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Santa Anita Weekly Recap Oct 6

Santa Anita Recap for Thursday (10-3-19)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners at 6.5 furlongs on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a front runner at 5.5 furlongs, a patient runner at one mile, a two stalkers at one mile (rail at 20 feet).

Tiago Pereira booted home a pair. Evin Roman and Vann Belvoir teamed up for two wins.

The Rainbow 6 pool was $86,939, and one winning ticket took down the entire jackpot to the tune of $144,893.

Oct 3 Claims: Race 2 - Rattle ($16k, Reed Saldana). Race 3 - Muthhila ($25k, Bill Spawr). Race 5 - Poster Girl ($62.5k, Bill Spawr). Race 7 - Bella Figura ($50k, Alfredo Marquez).

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Santa Anita Recap for Friday (10-4-19)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners at six furlongs on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at nine furlongs, a front runner at 5.5 furlongs, a front runner at one mile, and a stalker at one mile (rail at 20 feet).

Abel Cedillo won three races. Riding double for Geovanni Franco.

The Rainbow 6 pool was $58,656, and multiple winning tickets paid $305.70 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $13,430 when live racing resumes on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Oct 4 Claims: Race 8 - Combat Zone ($25k, Mark Glatt).

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Santa Anita Recap for Saturday (10-5-19)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running sprint winners on dirt (6f, 6.5f). The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at five panels, a stalker at 5.5 furlongs, a closer at a mile and an eighth, and two stalkers at one mile.   

Drayden Van Dyke guided home three winners. Two of his wins were in turf routes, and all three were stakes victories (Lady Ninja, True Valour, Toinette). Mike Smith booted home a pair, including a G1 stakes win aboard Omaha Beach.

The Rainbow 6 pool was $136,721, and multiple winning tickets paid $2,394.84 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $44,732 when live racing resumes on Sunday, Oct. 6.

L. A. Woman (G3) Stakes Recap (10-5-19) - Winner: Lady Ninja ($7.40)

The two favorites were vulnerable, and that left Lady Ninja as the likely winner. Anonymity was the slight choice, and she keeps taking money and settling for minor awards in the stakes ranks. Selcourt was the second choice, and she was the controlling speed, but had not been the same runner since March 2018. This was only a 5-horse field, and Selcourt almost stole it, but Lady Ninja chased the pace and got up late to win by a nose. It was 5+ back to Anonymity in 3rd, with field fillers Show It N Moe It and Streak of Luck completing the order of finish.

City of Hope Mile (G2) Recap (10-5-19) - Winner: True Valour ($35.80)

I am not surprised that there was an upset in this competitive heat. Prince Earl was the deserving favorite, and he worked out a great stalking trip. He will never get a better trip in a graded race, and he needs to seal the deal if he expects to be a player in future G1 & G2 events. Kingly got out there and set legit fractions, and Bob Baffert’s sophomore colt fought hard throughout and almost pulled off the upset. Three stalkers were in the right spot throughout, and it was True Valour by a head over 43-1 bomber Restrainedvengeance. Prince Earl was another nose back in 3rd, and Kingly was a head behind that one in 4th. Late runner Big Score got going too late and was a neck behind Kingly. Catapult, Andesh, and Synchrony were bunched up right behind those runners, and there was a 2-length gap Ohio. Bolo faded to 10th and River Boyne was the distant trailer. The top 6-8 were really bunched up at the wire, and that is typically a sign of a weak race. True Valour was making his first start since February, and there was obviously no rust. I really don’t know how Prince Earl lost this race. He saved ground stalking the pace, tipped out in the stretch, and just failed to get the job done over a less that stellar crew.

Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) Recap (10-5-19) - Winner: Omaha Beach ($7.20)

Omaha Beach had every right to need this race. This was his first start since winning the Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13. He was the Kentucky Derby favorite, but had to scratch in order to have corrective surgery for a breathing issue. He original comeback spot was the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar, followed by the Ack Ack (G3) at Churchill Downs. This six furlong dash was Plan C, and did it ever work out. Shancelot was the strong favorite and controlling speed, and he probably should have wired the field, but his Florida-based rider Emisael Jaramillo made a critical error in the stretch. He left the rail open for Omaha Beach, and Mike Smith was happy to take that gift. The winning margin was a head. Flagstaff was best of the rest in 3rd. California Street, Horse Greedy, and One Flew South trailed. Omaha Beach is a threat whichever BC race his connections opt for (Sprint, Dirt Mile, Classic). The Sprint is the logical choice. He has tactical speed and would almost certainly get pace to chase. The danger in the Dirt Mile would be a bad outside draw. The Classic would be ambitious. Can he win at a mile and a quarter after just one sprint prep?

Omaha Beach horse racing handicapping past performances 

Swingtime Stakes Recap (10-5-19) - Winner: Toinette ($3.40)

Toinette was the class of the field, and she sat a great stalking trip under Drayden Van Dyke. Lady Suebee got clear early but had to go fast, and the 19-1 longshot was overmatched. Quebec had a brief edge after the front runner quit, but Toinette was hot on her heels, and she took over and cruised to a rather easy 1-1/2 length victory. Quebec held 2nd, but might have been lucky to secure that position, because Super Patriot had run but was stuck in traffic. She finished well for the show under Abel Cedillo. Tooreen Dancer was 4th, followed by La Sardane, Achira, Yuvetsi, Tiny Tina, Meal Ticket, and Lady Suebee.

Oct 5 Claims: Race 3 - Nomizar ($32k, Ryan Hanson). Race 6 - Acker ($62.5k, Neil French).

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Santa Anita Recap for Sunday (10-6-19)

Fast main track and firm turf course. One dueling front running winner at 6.5 furlongs on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a dueling front runner at five panels, a last-to-first runner at one mile, a last-to-first runner at five panels, and a stalker at one mile (rail at 10 feet).

Two more wins for Drayden Van Dyke. Bob Baffert saddled two winners.

Zuma Beach Stakes Recap (10-6-19) - Winner: Hit the Road ($16.60)

Hit the Road went last-to-first in a solid effort. He bided his time under Victor Espinoza, and swung wide in the stretch and pulled clear to win by 2-1/2 lengths. War Beast got out there and set a pressured pace. He ran hard throughout and held off everyone except the winner. Billy Batts chased the pace and made a bid between runners, and missed 2nd by a neck. Encoder was 4th in a disappointing effort as the favorite. He sat a decent trip and made a run at the leaders but flattened out under Flavien Prat. No excuses. Hariboux broke slow in his US bow and raced evenly throughout under Van Dyke. Club Aspen was next and Cool Runnings pressed the pace and was a distant last.

Speakeasy Stakes Recap (10-6-19) - Winner: El Tigre Terrible ($49.20)

A few things seemed obvious after handicapping this race. First, the pace figured to be switch, and an off the pace upset seemed likely. I was very surprised to see Ginobelli as the favorite. He almost certainly figured to be a pace casualty. I landed on surface switcher Square Deal. He could pass horses and had a respectable turf pedigree, but was bet down from 5-1 to 3-1. Peter Miller entered two, and as I said in my full card analysis, I always give his turf sprint starters serious consideration. Both of his runners looked like contenders, and they ran 1-2. El Tigre Terrible broke last from the outside post and passed them all to win by a head over Bulletproof One. The latter was a fleet filly taking on the boys, and she stalked the pace and just missed. Greg’s Diva did all of the pace dirty work from the inside post and ended up a solid 3rd. Ginobelli stalked and finished 4th, and Square Deal was behind that one in 5th. He just did not have the same acceleration on turf. Commander, Raging Whiskey, Absolute Weapon, Alfie Solomons, and Biddy Duke completed the 10-horse field.

El Tigre Terrible horse racing handicapping past performances 

Surfer Girl Stakes Recap (10-6-19) - Winner: Warren’s Showtime ($72.00)

Yesterdayoncemore was the very slight favorite over Mind Out. I liked the latter much more, but neither got the job done. Warren’s Showtime was my live longshot because of the Craig Lewis/Clubhouse Ride angle. I had a good week playing Lewis turf runners by Clubhouse Ride. I was not surprised that this one ran well, but really was not expecting a win. More like a 2-3 finish behind Mind Out. The key to the race was Mind Out. She figured to win if she handled the trip. She had every chance but drifted out in the lane and was not quite good enough. Warren’s Showtime was grinding away under Jose Velez, and she got the jump on Croughhacouke and held by a bit less than a length. Mind Out was another neck back in 3rd. Savvy Girl set the pace and weakened to 4th. Cholula Lips was next, and Yesterdayoncemore trailed. Overseas transplants making their second US starts frequently disappoint, and that was the case with the latter.

The Rainbow 6 pool was $98,277 and nobody had winners. Multiple winning tickets with five winners paid $777.72 each. There will be a jackpot carryover of $67,231 when live racing resumes on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Oct 6 Claims: None.   
 

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