Santa Anita Park Report (March 20-22)
Anita Recap for Friday (3-20-20)
Good main track and good turf course. Three front running sprint winners on dirt (6f, 5.5f, 6f). The turf course winners were a midpack stalker at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at a mile and an eighth, and a closer at one mile (rail at 30 feet).
Jeff Mullins saddled a pair of turf route winners.
The Rainbow 6 pool was $75,669, and multiple winning tickets paid $906.54 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $17,324 when live racing resumes Saturday, March 21.
March 20 Claims: Race 2 – Buyback ($25k, Matthew Chew).
Santa Anita Recap for Saturday (3-21-20)
Fast main track and good turf course. One front running winner at seven panels on dirt. The turf course winners were a front runner at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at a mile and an eighth, a stalker at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at a mile and a half, and a stalker at one mile.
Jorge Velez booted home three winners.
The Rainbow 6 pool was $111,511, and multiple winning tickets paid $355.94 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $42,855 when live racing resumes Sunday, March 22.
San Simeon Stakes (G3) Recap (3-21-20) – Winner: Cistron ($10.80)
Surrender Now hit the ground running but strong favorite Bound for Nowhere was hot on her heels. The latter started to inch clear in the lane but Cistron had his mind on running and surged late to get up by a head. Bound for Nowhere was a clear 2nd as the 1-2 choice, and my value top Murad Khan was up for the show. King of Speed was 4th, followed by Sparky Ville, Voodoo Song, and Surrender Now.
San Luis Rey Stakes (G3) Recap (3-21-20) – Winner: Ward ’n Jerry ($5.60)
Go for a Ride and Ashleyluvssugar carved out the fractions in this graded turf marathon. Ward ’n Jerry always seemed comfortable stalking the pace, and he got the jump on the closers and scored by a length and a quarter. Nice ride by Flavien Prat. Camino Del Paraiso was second best and Oscar Dominguez was an okay 3rd as the chalk. He did have some traffic woes, and that probably cost him a shot at the place. Swamp Souffle was 4th, and French Getaway, Ashleyluvssugar, and Go for a Ride trailed.
March 21 Claims: Race 3 – Swing Thoughts ($20k, Steve Knapp).
Santa Anita Recap for Sunday (3-22-20)
Fast main track and firm turf course. Three front running winners on dirt (8f, 7f, 7f). The turf course winners were a dueling front runner at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at 5.5 furlongs, a front runner at one mile, and a stalker at 5.5 furlongs (rail at 10 feet).
Abel Cedillo (2 front running wins at 7f on dirt) and Flavien Prat both booted home a pair. Michael McCarthy saddled two winners.
The Rainbow 6 pool was $143,288, and multiple winning tickets paid $3,061.90 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $75,661 when live racing resumes Friday, March 27.
Sensational Star Stakes Recap (3-22-20) – Winner: Lieutenant Dan ($8.60)
Stealthediamonds got to the front and tried to go all the way, but Lieutenant Dan stalked the pace and was always traveling smoothly. The latter struck the front late and scored by 3/4ths of a length. Stealthediamonds was clearly second best and my value top choice Brandothebartender was up for 3rd at 10-1. Just Grazed Me was 4th as the overbet favorite, and she was followed by Wound Tight, Grinning Tiger, Castle, Loud Mouth, Tigre Di Slugo, and The Hunted.
March 22 Claims: Race 1 – Donut Girl ($20k Matthew Chew). Race 9 – Gryffindor ($12.5k, Ryan Hanson).