Santa Anita Horse’s To Watch List – June 16, 2020
OVER ATTRACTED (June 12): Three year old filly from France made her U.S. debut in Friday’s opener for trainer Carla Gaines at a mile on the turf for 3 year old fillies. Off at a robust 13/1 in just a five horse field, she broke a tad slow under Mike Smith and settled in 4th down the back side just 4 lengths off the leader. Smith asked her to pick it up just after the ¼ pole and she put in a nice rally turning for home while four wide down the lane. She was motoring out in the middle of the course and ran the fastest final quarter of the group, but couldn’t get to another who got the jump on her at the top of the lane. She came up just short at the wire by three parts of a length but had a strong gallop out. This one looks like a runner for Carla and she faced some tough company across the pond. She can knock out this condition and has stakes potential down the road. Be ready for this one down at the seaside.
LITTLE MISS ELLIE (June 13): Three year old filly for Vladimir Cerin made her debut in Saturday’s fifth, a $50K maiden claimer for Cal bred fillies and mares 3 and up at 7/8 on the main. Off at 9/2 in a field of 7, she broke cleanly from the 7 hole and though she was only two lengths off the leaders, she was six wide all the way down the back side. She rallied to the lead turning for home and stuck her nose in front at the 1/8 pole, but then sort of hung the final furlong. The favorite got through on the fence and she was only beaten a neck at the wire. All in all, a good performance for a “firster”, but 7 furlongs may be a tad too long for her at this stage of her career. Cerin does much better with second time starters than debut runners and as long as they keep her in Cal bred claimers, she’s a soon winner for a good barn. Tab and follow.
GINGHAM (June 13): Three year old filly for Bob Baffert tried a sprint on Saturday in the Angels Flight stakes after having all 8 career starts at a mile or longer. Off at 8/5 in just a five horse field, she broke well under Mike Smith and settled in 4th down the back side just four lengths off the leader in this six and a half furlong trip. Smith kept her on the fence and she looked loaded for bear at the top of the lane. He swung her to the outside and she motored home out in the middle of the track and caught the other co-favorite in the last few strides. She won by a length with a strong gallop out. She had been running OK in her route races but had just two wins from 8 starts. I think Baffert will keep her sprinting now and she looks good from ¾ to 7/8 of a mile. She will have to face older now as she has been with her own age group throughout her career, but I think they found her hole card today. Up the ladder.
MY GIRL RED (June 14): Trainer Keith Desormeaux doesn’t win very often with first time starters, especially two year olds, but when they work 47 flat from the gate at Santa Anita and leading rider Prat takes the mount, you know they are well intended. Such was the case on Sunday when this daughter of Texas Red wired the field in a four and a half furlong race for babies as the second choice in the wagering at 2/1. She dueled from the inside with a quick first quarter in 22.52, put away the other speed by the 1/8 pole, and went on to win by five over the even money favorite. It was a nice performance and she’s ready for stakes company down at Del Mar. If Prat retains the mount, she’s “live” in her next start.
SOLO ANIMO (June 14) You have often heard the expression, “life isn’t fair”, well that applies to turf racing as well, with full fields when you’re down on the inside trying to get through a wall of horses. Such was the case for this three year old colt for Phil D’Amato who made this list for the second consecutive start. In this turf sprint for maiden special weights, he got bumped around at the start, then was rushed up on the fence by Cedillo, yet was still loaded turning for home and just needed a seam to get through. Each move he made, the hole closed, and he took up repeatedly all the way down the lane. The jock is a hero when he gets through and is a goat when he doesn’t. Maybe the third time will be the charm for this one down at Del Mar. Although he was dqued to fifth today, I believe he was best. Follow.