NEWS AND NOTES for March 24, 2020

• For the last 12 months, the “Great Race Place” has been consistently attacked by the media, the Governor, state senators, and animal activist groups, and through it all has managed to continue racing. But now there is a new invisible enemy, the Coronavirus, 10 times more deadly than the seasonal flu. And while many tracks across the country have shut down, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields continue to race. But they only do so under the strictest of regulations, and new protocols are put in place every day so they can continue to do so. If the virus breaks out on the backstretch, where as many as 1000 people live, it’s all over. There are over 1500 horses here and they need to be cared for on a daily basis and exercised accordingly. All jockeys and exercise riders have their temps taken daily and are denied entrance

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128% Profit in the Fast Figs Exotics last week

Another winning week for Fast Figs in the exotics! That’s 3 of the last 3 weeks we’ve calculated the results. Below is a chart that will show you which tracks and bets were profitable and by how much from last week’s Fast Figs. To date we have yet to see a figure in horse racing that has proven to be so reliable and consistent in finding overlooked contenders in tracks across the country. The results shown below are based on using the horse with the highest Fast Fig in the top position in each exotic wager. The horse with the 2nd highest Fast Fig is used in the second spot in the exotics. The horse with the 3rd highest Fast Fig is used in the third spot and so on. The results assume that these are straight bets and not boxed and each bet placed is $2. In cases where

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News and Notes for March 17, 2020

Wow, what a difference one week makes. As the nation tries to get their arms around the deadly Coronavirus, the country has almost come to a standstill with regards to our everyday lives. With all the major sporting events either completely shutting down or at least postponed for some time, thoroughbred racing becomes the ONLY GAME IN TOWN. They won’t allow you to go to the track, as they have cancelled all on site spectators throughout the country, but you can watch and wager from home, which most people do anyway. Some satellite shops are open, but they are limiting the count to 200/250 people, if they are open at all. Most of the tracks are running around the country without spectators, but a few are closed down completely like Turf Paradise in Phoenix. Parx racing in Pennsylvania is shut down for two weeks and then will evaluate their situation.

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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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Kentucky Derby Report (3-12-20)

Speed suddenly rules on the road to Kentucky Derby 2020. Ete Indien broke running from the outside post and ran off the screen in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) on Feb. 29. One week later, Mischevious Alex, King Guillermo, and Authentic were strong prominent throughout winners in a trio of 50 points races. Is this the year we get a Derby pace meltdown? The next two points races on March 14 are the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park (20 points to winner), and the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park (50 points to winner). Jeff Ruby Steaks Invader is the morning line favorite in this all-weather route. He tracked the pace and ran away in both of his local routes including the John Battaglia Memorial. The other stakes winners are Halo Again and Field Pass. Rebel Stakes This is my Today’s Racing Digest video race. Nadal is the favorite and

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Fast Figs – Consistently Profitable in the Exotics

Fast Figs continues to show consistent profits in both straight win, place, and show bets but also a solid positive ROI in the exotics. To date we have yet to see a figure in horse racing that has proven to be so reliable and consistent in finding overlooked contenders in tracks across the country. The results shown below are based on using the horse with the highest Fast Fig in the top position in each exotic wager. The horse with the 2nd highest Fast Fig is used in the second spot in the exotics. The horse with the 3rd highest Fast Fig is used in the third spot and so on. The results assume that these are straight bets and not boxed and each bet placed is $2. In cases where there are 2 or more horses that share the same Fast Fig we look to the most recent FIRE

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Santa Anita Park Report (March 6-8)

Santa Anita Recap for Friday (3-6-20) Fast main track and firm turf course. No front running winners on dirt. The turf course winners were a midpack stalker at 5.5 furlongs, a patient runner at one mile, and a last-to-first closer at a mile and an eighth (rail at 30 feet). Riding doubles for Geovanni Franco and Joel Rosario. The Rainbow 6 pool was $130,053, and multiple winning tickets paid $7,244.96 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $170,492 when live racing resumes Saturday, March 7. March 6 Claims: Race 3 – Lucky Romano ($12.5k, Lorenzo Ruiz), Tromador ($12.5k, Ryan Hanson). Race 4 – Time for Ebby ($20k, Steve Knapp). Race 6 – Captivate ($25k, Vann Belvoir). Race 7 – Tig Tog ($32k, Vladimir Cerin). ———– Santa Anita Recap for Saturday (3-7-20) Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners on dirt (6.5f, 8.5f). The turf course

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Kentucky Oaks 2020 Report (3-6-20)

Tonalist’s Shape ran her record to 5-for-5 in a game front running win over highly regarded filly Spice Is Nice in the Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Feb. 29. She now has 60 Kentucky Oaks 2020 points and is all but guaranteed a spot in the starting gate at Churchill Downs on the first Friday in May. The next three Oaks points races take place this weekend, with each awarding 50 points to the winner. Busher Invitational (3-7-20) Lake Avenue & Maedean finished 1-2 in the Demoiselle (G2) late last year, and they meet again in this one mile spot. The former is the even money favorite with speed, and the latter packs a decent stretch kick. Honeybee Stakes (3-7-20) This race has upset potential. There is not much pace on paper and Ring Leader is probably the one to catch. Alta’s Award is improving and figures

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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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