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Santa Anita Horses To Watch Oct 23

STONEGATE (October 19): Three year old colt for John Sadler tried going long on the turf for the first time on Friday in a maiden special weight event, 3 and up, at 9 furlongs on the grass. Off at 5/1 in just a six horse field, he was content on getting the lead early and he sprinted away from the six hole with quick fractions of 22.56 and 46.43. He had 3 on the field into the clubhouse turn and 4 by the 3/8th pole, but the quick first quarter took its toll. He was pretty tired at the top of the lane but he still battled gamely until the sixteenth pole. He was beaten 3 at the wire finishing fourth. However, this Pennsylvania bred will get a lot out of this race and he just needs to slow down some early. He has the ability to beat these on the grass at this level. A cut back to a one mile distance would probably help. This one’s worth following and the price will still be on the generous side.

OUT OF BALANCE (October 19): Two year old filly for David Hofmans made her debut in Friday’s finale, a six and a half sprint down the hill for maiden special weights. Off at 17/1 in a field of 10, she was void of any early speed and fell 10 lengths off the pace. She clung to the rail at the top of the lane under Espinoza, found a seam along the rail and finished in a rush to gain second, beaten just a length and a half at the wire to the front runner, who wired the field. It was an eye catching performance by the daughter of Kittens Joy, who is bred to go long on the sod. This one has some ability for a very underrated barn and she shouldn’t be a maiden for much longer. Tab and follow.

KERSHAW (October 20): Three year old gelding for Phil D’Amato, who was just gelded in late September, made his first start around two turns in Saturday’s third, a starter allowance affair for non winners twice, who broke their maiden for $50K or less at a flat mile on the main. Off as the co-choice in the race at 8/5, he made every pole a winning one, spurting to the lead from the rail and never looking back. He set moderate fractions of 23.59 and 47.37 but was getting some pressure throughout. He shook loose at the ¼ pole, quickly opened up three, then coasted home to win by a half dozen. The water gets deeper now for this son of Run Away and Hide, but he seems to have a good mix of speed and stamina. He should be able to knock out the first allowance condition going short or long.

POSH HOLLY (October 20): Another Phil D’Amato trainee makes our list as this two year old filly made her 2nd U.S. start on Saturday going a mile on the lawn for maiden special weights. She sat in mid pack about five lengths off the pace down the back side, went after the leaders at the ¼ pole, then showed that good turn of foot you like to see in a grass horse, and rolled away to a two length victory. She ran the final quarter in 23.49 and was up against a slow pace (48.42) and against a course profile that has been kind to speed. This Irish bred looks the part of a future stakes horse and should have no trouble with the first allowance condition, once they have enough horses eligible for that race. Up the ladder.

EXTRA HOPE (October 21): Trainer Richard Mandella added blinkers for the first time to this two year old colt and it made a world of difference as he showed much more early interest and easily broke his maiden in his 4th career start. Off at 4/1 in just a field of five in this maiden special weight event at a flat mile on the main, “Hope” went right out for the lead on his own under Van Dyke, then settled nicely off another into the clubhouse turn. He was second down the back side just two lengths off the pace, went to the lead on his own without urging at the 5/16, opened up into the lane under some urging, then won by eight while geared down the final 100 yards. This son of Shanghai Bobby is cut out to be a nice colt and the “shades” really woke him up today. You know this Hall of Fame trainer knows what to do with a nice colt and he may be stakes material in the very near future. Up the ladder.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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