Santa Anita News and Notes for March 31

• As I write this early on Monday morning, I would say there is about a 50/50 chance that racing at Santa Anita will start up this weekend, or maybe even Friday. The L.A. County Dept. of Health shut down racing here this past week due the Covid-19 virus and it is up to the track’s management to convince the department that the racing of horses is an “essential” business. So far, there has been no positive viruses found at the race track and that includes about 750 employees, which take care of 1700 horses that live on the back side. Aidan Butler of Santa Anita along with the TOC group head up the charge. They feel that the continuation of racing at Santa Anita does not represent a health risk to the workers that live here at Santa Anita Park. Furthermore, there are not enough farms in the area

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Santa Anita Park Report (March 20-22)

Santa Anita Recap for Friday (3-20-20) Good main track and good turf course. Three front running sprint winners on dirt (6f, 5.5f, 6f). The turf course winners were a midpack stalker at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at a mile and an eighth, and a closer at one mile (rail at 30 feet).  Jeff Mullins saddled a pair of turf route winners.  The Rainbow 6 pool was $75,669, and multiple winning tickets paid $906.54 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $17,324 when live racing resumes Saturday, March 21.  March 20 Claims: Race 2 – Buyback ($25k, Matthew Chew).    ————– Santa Anita Recap for Saturday (3-21-20) Fast main track and good turf course. One front running winner at seven panels on dirt. The turf course winners were a front runner at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at a mile and an eighth, a stalker at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at a mile

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Fast Figs – 583% Profit for Trifecta’s at Tampa Bay

With limited tracks running last week Fast Figs continues to show a solid profit for several tracks and bets. Below is a breakdown of how Fast Figs performed for each bet and track. The results shown below are based on using the horse with the highest Fast Fig in the top position in each exotic wager. The horse with the 2nd highest Fast Fig is used in the second spot in the exotics. The horse with the 3rd highest Fast Fig is used in the third spot and so on. The results assume that these are straight bets and not boxed and each bet placed is $2. In cases where there are 2 or more horses that share the same Fast Fig we look to the most recent FIRE and CPR number the horse has earned to rank the horses with the same Fast Figs. Learn more about how to

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Kentucky Oaks 2020 Report: March 22

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kentucky Oaks 2020 will no longer be run on the first Friday in May. The new date for the Oaks is Friday, Sept. 4. More points races will be added to the schedule in the coming weeks and months. Let’s catch up on all the recent action. The next scheduled Oaks points race is the Gulfstream Park Oaks on Saturday, March 28. Davona Dale 1-2 finishers Tonalist’s Shape and Spice Is Nice are expected to meet again in that contest. The winner will receive 100 Oaks points. Kentucky Oaks 2020 Points Race Recaps Busher Invitational Recap (3-7-20) – Winner: Water White ($37.20) Demoiselle 1-2 finishers Lake Avenue and Maiden were the two favorites in this spot, and Tampa Bay shipper Mo City was the third choice. None of them were around at the finish. Lake Avenue and Persisto battled on the pace, and 13-1 longshot

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Kentucky Derby 2020 Report: March 22

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kentucky Derby 2020 will no longer be run on the first Saturday in May. The new date for the Derby is Saturday, Sept. 5. More points races will be added to the schedule in the coming weeks and months. Let’s catch up on all the recent action. Last time, I noted that speed rules on the road to Kentucky Derby 2020. Since that post, three points races have run, and front runners captured two of those races. The next points race is the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, March 28 (100 points to winner). Kentucky Derby 2020 Points Race Recaps  Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) Recap (3-14-20) – Winner: Field Pass ($9.60) Fancy Liquor set the pace and post time favorite Invader was in chase mode. Those two battled for quite some time, and Invader finally got a short advantage. It would not last. Field Pass stalked outside and

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Santa Anita Horses To Watch March 24, 2020

DUPLICITY (March 20): Three year old colt for John Sadler made his debut in Friday’s third, a maiden special weight at five and a half on the turf for 3 and up. Off at 15/1 under Victor Espinoza, he made the running right from the start, and battled for the lead from the inside through quick fractions of 21.94 and 45.17 on a course labeled good. He put the other speed away at the top of the lane but couldn’t hold off a perfect tripper, who just nailed him very late right on the wire. It was a superb effort for this son of the good stallion Into Mischief and he will be much tighter for start #2. He is bred to run long as well so Sadler has plenty of options for a colt, who looks like he could be very good down the road. Follow. ROUTE SIX SIX

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NEWS AND NOTES for March 24, 2020

• For the last 12 months, the “Great Race Place” has been consistently attacked by the media, the Governor, state senators, and animal activist groups, and through it all has managed to continue racing. But now there is a new invisible enemy, the Coronavirus, 10 times more deadly than the seasonal flu. And while many tracks across the country have shut down, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields continue to race. But they only do so under the strictest of regulations, and new protocols are put in place every day so they can continue to do so. If the virus breaks out on the backstretch, where as many as 1000 people live, it’s all over. There are over 1500 horses here and they need to be cared for on a daily basis and exercised accordingly. All jockeys and exercise riders have their temps taken daily and are denied entrance

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128% Profit in the Fast Figs Exotics last week

Another winning week for Fast Figs in the exotics! That’s 3 of the last 3 weeks we’ve calculated the results. Below is a chart that will show you which tracks and bets were profitable and by how much from last week’s Fast Figs. To date we have yet to see a figure in horse racing that has proven to be so reliable and consistent in finding overlooked contenders in tracks across the country. The results shown below are based on using the horse with the highest Fast Fig in the top position in each exotic wager. The horse with the 2nd highest Fast Fig is used in the second spot in the exotics. The horse with the 3rd highest Fast Fig is used in the third spot and so on. The results assume that these are straight bets and not boxed and each bet placed is $2. In cases where

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News and Notes for March 17, 2020

Wow, what a difference one week makes. As the nation tries to get their arms around the deadly Coronavirus, the country has almost come to a standstill with regards to our everyday lives. With all the major sporting events either completely shutting down or at least postponed for some time, thoroughbred racing becomes the ONLY GAME IN TOWN. They won’t allow you to go to the track, as they have cancelled all on site spectators throughout the country, but you can watch and wager from home, which most people do anyway. Some satellite shops are open, but they are limiting the count to 200/250 people, if they are open at all. Most of the tracks are running around the country without spectators, but a few are closed down completely like Turf Paradise in Phoenix. Parx racing in Pennsylvania is shut down for two weeks and then will evaluate their situation.

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HORSES TO WATCH LIST – March 17, 2020

TIZ A MASTER  (March 14): Four year old filly for Richie Baltas, off for five months, appeared in Saturday’s opener, a 7 furlong sprint on the main for older runners with a claiming tag of $20,000. Off at 6/1 after taking considerable early action, she came out running under Cedillo and set all of the pace with fractions of 23.08 and 46.02 over a track rated as “good”. She opened up two lengths at the top of the lane, battled gamely down the stretch and got nailed late by a perfect tripper, to lose by a half at the wire. The five month layoff and the demanding distance of 7 furlongs cost her in the drive. She will come out of this race much tighter and she can go short or long and is a Cal bred to boot. She’s a soon winner for the leading barn and they will

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