Horse racing newsletter: Life Is Good is great in San Felipe
Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as Santa Anita pulls off the best day of racing so far this meeting.
No one should be surprised that Bob Baffert went 1-2 in the Grade 2 $300,000 San Felipe Stakes. Life Is Good wasn’t just good but great in his eight-length win Saturday afternoon.
Life Is Good was the only favorite to win a Kentucky Derby points prep Saturday, paying a mere $3.00 to win. In the Tampa Bay Derby, the winner was Helium paying $32.80. And up in New York in the Gotham, the winner was Weyburn, who paid $95.50.
(The Gotham should not be a Kentucky Derby points race, since at this stage of the game why would you cut back to a mile? Isn’t that why the San Vicente isn’t a points race? The only horse to win the Gotham and Kentucky Derby: Secretariat.)
Anyway, with all the great racing at Santa Anita on Saturday, let’s get right to it.
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Santa Anita review
So many good stakes, so little time.
$100,000 China Doll Stakes: It’s not often the first race is a stakes, but it was on Saturday, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies. Going Global sat near the back of a compressed six-horse field until midway on the far turn when he made his move, drew even at the top of the stretch and went on to win by three-quarters of a length.
Going Global paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.20. Closing Remarks was second, followed by Quattroelle, Sweetest Angel, Golden and Bleu Balloon.
Phil D’Amato (winning trainer): “This filly came to us via Niall Dalton, and luckily Michael Nentwig and his group were able to pull the trigger on her. She has done nothing wrong since she has come here. She has trained like a good horse, and Flavien [Prat] fits her to a tee. When I saw them ding-donging up front, I liked where we were sitting. It was a question of when we pulled the trigger, what did we have? She responded really well. I couldn’t be more delighted. That’s what I wanted to see, is her taking the next step in being able to relax and go around two turns. She answered the questions [Saturday].”
Prat (winning jockey): “The way she ran last time gave me a lot of confidence coming into this race. We were going a route of ground today and I was very happy with the way she was traveling and the way she relaxed. She was very impressive.”
Grade 2 $300,000 San Felipe Stakes: This Kentucky Derby prep race was worth 50 points to Life Is Good. Mike Smith hustled him out of the gate straight to the lead, which he widened on the back stretch and really widened in the stretch to win by eight lengths in this 1 1/16 -mile race.
Life Is Good paid $3.00, $2.20 and $2.10. Medina Spirit was second, followed by Dream Shake, Roman Centurian, the Great One, None Above The Law and Governor’s Party.
If you want to read more about the race, you can check out my story. Just click here. If you just want some quotes, here they are.
Bob Baffert (winning trainer): “I like the way he got away from the gate, both of my horses got away cleanly, they were in a good spot. Down the backside, that’s where this horse can get a little tough, and I was hoping we’d get a little 47 and change. But Mike [Smith], he just sat on him, he was doing it so easily, I saw 46 and four I said, ‘Well, I think I could live with that. I always thought he could be a super horse, we’ll find out today,’ but at the quarter pole I could tell he was just still cruising, just doing it easy. I just feel fortunate that I have this horse in my barn. My horse that ran second (Medina Spirit), he’s a really nice horse and I felt bad I had to run him against him, but they need these races and I didn’t want to ship yet.”
Smith (winning jockey): “He’s learning to settle. He’s maturing and getting smarter. Early on, he was so used to exploding from the pole or the gate. He’s learning how to run now, which is the big key, and he’s learning how to get into a rhythm. The rhythm is going to be a bit fast because he is that good and he has an extremely high cruising speed. … He’s just so talented. I had a strong hold on him down to the wire, just holding onto him making sure that he stayed straight. This horse is like that Muhammad Ali song. He floats like a butterfly, and stings like a bee.”
Grade 2 $200,000 San Carlos: It was all Brickyard Ride in this seven-furlong race. He broke alertly, went to the lead and was never headed, winning by four lengths. Brickyard Ride is a Cal-bred and is coming off a win in the Cal Cup Sprint.
Brickyard Ride paid $12.00, $5.40 and $4.20. Tigre Di Slugo was second, followed by Exaulted, Major Cabbie, Storm The Court, Manhattan Up, Strong Constitution, Extra Hope and Loud Mouth.
Craig Lewis (winning trainer): “Well, speed kills and he killed today with his speed. He’s blessed with a lot of natural speed obviously, he’s learning how to relax, he’s maturing, he’s a big powerful horse. He reached for ground like a horse that could run forever. He’s starting to look like he could be the goods.”
Alexis Centeno (winning jockey): “This is of big significance to me. Craig Lewis gave me the opportunity to work this horse and since I’ve been on him, he’s run well for me and he’s comfortable with me.”
Grade 1 $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile: In perhaps the most exciting finish on the day, Hit The Road sneaked in along on the rail to beat favored Smooth Like Strait by a neck. Longshot Count Again was also right there behind by another half-a-length. It was the first Grade 1 stakes win for trainer Dan Blacker.
Hit The Road paid $10.40, $5.40 and $4.20. Flavius was fourth, followed by Royal Ship, Casa Creed, Ride A Comet, Spirit Animal, Flying Scotsman and Social Paranoia.
Blacker (winning trainer): “I was pretty anxious, but I thought if he can get through he’s got a good chance. Luckily, ‘Flo’ found a gap and he just proved he’s the best [Saturday]. I gave myself 10 years to win a Grade 1 and luckily we got it done in year nine. I don’t want to make this about me. It’s all about the horse, he’s such a professional animal, he is a true racehorse. He was born that way; he’s just a true athlete and so mentally focused on racing.”
Florent Geroux (winning jockey): “The trip made the difference, we got very lucky with the trip. It opened up at the right time, and the horse got the job done. It was all heart. Sometimes when you have to go through a tight spot, the horse doesn’t necessarily cooperate, but he did great and did everything I asked him to. I couldn’t be any prouder of the horse and Dan and his team for his first Grade 1. They worked very hard to get to this point and I’m very happy for them.”
Grade 1 $400,000 Santa Anita Handicap: The onetime signature race over 1 ¼ miles went right down to the final strides as Idol came from fifth at the top of the stretch to win by half a length. Maxfield, undefeated in five starts, just didn’t have a kick in the stretch and finished third.
Idol paid $12.80, $6.40 and $3.40. Express Train was second, followed by Maxfield, Independence Hall, Tizamagician, Kiss Today Goodbye, Coastal Defense and King Guillermo.
Richard Baltas (winning trainer): “I know he was running really hard around the turn, he was wide, he was far back but Joel [Rosario] said he didn’t want any of the kick back in his face, so we took the wide route. He’s got a big lovely long stride, so that’s why we were thinking a mile and a quarter for sure. We needed all of Joel Rosario’s power in the stretch to get him home. It was a great win, it’s a race you dream about winning. It’s unbelievable, I’ve been coming here since I was 13 years old. Before I even got to be a horse trainer, I saw all the greats run here in the Big ‘Cap and you never think that you’re going to be here, but you keep working hard and God blessed you.”
Rosario (winning jockey): “My horse loves this distance. I just wanted to keep him away from the rail and he handled it easily. He responded when it came time to run and he had some kick. I appreciate the opportunity Richard Baltas gave me for this ride. I had never been on him. I watched all his races and I could see he tries hard every time. What a strong finish [Saturday]. He ran really big.”
Santa Anita preview
Sunday’s card shows the usual dropoff after a big day. There are nine races starting at 12:30 p.m. There is one stakes, which is a two-barn race, there are three allowance races and one maiden special. More than half the races are on the turf, the odd-numbered races.
The feature is the Grade 3 $100,000 Santa Ysabel for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles. It’s worth 50 Kentucky Oaks points to the winner, which essentially means it’s a win and you’re in race. It’s a five-horse race with Beautiful Gift, Heels Up and Kalypso all from the Baffert barn and A Real Hero and Moraz are from the Michael McCarthy barn.
Kalypso is the 8-5 favorite with Rosario as the jockey. She has won two of six races including the Grade 2 Santa Ynez. Last out she finished second in the Las Virgenes. Moraz is the 9-5 second choice, and Umberto Rispoli will ride. She has won one of three and was third in the Las Virgenes last out.
Here are the field sizes, in order: 8, 6, 6, 5, 7, 9, 9, 8, 9.
Doug O’Neill gets suspended
This was a little too big to wait for the usual stewards’ rulings. But on Saturday it was announced that trainer Doug O’Neill was suspended for a minimum of 10 days and fined $7,500 for a medication violation that occurred on Oct. 9, 2020 at Santa Anita. The horse Howbeit tested positive for Lidocaine, a pain reliever, after finishing second in a claiming race.
O’Neill entered into a settlement agreement with the California Horse Racing Board where he would have to serve only 10 days of the 30-day suspension if he remains without any more medication violations for a year. The suspension starts Monday and goes through March 17. If you want more on this story, go to my story in The Times. Just click here.
Ciaran Thornton’s SA pick of the day
FIRST RACE: No.1 Capital Heat (10-1)
Capital Heat was a 12-1 value winner for us on Jan. 20, going gate to wire under Jessica Pyfer to win the nose bob at 12-1, the second win in a row for this tandem. Sunday they add an extra half furlong and that is the big question mark — can this horse hold on at this distance? There is a lot of early speed in this race, but this 10-1 price for a horse racing protected again is too good a value for me to ignore.
Saturday’s result: Major Cabbie finished fourth and had no chance against Brickyard Ride who looked and was formidable.
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.
Tampa Bay (5): Grade 3 $100,000 Challenger Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Last Judgment ($4.80)
Santa Anita (1): $100,000 China Dolls Stakes, fillies 3-years-olds, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Going Global ($4.00)
Aqueduct (6): $250,000 Busher Invitational, fillies 3-years-old, 1 mile. Winner: Search Results ($6.30)
Aqueduct (7): Grade 3 $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap, 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Winner: Chateau ($9.60)
Tampa Bay (9): Grade 2 $225,000 Hillsborough Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/18 miles on turf. Winner: Micheline ($11.20)
Aqueduct (8): $125,000 Heavenly Prize Invitational, 4 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Lake Avenue ($3.90)
Tampa Bay (10): Grade 3 $200,000 Florida Oaks, fillies 3-years-old, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Winner: Domain Expertise ($12.80)
Aqueduct (9): Grade 3 $300,000 Gotham Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile. Winner: Weyburn ($95.50)
Tampa Bay (11): Grade 2 $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Helium ($32.80)
Santa Anita (6): Grade 2 $300,000 San Felipe Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Life Is Good ($4.00)
Oaklawn (9): Grade 3 $300,000 Honeybee Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Will’s Secret ($6.20)
Santa Anita (8): Grade 2 $200,000 San Carlos Stakes, 3 and up, 7 furlongs. Winner: Brickyard Ride ($12.00)
Santa Anita (9): Grade 1 $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile, 4 and up, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Hit The Road ($10.40)
Santa Anita (10): Grade 1 $400,000 Santa Anita Handicap, 4 and up, 1 ¼ miles. Winner: Idol ($12.80)
Big races preview
A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 or more on Sunday. All times PST.
1:24 Aqueduct (7): $100,000 Biogio’s Rose Stakes, NY-bred fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 mile. Favorite: Lucky Move (8-5)
2:08 Santa Anita (4): Grade 3 $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Kalypso (8-5)
Chris Wade’s LA pick of the day
SIXTH RACE: No. 4 This Parties Hoppin (4-1)
He exits a race in which he broke very slow but still came away with a victory at 17-1 for these connections on Feb. 12. He’s a bit of a stride finder deluxe who has earned a good figure on my charts in three of his last four efforts. In his previously mentioned victory 23 nights ago, this gelding got a tad fractious in the gate before breaking over a length slow to put himself behind the 8-ball right from the get-go. With a tough start to overcome, he put forth a big run past the gap before coming through strongly late to win rather easily with still run in the tank. He can’t make any mistakes against this level of competition, but if he can break cleanly and repeat the finish of his last start, he’ll be a big late threat at good 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, March 6.
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1 Mile Turf. Purse: $100,000. 'China Doll Stakes'. Fillies. 3 year olds. Time 22.97 46.51 1:10.50 1:22.62 1:34.32
|5||GOING GLOBAL (IRE)||4.00||2.80||2.20|
|$1 EXACTA (5-7)||$11.10|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-7-8-2)||$8.44|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-7-8)||$12.90|
Winner–Going Global (IRE) B.f.3 by Mehmas (IRE) out of Wrood, by Invasor (ARG). Bred by N. Hartery (IRE). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: CYBT, Dubb, Michael, Gevertz, Saul, Nentwig, Michael and Pagano, Ray. Mutuel Pool $231,217 Exacta Pool $103,872 Superfecta Pool $36,325 Trifecta Pool $63,235. Scratched–Absolute Scenes (IRE), Carpe Fortuna, Ivy League.
GOING GLOBAL (IRE) angled to the inside early then moved out a bit on the backstretch, swung four wide exiting the far turn then five wide in upper stretch, drew alongside the leader at the eighth pole, drifted inward and drew clear near the sixteenth pole and held safely late. CLOSING REMARKS tucked inside early, saved ground off the pace then came a bit off the rail leaving the second bend, tipped out and brushed rival in upper stretch and finished well to earn the place honors. QUATTROELLE (IRE) settled in the two path then moved out three wide, angled back to the two path around the far turn, steered out in the drive and gained the show. SWEETEST ANGEL controlled the pace while pressured from outside, showed the way along the inside to the stretch, shook free of rival at the top of the lane, clung to a short lead with a furlong to go and weakened. GOLDEN settled off the pace, came three wide into the lane, brushed with rival in upper stretch and lacked a late bid. BLEU BALLON stumbled leaving the gate, prompted the pace from outside to the stretch, lost contact with the leader at the top of the lane and weakened.
1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $80,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 23.56 47.22 1:11.77 1:37.36 1:43.86
|3||Two Thirty Five||124||3||6||5–hd||5–½||5–½||6–2||5–hd||Cedillo||9.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-1)||$18.00|
|$1 EXACTA (1-6)||$11.50|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-6-2-5)||$12.01|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-6-2-5-3)||$114.20|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-6-2)||$19.50|
Winner–Mastering Dbb.c.4 by Street Sense out of Shimmer, by Pulpit. Bred by Forging Oaks Farm LLC (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul. Mutuel Pool $204,153 Daily Double Pool $66,780 Exacta Pool $106,048 Superfecta Pool $35,151 Super High Five Pool $2,065 Trifecta Pool $62,019. Claimed–Kershaw by Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. Trainer: Peter Miller. Scratched–none.
MASTERING threw his head at the start and came away a bit slow, chased inside then moved out into the two path around the first turn, steered out on the second bend and came four wide into drive, bid outside the leader inside the eighth pole and proved best late. BOLD ENDEAVOR dueled outside SHOOTERS SHOOTERS to the lane, cleared that rival in upper stretch, fought with the winner through the furlong grounds and yielded grudgingly. KERSHAW sat off the pace three wide up the backstretch, went between rivals around the far turn then two wide into the stretch, came out some at the top of the stretch and summoned a mild rally for the show. MULTIPLIER was unhurried in the early going and steered to the inside, saved ground throughout then moved out into the two path in the drive and improved position. TWO THIRTY FIVE traveled three to four wide around the clubhouse turn, stayed off the rail then went three deep around the far turn, came out and entered the drive five wide and proved no menace. SHOOTERS SHOOT dueled from inside with BOLD ENDEAVOR to the stretch and gave way. INDIAN PEAK stalked the top pair outside a rival, traveled three wide into the far turn then angled four wide into the stretch and faded.
6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $80,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 23.27 46.33 1:09.99 1:16.00
|4||Love and Peace||124||4||7||6–1||7||6–5||5–1½||Maldonado||12.80|
|3||Querida Dubai||124||3||3||2–1½||3–hd||7||7||Valdivia, Jr.||47.60|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-2)||$22.80|
|$1 EXACTA (2-1)||$23.30|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-1-7-5)||$19.23|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-1-7-5-4)||$413.00|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-1-7)||$34.70|
Winner–Annangel (IRE) B.f.4 by Morpheus (GB) out of Think (FR), by Marchand de Sable. Bred by John Foley (IRE). Trainer: Steve Knapp. Owner: Thomsen Racing, LLC. Mutuel Pool $284,434 Daily Double Pool $29,975 Exacta Pool $141,166 Superfecta Pool $50,124 Super High Five Pool $4,330 Trifecta Pool $84,339. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (5-1-2) paid $14.05. Pick Three Pool $84,227.
ANNANGEL (IRE) sped clear to take command early, sat all the pace while saving ground into the stretch, responded when challenged by STORMING LADY at the eighth pole and turned away rival in deep stretch. STORMING LADY settled along the inside, came out into the stretch, bid outside ANNANGEL at the eighth pole but lacked the needed late kick in the final sixteenth. GUITTY (FR) stalked outside rivals early, entered the turn three wide outside a rival, exited the five wide, chased widest through the lane and got up for the show. BEGUILED stalked three deep then moved into the two path, angled out on the turn and came four wide into the stretch and got edged for the show. LOVE AND PEACE (FR) stumbled badly leaving the gate, steered to the inside, saved ground around the bend and kept on through the late stages. GYPSY SPIRIT (GB) chased four deep early then went outside a rival into the turn, exited the bend three wide then weakened between rivals in the drive. QUERIDA DUBAI (ARG) stalked two then three wide around the turn and tired.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $50,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000. Time 22.56 46.05 58.40 1:11.59
|6||Pistachio Princess||123||6||2||3–1||2–1||2–4½||2–2¼||Van Dyke||1.70|
|3||Our Little Tiger||123||3||4||4–hd||5–3||5–4||4–3½||Desormeaux||8.10|
|2||Ela Calimera Mou||123||2||8||8||7–2½||7–6||7–9||Fuentes||59.90|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-7)||$133.80|
|$1 EXACTA (7-6)||$62.30|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-6-1-3)||$103.40|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-6-1-3-5)||$2,432.50|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-6-1)||$127.10|
Winner–Race Judicata B.f.3 by Vronsky out of Hi Ho Yodeler, by Swiss Yodeler. Bred by Todd Marshall & Andrew Molasky (CA). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC. Mutuel Pool $205,705 Daily Double Pool $30,738 Exacta Pool $116,962 Superfecta Pool $54,950 Super High Five Pool $3,187 Trifecta Pool $84,785. Claimed–Pistachio Princess by Paul Sabesky. Trainer: Jorge Periban. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (1-2-7) paid $101.20. Pick Three Pool $28,495.
RACE JUDICATA away quickly from the gate and sped to the front, dueled for the lead from outside, pressured from both sides around the turn, put away inner rival at the quarter pole, fought with PISTACHIO PRINCESS in the drive and gamely prevailed. PISTACHIO PRINCESS chased from outside, bid three deep around the turn, fought with the winner through the lane, dug in late and missed. MEDUSA'S GAZE brushed with outside rival at the start, forwardly placed along the inside, moved out into the two path around the turn, came out a bit further in the lane and finished willingly for the show honors. OUR LITTLE TIGER chased outside a rival early, drifted out around the turn and finished evenly. ENSLEYS DREAM went up to duel for command form inside, lost contact with rival approaching the quarter pole, saved ground into the drive and gave way. PREMIUMONSATURDAY tracked off the inside, took the turn four wide, had the rider lose his whip past the eighth pole and never threatened. ELA CALIMERA MOU came away slow and brushed with inside rival at the start, saved ground to the lane and was never a factor. ROYALLY COMMAND bobbled at the start, entered the turn three wide, moved to the four path then steered back in leaving the bend and had little left for the drive.
6 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $78,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $100,000. Time 21.96 44.52 56.67 1:08.70
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-6)||$120.00|
|$1 EXACTA (6-1)||$6.60|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-1-7-2)||$12.01|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-1-7-2-8)||$90.40|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-1-7)||$12.90|
Winner–Nimbostratus (FR) B.f.3 by Wootton Bassett (GB) out of Bahama Spirit (IRE), by Invincible Spirit (IRE). Bred by Laundry Cottage Stud (FR). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Altamira Racing Stable, CYBT, Lantzman, Marc and Nentwig, Michael. Mutuel Pool $283,462 Daily Double Pool $28,602 Exacta Pool $140,571 Superfecta Pool $54,601 Super High Five Pool $5,306 Trifecta Pool $97,522. Scratched–Westward Breeze.
50-Cent Pick Three (2-7-6) paid $78.40. Pick Three Pool $62,207. 50-Cent Pick Four (1-2-7-5/6) 376 tickets with 4 correct paid $366.40. Pick Four Pool $180,235. 50-Cent Pick Five (1/5/6/9-1-2-7-5/6) 666 tickets with 5 correct paid $782.20. Pick Five Pool $605,680.
NIMBOSTRATUS (FR) bumped leaving the gate, tracked from off the rail, went three wide into the turn, came out into the stretch, rallied and prevailed over the runner-up. BRILLIANT CUT traveled along the inside, cut the corner into the stretch, bid along the fence in the lane, fought with the winner late and missed. DANCING CRANE shifted in and bumped rival at the start, sped clear then came in early, saved ground into the stretch, led to the eighth pole then yielded to the top pair. SQUARED SHADY stalked the speed along the inside with a pair of rivals to the outside, moved into the two path around the turn, chased three wide in upper stretch and needed more in deep stretch. PLUM SEXY raced near or at the back of the pack outside a rival, took the turn two or three wide, came out into the stretch and never threatened. LITTLE VICKY stalked the pace from between foes to the stretch and weakened. FREEDOM FLYER bothered from outside leaving the gate, stalked the leader outside a pair of rivals and came four wide into the stretch and weakened.
1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $300,000. 'San Felipe Stakes'. 3 year olds. Time 23.63 46.83 1:10.55 1:35.46 1:42.18
|1||Life Is Good||122||1||1||1–2||1–3||1–3||1–6||1–8||Smith||0.50|
|5||The Great One||120||5||3||3–1||3–½||4–4||4–2||5–nk||Cedillo||10.20|
|4||None Above the Law||120||4||5||5–hd||5–1½||5–hd||6–16||6–34||Prat||56.40|
|1||LIFE IS GOOD||3.00||2.20||2.10|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-1)||$6.20|
|$1 EXACTA (1-3)||$3.20|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-3-2-7)||$2.43|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-3-2-7-5)||$45.60|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-3-2)||$4.95|
Winner–Life Is Good B.c.3 by Into Mischief out of Beach Walk, by Distorted Humor. Bred by Gary and Mary West Stable, Inc. (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: WinStar Farm LLC and CHC INC.. Mutuel Pool $1,126,939 Daily Double Pool $64,182 Exacta Pool $488,410 Superfecta Pool $202,046 Super High Five Pool $27,133 Trifecta Pool $339,564. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (7-6-1) paid $40.55. Pick Three Pool $72,073.
LIFE IS GOOD sped to the front from inside, inched away on the backstretch, remained unchallenged into the drive, drifted out through the lane and widened under mild hand urging and ridden out late. MEDINA SPIRIT chased three wide early then stalked off the rail, exited the far turn two wide and bested the rest. DREAM SHAKE stalked the pace in the two path then angled in and saved ground around the far turn, chased the winner with MEDINA SPIRIT to the outside and got outkicked for second. ROMAN CENTURIAN trailed early then passed a rival on the backstretch, went three then two wide around the far turn and kept on for a minor share. THE GREAT ONE broke in and bumped rival, chased outside foes then came four wide into the stretch and weakened. NONE ABOVE THE LAW bumped leaving the gate, tracked the pace from inside, saved ground into the lane and proved no menace. GOVENOR'S PARTY took the first turn three wide, remained off the rail to the stretch, eased through the lane and walked off.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $78,000. Allowance. 4 year olds and up. Time 22.82 45.30 1:09.33 1:21.40 1:33.32
|2||WHISPER NOT (GB)||3.00||2.10||2.10|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-2)||$4.60|
|$1 EXACTA (2-3)||$4.20|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-3-6-5)||$4.96|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-3-6-5-7)||$123.50|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-3-6)||$5.45|
Winner–Whisper Not (GB) B.c.4 by Poet's Voice (GB) out of Poyle Meg (GB), by Dansili (GB). Bred by Cecil and Miss Alison Wiggins (GB). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Electric City Racing, Dunn, Christopher T. and Peskoff, Jeremy. Mutuel Pool $420,721 Daily Double Pool $65,682 Exacta Pool $222,693 Superfecta Pool $83,425 Super High Five Pool $10,142 Trifecta Pool $160,185. Scratched–Liberal (IRE).
50-Cent Pick Three (6-1-2) paid $2.60. Pick Three Pool $57,492.
WHISPER NOT (GB) sped clear early and opened up around the first turn, remained well clear up the backstretch, carried a comfortable lead into the drive, urged right-handed in the final furlong and held safely. RIP CITY was closest in pursuit early, chased two wide and cut into the lead around the second turn, whittle the gap late but could not threaten the winner. TRIPOLI raced three then two wide around the first turn, angled in a bit on the second bend and raced a bit off the rail into the stretch and finished evenly to best the rest. TIBERIUS MERCURIUS went two to three wide around the first turn, traveled outside a pair of rivals leaving the backstretch, entered the lane three wide and never produced a bid. GAUGUIN (GER) was unprepared, tossing his head prior to the start then stumbled when the gates opened, trailed the field to the far turn, went around a rival then exited that bend two wide and lacked further response. CLUB ASPEN tracked the pace from inside to the lane and lacked a rally. VANTASTIC angled in early, pulled and checked into the first turn, saved ground to the stretch and came up empty.
7 Furlongs. Purse: $200,000. 'San Carlos Stakes'. 4 year olds and up. Time 21.63 43.93 1:08.49 1:21.51
|9||Tigre Di Slugo||120||9||4||4–2||4–2||4–hd||2–ns||Rosario||2.60|
|1||Storm the Court||120||1||3||2–1||2–½||3–1||5–nk||Velazquez||2.70|
|9||TIGRE DI SLUGO||3.80||2.80|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-6)||$20.00|
|$1 EXACTA (6-9)||$20.00|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-9-7-3)||$125.81|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-9-7)||$57.55|
|$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-9-7-3-1)||Carryover $3,977|
Winner–Brickyard Ride Ch.c.4 by Clubhouse Ride out of Brickyard Helen, by Southern Image. Bred by Alfred A. Pais (CA). Trainer: Craig Anthony Lewis. Owner: Alfred Pais. Mutuel Pool $594,672 Daily Double Pool $47,185 Exacta Pool $365,733 Superfecta Pool $135,686 Trifecta Pool $227,056 X-5 Super High Five Pool $5,211. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (1-2-6) paid $9.40. Pick Three Pool $138,128. 50-Cent Pick Four (5/6-1-2/4-6) 7712 tickets with 4 correct paid $22.95. Pick Four Pool $232,369.
BRICKYARD RIDE cleared the field to set the pace, padded the lead up the backstretch, showed the way in the two path into the drive and won easily under left-handed encouragement. TIGRE DI SLUGO stalked off the rail, raced three wide then angled five wide into the stretch and outkicked EXAULTED for second. EXAULTED settled off the pace, traveled four wide into the turn, angled out and exited the bend six wide, fought with TIGRE DI SLUGO in the late stages and got outfinished for the place honors. MAJOR CABBIE got bumped from inside at the start, raced mid-pack up the backstretch and moved to the inside, saved ground around the turn, moved into second approaching the eighth pole but flattened out in deep stretch. STORM THE COURT closest to the leader early, went three wide around the turn and weakened. MANHATTAN UP sat at the back of the pack early inside STRONGCONSTITUTION, raced along the rail to the turn, came out into the stretch, angled back to the inside in the lane and never threatened. STRONGCONSTITUTION traveled at the back of the back outside a rival, entered the turn two wide then angled five wide into the stretch and was never a factor. EXTRA HOPE broke out and bumped rival at the start, raced off the rail then angled into the two path entering the turn, steered back out and came four wide into the stretch and had little left for the drive. LOUD MOUTH stalked outside a rival and four wide around the bend, then faded in the lane.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $400,000. 'Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes'. 4 year olds and up. Time 23.17 47.32 1:11.28 1:22.91 1:34.48
|2||Hit the Road||122||2||6||4–1½||4–1||4–1½||3–1||1–nk||Geroux||4.20|
|1||Smooth Like Strait||122||1||1||2–2||2–2||2–1||1–½||2–nk||Rispoli||2.80|
|9||Ride a Comet||122||9||8||8–1||7–1||7–1||7–hd||7–1¼||Van Dyke||4.30|
|10||Flying Scotsman||120||10||9||1–2||1–1||1–hd||4–1½||9–1¾||T Baze||29.40|
|2||HIT THE ROAD||10.40||5.40||4.20|
|1||SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT||4.40||3.40|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-2)||$74.00|
|$1 EXACTA (2-1)||$18.80|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-1-8-6)||$127.10|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-1-8-6-4)||$10,139.30|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-1-8)||$129.40|
Winner–Hit the Road B.c.4 by More Than Ready out of Highway Mary, by U S Ranger. Bred by Fred W. Hertrich III (KY). Trainer: Dan Blacker. Owner: D K Racing, LLC, Radley Equine, Inc., Taste of Victory Stables, Gold, Rick, Maslowski, Tony E. and O. Mutuel Pool $809,784 Daily Double Pool $96,794 Exacta Pool $452,331 Superfecta Pool $147,276 Super High Five Pool $8,073 Trifecta Pool $258,536. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (2-6-2) paid $30.70. Pick Three Pool $89,953.
HIT THE ROAD stalked the pace from inside, waited for room in the two path leaving the far turn, bid between rivals in upper stretch and edged a pair of foes late under a drive. SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT forwardly placed in the two path, bid outside around the far turn, gained command in upper stretch, challenged from both sides in the final furlong and finished gamely to the wire. COUNT AGAIN traveled at the back of the pack outside a rival, went three wide into the lane, angled widest in the stretch and was closing fast. FLAVIUS stalked outside a rival then exited the far turn three wide, bid four wide in upper stretch but got outkicked. ROYAL SHIP (BRZ) chased two wide through both turns, produced a late effort and finished well to the wire. CASA CREED tracked the speed outside a rival, went three wide into the drive, finished willingly but needed more late. RIDE A COMET bumped with outside rival at the start, sat off the pace from off the inside, went three to four wide into the stretch, tipped out and lacked a rally. SPIRIT ANIMAL reserved in the early going and angled to the inside, steered out in upper stretch and never made an impact. FLYING SCOTSMAN bumped with rival at the start, sent for the lead from outside, cleared and crossed over to the inside, challenged around the far turn and fought back from inside, lost command in upper stretch and gave way in the final furlong. SOCIAL PARANOIA tracked the speed along the fence, entered the stretch two wide and weakened.
1¼ Mile. Purse: $400,000. 'Santa Anita H.'. Stakes. 4 year olds and up. Time 22.82 47.12 1:12.26 1:37.13 2:02.46
|3||Kiss Today Goodbye||119||3||8||8||8||8||6–2||6–4½||Smith||19.80|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-6)||$70.60|
|$1 EXACTA (6-5)||$24.20|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-5-2-1)||$20.26|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-5-2-1-7)||$919.30|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-5-2)||$39.00|
Winner–Idol B.c.4 by Curlin out of Marion Ravenwood, by A.P. Indy. Bred by My Meadowview LLC (KY). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Calvin Nguyen. Mutuel Pool $1,068,329 Daily Double Pool $146,392 Exacta Pool $483,383 Superfecta Pool $195,719 Super High Five Pool $20,225 Trifecta Pool $336,007. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (6-2-6) paid $134.30. Pick Three Pool $132,926.
IDOL sat off the pace through the early stages, went five wide around the second bend, rallied from outside and got up in the closing moments. EXPRESS TRAIN stalked off the inside, bid three deep around the far turn, led past the five-sixteenths, cleared inside rival and led to deep stretch and got caught late. MAXFIELD traveled off the inside, took closer order four wide into the far turn, stayed in the four path to the stretch and finished willingly for the show. INDEPENDENCE HALL rank into the first turn, stalked along the inside then moved out and exited the far turn three wide, chased within striking distance through the lane and got edged for the show. TIZAMAGICIAN checked behind the leader and altered out into the first turn, stalked off the rail then bid between rivals into the second turn, led briefly then lost command, chased the the leader into the drive and weakened. KISS TODAY GOODBYE unhurried in the early going, entered the stretch four to five wide and never made an impact. COASTAL DEFENSE traveled off the inside then shifted in nearing the first turn, moved out into the two path and remained there to the stretch and weakened. KING GUILLERMO away quickly from the far outside, sped to the front and led in the two path into the first turn, controlled the pace up the backstretch.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $76,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds. Time 21.75 44.94 57.49 1:09.88
|12||Chaos Reigns||123||12||2||7–3½||6–½||6–2||4–½||Valdivia, Jr.||24.70|
|9||First Class Dad||116||9||7||6–½||5–½||5–hd||5–3½||Centeno||12.90|
|5||Sal N Louie||116||5||9||12||12||11–8||9–3¾||Pyfer||51.90|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-11)||$107.80|
|$1 EXACTA (11-4)||$39.20|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (11-4-10-12)||$110.60|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (11-4-10-12-9)||$2,780.10|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (11-4-10)||$54.60|
Winner–Defunded Ch.g.3 by Dialed In out of Wind Caper, by Touch Gold. Bred by Athens Woods, LLC (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul. Mutuel Pool $646,589 Daily Double Pool $236,159 Exacta Pool $388,870 Superfecta Pool $194,456 Super High Five Pool $18,213 Trifecta Pool $307,266. Scratched–none. DQ–#10 Following Sea–finished 2nd, disqualified, placed 3rd.
50-Cent Pick Three (2-6-11) paid $145.85. Pick Three Pool $307,705. 50-Cent Pick Four (6-2-6-11) 565 tickets with 4 correct paid $1,104.75. Pick Four Pool $817,324. 50-Cent Pick Five (2/4-6-2-6-11) 296 tickets with 5 correct paid $2,105.90. Pick Five Pool $816,757. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (1-2/4-6-2-6-11) 2250 tickets with 6 correct paid $2,014.44. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $5,134,496.
DEFUNDED content to sit off the pace early, raced five wide nearing the turn, angled into the three path around the bend, bumped rival at the three-sixteenths pole, tipped out and surged to the front mid-stretch and won going away under hand urging. FOLLOWING SEA came in and bumped rival twice early, chased from outside then four wide around the bend, bid between foes mid-stretch and gained the place. MR. IMPOSSIBLE was pinballed between rivals early, chased between foes then bid three deep around the turn, led into the stretch and yielded to the top pair. CHAOS REIGNS stalked outside a rival well off the rail, went four wide around the bend, got bumped by the winner at the three-sixteenths and kept on for a minor award. FIRST CLASS DAD broke in and bumped rival then steadied early, tugged his way up between rivals into the turn, went two wide around the bend and lacked a serious bid. PATRON D'ORO got bumped from outside early, dueled for the lead up the backstretch then vied between rivals around the turn, moved inside at the top of the stretch and faded in the late stages. CHERUBIC FACTOR hopped slightly and got bumped at the start, went four wide through the bend and never threatened. VANTAGE POINT raced near the back of the pack, took the turn three wide and could not make an impact. SAL N LOUIE dropped back early, traveled along the inside then two wide into the lane and was never a factor. EPIDEMIC dueled for the lead from inside, vied with a of rivals around the turn, could not keep up entering the stretch and gave way in the final furlong. AURELIAN MAN was knocked into rival at the start, steadied briefly early, took the turn two wide and came up empty. WINHAPPY tossed his head and came away a bit slow, went up to chase the speed in the two path then moved inside, dropped back around the turn, eased in the stretch and walked off. FOLLOWING AN INQUIRY, THE STEWARDS DISQUALIFIED FOLLOWING SEA FROM SECOND TO THIRD FOR CROSSING OVER ON MR. IMPOSSIBLE EARLY WITHOUT SUFFICIENT CLEARANCE AND COST MR. IMPOSSIBLE A CHANCE A BETTER PLACING.
|Out of State||N/A||$20,619,175|
Santa Anita Entries for Sunday, March 7.
Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 35th day of a 81-day meet.
6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $36,000. Starter Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $35,000-$30,000.
|1||Capital Heat||Jessica Pyfer||117||Vann Belvoir||10-1|
|2||Trouville||Eswan Flores||124||Leonard Powell||6-1|
|3||Queen of the Track||Edwin Maldonado||124||Jeff Bonde||12-1||35,000|
|4||Jen's Battle||John Velazquez||124||Robert N. Falcone, Jr.||15-1||35,000|
|5||Cover Version||Alexis Centeno||117||Reed Saldana||4-1|
|6||Gallovie||Flavien Prat||124||Richard Baltas||5-2||35,000|
|7||Lavender||Umberto Rispoli||124||John W. Sadler||7-2||35,000|
|8||Saburai||Joel Rosario||124||Vladimir Cerin||7-2|
1 Mile. Purse: $36,000. Starter Optional Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000.
|1||Malibu Hannah||Abel Cedillo||122||Doug F. O'Neill||4-1|
|2||Pawnee||Umberto Rispoli||122||Thomas Ray Bell, II||5-2|
|3||Warren's Memorable||Flavien Prat||122||Craig Anthony Lewis||4-1|
|4||Varoma||Ruben Fuentes||122||Manuel Ortiz, Sr.||3-1|
|5||Big Mama Sue||Juan Hernandez||122||Paul G. Aguirre||10-1||50,000|
|6||Mama Superior||Tiago Pereira||124||Steve Knapp||3-1||50,000|
6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $63,000. Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up.
|1||Quiet Secretary||Abel Cedillo||122||Ian Kruljac||4-1|
|2||Rakassah||Jessica Pyfer||117||Philip D'Amato||5-2|
|3||All Quality||Joel Rosario||124||Peter Miller||4-1|
|4||Gidgetta||Flavien Prat||124||Richard Baltas||7-2|
|5||Over Attracted||Umberto Rispoli||124||John W. Sadler||4-1|
|6||Nu Pi Lambda||Mike Smith||124||Carla Gaines||9-2|
1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $100,000. 'Santa Ysabel Stakes'. Fillies. 3 year olds.
|1||A Real Hero||Flavien Prat||120||Michael W. McCarthy||12-1|
|2||Beautiful Gift||John Velazquez||120||Bob Baffert||5-2|
|3||Heels Up||Drayden Van Dyke||120||Bob Baffert||9-2|
|4||Kalypso||Joel Rosario||120||Bob Baffert||8-5|
|5||Moraz||Umberto Rispoli||120||Michael W. McCarthy||9-5|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $63,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $100,000.
|1||Sensible Cat||Juan Hernandez||124||Carla Gaines||4-1|
|2||Carpe Fortuna||Mario Gutierrez||124||Peter Eurton||3-1|
|3||Majestic Steps||Umberto Rispoli||124||Philip D'Amato||8-5|
|4||Go Greta||Flavien Prat||124||Richard Baltas||5-1|
|5||Derby Quest||Geovanni Franco||122||Ruben Gomez||30-1|
|6||Polished Lady||Alexis Centeno||117||Michael W. McCarthy||15-1|
|7||Absolute Scenes||John Velazquez||124||Richard Baltas||4-1|
6 Furlongs. Purse: $22,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000.
|1||Sugar Moon||Ruben Fuentes||126||Val Brinkerhoff||6-1||20,000|
|2||Partyatthecapital||Eswan Flores||126||Hector O. Palma||8-1||20,000|
|3||Bingos System||Edwin Maldonado||118||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||4-1||20,000|
|4||Traffic Stopper||Flavien Prat||126||Mike Puype||5-2||20,000|
|5||Wicks and Chappies||Jessica Pyfer||119||John W. Sadler||8-5||20,000|
|6||Big Passion||Emily Ellingwood||116||Tim Yakteen||15-1||20,000|
|7||Diana Prince||Alexis Centeno||111||Ricardo Zamora||30-1||20,000|
|8||Queen Larissa Jane||Brandon Boulanger||126||Ben D. A. Cecil||20-1||20,000|
|9||Sweet Meg||Tyler Baze||118||George Papaprodromou||20-1||20,000|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $70,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $100,000.
|1||North County Guy||Mario Gutierrez||124||Richard Baltas||3-1|
|2||Next Shares||Umberto Rispoli||124||Richard Baltas||5-2|
|3||Tiz Plus||Joel Rosario||124||Mike Puype||6-1|
|4||Border Town||Flavien Prat||122||Richard E. Mandella||5-1|
|5||Brown Storm||John Velazquez||124||Michael W. McCarthy||8-1|
|6||Musawaat||Jose Valdivia, Jr.||122||Mike Puype||20-1|
|7||Mind the Gap||Ricardo Gonzalez||120||Kristin Mulhall||15-1|
|8||Stirling Drive||Juan Hernandez||124||Brian J. Koriner||20-1|
|9||Restrainedvengence||Ruben Fuentes||124||Val Brinkerhoff||4-1|
6 Furlongs. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 3 year olds. State bred.
|1||Fi Fi Pharoah||John Velazquez||124||Walther Solis||3-1|
|2||Miss Baylee||Flavien Prat||124||Brian J. Koriner||4-1|
|3||Pray for My Owner||Tyler Baze||124||Mark Glatt||6-1|
|4||Striking Tigress||Geovanni Franco||124||Javier Jose Sierra||12-1|
|5||Omg It's Jessica||Umberto Rispoli||124||Craig Dollase||5-2|
|6||Jeanne B||Emily Ellingwood||114||Charles R. Stutts||50-1|
|7||Our Miss Millie||Mike Smith||124||J. Eric Kruljac||7-2|
|8||So Very Smart||Joel Rosario||124||Kristin Mulhall||8-1|
6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $28,000. Starter Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500.
|1||Invincibella||Juan Hernandez||124||Peter Miller||6-1||25,000|
|2||Acai||Mario Gutierrez||124||Doug F. O'Neill||7-2|
|3||Ole Silver||Alexis Centeno||117||Philip D'Amato||4-1|
|4||Queen Stormborn||Ruben Fuentes||124||George Papaprodromou||15-1|
|5||Sophie Antoinette||Abel Cedillo||124||Doug F. O'Neill||12-1|
|6||Gallantlystreaming||Brandon Boulanger||122||Samuel Nichols||15-1||22,500|
|7||Lady Noguez||Umberto Rispoli||124||Vladimir Cerin||5-2|
|8||Secret Square||Joel Rosario||124||Adam Kitchingman||6-1|
|9||Navy Queen||Jessica Pyfer||117||John W. Sadler||8-1||25,000|
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