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April 27 Santa Anita Horses To Watch

DYLANS WILD CAT (April 23): Three year old filly for Howard Zucker tried turf for the second time in her career in Friday’s third, a first condition allowance sprint for soph fillies. Off at 5/1 in a field of 9, she came running right from the gate under Pyfer and dueled for the lead between horses down the back side. She put the other speed away at the ¼ pole, opened up two by the top of the lane, then just failed to hold off the favorite in the run to the wire. She lost by a neck and it was four and a half more to the third horse. She galloped out well like a horse who can handle two turns. This was also her first trip to the post with Lasix in her 7th career start, which didn’t hurt either. She’s a soon winner for a barn that just doesn’t win much anymore, as long as they can keep her with her own age group.

DELTA WIND (April 23): Three year filly for John Sadler had a lot going against her in Friday’s 8th, a maiden special weight event at five and a half on the main track for Cal breds, 3 and up. It was her first time facing older, it was just her 2nd career start, she hadn’t been out since January, and all of her works were at Los Al, which is a much harder surface. Nonetheless, she made the running in this 9 horse field under Pyfer, dueling early through quick fractions down on the inside, slipped away at the top of the lane to lead by three, and then got nailed in the final jump from a horse on the outside which she didn’t see. It was a strong effort at 7/1 and with her kind of speed, she is sitting on a victory. She is bred nicely for the turf as well (Square Eddie). Tab and follow.

GEORGE HERMAN RUTH (April 24): Four year old gelding for Phil D’Amato, who was making his 2nd start off a 13 month layoff, surfaced in a Cal bred first allowance condition race at 9 furlongs on the lawn Saturday for older runners. Off at 5/1 in a field of six after two late scratches, he broke awkwardly from the rail and veered in like he wanted to run up the gap. He was away in last and was 7 lengths back of the leaders into the clubhouse turn. In a race which was pretty much void of speed, he put in a big move at the 3/8 pole under Rispoli to reach contention, was up to the lead at the head of the stretch, but couldn’t sustain that move down the lane and was beaten a half at the wire. He ran well but the move was made way too soon by the jock. His next start will be his third off the layoff, often a horse’s best performance, and if he gets away clean, he can easily knock out this condition. Named for one of the all time greats to ever play the game of baseball, the “Sultan of Swat” is sitting on a victory.

FLIGHTLINE (April 24): Trainer John Sadler already has a strong Kentucky Derby contender in Rock Your World coming up this Saturday, but this past Saturday he unveiled another outstanding prospect named Flightline in a maiden special weight event at ¾ on the main track. He was bumped at the start to get away a step slow, but was soon on the lead under Prat with very quick fractions of 21.59 and 44.42 for the half. He opened up three at the 3/8 pole on a very good field, he had five at the top of the lane, and then under a hand ride the last 100 yards, he won by 14 in a rapid 1:08.75    . He could have won by much more if asked. This million dollar son of Tapit could be any kind as he ran the final quarter in 24.33 while geared down almost the entire length of the stretch. The sky’s the limit.

IRONDALE (April 25): Three year old gelding for Karen Headley made his debut in Sunday’s 7th, a sprint on the turf course for Cal bred maidens three and up. Off at 12/1 in a full field, he completely missed the start and was away last and spotted the field 8 lengths. Emily Ellingwood rushed him up between horses to try and get back in the race but he remained 8 lengths back throughout. He split the field and was beaten about 10 at the wire. This son of Cyclotron can run some and will probably do his best over a route of ground. Karen may even drop him in with maiden claimers but either way, he will retain good wagering value off this race. Good for either turf or the main track. Tab and follow.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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