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Santa Anita Horses To Watch – June 23, 2020

WAR PATH (June 19): Three year old colt for Bob Baffert made the 4th start of his career in Friday’s third, a maiden special weight event at a mile on the turf for 3 and up. Off at 4/1 in a 9 horse field, this son of War Front sat in 4th down the back side about 4 lengths off the pace and in a good position to pounce under leading rider Flavien Prat. He made a good move at the top of the lane to get into contention, but could not run down the 6/5 favorite late and came up a half of head short at the wire. He galloped out well. He had not been to the post in 4 months and though Baffert is just an 8% trainer on the turf, they won’t beat this one down at Del Mar, especially if Prat rides him back. He’s a “single”.

TOUCHDOWN BROWN (June 19): Two year old colt for Rafael Becerra made his debut in Friday’s 4th, a four and a half furlong sprint for Cal bred maidens. Off as the co-favorite at 3/2 in a field of 7, he broke OK under Roman and was 3rd down the back side three lengths off the leaders. He put in a nice move at the top of the lane, caught the leaders, and roared right on by to win by five at the wire, all under a hand ride. He worked well coming into the race and he will only get better as the furlongs increase. Look for him in the I’m Smokin stakes down at Del Mar for Cal breds. He’ll be tough.

SILARDI (June 20): Three year old colt for Peter Miller made just the third start of his career on Saturday in a first condition allowance race at five and a half on the turf for runners 3 and up. Off at 5/2 in a field of 8, he broke sharply from the outside under Prat, but then was taken in hand to be just off the pace down the back side. He went after the leaders at the top of the lane, but had to find an extra gear late to get by one of the front runners; but he got the job done to win by ¾ at the wire. He is now 2 for 2 on the turf for Miller and this son of City Zip is going to love those 5/8 turf sprints down at Del Mar. He has a good combination of speed and stamina and nobody wins more turf sprints than Miller. Up the ladder.

OFFSHORE AFFAIR (June 20): Four year old gelding for Carla Gaines, off since New Years Day of 2019, came back with a strong performance for the first allowance condition for Cal breds at five and a half on the lawn. Off at 23/1 in a full field, he broke on top, but couldn’t match strides with the very fast Brickyard Ride, so he stalked throughout under Cedillo. The fast “Brickyard” kept right on going and wired this field as the favorite, but “Offshore” dug in gamely down the lane and was only beaten a length at the wire, in a race he had to have needed. He was gelded during his time off and his works were very strong coming into this race. He can go short or long and he’s a cinch to knock out this condition down at Del Mar. Be ready for this consistent son of the good sire Lucky Pulpit.

DR. SCHIVEL (June 21) Two year old colt for Luis Mendez made his debut on Sunday off a string of strong works, and was made the 3/2 favorite in a field of 8 babies at four and a half on the main for maiden special weights. He broke OK from the gate out of the two hole but wasn’t quick enough to make the lead, so he settled back in the pack, and then got shuffled even further back at the ¼ pole. Fuentes kept him on the fence and he tried to go up the rail in the stretch, but that hole closed quickly. He checked rather hard, angled out for some racing room, but then the race was over by the time he got rolling. He ended up third beaten four at the wire. It was an eventful trip to say the least and this one was very fit for his debut. This trainer only works with juveniles and with a better trip, he’s good enough to break his maiden in open company. Put him on your stable watch list in case he comes back quickly at Los Al. Otherwise, look for him at the Seaside when that meet opens on July 10.

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