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Santa Anita Horses To Watch (Oct 21)

SHE’S OUR CHARM (October 16): Four year old filly for 87 year old Ron McAnally, who he says is the best horse in his barn, tried the second allowance condition at a mile on the turf for older runners on Friday. Off at 3/1 in a field of six, she sped right to the front under hot riding Juan Hernandez and made every pole a winning one in the process. She opened up three down the back side with early fractions of 23.19 and 46.65, then slammed the door on the field with a final quarter in 23.23 to win by a length and a half. This daughter of Candy Ride is quicker than most people think and she can carry her speed over a route of ground. She has yet to go beyond a mile but 9 furlongs may even be easier for her, as the fractions are generally slower than vs. a mile. Stakes company is next; up the ladder.

PLAY CHICKEN (October 17): Two year old colt for Doug O’Neill made his debut in Saturday’s opener, a Cal bred maiden special weight at a mile on the turf. Off at 9/2 in a 7 horse field, he broke running under stable jockey Mario Gutierrez and was second into the clubhouse turn. He trailed the leader by about a length down the back side, went to the lead on his own at the ¼ pole, then had enough in the tank to hold off the late runners. He won by ¾ at the wire and was still running strong past it. It’s hard to win your debut going two turns and he was the only debut runner in the field, so he was giving away a lot of experience. He was very professional throughout the race and should have no issue knocking out the first allowance condition in the very near future. Follow.

GOING TO VEGAS (October 17): Three year old filly for Richie Baltas tried the Grade 3 Autumn Miss stakes on Saturday at a mile on the turf for sophomore fillies. Off at 14/1 in a field of 7, and racing without blinkers for the first time in her career, she settled in third down the back side and was a good 7 lengths off a fast pace. She put in her move at the ¼ pole, rallied to the lead at the 1/16 pole and then got nailed in the final jump by the favorite, who was closing on her outside. I’m sure she thought she had won the race. This filly is as honest as they come as she has hit the board in 11 of 14 starts and has 3 wins. She still has the first allowance condition available and she will get it very soon for one of the top turf barns on the back side. Be ready.

AS TIME GOES BY (October 18): Three year old filly for Bob Baffert made start #2 in Sunday’s second, a maiden special weight event at ¾ on the main,  for 3 and up. Off as the heavy 3/5 favorite in a field of just five, she broke very sluggishly away from the gate and spotted her stable mate five lengths right off the bat. Then Cedillo rushed her up on the inside and she had the lead by the half mile pole. But that bad start would come back to haunt her in the drive, because when the other Baffert runner came to her at the 1/8 pole, she had nothing to offer. She was beaten two at the wire but it was a good five lengths back to the third horse. They won’t beat this one next time and yes, the odds will be low, so use as a “single” in vertical or horizontal wagers. This daughter of American Pharoah was probably named from the song, “As Time Goes By,” from the 1942  war movie, Casablanca, one of everybody’s top ten all time screen gems.

KALYPSO (October 18) Two year old filly for Bob Baffert, who was still a maiden tried the Anoakia stakes on Sunday at ¾ on the main. Off at 9/2 in just a five horse field and drawing the rail, she came out running under Cedillo and made every pole a winning one with fractions of 22.17 and 45.14 for the half. There was plenty of other speed in the race but they couldn’t keep up with this daughter of Brody’s Cause and she won by three at the wire over the favorite. This is the first horse I’ve seen on the west coast owned by Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen trained by Baffert. Both of these owners have had great success with Peter Miller over the years. Up the ladder for Kalypso who can go long as well.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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