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Week 1 Horses To Watch Santa Anita

SANDBED (Sept. 29): Two year old colt for Cliff Sise made his debut in Friday’s fifth, a five and a half furlong sprint carrying a claiming tag of $50K. Off at 13/1 in a field of nine, and hard to load into the gate, he completely blew the start by hopping in the air and spotted the field a very early 10 lengths. He was still last at the ¼ pole, but turned in a good run down the lane to nab third, although well beaten at the wire by a good 9 lengths. This son of Gio Ponti can run some and will probably do his best work around two turns. The barn is having a good year with limited starters. Sandbed is worth following and will retain good wagering value.                                            
MOURINHO (Sept. 30): Named for a European soccer coach, this two year old son of Super Saver made his debut on Saturday in a maiden special weight sprint, and simply annihilated a pretty decent field of special weights. Off as the 2nd choice in the wagering at 5/2, he pretty much had a perfect trip from the 10 hole going ¾, but he did it easily, was under a hand ride all the way by Van Dyke, and won by five by hardly taking a deep breath. They paid a bunch for him at the Ocala sale, and if he can stay sound under Baffert’s training, he’s a star in the making. Two turns should be no problem and he should win right back wherever he is placed.                                                     
BOLT D’ORO (Sept. 30): If you’re looking for a “single” on Breeders Cup day, this is your horse. This son of the good sire Medaglia d’Oro blitzed a good field of juveniles in the Grade 1 Frontrunner stakes today to remain undefeated, and made it look easy, winning off by 7 under a hand ride. He’s already won twice at Del Mar, so you know he likes that track, and now with his first two turn race under his belt, the sky’s the limit. After breaking slowly in his first two starts, he broke alertly today to press the pace. His final time was 14 lengths quicker than the fillies ran in the previous race, the Grade 1 Chandelier stakes. Now all trainer Mick Ruis has to do is keep him happy for five more weeks. He’s the real deal.                                                        
TAPPED (Sept. 30): Three year old filly for Richard Baltas tried the ungraded Unzip Me stakes in the finale on Saturday at six and a half down the hill for 3 year old fillies. Off at 9/2 in a full field, she settled well off the pace early, then put in a powerful late run in the final 1/8th to just miss at the wire. She is now in the Baltas barn after being switched over from Hollendorfer and she added blinkers for this for the first time in her career. She’s a late running sprinter at her best and the hill suits her style perfectly. This daughter of the great sire Tapit still has the 2nd allowance condition available and she’s a soon winner for a barn that knows where to place their stock properly. Tab and follow.
                                                              
SECRET SPICE (October 1): Two year old filly for Richard Baltas made start #2 in Sunday/s third, a five and a half furlong sprint on the main track. Off at 6/1 in a “salty” field of six, she made the running right from the get go, had her head in front at the half mile pole, and pretty much wired a good field winning off by five at the wire. She was never really threatened at any point in the race and though the time was not all that good, the track was playing very slow and dull. She was vs. the bias in her debut and this daughter of Discreet Cat is bred to go long on her dam’s side. Lots of options for Baltas, up the ladder.


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