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Horse racing newsletter: Great finish to Hollywood Gold Cup

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Smooth Like Strait, with Umberto Rispoli aboard, wins the Grade 1 $300,000 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita Park on Monday.
(Benoit Photo via Associated Press)

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as Santa Anita holds its last Grade 1s of the meeting.

Let’s start with a brief report from Belmont Park in advance of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. The information was obtained from the NYRA press office.

Trainer Brad Cox has the presumptive favorite in Essential Quality, who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby despite a troubled trip.

“This horse has put us in this position and we feel very fortunate to be a part of it,” Cox told the NYRA communications staff. “He’s accomplished so much already, being a champion 2-year-old. But at some point, he’ll be retired to stud and it’s our job now to continue to add to his legacy. A Grade 1 win at 3 [years old] is going to be huge for this horse and we’re hopeful it can happen in the Belmont.”

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“It’s a great feeling to be in this position and have a realistic shot,” Cox said. “He gives us a fantastic opportunity on Saturday.”

Not particularly revelatory stuff, but you’ve got it nonetheless. Essential Quality was expected to arrive at Belmont on Tuesday morning.

In the other news on Monday, Keepmeinmind will be skipping the Belmont Stakes and instead be pointed to the Belmont Derby, a turf race, on July 10.

Sorry to report …

Agamemnon, a 4-year-old gelding, suffered a catastrophic injury in Monday’s third race, a six-furlong allowance turf race for Cal-breds. He was near the sixteenth pole when he suffered the injury to one of his front legs. The damage was so severe he was immediately euthanized. It was the ninth death at Santa Anita since the season started on Dec. 27 and the seventh racing. It was the first fatality since April 19. Agamemnon was trained by Ron McAnally. It was the eighth lifetime start for the horse, who had won two races and $70,800.

Santa Anita review

Three Grade 1s. That’s good on any day. Let’s review them.

Grade 1 $300,000 Shoemaker Mile: Smooth Like Strait put on an impressive gate-to-wire performance while winning the turf race by 1½ and earning a spot in the Breeders’ Cup (Turf) Mile at Del Mar on Nov. 6. The 4-year-old colt went right to the lead and was contested every stride until the top of the stretch when he put things in gear and won effortlessly.

Smooth Like Strait paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.20. Say the Word was second, followed by Restrainedvengence, Next Shares, Whisper Not and Crossfirehurricane.

Michael McCarthy (winning trainer): “[Monday] feels very gratifying because the horse shows up and runs hard every time. I don’t think he was getting the respect he deserved earlier in the year, but he showed up and put together a nice campaign. He was so relaxed for [jockey] Umberto [Rispoli] out there today. The horse responded beautifully to Umberto, they have become quite the partnership. I’m super happy for the horse and the connections. I’ve had an immense amount of faith in this horse all along, and I really believe that there are big things coming for him later in the year.”

Rispoli (winning jockey): “I was just waiting for a Grade 1 for this horse; he deserves so much. So does the owner, Michael Cannon. He deserves it, he tries hard every time with me, we have some feedback after the races, he’s always positive. He always says, ‘Don’t worry, we’re gonna go to the Breeders’ Cup’. … I’m so glad for Michael (McCarthy) and the groom, who treats him like a son, also the work rider, they do an amazing job with this horse. He’s so clever, so smart, he deserves a Grade 1.”

Grade 1 $300,000 Hollywood Gold Cup: Trainer Bob Baffert picked up his eighth Hollywood Gold Cup win as Country Grammer outbattled Royal Ship down the stretch to win the 1¼-mile race by a head. The last time the two horses met, in the Californian, Royal Ship won by a neck.

Country Grammer paid $5.60, $3.20 and $2.60. Royal Ship was second, followed by Express Train, Rushie, Heywoods Beach, Two Thirty Five and Brown Storm.

Baffert (winning trainer): “Elliot Walden and WinStar bought him to bring to California because they figured 1¼ mile was his distance. His form on the dirt was really good last year. It looked like he was beat today, but he kicked it in. I’m so happy for WinStar Group. It’s exciting. He ran a big race last time and just got beat. He was really ready to go today and I think the distance was the key. He got it done with a lot of class and determination.”

Flavien Prat (winning jockey): “He ran super well. He broke well and I was able to get myself in a good spot. I was a little bit worried when I saw Mike Smith [aboard Royal Ship] on the outside of me, I wish I could have kept him inside. Mike took the lead on me, but my horse was really game to come back.”

Grade 1 $300,000 Gamely Stakes: The final Grade 1 of the Santa Anita meeting was won by longshot Maxim Rate in the 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Maxim Rate came late on the outside to win by a half-length.

Maxim Rate paid $29.80, $12.00 and $7.40. La Signare was second, followed by Bodhicitta, Keeper Ofthe Stars, Going to Vegas, Charmaine’s Mia and Red Lark.

Simon Callaghan (winning trainer): “We knew she was training really well coming into this race. We felt that the setup will be perfect. A mile and an eighth, back here in California I think is totally her game. We had some speed to run at and it actually turned out exactly how we wrote up the race before. The Grade 1 was our main aim and to pull it off is fantastic. … Now we’ll just space the races out and it will be nice to get to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Juan Hernandez (winning jockey): “I just watched a couple of replays of her. It looked like she was a really nice filly. She broke out of there, really clean break, she relaxed really well for me. She’s a very classy filly, you can do whatever you want with her. I had a really good trip all the race and I just waited for the quarter pole to start working on her and when I asked her to go she took off. She’s a very nice filly.”

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Big races review

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

Belmont (3): $125,000 Bouwerie Stakes, NY-bred fillies 3-years-old, 7 furlongs. Winner: Betsy Blue ($8.10)

Belmont (4): $200,000 Commentator Stakes, NY-breds 3 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Bankit ($6.90)

Belmont (6): $125,000 Mount Vernon Stakes, NY-bred fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Robin Sparkles ($2.70)

Belmont (7): $125,000 Mike Lee Stakes, NY-bred 3-year-olds, 7 furlongs. Winner: River Dog ($3.60)

Belmont (8): $125,000 Kingston Stakes, NY-breds 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Winner: Vintage Hollywood ($6.90)

Belmont (9): $200,000 Critical Eye Stakes, NY-bred fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Bank Sting ($10.40)

Lone Star (7): $100,000 Memorial Day Sprint Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Winner: Our Iris Rose ($48.40)

4:01 Lone Star (8): $100,000 Chamberlain Bridge Stakes, 3 and up, 5 furlongs on turf. Favorite: Archidust (9-5)

Santa Anita (7): Grade 1 $300,000 Shoemaker Mile, 3 and up, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Smooth Like Strait ($3.40)

Lone Star (9): $300,000 Texas Derby, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Warrant ($7.80)

Santa Anita (8): Grade 1 $300,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, 3 and up, 1 ¼ miles. Winner: Country Grammer ($5.60)

Lone Star (10): $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff, fillies and mare 3 and up, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Laura’s Light ($3.60)

Santa Anita (9): Grade 1 $300,000 Gamely Stakes, fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 1/8 miles on turf. Winner: Maxim Rate ($29.80)

Lone Star (11): Grade 3 $400,000 Steve Sexton Mile Stakes, 3 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Mo Mosa ($48.60)

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Now, the star of the show, Monday’s results. We’ll be back on Friday.

Santa Anita Charts Results for Monday, May 31.

Copyright 2021 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 70th day of a 81-day meet. Clear & Firm

FIRST RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $63,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 23.73 48.47 1:13.00 1:36.78 1:48.52


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

2 Coast of Roan 126 2 5 5–hd 3–1 3–hd 2–1 1–½ Rispoli 2.80
6 Astronaut 126 6 6 7–½ 6–½ 7–2 4–1 2–nk Prat 2.20
1 Memo Daddy 124 1 3 1–1½ 1–1½ 1–2 1–½ 3–1¼ Hernandez 7.60
5 Secret Club 121 5 8 8–½ 8–hd 8–hd 5–2½ 4–½ Pyfer 14.40
4 Lure Him In 124 4 1 3–1½ 4–½ 4–1 3–1 5–4¼ Desormeaux 4.70
7 Irish Heatwave 126 7 2 6–2 5–½ 6–½ 6–2½ 6–3¼ McCarthy 18.60
8 Avigale 126 8 9 9 9 9 8–1 7–1 T Baze 16.30
9 Big Buzz 126 9 7 4–½ 7–2 5–hd 7–½ 8–3¾ Cedillo 21.70
3 Clayton Delaney 126 3 4 2–½ 2–½ 2–hd 9 9 Gonzalez 7.90

2 COAST OF ROAN 7.60 3.60 2.80
6 ASTRONAUT 3.40 2.80
1 MEMO DADDY (CHI) 4.80
$1 EXACTA (2-6)  $12.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-6-1-5)  $31.22
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-6-1-5-4)  $1,382.30
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-6-1)  $33.35

Winner–Coast of Roan Ch.g.5 by James Street out of Susan B Good, by Good Journey. Bred by Ed Delaney (CA). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: Ed Delaney. Mutuel Pool $273,547 Exacta Pool $147,728 Superfecta Pool $61,087 Super High Five Pool $58,909 Trifecta Pool $100,764. Scratched–none.

COAST OF ROAN stalked the pacesetter from inside, shifted to the two path around the far turn, bid outside nearing the stretch, put in a head in front at the sixteenth pole then was floated out by MEMO DADDY and held over the runner-up. ASTRONAUT broke out and bumped rival at the start, tucked inside early, came out into the stretch, rallied and was gaining rapidly. MEMO DADDY (CHI) took control early from inside, responded when challenged into the lane, held a short lead to the mid-stretch then drifted out some and yielded grudgingly. SECRET CLUB came away slow, took the first turn three then two wide, angled to the inside on the backstretch, saved ground into the lane and closed well along the rail. LURE HIM IN was in range racing off the rail, took aim three wide outside the top pair leaving the second bend and lacked the needed late kick in deep stretch. IRISH HEATWAVE bumped at the start, raced between rivals then angled four to five wide into the lane, drifted inward in the stretch and failed to rally. AVIGALE (IRE) broke out and bumped rival, reserved in the early going, raced outside a rival then angled to the rail on the far turn and made no impact. BIG BUZZ got bumped leaving the gate, tracked three wide around the first turn, four to five wide into the stretch and lacked further response. CLAYTON DELANEY stalked the leader outside a rival, dropped back between rivals on the far turn and tired.

SECOND RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.07 45.70 58.46 1:11.41


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

4 Kahuna Magic 120 4 4 5–2 5–3 4–1 1–nk Desormeaux 13.20
6 Brutto 118 6 3 4–½ 4–½ 1–½ 2–4¼ Prat 0.50
2 Trainer Please 118 2 5 1–hd 1–½ 2–½ 3–2½ Gutierrez 4.10
5 Derby Prospect 118 5 1 2–hd 3–½ 3–hd 4–4 Cedillo 18.30
3 Mongolian Ford 118 3 2 3–½ 2–hd 5–9 5–20 Gonzalez 11.50
1 Doncic 118 1 6 6 6 6 6 Hernandez 6.80

4 KAHUNA MAGIC 28.40 5.80 3.40
6 BRUTTO 2.60 2.10
2 TRAINER PLEASE 3.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-4)  $151.80
$1 EXACTA (4-6)  $23.90
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-6-2-5)  $35.56
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-6-2)  $47.50

Winner–Kahuna Magic Dbb.c.3 by Into Mischief out of Katie's Garden, by Elusive Quality. Bred by Mr. & Mrs. J. S. Moss (KY). Trainer: John A. Shirreffs. Owner: Jerome S. Moss. Mutuel Pool $261,643 Daily Double Pool $57,290 Exacta Pool $130,762 Superfecta Pool $54,931 Trifecta Pool $89,653. Scratched–none.

KAHUNA MAGIC stalked the front quartet into and around the turn, eased out into the stretch, drew alongside BRUTTO with a sixteenth remaining and overhauled that rival for the score. BRUTTO broke awkwardly, chased outside the top trio, went four wide through the turn, struck the front approaching the eighth pole, cleared briefly then was tested by KAHUNA MAGIC in the final sixteenth and could not hold on. TRAINER PLEASE broke in and bumped rival at the start, vied for the lead from inside to the lane, lost command in upper stretch and stayed on to secure the show. DERBY PROSPECT vied for command three deep and weakened in the final furlong. MONGOLIAN FORD vied between rivals into and around the turn then gave way in the stretch. DONCIC stumbled a bit and got bumped in the beginning, settled at the back off the inside, raced three wide into the turn, four wide into the drive, lacked further response, was eased in the stretch and walked off.

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $63,000. Allowance. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.26 45.09 57.01 1:08.95


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

8 Perfectionistic 126 8 5 8 8 7–2 1–ns Rispoli 2.00
7 Too Late 126 7 2 3–1 3–1 2–1½ 2–¾ Gutierrez 5.40
2 Posterize 126 2 1 1–1½ 1–1 1–½ 3–hd Franco 8.10
5 Single Me Out 126 5 8 7–1½ 6–1½ 6–hd 4–1½ Hernandez 6.00
6 Hit the Seam 126 6 3 4–hd 5–1½ 4–½ 5–½ Pereira 11.00
3 Eustace 126 3 7 5–2 4–½ 3–hd 6–5 Prat 4.00
1 Desert Swarm 126 1 6 2–½ 2–hd 5–½ 7 Cedillo 25.20
4 Agamemnon 126 4 4 6–hd 7–hd 8 dnf Valdivia, Jr. 6.40

8 PERFECTIONISTIC 6.00 4.00 3.20
7 TOO LATE 6.00 4.00
2 POSTERIZE 4.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-8)  $102.40
$1 EXACTA (8-7)  $17.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (8-7-2-5)  $49.27
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-7-2-5-6)  $1,026.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-7-2)  $54.95

Winner–Perfectionistic Dbb.c.4 by Vronsky out of Seasontoperfection, by Poteen. Bred by Old English Rancho (CA). Trainer: Philip D'Amato. Owner: The Ellwood Johnston Trust, Baze, Ashley, Hilvers, Mary, Hilvers, Peter and Tevelde, Ken. Mutuel Pool $411,151 Daily Double Pool $29,105 Exacta Pool $223,292 Superfecta Pool $87,882 Super High Five Pool $6,726 Trifecta Pool $148,342. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-4-8) paid $168.35. Pick Three Pool $82,311.

PERFECTIONISTIC unhurried in the beginning, came out into the stretch, rallied and got up in time. TOO LATE stalked the pace outside a rival, bid outside in upper stretch, led late and got nailed by the winner. POSTERIZE sped clear and angled to the inside, roused nearing the stretch, held a narrow lead with a furlong to go but got outkicked in the late stages. SINGLE ME OUT raced off the pace early on, went two wide into the turn, exited three wide, went between rivals at the eighth pole and finished well. HIT THE SEAM raced off the rail while in range, took the turn four wide wide, chased through the drive but needed to find more in deep stretch. EUSTACE tracked the pace from inside, cut the corner into the stretch and lacked the needed late punch. DESERT SWARM closest in pursuit up the backstretch, went two wide around the turn and weakened. AGAMEMNON settled on the inside, remained near the rail in the stretch, was injured inside the sixteenth pole and vanned off.

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $24,000. Starter Allowance. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $12,500. Time 24.03 47.41 1:11.39 1:23.83 1:36.79


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

5 Colosi 122 5 3 2–1½ 2–2½ 2–2 2–2 1–2½ Cedillo 4.30
1 Contagion 124 1 2 4–2 4–1½ 3–½ 3–2 2–nk Prat 0.30
7 Studly Perfection 124 6 1 1–1½ 1–2½ 1–1½ 1–1 3–5¼ Valdivia, Jr. 15.50
3 Rinse and Repeat 122 3 5 3–1 3–½ 4–5 4–5 4–8 Payeras 10.20
4 Swamp Souffle 122 4 4 5–½ 6 6 5–2½ 5–ns Franco 32.30
2 Tizona 124 2 6 6 5–1 5–1 6 6 Desormeaux 10.30

5 COLOSI 10.60 2.60 2.20
1 CONTAGION 2.10 2.10
7 STUDLY PERFECTION 3.80
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-5)  $39.80
$1 EXACTA (5-1)  $7.40
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-1-7-3)  $9.82
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-1-7)  $23.60

Winner–Colosi B.g.6 by City Zip out of Accept, by Good Reward. Bred by Tracy Farmer (KY). Trainer: Mark Glatt. Owner: Agnew, Dan J. and Cohen, Mark L.. Mutuel Pool $302,496 Daily Double Pool $39,007 Exacta Pool $166,950 Superfecta Pool $92,957 Trifecta Pool $143,436. Scratched–Conquest Cobra.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-8-5) paid $173.20. Pick Three Pool $46,231.

COLOSI was forwardly placed off the inside, chased the leader two wide into the lane, drew alongside and gained command mid-stretch and drove clear. CONTAGION raced along the inside then angled out around the clubhouse turn, came three wide into the drive, rallied and got up for second. STUDLY PERFECTION sped to the front and was a bit rank on the first turn, set all the pace to the stretch, lost command mid-stretch and lost the place. RINSE AND REPEAT stalked the leader from inside, dropped to mid-pack on the backstretch, entered the lane two wide and could not rally. SWAMP SOUFFLE went two then three wide around the first turn, tracked outside a rival, entered the lane two wide and was never a factor. TIZONA stumbled leaving the gate, traveled two wide around the first turn, stayed in the two path into the second bend, drifted four wide into the stretch and came up empty.

FIFTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 23.29 45.69 1:10.01 1:16.50


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

3 Thrilling 118 3 1 1–½ 1–hd 1–1 1–¾ McCarthy 5.90
6 Queen Ofthe Temple 120 6 10 9–hd 9–½ 6–½ 2–hd Desormeaux 14.40
8 Red Diamond 126 8 7 7–1 5–½ 5–1 3–1 Valdivia, Jr. 5.60
2 Buy American 113 2 6 6–½ 4–½ 4–hd 4–1 Pyfer 37.50
1 Burgoo Alley 118 1 12 10–4 8–hd 7–1½ 5–ns Rispoli 4.20
4 What a Feeling 118 4 2 4–1 3–2 3–1 6–½ Gutierrez 32.70
5 Cielo d'Oro 118 5 3 5–1½ 6–hd 8–3½ 7–hd T Baze 13.60
11 Kalon 126 11 5 2–½ 2–2½ 2–2 8–4½ Espinoza 4.60
10 Speedcuber 118 10 11 8–1 10–3 9–2 9–4¼ Prat 2.90
12 The Pharaoh's Girl 118 12 9 12 11–4½ 10–3 10–9 Gonzalez 36.50
9 Socially Smart 118 9 4 3–½ 7–1 11–8½ 11–7 Cedillo 43.00
7 Peacefield 118 7 8 11–½ 12 12 12 Hernandez 38.00

3 THRILLING 13.80 8.00 5.40
6 QUEEN OFTHE TEMPLE 13.60 7.80
8 RED DIAMOND 3.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-3)  $85.20
$1 EXACTA (3-6)  $95.70
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-6-8-2)  $926.22
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-6-8)  $227.20
$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-6-8-2-1)  Carryover $3,128

Winner–Thrilling B.f.3 by Uncle Mo out of Together (IRE), by Galileo (IRE). Bred by Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt (KY). Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy. Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC. Mutuel Pool $501,662 Daily Double Pool $50,404 Exacta Pool $325,980 Superfecta Pool $122,752 Trifecta Pool $184,122 X-5 Super High Five Pool $4,098. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (8-5-3) paid $67.10. Pick Three Pool $141,521. 50-Cent Pick Four (4-8-5-3) 164 tickets with 4 correct paid $1,387.75. Pick Four Pool $298,216. 50-Cent Pick Five (2-4-8-5-3) 69 tickets with 5 correct paid $9,810.95. Pick Five Pool $785,721.

THRILLING set the pace up the backstretch under pressure, dueled around the turn, shook free in upper stretch, inched away then held late. QUEEN OFTHE TEMPLE chased off the inside then between runners, angled four wide leaving the turn, got floated out in the lane, rallied late and edged RED DIAMOND for second. RED DIAMOND got bumped at the start, settled in mid-pack, drifted out upper stretch, rallied and was outkicked for the place. BUY AMERICAN reserved in the early going, angled out upper stretch and finished willingly. BURGOO ALLEY (IRE) hesitated and broke slow, chased along the inside then two wide into the stretch and finished willingly along the rail. WHAT A FEELING stalked in the two path to the stretch, tipped out in the lane and lacked a serious bid. CIELO D'ORO was in range early, went four wide into the turn, exited five wide, came out in upper stretch and kept on through the final furlong. KALON pressed the pace from outside, dueled for command around the turn, lost contact with the winner in upper stretch and flattened in the late stages. SPEEDCUBER broke in and bumped rival, sat off the pace outside rivals, went three deep into the turn, three wide into the stretch and failed to threaten. THE PHARAOH'S GIRL angled in on the turn and was never a factor. SOCIALLY SMART got bumped on both sides at the start, raced in range outside a rival, dropped back on the turn and tired. PEACEFIELD jumped the track crossing surfaces early, dropped to the back and trailed into the turn, went two wide into the lane and never threatened.

SIXTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs. Purse: $65,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Time 22.48 44.85 1:09.73 1:16.42


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

2 Ground Attack 119 2 3 2–½ 1–½ 1–1 1–½ Ellingwood 6.90
6 Surfing Star 121 5 2 4–1½ 4–2 3–1 2–1¼ Pyfer 16.70
4 Speed Pass 126 3 1 1–½ 2–2 2–1 3–1¾ Prat 0.80
1 Thanks Mr. Eidson 126 1 4 5 5 4–½ 4–nk Hernandez 3.10
5 Dessman 126 4 5 3–½ 3–hd 5 5 Cedillo 3.40

2 GROUND ATTACK 15.80 6.80 3.40
6 SURFING STAR 12.60 4.60
4 SPEED PASS 2.20
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-2)  $210.80
$1 EXACTA (2-6)  $49.90
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-6-4-1)  $28.74
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-6-4)  $72.35

Winner–Ground Attack B.g.7 by Surf Cat out of Stardust Magic, by Grand Slam. Bred by Bruce Headley (CA). Trainer: Karen Headley. Owner: Estate of Bruce Headley, Barnhart, Nancy and Foxx, Roxana. Mutuel Pool $365,645 Daily Double Pool $37,091 Exacta Pool $149,620 Superfecta Pool $48,996 Trifecta Pool $96,355. Scratched–Manhattan Up.

50-Cent Pick Three (5-3-2) paid $221.20. Pick Three Pool $70,464.

GROUND ATTACK pressed the pace from inside then dueled into the turn, held a short lead through the bend and into the stretch, cleared with a furlong to go and fended off the runner-up. SURFING STAR chased the top pair outside a rival, went three then four wide around the turn, closed from outside but was not enough to get by the winner. SPEED PASS set the pace under pressure from inside, dueled leaving the backstretch and around the turn, fought to upper stretch but could not match strides with the top pair in the final furlong but stayed on to hold third. THANKS MR. EIDSON hopped slightly at the start and came away a bit slow, was reserved behind the field up the backstretch, angled to the rail on the turn and could not rally. DESSMAN was off slow to begin, went up outside the top pair then chased two wide into the turn, came three wide into the lane and flattened out.

SEVENTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $300,000. 'Shoemaker Mile Stakes'. 3 year olds and up. Time 23.46 46.43 1:10.09 1:22.04 1:34.19


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

2 Smooth Like Strait 124 2 1 1–½ 1–½ 1–1½ 1–3½ 1–1½ Rispoli 0.70
7 Say the Word 124 6 5 5–2½ 5–3½ 5–6 4–½ 2–1¾ Prat 2.90
4 Restrainedvengence 122 4 2 2–hd 2–hd 3–2½ 2–1 3–nk T Baze 19.30
1 Next Shares 122 1 3 4–½ 4–1 4–½ 5–8 4–3¾ McCarthy 19.20
6 Whisper Not 122 5 4 3–3 3–6 2–½ 3–hd 5–9 Franco 3.70
3 Crossfirehurricane 122 3 6 6 6 6 6 6 Gutierrez 24.80

2 SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT 3.40 2.40 2.20
7 SAY THE WORD 3.40 2.80
4 RESTRAINEDVENGENCE 3.60
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-2)  $44.00
$1 EXACTA (2-7)  $5.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-7-4-1)  $8.60
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-7-4)  $15.60

Winner–Smooth Like Strait B.c.4 by Midnight Lute out of Smooth as Usual, by Flower Alley. Bred by Cannon Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY). Trainer: Michael W. McCarthy. Owner: Cannon Thoroughbreds, LLC. Mutuel Pool $473,571 Daily Double Pool $49,099 Exacta Pool $178,047 Superfecta Pool $64,268 Trifecta Pool $114,166. Scratched–Raymundos Secret.

50-Cent Pick Three (3-2-2) paid $69.60. Pick Three Pool $80,991.

SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT vied for the lead from inside, held a short lead to the far turn, cleared at the five-sixteenths, drew away in upper stretch and held safely under right-handed urging. SAY THE WORD raced off the pace in the two path or outside a rival, exited the far turn three wide, raced four wide upper stretch, finished well and closed the gap on the winner late. RESTRAINEDVENGENCE pressed from between, could not keep pace around the far turn, chased from inside into the stretch and held the show. NEXT SHARES settled on the inside, moved into the two path leaving the far turn then three wide in upper stretch and finished evenly. WHISPER NOT (GB) vied for the lead three deep, chased the winner two wide past the five-sixteenths and weakened. CROSSFIREHURRICANE was off slow to begin, tucked inside early, entered the stretch two wide and never made an impact.

EIGHTH RACE.

1¼ Mile. Purse: $300,000. 'Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes'. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.92 47.16 1:12.09 1:37.18 2:02.23


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

2 Country Grammer 122 2 2–1 2–1 2–½ 1–hd 2–4 1–hd Prat 1.80
1 Royal Ship 124 1 4–½ 6–1 3–1 2–2 1–½ 2–4¼ Smith 3.20
7 Express Train 124 7 7 7 7 4–hd 4–4½ 3–½ Hernandez 2.30
5 Rushie 124 5 6–hd 5–½ 4–hd 3–½ 3–hd 4–6 McCarthy 5.30
4 Heywoods Beach 122 4 5–½ 3–hd 6–hd 6–hd 5–½ 5–5¼ T Baze 11.50
6 Two Thirty Five 122 6 3–½ 4–½ 5–½ 7 6–½ 6–2¾ Cedillo 54.50
3 Brown Storm 122 3 1–½ 1–1 1–½ 5–2 7 7 Rispoli 19.10

2 COUNTRY GRAMMER 5.60 3.20 2.60
1 ROYAL SHIP (BRZ) 4.20 2.80
7 EXPRESS TRAIN 2.40
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-2)  $17.00
$1 EXACTA (2-1)  $9.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-1-7-5)  $5.27
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-1-7-5-4)  $136.10
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-1-7)  $10.40

Winner–Country Grammer B.c.4 by Tonalist out of Arabian Song, by Forestry. Bred by Scott Pierce & Debbie Pierce (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: WinStar Farm LLC. Mutuel Pool $516,821 Daily Double Pool $50,698 Exacta Pool $230,686 Superfecta Pool $82,326 Super High Five Pool $27,149 Trifecta Pool $132,847. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-2-2) paid $25.00. Pick Three Pool $66,924.

COUNTRY GRAMMER brushed from outside early, stalked three wide early, applied pressure near the half-mile marker, headed rival leaving the backstretch and took over at the three-eighths, put away inside rival then dueled with ROYAL SHIP, lost command at the top of the stretch, fought back through the lane and dug in late edge the runner-up. ROYAL SHIP (BRZ) tracked three deep and between foes into the first turn, moved closer up the backstretch, bid three deep on the far turn and dueled into the stretch, gained command at the top of the lane, continued to battle with COUNTRY GRAMMER through the final furlong and got outkicked in the closing moments. EXPRESS TRAIN broke out, raced four deep then came five wide into the lane and outkicked RUSHIE for the show honors. RUSHIE stumbled at the start, angled to the inside, steered four wide into the stretch and got outfinished for the show. HEYWOODS BEACH got bumped into rival early, chased from between, was put in tight by inside and rival and steadied at the five-sixteenths, came four wide into the stretch and could not rally. TWO THIRTY FIVE came in and bumped rival early, raced four wide around the first turn, traveled four wide into the second bend then entered the lane six wide and had little left. BROWN STORM (CHI) got bumped between rivals early, vied for the lead then cleared first time through the stretch, angled in and set the pace along the rail, lost command at the three-eighths pole, lost ground through the far turn and faded in the drive.

NINTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $300,000. 'Gamely Stakes'. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.82 45.94 1:09.86 1:34.36 1:46.61


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

7 Maxim Rate 124 6 4 4–½ 4–1 4–1½ 2–hd 1–½ Hernandez 13.90
1 La Signare 122 1 5 5–3½ 5–2½ 5–1½ 5–1 2–½ Smith 4.80
9 Bodhicitta 124 7 6 6–4½ 6–3 6–½ 6–3 3–nk McCarthy 12.80
6 Keeper Ofthe Stars 122 5 3 2–1½ 2–1½ 2–1½ 3–1 4–1¾ Cedillo 8.00
4 Going to Vegas 122 3 2 3–2 3–½ 3–hd 4–½ 5–nk Rispoli 3.50
2 Charmaine's Mia 124 2 1 1–1 1–2 1–½ 1–½ 6–1¾ Prat 0.90
5 Red Lark 124 4 7 7 7 7 7 7 Gonzalez 22.30

7 MAXIM RATE 29.80 12.00 7.40
1 LA SIGNARE (FR) 6.00 4.20
9 BODHICITTA (GB) 8.00
$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-7)  $97.00
$1 EXACTA (7-1)  $65.40
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE JACKPOT (7-1-9-6-4)  Carryover $17,709
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-1-9-6)  $200.70
50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-1-9)  $212.45

Winner–Maxim Rate Grr.m.5 by Exchange Rate out of Catch My Eye, by Unbridled's Song. Bred by Fred W. Hertrich lll & John D. Fielding (KY). Trainer: Simon Callaghan. Owner: Slam Dunk Racing, Stable Currency LLC and Branham, James D.. Mutuel Pool $592,770 Daily Double Pool $174,264 Exacta Pool $266,800 Super High Five Jackpot Pool $23,203 Superfecta Pool $104,078 Trifecta Pool $169,082. Scratched–Raymundos Secret, Stela Star (IRE).

50-Cent Pick Three (2-2-7) paid $52.55. Pick Three Pool $279,981. 50-Cent Pick Four (2-2-2-7) 1372 tickets with 4 correct paid $438.85. Pick Four Pool $788,751. 50-Cent Pick Five (3-2-2-2-7) 178 tickets with 5 correct paid $3,726.05. Pick Five Pool $867,860. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (5-3-2-2-2-7) 33 tickets with 6 correct paid $6,522.30. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $400,205. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $353,386.

MAXIM RATE raced outside a rival while in range, took aim three wide leaving the far turn, bid three deep in upper stretch and proved best late. LA SIGNARE (FR) tracked from inside early on, moved out into the stretch, angled out further in the lane, closed well and was gaining to the wire. BODHICITTA (GB) settled off the pace and angled to the inside, exited the far turn three wide, angled out further with a furlong to go and summoned a mild late bid. KEEPER OFTHE STARS was closest to the leader early, applied pressure leaving the backstretch, challenged around the far turn and into the stretch but faltered in deep stretch. GOING TO VEGAS stalked the pace from inside, tipped off the rail in the stretch and lacked further response. CHARMAINE'S MIA set pace from inside, maintained a short lead into and around the second bend, roused at the top of the stretch, lost the lead inside the furlong pole and yielded in the final sixteenth. RED LARK (IRE) lagged behind early and steered to the inside, went two wide into the far turn, three wide into the stretch and never threatened.


AttendanceHandle
On-Track5,089$934,606
Inter-TrackN/A$1,514,653
Out of StateN/A$10,836,128
TOTAL5,089 $13,285,387


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