Horse Racing Handicapping Santa Anita News And Notes Week 7

• The temps have cooled off and it feels more like Southern California winter weather with highs in the low sixties instead of the low eighties. There is rain in the forecast this week but it should all be gone by Thursday when racing resumes with a five day week due to President’s Day on Monday, the 19th. The main track was favoring speed to a large degree when the temps got warm but it is now back to a fair race track. The turf continues to play fair and speed has been holding on very well coming down the hill in those unique sprint races. Sunday was a very “chalky” day with only one winner on the card over $10 and that was in the finale with the winner paying $11.20. Six winners on the card paid $4.60 or less and the pick six paid $1027. The only c/o

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News and Notes Santa Anita Week 6

• As the East Coast and the Midwest suffer in bitter cold, Santa Anita continues to enjoy summer like weather with temps in the low eighties day after day, and it will stay that way for the next 7 days as well. This changes how the main track plays and speed is getting better and better as long as the warm temps stick around. This past weekend favored early speed on the main track and that trend should continue this week, although the times have been very slow and unlike Southern California. I would say the track is playing a good 4-5 lengths slower in final times than normal. The turf course is playing fair with a slight edge to early speed in two turn races when the rails are 20 to 30 feet out, and a slight edge to late runners when the rails are 10 feet out or

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News And Notes Santa Anita Week 5

• The main track continues to play fair as the Great Race Place completed week five of the Winter/Spring meet here in Arcadia. Depending on the pace in the race, equal opportunity is there for the late runners as well as the early speed types. The turf course is also playing fair now. Speed was holding up very well on those downhill sprints, but that changed last week with many off the pace winners. Early speed was good on Sunday as two horses went wire to wire, but they were both odds on and were expected to win. Racing returns on Thursday and the lone c/o is the single ticket jackpot of the pick six which now stands at $93,342. A very good stakes card is lined up for this Saturday. • Santa Anita put on a very good card this past Saturday honoring state bred horses with Cal Cup

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News And Notes Santa Anita Week 4

• Four weeks are in the books for the Santa Anita Winter/Spring meet and the main track continues to play fair. The turf course has been favoring off the pace runners in the two turn races, but speed has been holding up very well in the sprints down the hill. Where the rails are placed are no factor whatsoever in the hillside sprints, it’s all about the pace, but in the two turn route races, speed has a better chance of hanging on when the rails are out 20 to 30 feet. It’s certainly not an exact science though, as all races at a mile and an eighth at the meet on the turf have been won by off the pace runners, regardless of where the inner rails are placed. Field size dropped off dramatically this past weekend and lots of chalk was on display, especially on Sunday where the

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News And Notes Santa Anita Week 3

• Three weeks are in the books of the long Santa Anita Winter/Spring meet and the main track continues to play fair and free of any bias. However, the turf course does favor off the pace runners when the rails are in or at 10 feet out in two turn races only. When the rails are 20 to 30 feet out, mostly positioned like this on weekdays, the course plays fair and gives early speed a much stronger chance of sticking. But those stats do not apply to the sprints down the hill, as the early pace determines how these races are won. They raced five days last week with Monday Holiday racing, and the super jackpot of the pick six was finally hit on Monday by one lucky ticket holder, and the payoff was a very nice $466,919. They will race just three days this week beginning on Friday

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News and Notes Santa Anita Week 2

• Week two was completed Sunday at the Great Race Place with a fair race track with regards to bias, though the times have been consistently on the slow side. The turf course also continues to play fair with plenty of horses winning on or near the lead, especially when the inner rails are moved out 20 to 30 feet. The track will race five days this week, Thursday through Monday, due to Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday. The racing office has done a nice job so far with plenty of full fields leading to many nice priced horses. The pick six carries over into Thursday at $92,218 and was decided on Sunday after the 7th race, with still two races to run. The single ticket jackpot of the pick six is now up to $213,717 and the Super High Five also carries over into race one at

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News And Notes Santa Anita 2018 Week 1

• Santa Anita kicked off their Winter/Spring meet on December 26 with another outstanding race card and 40,723 loyal patrons went through the turnstiles. The weather was good the entire first week, especially when you consider what’s been happening back east and in the Midwest, and the fields were full and for the most part, a very fair race track. Closers dominated on the turf course early on but once the inner rails were moved 10 and 20 feet out, early speed held on very well, especially on New Year’s Day. They raced five days the first week due to the Holiday so when racing resumes this week, they will race but three, Friday through Sunday. The turf rails will be all the way out to 30 feet on Friday, first post will move to 1 PM with an 8 race card, and the single ticket jackpot of the pick

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News and Notes Santa Anita Opening Week

• Santa Anita, which originally kicked off their Winter/Spring meet on Christmas Day way back in 1934, opens once again this Tuesday, the 26th, with a block buster card and a first post of 12 noon. There are some awfully nice race track settings in this country, and with all due respect to Keeneland and Saratoga, this might be the best of them all right under the San Gabriel mountains. But they have a ton of changes in store for this year with new trainers, new riders, a revamped wagering menu, along with opening up the condition book to get fuller fields. All of this in an attempt to present a better product to the fans each and every day of the meet. From a wagering standpoint, there will now be two pick fives, each a 50 cent wager, one on the first five races and the second on the

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News and Notes Del Mar Fall Closing Week

• Del Mar, the little track by the ocean, completed its 4th consecutive Fall season in stylish fashion this past Sunday with the completion of their Turf Festival. Both the turf course and the main track played without bias the last two weeks and it was evident by the higher than normal win percentages of favorites, especially on the turf course. Overall, favorites won at a 38% clip for the meet, but the turf course, where they ran 4 races every day, won at a 42% clip. Dirt favorites were at 35%. Odds on favorites were at 33%, 3 out of 9 in total. This is the exact opposite of the 7 week summer meet where favorites hovered around the low 20’s. In fact, this is the best time of year to visit Del Mar, as the temps are cooler and there is little or no traffic. Flavian Prat easily

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News and Notes Del Mar Fall Week 3

• Three weeks of the four week Del Mar Fall meet are in the books, but they have saved the best for last with four very good days of racing this coming week, highlighted by the Turf Festival, with graded stakes on the grass all four days. Full fields and plenty of wide open races will make for some good wagering opportunities. This past week the main track returned to playing “fair” and the rally wide closers bias is long gone. I still prefer outside posts when sprinting on the main track, but there is no bias. And the same goes for the turf course now that it is worn down. They have been carding 4 turf races every day and the course is playing very fair. Early speed can win going long as it did twice on Sunday, however keep in mind, the inner rails have been out ever

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