Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as we come upon the first really strong day of racing in the year.
Yes, it’s Pegasus day in South Florida and Cal Cup Day at Santa Anita. I will be down at Gulfstream on Saturday and Eric (Manny) Sondheimer will be in Arcadia for all those great Cal-bred races.
For a preview of the Pegasus, I’m going to direct you to the story we have in print and online. All you have to do is just click here.
As for the big Cal Cup races, there will be some quick previews down below.
Now on to one of our more popular features, but given the great card at Gulfstream, we’re going to go there for today’s tutorial.
A handicapping lesson
Here’s this week’s contribution from Rob Henie of the WCHR (West Coast Handicapping Report) and the ECHR (East Coast Handicapping Report). The thinking is by breaking down a race in detail you can learn to handicap like the pros.
Today, Rob looks at the fifth race at Gulfstream:
This is a maiden special weight at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, and we’re gonna look at some well-meant runners going long on the sod at first asking. First off, it’s important to remember, when a competent trainer goes long at first asking, it’s rarely to “give the horse the race.” If a horse is “short,” meaning, not ready physically for the distance, it can lead to a tired runner, and that’s when horses are more prone to injuries, hanging on a wrong lead, too tired to switch leads, etc. can open the door to injuries when leaning on one side too long, especially when tired. It’s one thing to come up a bit tired going 5 ½, where you can gradually work into a longer distance, but it’s another to go long at first asking and completely leave your runner open to injury and a bad first experience if not ready. With this in mind, top selection is HAMPTON POINT (#5), who debuts for Toner, a guy who’s good going long, and rarely leaves his runners short. The fact he goes here is encouraging, as is the presence of Castellano. Also, never mind the slow drills, this is typical for Jim, indicative of a horse asked for nothing early in the work, instead, finishing late, producing a slow time due to the very slow opening splits, not accounting for the final portion of the drill. Also, when you notice slow drills in a maiden special weight going long, generally it’s not a bad thing, as opposed to slow drills going six furlongs when placed at the bottom claiming levels which means, “he’s showing nothing,” let’s run at the bottom. Understanding intention and placement can give you a better idea as to the meaning of the work pattern. Look for a decent late effort here today. GOLDEN CHALLENGE (#14) is another debuting today, from the Nicks barn, with Rosario up. Drills are slow, but would Ralph be sending long on the sod, if needing the race with a $425,000 purchase? The fact Joel rides as well is a good thing, not riding for Lewis, whom he rode for in So. Cal for years, and still does with the right horses, giving this one a bit more credence, and a bit less to the Lewis firster in here (the #12 horse).
Race Outlook: Multiple runners would be useful.
Maiden Listed Condition: MSW
ECHR Estimated Level: $30,000
(this is a powerful category for us, understanding what type of race this really is….For example, we’ll often bring to light a MSW race where one horse exits a listed MSW race which was closer to an $8,000 bunch, while another exits a listed MSW race which is closer to a $40,000 group … not all races, especially maiden races, are created equal, and this is sharp info to have on your side….see #3 Empirically below)
Win Contenders (order of preference): 5-14-6
X Out Runners (eliminating on the win end): 1,11
6 Neepawa - Very nice action, striding out beautifully, we’ll respect off the freshening for Casse.
3 Empirically - Will take play, but we know better, finishing a close second against listed MSW types, but we had appraised that group as $5,000 types, a bad group. Looking to beat his 7-2 morning line.
12 River Birch - If live today, or with ability, Rosario likely would be riding here.
TOP PICK: HAMPTON POINT (#5 12-1 Castellano)
SECOND CHOICE: GOLDEN CHALLENGE (#14 15-1 Rosario)
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Santa Anita review
No stakes races on Friday, but the 6-furlong feature saw a dominating performance by Captain Scotty, winning the $56,000 purse race by 5 ¼. The 4 year old bears some watching as he won his maiden race in December by 6 3/4 lengths. He’s trained by Peter Miller, who was in Florida on Thursday night at the Eclipse Awards (are they over yet?), and was ridden by Flavien Prat.
His win didn’t come as a surprise to many as he paid $4.20, $3.00 and $2.40. Miller also had the second-place horse Big League. Coils Gold was third.
Santa Anita preview
There is a special 11:45 a.m. post today with 10 races. Nine of them are restricted to Cal-breds.
The first of four stakes races will be the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint, going at about 12:45 p.m. It’s over the 6 ½ furlong downhill turf course. The 9-5 favorite is Miss Sunset, who reeled off three straight wins before finishing eighth in the La Brea to Eclipse Award winner Unique Bella. She picks up another new jockey, and a good one, in Flavien Prat. The second favorite is Barbara Beatrice at 3-1. She loves the downhill course and has four wins in 10 starts at Santa Anita.
Next up is the $150,000 California Cup Sprint at around 1:15 p.m. It’s a Cal-bred race for older horses over 6 furlongs. The big name here is Masochistic, who is better known to have lost his purse money over a controversial drug positive after a second-place finish in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. He only raced twice in 2017 but is the 4-5 favorite. Mike Smith is his regular rider but he’s in Florida, so one of Bob Baffert’s new favorites—Drayden Van Dyke—gets the call. Edwards Going Left, for John Sadler and Hronis Racing, is the second favorite at 5-2, having won six of 10 lifetime starts and four of seven at Santa Anita.
The $100,000 California Sprint Stakes is scheduled for around 2:25 p.m. It’s also down the hillside turf course but restricted to 3 year old Cal-breds. There is no big favorite in this race with Heck Yeah, again for Baffert and Van Dyke, being the tepid 7-2 favorite. This colt has only run once, winning by 5 ¼ lengths at Los Alamitos. Cono and Bookies Luck are at 4-1 as the second choices. Cono has won only once in seven starts, but that was at Santa Anita. Bookies Luck has won three of his last five races and gets turf expert Kent Desormeaux in the saddle.
The big stakes is the $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic for older horses going 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Funny, I always thought a race that was a Classic had to be 1 ¼ miles. Post is around 3:40 p.m. It’s got a pretty good field of nine with He Will being the 2-1 favorite for Jerry Hollendorfer and Rafael Bejarano. He Will is a veteran campaigner with six wins in 21 starts. He’s four of 14 on the turf. Rye and Smokey Image are 3-1. Rye runs for reasonably hot trainer William Morey. His last two races were at Golden Gate and he has five wins in 10 tries on the turf. Smokey Image broke on to scene two years ago with lots of promise. He even ran in the Santa Anita Derby. But, despite a spectacular performance on Cal Cup day, he’s never duplicated that kind of success as he’s moved up and down in class.
Big races preview
A look at graded stakes or races worth more $100,000 or more on Saturday. All times PST.
9:30 Gulfstream: Grade 3 $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 ½ miles on turf. Favorite: Apple Betty (7-5)
10:20 Aqueduct: Grade 3 Toboggan Stakes, 4 and up, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Takaful (4-5)
11:01 Gulfstream: $125,000 Ladies Turf Sprint Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 5 furlongs on the turf. Favorite: Blue Bahia (7-2)
11:30 Laurel: $100,000 Marshua Stakes, fillies 3 years old, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Enrage (9-5)
11:32 Gulfstream: Grade 3 $125,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes, 4 and up, 1 mile. Favorite: Tale Of Silence (3-1)
12:04 Gulfstream: Grade 3 $200,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap, 4 and up, 1 ½ miles on turf. Favorite: Bullards Alley (2-1)
12:30 Laurel: $100,000 Native Diver Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/6 miles. Favorite: Afleet Willy (7-5)
12:38 Gulfstream: Grade 3 $125,000 Hurricane Bertie Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Curlin’s Approval (2-1)
12:47 Santa Anita: $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint, Cal-bred fillies and mares 4 and up, 6 ½ furlongs on the turf. Favorite: Miss Sunset (9-5)
1:00 Laurel: $100,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes, 3 year olds, 7 furlongs. Favorite: Wentz (2-1)
1:14 Gulfstream: $125,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint Stakes, 4 and up, 5 furlongs on the turf. Favorite: Pay Any Price (3-1)
1:19 Santa Anita: $150,000 California Cup Sprint, Cal-bred 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Masochistic (4-5)
1:30 Laurel: $100,000 Nellie Morse Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Julerette (2-1)
1:50 Gulfstream: $125,000 South Beach Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 7 ½ furlongs on the turf. Favorite: Celestine (5-2)
2:25 Santa Anita: $100,000 Cal Cup Turf Sprint Stakes, Cal-bred 3 year olds, 6 ½ furlongs on the turf. Favorite: Heck Yeah (7-2)
2:35 Gulfstream: Grade 1 $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles. Favorite: Gun Runner (4-5)
2:38 Oaklawn: $125,000 American Beauty Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Chanteline (5-2)
3:37 Santa Anita: $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic, Cal-breds 4 and up, 1 1/8 miles on turf. Favorite: He Will (2-1)
Bob Ike’s SA play of the day
EIGHTH RACE: No. 4 Camino Del Paraiso (5-1)
NoCal invader from O.J. Jauregui stable should fire a big shot in this 1 1/8 mile Cal-bred turf stakes. He uncorked a huge, wide rally on the far turn last time before tiring late and was very game in defeat one back. He needs a waiting ride to be most effective and figures to get patient handling from top turf rider Flavien Prat. Main danger is his Bay Area nemesis Rye.
Friday Result: Mesut ran very well but settled for second behind favorite Incensed in the seventh race.
Bob Ike is a Partner/VP of Horsebills.com and the proprietor of BobIkePicks.com (full-card picks, 3 Best Plays and betting strategy).
Ed Burgart’s LA pick of the day
THIRD RACE: No. 3 Couldashouldadid (4-1)
He is an eight-time winner who fits restricted non-winners-of-two conditions nicely and figures to control the pace from his favorable post. He had speed sharpened at 4 furlongs in last fourth-place try and won five races with claiming tags of $4,000 or less last year. His six opponents have combined for only 14 victories.
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And now the stars of the show, Friday’s results and Saturday’s entries.
Santa Anita Charts Results for Friday, January 26.
Copyright 2018 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 18th day of a 59-day meet. Clear & Firm
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $32,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $40,000-$35,000. Time 24.11 48.90 1:13.05 1:24.94 1:36.64
|8||Royal Opera House||123||7||7||6–1||5–hd||5–1||3–½||2–½||Desormeaux||3.10|
|8||ROYAL OPERA HOUSE (IRE)||4.40||3.00|
|$1 EXACTA (5-8)||$19.20|
|$1 SUPERFECTA (5-8-6-4)||$235.30|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (5-8-6-4-3)||$1,495.40|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-8-6)||$59.80|
Winner–Uber Star B.g.5 by Fastnet Rock (AUS) out of Reach The Stars (IRE), by Galileo (IRE). Bred by Reiley McDonald (KY). Trainer: William E. Morey. Owner: Cybertec International Inc, Nentwig, Michael and Newman, Roger H.. Mutuel Pool $158,936 Exacta Pool $81,649 Superfecta Pool $38,454 Super High Five Pool $75,110 Trifecta Pool $53,473. Claimed–Royal Opera House (IRE) by Cannon, Robert T., Goodwin, Kelley and Goodwin, Tim. Trainer: Alfredo Marquez. Claimed–Winning Element by R3 Racing and Calara Farms. Trainer: Doug O'Neill. Scratched–Ice Kat.
UBER STAR chased outside a rival then off the rail, went outside a foe on the second turn and three deep into the stretch, came out in upper stretch, lugged in some under left handed urging in midstretch then rallied under an energetic hand ride to gain the lead outside foes in deep stretch. ROYAL OPERA HOUSE (IRE) broke out a bit, pulled and came out three deep into the first turn, chased outside a rival, swung four wide into the stretch, bid between foes in deep stretch and edged a rival or the place. RAINBOW SQUALL stalked three deep then bid three wide on the backstretch and second turn and into the stretch, took a short lead in upper stretch, drifted in and fought back just off the rail in deep stretch and was edged for second. WINNING ELEMENT stalked the pace between foes then a bit off the rail to the stretch, bid between horses in midstretch, was in tight between and behind foes past midstretch, came out and lacked the needed late kick. NAP LAJOIE close up stalking the pace between rivals, bid between foes on the backstretch and second turn, took a short lead into the stretch, fought back between foes in midstretch and weakened late. ZAPANA'S GAME took the early lead and set the pace inside, dueled along the rail, came a bit off the fence in upper stretch, drifted inward in midstretch and also weakened late. LAUREN'S LADD saved ground, steadied in tight on the first turn, stalked along the rail, steadied again off heels in midstretch, came out past midstretch and could not recover.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 22.53 45.71 57.57 1:09.83
|5||Big League||122||5||5||3–½||2–hd||2–1||2–¾||Van Dyke||5.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-1)||$20.80|
|$1 EXACTA (1-5)||$7.30|
|$1 SUPERFECTA (1-5-6-3)||$79.90|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-5-6)||$10.55|
Winner–Captain Scotty B.c.4 by Quality Road out of She Is Raging, by Aggressive Chief. Bred by John R. Mulholland &Martha Jane Mulholland (KY). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Wachtel Stable and Barber, Gary. Mutuel Pool $162,638 Daily Double Pool $44,325 Exacta Pool $79,525 Superfecta Pool $31,539 Trifecta Pool $49,952. Scratched–none.
CAPTAIN SCOTTY sped to a clear early lead, set all the pace along the inside and drew off again in the stretch under a brisk hand ride and a hold late. BIG LEAGUE stalked between horses on the backstretch and most of the turn, continued outside a rival leaving the turn and into the stretch and held second. COILS GOLD a bit slow to begin, went up four wide then stalked three deep to the stretch and was outfinished for the place. FAST PASS stalked a bit off the rail then inside into and on the turn, came out into the stretch and weakened. HITTERS PARK close up stalking the winner outside a rival then a bit off the rail, angled to the inside leaving the turn and also weakened. TRUE VALOR chased inside then just off the rail, came out into the stretch and had little left for the drive.
1 Mile. Purse: $14,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $6,250. Time 23.65 47.66 1:13.41 1:26.85 1:40.79
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-1)||$28.80|
|$1 EXACTA (1-3)||$40.30|
|$1 SUPERFECTA (1-3-4-2)||$368.60|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-3-4-2-6)||$1,079.40|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-3-4)||$67.40|
Winner–Tribal Jewel Ch.g.9 by Tribal Rule out of Fair Bianca, by Bien Bien. Bred by Halo Farms (CA). Trainer: Ryan Hanson. Owner: Dunn, Robin and Hanson, Jim. Mutuel Pool $195,135 Daily Double Pool $20,329 Exacta Pool $107,510 Superfecta Pool $48,228 Super High Five Pool $2,828 Trifecta Pool $81,826. Claimed–Hawk's Eyes (BRZ) by Miyadi, Steven, Spaunhurst, Ed and Jasmine, Robert. Trainer: Steven Miyadi. Claimed–Rye Patch by Hudson Farms LLC. Trainer: Jesus Nunez. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (5-1-1) paid $88.30. Pick Three Pool $50,577.
TRIBAL JEWEL had good early speed and dueled inside, inched away into the stretch, came a bit off the rail in the drive and won clear under urging. WINNING CAUSEWAY saved ground stalking the pace, came out a bit into the stretch and edged a rival for the place. ROMAN TIZZY stalked off the rail then went up three deep between rivals on the backstretch and into the second turn, continued four wide on that turn and into the stretch and was edged for second. MIDNIGHT CELLO sent between horses early, dueled outside the winner then between foes on the backstretch and into the second turn, battled outside the winner again on that turn and weakened some in the final furlong. JONNY'S CHOICE three deep into the first turn, angled in and stalked between horses then outside a rival leaving the second turn, came out into the stretch and weakened. HAWK'S EYES (BRZ) chased three deep on the first turn and four wide on the backstretch, fell back off the rail on the second turn and into the stretch and had little left for the drive. RYE PATCH four wide into the first turn, stalked outside then bid three deep on the backstretch, dropped back between foes on the second turn, angled in nearing the stretch and gave way.
6 Furlongs. Purse: $29,000. Maiden Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Time 22.36 46.25 58.87 1:11.88
|6||Bad Boy Leroy||122||6||7||5–hd||3–hd||2–½||3–3||T Baze||2.50|
|4||Son of the South||113||4||3||7–2||7–hd||6–½||6–3½||Werner||14.40|
|3||Siege of Vicksburg||122||3||9||9||8–½||8–hd||7–1¾||Desormeaux||5.30|
|6||BAD BOY LEROY||2.60|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-7)||$170.20|
|$1 EXACTA (7-2)||$43.70|
|$1 SUPERFECTA (7-2-6-8)||$3,589.00|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (7-2-6)||$114.55|
|$1 X-5 SUPER HIGH FIVE (7-2-6-8-5)||Carryover $1,492|
Winner–Taco Tuesday Ch.g.4 by Coil out of Sacharissa, by Memo (CHI). Bred by Milt A. Policzer (CA). Trainer: James M. Cassidy. Owner: D P Racing. Mutuel Pool $231,165 Daily Double Pool $25,508 Exacta Pool $146,964 Superfecta Pool $58,926 Trifecta Pool $90,152 X-5 Super High Five Pool $1,954. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (1-1-7) paid $282.10. Pick Three Pool $22,196.
TACO TUESDAY had good early speed and dueled between horses then inside on the turn, kicked clear under urging in the stretch and proved best. CAYATE saved ground stalking the pace, steadied in tight off heels early on the turn, came out leaving the turn and into the stretch and gained the place. BAD BOY LEROY stalked three deep between horses, angled in between foes on the turn, came three wide into the stretch and bested the others. KING DARIUS dueled three deep then outside the winner on the turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. RED OBSESSION angled in and dueled inside, fell back and stalked along the rail on the turn and also weakened. SON OF THE SOUTH chased a bit off the rail then between foes leaving the turn and into the stretch and did not rally. SIEGE OF VICKSBURG broke slowly, settled just off the inside then outside a rival, went three deep leaving the turn and into the stretch and was not a threat. BIG BANG a bit slow to begin, saved ground off the pace, continued inside in the stretch and was not a threat. WESTERN WARRIOR stalked the pace four wide on the backstretch and three deep on the turn, came out four wide into the stretch and weakened.
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $30,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $32,000. Time 23.68 47.20 1:10.86 1:22.96 1:35.14
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (7-6)||$168.00|
|$1 EXACTA (6-2)||$28.30|
|$1 SUPERFECTA (6-2-1-4)||$185.90|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (6-2-1-4-5)||$639.20|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (6-2-1)||$42.50|
|$2 CONSOLATION DOUBLE (7-3)||$21.40|
Winner–Fahan Mura Ch.f.4 by English Channel out of Celtic Cross, by Giant's Causeway. Bred by Michael J. Moran (PA). Trainer: Vladimir Cerin. Owner: Bran Jam Stable and Clark, David W.. Mutuel Pool $259,266 Daily Double Pool $25,052 Exacta Pool $143,282 Superfecta Pool $62,336 Super High Five Pool $6,262 Trifecta Pool $91,201. Claimed–Tammy's Window by Cardenas, Javier and Morey, William E. Trainer: William Morey. Scratched–Hotsy Dotsy.
$1 Pick Three (1-7-6) paid $458.50. Pick Three Pool $40,907. 50-Cent Pick Four (1-1-7-6) 99 tickets with 4 correct paid $905.15. Pick Four Pool $117,255. 50-Cent Pick Five (5-1-1-7-6) 70 tickets with 5 correct paid $4,641.55. Pick Five Pool $377,670. $1 Consolation Pick Three (1-7-3) paid $61.40.
FAHAN MURA angled in and pulled along the inside then dueled from the rail, took a short lead into the stretch, came a bit off the rail in the drive, inched away past midstretch and held under urging. QUINN MURPHY saved ground off the pace, came out into the stretch and again in upper stretch and closed willingly. SCATTERLING (IRE) stalked the pace inside, came out into the stretch, was four wide in midstretch and finished willingly between foes late for the show. TAMMY'S WINDOW close up stalking the pace between horses then a bit off the rail, bid three deep into and on the second turn and into the stretch, battled outside the winner in midstretch, was between foes in deep stretch and was edged for third. SUMMERTIMEMISCHIEF angled in and saved ground tracking the leaders, continued inside into and through the stretch and was outfinished. TODOS SANTOS angled in and set a pressured pace outside a rival, battled between foes on the second turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. ALLSQUARE stalked three deep then outside a rival, dropped back on the second turn, came out into the stretch and weakened.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $54,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 3 year olds. Time 22.43 46.49 58.73 1:05.08
|8||Spend Spend Spend||122||8||7||3–1||3–1½||1–1||2–3¼||Talamo||2.80|
|3||Tell Your Mama||122||3||2||6–½||6–½||5–1½||3–1¾||Maragh||7.80|
|8||SPEND SPEND SPEND||2.80||2.60|
|3||TELL YOUR MAMA||4.00|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (6-4)||$23.60|
|$1 EXACTA (4-8)||$7.30|
|$1 SUPERFECTA (4-8-3-9)||$150.20|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (4-8-3-9-5)||$406.50|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-8-3)||$12.25|
Winner–Cognitive Dbb.f.3 by Uncle Mo out of Dream Sweeper, by Salt Lake. Bred by Dr. Rod Orr (KY). Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.. Mutuel Pool $260,995 Daily Double Pool $29,215 Exacta Pool $146,357 Superfecta Pool $73,328 Super High Five Pool $4,693 Trifecta Pool $101,932. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (7-6-4) paid $213.80. Pick Three Pool $42,010. $1 Consolation Pick Three (7-3-4) paid $27.80.
COGNITIVE saved ground stalking the pace, came out leaving the turn and three deep into the stretch, bid outside the runner-up under left handed urging, gained the lead a sixteenth out and gamely prevailed. SPEND SPEND SPEND stalked early then bid three deep leaving the backstretch and on the turn and into the stretch, took a short lead in upper stretch, inched away in midstretch, fought back just off the rail in the final sixteenth and continued willingly to the end. TELL YOUR MAMA close up stalking the pace inside on the backstretch and turn, came out nearing midstretch and picked up the show. SPECTACULAR MOVE angled in and dueled outside a rival then between foes leaving the backstretch and on the turn and into the stretch and weakened in the final furlong. MONDAYMORNINGBLUES had speed between foes then angled in and dueled inside, fought back on the turn and into the stretch and also weakened in the final furlong. MONGOLIAN WINDOW chased between horses then outside a rival, continued off the rail on the turn, came out into the stretch and lacked the needed rally. SWEET CONGRATS a step slow to begin, settled inside, came out into the stretch then drifted back to the inside in the drive and did not rally. HAIG'S FACTOR three deep early, chased outside a rival then off the rail, came out four wide into the stretch and weakened. MADAME WARRIOR broke a bit slowly, settled inside, fell back farther on the turn, came out a bit into the stretch and failed to menace.
About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Time 21.32 42.99 1:06.34 1:12.54
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-8)||$10.60|
|$1 EXACTA (8-9)||$8.40|
|$1 SUPERFECTA (8-9-1-5)||$90.10|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (8-9-1-5-4)||$191.20|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (8-9-1)||$12.45|
Winner–Incensed Dbb.g.5 by Pollard's Vision out of Holy Smokie, by Holy Bull. Bred by Meadow Lane Stables LLC (KY). Trainer: Peter Miller. Owner: Actioncat Thoroughbreds, Simonovic, Steven and Barber, Gary. Mutuel Pool $272,412 Daily Double Pool $38,627 Exacta Pool $152,833 Superfecta Pool $79,486 Super High Five Pool $6,092 Trifecta Pool $105,078. Scratched–Radio Silence.
$1 Pick Three (6-4-8) paid $28.80. Pick Three Pool $36,282.
INCENSED had speed off the rail then stalked the leader, angled in on the hill, came out in upper stretch, bid outside that rival to take the lead in midstretch, kicked clear under urging and held. MESUT stalked four wide then outside a rival leaving the hill, came out into the stretch and gained the place. EL TOVAR settled off the pace inside, came out on the dirt crossing and three deep into the stretch and just got the show four wide on the line. LITTLE JUANITO chased a bit off the rail then between foes, angled to the inside on the hill, came out some in upper stretch and was edged for third between rivals on the line. RIGOLETTO (SWI) settled off the rail then chased three deep, continued outside a rival leaving the hill and into the stretch, went between foes in deep stretch and was edged for a minor award. WHAT'SONTHEAGENDA sped to the early lead, angled in and set the pace inside, fought back along the rail in midstretch, was not a match for the winner in the final furlong but gave ground grudgingly to the others. DRUMMER (GER) saved ground chasing the pace to the stretch and weakened. KY. COLONEL chased between horses, fell back on the hill, continued outside a rival into the stretch and also weakened. Rail on hill at 7 feet.
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $18,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $20,000. Time 22.39 46.11 58.84 1:05.74
|1||Mac McLovin||122||1||6||1–1½||1–3½||1–8||1–7||T Baze||5.60|
|$2 DAILY DOUBLE (8-1)||$44.00|
|$1 EXACTA (1-3)||$46.60|
|$1 SUPERFECTA (1-3-4-8)||$476.30|
|$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-3-4-8-7)||$1,720.70|
|50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-3-4)||$63.30|
Winner–Mac McLovin B.g.3 by Grace Upon Grace out of Unbridled Echo, by Unbridled's Song. Bred by Terry C. Lovingier (CA). Trainer: Jorge Periban. Owner: Carrillo, Aaron, Lovingier, Terry C. and Perez, Hector. Mutuel Pool $292,912 Daily Double Pool $90,902 Exacta Pool $176,369 Superfecta Pool $117,041 Super High Five Pool $20,292 Trifecta Pool $132,812. Scratched–none.
$1 Pick Three (4-8-1) paid $33.80. Pick Three Pool $144,811. 50-Cent Pick Four (6-4-3/8-1) 3741 tickets with 4 correct paid $109.85. Pick Four Pool $538,668. 50-Cent Pick Five (7-6-4-3/8-1) 69 tickets with 5 correct paid $1,872.80. Pick Five Pool $169,321. $2 Pick Six (1-7-6-4-3/8-1) 21 tickets with 5 out of 6 paid $743.00. Pick Six Pool $133,849. Pick Six Carryover $103,222. $2 Pick Six Jackpot (1-7-6-4-3/8-1) . Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $36,920.
MAC MCLOVIN had good early speed and dueled inside, inched away into the turn, kicked clear and drew off under a light tap of the whip and a steady hand ride. MINISTERTOMYHEART broke slowly, settled a bit off the rail, came out leaving the turn and four wide into the stretch and just got the place outside foes on the line. MOON JUICE also broke slowly, settled outside a rival then inside, came out leaving the turn and four wide into the stretch and split rivals on the line for the show. FIVETWENTYNINEFUND between horses early, chased outside then off the rail, came three deep into the stretch, angled inward in midstretch and was edged for third between horses on the wire. GEOCAS DREAM stalked between horses then a bit off the rail, steadied off heels into the turn, angled in on the turn, came out into the stretch, drifted in late and was outfinished for a minor award. THUNDERWOLF between rivals early, stalked three deep then outside a foe, drifted to the inside in the stretch and weakened. GRAND AIR chased outside then four wide, continued three deep on the turn and into the stretch and also weakened. CADILLAC EXPRESS had speed between horses then dueled outside the winner, stalked a bit off the rail into the turn, found the inside leaving the turn and in the stretch and also weakened. MOJOLICIOUS hopped slightly in a slow start, settled just off the rail, came out into the stretch and failed to menace. BLITZING MARIO between horses early, stalked a bit off the rail then inside on the turn, came out into the stretch and gave way.
|Out of State||N/A||$4,991,800|
Santa Anita Entries for Saturday, January 27.
Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 19th day of a 59-day meet.
About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $70,000. Allowance. 4 year olds and up. State bred.
|1||Portando||Flavien Prat||121||Michael W. McCarthy||5-2|
|2||Full Access||Kent Desormeaux||121||Vladimir Cerin||4-1|
|3||Highly Acclaimed||Joseph Talamo||121||Carla Gaines||12-1|
|4||Make It a Triple||Rafael Bejarano||121||Keith E. Craigmyle||5-1|
|5||Dr. Troutman||Rajiv Maragh||121||George Papaprodromou||6-1|
|6||Vodka Texted You||Edgar Payeras||116||Kelly Castaneda||50-1|
|7||Chief Hosa||Evin Roman||116||Adam Kitchingman||5-1|
|8||Fire to the Wire||Tiago Pereira||121||Brian J. Koriner||8-1|
|9||Closing Time||Tyler Baze||121||Jeff Mullins||10-1|
|10||Omdurman||Geovanni Franco||121||Genaro Vallejo||15-1|
1 Mile. Purse: $56,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000.
|1||Kawara||Flavien Prat||124||Richard E. Mandella||8-1|
|2||Ferguson||Santiago Gonzalez||122||Martin F. Jones||4-1|
|3||Sheer Flattery||Evin Roman||117||Jerry Hollendorfer||5-2|
|4||Midnight Pleasure||Corey Nakatani||120||Mick Ruis||8-1|
|5||Hoffenheim||Rajiv Maragh||124||Simon Callaghan||3-1||40,000|
|6||Beaumarchais||Tyler Baze||120||Reed Saldana||2-1|
About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $150,000. 'Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sp'. Stakes. Fillies and Mares. 4 year olds and up. State bred.
|1||Barbara Beatrice||Tiago Pereira||122||Philip D'Amato||3-1|
|2||Cuddle Alert||Tyler Baze||122||Reed Saldana||8-1|
|3||Miss Sunset||Flavien Prat||124||Jeff Bonde||9-5|
|4||Starlite Style||Rafael Bejarano||120||Hector O. Palma||20-1|
|5||How Unusual||Corey Nakatani||124||Michael Pender||4-1|
|6||How About Zero||Mario Gutierrez||120||Doug F. O'Neill||4-1|
|7||Run for Retts||Evin Roman||120||Steven Miyadi||15-1|
|8||Late 'n Left||Stewart Elliott||120||Anthony K. Saavedra||12-1|
6 Furlongs. Purse: $150,000. 'Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint'. Stakes. 4 year olds and up. State bred.
|1||Edwards Going Left||Tyler Baze||122||John W. Sadler||5-2|
|2||B Squared||Mario Gutierrez||122||Doug F. O'Neill||8-1|
|3||Masochistic||Drayden Van Dyke||120||Bob Baffert||4-5|
|4||Solid Wager||Victor Espinoza||120||Peter Miller||10-1|
|5||Tough Sunday||Joseph Talamo||120||Steven Miyadi||7-2|
|6||Country Road||Kyle Frey||120||John F. Martin||30-1|
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $35,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. State bred.
|1||Rustic Canyon||Tyler Baze||122||Carla Gaines||9-2||50,000|
|2||Black Site||Evin Roman||117||William E. Morey||2-1||50,000|
|3||Catability||Matt Garcia||120||Philip A. Oviedo||6-1||40,000|
|4||Dynamic Duo||Cesar Franco||115||Charles R. Stutts||20-1||50,000|
|5||When Jesus Walked||Austin Solis||122||Jose Antonio Moreno||20-1||50,000|
|6||Lucky Sun||Geovanni Franco||122||Steven Miyadi||5-1||50,000|
|7||Our Tiger's Boy||Tyler Conner||122||Jeff Bonde||4-1||50,000|
|8||Shackalov||Kyle Frey||122||Gary Sherlock||9-2||50,000|
|9||Chiquilin||Maria Falgione||110||Victor Fernandez||50-1||40,000|
About 6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $100,000. 'California Cup Turf Sprint Stakes'. 3 year olds. State bred.
|1||Raven Creek||Tyler Baze||120||Jeff Mullins||6-1|
|2||Heck Yeah||Drayden Van Dyke||120||Bob Baffert||7-2|
|3||Hardboot||Corey Nakatani||120||Michele Dollase||12-1|
|4||Vutzak||Stewart Elliott||120||Andy Mathis||30-1|
|5||Night At the Opera||Joseph Talamo||120||Jerry Hollendorfer||20-1|
|6||Psycho Dar||Evin Roman||120||Steven Miyadi||15-1|
|7||Cono||Flavien Prat||120||Michael W. McCarthy||5-1|
|8||Campaigner||Tiago Pereira||120||Steven Miyadi||12-1|
|9||Continental Divide||Victor Espinoza||124||James M. Cassidy||10-1|
|10||Sunrise Journey||Rafael Bejarano||120||Andy Mathis||6-1|
|11||Ministersdontparty||Mario Gutierrez||120||Steven Miyadi||30-1|
|12||Bookies Luck||Kent Desormeaux||124||Jeff Bonde||4-1|
|13||Sir Valentine||Tyler Conner||120||Richard Baltas||12-1|
6½ Furlongs. Purse: $30,000. 'Post Time 11:45 AM'. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$14,000. State bred.
|1||Black Tie 'n Tails||Stewart Elliott||119||Peter Miller||5-1||14,000|
|2||Giant Mark||Vinnie Bednar||121||Keith E. Craigmyle||20-1||16,000|
|3||Matriculate||Martin Pedroza||121||William Spawr||5-2||16,000|
|4||Rocket Fuel||Tyler Baze||121||Philip D'Amato||2-1||16,000|
|5||Native Treasure||Evin Roman||116||Jack Carava||5-1||16,000|
|6||Guy Code||Cesar Franco||114||G. F. Almeida||5-1||16,000|
|7||Old Man Lake||Santiago Gonzalez||119||Rafael Becerra||20-1||14,000|
|8||Tough It Out||Joseph Talamo||121||Philip D'Amato||8-1||16,000|
1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $200,000. 'Unusual Heat Turf Classic'. Stakes. 4 year olds and up. State bred.
|1||He Will||Rafael Bejarano||122||Jerry Hollendorfer||2-1|
|2||Accountability||Drayden Van Dyke||120||Rafael Becerra||20-1|
|3||Summersimage||Alonso Quinonez||122||Manuel Landeros||15-1|
|4||Camino Del Paraiso||Flavien Prat||120||O. J. Jauregui||5-1|
|5||Brandothebartender||Brice Blanc||120||Andrew Lerner||15-1|
|6||Rye||Kent Desormeaux||120||William E. Morey||3-1|
|7||The Big Train||Corey Nakatani||120||Peter Miller||15-1|
|8||Smokey Image||Tyler Baze||120||Carla Gaines||3-1|
|9||Tule Fog||Santiago Gonzalez||120||Javier Jose Sierra||12-1|
5½ Furlongs. Purse: $65,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 3 year olds. State bred.
|1||Smoovie||Mario Gutierrez||122||Doug F. O'Neill||12-1|
|2||Sunny Sweet||Cesar Franco||115||Antonio Garcia||30-1|
|3||Mixed Emotions||Geovanni Franco||122||J. Eric Kruljac||12-1|
|4||Charmingslew||Rafael Bejarano||122||Neil French||7-2|
|5||Champagne Honey||Tyler Baze||122||Blake R. Heap||8-1|
|6||Inland Empire||Kent Desormeaux||122||Peter Eurton||5-1|
|7||Swanee||Joseph Talamo||122||Steven Miyadi||15-1|
|8||Karmic Affinity||Martin Pedroza||122||Michael Pender||15-1|
|9||Oh My Soul||Drayden Van Dyke||122||Steven Miyadi||15-1|
|10||Z Z Tiger||Kyle Frey||122||Jeff Bonde||6-1|
|11||Judicial||Evin Roman||117||Mark Glatt||5-1|
|12||Nice Ice||Rajiv Maragh||122||Brian J. Koriner||6-1|
1 Mile Turf. Purse: $65,000. Maiden Special Weight. 3 year olds. State bred.
|1||Nevermissesabeat||Joseph Talamo||122||Carla Gaines||10-1|
|2||Great Commission||Cecily Evans||122||Javier Jose Sierra||30-1|
|3||George From Tahoe||Ruben Fuentes||122||Jeff Bonde||7-2|
|4||Smart Knows Smart||Flavien Prat||122||Peter Miller||4-1|
|5||Shaymin||Evin Roman||117||Ben D. A. Cecil||6-1|
|6||Jump the Tracks||Tyler Baze||122||Jeff Mullins||8-1|
|7||Jersey's Heat||Tiago Pereira||122||Rafael Becerra||8-1|
|8||I'm Amore||Alex Jimenez||122||Anthony DeMarco||50-1|
|9||Gringo Star||Corey Nakatani||122||Ian Kruljac||12-1|
|10||Minister's Glory||Geovanni Franco||122||Michael Machowsky||10-1|
|11||Unusual Champ||Austin Solis||122||Victor Fernandez||50-1|
|12||Consensual||Victor Espinoza||122||James M. Cassidy||4-1|
|13||Ready Eddie||Mario Gutierrez||122||Doug F. O'Neill||20-1|
|14||Swallows Inn Gal||Edgar Payeras||110||Robert J. Lucas||50-1|