Santa Anita Park Report (Jan. 10-12)

Santa Anita Recap for Friday (1-10-20)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Three front running winners at six and one-half furlongs on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at 5.5 furlongs, a last-to-first closer in a 5-horse field at 5.5 furlongs, and another last-to-first closer at 5.5 furlongs (rail at 30 feet).

Riding doubles for Flavien Prat and Joel Rosario.

The Rainbow 6 pool was $116,997 and multiple winning tickets paid $525.04 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $319,307 when live racing resumes on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Jan. 10 Claims: Race 2 – Busy Paynter ($16k, Bob Hess Jr.), Cimarron ($16k, Dean Pederson). Race 4 – Palace Prince ($50k, Bill Spawr). Race 6 – Classy Atlantic ($32k, Vladimir Cerin). Race 7 – Oiseau de Guerre ($62.5k, Doug O’Neill).

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Santa Anita Recap for Saturday (1-11-20)

Fast main track and firm turf course. No front running winners on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at 5.5 furlongs, two front runners at one mile, and patient midpack runner at 5.5 furlongs.

Riding doubles for Abel Cedillo and Ruben Fuentes. Training double for Peter Miller.

The Rainbow 6 pool was $245,092 and multiple winning tickets paid $4,890.98 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $375,421 when live racing resumes on Sunday, Jan. 12.

Las Cienegas Stakes (G3) Recap (1-11-20) – Winner: Jolie Olimpica ($4.40)

Jolie Olimpica took money in her US bow and lived up to the hype with a rather easy length and a quarter triumph for Mike Smith and Richard Mandella. Kentan Road was the early leader as expected and Jolie Olimpica tracked that one intently after a slight bobble at the start. Storm the Hill was the only other runner to make an impact, and she moved up inside but could not go with the two front runners late at a distance shorter than her best. Jolie Olimpica is now a perfect 4-for-4 and has plenty of upcoming options in the turf stakes ranks. An Eddie Surprise was 4th and Free Cover trailed throughout.

La Canada Stakes (G3) Recap (1-11-20) – Winner: Queen Bee to You ($6.60)

Der Lu was sent up after the lead from the inside post, and Queen Bee to You came up to engage her after about a half-mile. It really was those two the rest of the way, and Queen Bee to You was best by a nose at the wire. Der Lu did everything but win in a fine effort, and she was a couple of lengths in front of show finisher Zusha. The latter ran an okay race after stumbling at the start. Kaydetre missed the show by a head, and was followed by disappointing favorite Horologist and Der Lu’s stablemate Message.

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Santa Anita Recap for Sunday (1-12-20)

Fast main track and firm turf course. No front running winners on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at 5.5 furlongs, two front runners at one mile, and patient midpack runner at 5.5 furlongs.

Hat trick for Joel Rosario. Riding double for Abel Cedillo.

The Rainbow 6 pool was $247,316 and multiple winning tickets paid $423.34 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $432,042 when live racing resumes on Friday, Jan. 17.

Kalookan Queen Stakes Recap (1-12-20) – Winner: Mother Mother ($2.80)

Mother Mother was clearly best. Lady Ninja and Show It N Moe It dueled on the lead and the former took over turning for home. Mother Mother was patiently handled under Joel Rosario and rallied outside to score by a length and a quarter while under a hand ride. Lady Ninja tried hard throughout and was well clear of Show It N Moe It. Flor de La Mar was edged for the show and Exuberance trailed throughout.

Jan. 12 Claims: Race 3 – Square Peggy ($20k, Steve Knapp). Race 4 – Lagoon Macaroon ($16k, Bob Hess Jr). Race 5 – Blackout ($32k, Jeff Mullins). Race 6 – Cyrielle ($40k, Leonard Powell). Race 7 – Go Big Blue Nation ($75k, Michael McCarthy).

Horses To Watch

Race 5 (Tigerbeach). Blackout dropped in class and was best in this turf sprint, but Tigerbeach ran well. The latter stalked outside and was cutting into the winning margin late in a quality runner-up effort.

Race 7 (Going To Vegas). Go Big Blue Nation was another sharp winner dropping in class, and once again the runner-up produced a strong effort. Going To Vegas was close to a solid pace early under Flavien Prat, and he dropped back to 5th and came again for the place.