News and Notes Mar. 21 – by Rod Young Turfdom

With the weather now good at Santa Anita, favorites have been dominating the scene, and such was the case this past week with no c/o in the pick six other than the single ticket jack pot, which now stands at over $346,000 going into Thursday’s card. In fact favorites are at 36.55% overall for the winter meet with dirt races leading the way at 38.46%. The number drops to 30.53% on the grass. Odds on favorites are winning at 62.03%, but odds on favorites in the money is at 94.94% (75 of 79). That’s a pretty good number for the bridge jumpers and there have been a number of them at the meet. They ran three stakes over the weekend and favorites won all three. The only graded stakes was the Grade 1 Santa Margarita at 9 furlongs on the main track and Baffert’s Vale Dori kept right on rolling

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News and Notes Mar. 14 – by Rod Young Turfdom

With rain dominating the scene for weeks on end, clear skies and warm temps is what it’s all about at Santa Anita Park and it will stay that way this week as well. It was a perfect day on Saturday for the Big Cap and they drew almost 30,000 fans for a very good 11 race card. Both the main track and the turf course played fair the entire week. Racing resumes this Thursday with their normal four day race week and there is a c/o in the Super High Five of $18,623 and also in the single ticket pick six jackpot of $255,341. Of the four graded stakes on Saturday, two were won by favorites and two were won by long shots, both difficult to find. First on the card was the Grade 2 San Felipe for Derby hopefuls at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track.

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News and Notes Mar. 7 – by Rod Young Turfdom

The State of California has begged for rain for six straight years and the gods haven’t listened, until 2017, and now they are having a tough time of shutting off the faucet. Santa Anita Park almost escaped this past week without incident from the skies, but just one hour before post time of the last race Sunday, the mile turf race was moved to the main track due to afternoon rain. Races 2 and 6 remained on the grass but the riders complained after race six that the course was just too slippery, so it had to be switched resulting in two late scratches and more importantly, “all” the runners in the finale were declared winners resulting in very low payoffs for the late pick four and the pick six. Management really didn’t want to make the change, but in this sport, it has to be safety first, for both

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News and Notes Feb 28 – by Rod Young Turfdom

Just 3 days of racing this past week at the Great Race Place and yes, rain was still a factor. Rain fell early Sunday morning and resulted in two downhill races being switched to the main track and half the field was scratched in each race. The other two days were fast and firm and the forecast is for good weather this week, for a change. Early speed was quite good the entire week on the main track while the turf course continues to play fair, regardless of where the inner rails are placed. Racing resumes this Thursday with their regular 4 day week and the lone c/o in the exotic pools is the single ticket jackpot for the pick six which stands at $46,643. They ran two stakes over the weekend, both were for Cal breds on the turf, and Turfdom had the winner on top in both of

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News and Notes Feb. 21 – by Rod Young Turfdom

Rain continues to play havoc with this winter meet at Santa Anita Park. For the third time this meet they cancelled a full day of racing (this past Friday), this time almost a full day before the storm arrived. They received 3 inches of rain at the Arcadia oval, which cancelled turf racing on both Saturday and Sunday once they resumed racing. Surprisingly, the main track was back to fast by the third race on Saturday and the times were quick due to the hard, tight seal. They did race on the turf Monday over a surface rated as “good”. Management has decided to add two days to the schedule later on in the meet, both Thursdays, April 20 and June 1 to make up for the dark days. This has been one of the wettest winters in California history and we’re still in February. Without having turf racing, field

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News and Notes Feb 14 – by Rod Young Turfdom

After rain on Saturday morning, Sunday was a beautiful day and the main track returned to a fast surface at the Great Race Place in Arcadia, California. The turf course was still labeled as “good” but the times were fast enough to call it a firm surface. Most of the weekend was pretty “chalky” but there was a $69 bomb in the finale Sunday, which gave one person the only winning pick six ticket resulting in a payoff of $148,205. Both the main track and the turf course played fair over the weekend. They race five days this week due to Presidents Day on Monday, and you know what that means, lots of short fields. They have 59 horses signed up for Thursday and only 55 for Friday, with 3 of the first 5 races yielding five horse fields. Del Mar in the Summer can handle five day race weeks.

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News and Notes Feb. 7 – by Rod Young Turfdom

The rain that was forecast for last week never really showed up and although the skies appeared threatening most of the weekend, the moisture never made it to ground level. The main track was fast and the turf course remained firm and both surfaces played “fair” for the most part. This week there is a 90% chance of rain on Friday during the day, so those turf races are vulnerable, especially the first, which is down the hill. However, the weekend says sunny skies and warm temps. There are no c/o into Thursday as the pick six was hit Sunday by a single ticket and paid out over a $100 grand. For those that witnessed the Las Virgenes stakes on Sunday, they got a sneak preview of a future champion, as Unique Bella was the easiest of winners by 9 open lengths vs. an Eclipse award winner from last year.

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News and Notes Jan. 31 – by Rod Young Turfdom

Although the State of California really needs the rain, it’s nice to have turf racing back in the mix at Santa Anita, as well as a fast track. That all came to fruition this past weekend on Cal Cup Saturday with five stakes on tap and four turf races under sunny skies and ideal weather conditions. The turf course played fair with the rails in their normal position and the main track also played fair with an equal amount of races being won from off the pace. There is a pick six c/o into Thursday’s card of $71,437 and the jackpot pick six has a separate pool of $38,405. Form prevailed in the Cal Cup stakes series on Saturday with the favorite winning four of the five races. The second choice in the wagering won the other race, the Cal Cup Derby. The feature was the Classic and the very

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News and Notes Jan. 24 – by Rod Young Turfdom

The rains kept pounding Southern California and Sunday’s storm was perceived as being the worst in 20 years, so 4 hours prior to first post, they cancelled the entire Sunday card. Prior to Sunday, the area had picked up almost 12 inches of rain in the last 4 weeks and the average for this time of year is less than six inches. Although the rain has made a mess of racing in January, the precipitation is much needed for the area and the reservoirs are filling up nicely. Without turf racing, the racing secretary has had a rough time of filling races, and we probably won’t be back on the turf till next Saturday. Rain will stick around up till Wednesday this week but the forecast is dry after that for the next 7 days. There should be plenty of turf races available this weekend. The only c/o into Thursday’s

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News and Notes Jan. 17 – by Rod Young Turfdom

After weeks of rains, the sun finally came out to stay this past week over the Arcadia However, they sure had a difficult time getting the track back to a “fast” surface, and when it did, the times were still on the slow side, as they couldn’t get the moisture out of the track. The turf course never did dry out, but they finally used it 4 times on Monday with a rating of “good”. The course played fair on Monday but the main track favored early speed the entire week, with the inside better than the outside coming down the lane. The bad news is that the rains will return this week, with wet weather forecast for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. With this meet going all the way to July 4th, I doubt they will use the turf course at all this week. There are no turf stakes scheduled.

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