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Feb 15 Horses To Watch Santa Anita

MOOSE MITCHELL (February 11): Three year old gelding for George Papaprodromou made his 8th career start but first ever on the grass on Friday and outran his odds in a fine performance. Off at 13/1 in an 8 horse field going ¾ on the turf for the first allowance condition for soph Cal breds, he came out running and pressed the heavy favorite all the way thru quick fractions of 22.47 and 44.86. He put the favorite away at the 1/8 pole and dug in gamely all the way to the wire, but got nailed on the extreme outside by a horse I know he never saw until it was too late. He got beat a length. Out of a Twirling Candy grand sire and a City Zip dam, he is bred all over for the turf, and if they keep him on the grass, he can knock out this condition. This was his first start with Lasix as well and that didn’t hurt his chances any. He’s worth following.

BEAUTIFUL ART (February 11): Three year old colt for Simon Callaghan made start #2 in Friday’s sixth and was off at 6/1 in a six horse field with Prat in the irons. Six sophomores went ¾ on the main in this maiden event that carried a claiming price of $200,000, the largest we have seen on this circuit. “Art” broke running from the rail slot, but with a nifty bit of riding from Prat, he got him to the outside at the 3/8 pole and he started to roll. He stuck his nose in front at the top of the lane, then widened late, and won off by four at the wire with a strong gallop out. This son of Klimt was a $310,000 purchase at the Ocala two year old sale, so he was cut out to be a nice horse. He’s bred to get two turns as well and appears to have a nice future. Up the ladder.

ANNAGHLASA (February 12): Four year old filly for Phil D’Amato was in for the first allowance condition in Saturday’s opener at a mile on the lawn for older fillies and mares. Off as the 9/5 choice in a field of 8 with Prat in the irons, she made the running from the get go and led into the clubhouse turn. She built up a length and a half lead down the back side through moderate fractions of 24.06, slowed it down to 48.75 for the half. The winner came to her at the ¼ pole and they raced as a team to the wire. She lost by a nose in the final jump and still ran the final quarter in a sparkling 23.11. She ran too good to lose and they won’t beat her next time, plus she doesn’t need the lead to win. This barn is just loaded with top fillies and mares as well as male turf runners.

ISOLA MIA (February 12): Three year old filly for Mike McCarthy made her third career start on Saturday in a maiden special weight event at a mile on the turf for soph fillies. Off at 19/1 in a 10 horse field, she broke OK under the bug boy Herrera and settled in fifth into the clubhouse turn. The boy kept her on the fence down the back side about six lengths back of the leaders. She made a move at the half mile pole to get within two lengths of the leaders, then got shuffled back at the ¼ pole and lost ground. She stayed on the fence at the top of the lane, but had nowhere to run at the 1/8 pole, checked hard, and was forced to angle out, then rallied late to finish third beaten two at the wire. She may have been best today with a clean trip and a good ride. This daughter of Vancouver is a nice filly. Look for McCarthy to make a rider change next time to the post. She is sitting on a victory.

KITTY KITANA (February 12) Three year old filly for Phil D’Amato made our HTW list for the second consecutive start off a rough trip in the Sweet Life stakes on Saturday. Off at 9/5 and bet down from a 4/1 morning line, this Grade 3 down the hill had 10 runners and “Kitty” came out of the 7 hole. She was in mid pack down the hill but got bumped and jostled at the dirt crossover, then got floated six wide at the top of the stretch. She put in her run under Johnny V but was no match for the two perfect trippers who out finished her at the wire. She finished third beaten a length and a half. She has now been second in all 3 starts and D’Amato may have to stretch her out to get the diploma. She has a world of talent and just needs the right trip, which is often the case on the turf.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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