November 17th, 2014 by John Scheidt
VICTORIA FALLS (November 14): Two year old filly for Leandro Mora made her debut in Friday’s
third race, a sprint on the main track carrying a claiming tag of $30,000. She eventually went off at 6/1
but got a lot of early money and was the 9/5 favorite 5 minutes into the wagering. She was unfortunate to
draw the rail in a full field and she subsequently broke very slow and was a good 12 lengths off the pace
at the half mile pole. Still 8 lengths back at the top of the lane, she managed to get off the rail and
finished with interest out in the middle of the track and was a distant second at the wire beaten 3 lengths.
All in all, it was a pretty solid race for her debut and showed that she can run some. They paid $70k for
her at the Barrett’s Sale this year and she had a solid string of drills coming into the race. She’s no world
beater, but she’s good enough to break her maiden with this type in the very near future. Tab and follow.
SEEKING SHAMROCKS (November 15): Three year old filly for Mike Puype tried the first Cal
Bred allowance condition on Saturday at 6 furlongs on the main track. Off at 9/1 in a 7 horse field loaded
with early speed, she proved to be the quickest and carved out fractions of 21.85 and 44.97. However she
couldn’t shake loose of the even money favorite and My Monet wore her down inside the 1/8th pole and
“Shamrocks” was beaten a length and a half at the wire. Shamrocks has won on the dirt surface in
breaking her maiden and she has the kind of speed that should prevail at a track like Los Alamitos. She
can win this condition at the Orange County oval and I think that’s where Puype will race her next and
she won’t have to deal with the winner that beat her today. Be ready.
MISS CENTERFOLD (November 15): Two year old filly for Jerry Hollendorfer made the second start
of her young career in Saturday’s sixth event at 3/4 mile on the main track for maiden special weights.
Off at 3/1 in a field of 8, She hopped at the start to be away second to last and quickly fell 8 lengths off
the leaders. Rushed up a bit by Trujillo to get into contention, she was still 3 back turning for home, and
over a strong speed favoring surface, she couldn’t make up the lengths from the bad start and checked in
second, 2.5 lengths back. They paid $400k for her at the Keeneland yearling sale and she still has plenty
of time to be a very nice filly. The Dorf may send her long next time and being out of Tiznow, she will
love the two turns. Either way, she is sitting on a victory and should get her diploma next time to the
SERBIAN SYCLONE (November 16): Like many juvenile runners, this 2 year old colt for Peter Miller
ran much better in his second career start than his debut. Off at 4/1 from a morning line of 8/1, he caught
a “flyer” from the gate and quickly opened up two on the field. He was collared at the half mile pole, and
even while he was down on the inside, he put that speed away turning for home, then found another gear
at the 1/8th pole and won in hand by 6 geared down late. It was a strong visual performance for this son
of Wildcat Heir that they paid $160k for at the Keeneland two year old sale. Up the ladder for the strong
team of Miller/
November 17th, 2014 by John Scheidt
With two weeks in the books at the Del Mar Fall meet, also called the “Bing Crosby Season”, they
are off and running with attendance and handle numbers well above where Southern California
racing has been in the past at this time of the year. Fueled by perfect weather and a 3 day pick six
c/o, Del Mar has averaged 9019 for daily attendance and that’s 172% better than they had for the
first 7 days at Hollywood last year. They had 19,704 on Saturday without any graded stakes event.
On track handle is up nearly 41% and overall handle for the first two weeks is up 20%. Plus the turf
course is safe and of the first 61 races at the meet, 21 of them have been on the turf. No Problem
won the Bob Hope stakes for two year olds on Saturday at $36.20 in the 8th race and that fueled a
pick six c/o of $599,483. The fans added $2,552,000 to that on Sunday and that left $3.1 million up
for grabs. A pretty strong inside speed bias was in play both Thursday and Friday on the main track,
but the track did play fair on the weekend. After 3 days of double digit prices, Sunday’s card was
finally formful and the pick six paid but $3051 to hundreds of ticket holders. And even that’s good
for the track as that money is bound to be recycled through the betting machines in the next two
weeks. Average field size for the first 7 days of the meet has been 8.39 per race and that is the
highest in the Country at this time of the year. So all in all, it’s been very good for the track “where
the turf meets the surf”.
• Then the news came Friday that California Chrome is going to race at this meet, probably on Nov.
29 in the Hollywood Derby at 9 furlongs on the grass for 3 year olds. It is a Grade 1 and the pot is
$300,000. Chrome has never been on the grass and he will work over the surface on Nov. 23 and if
all goes well, he will be facing the filly, Lexie Lou, who beat the boys in the Queen’s Plate this
Summer in Canada, that Country’s top race. Other probables for the Derby are Home Run Kitten,
Long on Value, Shiva Ryan, the undefeated Red Outlaw (6/6), and Lucky J. Lane. California
Chrome is bred to love the turf, especially on the bottom side of his pedigree. If he were to win, this
would greatly enhance the Kentucky Derby winner to be “Horse of the Year.” Also on the 29th will
be the Native Diver stakes for older horses on the main track at 9 furlongs and that field will be
headed up by Big Cazanova, who is currently the track record holder for this distance at this track.
Native Diver was one of the most popular Cal Breds of all time as he won numerous stakes all over
the West Coast in the mid sixties. I got hooked on racing in 1966 when he wired the field in the
Hollywood Gold Cup at 9/2 beating Charlie Whittingham’s 3/5 favorite Pretense. He was winning
the Cup for the third year in a row. Jerry Lambert was his regular rider. I cashed a ticket!!
• Racing resumes this Thursday with an 8 race card and they will have 8 races on Friday as well. First
post will be 12:30 for the remainder of the meet with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, 11:00AM.
No stakes races until Saturday, and then fillies/mares go a mile and three eighths on the turf in the
Grade 3 Red Carpet Handicap. Then older horses, which are Cal Breds, get a shot at $100,000 on the
main track Sunday in the Cary Grant Stakes at 7 furlongs.
• After two weeks of racing, Elvis Trujillo and Tyler Baze are atop the jockey standings with six wins
apiece. Victor Espinoza, Martin Pedroza, and Edwin Maldonado all have five. Nowhere in the top
10 are the two best riders on the circuit, Bejarano and Talamo. They both started the meet with 3 day
suspensions for riding infractions, and are only riding sparingly. Talamo did win his 1500th victory
on Thursday’s card and though he has been riding on this circuit for some time, he is still just 24
years of age. Trainer Peter Miller, who always does well here, got the hat trick on Sunday and leads
all conditioners with 6 victories. Mike Puype is second with 4 wins.
November 10th, 2014 by John Scheidt
OSCILLATOR (November 7): Five year old mare for Jorge Periban was in for the $12,500 claiming
tag in Friday’s 4th race in a field of 7 sprinting on the main track. Off at 2/1 with a lot of late money on
her, she broke from the rail slot with the field and settled in 4th down the back side about 4 lengths off
the pace. Made her move at the 1/4 pole and was able to get off the rail, loomed up on the outside at the
top of the lane, and the outcome was never in question down the stretch. She won going away quite
easily by 2.5 lengths and she is now 2 wins and 2 seconds in 5 trips to the post at this track. She is a past
classer and is in excellent form right now. She has drawn the rail sprinting in her last two starts and
overcome that post by winning both of them. She can handle a double or triple jump in class right now
and figures to get one more race in here before the end of the meet. Be ready!
STREET SERENADE (November 8): Five year old gelding for Steve Miyadi, who was just coming
off a claim for $16,000, was re-entered for that amount on Saturday in the fifth race on the card, which
was for older horses on the main track at a flat mile. Miyadi added the blinkers and they made a big
difference as he zipped right out of the gate from the 9 hole, set fast fractions as he came over and
cleared (22.91, 46.05), opened up 5 down the back side, and then kept right on going and hit the wire 6 in
front at a mutuel of 6/1. This one had some past class on the mid west circuit last year, and now with the
addition of blinkers, he looks like he can do some damage on this circuit. He has won on the turf, on the
dirt, and now twice on synthetic surfaces, and is best going two turns. Up the ladder.
CABRAL (November 8): Three year old colt for Leonard Powell tried the $75k Let It Ride Stakes on
Saturday at a mile on the turf for 3 year olds. Off at 8/1 in a 9 horse field, he was void of early speed and
settled in well off the pace, some 15 lengths back of a runaway leader on the front end. He moved up at
the top of the lane, encountered traffic trouble as the early leaders were stopping, and was forced to finish
at the rail where the footing is not nearly as good. But he was motoring fairly well, finished third, and
was only beaten a length as the favorite had clear sailing on the outside. Cabral has never won on the turf
now in 5 tries, but he has been close up and still has the second allowance condition available. This was
only his second start in the States and the first time he has used Lasix. Powell may not run him until the
Winter meet at Santa Anita, but he has a good future ahead of him and he is definitely worth following.
SIENA GRACE (November 9): Four year old filly for Vladimir Cerin returned to the races after being
on the sidelines for 10 months in Sunday’s 5th event, a maiden claimer on the main track at 7 furlongs for
3 and up. Off at 5/2 in a 9 horse field, and dropping down out of maiden special weights, she broke well
from the #6 slot and was third down the back side just 2 lengths off the pace. She moved toward the lead
at the 1/4 pole, took the lead at the 1/8th pole, and was a fairly easy winner though drifting out a bit the
final furlong. She is now eligible for those starter allowance races non winners twice and she should be a
major player there as she handles both dirt and synthetic. This was a very good race considering the time
off and the tough 7 furlong distance. Look for Cerin to place her properly in the next 3 to 4 weeks.
November 10th, 2014 by John Scheidt
They hadn’t raced at Del Mar in the Fall for almost 50 years, but their 4 week meet got off to a
rousing start Friday with 11,513 going through the turnstiles. And though that doesn’t compare with
Opening Day in the Summer, it was about 4 times what they had at Hollywood Park last Fall for
their Opening Day. Overall handle was up 47% vs. Hollywood and the on track handle was up 129%.
The Turf Club was sold out and the trackside dining area was 95% full. The temp was in the mid
seventies and conditions were ideal for racing. On track attendance for the first 3 days was 29,076 vs.
10,344 at the Los Angeles track last year. The handle was up 49% for the first 3 days vs. that same
time frame last year at Hollywood. So all in all, it was a good beginning where “the turf meets the
surf”. Speaking of the turf, the course is fully grown out and in ideal condition. They had the inner
rails 12 feet out for the first 3 days and the course played very fair. On Saturday they had 4 route
races on the grass and two of the winners went wire to wire and two of them came from far back to
get to the Winners Circle. Of course the poly track was another matter. The track was “fair” both
Friday and Sunday, but a fairly strong “speed bias” developed on Saturday, and if you could get
your horse to the lead, the bias would make sure you stayed there. Martin Pedroza managed to do
just that 3 times, and had 3 long shot winners in wire to wire fashion. That created a pick six
carryover before they even ran the last two races. The c/o amount for Sunday was just over $81,000
and they added $513,000 to that pool. There were plenty of good priced winners as well on Sunday
and the pick six went down to 8 winners at $56,855 apiece.
• The first two stakes of the meet were both two turns on the grass, and jockey Mike Smith showed
why he is the best “money” rider on the circuit, by winning both of them from well off the pace.
Queen of the Sand won the feature on Friday at $8.40 and Awesome Return got the money on
Saturday as the post time favorite at $5.40. On Sunday, the Betty Grable Stakes for fillies/mares at 7
furlongs on the main track for Cal Breds went to More Complexity at $9.20, and she also came from
off the pace. The big graded stakes will be run over the 4 day Thanksgiving weekend with the Grade
2 Hollywood Turf Cup at a mile and a half on the grass Thursday, the Grade 2 Seabiscuit Handicap
on the turf Friday, then 3 Graded stakes on Saturday highlighted by the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby,
then 2 Graded stakes on Sunday, closing day, highlighted by the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes and a flat
mile on the turf for fillies/mares.
• Now racing returns to a 4 day week at Del Mar, Thursday through Sunday, and the post time will
change to 12:30 on the weekends instead of 12 noon. With 12 days left in the meet first post will be
12:30 for all days except Thanksgiving which will be 11:00 AM. They will card 9 races on the
weekends and 8 races for Thursday and Friday for the rest of the meet. No stakes races on Thursday
or Friday this week but on Saturday they will run the Bob Hope stakes at 7 furlongs on the main
track for two year old colts/geldings. Then on Sunday, they will have the same race for the two year
old fillies called the Desi Arnaz stakes. Both races have a purse of $100,000. All in all, Del Mar is
providing some pretty good racing at this time of year, and for the most part the field sizes are pretty
good. Now if they could just get rid of that damn poly track.
November 3rd, 2014 by John Scheidt
GRAND SKY (October 29): Two year old colt for Mark Casse made his debut on Wednesday at six
and a half down the hill for maiden special weights. Off at 7/2 in a 9 horse field, he broke well from the
outside slot, but then settled well off the pace down the hill, some 10 lengths back of the leader. Started
to pick it up at the 1/4 pole, then got floated 8 wide at the top of the lane. He got going again at the 1/8th
pole, and then finished very strong at the end, beaten just a length at the wire. This was a $300k purchase
at the Keeneland two year old sale, and being a son of Sky Mesa, he is bred to win early and excel on turf
or synthetic. He should get his diploma down at Del Mar in start #2 and he is bred to go long as well.
MARGOT MACHANCE (October 31): Three year old filly for Leonard Powell kicked off the two
day Breeders Cup program with a first level allowance race coming down the hill for fillies/mares 3 and
up. Getting in off the also eligible list and breaking from post 13, she went off at 5/1 in a full field. She
broke well and settled in off the pace about 6 lengths down the hill. She got fanned out very wide turning
for home, then absolutely came flying out in the middle of the course down the lane and missed by a half
at the wire. She was at least 8 wide turning for home. She was much the best and galloped out 5 lengths
in front of the field in a few seconds. Her best distance is a flat mile and she should get that opportunity
in her next start, probably at Del Mar. This was her first race with blinkers as well and she just needs
more ground. Tab and follow.
CHITU (October 31): Three year old colt for Bob Baffert returned from a six month layoff on Friday in
the 100k Damascus Stakes at 7 furlongs on the main for 3 and up. Off at 7/2, Chitu broke running from
the 3 slot in a full field and quickly made the running, although his stable mate put pressure on him most
of the way from the outside. He shook loose at the top of the lane and was very game the rest of the way
and finished 3 in front at the wire, straight as a string. This horse is as game as they come. Throw out the
Kentucky Derby and he’s never run a bad race and he now has 4 wins from 6 starts from 6 furlongs all
the way up to a mile and an eighth. Mark him down for the Malibu Stakes at 7 furlongs on Opening Day
of the winter Santa Anita meet, December 26. It will take a very special horse to beat him on that day.
FANTICOLA (November 1): Four year old filly for Phil D’Amato tried the Grade 3 Ken Maddy stakes
on Breeders Cup day at six and a half on the main, taken off the turf due to overnight rains. Sent off at
5/1 in a field reduced to 7 runners, she broke with the field then fell back about 7 lengths on the back
side. Gathered herself and made a run at the leaders at the 1/4 pole, maintained that run through the
stretch, and finished third beaten a length and half to the wire to wire winner. This was her first try on
real dirt and this was a big effort on a track playing toward speed, at least at this point in the card. She
prefers turf, as all 3 of her wins have come on the grass, but she can run short or long, and has now
proven she can handle the dirt. She is very steady having missed the board just once in 12 starts to the
post. This was her third start off a 5 month break and she is sitting on a top performance. D’Amato will
find the right spot for her in the very near future.
November 3rd, 2014 by John Scheidt
The Breeders Cup is over for another year and for many, they will be glad to see it leave Santa Anita
and return to an East Coast venue, in this case, Keeneland in 2015. Once again they got a speed
favoring track at the Great Race Place, but it really wasn’t their fault this time. Mother Nature spilled
a half inch of rain on the track overnight and they had no choice but to “seal” the surface, and when
this happens, the track is always much faster, much tighter, and the surface will favor early speed.
The bias was really strong early in the card but later on horses were able to close and win a couple
of races. The turf course was rated “good” and it was a shame they had to takes races one and three
off the turf. Even though they weren’t B/C races, they were stakes and the amount of scratches
destroyed both races. The course turned out to be very firm and there was no slipping and sliding. In
spite of the cloudy skies, attendance was very good on Saturday, over 61,000, and combined with
Friday, attendance was up over 4 % vs. last year and was the best two day total in over 5 years.
However the betting handle for the two days was down 5.7 % vs. last year and that was primarily
due to the pick 5 c/o from Friday to Saturday of last year. Once the B/C races started, long shots
were coming in left and right. Logical handicapping went right out the window in many of the races
and the pick six was carried over before they ran the Classic, to the tune of $1.3 million. They added
over $5 million to that total on Sunday and 35 players got it right for a payoff of $115,418.
• Of course, the big day didn’t come and go without controversy. It started on Friday when CHRB
Vice Chairman Bo Derek was asked to present the trophy to the winning owners of Goldencents,
who won the Dirt Mile. She balked at doing it right in front of the owners and said, and I quote,
“Why do I have to present to these guys?” Goldencents has been trained by Doug O’Neill who is on
suspension for medication violations. The owners heard the remarks and were visibly upset. Dennis
O’Neill, who is Doug’s brother, almost cold cocked her right in the Winners Circle, and he probably
should have. Derek has no business being on the California Horse Racing Board, and we can thank
our former “Hollywood” Governor, Arnold, for that atrocity. Then on Saturday, the shot heard round
the world, Bayern taking a left hand turn right out of the gate and impeding all the horses to his left,
then going on to win and the Stewards not disqualifying the horse. To their credit, the Stewards
appeared on Sunday, all 3 of them and explained their decision, which most fans (98%), disagreed
with. Their feeling, and it was unanimous, was that the foul occurred by Bayern, would not have
improved the placing of the horses involved. Shared Belief, the favorite, was 4th beaten 4 lengths,
and their feeling was that the bumping would not have moved him up in the placings. It is a
“subjective” call and he was 3.5 lengths behind the third place horse, California Chrome. Of course
he got bumped again a second time when the second place finisher, Toast of New York, came over a
moment later and started another bumper car reaction. Had Shared Belief finished closer to C.C., say
maybe a length, they would have taken Bayern down. Of course S.B. got drilled very badly out of
the gate and it was a courageous performance to still get 4th. And then there is Moreno, who was
supposed to be challenging Bayern for the lead. He finished last and was hurt by the bumping just as
bad if not worse. Don’t you think he could have finished better than last, I do. All in all, the
Stewards are the Judge and the Jury, and they have the final say. I don’t agree with the decision, as
most fans don’t, but I do understand their reasoning. The trainer of Shared Belief, Jerry Hollendorfer,
showed his class and never said a word about the incident. There was “no whining” from the best
trainer in California.
• So Santa Anita ends and it’s on to Del Mar for their “first ever” Fall meet starting this Friday, and
lasting 4 weeks until November 30. They will race 4 days a week, Thursday-Sunday except for this
1st week, and will have a total of 15 race days. This will be the last of the synthetic tracks in
Southern California, as they will convert from a poly track over to real dirt once this meet has ended.
They have retained most of the stakes races Hollywood Park had in the Fall, but most have been
renamed, some of them with really “goofy” names.
October 27th, 2014 by John Scheidt
ACT (October 24): Three year old colt for John Sadler had been away from the races since April and
came back in this maiden special weight event for 3 and up down the hill. He had shown good speed
early in his previous 3 races but he got away poorly in this full field and found himself 5 lengths back in
the early going with a half dozen horses in front of him. He made up ground quickly from the inside and
was fighting for the lead by the top of the lane, but then found himself on the inside down the lane, and
that’s the deepest part of the turf course. He battled gamely but came up short 3/4 of a length at the wire.
It was a strong performance considering the layoff and the less than ideal trip. This was just his second
start on the grass, and being by War Front, he’s got turf all over him. Plus he’s very capable of stretching
out to a mile for his next start which will probably be at Del Mar. This one won’t get you rich but he may
very well be a good “single” for your exotics next time to the post.
FAST MAGOO (October 25): Three year old filly for Vladimir Cerin tried the turf for the first time
and the hill for the first time in Saturday’s 4th event, a maiden special weight for Cal breds 3 and up. Off
at 7/2 in this 9 horse field, she showed all her speed and opened up 4 lengths down the hill and held her
lead until the 1/8th pole. She tired a bit down the lane and was caught late by two horses and finished
third, but it was a very good effort for this speedster. It’s difficult to “wire” a field coming down the hill,
especially trying turf for the first time, but this effort sets her up nicely for one of those 5 furlong dashes
at Del Mar on the grass or back to the poly track where she ran well this past Summer. Either way, she is
sitting on a top effort for a barn that is long overdue to do some winning. Be ready.
FIRING LINE (October 25): Two year old colt for Simon Callaghan made his debut on Saturday with
a string of bullet drills right here at this track and showed that he is indeed a runner. However his trainer
is 0/22 with first time starters and his sire is 0/23 so he had the odds stacked against him, in spite of going
to post as the heavy choice. Sure enough, the horse to his right cut him off at the start and he got away
dead last in this 12 horse field. He did admirably to catch up and reach contention by the top of the lane,
found another gear in the stretch and only came up a half length short at the wire. But the bad start was
too much to overcome, and he still remains a maiden. But his sire is EXCELLENT on the poly track and
win early to boot (Sky Mesa), so mark this one down as a next start winner.
BRONZE STAR (October 26): Two year old colt for Jerry Hollendorfer stretched out to a route of
ground in his third career start in Sunday’s fifth on the main track for maiden special weights. Off at 7/2
in a full field, he went right to the front from the get go, set moderate fractions under Trujillo, and
responded gamely when set down in the lane to win by a length showing a lot of heart all the while.
Purchased out of the Keeneland yearling sale for a half million dollars, this son of Tapit has the pedigree
to run all day long and could very well be on the Derby trail next Spring. Of course he needs to stay
healthy, and that’s always a big “if”, but the talent is there and he’s in good hands with the Dorf. Will be
hard to beat if he runs back in the first allowance condition in his next start. Tab and follow.
October 27th, 2014 by John Scheidt
Much like last year, as the Breeders Cup approaches, the track seems to “tighten up” a bit, and early
speed becomes a dominating factor in handicapping both sprint races and two turn events. That was
the case this past week, as horses near or on the pace were winning all the races on the “El Segundo
Sand.” The turf course has been hard and firm all meet long, but the course is playing fair and horses
are winning on the lead or from well off the pace, regardless of where the turf rails are placed. I’m
sure the rails will be out both Wednesday and Thursday this week, but they will be all the way in for
the Cup both days. And yes there will be Wednesday racing this week and we will have a selection
sheet out for those 8 races, which is surprisingly, a good card. The weather starts out warm this
week with highs hitting 90 on Wednesday, but then tapers off quite a bit, with a high of 75 on Friday,
and only 69 on Saturday. As usual, no precipitation in sight, and that’s why the Breeders Cup
committee likes this race track so much to host this world class event.
• Two good stakes were ran over the weekend, both at a flat mile on the lawn. Invader Lexie Lou
won the Autumn Miss for 3 year old fillies on Saturday at $8.40, and hard hitting Pure Tactics took
the Lure stakes on Sunday for older runners at $9.40 winning off by six under Bejarano. Both horse
were morning line favorites and both horses went off as overlays, surprising enough. “Lexie” had
beaten the boys in Canada, back in July, capturing the prestigious Queen’s Plate. And Bejarano
wisely took “Tactics” right to the lead on Sunday, albeit with the late scratch of Artest, the race
came up pretty empty in the speed department. He had never been on the lead before in his races.
But then again, that’s why Bejarano is so much better than his fellow riders on this circuit.
• There will be 10 races on Friday, 4 of which will be B/C stakes, and then 12 races on Saturday, 9 of
which will be B/C stakes, culminating with the Classic worth $5 million at a mile and a quarter on
the main track. 14 horses are set to go in the Classic. All of the under card races on both days will be
excellent, many of them stakes races as well. Both the main track and the turf course were busy this
past weekend with many of the runners getting in their final works. Here are some of the more
notable ones: American Pharoah worked an easy 5/8 on Sunday and will be the favorite in the
Juvenile on Saturday. At a mile and a sixteenth, he will be tough to beat and a deserving favorite.
With Beholder out of the Distaff, Untapable is the likely favorite, and she breezed 5/8 on Sunday in
1:04.80. Her serious work was a week back and she is set. Bayern went 1:11.64 for 3/4 for the
Classic, is the speed of that race, and if the track comes up with a strong speed bias on Saturday, he’s
the one to beat. However, I think the track will be fair for that day. Majestic Harbor, a long shot for
the Classic went an easy half in 48.76 with Tyler Baze up. The best of the turf works Sunday went to
Silentio, who will be in the Turf Sprint for Gary Mandella. He went 5/8 with the dogs up in 1:01.03
and galloped out very strong. Reneesgotzip, and she does, also going in the Turf Sprint against the
boys, went an easy half in 48.72. She was third in this race last year. Obviously, going in the Turf
Mile, went a fast 5/8 in 58.40 and is the speed of that race. I doubt that he can win that race, but he
will have the lead at the top of the stretch. Candy Boy, a long shot for the Classic, went 7/8 in
1:25.35 on Saturday, and galloped out a mile in 1:38.51. He could hit the board here and will be
about 30/1. Rich Tapestry, who will have a lot to say about who wins the Sprint, went 5/8 in an easy
1:01.24. He is world class, has a win over this track, and could very well win this race at a decent
price. Tiz Midnight, going in the Distaff for Baffert, went 3/4 in 1:11.93, and galloped out 7/8 in
1:24.64, is razor sharp right now and on the improve. Home Run Kitten, my long shot choice for the
Turf Sprint, who will be about 20/1, went 5/8 in 59.40 with Talamo up for David Hofmans. He can
win this race with his powerful late kick. California Chrome, a strong player in the Classic, went 5/8
in 59.60 at Los Alamitos Saturday. His connections say he is ready, and he may be, but don’t play
him if he draws inside, posts 1,2,3 or 4. Tonalist, also in the Classic, went 5/8 at Belmont for
Clement in 1:01.75. He is my choice for the race.
October 20th, 2014 by John Scheidt
TAMARANDO (October 18): Three year old colt for Jerry Hollendorfer, who had been off since April,
made his comeback Saturday in the California Flag Handicap for older horses sprinting down the hill
which are Cal Breds. In a race reduced to just 4 runners due to late scratches, this son of Bertrando got a
good prep in under his belt running a solid second to the 3/5 favorite Boozer, who is a course specialist.
Being fresh, he showed more speed early on in the race than normal, but he finished up well down the
lane and will probably be stretched our for his next encounter. He is a Grade 1 winner on the poly track
at Del Mar as a two year old, and you can bet that the “Dorf” will try and find a stakes spot for him in the
upcoming 4 week Fall meet. He has hidden turf breeding as well (Bertrando/Skywalker) so he can handle
any surface. One for the stable watch in November.
PAULINA’S LOVE (October 18): Two year old filly for George Papaprodromou made her debut in
Saturday’s sixth event, a mile on the turf. Off at 6/1 in a 10 horse field, she settled in mid-pack down the
back stretch, moved to contention at the 1/4 pole, then swung wide into the lane and rallied gamely down
the stretch to run second to a wire to wire winner. It was a very good race for a first time starter as it is
very difficult to win going long first time out. She brought $100k at the Ocala 2 year old sale, is a kin to
4 winners, plus a full to a winner of $220,000, so she is cut out to be a nice filly. She should be able to
get her diploma next time out and let’s hope Nakatani takes the mount again, as she will only improve off
of this race.
DEMONICA (October 19): Three year old filly for John Sadler decided to try something new with this
daughter of First Defence, and in Sunday’s opener, he sent her two turns for the first time and on the
grass for the first time. She zipped right to the front under Joe Talamo, with a quick 1st quarter in 22.83,
slowed them down on the backside with a half in 46.92, then shut the door on them with a fast last
quarter in 23.63 to win by six going away in this Cal Bred maiden event at a mile on the lawn. This was
her fifth career start, second this year, and she had only hit the board once in 4 sprint attempts. But she
has hidden turf breeding (Unbridled’s Song) on the bottom, and she really took to turf racing. Off this
race, she will be very tough against winners for the first allowance condition and will still retain some
decent wagering value. Watch for her in the entries at Del Mar.
SUVA HARBOR (October 19): Two year old filly for underrated trainer David Hofmans made her
second career start in Sunday’s 7th, a maiden special weight event at 5 and a half on the main track. Off
at 6/1 in a full field, she unfortunately caught a monster from the Callaghan barn, (Windy Forecast), and
she was soundly beaten by 3 at the wire, but she ran a good race and it’s just a matter of time before she
breaks her maiden at this level. She ran second in her debut over at Los Al and she has the type of
breeding to run long (Rockport Harbor). Don’t be surprised if Hofmans stretches her out for start number
3 and if he does, she’ll be long gone on the front end. She looks to have a good future.
October 20th, 2014 by John Scheidt
Racing this past week was short on both quality and quantity, with many short fields, and some
races that fit better at Ferndale or Grants Pass, than a place that is going to host the Breeders Cup in
less than two weeks. Current form held very well over the weekend with the highest price on Sunday,
just $9.60 out of 9 races. The pick six came back at a paltry $3282, which probably made many of
the 10,000 in attendance quite happy. Santa Anita was not the place to be for long shot players over
the weekend. Of course there are only so many horses, and the good ones are being saved for
October 31 and November 1 where they will offer 20 stakes races over two days. 13 of those 20
races will be the Breeders Cup, but that still leaves 7 other stakes races that will have some awfully
nice horses along with some pretty full fields. Even the two allowance races that are scheduled for
Friday will offer purses of $75,000 for the first condition instead of the normal $58,000. It really
will be a “bonanza” of wagering opportunities.
• For the first time since the meet began, back on September 26, has there been a true speed bias on
the main track, and that developed this past Thursday, and stayed there Friday and most of Saturday.
The track Superintendent is very cognizant of any bias that may occur and tries to rectify it
overnight, but that didn’t happen this past week. Let’s just hope the track plays fair for the two days
of the Breeders Cup, it hasn’t in the past. In 2012 there was a strong “speed bias” both days and last
year the same thing occurred on Friday, but they got it right for Saturday. The fans, the owners, and
the trainers deserve a “fair” race track for the two most important days of racing. Meanwhile, the
turf course continues to play fair, regardless of where the inner rails are placed, and lately they have
been keeping them out 30 feet, as they will be again this Thursday and Friday, and saving the inside
for the two Cup days.
• This week will be another 4 day week of racing, but the following week will be 5 days and that will
include Wednesday the 28th. We will have a “sheet” out for that day. The five day week leads up to
the Breeders Cup and the reason for Wednesday is to try and entice interest for racing. As always,
the best two days of racing in the sport ends with the “Classic” on Saturday, and as of now, they will
have 15 entries for the race, with only 14 allowed for the 10 furlongs on the main track. The 3 year
olds will get most of the wagering with Shared Belief and California Chrome getting most of the
attention. But “Belief” comes out of a very hard race right here at Anita just 3 weeks ago, and that
race could very well have knocked him out. Chrome just isn’t as good as he was in the Spring, and
he proved that in the Pennsylvania Derby. Tonalist is the “now” horse, and if he gets a fair track, I
think he’s the winner. If the track is speed biased, like it has been the last two years, then they won’t
catch Bayern. He’s faster than Big Cazanova and Moreno and although he’s not a true mile and a
quarter horse, the bias will keep him going. In the Distaff, Beholder spiked a fever this week and the
favorite is out of the race. I don’t think they beat the 3 year old sensation Untapable in this event for
trainer Steve Asmussen. I think Big Macher can spring an upset in the Sprint as Richard Baltas is
bringing this former $20,000 claimer up to this race in peak condition. He worked 5/8 on Sunday in
58.60 and is ready. Goldencents and Rich Tapestry are deserving favorites for this race. Private
Zone, who won the Grade 1 Vosburgh in New York the last two years, worked 1:09.40 on Sunday
and is also targeted for the Sprint, but that work is way too fast this close to the race.
• Some horses you may not be familiar with, yet they will be strong contenders in the Breeders Cup
races are as follows. Toronado ships in from England for trainer Rich Hannon Jr. and will be a major
player in the mile and half turf race. Also Flintshire and Telescope will be major players in the one
mile Turf race. Hootenanny for trainer Wesley Ward will be a major player in the one mile Juvenile
Turf, and he is shipping in from France. Ward also has Sunset Glow coming in from Kentucky, and
she will be stacked up against Her Emmynency in the one mile Juvenile Fillies Turf. Should be fun.