Del Mar Horses To Watch Nov 20

KA’NAH (November 16): Two year old colt for Ryan Hanson made his debut in Friday’s third, a maiden special weight at five furlongs on the turf with the rails 30 feet out. Off at 8/1 in a field of 8, he broke well from the four hole and was mid pack down the back side just four lengths off the pace. He made a good move at the ¼ pole to reach contention at the top of the lane, and was eating up ground late, but couldn’t catch the wire to wire winner which was Peter Miller’s 1000th career victory. He got beat two lengths in a very good effort and ran the final quarter in a sharp 22.60. This course has favored early speed all meet long in these 5/8 sprints so he was basically running against the bias. He’ll probably be on the shelf till Santa Anita opens

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Del Mar Horses To Watch Week 2

X S GOLD (November 9): Every once in awhile a horse makes an eye catching move that really stands out, and that was the case for this 3 year old filly for Jim Cassidy, who finally won the first Cal bred allowance condition at a mile on the turf Friday. Bombarded with a ton of money late on the tote board to go off as the 2/1 choice, Desormeaux had her under a strangle hold down the back side, mid pack, and six lengths off the pace. He couldn’t wait any longer at the 3/8th pole and she was loaded with run, as she swept by the four horses in front of her like they were standing still. She sustained that run all the way to the 1/16th pole, then was geared down late to win by five. She ran the final quarter in a very good 23.03. She loves

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Santa Anita Horses To Watch Closing Week

GIVE ME A HINT (November 2): Two year old filly for Bob Hess Jr. made it 3 for 3 in her young career with a workman like effort on Friday. Off at 5/1 in a 9 horse field, and having to break from the rail in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies stakes, she stumbled at the start to be away slowly in this 7 furlong sprint. Roman nudged her up to fifth by the half mile pole and she was just 3 lengths back of the dueling leaders. He was able to get her to the outside at the ¼ pole and she wore down the leaders to win going away by two and a half. She has now won all three starts by a total of 18 combined lengths and this daughter of Merit Man should have no trouble with two turns. There is a stakes at Los Al

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Santa Anita Handicapping Horses To Watch Oct 30

STRADELLA ROAD (October 26): Three year old filly for Gary Stute found her hole card in Friday’s opener when she was sent two turns for the first time in her young career. Off at 9/1 in just a 7 horse field, she was well placed throughout by Baze as she laid 3rd down the back side 3 lengths off the pace. Baze asked her for run at the ¼ pole and she got the lead at the top of the stretch. The 4/5 favorite was loaded and came rolling up on the outside under Prat in this mile turf race for maiden special weights, but “Stradella” had plenty left in the tank and held her safe by two lengths at the wire. She ran the final quarter in a good 23.87 while never being further than 3 lengths off a fairly quick pace. Up the ladder. ACCLIMATE (October 26): Four

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Santa Anita Horses To Watch Oct 23

STONEGATE (October 19): Three year old colt for John Sadler tried going long on the turf for the first time on Friday in a maiden special weight event, 3 and up, at 9 furlongs on the grass. Off at 5/1 in just a six horse field, he was content on getting the lead early and he sprinted away from the six hole with quick fractions of 22.56 and 46.43. He had 3 on the field into the clubhouse turn and 4 by the 3/8th pole, but the quick first quarter took its toll. He was pretty tired at the top of the lane but he still battled gamely until the sixteenth pole. He was beaten 3 at the wire finishing fourth. However, this Pennsylvania bred will get a lot out of this race and he just needs to slow down some early. He has the ability to beat these on

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Santa Anita Handicapping Horse Racing Horses To Watch Oct. 16

CREATIVE CONTESSA (October 12): Three year old filly for Mick Ruis made start #2 in Friday’s 4th, a maiden special weight affair for fillies/mares 3 and up at ¾ on the main. Off at 7/2 in a field of 9, she came running right from the start and set fast splits of 21.73 and 45.22 for the half. After breaking a tad slow, these were her fractions and she made the lead on her own by the half mile pole. The favorite rolled up to her on the outside by the ¼ pole and went right on by, but the “Contessa” found another gear and dug deep to stay with her till the sixteenth pole, then tired to finish a well beaten second. Although she lost by five at the wire, it was another five back to the third horse. This one has a ton of natural speed and Ruis

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Santa Anita Horses To Watch Oct 9

OLEKSANDRA ( October 5): Four year old filly for Neil Drysdale made her first start outside of Australia in Friday’s 2nd, a six and a half sprint down the hill for maiden special weights 3 and up. Off at 6/1 in a field of 10, she broke slowly from the 3 hole, then got smashed by the 4 horse who came over on her to be away dead last. She fell 12 lengths off the pace under the veteran Mike Smith, but he kept her on the rail and saved all the ground. She moved up on the dirt crossover, found a seam on the rail, then burst through in the final furlong to win going away. Her final margin was just a neck but she had a strong turn of foot the final sixteenth with an impressive gallop out. This was her first start in 11 months and she

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Santa Anita Handicapping Horses To Watch Week 1

AFTER YOU ( Sept. 28): I think trainer Neil Drysdale put one over on the crowd on Friday when this two year old gelding made his 2nd start of his career in a maiden claimer for $40,000 and ¾ on the main. Off at 5/1 after receiving heavy early action (he was 3/2 after five minutes of wagering), he darted to the front, opened up five at the ¼ pole, and won in hand by five while never looking like a loser at any point in the race. This one got nothing out of his debut as he ran dead last at 38/1, beaten 14 lengths on the grass. But the addition of blinkers and the drop to $40K was all he needed. He can now run in those starter races non winners twice, providing they have enough horses to make one of those races go. Up the ladder for

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Del Mar Horses To Watch Closing Week

AIR STRIKE ( August 30): Three year old colt for Phil D’Amato, who just shipped into his barn in the last week from Kentucky, made his 4th career start in Thursday’s 4th, a mile maiden special weight event on the main for 3 and up. Off as the 7/5 wagering choice in a field of 8, he broke cleanly under Prat from the 8 hole, got caught a bit wide into the clubhouse turn, then settled in nicely in third just off the pace. He sped to the lead from the outside at the ¼ pole, led by two at the top of the lane, then found another gear and won off by 7 at the wire with a strong gallop out to boot. This Street Sense colt out of a Tapit mare is bred to be any type and is in good hands with D’Amato. He looks like stakes

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Del Mar Horse Racing Handicapping Horses To Watch Week 6

POPPY’S C NOTE ( August 23): Two year old gelding for Steve Miyadi made the third start of his young career on Thursday and for the third time got away poorly from the gate. This time it wasn’t his fault as the horse to his right swerved into him when the gates opened and caused him to check. Then the rider rushed him up quickly at the ½ mile pole to reach contention and he was just 3 lengths off the leaders. He found a seam and burst through it at the top of the lane but pretty much “hung” most of the stretch. He was still game enough to garner second but was never a threat to win this race, a maiden claimer for a $32,000 tag at ¾ on the main. This Cal bred is no world beater, but he’s good enough to win at this level and

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