Santa Anita Park Report (Jan. 17-20)

Santa Anita Recap for Friday (1-17-20)

Fast main track and good turf course. Three front running winners on dirt (8f, 6f, 7f). The winning turf course running styles were a closer at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at one mile, and a front runner at 5.5 furlongs (rail at 30 feet).

Riding double for Jorge Velez.

The Rainbow 6 pool was $93,398 and multiple winning tickets paid $2,771.60 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $453,423 when live racing resumes on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Jan. 17 Claims: Race 5 – Commander ($40k, Peter Miller). Race 6 – Rattle ($12.5k, Jorge Periban).  

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Santa Anita Recap for Saturday (1-18-20)

Fast main track and good turf course. Three front running sprint winners on dirt (6f, 6f, 6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a closer at a mile and an eighth, a front runner at 5.5 furlongs, a front runner at a mile and an eighth, and a stalker at one mile.   

Agapito Delgadillo and Tiago Pereira both booted home a pair.

The Rainbow 6 pool was $282,166 and multiple winning tickets paid $2,691.76 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $518,026 when live racing resumes on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Sunshine Millions F&M Turf Sprint (1-18-20) – Winner: Stealthediamonds ($8.80)

I was skeptical of her chances at 5.5f, but Stealthediamonds was able to slow things down just enough to score. Just Grazed Me chased from 2nd throughout and was slowly getting to the winner late. My top choice Apache Princess did not get enough pace help and was a clear 3rd. Lakerball, Show I N Moe It, and Lippy trailed.

California Cup Sprint (1-18-20) – Winner: Fashionably Fast ($6.20)

Tough beat for my top pick Lieutenant Dan. I thought he had this one in the bag after Baja Sur and Fashionably Fast hooked up and set strong fractions. The latter gained a slight lead in the stretch, but Lieutenant Dan was rallying wide and seemed to have all the momentum. Fashionably Fast was sharp and determined, and he prevailed by a hard fought neck. Brandothebartender was up very late for 3rd, and pace presser Oliver was a head behind him. Beaten favorite Baja Sur broke slow from the rail, dueled inside, and faded to last.

Unusual Heat Turf Classic (1-18-20) – Winner: Wound Tight ($8.00)

Wound Tight  Horse racing handicapping past performances

A nice 3-1 winner for the loyal TRD video viewers. Wound Tight looked like the controlling speed on paper, and I figured the miler would be able to stretch his speed another furlong due to the tepid pace scenario. This was an excellent front running ride. Abel Cedillo went somewhat fast early, slowed it down in the middle, and picked up the pace late. That is how you ride a controlling speed horse. He crossed the line a very comfortable 3-1/2 lengths in front of post time favorite Ward ’n Jerry. Cono chased the winner throughout and gamely held 3rd at 34-1 odds. Ashleyluvssugar was next, followed by The Hunted (he is a miler), Desmond Doss, Accountability, and Mobou.   

California Cup Derby (1-18-20) – Winner: Fast Enough ($11.60)

Bettor Trip Nick tried to steal this one but did not have enough left in the stretch to hold off the eventual top two finishers. Sacred Rider was the longest shot on the board at 36-1, and he almost got the job done, but Fast Enough wore him down and was just fast enough by a neck. The top pair were five lengths clear of Bettor Trip Nick. Dapper, Club Aspen, and Summer Fire were next, and my value top Indian Peak was behind them. The latter looked loaded while racing inside the speed around the far turn, but steadied and never kicked in the stretch. Rookie Mistake was next and Big Returns trailed throughout.

California Cup Oaks (1-18-20) – Winner: Warren’s Showtime ($10.20)

Warren's Showtime Horse Racing Handicapping Past Performances

Bulletproof One tried to steal this one but got tired late as expected, and Warren’s Showtime spurted clear inside and was much the best when all was said and done. There were five necks on the line for 2nd, and Bulletproof One just held off Warrior’s Moon, California Kook, Smiling Shirlee, and Homehome. Wise Rachel was less than a length behind that group, and was followed by my troubled top pick Almost a Factor, Cholula Lips, Midnight Sunrise, overbet favorite Been Studying Her, and Smoking Hot Bobbie.

Jan. 18 Claims: Race 9 – Posterize ($20k, Lorenzo Ruiz), Principe Carlo ($20k, Ryan Hanson).

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Santa Anita Recap for Sunday (1-19-20)

Fast main track and good turf course. Three front running winners on dirt (7f, 8f, 6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at one mile, a stalker at a mile and a half, and a closer at one mile (rail at 20 feet).

Tiago Pereira and Brian Koriner teamed up for two winners, but Koriner was not done. He also saddled Ms Peintour in the Astra Stakes (see recap below).  

The Rainbow 6 pool was $173,493 and multiple winning tickets paid $2,117.32 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $557,744 when live racing resumes on Monday, Jan. 20.

Astra Stakes (G3) Recap (1-19-20) – Winner: Ms Peintour ($28.40)

Weak stakes races often produce upsets. As my value top, I landed on Blue Diva at 10-1, and she sat a decent trip but was not good enough. Lostintranzlation figured to control the pace and she did, but she came up empty when the real running began. Tiny Tina was the favorite and she sat a nice stalking trip, but Ms Peintour was right with the chalk throughout, and she had the outside position and momentum. She was clear by a couple of lengths over Tiny Tina, and Siberian Iris rallied for the show. Blue Diva was an even 4th and Heathers Gray was behind her. Lostintranzlation was next and Trust Fund Kitty trailed.

Jan. 19 Claims: Race 3 – Top of the Game ($10k, Reid France). Race 4 – Playa Chica ($35k, Andrew Lerner), Point Hope ($25k, Mark Glatt). Race 5 – Jen Go Unchained ($12.5k, Rafael Becerra).

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Santa Anita Recap for Monday (1-20-20)

Fast main track and firm turf course. No front running winners on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were two stalkers at one mile, a closer at one mile (rail at 30 feet).

No riding or training doubles for Monday.  

The Rainbow 6 pool was $186,977 and multiple winning tickets paid $19,976.84 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $600,551 when live racing resumes on Friday, Jan. 24.

Megahertz Stakes (G3) Recap (1-20-20) – Winner: Carressa ($10.20)

Carressa Horse Racing Handicapping Past Performances

I thought Keeper Ofthe Stars might be able to able to shake loose early, and she did get to the front, but Brill was intent on the lead under Mike Smith, and those two set it up for the patient runners. Carressa stalked from the inside post and handled turf just fine in a sharp score under Victor Espinoza. Super Patriot was the best late runner and she was along for the place. La Sardane was a neck back in 3rd and was followed by Streak of Luck, Take These Chains, Keeper Ofthe Stars, and Brill. This was a bunched up race from first to last.

Jan. 20 Claims: Race 2 – Whoa Nessie ($16k, Ryan Hanson).