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April 19 Santa Anita Horses To Watch

THREE POINT OH (April 15): Three year old filly for Ed Freeman made her debut in Friday’s third, a five and a half furlong sprint on the main for Cal bred three and up. Off at 12/1 in a field of 8, she was void of any early speed and fell 8 lengths off the pace down the back side and had only one horse beat at the half mile pole. Maldonado kept her on the fence and she saved ground but didn’t appear to be going anywhere at the top of the lane. However, the early speed in the race stopped and the jock only rode her the last 50 yards, but once he got after her, she rallied strong down on the rail and easily galloped out past the field. She finished third beaten ¾ and was nosed out of second. It was actually a poor ride by Maldonado, but he may have been riding to trainer instructions, as this was her debut and she showed very little in morning drills. By Square Eddie, she is actually bred much better for the turf, and she may get that chance next out for the high percentage Freeman barn, that flies substantially under the radar. Tab and follow.

ELECTOR (April 16): Four year old colt for John Sadler made just the third start of his career on Saturday in a first allowance condition at six and a half on the main for 3 and up. Off as the 6/5 co-choice in a field of five, he broke a step slow under Ricky Gonzalez, but quickly found the lead by the half mile pole through quick fractions of 22.31 and 44.95 over a dull racing surface. He had a length on the field by the top of the lane, re-broke to be in front by two at the 1/8 pole, and won in hand by a length a half. This one has speed and can carry it over a distance of ground. He looks like a stakes horse for Sadler by the Del Mar summer season. He can knock out the second condition allowance, which is where they will probably go next. Up the ladder.

ECHOSMITH (April 16): Three year old gelding for Jonothan Wong was in for the first allowance condition on Saturday at a mile on the turf restricted for just sophomores. Off at 6/1 in a field of 8, he broke running under Diego Herrera and set sizzling fractions of 22.42 and 46.32 for the half. He had two and a half on the field into the clubhouse turn, stretched that to three by the ¼ pole, but the stretch runners were coming at the top of the lane. But he dug in gamely down on the fence, never gave up, and lost by just a half length at the wire. That quick first quarter took its toll in the end, but he was dead game throughout, galloped out strong, and the final time was a solid 1:34.67 for sophomores. This French bred is good enough to win this condition and he doesn’t need the lead to win. He’s a soon winner for the high percentage Wong. Follow.

SPECIAL RIDE (April 16): Four year old colt for Sean McCarthy made start #2 on Saturday in a very “salty” field of 11 maiden special weights at ¾ on the main. Off at 5/2, he made the running right from the get go and set fast interior fractions of 21.99 and 44.56 for the half while being hounded most of the way. He re-broke at the top of the lane when asked, and shut the door on the field with a sparkling final quarter in 24.12. He won off by 7 under mild urging. This son of Candy Ride was late getting to the races but he has a world of talent and two turns and the first allowance condition will be no problem for him whatsoever. This former Baffert runner is a stakes star in the making and being owned by Mike Pegram, you know he’ll be back in the Baffert barn by Del Mar. He was a Turfdom Best Bet on the day and paid $6.80 on the front end.

MAGIC GAME (April 17) Three year old filly for Eric Kruljac made her debut in Sunday’s opener, a six and a half furlong dash on the lawn for Cal bred maiden special weights, 3 and up. Off at a whopping 35/1, she broke well enough from the two hole and settled in 4th down the back side, 3 off the leaders. She moved up steadily at the ¼ pole, swung out for room at the top of the lane and finished gamely for 2nd under Baze. It was another two and a half back to the third horse. This daughter of Flintshire won’t have to improve much to get her diploma and there were some nice fillies behind her today. Follow.

by Rod Young (Turfdom)

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