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Oct 26 Santa Anita Horses To Watch

MESSIER (October 22): Another promising juvenile for Baffert, as this son of Empire Maker ran them off their feet on Friday in his second career start. Off as the 2/5 choice in a field of six, he broke cleanly under Prat and chased a quick opening quarter in 21.82 in this maiden special weight event at ¾ on the main track. He was two back by the half mile pole, but quickly went by the leader on his own a furlong later, opened up four at the top of the lane, and was hand ridden home to win by six. It could have easily been 10 but Prat saved plenty for a later date. He is bred to go long and appears to have quite a future for a colt, who was bred in Canada and cost $470K. Up the ladder.

ROSE MADDOX (October 22): Two year old filly for Steve Miyadi made just her 2nd career start, first on the turf, and first around two turns on Friday in a 1st condition allowance race at a mile on the lawn for Cal breds. Off as the 5/2 second choice in a field of five, she had zero speed out of the gate and was last into the clubhouse turn. She stayed last down the back side but just six lengths off the leaders. She started to roll at the ¼ pole, split horses at the top of the lane like a professional, and was getting to the heavy 1 to 5 favorite fast out in the middle of the course. She fell a neck short at the wire but was quickly in front of that rival a few steps past the wire. She ran the final quarter in a swift 23.26 for a two year old filly and it was a good 10 lengths back to the third horse. This daughter of the great stallion Grazen is a soon winner of this condition and will be a major player in Cal bred stakes next year.                                                               
GET BACK GOLDIE (October 23): Two year old colt for Doug O’Neill made his third career start in Saturday’s opener, a maiden claimer for $50,000 at a mile on the turf. Off at 5/2 in a field of 11, and taking a tremendous amount of late action (he was 6/1 at a minute to post), he went right to the lead under Kyle Frey and settled in nicely down the back side two in front. If the timer was correct, he went a fast first quarter in 22.45. He opened up four at the ¼ pole, six by the 1/8 pole, and cruised on home to win by four at the wire. This was his first time on the grass, first time going two turns, and he took the blinkers off today. This son of Goldencents really took to the lawn and he is now eligible for those starter races non winners twice. He will probably surface down at Del Mar for start #4 and he should be tough.

TOUCHDOWN BROWN (October 23): Three year old gelding for Brian Koriner is a new horse since he was gelded back on August 7th. He won his next start on August 26 at Del Mar at 9/1 winning the first allowance condition for Cal breds, and then ran a bang up second on Saturday in “open” allowance company. Off at 5/1, he settled in 4th down the back side six lengths off the leaders under Desormeaux. Kent sent him after the leaders at the ¼ pole and he dug in gamely down the lane and just missed catching the favorite late. If anyone other than Prat had been on the winner, “Brown” would be two for two since being gelded. He lost by ¾ but he’s good enough to win this condition down at Del Mar, which is where he won two back. The gelding is in the “zone” right now. Follow.

SHOPPINGFORPHAROAH (October 23): Two year old filly for Jonothan Wong made her debut in Saturday’s finale at six furlongs on the turf for maiden special weights. Off at 16/1 under Ricky Gonzalez, she sped right to the front in this full field and was two in front by the 3/8 pole with quick fractions of 21.99 44.66 for the half. She still had two at the top of the lane, re-broke again at the 1/8 pole, and then just failed to last when a deep stretch runner caught her in the final strides. She got beat a length at the wire but she ran a terrific race and this $300K Keeneland purchase is a runner. She is bred for turf or dirt, short or long, and she’s in good hands with Wong, a high percentage Nor Cal trainer. She’s a soon winner.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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