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Santa Anita Handicapping Closing Week

Thursday Santa Anita Park Recap: June 21

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners on dirt (8f, 5.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a front runner down the hill, and two late runners at one mile (rail at 20 feet; rail on hill at 14 feet).

Riding double for Drayden Van Dyke.

June 21 Claims: Race 1 - Mongolian Window ($50k, Peter Miller). Race 2 - Studly Perfection ($12.5k, Jamey Thomas). Race 6 - Ransomed ($16k, Bill Spawr), Party Hostess ($16k, Jorge Periban), Looking At Thelake ($16k, Art Sherman), Just Be Held ($16k, Craig Dollase).

California Chrome’s baby brother Faversham finally put it all together in a sharp off the pace maiden turf route win. He rallied from 8th place to win by 3+ lengths under Tiago Pereira, and look for Art Sherman’s charge to show up in a turf stakes race in the near future.   

Faversham Horse Racing Handicapping Past Performances 


Friday Santa Anita Park Recap: June 22

Fast main track and firm turf course. Three front running winners on the speed favoring dirt oval (6f, 5f, 8f). The winning turf course running styles were a dueling front runner down the hill, two downhill stalkers, and a flat mile stalker (rail at 30 feet; rail on hill at 14 feet).

No riding or training doubles on Friday.

June 22 Claims: Race 2 - Allaboutaction ($40k, Peter Miller), Cats Blame ($40k, Jerry Hollendorfer), Red Carpet Cat ($40k, Bob Hess Jr). Race 3 - Rate for Me ($16k, Jeff Metz), Awesome Heights ($16k, Genaro Vallejo), Twirling Tiger ($16k, Charles Treece). Race 5 - Popular Kid ($16k, Doug O’Neill).

Yuvetsi put away heavy favorite Vale Dori and had plenty left in the tank to defeat late runner Bernina Star by 2+ lengths in the 36th running of the Santa Lucia. Vale Dori was more than ten lengths ahead of the rest, but she has definitely lost a step this year.   

Yuvetsi Horse Racing Handicapping Past Performances 


Saturday Santa Anita Park Recap: June 23

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two dueling front running winners at seven panels on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a last-to-first runner down the hill, a downhill stalker, a flat mile stalker, a dueling front runner down the hill, a stalker at one mile, and a dueling front runner at one mile.

Asa Espinoza and Flavien Prat both booted home a pair. Jerry Hollendorfer saddled four winners and aforementioned apprentice Asa Espinoza rode two. Peter Miller saddled two winners.

June 23 Claims: Race 3 - Incensed ($32k, Adam Kitchingman), Excitations ($32k, John Sadler), Moonlight Drive ($32k, Kristin Mulhall). Race 4 - Silverspun Pickup ($32k, Jack Carava). Race 7 - Ike Walker ($40k, Jerry Hollendorfer), Clear the Mine ($40k, David Jacobson).  Race 9 - Brighton Boy ($30k, Steve Miyadi).

American Anthem was the heavy favorite in the Grade 2 San Carlos, and he had to fight very hard every step of the way to edge 42-1 longshot St. Joe Bay by a head. Horse Greedy was best of the rest in 3rd. The latter ran well in his first start off the Sadler claim.  

American Anthem Horse Racing Handicapping Past Performances 


Sunday Santa Anita Park Recap: June 24

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners on dirt (6.5f, 5.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a patient runner at one mile, a downhill presser, a downhill stalker, a last-to-first closer at one mile, a patient runner at one mile, and a stalker at a mile and a quarter (rail at 10 feet; rail on hill at zero feet).

Riding triple for Tyler Baze (2 turf wins). Two wins apiece for Rafael Bejarano and Flavien Prat. Trainer Phil D’Amato saddled three winners. Training doubles for Jerry Hollendorfer and John Sadler. 

June 24 Claims: Race 3 - Vending Machine ($40k, Jeff Mullins), Skelton Pass ($40k, Charles Treece).

Storm the Hill ran a bit better than I expected. I played her a few times over the winter in Florida, and liked her to finish underneath in today’s Grade 3 Wilshire, but she rumbled down the lane to post a 9-1 upset over Ancient Secret and Cordiality. Beau Recall got going too late in a 4th place finish. 

Storm the Hill Horse Racing Handicapping Past Performances 


 

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