Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we decide to go all marathon on you and do newsletters the next two days.
First off, given that the Breeders’ Cup is at Santa Anita, we are going to have bonus newsletters on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday’s will have the final entries, post positions and odds. On Wednesday, I have no idea what we will have. But, certainly there will be some news to report about.
Now, on to our regularly scheduled Monday feature.
--Jockey Aaron Gryder is suspended four days (Oct. 26, 27, 31 and Nov. 1) for interference when he rode Fun Coupons in the fourth race on Oct. 18. Two of the three stewards concluded he had an inward drift after the start of the race. Steward Kim Sawyer thought Gryder’s horse squared up and did not enter another horse’s path. Fun Coupons finished second. It was Gryder’s second careless riding violation in the last 60 days. He can ride in designated races, which includes Breeders’ Cup races.
--Pari-mutuel clerk Charles Trigilio had his license suspended after he failed to show for a hearing before the stewards. He was arrested by Arcadia Police for embezzling $90,148 from Santa Anita and on June 19 he pled no contest to the charge of grand theft and was sentenced to 16 months in county jail. He did not appear for his hearing because he was in jail.
--Exercise rider Jorge Loza was fined $50 for galloping on the rail during training on Oct. 20. He accepted responsibility for his error.
--Owner Kenji Morinaga was suspended for failure to appear at a hearing about failure to pay a bill. The CHRB filed a complaint on behalf of Equine Medical Center, which claims that Morinaga, doing business as KM Racing Enterprise Inc., owes the company $18,211.97. As is standard with suspensions, Morinaga is barred from the premises.
--Trainer/exercise rider Leonard Powell was fined $50 for entering the track early during training on Oct. 20. The stewards called Powell’s rationale an “excuse” and “believed his reasons for his poor judgment were not valid enough to issue a warning.”
Jeff Siegel’s Breeders’ Cup previews
Jeff Siegel of XBTV is back with another of his video reports exclusively for the Los Angeles Times. In this one he reviews Elate’s prospects in the Classic and other horses that worked on Sunday. Just click here.
Here’s a report on some of the horses that worked out on Saturday, which included Shancelot and Eddie Haskell. Just click here.
If you missed his first video, a look at some of the horses making their final works on Friday. Just click here.
Santa Anita’s sixth fatality
Santa Anita suffered its sixth equine fatality this meeting when Bye Bye Beautiful broke down in the third race and was euthanized. The 2-year-old filly was trained by Eric Kruljac. For more on the situation just click here.
Santa Anita review
The $75,000 Comma To the Top Stakes, for horses going a mile on the dirt, proved to be exciting down the stretch even though there were only five horses. Midcourt ran a patient race and went four wide in the stretch and got up by a neck over Two Thirty Five.
Midcourt paid $15.60, $6.40 and $2.80. Leading Score finished third.
Here’s what the winning connections had to say.
John Shirreffs (winning trainer): “In the afternoon, he shows up. We think the further he goes, the better he’ll get. When this horse applies himself, he’s a really good horse. We’ll probably run next in the Native Diver at Del Mar [on Nov. 23.]”
Victor Espinoza (winning jockey): “He’s getting so good right now, he’s taking everything on his own and he does things so easily. Horses, when they get into that rhythm, it’s kind of hard to get beat. John Shirreffs has done an amazing job with this horse. He is not very easy to deal with in morning, but John is an expert with those kinds of horses.”
Big races review
A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 on Sunday. (Racing at Belmont was canceled after the first race because of heavy rain.)
Zia Park (3): $145,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Distaff Sprint Stakes, NM-bred fillies and mares 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Winner: Waltzing Attila ($3.60)
Zia Park (4): $145,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Oaks, NM-bred fillies 3-years-old, 6 furlongs. Winner: Sofia’s Gift ($9.60)
Zia Park (5): $145,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Derby, NM-bred 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Winner: Slewacide Squad ($59.00)
Zia Park (6): $145,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Juvenile Stakes, NM-breds 2-years-old, 6 furlongs. Winner: Attilianno ($18.40)
Zia Park (7): $145,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Lassie Stakes, NM-bred fillies 2-years-old, 6 furlongs. Winner: Count Them Again ($3.20)
Woodbine (8): Grade 3 $125,000 Grey Stakes, 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Chapalu ($5.30)
Churchill (9): $120,000 Rags to Riches Stakes, fillies 2-years-old, 1 mile. Winner: Finite ($7.80)
Zia Park (8): $175,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Sprint Stakes, NM-breds 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Winner: Perty Dirty Dude ($15.60)
Churchill (10): $120,000 Street Sense Stakes, 2-year-olds, 1 mile. Winner: South Bend ($4.80)
Zia Park (9): $175,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Pepper Pride Stakes, NM-bred fillies and mares 3 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Hennessy Express ($7.20)
Zia Park (10): $185,000 New Mexico Classic Cup Rocky Gulch Stakes, NM-breds 3 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Hustle Up ($4.60)
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Now, here’s the stars of the show, Sunday’s results and Monday’s entries. We’ll see you on Tuesday.
Santa Anita Charts Results for Sunday, October 27.
Copyright 2019 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 19th day of a 23-day meet. Clear & Fast
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $22,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000. Time 22.59 46.37 1:12.61 1:19.56
|5||Vegas Strong Baby||122||5||4||3–½||2–hd||1–hd||2–1¼||Prat||2.20|
|5||VEGAS STRONG BABY||2.80||2.20|
|$1 EXACTA (1-5)||$5.30|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-5-3)||$7.60|
Winner–Incredibly Lucky Ch.f.4 by Lucky Pulpit out of Incredible Upside, by Badge of Silver. Bred by Harry Wilson (CA). Trainer: William Spawr. Owner: Acker, Tom, Allen Racing LLC and Bloom Racing Stables LLC. Mutuel Pool $128,204 Exacta Pool $70,722 Trifecta Pool $53,347. Scratched–none.
INCREDIBLY LUCKY saved ground stalking the pace, came out into the stretch, bid three deep under left handed urging past the eighth pole to gain a short lead in deep stretch and gamely prevailed. VEGAS STRONG BABY prompted the pace three deep then stalked outside a rival, re-bid alongside the pacesetter leaving the turn, put a head in front in upper stretch, fought back between horses in the final furlong and continued willingly. BELLAZANO had good early speed and angled in, dueled inside, inched away on the turn, fought back along the fence leaving the turn and through the stretch and could not quite match the top pair late. APPOLINA dueled between horses then outside a rival, stalked between foes then outside the winner on the turn, came out into the stretch and weakened. FUEGA chased outside the winner then off the rail, angled in some on the turn and had little left for the stretch.
1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $28,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 22.62 46.51 1:10.41 1:35.82 1:47.88
|1||Y Not Sizzle||122||1||2||3–1||3–1||4–2||5||5||Gryder||5.30|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-3)||$15.40|
|$1 EXACTA (3-5)||$12.40|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-5-2-6)||$11.22|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-5-2)||$22.85|
Winner–Dulverton Darling B.f.3 by Artie Schiller out of Our Nellie, by Eskendereya. Bred by Stepaside Farm LLC (KY). Trainer: Andrew Lerner. Owner: Alydom Racing, LLC. Mutuel Pool $155,217 Daily Double Pool $39,615 Exacta Pool $64,442 Superfecta Pool $22,961 Trifecta Pool $41,154. Scratched–none.
DULVERTON DARLING chased inside then outside a rival on the backstretch and into the second turn, bid three deep leaving that turn and into the stretch to gain the advantage outside a foe, inched away under left handed urging and held. SUNRISER saved ground off the pace, came out leaving the second turn and three wide into the stretch and finished willingly. PRANCE stalked inside then a bit off the rail, bid between horses into the stretch and bested the others. TINNIE stalked outside a rival then a bit off the rail, bid inside into the second turn to gain the lead on that bend, inched away then fought back inside in midstretch and weakened late. Y NOT SIZZLE saved ground stalking the pace throughout and lacked a rally. HARPER'S GALLOP pulled her way to the early lead and angled in, drifted out a bit into the first turn, set the pace just off the rail, had the saddle slip forward on the backstretch, drifted out into and on the second turn to drop back and was pulled up in the stretch but walked off.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $50,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 2 year olds. Time 22.21 45.58 57.82 1:10.98
|6||Still in Love||122||6||1||5–4||4–1½||5||4–½||Talamo||15.10|
|1||Bye Bye Beautiful||122||1||6||3–hd||dnf||Pereira||15.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-5)||$14.00|
|$1 EXACTA (5-2)||$14.20|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-2-4-6)||$23.10|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-2-4)||$30.35|
Winner–Auberge B.f.2 by Palace out of Prenuptial Vow, by Broken Vow. Bred by H. Allen Poindexter (IA). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Speedway Stable LLC. Mutuel Pool $170,124 Daily Double Pool $16,467 Exacta Pool $86,139 Superfecta Pool $37,277 Trifecta Pool $54,704. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (1-3-5) paid $9.50. Pick Three Pool $47,363.
AUBERGE had speed three deep then dueled outside a rival, inched away and angled in leaving the turn and drew off in the stretch under a couple left handed cracks of the whip and steady handling. PARKOUR angled in and dueled inside, stalked leaving the turn, came out some into the stretch and held second. COSMIC COWGIRL bobbled at the start, chased off the rail then inside on the turn, came out in upper stretch and was edged for the place. STILL IN LOVE hopped slightly at the start but broke alertly, stalked three deep then outside on the turn, came three wide into the stretch, steadied when crowded in upper stretch and weakened. MAJESTIC GIGI stalked just off the rail then between horses leaving the backstretch and a bit off the fence on the turn and into the stretch and also weakened. BYE BYE BEAUTIFUL had speed to stalk the pace inside, took a bad step and suffered a catastrophic injury to the right front passing the half mile pole, was pulled up and vanned off.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $50,000. Maiden Special Weight. 2 year olds. Time 22.97 46.49 1:10.44 1:22.45 1:34.88
|2||K P All Systems Go||122||2||6||8–3½||8–2½||8–½||4–1||2–ns||Smith||2.80|
|7||Media Blitz||122||6||8||5–½||5–hd||7–1||8–½||6–1||Van Dyke||2.80|
|3||Big Hoof Dynamite||122||3||7||7–1½||7–2||6–½||7–hd||7–1½||Blanc||63.90|
|1||LIAR LIAR (IRE)||6.60||3.60||2.60|
|2||K P ALL SYSTEMS GO||3.40||3.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-1)||$12.60|
|$1 EXACTA (1-2)||$10.90|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-2-9-8)||$29.35|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-2-9)||$42.55|
|50-CENT X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-2-9-8-11)||$1,206.35||Carryover $162,234|
Winner–Liar Liar (IRE) B.c.2 by Dream Ahead out of Rubileo (GB), by Galileo (IRE). Bred by Peter Reynolds & Robert Dore (IRE). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Calvin Nguyen. Mutuel Pool $204,805 Daily Double Pool $29,457 Exacta Pool $96,098 Superfecta Pool $50,808 Trifecta Pool $68,798 X-5 Super High Five Pool $14,595. Scratched–Dean Martini, Hav Plenty, Power Source (IRE), Too Late, Witch's Vow.
50-Cent Pick Three (3-5-1) paid $13.55. Pick Three Pool $25,134.
LIAR LIAR (IRE) saved ground chasing the pace, came out leaving the second turn and three deep into the stretch, rallied under some left handed urging then steadied off heels a sixteenth out, came out again and got up between foes late. K P ALL SYSTEMS GO pulled between horses then chased a bit off the rail, swung four wide into the stretch and finished well. CHAMPERS angled in and saved ground stalking the pace, advanced three deep on the second turn, bid outside the pacesetter to gain the lead in upper stretch, battled outside that rival in the final furlong and was caught late. GOVERNANCE had speed three deep then kicked away and angled in on the first turn, set the pace inside, fought back along the rail leaving the second turn and in the stretch but could not quite match the top trio late. THE STIFF broke slowly, angled in and settled just off the rail, came three wide into the stretch and found his best stride late. MEDIA BLITZ pulled three deep early, chased outside a rival then between foes into and on the second turn then a bit off the rail into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. BIG HOOF DYNAMITE tugged between horses then angled in and chased inside, went up three deep leaving the backstretch and on the second turn and into the stretch and could not summon the necessary late response. SHOW BUSINESS had speed inside then saved ground stalking the pace, continued along the rail on the second turn and into the stretch and weakened. HANDSOME MICHAEL between horses early, stalked outside a rival to the stretch and weakened in the final furlong.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $51,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 21.85 45.60 58.15 1:11.28
|3||Rather Nosy||120||3||6||4–hd||2–1||2–hd||4–6¼||T Baze||4.60|
|6||Uno Trouble Maker||125||6||2||3–hd||4–½||6–8||6–5¾||Pereira||4.20|
|8||Time for Ebby||125||8||3||8||8||8||8||Espinoza||17.20|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-2)||$83.60|
|$1 EXACTA (2-7)||$43.00|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-7-1-3)||$35.10|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-7-1)||$71.85|
|50-CENT X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (2-7-1-3-5)||$1,142.50||Carryover $164,900|
Winner–Creative Instinct Grr.f.3 by Creative Cause out of Teacher Teacher, by Swiss Yodeler. Bred by The Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel C.Harrington & Patricia O. Harr (CA). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Gary Barber. Mutuel Pool $274,463 Daily Double Pool $23,887 Exacta Pool $151,641 Superfecta Pool $76,917 Trifecta Pool $107,478 X-5 Super High Five Pool $13,974. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (5-1-2) paid $59.05. Pick Three Pool $56,661. 50-Cent Pick Four (3-5-1/5/12/13/14-2) 314 tickets with 4 correct paid $303.55. Pick Four Pool $124,694. 50-Cent Pick Five (1-3-5-1/5/12/13/14-2) 340 tickets with 5 correct paid $1,003.05. Pick Five Pool $396,784.
CREATIVE INSTINCT had good early speed and dueled between horses then a bit off the rail, inched away and angled in on the turn, kicked clear under left handed urging in the stretch and held. PERSEPOLIS pressed the pace six wide then stalked off the rail, came out four wide into the stretch, drifted in some but gained the place. MESSAGE prompted the pace inside then stalked along the rail on the turn and into the stretch and bested the others. RATHER NOSY pressed the pace between horses then stalked between rivals on the turn, continued outside a foe into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. MULHIMA (IRE) forced the pace four wide between rivals, stalked three deep between foes on the turn and into the stretch and also weakened. UNO TROUBLE MAKER pressed the pace five wide then stalked four wide on the turn and into the stretch and also weakened. HERGAME (GB) chased off the rail, came out into the stretch and gave way. TIME FOR EBBY chased outside a rival on the backstretch and turn, swung five wide into the stretch and had little left for the drive.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $32,000. Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $32,000. Time 23.87 48.20 1:11.95 1:23.61 1:35.16
|4||Full of Luck||118||3||4||4–½||5–1||5–hd||5–hd||5–nk||Diaz, Jr.||13.50|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-7)||$65.80|
|$1 EXACTA (7-6)||$19.20|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (7-6-3-2)||$18.56|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-6-3)||$31.40|
Winner–Winning Element Ch.g.5 by City Zip out of It'schemistrybaby, by Meadowlake. Bred by Trackside Farm & Tenlane Farm (KY). Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill. Owner: R3 Racing LLC and Calara Farms. Mutuel Pool $193,847 Daily Double Pool $28,408 Exacta Pool $89,395 Superfecta Pool $33,660 Trifecta Pool $61,418. Scratched–Perfectly Majestic.
50-Cent Pick Three (1-2-7) paid $77.15. Pick Three Pool $35,224.
WINNING ELEMENT three deep early, stalked outside a rival then a bit off the rail leaving the backstretch, bid alongside the runner-up leaving the second turn, battled outside that one under urging through a long drive and narrowly prevailed late. WAR CHEST had speed between horses then inched away and angled in, set the pace inside, fought back along the rail leaving the second turn and through the stretch and continued gamely to the wire. FOREVER JUANITO saved ground stalking the pace, came off the rail for room in midstretch and again in deep stretch and held third. ARCH ANTHEM stalked the pace inside throughout and was outfinished. FULL OF LUCK (CHI) close up stalking the pace between horses then outside a rival on the second turn, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. TEQUILA JOE stalked the pace three deep then outside a rival leaving the second turn and into the stretch, came out some in the drive and could not summon the necessary late kick.
1 Mile. Purse: $75,000. 'Comma to the Top Stakes'. 3 year olds and up. Time 23.14 46.46 1:11.28 1:23.97 1:36.89
|5||Two Thirty Five||125||5||3||3–4||3–3||3–½||1–hd||2–2¼||Cedillo||3.40|
|5||TWO THIRTY FIVE||4.80||2.20|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-2)||$51.80|
|$1 EXACTA (2-5)||$30.50|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-5-3)||$38.60|
Winner–Midcourt Dbb.g.4 by Midnight Lute out of Mayo On the Side, by French Deputy. Bred by Dixiana Farms LLC (KY). Trainer: John A. Shirreffs. Owner: C R K Stable LLC. Mutuel Pool $249,761 Daily Double Pool $27,272 Exacta Pool $104,045 Trifecta Pool $74,465. Scratched–none.
50-Cent Pick Three (2-7-2) paid $160.00. Pick Three Pool $33,813.
MIDCOURT settled a bit off the rail then outside a rival, continued just off the inside leaving the backstretch, came out leaving the second turn and four wide into the stretch, bid three deep in midstretch then outside the runner-up under urging and gamely prevailed late. TWO THIRTY FIVE stalked off the rail, bid three deep into the stretch to gain a short lead, battled between horses in midstretch then inside the winner to the wire. LEADING SCORE sped between horses to the early lead, inched away leaving the first turn and again midway on the second turn, fought back along the rail in midstretch and weakened some late but bested the others. GROUND ATTACK chased a bit off the rail then inside, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. OLIVER came off the rail and bid between horses on the first turn then stalked a bit off the rail, bid again outside the pacesetter a half mile out, bid again alongside that one leaving the second turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong.
5½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $51,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $80,000. Time 21.35 43.97 55.83 1:01.94
|1||Miss Hot Legs||122||1||6||5–½||5–1½||2–hd||2–1||Cedillo||2.10|
|3||Queen of the Track||120||3||5||2–hd||2–1||3–1½||6–2¼||Bejarano||22.40|
|4||Factor of Two||122||4||9||3–1½||3–½||9||9||Gutierrez||11.60|
|1||MISS HOT LEGS||3.60||2.60|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-9)||$78.40|
|$1 EXACTA (9-1)||$22.80|
|10-CENT SUPERFECTA (9-1-5-7)||$23.68|
|50-CENT SUPER HIGH FIVE (9-1-5-7-10)||$349.90||Carryover $173,280|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (9-1-5)||$30.95|
Winner–Flower Point B.f.3 by Point of Entry out of Fab Flowers, by Lewis Michael. Bred by Steve Feiger (KY). Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: FF Inventment. Mutuel Pool $426,055 Daily Double Pool $120,127 Exacta Pool $239,944 Superfecta Pool $122,552 Super High Five Pool $43,923 Trifecta Pool $169,314. Claimed–Stealthediamonds by Driver, James L. and Driver, Ywachetta H. Trainer: Mike Puype. Scratched–Edna, Pacifica (FR), Shanghai Truffles.
50-Cent Pick Three (7-2-9) paid $73.10. Pick Three Pool $162,561. 50-Cent Pick Four (2-1/7-2-9) 314 tickets with 4 correct paid $1,143.40. Pick Four Pool $470,111. 50-Cent Pick Five (1/5/12/13/14-2-1/7-2-9) 30 tickets with 5 correct paid $6,813.50. Pick Five Pool $267,827. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (5-1/5/12/13/14-2-1/7-2-9) 18 tickets with 6 correct paid $5,684.86. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $191,549. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $395,207.
FLOWER POINT a step slow into stride, settled off the rail then angled in on the backstretch, came out leaving the turn and three deep into the stretch, rallied under left handed urging to get up outside foes nearing the wire. MISS HOT LEGS hopped slightly at the start, saved ground stalking the pace, came out into the stretch, rallied to put a head in front between horses in late stretch but could not hold off the winner. STEALTHEDIAMONDS broke in then bobbled some in the opening strides, dueled three deep then outside a rival on the turn, inched away under urging nearing midstretch, drifted in late and just held third. ANONYMOUSLY stalked off the rail then outside a rival on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and was edged for the show. DEVILS DANCE was in a good position stalking the pace three deep then outside a rival on the turn, came three wide into the stretch, drifted in and lacked the needed late kick. QUEEN OF THE TRACK bumped at the start, had good early speed and dueled inside, fought back on the turn and into the stretch and weakened some in the final furlong. ANDYOUSHALLRECEIVE bumped and squeezed a bit at the start, saved ground chasing the pace, came out in midstretch and lacked the needed rally. REFLECT bobbled some at the start, chased between horses then inside on the turn and into the stretch and did not rally. FACTOR OF TWO bobbled and bumped a rival at the start, went up between horses to duel for the lead, steadied in a bit tight nearing midway on the turn, dropped back between foes on the bend and had little left for the drive.
|Out of State||N/A||$4,741,925|