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Santa Anita Handicapping Recap Week 24

Thursday Santa Anita Park Recap: June 7

Fast main track and firm turf course. One front running winner at six furlongs on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a downhill stalker, a front runner down the hill, another downhill stalker, and a dueling front runner down the dip (rail at 30 feet; rail on hill at 14 feet).

Hat trick for jockey Kent Desormeaux (2 downhill wins). Riding double for Mario Gutierrez. Peter Miller saddled a pair of winners.

June 7 Claims: Race 2 - Tiki Bar Logic (claim voided, reason vet). Roaring Rule ($20k, Ron Ellis), Reign On ($18k, Charles Treece), El Tovar (claim voided, reason vet). Cats Blame ($35k, Doug OíNeill). Race 8 - Cyrielle ($40k, Jonathan Wong).

Todayís fifth race could end up a productive event. First timer Reflect ran off an easy winner for Team Desormeaux, and well-meant runner-up Katieleigh was well clear of the rest. The runner-up probably wonít be a maiden much longer. †

Katieleigh horse racing handicapping past performances
Friday Santa Anita Park Recap: June 8

Fast main track and firm turf course. No front running winners on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a front runner down the hill, a patient runner at one mile, a dueling front runner down the hill, and a downhill stalker (rail at 20 feet; rail on hill at 7 feet).

Tyler Baze and Martin Pedroza both booted home a pair. Mark Glatt saddled two downhill winners.

June 8 Claims: Race 2 - Loudenís Gray ($8k, John Martin). Race 4 - Tidal Effect ($40k, William Morey). Race 5 - Atrevida ($12.5k, Genaro Vallejo).

Atrevida ran a strong race in todayís fifth for $12,500 claiming routers. She stalked, pounced, opened up, and won in the clear by 2-1/4 lengths. She was claimed by sharp conditioner Genaro Vallejo and might be able to click right back next time. Runner-up Bonneville Flats was gaining on the winner late and ended up 6+ lengths clear of the show. She is in good form for David Hofmans and also looks like a solid threat next time.

Bonneville Flats horse racing handicapping past performances
†Saturday Santa Anita Park Recap: June 9

Fast main track and firm turf course. Four front running winners on dirt (7f, 5f, 8f, 6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a front runner down the hill, a front runner at one mile, a stalker at one mile, a patient runner at a mile and an eighth, and another front runner at one mile (rail on hill at 7 feet).

Riding doubles for Tiago Periera, Gary Stevens, and Joe Talamo (2 turf wins).

June 9 Claims: Race 1 - Kristiís Copilot ($16k, Tim Yakteen), Preacher Roe ($16k, Doug OíNeill). Race 2 - Johnny Ray ($20k, Charles Treece), Blaze of Glory ($20k, David Jacobson). Race 9 - Solid Wager (claim voided, reason vet). Race 11 - Conquest Typhoon ($40k, Jack Carava).

Paved was much the best in the Grade II, $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes. From the outside post, she was patiently handled before making a big inside run under Gary Stevens. She ran out an easy 3+ length winner over front runner Animosity and stalker Ms Peintour.††

paved horse racing handicapping past performances

Sunday Santa Anita Park Recap: June 10

Fast main track and firm turf course. One front running winner at one mile on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a stalker down the hill, a front runner down the hill, a stalker at one mile, and a midpack stalker down the hill (rail at 10 feet; rail on hill at zero feet).†

Two turf wins for Flavien Prat. A pair of downhill turf wins for trainer Doug OíNeill.††

June 10 Claims: Janís Reserve ($50k, David Jacobson), Ohio ($50k, Michael McCarthy). Race 6 - Trojan Time ($12.5k, John Martin).

Solomini took all of the action in the 40th running of the Grade II, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes. The money had everything to do with his classy company lines, but his lone win was against maiden sprinters, and this race had upset written all over it. $450,000 Keeneland sales grad Draft Pick put it all together in his May 12 dirt route maiden win, and my value top choice sat the right stalking trip en route to a 2-1/2 length tally in this graded affair for Joe Talamo and Peter Eurton. Axelrod, the longest shot on the board, held the place over Solomini. The latter had no excuses for Bob Baffert.


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