Horse Racing Handicapping Horses To Watch Santa Anita Week 7

EASTER MORN ( February 9): Six year old gelding for Richard Baltas was making just his third career start and just his second for this barn in Friday’s sixth, a Cal bred maiden special weight event at six and a half on the main. Breaking from the rail and off as the 8/5 choice, Prat broke him running and he laid third early down the back side. The rider was able to get him off the rail at the half mile pole, then he just cruised by the leaders at the ¼ pole, and widened down the lane to win off by six. Baltas took the blinkers off for this race and he was most impressive. He may be six years old but this one can run some, and he should have no trouble with the first Cal bred allowance condition. Up the ladder. ONDE AH MO (February 9): Three

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Horse Racing Handicapping Santa Anita News And Notes Week 7

• The temps have cooled off and it feels more like Southern California winter weather with highs in the low sixties instead of the low eighties. There is rain in the forecast this week but it should all be gone by Thursday when racing resumes with a five day week due to President’s Day on Monday, the 19th. The main track was favoring speed to a large degree when the temps got warm but it is now back to a fair race track. The turf continues to play fair and speed has been holding on very well coming down the hill in those unique sprint races. Sunday was a very “chalky” day with only one winner on the card over $10 and that was in the finale with the winner paying $11.20. Six winners on the card paid $4.60 or less and the pick six paid $1027. The only c/o

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Weekly Update Santa Anita Week 7

Fast main track and firm turf course. One front running winner on dirt (5.5f). Stalkers won the other four dirt races. The winning turf course running styles were two downhill stalkers, and a stalker at one mile (turf rail at 20 feet/rail on hill at 14 feet). Riding double for Geovanni Franco. February 8 Claims: Race 3 – Li’l Grazen ($32k, Eddie Truman), Starr of Quality ($32k, Bill Spawr). Race 4 – Winner’s Dream ($16k, George Papaprodromou). Race 5 – Glorious Crown ($50k, David Jacobson), Kopitar ($40k, John Sadler). Race 8 – Starship Treasure ($40k, Robert Falcone, Jr.). Jeff Mullins has a talented turf route sophomore on his hands. River Boyne showed a nice turn of foot in the optional claiming turf route feature under Flavien Prat. The Irish-bred colt is targeting the $200,000 Pasadena Stakes on March 17. Friday Santa Anita Park Recap: February 9 Fast main track and

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Kentucky Derby Report 2018 Feb. 11

Instilled Regard, one of the top contenders for Kentucky Derby 2018, is the 8-5 morning line favorite for the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Saturday, Feb. 17. The California shipper will once again take on Lecomte runner-up Principe Guilherme. Instilled Regard started improving once he stretched out to two turns, beginning with his maiden win at Santa Anita Park last fall. He ended his juvenile campaign with a troubled 3rd in the G1 Los Al Futurity (placed 2nd via DQ). He shipped to Fair Grounds for his 2018 bow on Jan. 13 and defeated post time favorite Principe Guilherme by 3+ lengths in the G3 Lecomte Stakes. Following a trio of workouts at Santa Anita Park, he is back in New Orleans for the Risen Star (50-20-10-5). This is the earliest prep to award 50 Derby points to the winner, so it is basically a win

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Weekly Recap Santa Anita Week 6

Thursday Santa Anita Park Recap: February 1 Fast main track and firm turf course. Two dueling front running winners on dirt (6.5f, 6f). The winning turf course running styles were a downhill stalker and a patient runner at a mile and an eighth (rail at 20 feet/rail on hill at 14 feet). Tyler Conner booted home a pair. Richard Baltas (turf) and Jerry Hollendorfer (dirt sprints) both saddled two winners. February 1 Claims: Race 3 – Airfoil ($16k, Jerry Hollendorfer), Next Speaker ($16k, Bob Hess, Jr.). Race 4 – Elwood J ($32k, Eddie Truman), Rate for Me ($32k, Adam Kitchingman). Elwood J (4th race) ran a decent downhill race from the rail post today. He dueled inside and battled hard throughout while settling for the show (beaten 1 length) in his first start in 5+ months. He was nabbed for $32,000 by Eddie Truman and might be fitter next time.

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News and Notes Santa Anita Week 6

• As the East Coast and the Midwest suffer in bitter cold, Santa Anita continues to enjoy summer like weather with temps in the low eighties day after day, and it will stay that way for the next 7 days as well. This changes how the main track plays and speed is getting better and better as long as the warm temps stick around. This past weekend favored early speed on the main track and that trend should continue this week, although the times have been very slow and unlike Southern California. I would say the track is playing a good 4-5 lengths slower in final times than normal. The turf course is playing fair with a slight edge to early speed in two turn races when the rails are 20 to 30 feet out, and a slight edge to late runners when the rails are 10 feet out or

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Horses To Watch Santa Anita Week 6

JIMMY CHILA ( February 2): Three year old colt for Doug O’Neill tried two turns for the first time in his career in his third lifetime start in Friday’s sixth, a maiden special weight at a mile and a sixteenth for newly turned sophomores. Off at 17/1 in an 8 horse field, he was expected to show the most speed coming out of sprints, but he was purposely taken back off the pace and sat 4th down the backside, 3 lengths off the pace. He made a menacing move at the top of the lane to the two Baffert front runners, got within a length of the favorite at the 1/8th pole, but then had to settle for third as he tired the final sixteenth. All in all, a pretty good effort for his first try around two turns and the winner looks like stakes material. He was beaten about

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Kentucky Derby 2018 Report Feb 2

Two-time grade one winner Bolt d’Oro, one of the favorites for Kentucky Derby 2018, had his first work of the year for trainer Mick Ruis. He traveled three furlongs at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Jan. 27. It was the second best of eight moves at the distance. Bolt d’Oro will begin his sophomore campaign in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, March 10. His new rider will be Javier Castellano, who replaces Corey Nakatani. Last week, there were no Kentucky Derby points races, but we are back in action with a trio of Derby preps this weekend: Grade 3 Withers Stakes (Aqueduct, 2-3-18) My ninth ranked Derby contender, Firenze Fire, is back in action in the Withers Stakes (nine furlongs) at Aqueduct on Feb. 3. His trainer, Jason Servis, originally said he would wait for the Gotham Stakes in March, but he is

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Santa Anita Weekly Report Week 5

Thursday Santa Anita Park Recap: January 25 Fast main track and firm turf course. One dueling front running winner at a flat mile on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at one mile, a last-to-first closer down the hill, and a downhill stalker (rail at 30 feet/rail on hill at 14 feet). No riding or training doubles on Thursday. January 25 Claims: Race 7 – Fracas ($40k, Craig Dollase). It was the same bridesmaid story for Looking At Thelake as the beaten favorite in the downhill finale. She sat back and finished nicely for the place under Rafael Bejarano. She ran a winning race this time and may have found a home on the hill. Friday Santa Anita Park Recap: January 26 Fast main track and firm turf course. Four front running winners on dirt (6f, 8f, 6f, 5.5f). The winning turf course running styles were

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News And Notes Santa Anita Week 5

• The main track continues to play fair as the Great Race Place completed week five of the Winter/Spring meet here in Arcadia. Depending on the pace in the race, equal opportunity is there for the late runners as well as the early speed types. The turf course is also playing fair now. Speed was holding up very well on those downhill sprints, but that changed last week with many off the pace winners. Early speed was good on Sunday as two horses went wire to wire, but they were both odds on and were expected to win. Racing returns on Thursday and the lone c/o is the single ticket jackpot of the pick six which now stands at $93,342. A very good stakes card is lined up for this Saturday. • Santa Anita put on a very good card this past Saturday honoring state bred horses with Cal Cup

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