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Santa Anita Park Report (Feb. 14-17)

Santa Anita Recap for Friday (2-14-20)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Three front running winners on dirt (6.5f, 6f, 8.5f). The turf course winners were a front runner at one mile, a stalker at a mile and an eighth, and a stalker at one mile (rail at 30 feet).

Riding doubles for Abel Cedillo and Umberto Rispoli (turf routes).

The Rainbow 6 pool was $97,222 and multiple winning jackpot ticket paid $1,331.72 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $251,760 when live racing resumes on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Feb. 14 Claims: Race 5 - Time for Ebby ($20k, Matthew Chew).

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Santa Anita Recap for Saturday (2-15-20)

Fast main track and firm turf course. One front running winner at six and one-half furlongs on dirt. The turf course winners were a last-to-first closer at a mile an an eighth, a dueling front runner at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at one mile, and a closer at one mile.

Hat trick for Umberto Rispoli (2 more turf route wins). Mike Smith booted home a pair.

Santa Monica Stakes (G2) Recap (2-15-20) - Winner: Hard Not to Love ($3.20)

Hard not to love horse racing handicapping past performances

Hard Not to Love was best in this 5-horse extended sprint. Lady Ninja and Road Rager dueled, and Mother Mother stalked wide. Hard Not to Love was confidently handled outside under Mike Smith, and she she pulled well clear by 3-1/2 lengths after briefly battling with Mother Mother. The latter was a clear 2nd and Zusha gained 3rd late. Lady Ninja was 4th and Road Rager dropped back and was eased.

The Rainbow 6 pool was $216,404 and multiple winning jackpot ticket paid $309.72 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $301,306 when live racing resumes on Sunday, Feb. 16.

Feb. 15 Claims: Race 1 - Swamp Souffle ($32k, Steve Knapp). Race 7 - General Interest ($20k, Robert Hess Jr).

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Santa Anita Recap for Sunday (2-16-20)

Fast main track and firm turf course. One front running winner at six furlongs on dirt. The turf course winners were a dueling front runner at 5.5 furlongs, a stalker at one mile, a front runner at one mile, and a stalker at 5.5 furlongs (rail at 10 feet).

Flavien Prat booted home four winners. Riding doubles for Abel Cedillo and Drayden Van Dyke.

The Rainbow 6 pool was $188,558 and multiple winning jackpot ticket paid $182.76 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $344,475 when live racing resumes on Monday, Feb. 17.

Sweet Life Stakes (G3) Recap (2-16-20) - Winner: Laura’s Light ($2.80)

Laura's Light horse racing handicapping past performances

Laura’s Light was a bit better than Lighthouse. The latter dueled with Spitefulness early and opened up in the stretch. Laura’s Light hooked her in the lane and gradually wore down her stubborn rival to score by a bit less than a length. Chalk up another forwardly placed winner for Abel Cedillo. Lighthouse was clearly second best in a fine effort. Roadrunner’s Honor edged Blue Sky Baby for the show, and it was 12+ back to Florentine Diamond and Orquidias Biz. Spitefulness faded to last.

Feb. 16 Claims: Race 2 - Isee It in Hiseyes ($10k, Blake Heap), Papa Turf ($10k, Peter Miller), Short of Ez ($10k, Kristin Mulhall). Race 6 - I Belong to Becky ($20k, Bill Spawr), Posterize ($20k, Ian Kruljac).

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Santa Anita Recap for Monday (2-17-20)

Fast main track and firm turf course. One dueling front running winner at one mile on dirt. The turf course winners were a midpack stalker at a mile and an eighth, a last-to-first closer at a mile and an eighth, a stalker at 5.5 furlongs, and a closer at 5.5 furlongs (rail at 20 feet).

Joel Rosario guided home four winners. Victor Espinoza booted home a pair.

The Rainbow 6 pool was $98,182 and multiple winning jackpot ticket paid $3,330.14 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $366,954 when live racing resumes on Friday, Feb. 21.

Wishing Well Stakes Recap (2-17-20) - Winner: An Eddie Surprise

An Eddie Surprise horse racing handicapping past performances

You would think these turf sprint stakes would be able to attract more than five horses. I seem to remember bigger fields when they ran these races down the hill. Kentan Road set the pace as expected, but she got tired late. Miss Hot Legs got first run, but Eddie Surprise was moving best late and prevailed by a 1/2 length. Kentan Road held 3rd over Apache Princess, and Tonahutu trailed throughout.

Feb. 17 Claims: Race 5 - Blackout ($32k, Peter Miller). Race 8 - Atina ($16k, Jeff Mullins), Ruby Bradley ($16k, Marcelo Polanco).

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