Horses To Watch Santa Anita Week 8

NOT NOW CAROLYN ( February 16): Five year old mare for Keith Desormeaux made her third start off a long layoff in Friday’s second, a first condition allowance race at a flat mile on the main track. Off at 13/1 in a field of just six older runners, Baze sent her right from the gate, but being drawn outside, she got caught five wide into the clubhouse turn. She secured the lead once they straightened out down the back side, got hooked by another runner at the 3/8th pole, put her away at the top of the lane, then didn’t have enough left in the tank to hold off the favorite at the 1/8th pole. She still dug in and only got beat two lengths while finishing a very good second. This was her first start around two turns in almost two years and she is slowly but surely racing

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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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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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Horses To Watch Santa Anita Week 5

WINNING ELEMENT ( January 26): Not one of Flavian Prat’s better rides, as he got this 4 year old colt for George Weaver bottled up in the stretch run with nowhere to run in Friday’s opener, a $40,000 claimer for non winners twice at a mile on the grass. Off as the 9/5 choice in a field of 8, this colt laid nicely in 4th down the back side just two lengths off the pace while saving ground on the inside. Prat kept him there heading into the lane, looking for a seam to develop, but when it did, it closed quickly at the 1/8th pole, he had to take up sharply, and that was it for him. He ran on for 4th beaten 4 lengths and was probably best in this race. It’s one of the risks a rider takes on the turf when staying inside in the stretch

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Horses To Watch Santa Anita Week 4

FAVERSHAM ( January 15): Three year old ridgling for Art Sherman, and a full brother to the great California Chrome, made his debut in Monday’s third, a maiden special weight sprint for Cal breds on the main track at ¾ of a mile. Off at 8/1 in a field of 8, he was void of any early speed and trailed the field early about 7 lengths off the pace. He started to move up at the ¼ pole, made a nice run at the top of the lane, then hung a bit in the final 100 yards, but still got second and was beaten just a length at the wire by the favorite in the race. He clearly wants to go long and I think Sherman will look for a mile race for his next start. He was impressive in his debut and looks to have somewhat of a future.

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Weekly Recap Santa Anita Week 3

Thursday Santa Anita Park Recap: January 11 Fast main track and off the turf. Three front running winners on dirt (all at six furlongs). Two wins for Evin Roman. January 11 Claims: Race 1 – Joeray ($50k, David Jacobson), Culpable (claim voided, reason vet). Race 3 – Halo Ahead (claim voided, reason vet). Race 7 – Where’s the D ($8k, Rosemary Trela). Race 8 – Just Be Held ($16k, Genaro Vallejo). Winner’s Dream ($16k, Jack Carava), Tuscany Beauty ($16k, Jack Carava). I like the competent, low profile Rosemary Trela barn, and she nabbed Where’s the D out of today’s seventh race for $8,000. She finished a solid 2nd under a 10-pound apprentice rider today, and might go better first after the claim next time. Staying on the sharp, low profile claiming outfit theme, Genaro Vallejo nabbed last race 4th place finisher Just Be Held for $16,000. Look for an improved

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Horses To Watch Santa Anita Week 3

MAESTRO DEARTE ( January 13): Four year old gelding for Peter Eurton, who was gelded since his last start, made start #2 in Saturday’s opener for maiden special weights at a mile on the grass for 4 and up. Off at 4/1 in a 9 horse field, he was covered up early by Nakatani and was a good 7 lengths off the pace at the half mile pole. He followed the favorite through a hole on the rail at the top of the stretch, was blocked for about 75 yards with nowhere to go, then just exploded inside the 1/16th pole to get up and win by a half at the wire. The favorite looked all over a winner at the 1/8th pole but this Irish bred has that quick turn of foot you like to see on the grass. He may be stakes material down the road for a

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Horses To Watch Santa Anita Week 2

AX MAN ( January 1): Newly turned 3 year old colt for Bob Baffert made a shambles of Monday’s sixth race, a maiden special weight event at six furlongs on the main track that was a restricted race. Off as the 7/5 wagering choice in a field of 10, he broke running quickly from the gate, set quick fractions of 21.73 and 44.64, then shut the door on the field by running the final quarter in 24.73, all in his first start. This half brother to champion two year old filly Hidden Blessings won by nine and a half lengths. This maiden field was restricted to any horse that was purchased at auction for $100K or less or was a home bred. Nonetheless, it was a good field, and he obliterated them. Up the ladder. NEXT SHARES (January 1): Five year old gelding shipping in from New York for the

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Horses To Watch 2018 Santa Anita Week 1

CAMBY ( December 26): Two year old colt for Mark Glatt ran a winning race in the second on Tuesday’s opening card at 7 furlongs on the main track for maiden special weights. Off at a whopping 50/1 in just his 2nd start, he broke running from the 11 hole in a full field, then was taken back off the pace by Stevens. He went after the leader at the ¼ pole, stuck his head in front turning for home, then ran gamely down the lane but was caught very late to lose by a head. This was a salty group of juveniles and this son of Candy Ride is cut out to be a nice horse. He’ll get the money next time, though Stevens will be in Arkansas so he will have to have a new rider. MARLEY’S FREEDOM (December 26): Three year old filly for Bob Hess tried

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Horses To Watch Del Mar Fall Closing Week

HE’S STYLISH ( November 23): Two year old colt for Phil D’Amato, who has excellent early speed, stumbled at the start in Thursday’s fifth, spotted the field a quick six lengths and had to play catch up in this maiden special weight event at a mile. Off as 8/5 wagering choice in a field of 9, he was as far back as 15 lengths on the back side, tried to rally at the ¼ pole, but the early speed was not stopping. He still put in a good run to get third but was no factor in the race beaten 7 lengths. He proved he could get the mile distance and being this was just his 2nd start, he will be awfully tough next time out, short or long. This one has some talent. Tab and follow. CALEXMAN (November 24): Two year old colt for Vladimir Cerin made the third

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