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 in December which should be right up her alley. Stay with her until they beat her, and that may take awhile.
MICRORITHMS (November 3): Four year old gelding for Bob Baffert, who hadn’t been to the post in 18 months, and had just two starts prior to that, came back in Saturday’s 4th, a sprint on the main track for the first allowance condition. Off as the 5/2 choice in a field of 7, he took all the worst of it from the rail post, as he made the running from the inside, but got locked up in a speed duel with three across the track at the half mile pole with a quick first quarter of 21.61. He put the other speed away at the top of the lane but couldn’t hold off a perfect tripper from the outside. He still battled gamely all the way down the lane and lost by just a head, and still had the fastest final quarter in the race at 24.88. He’s a lock to win this condition next time out if he can just draw a bit better. This son of Algorithms has a lot of talent. Be ready.
COUNT DI LUNA (November 3): Two year old colt for Bob Baffert made his debut in Saturday’s 7th, a six furlong sprint for maiden special weights. Off at 10/1 in a full field of 12, he broke running from the 11 hole, but was caught 5 wide down most of the back stretch. They ran fast for two year olds with an opening quarter in 21.71. This son of Liason put the other speed away turning for home, then found another gear at the 1/8th pole and kept the odds on favorite safe to win by one and a half at the wire. It was another seven lengths back to the third horse, and he still ran the final quarter faster than any horse in the race. Baffert has yet another promising juvenile, as this one is ready for a stakes if one is available before the Santa Anita winter meet. Up the ladder.
GALILEAN (November 3): Two year old colt for Jerry Hollendorfer won the battle but lost the war in the Golden State Juvenile at 7 furlongs on the main track Saturday. Off as the 9/5 second choice in the wagering, he did all the dirty work up on the front end and dueled with two others through splits of 22.17 and 44.91. That’s pretty quick for a juvenile going the demanding distance of 7 furlongs. He put the other speed away turning for home but had to deal with the odds on favorite who had a clean and easy trip on the outside. Galilean re-broke at the 1/8th pole and gave the favorite all he wanted, but lost in the last final jumps by a head. It was a whopping 15 lengths back to the third horse. This was just his second career start and he has lots of options available for the son of Uncle Mo. He is bred for turf and should have no issue with two turns as well. Being a Cal bred is frosting on the cake. Follow.
SURFING STAR (November 4): This three year old colt for Bruce Headley is all race horse. He was in for the first allowance condition on Sunday after the winning the Cal bred condition and he was all heart on the lead again. He took the lead into the clubhouse turn, but he was dogged all the way down the back side, as there were three across the entire trip and he was down on the inside. He shook loose at the top of the lane, then shut the door on the field with the fastest final quarter in the race to win by five at the wire. This one is main track only, but he can win the second allowance condition right now or head into a Cal bred stakes. His trainer is 87 years young and knows what to do with a good horse. Up the ladder.
By Rod Young (Turfdom)