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Santa Anita Horses To Watch May 28

DARK VADER (May 24): Four year old colt for Peter Eurton, away from the races since July of last year, came back on Friday in a second condition allowance race at a flat mile on the main track. Off at 5/2 and the second choice in the wagering, he broke well enough, then settled in third into the clubhouse turn while saving ground along the fence. Bejarano got him to the outside at the 3/8 pole, then he made a huge move to reach the leader at the ¼ pole, fought gamely to the wire, but came up a head short. His lack of recency showed in the final furlong, plus he was facing a fairly strong speed bias as well. He will get a lot out of this race and he’s primed to knock out this condition in the near future. He was graded stakes placed as a sophomore so the talent is there. Tab and follow.

YOUNG HENDRICK (May 25): Horse racing is not a fair game, which is why one should never take a short price on a horse. In Saturday’s opener, this 4 year old gelding for Phil D’Amato was making his first start since last August, and was sent to the post as the 7/5 favorite in a field of 10 at 5/8 on the turf for maiden special weight Cal breds. He broke well and made the running right out of the gate with another one just to his inside. The inside horse bolted to the outside at the 3/8, taking Hendrick along with him to the outside of the track. He checked badly and lost at least five lengths on the turn. He resumed running in the lane but had no chance to catch the leaders. He finished fifth beaten 3 at the wire but this one was tons the best. He will likely get another start here before the end of the meet and he is bred to go long as well. He’s a soon winner on the grass at either distance.

COOL BOBBY (May 25): Four year old colt for Peter Eurton ran too good to lose in Saturday’s 9th, a first condition allowance race for older horses at a mile on the main track. Off at 9/2 in a field of 8, he broke well from the inside and laid third down the back side about 4 lengths off the pace. The pace was pretty hot with internal fractions of 23.02 and 46.28 for the half. He cruised to the lead on his own at the top of the stretch, looked like a winner at the 1/8 pole, and then got nailed in the very last step by a late runner. He lost by a long neck yet ran a winning race. He’ll knock out this condition very soon as this one has some talent and was cut out to be a nice horse. Be ready.

GOOD BYE PUTIN (May 26): Not sure what this name signifies, but this three year old gelding for Carla Gaines made the second start of his young career in Sunday’s third, a maiden claimer with a price tag of $50,000 at a mile on the lawn. Off at 7/1 in a field of 10, he was taken a hold of right out of the gate and lagged well back in the field in the early going. Victor Espinoza got him to the outside at the half mile pole, then he made a nice run at the leaders at the ¼ pole, then hung a bit at the top of the lane, but surged again late to get second and galloped out really strong past the wire. He’s still learning what it’s all about, but this was a nice run and he’s a Cal bred that was facing “open” runners today. Carla can run him back against Cal breds for the same tag, or even jump him up against straight maidens providing they are state breds. He’s a soon winner if they run him back against Cal breds.

JASIKAN (May 27): Three year old colt for John Sadler made his 2nd start in the U.S. on Monday in a first allowance condition race for sophomores at a mile on the grass. Off as the 8/5 favorite in a field of 7, he missed the start, just as he did in his debut, and was away last and trailed by 8 lengths into the clubhouse turn. Rosario kept him covered up until the ¼ pole, then unleashed him while five wide and he just inhaled the leaders. He stayed six wide down the lane and prevailed by a length and a half even with the poor start. This one is stakes material and he hits the Del Mar season just right, beginning with the Oceanside stakes on opening day and ending with the Del Mar Derby. Rosario and Sadler are just about unbeatable as a tandem in 2019. Up the ladder.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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