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Santa Anita Park Report (June 14-16)

Santa Anita Recap for Friday (6-14-19)


Fast main track and firm turf course. One dueling front running winner at 4.5 furlongs on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were two front runners at one mile, and two front runners at five furlongs (rail at 20 feet).


Riding doubles for Drayden Van Dyke and Jorge Velez. Training doubles for Steve Miyadi and John Sadler.


The 20 cent Rainbow Pick 6 pool was $147,155 and multiple winning tickets paid $1,476,30each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $1,194,986 when live racing resumes Saturday, June 15.  


June 14 Claims: Race 7 - Moon Kitty ($62.5k, John Sadler).


SA Full Card Highlights for Friday (6-14-19)
SA 5 Yes I Am Free/Carnivorous/Unbridled’s Skye Trifecta ($11.65)


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Santa Anita Recap for Saturday (6-15-19)


Fast main track and firm turf course. Three front running sprint winners on dirt (6f, 6.5f, 6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a front runner at nine furlongs, a front runner at five panels, and two stalkers at one mile.   


Hat trick for Rafael Bejarano. Riding double for Norberto Arroyo Jr.


The 20 cent Rainbow Pick 6 pool was $284,905 and multiple winning tickets paid $15,219.08 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $1,260,210 when live racing resumes Sunday, June 16, and there is a mandatory payout.  


Thor’s Echo Stakes Recap (6-15-19) - Winner: Desert Law ($5.40)


This state bred stakes sprint on the main track was never in doubt. Smiling Angelo was in front early, but post time favorite Desert Law was breathing down his neck. The latter took over turning for home and coasted across the line by an easy 6+ lengths. Coil Me Home rallied from last to finish a clear 2nd in a solid effort, but was no match for the winner. Smiling Angelo just held 3rd over Smokey Image, and Fire When Ready and Tap the Wire trailed.   


 


June 15 Claims: Race 1 - Big Shanty ($12.5k, Jeff Metz). Race 2 - Kenjisstorm ($40k, Jack Carava). Race 7 - Senditlikechilly ($16k, Victor Garcia). Race 9 - Dulverton Darling ($50k, Andrew Lerner).


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Santa Anita Recap for Sunday (6-16-19)


Fast main track and firm turf course. There was one front running winner at 6.5 furlongs on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were two dueling front runner at five panels, a stalker at one mile, a closer at a mile and a quarter, and a closer at one mile.  


Riding doubles for Mario Gutierrez, Flavien Prat, and Joe Talamo.


The 20 cent Rainbow Pick 6 pool was $5,297,955 and multiple winning tickets paid $3,187.65 each.


Possibly Perfect Stakes Recap (6-16-19) - Winner: Lemoona ($10.00)


There was a very good chance that this race would be won by someone other than Pantsonfire. The aforementioned overbet favorite figured to need her first start since Jan 20, and she wants more ground as well. She chased the pace and finished a useful 3rd, and can move up next time. There was not much pace in the paper race, and longshot Pulpit Rider set sail for the lead under Aaron Gryder. She ended up 4th. My value top choice Mirth chased, took a short lead in the stretch, and was nailed late by Lemoona. The latter unleashed a strong late kick to score by a neck. She has been brilliant at times on turf and dirt, and there seems to be no doubt now that she is best as a late running turf router. Lynne’s Legacy, Zaffinah, and Confidentially completed the order of finish.


 


Affirmed Stakes (G3) Recap from Santa Anita Park (6-16-19) - Winner: Mucho Gusto ($5.80)


Mucho Gusto was much the best over his stablemate Roadster in this graded contest at a mile and a sixteenth. Visitant, Always Forgiven, and a rank Kingly were the three early runners, and Mucho Gusto sat a dream outside stalking trip under Joe Talamo. The latter grabbed the lead turning for home and won under a hold by a very comfortable 2-1/4 lengths. Even money favorite Roadster settled early and got past Visitant for the place. He never looked like a winner. Manhattan Up and Kingly were next, and it was a long way back to Always Forgiven. It looks like Mucho Gusto will represent the Baffert barn in the Haskell. I still think that he is better around one turn, but if he is every going to get nine furlongs, Monmouth Park is the place. Roadster peaked in the spring and is trying to get his mojo back. This was a step in the right direction.

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