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Santa Anita Horses To Watch March 5

TINY TINA (February 24): Four year old filly for Phil D’Amato made her first start since last August in Sunday’s third race at six and a half down the hill in a starter allowance race non winners twice other than maiden or claiming. Off at 5/1 in a six horse field, she was void of any early speed and fell a good 10 lengths off the pace coming down the hill. She started to rally on the dirt cross over and then put in a good run down the lane to finish second, although no threat to the winner. She ran the final quarter in an excellent 22.77 and was full of run late. She can go short or long on the grass and is still eligible for this condition. She looks like a soon winner for one of the top turf barns on the circuit. Tab and follow.

LIL MILO (March 1) : Four year old gelding for Alfredo Marquez tried the first allowance condition for Cal breds on Friday down the hill for older runners. With a lot of late action on the board, he went off as the even money choice in a field of 10. He broke running for Flavien Prat, who was a late replacement for Bejarano, and quickly got the lead and led by a length on the dirt crossover. When Prat asked him for run at the top of the lane, he quickly opened up four on the field and held that margin to the wire. He shut the door on the field by running the final quarter in a very fast 22.71.  He is now 2/2 down the hill, but he can get up to a mile as well. He dearly loves the lawn and though he will probably have to face “open” company now, his combination of speed and stamina is tough to deny. Up the ladder for this son of Rocky Bar.

FOSTER BOI (March 1): The whispers were out early on this three year old colt for Phil D’Amato, as he was hammered right from the beginning to odds on and he didn’t disappoint. He ended up going off at even money in a field of 10 down the hill for sophomore Cal bred maidens. Prat had him at mid field in the early going, swung him to the outside on the dirt crossover, then he bounded to the lead at the 1/8 pole and went on to win by four. D’Amato does not work his horses fast but this one had fairly quick drills for the last two months. He looks like a future star in the Cal bred ranks and is bred to get at least a mile. He was a bargain at the Barretts yearling sale at just $15K. Tab right back wherever this sharp barn decides to run him.

STUBBINS (March 2): Three year old colt for Doug O’Neill tried the Pasadena stakes on Saturday at a flat mile on the main track, originally planned for the turf. Off as the second choice in the race at 9/5 and breaking from the rail, he broke running in this field of five sophomores, and made the lead into the clubhouse turn. He set moderate fractions of 23.12 and 46.02 on a sealed, sloppy surface and had one length on his foes down the back side. Baze opened him up at the ¼ pole and he sailed away to win by 8 at the wire and was hand ridden down the lane. This son of Morning Line has some distance limitations, but he has never run a bad race in five starts. He is two for two down the hill and can at least get a mile. Up the ladder for a three year old that is improving in each and every race.

STIRRED (March 2): Three year old filly for Mike McCarthy tried the first allowance condition for sophomores on Saturday at 7 furlongs on the main track. Off at 11/1 in a field of 7 and adding blinkers for the first time, she broke well and then settled in mid pack down the back side, about six lengths off the pace. She never really kicked it in until the top of the stretch, then weaved her way through traffic down on the inside and finished with good courage to get second, though never a threat to win the race. This was her first race since last August and just the third of her career. It was encouraging that Prat took the mount, and she had trained well coming into the race. She looks like just a late running sprinter but she is good enough to win this first condition. She seems to have a bright future for a barn that has some very nice stock. Tab and follow.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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