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June 22 Santa Anita Horses To Watch

DR. SCHIVEL (June 18): Three year old colt for Mark Glatt, who made his 1st start since last September at Del Mar, was entered in a second condition allowance sprint at ¾ on the main for 3 and up and was the lone sophomore in the five horse field. Nonetheless, with Prat in the irons, he went off as the 6/5 choice in spite of drawing the dreaded rail. He broke alertly in this “salty” quintet and laid third down the back side eating a lot of dirt behind the leaders. Prat kept him on the fence turning for home hoping for a seam to burst through, but it never came. So what does the leading rider do? He forced his way between horses at the 1/8 pole and out finished a very game Canadian Pride, the second choice in the wagering. He got up by a long neck in a driving finish. The stews could have taken a look at this one but chose not to do so, and Maldonado never claimed foul, as he was impacted the most. The winner is a nice horse and will no doubt try stakes company down at Del Mar. Wherever he lands in his next start, if Prat rides him back, he’ll be tough to beat, and that includes the Grade 1 Bing Crosby.

QUEEN OF POMPEII (June 19): There are bad trips in racing, and then there are really bad trips, and this three year old filly for Carla Gaines experienced the latter in Saturday’s opener. Bet down late to the 5/2 wagering choice in a field of 11, in this ¾ sprint on the turf for Cal bred maiden special weights for females 3 and up, she broke a step slow under Hernandez, then had to check twice right after the start and was soon last. The jock got her rolling down the back side but she was still a good 11 lengths back of the leaders after being shuffled at the half mile pole, and checked once again. J.J. swung her to the outside at the top of the lane after going 7 wide and she finished well out in the middle of the course. She got up for third beaten two and a half at the wire. She galloped out strong. This daughter of Temple City can run and she’s had two lousy trips in two starts. She’s bred to go long and I wouldn’t be surprised if Carla stretches her out at Del Mar. She’s a soon winner.

HOLLYWOODHELLRAISR (June 19): Four year old gelding for Phil D’Amato made just his 2nd start off a four and a half month break in Saturday’s fifth, a maiden special weight event at a flat mile on the turf, 3 and up. Off at 22/1 under Valdivia in a full field, he broke well and laid 4th into the clubhouse turn just 3 back of the leaders. He stayed in that position down the back side, went to the rail at the 3/8 pole, made a good run at the leader at the 1/8 pole, and looked like the winner with just a sixteenth to go. Then he got nailed right on the wire from the outside by the favorite which he never saw coming. This son of Race Day likes the turf and I think he’ll break his maiden down at the seaside. Don’t be surprised if D’Amato doesn’t go with a stronger rider.

EDDIE’S NEW DREAM (June 19): Three year old filly for Ben Cecil tried two turns for the 1st time in her career in the Melair stakes for soph fillies at a mile and a sixteenth on Saturday. Off at 7/2 in a field of 8, she tracked the leaders from third down the back side five lengths off the pace, rallied past them at the ¼ pole, then just failed to last in the closing yards, as the favorite overtook her late. This was her fifth career start and she has never missed the board. She still has the Cal bred 1st allowance condition available, can go short or long, and being by Square Eddie, you know she can handle the turf. There are all kinds of options available for this one, and a soon winner for a “gutty” filly.

BEAUTIFUL TEMPLE (June 20): Three year old filly for Shelby Ruis made start #2 in Sunday’s opener, a six furlong dash on the lawn for maiden special weight females 3 and up. Off at 18/1 in an 8 horse field, she broke like a shot from the outside slot, then settled in third down the back side, just 3 off the pace. She moved closer at the top of the lane, got floated out five wide in the stretch, then finished gamely to get second beaten ¾ by the favorite. This was “open” company and she’s a Cal bred, and bred to go long as well. She will break her maiden down at Del Mar and Ruis may stretch her out. Tab and follow.

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