Santa Anita Horses To Watch June 11

GOODTINGSCOMINPINK (June 7): Three year old filly for Vladimir Cerin tried straight maidens in Friday’s opener 3 and up of the Cal bred variety. Off as the odds on post time favorite at 4 to 5, she lagged well back in the pack down the back side about six lengths off the pace. Fuentes kept her on the rail throughout and she was loaded at the top of the stretch. She found a seam and finished strong down on the fence, but was on the slower footing and a filly rallied out in the middle of the course and nipped her by a nose right on the wire. It was three back to the third place finisher. She did hurt her chances down the lane by lugging out badly and was lucky she didn’t get disqualified. She’s sitting on a win for Cerin but she’s one that needs to race

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Santa Anita Horses To Watch June 4

STORMING LADY (May 31): Four year old filly for Alfredo Marquez had the light bulb go on in Friday’s second race, a one mile turf event for older fillies/mares at a mile on the turf for a starter allowance non winners twice. This one had always shown good speed early, but then always gave it up in the final furlong going both long and short. She broke running this time under Victor Espinoza, but he was hooking lots of speed today, so he wisely took her back before the clubhouse turn and she relaxed nicely for him in 4th, about four lengths back. She stayed that way until the top of the stretch and when he asked her for run, she was loaded, quickly got the lead, and had enough to hold off the late runners to win by a length. This style of being able to rate opens up

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Santa Anita Horses To Watch May 28

DARK VADER (May 24): Four year old colt for Peter Eurton, away from the races since July of last year, came back on Friday in a second condition allowance race at a flat mile on the main track. Off at 5/2 and the second choice in the wagering, he broke well enough, then settled in third into the clubhouse turn while saving ground along the fence. Bejarano got him to the outside at the 3/8 pole, then he made a huge move to reach the leader at the ¼ pole, fought gamely to the wire, but came up a head short. His lack of recency showed in the final furlong, plus he was facing a fairly strong speed bias as well. He will get a lot out of this race and he’s primed to knock out this condition in the near future. He was graded stakes placed as a sophomore

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Santa Anita Horses To Watch May 21

HANSEN TALE BLUES (May 17): Five year old mare for Vic Garcia made just her second start back since being off since 2017 in Friday’s 4th, a six furlong sprint on the main track for maiden claimers in for a tag of $25,000. Going off as the 2/1 choice in a field of 8, she broke well but got caught up in the middle of a speed duel with 4 across the track and her in the middle. She never could shake loose but dug in gamely in the lane and finished with good courage to get second, though well beaten by the perfect tripper on the outside. Her next start will be her third off the layoff, often a horse’s best performance, and based off this effort, she should be able to find the winners circle. This daughter of Hansen was cut out to be a nice filly and

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Santa Anita Horses To Watch May 14

SMOOVIE (May 10): Four year old filly for Doug O’Neill tried the first allowance condition for state breds on Friday for fillies/mares at a mile on the turf 3 and up. Off at 3/1 in a field of 9, she broke quickly for the lead from the rail and got the lead into the clubhouse turn. She set moderate fractions of 23.50 and 47.56 down the back side, was never headed in the race, then stole away in the lane to win by five with a final quarter in 24.59, fastest in the race. After her maiden win two back, she tried graded stakes company and was definitely over her head in her last, but she is very sharp right now. And when fillies get good for O’Neill, they stay good for awhile. She can handle “open” company right now and maybe even some sort of Cal bred stakes. Just

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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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