Thursday, October 30, 2014

Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint 2013

Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint

At only six furlongs, the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) raises more questions regarding post positions than do many of the longer races. Yet historically Sprint wins have been scattered throughout the starting gate—except for the extreme outside.
Still, after the post position draw for the Nov.1 test at Santa Anita Park, trainers' responses ranged from relief that their horses weren't stuck on the inside to dismay that they were.
"I wanted to be more outside," said Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. "You don't want to be inside for that race."
Baffert trains Secret Circle, last year's Sprint winner, and undefeated Indianapolis, and they drew posts 4 and 2, respectively. Baffert-trained Zensational   in 2009 and Euroears in 2011 started from the rail and finished unplaced. Thirty Slews, also conditioned by Baffert, won from post 8 in 1992 and ran fourth in 1993 from the rail.
Ron Ellis-trained Seeking the Sherif ended up on the rail this year.
"It's not what we had in mind," Ellis said. "It limits your options."
Every post from 1-11 has had at least one winner, so the inside doesn't always spell disaster. Three horses have won from the rail, four from post 2, and another four from post 3.
The middle does very well, with five wins from post 5 (the most of any post position), two from post 4, and one each from the 6, 7, and 8 holes. Vosburgh Invitational (gr. I) winner Private Zone drew the 5 this year.
No horse has won from 12, 13, or 14, though not every year has seen a full field. Eight of the 30 runnings had no post 12, 13, or 14, while another two had no 13 or 14 and eight more had no post 14.
Trainer Kathy Ritvo was pleased with the post 12 draw of Fast Anna, which she said "suits him very well."
In 2013, Laugh Track ran second  from post 12 by just a neck to Secret Circle. Others to get close from outside posts include Play the KingSafely Kept, and Honest Lady, who finished second in 1988, 1989, and 2000 from post 13.
Perhaps the unluckiest horse to come out of post 13 in the Sprint was Dayjur in 1990. A sensational European entrant, Dayjur famously jumped shadows nearing the wire, losing to Safely Kept by a neck.
Unlike most stakes races, which remain at the same track every year, the Breeders' Cup has traveled. As a traditional one-mile oval, Santa Anita has a fairly long run to the turn.
Four times the Sprint has been contested at Belmont Park, with its 1 1/2-mile track. That means a short run to the turn, which is much wider than most tracks. Those four runnings went twice to horses from post 3 and twice to horses from post 4.
An important factor is each horse's style of running. Two of Baffert's four Sprint victories came with Midnight Lute  , who raced well off the pace. Midnight Lute won from post 2 in 2007 at Monmouth Park and post 3 in 2008 at Santa Anita.
Secret Circle last year broke from post 9 and raced in sixth early. He had to travel wide around the turn en route to his victory.
Whether the rail will hurt or help Seeking the Sherif remains to be seen. He has often set the pace in his races.
"It kind of forces your hand a little bit," said Ellis. "He just will have to get out of there and start running. It's not optimal."
But maybe Ellis can take some consoion from the records of SmileThor's Echo, and Big Drama. All three won their editions of the Breeders' Cup Sprint from the rail and went on to win the Eclipse Award as champion sprinter.

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Aktabantay Declared from Juvenile Turf; Faithful Creek Draws In
V. I. Araci’s 2yo Aktabantay has been withdrawn from Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf because of a sore foot. Trainer Hugo Palmer has expressed his deep disappointment at having to make the decision to take him out of the race.
“He worked and moved really well this morning and I was growing in confidence about his chances in Friday’s race. Unfortunately, that confidence did not last long as he was found to have a sore foot when he returned back to the barn and I had to make the decision to scratch him.”
“He will be absolutely fine and we are now looking forward to the spring and we will be aiming him at the 2,000 Guineas,” Palmer added.
The defection of Aktabantay allows Decadent Racing’s Faithful Creek to draw in for trainer Brian Meehan with jockey Kieren Fallon slated to ride.
The son of Bushranger has been kept up to his work since his arrival at Santa Anita and has pleased Meehan who has been trackside for the past two days.
“We all feel deeply sorry for Hugo Palmer and his team it is all very disappointing when something like this happens,” Meehan said. “We are obviously pleased to be getting a run but not in circumstances like this. Kieren Fallon who will be on board tomorrow got on the horse this morning and said that he gave him a really nice feel and we have the horse in really great shape.”


Today Handicapper's Corner is focusing on Friday and Saturday Breeder's Cup races. Not so much on Santa Anita's Thursday card.........but I have given a short look at race nine........a very short look.


Heat Trap looks this downhill tricky turf course and on paper might be the one to beat. She has the perfect running style for this course.........Victor knows her well as he has three wins with her. Tribal Spy and Go West Marie exits the same stake race as Heat Trap who 
beat these horses. Pace might make this race as Home Journey trained by Puype sends out the speedy filly who ran like she needed a race........she got that race and know switches to the money man Smith.........She looks like the one to catch........she will try to steal this race if no one goes with her. A under-achiever that I thought would be a keeper but has run in races that were over her head is Wittgenstein.......I have thought that she is not a router but a sprinter and six and half furlongs is her distance to see how talented she is if she is. She switches from the O'Neil barn to the barn of Mora who has been hot this season at Santa Anita. She drops in class after a Grade 1 prep on the dirt and shortens up in distance.........She will need her A game to hit the board but I expect her double digit odds might be a good bet to bet her to place or show..........

             1. Wittgenstein  (LONG-SHOT)



Wednesday, October 29, 2014



The lowest claiming level at this track 8 G's at the distance of one mile open to fillies and mares and up!


Hard to really trust this group except maybe Silk In Silver who has been hot in the claim box. She has raced 11 times and has been claimed six times.......Kristin Mulhall is the last person to claim her.  She is the only one I feel that I can trust........she is seeking the hat trick......

          1. Silk In Silver

          Longshot  Cayanna  (might be a good value bet to place)


A short dash five and half furlongs on the main track open for maiden's for the claiming price of 75 G's.


Partyin trained by Jeff Bonde the entries that have run before looks to be the speed of this field. She had speed in her debut at the beach this summer against maiden special weight fillies.........a high price purse. Her last race she stumbled at Los Al.........rushed to the lead but it was all over having to have a start at the gate with this trouble............first time in for a tag and faces all easier field who have run before. Delgadillo and Bonde were friends up north when Jeff had his stable there......Delgadillo to me is a under-rated jockey so we should get odds higher then usual. I like the workout pattern with long works under her belt. On paper, she looks to be the one to beat. But the race is not run on paper........Doctor Susan I bet her in her debut........She had ton's of trouble Los Al.......she got pinned down by traffic problems.......She never did have a chance to run her race.......She finished across the wire with energy to spare.......The bettor's hammered her down below her morning line..........Let's try to beat Partyin with Doctor Susan.

            1. Doctor Susan
            2. Partyin


A starter allowance on the turf at the distance of one mile for three year olds and up!


Silver Torch tried two turns on the turf from the first time in a big field of 12 and won. The distance and the track is the same as his win in his last start. Ken Desormeaux is coming back after a injury last month. He has been on this horse the last three of his races where is has run solid. The rails are out to 30 feet today and him being on the rail will help his chances as he looks to be the controlling speed.......He has the running style to be a speedy horse or he can sit back a stalk the speed. Moreover, He beat straight maidens compared to the other's in this field. 
Anytime Bejarano re-rides a horse you have to take a long look......Roman Success has been trying to break though at this condition too many times......but a major big time jockey rides him so he is a contender! Jackson Sundown run much better on the turf then on any other we need to view him as a contender! He gets the preferred surface today as Tyler Baze takes over as the trainer a ex-jockey's trainer record is much better then what it appears on the Daily Racing Form.

A. C. sends out Gallant Charm who race a excellent race coming back after a layoff since April. he was flying home finishing s strong second. He ran on dirt that could be viewed as a prep for this race.  He runs better on the turf then on the dirt. The second tier jockey will give us good odds and this to me is the time to make a value bet trying to beat the favorite Silver Touch. Moreover, I love the seven furlong works AC has strung together to have him fit and ready to give us his best performance on the surface that he likes.

Crux trained by Ron Ellis will run on the turf for the first time........He pedigree has a touch of turf pedigree........sired by A. P. Indy out of the mare Straight Man........He can get the distance and should take the turf. Let's try to beat Silver Torch with Gallant Man on top.

            1. Gallant Man
            2. Silver Torch
            3. Crux

            Longshot     Romar Success


The feature race is a optional claimer at the distance of seven furlongs on the main track open up 
to three year olds and up!


This race has few pretenders and after looking at this race a number of times it is hard to land on a single contender..........most of this field has a legitimate chance to win. Pace will make how this race turns out.

Bob Baffert sends out two top contenders...........Hoppertunity who broke his maiden at this works which is normal for Baffert and is coming back fresh which makes this dude scary. As you know by reading my analysis I love long six furlongs fast works when a horse is coming back after a long lay off......Baffert has strung together these distances in Hoppertunity. Mike Smith took this horse over other's............Baffert has another entry.

Pimpernel which has a major asset in this race. Pimpernel, on paper is the only horse that has sprint other words, you will need to catch him at seven furlongs to win.


Pimpernel and Chief Lion both have sprint speed........they both go one furlong furlongs........I expect Pimpernel who have the early jump over Chief Lion.

Kate's Event claimed for 50 G's by Hollendofer shortens up in distance........Moreover, his last prep he drew the unlucky outside post. He was extremely wide the whole race around the track going one mile and a sixteenth. Seven furlongs should be his best distance as he has a killer turn of foot when the true racing begins coming to the wire.

Both Albert's Hope and Sweet Sunshine are major contenders.......this is the reason the this race is so wide open.......Albert's Hope trained by Mike Puype is a three year old gelding that has awesome two year old speed numbers that makes him scary......He is more mature now sired by City Zip is a blue-blood that had a prep race that you can draw a line though........I expect he will run his best effort today. Alonso is the only jockey that has ridden him........He rides him today.

           1. Pimpernel
           2. Kate's Event
           3. Hoppertunity

           Long Shot Albert's Hope



Breeders Cup week ends Wednesday's card open for state restricted maiden special weight company for two year old colts and geldings.


I watched Kluszewski run at Los Al.........He crossed the wire full of run and got a weird ride by the jockey. He got pinned in between horses then swung out very ride then kicked in the after burners finishing full of run across the wire.....A weird ride......Kluszwski is trained by Phil D'Amato a under-rated trainer that has Talamo re-riding him. His speed number climbed high after making his debut over the all weather track and ran over the dirt. He runs better over the dirt and now is making his third start today.

Signature Cat sired by Foresty trained by Eric Guillot a shipper that ran in Saratoga in a straight open company maiden special weight..........this race has easier company. After his debut where he had speed finishing second in a small field...cleared second by three lengths. He ran in a stakes race where the water was too deep for this colt.......He drops in class and shortens back to a sprint. He is back with friends........I like how the trainer has two long works and fast at this track and then a blow out. It looks like he will handle the dirt. He is the one to beat if the FTS (first time starters) need a  race under there belts.

Hot Lightening ran into Wake Up Nick in I'am Smokin' Stake race at the beach. He was hammered by the bettor's in his maiden debut at this track. Good connections sired by Storm Cat out of the mare Two Punch.......above average pedigree at this level.......Trainer is starting to heat up Simon Callaham adds the blinker's on him and moreover, he hires one of the leading Euro not just dismiss so quickly.......His running style he will need pace to run other words he will need to step up to bet Signature Cat or Kluszwski.

FTS that looks like a runner to me is the colt on the rail Dontpreachtome. He needs to over come the rail and clear early to catch the speed and have enough energy left turning for home......He just might be this good...........good pedigree sired by Pulpit.......who has been a good California sire. The trainer has been solid as the gate work over this dirt is fast!

                    1. Signature Cat
                    2. Kluszwski
                    3. Hot Lightening

                    Longshot    Dontpreachtome


A quick glance at the recent race record of Belle Gallantey suggests New Yorker through and through, but when the speedy Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) hopeful arrived at Santa Anita Park Sunday it actually marked a return to Southern California.
Since August 2012, Belle Gallantey has started 28 times and 27 of those efforts came in New York at AqueductBelmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. Her one trip outside the Empire State was a short—and profitable—trip to Delaware Park where she won this year's $750,000 Delaware Handicap (gr. I).
But Belle Gallantey is a book with many chapters at 43 career starts—20 more than the second-most experienced female in Saturday's Distaff, Valiant Emilia. One of those chapters for Belle Gallantey, a 5-year-old After Market mare, was written on the West Coast. 
While plenty of handicappers won't go far enough back in the past performances to notice, Belle Gallantey made a dozen starts in California in 2011 and 2012; including six starts at Santa Anita, In her four main-track races at Santa Anita for trainers Doug O'Neill and Troy Taylor, she was never off the board and notched two wins for trainer O'Neill.
She actually started her career for Taylor at Hastings Racecourse, earning a stakes placing in her third career start.
Now raced by trainer Rudy Rodriquez, Belle Gallantey arrived back at Santa Anita at about 3 p.m. PDT, Sunday, Oct. 26. Her previous two wins at Santa Anita came in a maiden claiming race and a claiming race. On Friday she's entered in the $2 million Distaff after thriving under Rodriguez's handling, scoring front-running grade I wins in two of her past three starts, including the Beldame Stakes Sept. 27 at Belmont.
"She really shipped good and is looking and eating well," Rodriguez said. I'm happy with the way she is. We don't have to do too much with her, just keep her sound and happy. She just galloped today. We just drop the reins and let her do what she wants to do and be comfortable."  
Bred in Kentucky by Pam and Marty Wygod, Belle Gallantey completed her last serious work before the Distaff Oct. 25 at Aqueduct, working 5 furlongs in 1:02 4/5.  
"On Saturday, her work in New York was really good," Rodriguez said. "She did it the way I wanted her to."
Michael Dubb, Gary Aisquith and Bethlehem Stables' Belle Gallantey and will break from post four under Jose Ortiz in Friday's race.
"We'll keep galloping her a mile-and-a-half the rest of the week," Rodriguez continued. "If they open the track on Friday morning, I'll probably jog her a mile to keep her calm. She's a very big and strong filly and can be very hyper. As soon as you get on her, she transforms herself like a good horse does."

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


RAFAEL BEJARANO, BOOZER, WINNER: “I didn’t expect to get the lead too easy. He can run anywhere, but he likes to be up close; one, two or three and he’ll run well. I thought Super Ability would go straight to the lead but he broke a little slow, so I took us straight to the front and was able to sit comfortably. I didn’t have any pressure and from there it was pretty much over. I had plenty of horse in the stretch. Today, he ran really well.”

MIKE SMITH, TAMARANDO, SECOND: ASKED IF THE EARLY PACE SCENARIO SURPRISED HIM: “I was a little surprised I was sitting second, but this horse hasn’t run in a long time and I warmed him up by himself. I took him back and forth a few times across the dirt and he was pretty fresh. I tell you what, he’ll come out of this race and run big next time.

MARK GLATT, BOOZER, WINNER: “He’s a very good horse. Obviously, the field was a bit depleted with the scratches, so he did kind of get things his way. He got a very easy lead but he did his job. He’s a versatile horse. He runs good down the hill and he won very impressively going a mile and a sixteenth (twice at Del Mar), not against stakes horses yet, but he’s very effective. I think he’ll even run a mile and an eighth if that opportunity ever comes up . . . He’s a good horse and we’ll see where we go from here but we’ll obviously keep him on the grass. We’ll nominate to several stakes and try to pick the spot that looks best.”



A wide open field of nine older horses with varying styles, headed by trainer Steve Asmussen’s venerable Regally Ready, will contest the $75,000 Big Bear Stakes at one mile on Thursday at Santa Anita.
A winner of the one mile turf More Than Ready Stakes at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 13, the 7-year-old gelding will bid for his third consecutive victory in combination with Rosie Napravnik. Although 12 of his 15 wins have come on turf and he’s never run a flat mile on dirt, he was a 12 ½ length winner going a mile and 70 yards on Mountaineer Park’s main track two starts back Aug. 2.
Currently in the midst of a terrific year, the Kentucky-bred son of More Than Ready has won five of eight starts dating back to a one mile turf allowance score at Santa Anita on Jan. 2. Owned by Vinery Stables, LLC, Regally Ready is 36-15-2-6 overall with earnings of $1,606,806. Blessed with an abundance of natural speed, he has proven he can stalk early or lead throughout.
Trained by Bob Hess, Jr., upstart Blue Tone comes off a pair of impressive wins going one mile on Del Mar’s Polytrack, the most recent a head victory in the Harry F. Brubaker Stakes on Aug. 30. The Brubaker win was accomplished in gate to wire fashion and the 5-year-old Birdstone gelding figures to be on the lead or close-up again in the Big Bear.
Blue Tone will again be handled by the comebacking Kent Desormeaux, who rode him both times at Del Mar. This is significant, as Desormeaux and Hess are a high percentage combination spanning more than two decades. Owned by Beverly Engelberg, Schoeder Farms, LLC and Jan Steeper, Blue Tone has four wins, two seconds and one third from nine starts. He has earnings of $216,980.
A winner of the Grade III Longacres Mile on Aug. 24, trainer Larry Ross’s Stryker Phd closed from last in a field of 12 in the Mile and is in search of his fourth consecutive stakes victory. A 5-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Bertrando, Stryker Phd has two wins and two seconds from four starts at a flat mile. Owned by Jim and Mona Hour, he’s 16-5-4-4 overall with earnings of $292,751. The Big Bear will mark his first-ever start at Santa Anita and he’ll be ridden by regular pilot Leslie Mawing.
Bob Baffert’s speedy Everton comes off an impressive gate to wire win going 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 3, but will have to overcome his far-outside post position with regular rider Martin Garcia at the controls. A lightly raced 5-year-old horse by Indian Charlie, Everton was idle from Oct. 27, 2013 prior to his win earlier this month. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc., he has three wins and a second from five starts with earnings of $124,450.
A runaway winner of the $200,000 Los Alamitos Mile two starts back on Sept. 6, trainer Leonard Powell’s Soi Phet pressed the pace and tired badly in the one mile turf Grade II City of Hope Mile on Oct. 4. Claimed for $16,000 in May, 2013, the 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Tizbud has won seven times since, with five of those tallies coming at a flat mile. Owned by Benowitz, Powell, Viskovich and partners, Soi Phet is 30-8-2-2 overall with earnings of $472,936.
The complete field for Thursday’s Big Bear Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a 10-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Soi Phet, Joe Talamo, 124; Sweet Sunshine, Corey Nakatani, 120; Politicallycorrect, Joel Rosario, 118; Blueskiesnrainbows, Martin Pedroza, 124; Safety Belt, Tyler Baze, 122; Stryker Phd, Leslie Mawing, 124; Blue Tone, Kent Desormeaux, 124; Regally Ready, Rosie Napravnik, 124, and Everton, Martin Garcia, 120.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Pure Tactics restored his reputation Sunday with a win in the $80,850 Lure Stakes over a mile on turf at Santa Anita. While the result will not lead to a start in a Breeders’ Cup race here Friday or Saturday, the win does give owner Doug Cole more options for the last months of this year and 2015.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Pure Tactics ($9.40) led throughout the Lure Stakes, dueling with Boyett for a half-mile before drawing off by 6 1/2 lengths over 11-1 Power Ped. Pure Tactics was timed in 1:33.22.
Leandro Mora, typically O’Neill’s assistant, saddled Pure Tactics. Mora is the official trainer of the stable until mid-December while O’Neill serves a suspension for a medication violation.
Mora and Bejarano talked tactics before the race, with Bejarano suggesting that Pure Tactics may be best served racing from a stalking position. The idea was abandoned when Pure Tactics broke sharply, Mora said.
“He knew he couldn’t choke him down,” Mora said.
Pure Tactics set fractions of 23.85 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and a half-mile in 46.60 seconds.
The Lure Stakes was restricted to horses who had not won a stakes worth $55,000 to the winner, other than statebreds races, at a mile or longer this year.
Starspangled Heat finished third, a result that may have ramifications for the Breeders’ Cup. Starspangled Heat has been pre-entered for Saturday’s BC Turf over 1 1/2 miles. Trainer Barry Abrams said before the Lure that he hoped to run Starspangled Heat in both races.
Hay Dude finished fourth, followed by Boyett, Old Time Hockey, Smart Ellis, and Drill. Old Time Hockey was beaten 2 1/4 lengths for second and was unlucky through the stretch, racing in traffic without a clear path.
Pure Tactics, a 5-year-old horse by Pure Prize, has won 8 of 19 starts and earned $313,606. Aside from the Siren Lure Stakes in June on the hillside turf course, Pure Tactics has one other stakes win – the minor Barksdale Stakes at Louisiana Downs in 2013, when trained by Morris Nicks.


With two of the 15 pre-entrants having first preference for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), it appears the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) could have a field of 13.
And of those 13 2-year-old fillies, 10 are coming out of three grade I stakes: the Frizette at Belmont Park, Alcibiades at Keeneland, and Chandelier at Santa Anita Park. One exits the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II), and the remaining two last raced in maiden special weight events.
The four fillies with a race on the dirt at Santa Anita, this year's Breeders' Cup host site, are the top four finishers in the 1 1/16-mile Chandelier: Angela ReneeConquest EclipseDanette, and Majestic Presence. Angela Renee and Conquest Eclipse began their racing careers on the East Coast and in the Midwest, but they have been galloping and working regularly at Santa Anita.
Don't Tell My Wife Stables' Danette, by Curlin   out of the Dixieland Band mare Sugar Britches, rallied nicely for third in the Chandelier but remains a maiden after five starts. She has, however, improved with each start for trainer Keith Desormeaux.
Danette is the second foal out of Sugar Britches, whose lone victory came at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt.
Hennythelovepenny, owned by Fink, La Vida Loca Racing Stable, Rogitz, and Silverstein, showed major improvement when trainer Peter Miller moved her to the dirt for her last race, a seven-furlong maiden special weight event at Santa Anita. The Henny Hughes filly won by 6 1/2 lengths in the good time of 1:23.75 on a fast track after finishing sixth and second in maiden-claiming company on the Del Mar Polytrack.
Her dam, Amaretta, by Woodman, has had a productive life as a broodmare. Second in the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) during her racing career, Amaretta, has produced six winners, one graded stakes-placed and the other stakes-placed.
Donegal Racing's Puca, the other filly exiting a maiden win, won a 1 1/16-mile special weight around one turn at Belmont in 1:46.09 on a track rated good for trainer Bill Mott. The Big Brown   filly showed little sprinting on the dirt in her debut, but followed up with a solid third-place finish at 1 1/16 miles on the grass behind the talented Lady Eli at Saratoga Race Course.
Puca's dam, Boat's Ghost, has four winners from four starters, including Finnegans Wake, a grade III winner going long on the turf and grade I- and grade II-placed, all on grass.
The two fillies with first preference in the Juvenile Fillies Turf are Lady Zuzu, who broke her maiden going long on the grass at Keeneland, and She's Complete, winner of the one-mile Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar.

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