30.80
$1 EXACTA (1-3)  $17.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-3-8-4)  $32.11
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-3-8-4-5)  $394.90
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-3-8)  $44.30

Winner–Tapwater Grr.m.5 by Tapit out of Fiji Moon, by Indian Charlie. Bred by LNJ Foxwoods (KY). Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: LNJ Foxwoods. Mutuel Pool $310,163 Daily Double Pool $28,792 Exacta Pool $186,158 Superfecta Pool $89,004 Super High Five Pool $7,245 Trifecta Pool $127,060. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-7-1) paid $24.10. Pick Three Pool $37,785.

TAPWATER stalked the pace from inside, angled out on the far turn, came three wide into the stretch, rallied and struck the front nearing the sixteenth pole, then held late over the runner-up. ON MARS stumbled at the start, unhurried early from inside, angled out and had the rider lose his whip in upper stretch, rallied under hand urging but ran out of time. MOONHALL MILLY (IRE) settled off the inside, went three wide into the lane, angled out and rallied but was outkicked by the top pair. MISS STORMY D quickly established the front and moved to the inside, saved ground into the stretch, led through the lane and yielded in the final sixteenth. SHE'S OUR CHARM was up close early outside the leader, coaxed two wide into the drive, lacked room behind rivals at the eighth pole, shifted out and finished evenly. LOVE AND PEACE (FR) saved ground along the inside, tipped out in the stretch and lacked the necessary bid. SILBERPFEIL (IRE) trailed the field to the far turn from inside, angled three wide and never threatened. QUEEN OF GOD traveled mid-pack through the early stages while outside a rival, lost ground around the far turn, raced between rivals and was bothered in upper stretch and tired.

EIGHTH RACE.

1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $24,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$12,500. Time 24.06 48.24 1:12.69 1:38.65 1:45.10


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

7 Seiche 124 6 3 4–1 3–hd 3–2 2–2½ 1–1½ Cedillo 4.30
4 Next Revolt 124 4 4 2–½ 2–1½ 1–hd 1–1 2–4½ Prat 1.70
3 Street Behavior 124 3 2 3–½ 4–1 4–2 4–3½ 3–3¾ Gutierrez 3.70
9 Czechmight 124 8 1 1–1 1–1 2–1½ 3–½ 4–1 Gonzalez 5.40
1 K P D Day 117 1 6 5–2 5–2½ 5–2½ 5–2½ 5–4¾ Pyfer 10.10
8 Meadway 124 7 8 8 7–hd 7–hd 7–hd 6–½ Flores 34.40
6 Speakerofthehouse 120 5 5 6–1½ 6–2½ 6–2½ 6–2 7–4 Pereira 9.30
2 Bodega 113 2 7 7–1 8 8 8 8 Centeno 20.70

7 SEICHE 10.60 5.20 2.80
4 NEXT REVOLT 3.00 2.20
3 STREET BEHAVIOR 2.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-7)  $81.40
$1 EXACTA (7-4)  $15.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-4-3-9)  $29.75
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-4-3-9-1)  $336.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-4-3)  $33.25

Winner–Seiche Dbb.g.4 by Super Saver out of Roberta Turner, by Smart Strike. Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Kelly, Sarah and Wiltz, Jane. Mutuel Pool $240,214 Daily Double Pool $93,009 Exacta Pool $150,316 Superfecta Pool $76,192 Super High Five Pool $13,392 Trifecta Pool $104,365. Claimed–Seiche by Brian Godon. Trainer: Val Brinkerhoff. Claimed–Next Revolt by Jackson, Dale and Lambert, Jeffrey. Trainer: Robert Hess, Jr. Scratched–Master Recovery.

50-Cent Pick Three (7-1-7) paid $40.20. Pick Three Pool $138,654. 50-Cent Pick Four (2-2/7-1-7) 1876 tickets with 4 correct paid $166.30. Pick Four Pool $408,842. 50-Cent Pick Five (1-2-2/7-1-7) 375 tickets with 5 correct paid $571.80. Pick Five Pool $280,621. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (2-1-2-2/7-1-7) 92 tickets with 6 correct paid $583.24. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $100,442. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $52,676.

SEICHE raced off the inside in range of the leader, came three wide into the stretch, urged left-handed in the lane, collared rival with a sixteenth to go and proved best late. NEXT REVOLT was closest in pursuit early, bid outside around the far turn, put a head in front at the quarter pole, cleared inside rival into the stretch, challenge by the winner at the sixteenth pole and yielded. STREET BEHAVIOR stalked the pace from inside, came out into the drive and finished a clear third. CZECHMIGHT quickly cleared in the beginning and crossed over to the inside, showed the way up the backstretch, pressured around the far turn, lost command at the quarter pole and weakened. K P D DAY brushed leaving the gate, tracked the pace in the two path, exited far turn two to three wide and lacked the needed response in the lane. MEADWAY stumbled leaving the gate, traveled outside a rival at the back of the pack to the stretch and never got involved. SPEAKEROFTHEHOUSE raced off the pace while off the rail, went four wide into the second bend, angled in a path then back out four wide into the stretch and proved no menace. BODEGA broke in and brushed rival at the start, saved ground along the inside and never made an impact.


AttendanceHandle
On-TrackN/A$114,289
Inter-TrackN/A$605,039
Out of StateN/A$5,816,068
TOTALN/A $6,535,396

Santa Anita Entries for Saturday, February 13.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 24th day of a 81-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

6 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 3 year olds. State bred.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Big SummerDrayden Van Dyke123Blake R. Heap6-1
2PremiumonsaturdayEswan Flores123Richard Rosales20-1
3GalarinaGeovanni Franco123Daniel Dunham50-1
4Sunshine BabeTyler Baze123Marcelo Polanco12-1
5Winter StarJessica Pyfer116Hector O. Palma15-1
6Warrior LadyRuben Fuentes123Peter Eurton12-1
7Big ClareFlavien Prat123Philip D'Amato5-2
8Another EddieMario Gutierrez123Ben D. A. Cecil3-1
9Supersonic FlyerAbel Cedillo123Leonard Powell12-1
10Alot of MagicUmberto Rispoli123Richard Baltas4-1
11HematiteRicardo Gonzalez123Doug F. O'Neill15-1
12Sugar KissesTiago Pereira123Carla Gaines30-1
Also Eligible
13Annie GrahamAbel Cedillo123Steven Miyadi5-1
14Belleo's MusicTiago Pereira123J. Eric Kruljac12-1

SECOND RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1AdmirablyAbel Cedillo124Lorenzo Ruiz8-1
2I Will NotMario Gutierrez124Doug F. O'Neill3-1
3Autumn DayFlavien Prat124Ryan Hanson10-1
4CurryJessica Pyfer117Karen Headley2-5
5Brace for ImpactEdwin Maldonado124Karen Headley10-1

THIRD RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $35,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1CompellusRuben Fuentes123Jeff Bonde20-150,000
2Labor UnionAbel Cedillo123Peter Eurton2-150,000
3CapperFlavien Prat123Peter Eurton4-150,000
4ZoffaKent Desormeaux123J. Keith Desormeaux5-150,000
5Willy the CobblerTyler Baze123Steve Knapp8-150,000
6My Summer DreamGeovanni Franco119Anthony K. Saavedra15-145,000
7Mount PelliarUmberto Rispoli123Ryan Hanson9-550,000
8Broken FingerEdwin Maldonado123Rafael DeLeon30-150,000

FOURTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $22,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $10,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Street ImageJessica Pyfer115Eddie Truman5-110,000
2Royal SeekerEswan Flores122Marcelo Polanco50-110,000
3Baby GronkHeriberto Figueroa124Jeffrey Metz8-110,000
4Restoring DreamsFlavien Prat122Ryan Hanson2-110,000
5Black StormTyler Baze122Jeff Mullins4-110,000
6D K's CrownEdwin Maldonado122Doug F. O'Neill5-210,000
7ContagionRuben Fuentes122Andrew Lerner12-110,000
8Rickey BAbel Cedillo122Lorenzo Ruiz8-110,000

FIFTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $65,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Lincoln CityDrayden Van Dyke122J. Eric Kruljac12-1
2Ghoul Joel Rosario124Peter Miller7-262,500
3Highly DistortedAbel Cedillo122Mike Puype5-2
4Sparky VilleRuben Fuentes124Dan Blacker10-162,500
5The Black Album Flavien Prat124Peter Miller5-162,500
6Chaos TheoryUmberto Rispoli124John W. Sadler9-562,500
7Mystery MessengerKent Desormeaux122Vladimir Cerin8-162,500

SIXTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $39,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $32,000-$28,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Golden ImageEswan Flores122Daniel Dunham30-132,000
2Oil Can KnightEdwin Maldonado124Steve Knapp4-132,000
3Single Me OutGeovanni Franco124Gary Stute8-132,000
4FratelliFlavien Prat122Andrew Lerner5-132,000
5ItalianoUmberto Rispoli122Vann Belvoir4-132,000
6Satchel de RitchesKent Desormeaux120Robert B. Hess, Jr.15-128,000
7Captain ScottyRicardo Gonzalez122Peter Miller5-232,000
8See Through ItJessica Pyfer111Brian J. Koriner15-128,000
9HowbeitAbel Cedillo124Doug F. O'Neill10-132,000
10Promise NothingTyler Baze122Rafael Becerra10-132,000

SEVENTH RACE.

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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1TizhotndustyJessica Pyfer117J. Eric Kruljac6-1
2Hapi HapiGeovanni Franco122Daniel Azcarate20-1
3Tropical TerrorMike Smith124James M. Cassidy5-1
4Carmelita's ManTyler Baze124Dean Pederson4-1
5KakistocracyDrayden Van Dyke124Carla Gaines8-1
6One Fast BroRuben Fuentes124Shelbe Ruis5-1
7Clayton DelaneyAbel Cedillo124Philip D'Amato3-1
8Burnin TurfFlavien Prat124Dan Blacker6-1
9Mr. BrownstoneJose Valdivia, Jr.124Mike Puype12-1

EIGHTH RACE.

7 Furlongs. Purse: $200,000. 'Santa Monica Stakes'. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1MerneithEdwin Maldonado120Bob Baffert5-1
2Miss Stormy DTyler Baze120Carla Gaines20-1
3Fair MaidenRicardo Gonzalez124Eoin G. Harty4-1
4Hard Not to LoveJuan Hernandez120John A. Shirreffs7-2
5QahiraJoel Rosario120Bob Baffert4-1
6Golden PrincipalMike Smith120Bob Baffert8-1
7Secret KeeperAbel Cedillo120Clifford W. Sise, Jr.12-1
8AmuseDrayden Van Dyke120Richard E. Mandella8-1
9Proud EmmaGeovanni Franco122Peter Miller15-1
10Biddy DukeUmberto Rispoli122Doug F. O'Neill12-1
11Bohemian BourbonFlavien Prat120Michael W. McCarthy20-1

NINTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $65,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1GoalieFlavien Prat122Philip D'Amato6-1
2EncoderMario Gutierrez124Michael S. Wilson20-162,500
3Mind the GapRicardo Gonzalez122Kristin Mulhall6-1
4Heywoods BeachTyler Baze122John W. Sadler6-1
5King TheoAlexis Centeno115Carlo Vaccarezza30-162,500
6Award WinnerAbel Cedillo122David E. Hofmans6-1
7Indian PeakMike Smith124Brian J. Koriner15-1
8Restiany Jose Valdivia, Jr.122John W. Sadler10-1
9ScartoUmberto Rispoli122Mike Puype5-2
10TaishanJoel Rosario122Richard Baltas7-2


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