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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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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HORSES TO WATCH LIST – March 10, 2020

PREACHING TRAINER (March 6): Four year old gelding for Carla Gaines, who had not been to the post since last May, returned in Friday’s opener, a five and a half furlong dash on the lawn for the first allowance condition for Cal breds. Off at 4/1, but had a lot of early action, he broke running under Van Dyke and was part of the pace picture. The rider sacrificed at least a length by getting him to the outside down the back stretch, put the other speed away at the 1/8 pole, opened up a length with a 1/16 to go, then just failed to last and got nailed right on the wire. The long layoff got to him at crunch time. This son of Lucky Pulpit loves the turf, can go short or long, and was working lights out coming into this race. He’s a soon winner for a

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TURFDOM NEWS AND NOTES for March 10, 2020

• As much as I’ve criticized Santa Anita Park the last few weeks due to short fields and inferior racing, I really had to eat some “crow” this past weekend, as the Great Race Place re-discovered their name with good quality and quantity fields, three days in a row. And Saturday was by far the best, with four graded stakes, good weather, no incidents, and a good crowd on hand. Even 87 year old Ron McAnally won a race, his 706th winner at this track, 4th on the all time list. And what’s really been amazing, is that there have been zero fatalities on the main track from afternoon racing for 10 consecutive weeks. How many tracks in North America can say that? Yes, there have been some fatalities from the turf course and some from training in the morning, but the track overall has certainly righted the ship and

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Fast Figs: Doubles Your Money in the Exotics.

Fast Figs continues to provide impressive results in the exotics. Below are Fast Fig results from February 24, 2020 to March 1, 2020. As can be seen a $2 bet on the top Fast Figs in the exotics would have doubled your money last week. The results are based on the horse with the highest Fast Fig would be used 1st, the horse with the 2nd highest Fast Fig would be used 2nd and so on. Races where 50% or more of the horses did not have a Fast Fig were thrown out of the results. In the case of 2 or more of the horses sharing the same Fast Fig the horse’s most recent FIRE Number and CPR earned (both can be found in Today’s Racing Digest’s race sheets) was used to provide a ranking. Read more about Fast Figs results

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HORSES TO WATCH LIST – March 3, 2020

BORDER TOWN (February 28): Four year old colt for Richard Mandella made his 3rd start off a layoff a winning one on Friday by breaking his maiden in his fifth start. Off as the even money favorite in this maiden special weight at 9 furlongs on the lawn with a field of 7, the key was the addition of blinkers. Prat kept him well off the pace early and he made his move at the ¼ pole, then smoked by the leaders at the top of the stretch, and went on to win by four very handily even with the rails all the way out at 30 feet. He ran the final quarter in a smart 23.29, and he will have no problem with the first allowance condition vs. older runners. This son of the great turf sire War Front looks like stakes material in 2020 for a barn having

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TURFDOM HORSES TO WATCH LIST – February 25, 2020

FIRST EMPRESS (February 21): Three year old filly for Peter Eurton was dropped to the bottom for her second start in her career in Friday’s opener, a maiden claimer for $30K at a mile on the main track. Bet heavy right from the start from a M/L of 3/1, she went off at 6/5 and made it look like an overlay. She broke running under Rispoli and vied for the lead right from the start, put away the other speed at the ¼ pole, and waltzed home to win by nine under a hand ride. There were no claims in for this daughter of Cairo Prince who brought $50K at the Keeneland yearling sale. She can win the starter allowance condition non winners twice off this performance and the newcomer Rispoli continues to impress. BROTHER REID (February 21): Three year old colt for Vladimir Cerin, who had not been to

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Turfdom Horses To Watch List– February 19, 2020

SILK FROM HEAVEN (February 14): Four year old filly for Hector Palma made her 2nd start off of a layoff on Friday in a first allowance Cal bred condition for older fillies and mares at ¾ on the main track. Off at a whopping 35/1 in just a six horse field, she showed much improved early speed and dueled for the lead from the inside down the back stretch. She opened up a length and a half at the 3/8 pole and still had her head in front at the top of the lane. The heavy odds on favorite out gamed her down the lane, but she held second and it was another 3 lengths back to the third horse. Her next start will be her 3rd off the layoff, often a horse’s best race, and that combined with the new found early speed, make her a soon winner for

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Kentucky Oaks 2020 Report: February 14

Venetian Harbor jumped onto the Kentucky Oaks 2020 trail with an emphatic win in the Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Feb. 8. The Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2) at Grounds on Feb. 15 is the next Oaks points race, and it is a big one. Juvenile filly champ British Idiom returns to action, and it is the first 50 points race of the season, so it is basically and win and you’re in contest. British Idiom won all three of her starts in 2019, including the Alcibiades (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). She is the deserving favorite at Fair Grounds on Saturday. Kentucky Oaks 2020 Points Race Recaps Suncoast Stakes Recap (2-8-20) – Winner: Lucrezia ($13.80) This race did not feel strong. Lucrezia attended the pace and scored comfortably, but the final number was nothing special. She won because she liked the Tampa Bay oval,

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Santa Anita Horses To Watch Feb. 4

A MAN’S MAN (January 31): Four year old gelding for Brian Koriner tried the turf for the first time in Friday’s opener, a sprint for Cal bred maiden special weights for older runners. Off at 5/2 in a 7 horse field, he was unfortunate to draw the rail and though he broke well, took up sharply just after the dirt crossover, and nearly went down when he was cut off just after the break. Rosario was able to stay on and he circled the field at the top of the lane, got fanned six wide, but kept to his task and was up for third beaten a length and a half at the wire. The checking on the back side cost him at least 3 lengths and in this race, he was much the best. This was just the third start for the son of Mucho Macho Man and he

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