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Santa Anita Horses To Watch List, October 9th

PERFECT RUSH (October 4): Two year old filly for John Sadler made start #2 in Friday’s third, a six furlong sprint on the main for maidens carrying a $50K price tag. Getting a lot of late money, and dropping down from a straight maiden race in her debut, she went off as the 3 to 2 choice in a field of five. She broke a tad slow under replacement rider Victor Espinoza, and he then hustled her up to the lead by the half mile pole in a quick opening quarter of 22.04. She still had the lead turning for home, then the rider took a hold of her and hand rode her in to win by three at the wire. She could have won by six or seven if he wanted. This daughter of Mineshaft out of a Hennessy mare was cut out to be a runner, so I’m surprised Sadler risked her for a tag in just her second start. Nonetheless if they write a starter allowance, non winners twice, she will be tough to beat in her next start. Tab and follow.

HUDSON RIVER PARK (October 5):  Three year old gelding for Cliff Sise made his debut in Saturday’s opener at ¾ on the main track for 3 and up straight maidens. Off at 13/1 in a six horse field and breaking from the rail, he was pretty much void of any speed under Desormeaux and was last early. He fell a good 10 lengths back of the leaders by the 3/8 pole but the rider stayed with him, hugged the fence turning for home, and made up good yardage the final ¼. He was only beaten two at the wire finishing third and he was quickly by the two in front of him just past the wire, with a very strong gallop out. This one bred to go long, being out of Curlin, and he should really relish two turns. Sise just may stretch him out next start and if he does, he’ll be tough to hold. Be ready.

DEAN MARTINI (October 5): Two year old gelding for Peter Miller added the blinkers for start #3 and tried the turf for the first time Saturday in this maiden special weight event at 5/8 on the lawn. Off at 13/1 in a full field, he broke sharply under Maldonado and ran through some very quick splits in 21.45 and 43.96 for the half. He was three in front by the ¼ pole, dug in gamely down the lane but got beat very late to lose by a length. It was a much improved effort for this son of Cairo Prince, who cost $220k at the Keeneland yearling sale. The blinkers really helped him and he should be a soon winner for the Miller barn, who has been very quiet at this meet so far.

CHIPPER (October 5): Two year old gelding for Mark Glatt made his debut in Saturday’s 7th, a sprint on the main track at six and a half for Cal bred straight maidens. Off at 12/1 in a full field, and unfortunate to draw the rail, he broke OK with the field but was well back early. He was full of run and pulled Roman up near the lead at the 3/8, had to check off a horse’s heels, tried to get off the fence but was boxed in, forced his way through a seam on the rail, and battled down the lane in a very game effort. The winner, who was on the lead all the way, finally put him away very late in the race, but Chipper may have been best with a clean trip. Glatt is 5% with first time starters, but 22% with 2nd time starters. This son of Street Boss is bred to win early and I think he gets the diploma next time he goes to the post. However, you won’t get 12/1.

M IS FOR MAGIC (October 6): Two year old filly for Neil Drysdale made her debut on Sunday in a maiden special weight affair at 5/8 on the turf. Off at 9/1 in a field of 10, she was pretty much void of any early speed and fell 8 lengths off the leaders down the back side. Prat took her to the outside at the 3/8 and she started to roll at the ¼ pole, then got fanned 8 wide at the top of the lane. Now she was second to last at the 1/8th pole, but put in a nice run to get second beaten three at the wire. This one wants to go long and this was pretty much just a prep to get a race into her. The ever patient Drysdale will probably stretch her out for start #2 and she should be much more effective. If Prat rides her back, go to the windows.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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