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Santa Anita Horses To Watch April 9, 2019

LEMOONA (April 6): Four year old filly for Richard Baltas tried the second allowance condition in Saturday’s opener in a field of 8 at 9 furlongs on the lawn. Off at 5/1 under Rosario, she had zero speed out of the gate and was last down the back side, 10-11 lengths off the pace. Rosario asked her for run at the ¼ pole and she went from last to first as quick as any horse I’ve seen in quite some time. The early fractions were decent but not especially fast. She won by five under a hand ride and this was her first win on the turf. She had tried graded stakes before without much luck, but they were on the main track. The jockey certainly helped to make a difference today but she just really took to the turf, along with the patient ride. Up the ladder for a barn that does very well with grass routers.

MEAL TICKET (April 6): Five year old mare for Matt Chew made her second start of 2019 in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine at a mile on the turf Saturday. Off at 24/1 in a 7 horse field, she was placed well down the back side running in 4th, just 3 lengths off the leaders. She put in her run at the ¼ pole and tried to go with Vasilika, the heavy 1/5 favorite, but couldn’t match strides with the winner. Nonetheless, she hung in there gamely, got second, while beaten 3 at the wire. The winner is just a machine having won 11 of her last 12. The “Ticket” is still eligible for the second allowance condition, and it was about this time last year when she started getting good. Her next race will be her third off the layoff and if they keep this Florida bred in the allowance ranks, she gets the money. Be ready.

ONE BAD BOY (April 6): Three year old horse for Richard Baltas tried the turf and two turns for the first time on Saturday in his third lifetime start in a maiden special weight affair at a mile on the turf. Sent off as the even money favorite in a full field of 12, Rosario sent him right to the front and he battled through very fast fractions of 21.88 and 45.08 for the half. He put the other speed away at the 3/16th pole, opened up by three on his own, then cruised home to win by five while wrapped up in the process. It was a very impressive performance, especially based on the quick early fractions. This one is bred for turf top and bottom and will have no trouble with the first allowance condition. He is one bad boy.

MAXIM RATE (April 6): Three year old filly for Simon Callaghan, in just her second career start, tried the Grade 3 Providencia stakes Saturday and ran too good to lose, but lose she did to her long shot stable mate. Off at 9/2 under Flavien Prat, she was midfield down the back side, six lengths off the pace. Prat got her rolling at the ¼ pole and she took the lead by the 1/8th pole, dug in gamely when headed near the wire and lost the photo by a lip. This daughter of Exchange Rate won her maiden at 28/1 and she is all race horse. She will have no trouble with the first allowance condition and she is a stakes winner down the road for a barn that has been on fire lately. Up the ladder.

LOSTINTRANZLATION (April 7): Five year old mare for Richard Baltas, who had not been to the post since May of last year, was entered in a first condition allowance race for Cal Breds in Sunday’s opener, and ran her eyeballs out. Off at 4/1 in a full field on the grass going a flat mile, she went right to the front under Rosario, rated kindly through fractions of 23.85 and 48.12, found another gear when challenged in the lane, and then fought it out gamely to just miss by a nose at the wire. She doesn’t need the lead to win at this distance but her tactical speed is a real plus. She’ll knock out this condition in the very near future for a barn that excels with turf horses. Tab and follow.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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