Horse racing newsletter: Reflections on McAnally case

Santa Anita Park in March 2020.
(Chris Erskine / Los Angeles Times)

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we get a handicapping lesson from Rob Henie.

One of the more interesting stories of the past week revolved around a positive drug test from a horse trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally. It happened on Nov. 22, when Roses And Candy tested positive for CBD, a derivative of cannabis and hemp. Now, before you go off on a horse being given pot, CBD is different from THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

It’s used as a legal anti-anxiety and sleep remedy, among other things, for humans. There is no peer-reviewed study on its effects on horses. And besides, even if it were pot, it would only be a performance enhancer in a whipped cream eating contest, not a horse race.

The problem with CBD, though, is it is currently unclassified, which means it would default into a Class 1 violation, the most severe. It is currently out for public notice before getting classified in California. I wrote about this for The Times, but, frankly, Matt Hegarty of the Daily Racing Form had a better story, so I’ll refer you to that one. Just click here.


Now, CHRB vice-chair Oscar Gonzales, whose day job is assistant secretary of agriculture for the whole country, didn’t like some of the appearances of what was going down. CHRB staff (i.e. executive director Scott Chaney and equine medical director Dr. Rick Arthur) knew about the positive back when it happened and Gonzales thought the board deserved a heads-up on the fact it was voting on classification of a drug that was found in the system of a Hall of Fame trainer‘s horse. May not have changed anything, just good to know.

Gonzales brought it up near the end of Wednesday’s meeting, in more of a cautionary way than a finger-wagging way. Although he was pointed in his concerns about the CHRB staff’s “transparency.” A good account of the tension can be found in the story by T.D. Thornton in Thoroughbred Daily News. Just click here.

If you ever want to find out about the CHRB’s transparency, try filing a public records request and you’ll see. Let’s just say the lawyers’ definition and that talked about by Gonzales are, shall we say, different.

But perhaps the best bit of candor came from chair Dr. Greg Ferraro.

“Regarding whether we as a commission were informed of pending positives prior to the change in regulations, I don’t know if that’s because we weren’t informed, to be honest with you, or whether I wasn’t paying enough attention to remember it,” Ferraro said.

Haven’t we all been there?

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Weekly handicapping lesson

It’s time for our weekly 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 fifth race at Santa Anita and incorporates some handicapping angles into the mix. Rob, take it away.

This is an optional claimer at a mile on the turf. Only a field of five, and the reality of a small field on the grass is horses on or right off the lead are the only types of runners we can really back. Unlike in a large field, where ‘pretend’ speed is often present, there can be traffic issues, but in a small field traffic is typically not an issue.

“In a small field, runners on the front end can put others who aren’t accustomed to a front-running style in a tough spot, because those from off the pace aren’t usually as comfortable racing closer up in a bunched scenario. It takes them out of their comfort zone. On the other hand, settling in the back can allow a front-runner to get comfortable and, as a result, you might be running for second.

“In the shorter races, we also prefer to back a runner who’s shown the ability to race in front or others, as well as settling off the flank of another, because versatility in a bunched field is always useful.

“With this in mind, top selection is GREGDAR (#3). First off, he’s by Graydar, who stands about six minutes from my house, and I make it a point to try and visit him whenever I’m at Milky Way Farm. He’s a huge specimen, always a bit tough at first, but after a few minutes super sweet. This runner is versatile and sharp right now, with the sharpness magnified by his ability to adapt to the pace at hand. Notice two back, he ran on late into some quick early splits, but last time out adapted to front-running tactics with a slower pace in play. His current form and versatility will prove useful once again here today.

“RIP CITY (#5) will be a short price, and though the race really isn’t playable from a value standpoint, this is another good example of a runner who’s versatile up front, able to adapt to the pace scenario, and in a small field, these two can put the other three horses into a tough spot into the first turn and passing the ⅞ pole. At least you can keep the front-running, up-close style in your mindset the next time you come across a small field featuring runners who hopefully are offering a bit better price than this pair today.

“Hot / Cold Race Trends: none

“Win Contenders (order of preference): 3-5

“X Out Runners (eliminating on the win end): 1

“Negative Notes:

“1 Proud Pedro - Not the style we like to back in this type of race, forced to run on late.

“2 Stirling Drive - Would rather see this guy sent 1 1/16 or even 1 ⅛, as we’d prefer his prospects of settling before grinding things out over a longer assignment.

TOP PICK: GREGDAR (#3 5-2 Rispoli)

SECOND CHOICE: RIP CITY (#5 6-5 Gutierrez)”

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Interesting stat

In regards to the interview with Craig Fravel, CEO of Stronach racing, that was in Saturday’s newsletter about short fields in stakes races, this tweet from trainer Ron Moquett seemed interesting.

“Question: If we had 9,355 Trainers start at least 1 race in the year 2000. And in 2020 had 4,492 Trainers start a race while most of our customers hate short fields, Why is nobody talking about the dramatic loss of Trainers? This not a priority?”

Food for thought, indeed. You also have to wonder if no-Lasix racing also has had any impact on field size.

Santa Anita review

Before we get to the two graded stakes on Saturday, let’s give you this bit of news. Santa Anita set a claiming record when Nimbostratus was picked up by Mathilde Powell, wife of trainer Leonard Powell, for a $150,000 tag. When you add in the 10.25% sales tax, the cost was $165,375. Nimbostratus won the third race, so maybe it was a prudent purchase.

OK, let’s get to the two graded stakes races.

Grade 2 $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes. This 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares scratched down to four and everyone thought it was a two-horse race, and it was, just not the two you thought. Heavy favorite As Time Goes By needed everything she had to hold off This Tea to win by a nose at the wire. As Time Goes By ran a nice stalking trip with Ce Ce and then looked ready to win, but This Tea started gaining and almost got up in the end.

As Time Goes By paid $2.80 and $2.10. The remaining horses, in order, were This Tea, Miss Stormy D and Ce Ce.

Bob Baffert (winning training): “I told [jockey] Mike [Smith], we’ve been going easy on her, not too hard for this race. [Saturday], this is the first time she’s come back really blowing. That filly that ran second ran a big race. [My filly’s] heart and true grit made her hang in there. We knew Miss Stormy D was quick, and you could tell turning for home that my filly wasn’t doing it that easily.

Smith (winning jockey): “With me, it’s always get away good. I really feel that every step counts, and the most important one is the first one and the last one. So, you certainly want to take advantage of those two and we were able to jump really well, sit at a nice pace. They ran good you know, my hat’s off to the filly that finished second (This Tea), she ran a huge race. The Lakers don’t always blow every team out, every now and then you gotta fight one out, and that’s what she had to do [Saturday].”

Grade 3 100,000 Honeymoon Stakes. Going Global benefited from a great trip, making up ground on the rail on the far turn and shooting through the two spot on the turn to take the lead and win by 4 ¾ lengths in the race for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

Going Global paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.20. Golden was second, followed by Midnight Diva, Quattroelle, Pizzazz, Madone and Majestic Steps.

Phil D’Amato (winning trainer): “I just think that she’s a filly that is just blossoming before our eyes right now. Each performance I thought was better than the next and this one I thought was many lengths better than the last. It’s just exciting to have a filly like this going into Del Mar and hopefully, the sky’s the limit.”

Flavien Prat (winning jockey): “We had a good pace and she relaxed very well. We were able to save ground and when she found that hole, she was very impressive. She has a great turn of foot and yes, that was a pretty good race for her, her best race so far.”

Santa Anita preview

Sunday’s card is nine races starting at 1 p.m. The good news is five of the races are on the turf. The bad news is the field size averages out at 5.44 a race. That’s bad. There is one race with seven horses, two with six and six with five. There is a stakes race, though, the $100,000 Cinema Stakes for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

The favorite, at 9-5, is Hubris for trainer Richard Baltas and jockey Flavien Prat. He won his second of three lifetime races and finished second last out in an allowance/optional claimer. Sword Zero is the second favorite at 5-2 for John Sadler and Umberto Rispoli. He’s coming off a win in the Singletary Stakes. He has two wins in seven starts, with the first five being in Ireland. Post is around 4:20 p.m.

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

Ciaran Thornton’s SA pick of the day

SECOND RACE: No. 6 Barsabas (8-1)

EIGHTH RACE: No. 8 B’esame Me Mucho (8-1)

Short fields Sunday so I am going with the only two value plays I see on this card. In the second race Barsabas is my play for this 2-year-old race, which have been pretty formful at the meet. Sunday, perhaps, it’s time for a value winner. Juan Hernandez rides for trainer Ryan Hanson and they are two for two at the meet with a fat ROI.

In the eighth, B’esame Me Mucho comes in as the other Ron Ellis horse and Rispoli bothers to ride. This is the only horse entered for the $50,000 claiming tag for a trainer who does well on this move.

Saturday’s result: Golden ran a nice second paying $4.60. There was no beating Going Global, who won impressively.

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Big races review

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

Santa Anita (2): Grade 2 $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: As Time Goes By ($2.80)

Belmont (9): $100,000 Seek Again Stakes, 4 and up, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Get Smokin ($10.80)

Santa Anita (7): Grade 3 100,000 Honeymoon Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 1 1/8 miles on turf. Winner: Going Global ($3.60)

Churchill Downs (5): Grade 3 $150,000 Winning Colors Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Winner: Sconsin ($4.20)

Big races preview

A look at stakes worth $100,000 or more on Sunday.

4:20 PDT Santa Anita (7): $100,000 Cinema Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles on turf. Favorite: Hubris (9-5)

Chris Wade’s LA pick of the day

FIFTH RACE: No. 4 Hes A Streaking King (6-1)

He has found trouble in past races but I believe he has hidden ability, and my figures make him a horse to watch for in this race. His last start came for new connections nine outings ago when he got fractious in the gate prior to breaking slow and getting pinched back harshly to lose multiple lengths. He lost all chance at that point but still showed a good amount of run far back. He certainly needed that start as his previous outing was 232 nights back. He should be a lot better in his second start back and I’m hoping for a clean journey for this runner to show his true ability at an expected nice 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, May 22.

Copyright 2021 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 65th day of a 81-day meet. Clear & Firm


1 Mile Turf. Purse: $63,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $150,000. Time 24.44 49.09 1:13.85 1:25.43 1:36.94

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

5 Tetragonal 124 5 5 2–2½ 2–1½ 2–½ 1–hd 1–½ Prat 1.90
1 Jibber Jabber 124 1 4 5–½ 6 6 3–½ 2–1 Rispoli 3.60
4 Risen Lady 117 4 2 1–1½ 1–1 1–hd 2–1½ 3–1½ Pyfer 5.70
3 Plum Sexy 124 3 3 3–½ 4–½ 5–hd 4–1 4–2¾ Cedillo 13.60
2 Thrumps Dream 124 2 6 6 5–hd 4–1½ 5–hd 5–hd Hernandez 1.80
6 Styledome 124 6 1 4–1 3–hd 3–hd 6 6 Gonzalez 14.90

5 TETRAGONAL (IRE) 5.80 3.40 2.60
1 JIBBER JABBER (IRE) 4.00 2.80
$1 EXACTA (5-1)  $10.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-1-4-3)  $18.51
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-1-4)  $18.10

Winner–Tetragonal (IRE) Grr.f.3 by Mehmas (IRE) out of Crystal Snowflake (IRE), by Danehill Dancer (IRE). Bred by Mrs Mary Gallagher (IRE). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Slam Dunk Racing and Platts, Joey. Mutuel Pool $227,219 Exacta Pool $95,854 Superfecta Pool $36,751 Trifecta Pool $60,101. Scratched–none.

TETRAGONAL (IRE) was closest pursuer into and through the backstretch while slightly off the fence, moved up then challenged outside pacesetter approaching the stretch, gained lead passing eighth marker then edged away under vigorous handling. JIBBER JABBER (IRE) reserved along the rail, remained inside, awaited room late on the last turn, tipped out three wide through the drive, closed strongly and secured second. RISEN LADY quickly assumed command, set uncontested pace through the middle stages, resisted from the inside when challenged nearing top of the stretch, fought back inside through the drive but gave ground late and lost the place. PLUM SEXY tracked pace from the inside, remained on the rail into the stretch, came out some inside mid stretch but could not match top trio late. THRUMPS DREAM (IRE) was off step slow, angled three wide into the backstretch, continued outside, advanced four wide on the second bend, loomed four wide later on that turn but failed to sustain effort in the stretch. STYLEDOME (IRE) was three wide into initial turn, chased from off the rail, also made up ground while three wide on second turn, bid three deep and between rivals briefly into the lane but flattened in the drive.


1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $200,000. 'Santa Maria Stakes'. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 23.83 47.12 1:10.95 1:36.98 1:43.77

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

5 As Time Goes By 126 4 2 2–1½ 2–1½ 1–hd 1–1 1–ns Smith 0.40
2 This Tea 122 1 3 4 4 4 2–2 2–8 Desormeaux 23.40
3 Miss Stormy D 122 2 1 1–1½ 1–1 2–1 4 3–2¼ Hernandez 15.30
4 Ce Ce 122 3 4 3–1 3–2½ 3–2 3–hd 4 Espinoza 1.50

5 AS TIME GOES BY 2.80 2.10
2 THIS TEA 6.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-5)  $10.20
$1 EXACTA (5-2)  $11.40
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-2-3)  $16.50

Winner–As Time Goes By Dbb.f.4 by American Pharoah out of Take Charge Lady, by Dehere. Bred by Orpendale & Chelston (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Tabor, Michael B., Magnier, Mrs. John, and Smith, Derrick. Mutuel Pool $230,115 Daily Double Pool $39,479 Exacta Pool $86,719 Trifecta Pool $53,551. Scratched–Last First Kiss.

AS TIME GOES BY stalked pacesetter into and through the backstretch while bit off the rail, closed in on that foe into second bend, gained lead nearing three-eighths marker, dueled outside that foe later on the turn, edged away in upper stretch, came in some then dug in desperately in deep stretch and just lasted. THIS TEA content to lag back while chasing along the rail, roused passing half mile marker, advanced while angling three wide on second turn and into the lane, split foes in upper stretch, whittled gap on AS TIME GOES BY, challenged outside that rival approaching the wire but lost narrow decision in a game effort. MISS STORMY D immediately gained the lead, dictated the fractions from the inside, relinquished control early on the last turn, fought back some around that bend, continued inside but weakened in the late stages. CE CE settled two then three wide around the first turn, stalked from the outside, continued on three wide path, was under asking to remain in contact around last bend, came four wide into the stretch and also weakened in the drive from the outside.


6 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $63,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $150,000. Time 22.32 45.90 57.85 1:09.28

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

2 Nimbostratus 124 2 5 5–1½ 5–1½ 2–hd 1–nk Cedillo 3.70
1 Bleu Ballon 124 1 6 6 6 4–hd 2–1½ Hernandez 2.60
5 Honey Jar 124 5 3 2–1 2–½ 3–1 3–½ Rispoli 1.60
3 Xmas Surprise 124 3 2 3–hd 3–hd 5–1 4–1¼ T Baze 10.60
4 Respectfully 124 4 4 1–1 1–½ 1–hd 5–4½ Smith 13.00
6 Feathers 124 6 1 4–1½ 4–½ 6 6 Prat 5.00

2 NIMBOSTRATUS (FR) 9.40 3.80 2.40
1 BLEU BALLON 3.60 2.20
5 HONEY JAR 2.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-2)  $19.20
$1 EXACTA (2-1)  $19.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-1-5-3)  $16.11
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-1-5)  $27.00

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 $360,100 Daily Double Pool $20,386 Exacta Pool $174,139 Superfecta Pool $52,884 Trifecta Pool $99,191. Claimed–Nimbostratus (FR) by Mathilde Powell. Trainer: Leonard Powell. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (5-5-2) paid $13.95. Pick Three Pool $55,454.

NIMBOSTRATUS (FR) stalked from between foes to the turn, tugging while under tight hold early on the bend, shifted out three wide for room into the lane, surged to the front, opened up some then held off late charge of BLEU BALLON. BLEU BALLON stumbled leaving the gate, trailed early from the inside, shifted out three then four wide on the turn, came out further entering the stretch, rallied outside and narrowly missed from outside the winner. HONEY JAR pressed the early pace, moved up outside leader, bid between rivals, gained brief lead, later battled between foes in the drive but could not match top pair in the drive. XMAS SURPRISE tracked pace from the inside into the turn, awaited room around the bend and into the lane, lacked room along the rail nearing mid stretch, steadied then angled out and finished willingly. RESPECTFULLY emerged from between foes to grab early control, set pace from the inside, overtaken a furlong out, battled gamely along the rail but gave ground in final yards. FEATHERS (IRE) forwardly placed early from off the rail, moved up three wide on the turn, drifted out departing the bend and faded in the lane.


6 Furlongs. Purse: $26,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000. Time 22.17 45.05 57.35 1:10.56

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

4 Octopus 122 3 3 2–1½ 2–6 2–8 1–hd Cedillo 0.80
2 Satchel de Ritches 122 1 5 1–½ 1–½ 1–½ 2–7 Maldonado 3.80
5 Black Storm 120 4 4 5 5 3–2½ 3–10 T Baze 2.00
3 Eskimo Roses 124 2 1 3–½ 3–hd 4–1½ 4–5¼ Franco 27.70
6 Red Valor 115 5 2 4–2½ 4–1½ 5 5 Espinoza 11.30

4 OCTOPUS 3.60 2.40 2.10
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-4)  $15.00
$1 EXACTA (4-2)  $5.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-2-5-3)  $1.65
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-2-5)  $3.65

Winner–Octopus B.c.4 by Shackleford out of Georgia, by Tiz Wonderful. Bred by Peachtree Stable (KY). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: Jeff Ganje. Mutuel Pool $252,280 Daily Double Pool $27,856 Exacta Pool $113,227 Superfecta Pool $48,499 Trifecta Pool $84,136. Claimed–Octopus by Gatto Racing LLC, Sebold Racing LLC and Spencer, Arthur. Trainer: Peter Eurton. Claimed–Satchel de Ritches by Gans, Doug, Hall, Susan, Jacobs, Gary, Katz, Larry and Merrill, Ted. Trainer: Robert Hess, Jr. Claimed–Black Storm by Deni Martinez. Trainer: Jesus Uranga. Claimed–Red Valor by Boom Racing, Westside Racing Stable and O'Neill, Doug. Trainer: Doug O'Neill. Scratched–Outlaw.

50-Cent Pick Three (5-2-4) paid $9.75. Pick Three Pool $23,113.

OCTOPUS pressured the pacesetter to the turn, moved alongside that rival nearing quarter marker, poked his nose in front passing three-sixteenths marker, hooked up in prolonged battle through the lane with SATCHEL DE RITCHES before winning the bob in the final jump. SATCHEL DE RITCHES was slow into stride then sent up inside to grab the lead, set pressured pace from the inside, fought back when challenged late on the turn and after losing lead in upper stretch, traded bobs with winner through the drive and lost narrow decision. BLACK STORM taken off the pace early, chased from off the rail, raced three then four wide into the stretch and bested others. ESKIMO ROSES stalked from the inside, saved ground into the stretch then weakened. RED VALOR settled outside, chased four wide, remained widest into the turn and lacked any stretch response.


1 Mile Turf. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 23.98 49.57 1:14.36 1:26.37 1:37.76

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

4 Get On the Bus 118 4 2 4–hd 3–½ 2–1 2–hd 1–1 Gutierrez 8.30
6 Lookintogeteven 126 6 8 6–½ 5–1 5–1½ 3–2 2–1½ Prat 1.50
3 Cider Apple 118 3 5 3–hd 9 8–10 7–1½ 3–nk T Baze 5.20
7 Undisturbed 126 7 1 1–1½ 1–1½ 1–3 1–1 4–¾ Cedillo 16.70
1 La Gioiosa 118 1 9 9 8–1 7–2 6–1 5–1 Rispoli 3.90
5 Cinnte Winnte 126 5 7 7–½ 4–½ 4–hd 5–hd 6–½ Gonzalez 17.60
8 Assignation 113 8 4 5–½ 2–½ 3–1 4–hd 7–2¾ Pyfer 62.30
9 Miss Bella Ciao 120 9 6 8–hd 6–hd 6–½ 8–15 8–21 Desormeaux 5.60
2 Miracle of Hope 113 2 3 2–1 7–½ 9 9 9 Centeno 24.60

4 GET ON THE BUS 18.60 6.60 4.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-4)  $50.60
$1 EXACTA (4-6)  $27.00
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-6-3-7)  $54.10
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-6-3)  $46.85
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE ( 4-6-3-7-1)  Carryover $3,158

Winner–Get On the Bus B.f.3 by Uncle Mo out of Storybook (UAE), by Halling. Bred by Mr. Joseph Allen LLC (KY). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: Reddam Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $331,935 Daily Double Pool $36,163 Exacta Pool $157,080 Superfecta Pool $63,064 Trifecta Pool $101,576 X-5 Super High Five Pool $4,138. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-4-4) paid $68.35. Pick Three Pool $63,839. 50-Cent Pick Four (5-2-1/4-4) 831 tickets with 4 correct paid $136.20. Pick Four Pool $148,265. 50-Cent Pick Five (5-5-2-1/4-4) 867 tickets with 5 correct paid $532.05. Pick Five Pool $536,222.

GET ON THE BUS taken off heels early then drifted out into first turn, angled back inward and advanced on the rail, came out in upper stretch, bid between foes, gained lead and inched away late. LOOKINTOGETEVEN outside foe early, chased from between rivals, angled out into the stretch, outside winner in upper stretch, closed late outside but was turned back. CIDER APPLE (GB) reserved early, was bit rank early on the backstretch, settled inside, came out some in upper stretch, split rivals and nailed inside foe for minor award. UNDISTURBED angled over shortly after the start, pulled her way to the front, stretched lead into and on the final turn, had that lead evaporate and was overtaken past mid stretch and lost the show in final strides. LA GIOIOSA (FR) was bit slow to begin, lagged back from the inside, angled over the rail, shifted out again in the stretch and improved placing. CINNTE WINNTE (IRE) steadied off heels and drifted out into initial turn, chased off the rail, was three wide on the second turn and four wide into the stretch and lacked needed late punch. ASSIGNATION outside foe chasing the pace, moved up on the backstretch, led pursuers into second turn, drifted out some leaving that turn and weakened. MISS BELLA CIAO crossed over after the start then was fanned out five wide into first turn, chased three wide, was four wide around the last bend and lacked needed rally. MIRACLE OF HOPE briefly lead rivals into first turn, taken off the pace, dropped back inside in middle stages and weakened.


6 Furlongs. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.67 46.62 59.23 1:12.62

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

3 Maybe Sometime 112 3 4 3–hd 3–hd 2–1½ 1–¾ Ortega 26.70
5 Irondale 113 5 2 2–1½ 2–½ 1–½ 2–3¾ Pyfer 3.70
8 Vaporized 118 7 1 4–hd 4–½ 4–1 3–ns Gonzalez 4.40
2 New Soi Phet 118 2 6 6–hd 7 6–½ 4–½ Cedillo 16.70
7 Gone Somewhere 118 6 3 5–8 5–4 5–2 5–½ Prat 2.60
4 Count Tolstoy 113 4 5 1–1 1–hd 3–½ 6–3 Centeno 36.60
1 Queen's Code 126 1 7 7 6–1½ 7 7 Hernandez 1.50

3 MAYBE SOMETIME 55.40 17.60 9.60
5 IRONDALE 6.00 4.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-3)  $654.80
$1 EXACTA (3-5)  $140.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-5-8-2)  $430.44
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-5-8)  $325.25
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-5-8-2-7)  Carryover $14,284

Winner–Maybe Sometime Ch.g.3 by Desert Code out of Toomanytomorrows, by French Deputy. Bred by Harris Farms (CA). Trainer: Sean McCarthy. Owner: Harris Farms, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $290,536 Daily Double Pool $19,650 Exacta Pool $151,625 Superfecta Pool $72,659 Trifecta Pool $100,768 X-5 Super High Five Pool $14,577. Scratched–Head for Business.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-4-3) paid $254.55. Pick Three Pool $58,403.

MAYBE SOMETIME tracked leaders from along the rail, awaited room, found clear path inside COUNT TOLSTOY and surged into contention then wore down IRONDALE under strong hand urging in the late stages. IRONDALE set or forced the pace down the backstretch, regained lead while three lead entering the stretch, inched away, came in slightly through the drive but could not stave off the winner. VAPORIZED broke alertly then was taken off the leaders, tracked pace from the outside, continued three then four wide to the stretch, loomed into the lane but failed to sustain effort in the drive. NEW SOI PHET was void of early speed, chased inside, saved ground into the stretch, came out in mid stretch and finished with interest. GONE SOMEWHERE stalked from off the rail, was outside winner on the turn, later shifted inward, found the fence and finished willingly. COUNT TOLSTOY forced the early issue then gained the front, set pace slightly off the rail, was two wide into the stretch when overtaken, came out some later and weakened. QUEEN'S CODE stumbled badly and veered inward nearing unseating its rider while off well behind the field, chased from off the rail and never recovered from the start. THE STEWARDS CONDUCTED AN INQUIRY INVOVLING THE BREAK BUT RULED THAT QUEEN'S CODE CAUSED HIS OWN PROBLEM.


1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $100,000. 'Honeymoon Stakes'. Fillies. 3 year olds. Time 22.89 45.66 1:09.79 1:34.59 1:46.37

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

6 Going Global 124 6 5 5–1 5–½ 5–1 1–3 1–4¾ Prat 0.80
3 Golden 120 3 7 7 7 7 4–1 2–½ Rispoli 5.70
4 Midnight Diva 120 4 2 3–hd 3–½ 3–1 2–1 3–2¼ Cedillo 29.90
2 Quattroelle 122 2 6 6–2 6–1½ 6–1 5–½ 4–2¾ T Baze 10.10
5 Pizzazz 122 5 4 1–1½ 1–2 1–1½ 3–½ 5–½ Smith 21.70
7 Madone 124 7 1 4–4 4–3 4–2 6–6 6–11 Hernandez 2.40
1 Majestic Steps 120 1 3 2–hd 2–2 2–hd 7 7 Espinoza 36.40

6 GOING GLOBAL (IRE) 3.60 2.40 2.20
3 GOLDEN 4.60 3.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-6)  $88.20
$1 EXACTA (6-3)  $7.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (6-3-4-2)  $24.68
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-3-4-2-5)  $1,116.30
50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-3-4)  $36.20

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 $376,650 Daily Double Pool $36,056 Exacta Pool $167,971 Superfecta Pool $68,819 Super High Five Pool $52,721 Trifecta Pool $105,216. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-3-6) paid $278.85. Pick Three Pool $44,647.

GOING GLOBAL (IRE) bided her time while chasing outside rival into and through the backstretch, moved up swiftly from the inside around the last turn, split foes and spurted to the front then streaked away in an impressive performance while under mild hand pressure late. GOLDEN unhurried leaving the gate, trailed from the inside, angled out past half mile marker, came three wide into the stretch and outfinished outside rival for second. MIDNIGHT DIVA tracked pace from along the fence, moved up some into second turn, angled out, came three wide into the lane, battled inside rival through the drive but was outfinished for the place. QUATTROELLE (IRE) saved ground chasing the leaders well into the stretch, shifted out but failed to menace. PIZZAZZ was sent to the front, set uncontested pace then padded cushion bid on the backstretch, had that margin dissolve around last turn and weakened from the inside. MADONE outside rival early, chased from off the rail then three wide, came out further leaving last turn and failed to produce any late punch. MAJESTIC STEPS (IRE) led pursuers chasing the pace into the backstretch, dropped back between foes on the second turn and gave way in the stretch.


5½ Furlongs. Purse: $35,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 22.45 46.46 59.19 1:05.71

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

3 Catbernay 118 3 1 1–hd 1–½ 1–4 1–6½ Gonzalez 2.10
6 Poseidon's Kid 113 6 4 4–½ 4–½ 2–hd 2–1¼ Pyfer 6.70
5 Detective Bernardo 118 5 2 3–hd 3–hd 3–hd 3–½ Centeno 32.10
2 Revisionist 118 2 7 7–6 5–1½ 5–2 4–1½ Hernandez 12.00
7 Pick Your Bid 112 7 5 5–½ 7–8 7–10 5–¾ Ortega 61.50
9 Shotgun Rider 120 8 6 6–2 6–hd 6–hd 6–7 Maldonado 2.10
1 Cousin Eddie 120 1 3 2–2½ 2–½ 4–½ 7–1¼ Valdivia, Jr. 2.50
4 Lazarus Come Forth 126 4 8 8 8 8 8 Flores 63.20

3 CATBERNAY 6.20 4.00 3.20
6 POSEIDON'S KID 7.20 4.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-3)  $12.60
$1 EXACTA (3-6)  $20.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-6-5-2)  $107.47
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-6-5)  $113.25
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-6-5-2-7)  Carryover $7,079
$2 CONSOLATION DOUBLE (6-8)  $3.60

Winner–Catbernay B.g.3 by Sapphire Cat out of Sav Blanc, by Dixie Union. Bred by Leslie M. Smith (CA). Trainer: Kristin Mulhall. Owner: Blacksmith Ranch LLC and Stefano, Thomas R.. Mutuel Pool $340,751 Daily Double Pool $32,858 Exacta Pool $138,916 Superfecta Pool $78,372 Trifecta Pool $107,366 X-5 Super High Five Pool $9,275. Scratched–Barzel Force.

50-Cent Pick Three (3-6-3) paid $89.25. Pick Three Pool $51,230. 50-Cent Consolation Pick Three (3-6-8) paid $18.60.

CATBERNAY broke out slightly, contested the pace outside COUSIN EDDIE, gained advantage late on the turn, shook free in upper stretch and padde final margin under steady handling. POSEIDON'S KID between rivals early, chased three wide then outside rival, was forced four wide departing the bend the outfinished inside rival for second. DETECTIVE BERNARDO stalked early from the inside then between foes, continued off the rail and was three wide entering the stretch and held late for minor award. REVISIONIST was off step slow, settled inside, made some progress from along the rail, came out then regained rail in the threat but failed to threaten. PICK YOUR BID chased three deep early, remained on same path into the turn, dropped back around the bend, came in some and weakened. SHOTGUN RIDER was widest down the backstretch, caught four wide entering the bend, remained in same path to the stretch and lacked any late response. COUSIN EDDIE dueled inside CATBERNAY into and on the turn, lost contact later on the bend, dropped back readily in the final eighth, was pulled up shortly after the finish and vanned off. LAZARUS COME FORTH broke in slightly and was slow into stride, dropped far back in the early going and never reached contention.


6 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $63,000. Allowance. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 21.43 44.34 56.86 1:09.24

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

2 New Heat 126 2 9 9–hd 6–½ 4–2 1–½ T Baze 12.70
1 Shylock Eddie 126 1 10 7–hd 4–hd 2–hd 2–1¼ Rispoli 11.70
10 Bella D 126 10 3 6–½ 9–1 6–1½ 3–hd Valdivia, Jr. 12.50
8 D's Lovely Sophia 121 8 2 3–3 3–1½ 3–1½ 4–1¼ Pyfer 6.30
5 Bella Chica 121 5 7 8–1½ 5–2½ 5–1 5–nk Centeno 21.70
7 Rain Diva 126 7 1 1–1½ 1–3½ 1–2½ 6–2¼ Cedillo 5.40
6 Vella 126 6 8 10 7–2 7–hd 7–nk Flores 19.90
9 Warrior's Moon 126 9 6 5–hd 8–1½ 8–1½ 8–52 Prat 7.40
3 Squared Shady 120 3 4 2–4 2–2 9–8 9 Maldonado 1.60
4 Go Smiley Go 126 4 5 4–½ 10 10 dnf Desormeaux 11.30

2 NEW HEAT 27.40 11.40 8.40
1 SHYLOCK EDDIE 11.00 5.80
10 BELLA D 7.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-2)  $75.80
$1 EXACTA (2-1)  $113.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-1-10-8)  $674.87
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-1-10-8-5)  Carryover $31,161
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-1-10)  $515.25

Winner–New Heat Dbb.f.4 by Unusual Heat out of Helluva Hooley, by Touch Gold. Bred by Liberty Road Stables (CA). Trainer: Anthony K. Saavedra. Owner: Newfield Farm and Saavedra, Jennifer M.. Mutuel Pool $447,342 Daily Double Pool $88,279 Exacta Pool $241,661 Superfecta Pool $129,037 Super High Five Pool $31,554 Trifecta Pool $194,844. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (6-3-2) paid $42.05. Pick Three Pool $192,308. 50-Cent Consolation Pick Three (6-8-2) paid $10.25. 50-Cent Pick Four (3-6-3/8-2) 423 tickets with 4 correct paid $1,133.70. Pick Four Pool $628,228. 50-Cent Pick Five (4-3-6-3/8-2) 23 tickets with 5 correct paid $16,004.45. Pick Five Pool $482,318. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (1/4-4-3-6-3/8-2) 14 tickets with 6 correct paid $7,468.32. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $195,737. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $66,390.

NEW HEAT drifted out bit and was bit rank crossing the early dirt section, chased, inside, saved ground into the lane, roused and responded readily, then surged past SHYLOCK EDDIE in deep stretch. SHYLOCK EDDIE hugged the rail while chasing the pace, also moved up rapidly in mid stretch, grabbed brief lead outside RAIN DIVA but was overhauled by the winner nearing the wire. BELLA D chased early from the far outside, caught five wide leaving the backstretch, came in bit on the turn, found the rail, angled back out some, surged late and nailed rival for third. D'S LOVELY SOPHIA was forwardly placed, stalked two or three wide to the stretch, closed strongly on the leader in the drive, could not match top pair late then was nailed on last jump for third. BELLA CHICA was bumped from both sides leaving the gate, chased from off the rail, drifted out departing the turn and lacked needed late rally. RAIN DIVA briefly dueled then took command and sped clear, retained clear advantage into the stretch, grew weary in the drive, was overhauled in mid stretch and lost placing from the inside. VELLA bumped with BELLA CHICA at the start, reserved early, raced outside winner into and around the turn, drifted out five wide into the lane and lacked any response. WARRIOR'S MOON between foes early, chased from off the rail then three wide, came out further in the stretch and was no threat. SQUARED SHADY rushed up inside early, pressed the early issue, dropped back around the turn, gave way readily and was eventually eased and crossed the wire then walked off. GO SMILEY GO broke out and bumped rival at the break, chased three then four wide, dropped back around the bend, was pulled up in the stretch and vanned off.

Out of StateN/A$7,738,710
TOTAL3,644 $10,128,880

Santa Anita Entries for Sunday, May 23.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 66th day of a 81-day meet.


6 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $42,000. Starter Allowance. 4 year olds and up.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Notre DameAlexis Centeno119Doug F. O'Neill9-5
2Ian GlassGeovanni Franco124Andy Mathis5-2
3InvictatatusJessica Pyfer119Alfredo P. Marquez6-1
4BedrockFlavien Prat124Robert B. Hess, Jr.4-1
5CastleAbel Cedillo124Mark Glatt5-2


4½ Furlongs. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Hiding the BrickEdwin Maldonado122Paula S. Capestro8-1
2IkigaiFlavien Prat122Simon Callaghan9-5
3Richards the DreamTyler Baze122Edwin G. Alvarez20-1
4BochomboVictor Espinoza122Luis Mendez8-5
5Bet On MookieAbel Cedillo122Peter Miller5-2
6BarsabasJuan Hernandez122Ryan Hanson8-1


6 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $36,000. Starter Optional Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Our Little TigerKent Desormeaux121Jerry Wallace, II8-1
2Saturday HeistTyler Baze121Val Brinkerhoff4-1
3Dancing DanaAbel Cedillo121Craig Anthony Lewis2-1
4Ensleys DreamEdwin Maldonado121Brian J. Koriner5-1
5AgreetodisagreeFlavien Prat121Peter Eurton6-5


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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1It's a RiddleJessica Pyfer119Robert B. Hess, Jr.4-110,000
2Uno Trouble MakerTiago Pereira124Ruben Gomez5-210,000
3ChollimaAbel Cedillo124Jeffrey Metz5-210,000
4Tiz ToffeeKent Desormeaux124Rosemary Trela2-110,000
5You Wanna Ear RipCesar Ortega115Sergio Morfin5-110,000


1 Mile Turf. Purse: $65,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Proud Pedro Juan Hernandez126Leonard Powell5-162,500
2Stirling DriveJose Valdivia, Jr.126Brian J. Koriner8-162,500
3GregdarUmberto Rispoli124Philip D'Amato5-2
4Order and LawKent Desormeaux126Vladimir Cerin3-162,500
5Rip CityMario Gutierrez124Mike Puype6-5


1 Mile. Purse: $26,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Kenzou's RhythmJuan Hernandez120Ryan Hanson7-214,000
2Next RevoltFlavien Prat122Robert B. Hess, Jr.9-516,000
3Camino de EstrellaTiago Pereira122William Spawr4-116,000
4LeprinoEdwin Maldonado122Val Brinkerhoff2-116,000
5CambyJessica Pyfer117Vann Belvoir5-116,000


1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $100,000. 'Cinema Stakes'. 3 year olds.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1AirmanJuan Hernandez120John A. Shirreffs3-1
2Sword Zorro Umberto Rispoli124John W. Sadler5-2
3Jimmy IrishVictor Espinoza120Doug F. O'Neill5-1
4HubrisFlavien Prat120Richard Baltas9-5
5Hudson RidgeAbel Cedillo120Bob Baffert7-2


6 Furlongs. Purse: $35,000. Maiden Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000.

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1Ruby's OrchidTyler Baze118George Papaprodromou8-1
2EsagerareJessica Pyfer113David A. Randall12-1
3Eyes OpenJuan Hernandez126Dan Blacker5-2
4Bowl of CherriesJose Valdivia, Jr.118Ronald W. Ellis2-1
5ReemAbel Cedillo126Bob Baffert8-5
6B'esame Me MuchoUmberto Rispoli126Ronald W. Ellis8-150,000


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

PPHorseJockeyWtTrainerM-LClaim $
1In Vronsky StyleTyler Baze126Philip D'Amato8-5
2Minister ShaneUmberto Rispoli118Carla Gaines5-2
3Constant ConflictAbel Cedillo118Peter Eurton10-1
4Patriot MissileWayne Barnett121Michael S. Wilson8-1
5Really Big NewsAlexis Centeno113Tim Yakteen8-1
6Head for BusinessKent Desormeaux126Robert B. Hess, Jr.4-1
7Hello HandsomeJuan Hernandez118Mike Puype8-1