Thursday, April 24, 2014

Santa Anita set for first spring-summer meet By Steve Andersen



 A new era begins at Santa Anita at 3 p.m. Pacific on Friday. The racetrack will launch its first spring-summer meeting, racing during dates previously held by Hollywood Park, which closed last December.

For fans of live racing at Santa Anita, the spring-summer meeting will mean more of the same. The track closed its winter-spring meeting only last Sunday and will race an additional 40 days through June 29. The two combined seasons are the longest stretch of live racing in the history of the 80-year-old venue.

Keeping the interest of racing fans – and avoiding venue fatigue – for the upcoming season is foremost on the mind of Tom Ludt, who took over as track president in March.

“It’s a challenge of marketing and creativity to get people to come to the track with six months in the same place,” he said.

To do so, Santa Anita has made some changes.

Post times on most Fridays will be 3 p.m., an effort to lure an audience ready to leave work early and get a head start on the weekend. Those programs are expected to end around 6:30 p.m. One exception will be May 2, when racing begins at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate the simulcast of the Kentucky Oaks program from Churchill Downs.

On weekends, admission to the infield will be free, with track officials hoping to entice families and casual fans. To gain free admission to the infield, customers must enter via Gate 6, off Colorado Place.

“We want to get people out,” Ludt said. “The feedback has been great. We’ll see if that translates into people coming out. We want to create an environment. People started going to the races with their dads. It’s a long-term plan to get families coming out here – throw a towel down, have a picnic, and have fun.”

On the racetrack, the product will be largely unchanged from the winter-spring meeting. Jockeys Rafael Bejarano, Joe Talamo, and Tyler Baze and trainers Jerry Hollendorfer, John Sadler, and Bob Baffert are expected to top the standings in their respective divisions, as they did at the winter-spring meeting. Game On Dude, who won the Santa Anita Handicap in March, is a leading candidate in stakes for older horses.

Santa Anita will host live racing on the Triple Crown days of the Kentucky Derby on May 3, Preakness Stakes on May 17, and Belmont Stakes on June 7, afternoons expected to be the best attended of the season.

Many stakes from past Hollywood Park spring-summer meetings will be run during this meeting, some with different names.

The $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 28, the richest race of the meeting, was run as the Hollywood Gold Cup in past years. The American Oaks, Gamely Stakes, Shoemaker Mile, Vanity Stakes, and Charles Whittingham Stakes have kept the same names and conditions.

Six months of racing between late December and late June will take a toll on the turf course, but racing secretary Rick Hammerle expects no disruption to the turf racing program. He noted that the abbreviated schedule at the end of the winter-spring meet gave him a chance to rest the course.

“I feel confident that the turf course will be in excellent shape,” he said. “The break we’ve had has allowed us to do some maintenance.”

Friday’s first race is a maiden race for 2-year-old fillies over 4 1/2 furlongs. The meet’s 2-year-old program leads to two $125,000 stakes June 22, the Santa Anita Juvenile and the Landaluce.

For bettors, one significant change will be the resumption of $2 rolling doubles, beginning with the first race through the second-to-last race each day. Rolling doubles were not offered at the winter-spring meeting, replaced by three daily doubles per day with a reduced takeout of 18 percent.

For the spring-summer meeting, the rolling doubles will have an 18 percent takeout, down from 22.68 percent when last offered at the 2013 autumn meeting.

Read the article at    http://www.drf.com/news/santa-anita-set-first-spring-summer-meet





GOLD RUSH DAY SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK



CLASSY TAMARANDO HEADS EIGHT-HORSE FIELD IN SATURDAY’S $250,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF; HOLLENDORFER TRAINEE LOOKS TO REBOUND FROM DISAPPOINTING RUN AS FAVORITE IN GRADE III SPIRAL STAKES
SNOW CHIEF ONE OF FIVE STAKES CARDED ON CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY AT SANTA ANITA


A Kentucky Derby hopeful prior to a disappointing eighth place finish as the favorite in the Grade III Spiral Stakes March 22, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Tamarando hopes to regain the form that enabled him to win the Grade I Del Mar Futurity and two other stakes as he heads a field of eight sophomores bred or sired in California in Saturday’s $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

SPEEDY ROVENNA HEADS SATURDAY’S $250,000 MELAIR STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES; MACHOWSKY FILLY STRETCHES OUT AND SEEKS THIRD WIN IN-A-ROW
MELAIR ONE OF FIVE STAKES CARDED ON CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY AT SANTA ANITA


Trainer Mike Machowsky’s Rovenna will shoot for her third consecutive win as she heads a field of eight sophomore fillies bred or sired in California in Saturday’s $250,000 Melair Stakes at Santa Anita.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA INVADOR MARKS MINE FIGURES PROMINENTLY IN SATURDAY’S $125,000 SPRING FEVER STAKES; SPECHT TRAINEE DRAWS RAIL IN SIX FURLONG AFFAIR FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED FILLIES & MARES
RACE IS ONE OF FIVE STAKES CARDED ON CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY AT SANTA ANITA


Multiple stakes winning Marks Mine heads a field of eight older fillies and mares bred or sired in California in Saturday’s $125,000 Spring Fever Stakes at six furlongs. Trained by Steve Specht, the 4-year-old filly by Benchmark comes off an authoritative half length win as the even money favorite in the six furlong Camilla Urso Stakes March 15 at Golden Gate Fields.




SANTA ANITA SPRING MEET

SANTA ANITA TO UNVEIL FIRST-EVER SPRING MEET ON FRIDAY WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 3 P.M.; 40-DAY MEET TO INCLUDE FREE INFIELD ADMISSION & PARKING ON WEEKENDS THROUGH JUNE 29


GREAT RACE PLACE TO OFFER LIVE RACING THROUGHOUT RACING’S TRIPLE CROWN


Santa Anita Park’s first-ever Spring Meeting will get underway on Friday, as the track will present an eight-race program with a twilight first post time of 3 p.m. The 40-day Spring Meet will feature a number of promotions and events, and the track will offer fans free Infield General Admission and parking through Gate 6 each weekend through closing day, Sunday, June 29.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

CLOSING WINTER MEET FOR SANTA ANITA PARK





RACE 1

The bottom maiden claiming dwellers at the tricky distance of seven furlongs on the dirt.

A suspect weak opener if Wine Country Wanda runs a sub-par seven furlong. She was second in March and moreover, she was eight lengths clear of the field.........Her morning line is 2/5.

I bet New Nature before she broke though the gate and therefore she was scratched. She has the right closing style to make her a contender. I like her so Bet to win and place......do a daily double with Cueno.......$20 DD.


Chasing Hope........one race does not make a career......She goes from outside to inside which I think is a major positive sign here. She is sired by Candy Ride.....who can run on any surface or distance....do not dismiss as Hoffman trains her.....He works them slow.....She has plenty of work...at eight to one she looks to be the best value bet in this race....

She's Flush a professional maiden has run speed numbers that can will this race........seven furlongs is perfect for running style


       1. New Nature   bet $20 across the board

         Bet $20 Daily Double with Cuneo



RACE 2


Non winners of two sprinting for fillies and mares on the main track.

A wide open suspect untrustworthy of a race.......There are a few semi contenders.......like Sadler's filly Askingfor trouble.....She last ran at the beach but John is excellent with types that come back fresh. Her works are average but this is a average race.......

Mary Helen's Storm lost a heart-breaker in a race just like this. A six year old gelding gets added distance....moreover this trainer is a sneaky ass excellent trainer that can get them not to bounce after her comeback second.

Bejarano gets on Cuneo who drops in class.......anytime Bejarano rides for Michael Pender the horse is usually a very live one! She hated the turf but is bred for this dirt and I expect he can sends her or stalk then kick clear turning for home. She beat Lucky Cotton in her last race....Cotton came back last week and won........watch out for this one.

Lovemeister had been on my watch list then took a nose dive in current and past form. She has been layed off which he sorely needed. He is bred by Phone Trick who is fast and quick......Trick's babies win early. Bill on paper looks to have him ready to run a big performance at eight to one morning line. I like this profession under-rated jockey as he get all what he can get out of the horses he rides. Love beat seven horses out of a big field of ten in his last race........

          
            1. Cuneo
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

SATURDAY AT THE GREAT PLACE




RACE 1

One mile and a sixteenth at the claiming price of 32 G's. Take note that is is a small field..........pace looks to have Half Strike........in his come-back race he set a fast pace........third was a strong race against slower horses.........I expect this small field will need to catch him if no-one goes with him.

Timeless Indy has talent as Mark Glatt claimed him in his last race. Mark is 25% off the claim......remember there were other trainers that wanted him. He is no turf horse and that race was a mere prep for this one.....He was fourth to the Grade 3 Razorback winner Golden Lad two races back. In the Razorback Grade 3 race...the horse that got second came back and has won twice.....huge Beyer 107......That Beyer would win this race. The horse that got third finish third in the Donn Stakes.......do not dismiss this lightly race four year old.

Valley Cat ships in where he has won two out of three races on the dirt at this track......He has a stalking style where has has a above average turn of foot.



               1. Timeless Indy
               2.  Half Srike'
               3.  Valley Cat

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RACE 2

A turf sprint down the hill a state restricted first level allowance race. Back To Bako ran a huge race after almost a year off........bred top to bottom for this surface.......the jockey switch is huge........bred by Harris Farms and trained by a under-rated trainer.

Watching how Boozer won his last race....this
 move by Mark is a drop in class because he could have been claimed running for a tag.......He is perfect down the hill......if her does not do the classic bounce he is the one to fear for the win.

The X Factor that is bred to relish the turf is Bright Ocean. I love the way he pressed the pace then re-rally to get up just in time to win a maiden claimer.......do not dismiss this one as he has the pedigree and I expect that he will be over-looked by the bettor's.



            1.  Bright Ocean  
            2.  Boozer.......the one to beat
            3.  Back To Bako


RACE 3

A route race that is filled with speed is this first level allowance race.

Sagebrush Queen is bred to get this distance......I was impressed with how she finish full of run.......it looked to me she could go around again......the only races that has been bad was when she ran on the turf........she runs on the dirt.......major player because she can press the pace or sit back waiting a chilling then kick it into over drive. She will get the acid test on class because Field Of Gold and Yahilwa drop down after running in Graded Stake races.......

The pace looks to have Onena Bugeisha and Melanistic pressing the early pace..... I expect Passionate Diva with another jockey change and dirt for the first time stalk the speed. Field of Gold is facing older's for the first time......She makes her debut for Jerry........she gets weight off and the first of the year she rallied back east to get third.....in a 100 grander at Aqueduct...She has bee training strong

Yahilwa was rank in her last Grade race......She will be closing late and will be over bet.......but she has a excellent turn of foot....and as I said...there is plenty of pace to run at.



                  1.   Field Of Gold
                  2    Yahilwa
                  3.    Stagebrush Queen
      
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RACE 4

A claiming starter allowance on the turf going one mile for fillies and mare......a good betting race!

I was really impressed with how Our Little Hen ran......she pulled then was steadied and never folded.....She was game and her running style has both pure speed and tactical stalking speed.....Brice gets a good post on the outside and can quickly move down to the rail waiting to kick clear down at the wire......


          1. Our Little Hen
          2. Kerrilynn



RACE 5

A maiden 40 starter allowance going a flat mile on the dirt.

I was impressed with Ruff Proof flying late in her last race........It as a weird ride by the jockey to allow the speed to never look back and won.....Ruff Proff had the speed to go with her.... I like this change to Victor.........bred to get the mile......and improving each and every race..........


                1. Ruff Proff
                2  Mia's Storm
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RACE 6

I like the breeding top to bottom on Powerful trained by Jeff who is excellent with come backers puts the blinkers on and get Lasix......This four yr. old gelding looks and acts in the morning to be the real deal.......He has ultra fast works couplied with his main man riding him is the gelding I like.


                 1. Powerful
                 2.  Big Gregg







RACE 7

A big talented maiden special weight sprinting on the main track........tough race!

Shakahari the beaten favorite at the beach last summer is sired by Indian Charlie.......gets weight off.......

Midnight Storm debut as strong and the  furlong will only help his changes.......good pedigree good connections makes this one scary......

Sooner Born trained by Jerry is sired by Yes's Its True...bred to be quick and bred to win early..........ultra fast bullets in tow makes this three year old the real deal.


              1. Midnight Storm
              2. Sooner Born
              3. Shakahaki



RACE 8

I was blown away how Enterprising on after not getting clear because of traffic problems.........lo odds is my concern.....

I will try to beat Enterprising with the shipper Flamboyant........looks like a keeper........bred a blue blood.......


             1. Flamboyant
             2. Enterprising
             3.  Excessive Kid






RACE 9


Richard Baltas sends out Glitter of Silver........been away a long time but as second best......lover the works and the pedigree.


             1.  Glitter Of Silver
             2.  Cinematic Cat
             3.  Gospel Music                







Triple Crown Prep Races


DateRacePosition / Horse / PointsSep 7Iroquois S.
Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • CD
  • $100,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:45.65
Sep 28FrontRunner S.Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • SA
  • $250,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:45.02
Oct 5Foxwoods Champagne S.Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • BEL
  • $300,000
  • 1 mile Dirt
  • 1:35.81
Oct 5Dixiana Breeders' FuturityKentucky Derby Prep Season
  • KEE
  • $400,000
  • 1 1/16 miles All Weather Track
  • 1:46.91
Oct 6Grey S.Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • WO
  • $150,000
  • 1 1/16 miles All Weather Track
  • 1:44.80
Nov 2Breeders' Cup JuvenileKentucky Derby Prep Season
  • SA
  • $2,000,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:43.52
Nov 23Delta Downs Jackpot S.Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • DED
  • $1,000,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:44.71
Nov 30Remsen S.Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • AQU
  • $400,000
  • 1 1/8 miles Dirt
  • 1:52.92
Nov 30Kentucky Jockey Club S.Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • CD
  • $150,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:43.51
Jan 4Jerome S.Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • AQU
  • $200,000
  • 1 mile 70 Yards Inner track
  • 1:45.08
Jan 11Sham S.Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • SA
  • $100,000
  • 1 mile Dirt
  • 1:36.48
Jan 18LeComte S.Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • FG
  • $200,000
  • 1 mile 70 Yards Dirt
  • 1:42.57
Jan 20Smarty Jones S.Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • OP
  • $150,000
  • 1 mile Dirt
  • 1:38.69
Jan 25Holy Bull S.Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • GP
  • $400,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:42.16
Feb 1Withers SKentucky Derby Prep Season
  • AQU
  • $200,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Inner track
  • 1:46.31
Feb 8Robert B. Lewis SKentucky Derby Prep Season
  • SA
  • $200,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:41.83
Feb 15El Camino Real DerbyKentucky Derby Prep Season
  • GG
  • $200,000
  • 1 1/8 miles All Weather Track
  • 1:51.23
Feb 17Southwest S.Kentucky Derby Prep Season
  • OP
  • $250,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:44.95
Feb 22Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth S.Kentucky Derby Championship Series
  • GP
  • $400,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:41.85
Feb 22Risen Star S.Kentucky Derby Championship Series
  • FG
  • $400,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:43.86
Mar 1Gotham S.Kentucky Derby Championship Series
  • AQU
  • $500,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Inner track
  • 1:44.44
Mar 8Tampa Bay DerbyKentucky Derby Championship Series
  • TAM
  • $350,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:43.71
Mar 8San Felipe S.Kentucky Derby Championship Series
  • SA
  • $300,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:40.59
Mar 15Rebel S.Kentucky Derby Championship Series
  • OP
  • $500,000
  • 1 1/16 miles Dirt
  • 1:43.90
Mar 22Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral S.Kentucky Derby Championship Series
  • TP
  • $500,000
  • 1 1/8 miles All Weather Track
  • 1:52.26
Mar 23Sunland DerbyKentucky Derby Championship Series
  • SUN
  • $800,000
  • 1 1/8 miles Dirt
  • 1:47.88
Mar 29Besilu Stables Florida DerbyKentucky Derby Championship Series
  • GP
  • $1,000,000
  • 1 1/8 miles Dirt
  • 1:49.16
Mar 29UAE DerbyKentucky Derby Championship Series
  • MEY
  • $2,000,000
  • 1 3/16 miles
  • 1. (+100)
  • 2. (+40)
  • 3. (+20)
  • 4. (+10)
Mar 29Louisiana DerbyKentucky Derby Championship Series
  • FG
  • $1,000,000
  • 1 1/8 miles Dirt
  • 1:50.77
Apr 5Santa Anita DerbyKentucky Derby Championship Series
  • SA
  • $750,000
  • 1 1/8 miles Dirt
  • 1:47.52
Apr 5Twinspires.com Wood Memorial S.Kentucky Derby Championship Series
  • AQU
  • $1,000,000
  • 1 1/8 miles Dirt
  • 1:49.31
Apr 12Arkansas DerbyKentucky Derby Championship Series
  • OP
  • $1,000,000
  • 1 1/8 miles Dirt
  • 1:49.68
Apr 12Toyota Blue Grass S.Kentucky Derby Championship Series
  • KEE
  • $750,000
  • 1 1/8 miles All Weather Track
  • 1:50.06
Apr 19Coolmore Lexington S.Kentucky Derby Championship Series
  • KEE
  • $200,000
  • 1 1/16 miles
  • 1. (+10)
  • 2. (+4)
  • 3. (+2)
  • 4. (+1)


Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/triple-crown/prep-races



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