Santa Anita Handicapping News and Notes Week 24

• Only two weeks left in the long Santa Anita meet which started way back on December 26. Then it’s on to Los Alamitos for three weeks before Del Mar opens their seven week summer season on July 18. The main track continues to play fair at the Great Race Place, but the times have been very slow over the weekend, especially on Sunday. The turf course is back to playing fair and the sprints down the hill are actually favoring speed the last week or so, and they are using the hill considerably, often using it four times on the same card. Racing returns on Thursday and the single ticket jackpot of the pick six has climbed back up again, now at $192,243. • They ran just two significant stakes over the weekend with Paved winning the Grade 2 Honeymoon stakes for 3 year old fillies on Saturday and

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Santa Anita Handicapping News and Notes Week 23

• After just a three day race week at the Great Race Place, 23 total weeks are in the books since Santa Anita opened back on December 26, with just 3 weeks remaining in the Spring/Summer portion. The main track continues to play fair while the turf course is back to favoring off the pace runners, regardless of the placement of the rails. It’s back to their normal Thursday through Sunday routine this week with the Super High Five carrying over to race one at $16,472 and the single ticket jackpot of the pick six at $76,442. • They only ran one graded stakes over the weekend and that was the Grade 1 Beholder Mile named for Richard Mandella’s super talented multiple Grade 1 winner. Unique Bella was the heavy post time favorite at one to two, and she did not disappoint her faithful following with an easy two length

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Santa Anita Handicapping News and Notes Week 22

• There are just four weeks left in the long Santa Anita Winter/Spring meet that started way back on December 26, as week 22 was just completed with the Memorial Day 10 race card. And it’s been a good year so far for Management as overall handle is up $70 million vs. last year for the identical time span. The addition of the late pick five has added $25 million to that pool along with overall better weather, and increased field size. The track announced just last week that overnight races will have a 10% purse increase for the final four weeks of the meet, good news for owners, trainers, and the jockey colony. Plus for the first time Santa Anita has installed a “Ship and Stay” program to lure out of state horses to run and stay on the Southern California circuit. Since December 26 the track has paid

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Santa Anita Horse Racing Handicapping News and Notes Week 21

• Week six was completed Sunday afternoon at the Great Race Place with Soi Phet scoring a $96 upset in the final race, the Crystal Water stakes for Cal breds at a mile on the turf course. You could throw a blanket over the first four finishers, but the 10 year old poked his head in front right at the wire to secure the upset on a story that keeps on giving for the former claimer, whose current connections got him for just $16K some six years ago. His total earnings have hit $955,000 and I’m sure their goal is to make a million before he finds a retirement home. The turf course is back to playing fair here while the main track has been favoring early speed for both sprints and routes on most days. This will be a five day race week at Santa Anita Park with special

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Santa Anita Handicapping News and Notes Week 20

• Week five of the spring/summer meet at Santa Anita was concluded on Sunday under cooler temps and even some cloudy skies with some light drizzle over the weekend. But the track remained fast and the turf remained firm and both surfaces played fair over the weekend. The placement of the turf rails are becoming a non factor in handicapping at this track, as horses can win on the lead or come from well off the pace regardless if the rails are in or out 30 feet. Naturally they have to move them each day to sustain the course, which gets as much as four turf races per day, but sometimes the rails are even moved within the race card. It used to be when the rails were 20 or 30 feet out, the advantage went to horses on the lead, but that theory just doesn’t hold water anymore. Racing

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Santa Anita Handicapping News and Notes Week 19

• Santa Anita Park concluded week four of their Spring/Summer meet under pretty warm temps on Sunday as the thermometer hit the low nineties. The main track played fair on Sunday but early speed dominated on both Friday and Saturday. For the first time in at least 10 weeks, early speed dominated on the turf course Saturday with 4 of the 5 winners going wire to wire, and the rails were all the way in. That has really been the exception to the rule since this meet started way back on December 26. The course returned to playing fair on Sunday. The pick six was hit numerous times over the weekend and the single ticket jackpot has climbed all the way to $284,685 when racing resumes this Thursday. • The stakes races over the weekend at Santa Anita don’t leave a lot to get excited about. Fault beat a small

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Santa Anita Handicapping News and Notes Week 18

• Week three of the Spring/Summer meet at Santa Anita Park was concluded on Sunday over a race track that played fair as did the turf course. Early speed did dominate on Thursday and Friday, but the surface returned to playing fair over the weekend. The experiment with the early post times is over and first post will return to 12:30 PM on a regular basis. Management was hoping for increased handle with the earlier times but over a period of six weeks, that did not happen. Racing returns on Thursday with the lone carryover in the single ticket jackpot of the pick six, which now stands at $208,503. • They had 3 stakes over the weekend and all three were graded led by the Grade 2 Californian at 9 furlongs on the main track for older runners. The odds on favorite Dr. Dorr made short work of this small

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Santa Anita Handicapping News and Notes Week 17

• Week two of the Spring/Summer meet at Santa Anita Park was conducted under warm temps and a fair race track, with the times of the races returning to normalcy. Racing returns to their normal four day race week this Thursday with an 8 day card for both weekdays. The turf course also returned to playing fair over the weekend with a number of winners on or very close to the front end. On track attendance was very low on Saturday with just a tad over 8800, although they had a very good 11 race card. They had even less on Sunday. The lone c/o into next Thursdays action is the single ticket jackpot of the pick six, which now stands at $121,040. • They had 3 stakes over the weekend and they were all graded, but the fields ended up relatively small. Bobby Abu Dhabi took the Grade 2

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Santa Anita Handicapping News and Notes Week 16

• Santa Anita Park started the second half of their long six month racing season this past Friday. The main track is playing slow and tiring with times about five to eight lengths slower than normal, but is pretty much free of any bias with both front runners and closers winning their fair share of the races, both short and long. The turf course continues to favor off the pace runners for the most part. Last Saturday was the lone exception, where the course played fair, but most winners are coming from off the pace, both down the hill and going two turns. A $45 horse in the finale Sunday triggered a pick six c/o into this Friday’s program of $68,739, with the single ticket jackpot at $43,252. Santa Anita will only race 3 days this week, but then will return to their normal Thursday through Sunday race week starting

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Santa Anita Handicapping News and Notes Week 15

• Santa Anita Park concluded their 15 week Winter/Spring meet this past Sunday. They start their Spring/Summer meet this Friday, no racing this Thursday, and race through Sunday June 24. One lucky ticket holder, and only one, hit the pick six on Sunday and it paid out at $730,315. The lone c/o into Friday’s racing is the Super Hi Five at $13,617. The main track played fair for the most part over the weekend but on Saturday, the inside lanes were deep and tiring. In fact, the entire surface played that way with the times a good 5 to 8 lengths slower than normal, even though the surface was rated as fast. The turf course continues to favor off the pace runners, even when the rails are 20 or 30 feet out. That scenario can change quickly, especially with most of the winter rains in our rear view mirror. They

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