Santa Anita Horses To Watch November 5
BEEN STUDYING HER (November 1): Two year old filly for Dan Ward (Hollendorfer) made her 4th start this year in a Cal bred stakes on Friday at 7/8 on the main. Off as the 3/2 wagering choice in a full 12 horse field of juveniles, she sat just off the pace of the leaders down the back side. Mike Smith pushed the button at the ¼ pole and she went right by the leaders and opened up from there. She won quite easily by two and a half, and though she sat the perfect trip, this was her third win in just four trips to the post. Her lone loss was in the Grade 1 Chandelier at a mile and a sixteenth. She is probably best as a late running sprinter, but she has enough pedigree both top and bottom to get at least a mile. She even has Kittens Joy on the bottom which means turf. Lots of options for this one as she is just a stone cold runner and a Cal bred to boot. Up the ladder.
PAPSTER (November 1): Two year old colt for Mike Harrington, though still a maiden, tried the $200K Cal bred stakes at 7/8 on the main on Friday. Off at 40/1 in a full field, and breaking from the 12 hole, he was pretty much void of any early speed and fell a good 10 lengths off the pace by the half mile pole. He never really kicked it in until they straightened out in the stretch, then put in a nice move down on the rail to finish with interest to get third. He was beaten six at the wire, but the winner went wire to wire and won very easily. This was just his second start and he ran a decent second in his debut. He looks like he wants to run long and they will probably run him back in a Cal bred maiden race at Del Mar. This son of the good sire Munnings looks like a soon winner for this long shot barn.
THREEFIVEINDIA (November 1): Six year old lightly raced gelding for Peter Miller, coming off a $40,000 claim, returned for the same tag in Friday’s finale, a 7 furlong sprint on the main track for older runners. Off as the 3/1 wagering favorite in a field of 13, he laid fairly close down the back side under Cedillo, just 3 lengths off the pace. He found a rail seam turning for home, skipped through on the rail, and widened very easily to win off by six open lengths. On a track playing slow and sluggish, he covered six furlongs in 1:09.65 and was out 7 in 1:22.81, very fast time over this surface. Looks like another very good claim for the Rockingham Ranch as he did not get tagged out of this race. Now, they have a license to steal if they choose to do so. Either way, this past classer still has some good races left in him. Follow.
PEYTONS PATH (November 3): Three year old colt for Richie Baltas made the third start of his career, and first on the turf, in Sunday’s opener at a mile on the grass for maiden claimers with a $50,000 price tag. Off at 7/1 in a field of 9, he broke a bit awkward from the gate, then was hustled to the lead by Velez. He zipped through quick fractions of 22.73 and 46.74 for the half, opened up six by the 3/8 pole, then understandably got tired in the lane. Still he hung on gamely and just got beat a nose in the final jump by the favorite. This son of Pioneerof the Nile out of a Stormy Atlantic mare is bred for the turf, and he took to it on his first try. He should be able to break his maiden at this level at Del Mar. Be ready.
TOROSAY (November 3): Three year old gelding for Doug O’Neill made start #2 in Sunday’s third, a maiden special weight event at five and a half on the turf, 3 and up. Off at 5/2 in a field of six, he added blinkers for his 2nd start and caught a flyer right out of the gate and quickly opened two on the field. He still was in front by two at the top of the lane, then found another gear and won by five at the wire while geared down. This son of Goldencents is bred to get at least a mile and has excellent early speed, as his fractions today were 21.70 and 44.06. Up the ladder for a barn that has been on fire the last six months.
By Rod Young (Turfdom)