Santa Anita Horses To Watch List, October 9th

PERFECT RUSH (October 4): Two year old filly for John Sadler made start #2 in Friday’s third, a six furlong sprint on the main for maidens carrying a $50K price tag. Getting a lot of late money, and dropping down from a straight maiden race in her debut, she went off as the 3 to 2 choice in a field of five. She broke a tad slow under replacement rider Victor Espinoza, and he then hustled her up to the lead by the half mile pole in a quick opening quarter of 22.04. She still had the lead turning for home, then the rider took a hold of her and hand rode her in to win by three at the wire. She could have won by six or seven if he wanted. This daughter of Mineshaft out of a Hennessy mare was cut out to be a runner, so I’m

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Santa Anita Horses To Watch October 1

MAGIC ON TAP (Sept. 27): Three year old colt for Bob Baffert made his 2nd start this year in a first condition allowance race at a flat mile on the main track Friday. Off at even money in a 9 horse field, he broke slowly from the two hole and was fifth into the clubhouse turn, 4 lengths off the leaders. John Velasquez kept him on the rail throughout and he made a move to get up to the third at the 3/8 pole, then fell back again at the ¼ pole. He tried to find a seam down the lane, but had to check and alter course, finally got through late but the race was over. He finished second beaten two at the wire. His next start will be his third off the long layoff, often a horse’s best race, and if he can get a clean trip, he’s

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Fast Figs All Time Results 111% Payouts in Turf Routes. See the full report.

Fast Figs Results Charts From June 3, 2019 through September 22, 2019 During our regular process of monitoring the results of Today’s Racing Digest’s speed, pace, and performance figures we decided to begin including the Fast Figs in our regular audit. It’s a number we’ve had for over 30 years but haven’t given it a whole lot of thought other then we knew it was a good quality number that could assist in narrowing down the field. While running our historical results scenarios we kept seeing an abnormally high return on profit. We’ve been developing and monitoring performance figures (ours as well as our competitors) for almost 50 years now and have never seen a figure consistently produce a straight profit over the long haul for multiple tracks. By nature I’m a skeptic and thought it was a fluke so we kept triple checking our results and expanding our data

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Del Mar Horses To Watch September 3

GINGHAM (August 29): Two year old filly for Bob Baffert made her debut in Thursday’s second, a maiden special weight event at a mile on the main track. After a lot of late action, she went off as the 7/5 choice in a field of 7 and was fifth into the clubhouse turn. She maintained that position down the back side, took the overland route turning for home, then really kicked it in the final 1/16 to gain second, beaten a length and a half. She galloped out strong past the wire and easily passed the winner. This daughter of the good sire Quality Road cost $420K at the Keeneland yearling sale and she has the look of a runner. It’s very hard to break your maiden going two turns in your debut, and even the great Baffert seldom does. She’ll be much tighter for start #2 and should be

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Del Mar Horses To Watch August 27

QAHIRA (August 22): Three year old filly for Bob Baffert tried the second allowance condition for older fillies/mares at 7 furlongs on the main Thursday. Off at 2/1 and the second choice in the wagering, she got bumped around at the start to be away last in a small field of five runners. Talamo then had to rush her up by the half mile pole to get her back in the race as the heavy favorite was getting away on an easy lead. She caught the favorite at the top of the lane but used a lot of energy at this point of the race, and looked like dead meat at the 1/8th pole. But she still had more to give, found another gear, and pulled away to win by two and a half at the wire. It was not a good trip but she still won quite easily in

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Del Mar Horses To Watch August 20, 2019

BE A SHERO (August 15): Three year old filly for Jeff Mullins was pretty much a disappointment as a juvenile, so they gave her 10 months off and she surfaced in this maiden special weight at 5/8 on the grass Thursday for 3 and up. Off at 8/1 in a field of 8, she broke well under Baze from the 2 hole and he kept her on the rail the entire trip. She was five lengths back at the ¼ pole and typical Baze, he was trying to come through on the fence even though no hole existed. He did force his way through at the 1/16 pole and the filly responded with a big finish, but the favorite got first jump on her from the good outside and she had to settle for second, though just beaten a half at the wire. She galloped out very strong, well past

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Del Mar Horses To Watch – August 13, 2019

TRIBALS LAST REIGN (August 8): Four year old gelding for Craig Dollase made his long awaited debut on Thursday in a maiden special weight event at 5/8 on the turf for Cal breds 3 and up. Off at 7/2 in a 9 horse field, he had a miserable trip to say the least. He broke slowly and awkwardly from the two hole under Maldonado to be away last. He was still near the rear of the field and bottled up down on the rail at the 3/8 pole, where he checked and lost some momentum. He finally got some clear running by the ¼ pole, and made a huge move around horses to reach contention, though he was fanned five wide turning for home. Then he “hung” in the final furlong, but still was in the photo for second beaten three at the wire. This son of the great California

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Del Mar Horses To Watch – August 6, 2019

TOO HOT FOR CURLIN (August 2): Three year old filly for Phil D’Amato made her debut on Friday at a mile on the lawn for Cal bred maiden special weights, 3 and up. Bet down to the 4 to 5 choice off a series of strong drills, she was totally void of any early speed and was dead last into the clubhouse turn. She was 12 back by the half mile pole, but then was put under a drive by Prat and started picking off runners and was third by the top of the lane. She tried to gain ground on the lonely leader but just had too much work to do and “hung” in the final eighth, while lugging out as well. She finished third beaten a length and a half at the wire. It’s always tough to win your debut when going a route of ground, but this

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Del Mar Horses To Watch for July 30

CELLAR DOOR (July 25): Four year old filly for Jeff Mullins made her long awaited debut on Thursday in a maiden special weight affair at 5/8 on the turf for 3 and up. Off at 4/1 in an 8 horse field, she came away a step slow from the gate and was well back early from the six hole. She started a run at the ¼ pole, found a seam at the top of the lane, then finished with good courage to get second, beaten a length at the wire by the favorite, who out finished her in the lane. She was very fractious in the gate and took quite some time to load. She was a hot item on the board getting plenty of early action. She is bred to go long, can handle either surface, and she should get her diploma here at this meet for a barn

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Del Mar Horses to Watch, Week One

THANKS MR. EIDSON (July 18): Two year old colt for Jeff Bonde made his third career start in Thursday’s opener at 5/8 on the main track. Off as the 4/5 wagering choice in a field of six, and adding blinkers for the first time, he came away running from the 3 hole and got into a speed duel with a Baffert runner for the first two furlongs. He put him away at the 3/8 pole, then opened up and found another gear when another runner loomed at him at the ¼ pole. He eased clear to win by 7 and it was even further than that on the gallop out. This race was for a $150,000 claiming price but it was like a maiden allowance race. This one is ready for stakes competition as the blinkers really helped. Up the ladder. For what it’s worth, this horse is named for

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