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Santa Anita Horses To Watch Oct 16

CREATIVE CONTESSA (October 12): Three year old filly for Mick Ruis made start #2 in Friday’s 4th, a maiden special weight affair for fillies/mares 3 and up at ¾ on the main. Off at 7/2 in a field of 9, she came running right from the start and set fast splits of 21.73 and 45.22 for the half. After breaking a tad slow, these were her fractions and she made the lead on her own by the half mile pole. The favorite rolled up to her on the outside by the ¼ pole and went right on by, but the “Contessa” found another gear and dug deep to stay with her till the sixteenth pole, then tired to finish a well beaten second. Although she lost by five at the wire, it was another five back to the third horse. This one has a ton of natural speed and Ruis should find a field she can handle in the very near future. She is bred to go long as well. She’s a soon winner.

SUPER PATRIOT (October 12): Three year old filly for Bob Baffert, who took 10 starts to break her maiden, and then had to drop in to a claimer at that, tried a starter allowance race on Friday for non winners twice at a mile on the turf. Off at 4/1 in an 11 horse field, she was kept well off the pace early and laid mid pack down the back side 7 lengths back of the leaders. Van Dyke started her move at the ¼ pole, split horses at the top of the lane, and she powered home to win by two and a half at the wire. This daughter of the top turf sire Unusual Heat is a Cal bred and still has the first allowance condition available to her. That field would not be any more difficult than the one she defeated quite easily on Friday. Up the ladder for a barn which doesn’t run on the turf very often.

TEACHER’S TREASURE (October 13): Two year old gelding for Eddie Truman made start #2 in Saturday’s 4th, a six furlong maiden special weight affair for Cal breds on the main track. Off at 8/1 in a field of just five due to two late scratches, he broke on top from the outside, then was taken back off the pace by Payeras. He moved to the favorite at the ¼ pole, but had no answer for the 1 to 5 Baffert runner, as he could get no closer than 3 lengths of the wire to wire winner. He was beaten by five at the wire, but it was 15 lengths back to the third horse. The time on a sealed race track was a very fast 1:09.72. This son of Square Eddie can handle dirt or turf and should get his diploma in the very near future for a very underrated barn.

S Y SKY (October 13): Talented four year old filly for Phil D’Amato made her return to the races in Saturday’s feature, a five furlong sprint for Cal breds called the California Distaff Handicap. Off at 2/1 and co-choice in the wagering, and making her first start in 15 months, she came out running in this short sprint taken off the grass and moved to the main track. She chased quick splits of 21.84 and 44.35, got her neck close to the winner at the 1/8th pole, but tired a bit in the final furlong to get beat a length and a half at the wire. This was a perfect prep for anything down the road as this one can go short or long, turf or dirt. She has never been worse than 2nd now in five trips to the post. Look for the savvy D’Amato to find a winning spot for this very versatile filly. Follow.

CYCLOMETRIC (October 14): For a first time starter drawing the rail going six furlongs, this three year old colt for Karen Headley was extremely professional. Off at 12/1 in just a 7 horse field in Sunday’s second, a maiden special weight event for Cal breds, ¾ on the main 3 and up, this son of Cyclotron broke with the field, then took back about 3 lengths off the pace down on the rail. He took plenty of dirt till the top of the lane, then squeezed through a seam at the 1/8th pole and won going away by two. Headley had him legged up very well with four 6 furlong drills, then a quick half mile blow out. He was impressive enough to show that he can win the first allowance condition for Cal breds in either one of his next couple of starts. Tab and follow.

By Rod Young (Turfdom)

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