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Santa Anita Park Report (Feb. 21-23)

Santa Anita Recap for Friday (2-21-20)

Fast main track and firm turf course. No front running winners on dirt. The turf course winners were a last-to-first closet at 5.5 furlongs, a dueling front runner at one mile, and a stalker at one mile (rail at 20 feet).

Riding doubles for Assael Espinoza (dirt sprints), Umberto Rispoli (dirt routes), and Joel Rosario (turf). Training doubles for Mark Glatt and John Sadler (turf routes).        

The Rainbow 6 pool was $114,710, and one winning ticket took down the entire jackpot - $454,497.90.

Feb. 21 Claims: Race 4 - Love a Honeybadger ($16k, Peter Miller).      

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Santa Anita Recap for Saturday (2-22-20)

Fast main track and firm turf course. One front running winner at one mile on dirt. The turf course winners were a stalker at a mile and an eighth, two stalkers at one mile, and a stalker at 5.5 furlongs.   

A pair of turf wins for Abel Cedillo.       

The Rainbow 6 pool was $142,748, and multiple winning tickets paid $38,124.76 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $32,678 when live racing resumes Sunday, Feb. 23.

Buena Vista Stakes (G2) Recap (2-22-20) - Winner: Keeper Ofthe Stars ($74.20)

I feel as though I blundered this one. Jolie Olimpica was the heavy favorite, and I thought she had a decent shot, but was not completely sold on her at less than even money. Sure, she looked good in her US bow, but that was a compact field in a turf sprint stakes. Granted, she won her other three longer starts in Brazil, but that did not mean that she would move forward vs. tougher foes in this spot. Mike Smith took over early aboard the aforementioned chalk, and she was a couple of lengths clear after a half-mile. She maintained her advantage in the stretch but Keeper Ofthe Stars was coming on strong, and the latter prevailed by a 1/2 length. Jolie Olimpica held 2nd by a 1/2 length over my value top pick Mucho Unusual. I picked Keeper Ofthe Stars on top in her last start, but gave her the handicapping heave-ho in this flat mile turf route. I wish I had a mulligan. Lady Prancealot was 4th, and Tiny Tina finished 5th but was demoted to 8th. The remaining entrants were Brill, Meal Ticket, Super Patriot (bothered by Tiny Tina), and La Sardane.   

Feb. 22 Claims: Race 1 - Kadesh ($30k, Hector Palma), Royal Suspect ($30k, Bob Hess Jr). Race 4 - Shanghai Barbie ($12.5k, Keith Desormeaux). Race 6 - Rinse and Repeat ($16k, Lorenzo Ruiz). Race 7 - Sunrise Royale ($20k, Peter Miller), Swing Thoughts ($20k, Keith Desormeaux). Race 8 - Jaxon’s Goldie ($30k, Bob Hess Jr).      

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Santa Anita Recap for Sunday (2-23-20)

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

Riding doubles for Geovanni Franco and Flavien Prat (turf). Phil D’Amato saddled two winners.        

The Rainbow 6 pool was $131,204, and multiple winning tickets paid $35,044.60 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $62,717 when live racing resumes Friday, Feb. 28.   

Feb. 23 Claims: None.      

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