Santa Anita Horses To Watch May 14
SMOOVIE (May 10): Four year old filly for Doug O’Neill tried the first allowance condition for state breds on Friday for fillies/mares at a mile on the turf 3 and up. Off at 3/1 in a field of 9, she broke quickly for the lead from the rail and got the lead into the clubhouse turn. She set moderate fractions of 23.50 and 47.56 down the back side, was never headed in the race, then stole away in the lane to win by five with a final quarter in 24.59, fastest in the race. After her maiden win two back, she tried graded stakes company and was definitely over her head in her last, but she is very sharp right now. And when fillies get good for O’Neill, they stay good for awhile. She can handle “open” company right now and maybe even some sort of Cal bred stakes. Just another good race horse from the top Cal bred sire Square Eddie. Up the ladder.
SUCCESSFUL RULER (May 11): Four year old filly for Librado Barocio made the second start of her career in Saturday’s opener, a five furlong dash on the lawn for maiden special weights 3 and up which are state breds. Off at 22/1 under Brice Blanc, she came running from the two hole and showed good early speed to be just off the pace. When the favorite blew the turn turning for home, she pounced on the other leader, opened two lengths rather quickly, then got nailed right on the wire by a first time starter. She added blinkers and Lasix for start #2 and this daughter of the good grass sire Tribal Rule is a runner. She is bred to sprint and for the lawn and she can break her maiden with this type as she will improve with racing. In fact, she was bred by Julio Canani, a former trainer on this circuit, who was as shifty as they come. Tab and follow.
ALWAYS FORGIVEN (May 11): Three year old colt for Keith Desormeaux tried two turns for the first time in his young career in Saturday’s 4th, a mile maiden special weight for sophomores on the main track. Off at 2/1 and the 2nd choice in the wagering in a field of five, he got fanned out five wide into the clubhouse turn, then settled down in third down the back side, just 3 lengths off the pace. Kent called on him at the ¼ pole and he went after the leaders, then just exploded at the 1/8th pole to win off by five. Kent, as he usually does, wrapped up on him at the 1/16 pole to save something for another day. This son of Blame didn’t beat much in here, but the way he did it was eye catching. He’ll have no problem with the first allowance condition, even if it’s against older, as this one has loads of talent. Up the ladder.
MUSIC TO MY EARS (May 11): Three year old colt for Brian Koriner made his 1st start of 2019 and just the 2nd of his career in Saturday’s finale, a five furlong sprint on the turf for sophomore maiden special weights. Off at 9/2 in a field of 10, he broke running from one of the inside slots and vied for the lead with a quick opening quarter of 22.16, but he was down on the inside and had a horse laying on him the entire trip. He put the other speed away at the top of the lane, opened up two at the 1/8th pole, then got nailed very late by a horse on the outside to lose by a half at the wire. He still dug in gamely down the lane and ran the final ¼ in a respectable 23.84 after ding donging for the lead most of the way. This was his first start since last August and this $400K purchase is bred to get at least a mile. Koriner has many options and he’ll be tough to beat in his next start, turf or dirt. Be ready.
STURDY ONE (May 12): Seven year old mare, who was just claimed by Hollendorfer for $12,500, came right back in 3 weeks and entered her in a $12,500 starter where she is protected, with a $35,000 purse. She went off as the 4 to 5 choice in this mile race, attended a slow pace, opened up on the leaders at the ¼ pole to be in front by four, then staggered home the final sixteenth and won by a short head. She went the final quarter in a snail like 27.93, but she got the money. The Dorf made $21,000 off this win and he is completely “out” on her with a nice profit. This one wants no part of two turns but loves to win sprinting. He will now enter her back in a sprint for $12,500 or $16,000, she will probably win, and it is all profit. And if she gets claimed, it’s even better yet. The Dorf is a master with claimers and starter races.
By Rod Young (Turfdom)