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Santa Anita Handicapping Recap Week 25

Thursday Santa Anita Park Recap: June 14

Fast main track and firm turf course. Four front running winners on a speed conducive main track (5f, 5f, 6f, 8f). The winning turf course running styles were two front runners at one mile, and a downhill front runner (rail at 30 feet; rail on hill at 14 feet).

Training double for Doug O’Neill.

June 14 Claims: Race 7 - Out of Patience ($20k, Kristin Mulhall).

Earnednevergiven did all of the pace dirty work and was clearly second best in today’s fifth race for maiden claiming dirt routers. He added blinkers and ran a quality race in his second start as a gelding.

Earnednevergiven Horse Racing Handicapping Past Performances 

Out of Patience experienced a wide stalking trip from an outer post in today’s seventh race for flat mile claimers. He was nabbed for $20,000 by sharp first after the claim trainer Kristin Mulhall and can bounce back with a better trip next time.

Friday Santa Anita Park Recap: June 15

Fast main track and firm turf course. Three front running winners on another speed friendly main track (8f, 6f, 5f). The winning turf course running styles were a dueling front runner at one mile, a downhill stalker, a flat mile stalker, and a dueling front runner down the hill (rail at 20 feet; rail on hill at 7 feet).

No riding or training doubles on Friday.

June 15 Claims: Race 2 - Jill Madden (claim voided, reason vet).

Calexman dueled and won by a length over stalker More Honor in Friday’s downhill feature, but show finisher Heartfullofstars is the one I will keep an eye on. The latter rallied from 6th to finish a clear 3rd, and that was a solid effort considering the speed conducive nature of the downhill course in recent weeks.

Heartfullofstars Horse Racing Handicapping Past Performances 

Saturday Santa Anita Park Recap: June 16

Fast main track and firm turf course. One dueling front running winner at six furlongs on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a dueling front runner down the hill, a stalker at a mile and an eighth, a downhill stalker, a front runner down the hill, and a patient runner at one mile.

Tyler Baze and Flavien Prat both booted home a pair. Phil D’Amato (2 turf wins) and Jeff Mullins both saddled two winners.

June 16 Claims: Race 7 - Stringent ($20k, David Jacobson). Race 8 - Red Livy ($20k, Rafael DeLeon).

River Boyne figured to dominate his three rivals in the $100,000 Rainbow Stakes, and he did just that. He tracked front runner Blame the Rider and pulled away to win by 2-1/4 lengths under Flavien Prat.

Golden Gate shipper Ollie’s Candy ran her record to 3-for-3 with a prominent throughout neck victory over inside front runner Thirteen Squared in the Grade 2 Summertime Oaks. There was not much drama in this event. The top two controlled proceedings throughout and were 4+ lengths clear of post time favorite Chocolate Martini.

Ollies Candy Horse Racing Handicapping Past Performances 

Sunday Santa Anita Park Recap: June 17

Fast main track and firm turf course. One dueling front running winner at 5.5 furlongs on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at one mile, a front runner down the hill, a stalker at one mile, and a pair of downhill stalkers (rail at 10 feet; rail on hill at 7 feet).

Three turf wins Flavien Prat (2 downhill wins). Richard Baltas saddled two winners.
      
June 17 Claims: Race 1 - Proud ‘n’ Ready ($35k, Steve Knapp). Race 3 - Invasion Looming ($40k, Charles Treece). Race 7 - Peaked ($6250k, Rafael DeLeon), Majestic Diva ($6250k, David Bernstein), Lookinforadanger (claim voided, reason vet). Race 10 - Mo See Cal ($25k, Peter Miller).

Sharp Samurai nailed his audition for the Grade 2 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar (July 22). In today’s six race for flat mile turf optional claimers, he stalked, pounced, and kicked clear as the 3-2 favorite under Gary Stevens. This was his first start since 11-25-17. Catapult was along for the place in a solid effort off a layoff for John Sadler, and Isotherm did all of the pace dirty work and finished 3rd in an encouraging performance.

Early/pressing speed has been strong in recent downhill sprints, and Bombard parlayed a tactical trip into a smart victory in the 5th running of the Siren Lure Stakes. He has improved since returning as a gelding. Cistron stalked outside and finished 2nd, and frequent purse nibbler Perfectly Majestic rallied for the show.

Bombard Horse Racing Handicapping Past Performances 


My top two value choices Awesometastic and Mo See Cal were the exacta players in the hillside finale. The latter finished nicely for the place and was claimed for $25,000 by Rockingham Ranch/Peter Miller. She is worth following.  
 

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