Santa Anita Horses To Watch June 11
GOODTINGSCOMINPINK (June 7): Three year old filly for Vladimir Cerin tried straight maidens in Friday’s opener 3 and up of the Cal bred variety. Off as the odds on post time favorite at 4 to 5, she lagged well back in the pack down the back side about six lengths off the pace. Fuentes kept her on the rail throughout and she was loaded at the top of the stretch. She found a seam and finished strong down on the fence, but was on the slower footing and a filly rallied out in the middle of the course and nipped her by a nose right on the wire. It was three back to the third place finisher. She did hurt her chances down the lane by lugging out badly and was lucky she didn’t get disqualified. She’s sitting on a win for Cerin but she’s one that needs to race on the outside of horses to be the most comfortable. Tab and follow.
FASHIONABLY FAST (June 7): Four year old gelding for Dean Pederson had not been to the post since last December, surfaced in this first condition allowance race for Cal Breds at 5/8 on the lawn Friday. Off at 9/2 in a 10 horse field, he broke well enough and was mid pack down the back side just 4 lengths off a hot pace. Pereira kept him on the rail throughout and though he never made a move at the leaders at any point in the race, he was only beaten a length and a half at the wire while finishing fifth. In a race he had to have needed, he gave a good account of himself and though he just has a maiden win to his credit, he shows up every time to the post. He was 2nd in a Cal bred stakes last fall while only beaten a head. He can go short or long, turf or dirt, and can easily knock out this condition for this low profile barn. No world beater for sure, but a steady check collector who will soon visit the winners circle.
DUKES UP (June 8): Six year old gelding for the red hot Mark Glatt barn was in for a $25,000 tag on Saturday for older runners at a flat mile on the main track. Off as the 9/5 co-favorite in a field of six, he tracked the field from the inside down the back side just 3 lengths off the pace. Desormeaux kept him on the rail turning for home, hoping for a seam to open up along the rail, but it never happened. He tried to force his way through at the 1/8 pole, checked badly when the hole didn’t open, swung to the outside and still got up to win by ¾ of a length at the wire. The jock tried to get him beat but in this case the horse was five lengths the best and won anyways. He had just run 2nd for $16,000, and then $20,000. He went unclaimed so Glatt may even double jump him in class next time. This barn is winning right now with everything they send over. Up the ladder.
GREAT RETURN (June 8): Four year old filly for Richard Mandella, who hadn’t been to the post since last summer, surfaced in Saturday’s sixth, a first conditioned allowance race at 5/8 on the turf, 3 and up. Off at 7/2 in an 8 horse field, she broke ok and laid fifth down the back side four lengths off the leaders. She found a seam at the top of the lane and rallied to be a factor at the 1/8 pole, but then hung a bit in the final furlong. She finished second beaten just ¾ and looked like a horse that was a tad short. This was just her third career start, and she has never missed the board. She is bred to get at least a mile so the barn has plenty of options. She’s a soon winner for this Hall of Fame trainer going short or long.
ULTIMATE BANGO (June 8): Four year old gelding for Blake Heap tried the first allowance condition at a mile on the turf Saturday for his 2nd start this year. Getting a lot of late action in the wagering, he went off at 2/1 and was the second choice in the wagering. He broke running from the rail under Fuentes, then relaxed nicely off a swift pace and was 4th down the back side, four lengths off the pace. He had almost a dream trip as Fuentes kept him on the fence, then swung outside at the top of the lane, easily put away the leader, and won nicely by three at the wire. They took the blinkers off of him today for the first time in his career and it really helped him relax. He’s a Cal bred and he’ll have some good opportunities for state bred stakes on the grass at Del Mar. Up the ladder.
By Rod Young (Turfdom)