Logan never fully recovered from Jan. 3 seizure

Eddie Logan had been working at Santa Anita since it opened in 1934.

Eddie Logan had been working at Santa Anita since it opened in 1934.

Opened on Christmas 1934, Santa Anita Park has a long and storied history. But on Saturday, a cherished part of the track’s past was lost when the beloved shoe shine man Eddie Logan died.

He was 98.

Logan was remarkable because he was working the day Santa Anita opened some 75 years ago, and had been operating there ever since. In fact, he was almost 100 years old and he was still shining shoes at his stand right up until a few weeks ago. But on Jan. 3, Logan took a seizure while working at the race track and was rushed to Arcadia Methodist Hospital.

Logan never fully recovered and he died at his Monrovia, Ca. home early Saturday morning.

The friendly Logan, known as “The Footman,” typically greeted customers and horseplayers who strode by his stand with “have a lucky day.” In 2006, the Hill Rise Stakes for two-year-olds was renamed the Eddie Logan Stakes and last Dec. 27 Logan was in the winner’s circle for the trophy presentation.

“Truly, Santa Anita will never be the same without him,”  said the track’s President Ron Charles on santaanita.com. “He was an inspiration to all of us and I personally feel that my life has been enriched by having known him all these years.

“Eddie loved racing and the people in it,” Charles continued. “He was indeed a window to our past and, although he lived a very long and healthy life, we just wish we could have had a lot more time with him. I think all of us will cherish our memories of Eddie and what he meant to Santa Anita.”

On Saturday, Logan’s stand was covered with a green tarp and a bouquet of flowers was left behind.

A former Negro league baseball player in the 1920’s and ’30’s, Logan often talked about his ball  playing days with the Homestead Grays and the Kansas City Monarchs, and of barnstorming tours with Satchel Paige, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.  Logan played outfield, shortstop and catcher.

Logan also liked to lecture horsemen about taking care of their boots, and his customers included top trainers and some of the best jockeys to ever ride: Eddie Arcaro, John Longden,  Bill Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay and Chris McCarron.

Trainer Richard Mandella struck up a friendship with Logan because he admired Logan’s longevity and enjoyed talking to him.

“He had that great sense of humor and he’d make you laugh. He’d talk about his days with the Kansas City Monarchs and he was just so full of life. He said his dad always told him ‘Keep you mouth shut and your eyes open, and you’ll learn something,’ Mandella said. “I hope Santa Anita maintains his shoe shine stand forever, he was one of a kind.”

 

Alex Solis’ boot got stuck, if only I knew

When handicapping a race, the Daily Racing Form is a nice blueprint, but by no means do Beyer Speed Figures, half mile times and beaten lengths tell the whole story. 

A horse who ran a low Beyer in his last, or who didn’t seem to fire, may still run huge today. As any horseplayer knows, crazy things happen that cause horses to run poorly.

For example, the saddle sometimes slips, jockeys lose their irons, horses take heat strokes, and sometimes the wackier ones try to jump the inner rail. More commonly, losing contenders get caught up in speed duels, go wide on turns, or get blocked in the stretch. 

So, a margin of safety is in order. Personally, I will not bet a maiden in Southern California at less than 2-to-1, and I prefer 7-to-2 to 9-to-1.

Using handicapping tools, we can get a good idea about a lot of things that will happen during the race. And that information can be used to judge who the contenders are and what odds we need for a bet.

But no matter how hard horseplayers work, some valuable information will be known only to a few insiders. And there’s nothing unfair or dishonest about it. These jockeys, trainers and owners are simply in position to know some things that almost all horseplayers will not be privy to.

An example of this happened in the ninth race at Santa Anita on Jan. 19.

Jazzin Razz, a 3-year-old gelding, was making his second lifetime start in a $32,000 maiden claiming race at 7 furlongs. In his debut on Dec. 14, Jazzin Razz was 52-to-1 and broke 10 lengths behind 12 other runners. The comment in the Daily Racing Form said “hesitated, off slowly.”

His Beyer Speed Figure was a lowly 38, which is a far cry from the median winning figure for the class of 69. So, Jazzin Razz looked like an automatic throwout.

However, trainer Richard Rosales added blinkers to Jazzin Razz, dropped him slightly in class, and on Jan. 19 the horse sat just off the pace, took the lead in the stretch and was all out to win by a nose.

He paid $32.80.

After the race, Jazzin Razz’ owner and breeder Shirley Girvin found this blog and read my summary of the race. She commented to me that Jazzin Razz’s full sister Razi’s Star also paid a big price of $58 when she broke her maiden back in 2007.

Girvin and her husband Russell operate a small California breeding business and are trying to prove their stallion Raz Lea, who sired Jazzin Razz, by themselves. To date, Raz Lea, who is a son of Arazi, has sired eight runners with four winners, she said in the email.

Then she explained why Jazzin Razz’s debut went so poorly.

“In Jazzin’s first race, the reason he got such a late start was because Alex Solis, through no fault of his own, got his boot caught in the starting gate,” Girvin wrote.

Well, that was very important to know. Because 10 lengths at 6 furlongs equates to 25 Beyer points and if that is added to Jazzin Razz’s 38 it gives him a 63. And that makes him a contender at the juicy price of 15-to-1.

Solis’ boot got stuck. Such flukes happen in racing, and some things are not possible to know. And just because Jazzin Razz had problems in his  debut, didn’t mean he was going to win second time out. It just made him a good bet.

Obviously, we’re playing a game with imperfect information, so we need solid prices to make up for all of the things we don’t know, and for all of the races our ignorance will certainly cause us to lose.

TrackNet blacks Nevada out of Santa Anita, Gulfstream

No Santa Anita or Gulfstream signals could mean sparse crowds for books

No Santa Anita could mean sparse crowds for books

Plug pulled on five tracks; MK race analysis suspended

TrackNet prohibited 80 Nevada casinos Wednesday from taking pari-mutuel wagers on five race tracks, forcing bookmakers to either have the house back the wagers or to take no action on them.

Santa Anita, Gulfstream, Golden Gate and Oaklawn were all blacked out today in Nevada while the fifth track, Laurel, had a scheduled dark day. No television signals were allowed, which means horseplayers could not watch races at TrackNet venues.

TrackNet, a partnership of Magna Entertainment and Churchill Downs, is negotiating with the Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association over the fees casinos pay to take pari-mutuel bets on TrackNet’s races.

Both sides met Wednesday, TrackNet’s Scott Daruty told the Daily Racing Form. 

Reportedly several Las Vegas race parlors were booking bets Wednesday, however telephone betting was shut down at South Point, Wynn and Orleans.

Race analysis suspended

Personally, I bet over the telephone. So, until they open the phone rooms again I won’t be posting any race analysis on this site. Instead, I’ll use the down time to catch up research.

Nothing to shoot at Wed., as no maiden sprints carded

finish-line-at-santa-anita-park-by-rhetoricru2No maiden sprint races were carded on the main track for Wednesday. So I will save my energy for Thursday when we have four maiden claiming sprints, three of which have full fields.

Will last minute pari-mutual casino deal be struck?

It will be interesting on Wednesday to see if the 80 Nevada casinos make a last minute deal with Track Net on a simulcast agreement. As of Tuesday, no agreement has been made and casinos are reportedly preparing to book bets at Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate Fields, Santa Anita Park, Laurel and Oaklawn, instituting  house limits and no pick sixes. Fair Grounds, which is owned by Churchill Downs, has an existing contract with the casinos.

However, I doubt this stare down will last more than a month, because it seems that everybody loses by it: the tracks, the casinos and the horseplayers.

Kentucky Derby website now buzzing, just ask Fred Willard

homeAs I write this, there are 95 days, five hours and five minutes until the bell rings and the gates spring open for Kentucky Derby 135.

The way I know this is that I was just on the newly-updated website kentuckyderby.com. Not much goes on at this site after the previous year’s Derby ends. But a few weeks ago, it was update and upgraded with news and replays of Derby preps, ticket information, lots of opinions, and video of celebrities on the Kentucky Derby red carpet.

I didn’t even know the Kentucky Derby had a red carpet. But this site has a feature called “Buzz from the Red Carpet” where they interview the likes of  Dr. J, Taylor Dayne and Hugh Hefner with The Girls Next Door.

However, the interview with Fred Willard puts new meaning on the word “Buzz” in “Buzz from the Red Carpet.” Check it out by clicking under “Red Carpet Videos and Interviews” on kentuckyderby.com.

The Derby site has four handicappers who put up lists of top 3-year-olds pointing for the big race. Some of the common names seen in the top tens of these selectors include Midshipman, Old Fashioned, Vineyard Haven, Pioneerof the Nile and Beethoven

Of course, Churchill Downs officials around Derby time love to talk about all of the upscale folks who come to Louisville for the festivities, like the Queen of England and successful actors and athletes.

But the moon has a dark side and so does Derby Day. Let’s just say that the acceptable modes of behavior are quite different on the infield than they are on Millionaires Row.

During his red carpet interview, World Wrestling Entertainment promoter Vince McMahon was asked how Derby Day compares to one of his wrestling events, he joked, “It is much like WWE because you have beautiful people and you have animals.”

What McMahon may have been referring to is illustrated in the videos below.

The greatest two minutes in sports draws celebrities from around the world to Millionaires Row…

…however the real spectacle on Derby Day is in the infield

Forget Curlin. Horseplayer speaks at Eclipse Awards banquet and eloquently rips track operators

Richard Goodall told race track operators to show bettors more appreciation

Richard Goodall told race track operators to show bettors more appreciation

Horseplayers don’t need much. But a little friendliness and appreciation would be a nice touch every once in a while, a prominent horseplayer told a room full of horse racing’s elite Monday night at the Eclipse Awards ceremony.

Las Vegan Richard Goodall, 65, told track operators to view bettors as their customers and to do a better job of acknowledging them.

Goodall, who won the 2008 Handicapper of the Year Award at Monday’s Eclipse Awards ceremony, was speaking to the top level of horse racing’s owners, trainers and jockeys. But it was the track managers in attendance in Miami Beach that Goodall seemed to be focused on.

Goodall told the story about his tremendous experience while winning the 2008 NTRA/DRF National Horse Racing Championship at Red Rock Station in Las Vegas. The Red Rock Station staff, he said, made him feel welcome by chatting with him and smiling a lot throughout the event.

Race track operators should greet bettors in the grandstand, Goodall said, and encourage their employees to be more outgoing and friendly. Track managers should also concentrate on important little things that keep customers coming back, he added.

“Make sure the pizza is hot and the beer is cold,” Goodall said. 

 Goodall also made a plea to Congress to repeal the federal tax on winnings that pay more than 300-to-1 and total more than $600. He called the law outdated from the days when gambling was a sin. Then he argued that the extra money in people’s pockets would help boost the economy because people would use the cash to buy things like automobiles.

The following is the complete list of the 2008 Eclipse Award winners:

Horse of the Year: Curlin.
Two-Year-Old Male: Midshipman.
Two-Year-Old Filly: Stardom Bound.
Three-Year-Old Male: Big Brown.
Three-Year-Old Filly: Proud Spell.
Older Male: Curlin.
Older Female: Zenyatta.
Male Sprinter: Benny the Bull.
Female Sprinter: Indian Blessing.
Male Turf Horse: Conduit.
Female Turf Horse: Forever Together.
Steeplechase Horse: Good Night Shirt.
Owner: Stronach Stables.
Breeder: Adena Springs.
Trainer: Steve Asmussen.
Jockey: Garrett Gomez.
Apprentice Jockey: Pascacio Lopez.

The Eclipse Awards are presented by the NTRA, the National Turf Writers Association and Daily Racing Form in recognition of excellence in Thoroughbred racing.

“Jockeys” TV show to premier on Animal Planet Feb. 6

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Series focuses on seven jockeys at Oak Tree

What is being called a doc-u-drama, a new television show called “Jockeys”  captures an inside look at the relationships, risks and rewards of thoroughbred race riding.

The Animal Planet television network will begin airing the series at 9 p.m. E/P on Friday, Feb. 6.

The show was filmed during the 2008 Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet and it focuses on seven jockeys: Aaron Gryder, Jon Court, Joe Talamo, Alex Solis, Mike Smith, Chantal Sutherland and Kayla Stra.

Others seen during a sneek preview on the Animal Planet website, are jockey Corey Nakatani, trainer Jeff Mullins and bettor Jimmy the Hat.

Jockey says “I like speed and I like danger.”

Results, Santa Anita Sunday Race 5 — won $560

donald_trump_crazy_face_hot_chick_red_carpet11Working out at San Luis Rey Downs, trainer Peter Miller brought speedster #11 No Limit Poker off a six-month layoff to win convincingly.

Garrett Gomez broke this 4-year-old gelding sharply, but #5 Kinky Rule and #7 Saint Jack  competed for the early lead also. They ran three abreast down the backstretch with Kinky Rule on the rail, No Limit Poker on the outside and Saint Jack in between.

And on the turn, they stayed that way — giving No Limit Poker the dreaded 3-wide trip. But this 4-to-1 shot was such a superior animal of these 11 runners, that Gomez shook of the pace setters in the lane then found another gear when #13 The Emerald King came running.

I had several betting scenarios based on the post time odds, which can be seen by clicking the following link. I ended up betting $200 on #11 No Limit Poker, and $150 on both #6 Sky Patriot, at 5-to-1, and #13 The Emerald King, at 6-to-1.

To watch a replay of this race, go to calracing.com.

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
3 1 Justinero (CA) Navarro D Wallace, II J 103.80 10
4 2 Already Wild (CA) Enriquez I Pender M 84.00 8
5 3 Kinky Rule (CA) Nakatani C Sise, Jr. C 2.70 4
6 4 Sky Patriot (KY) Rosario J Sise, Jr. C 5.30 6
7 5 Saint Jack (FL) Baze M Hess, Jr. R 6.30 9
9 6 Cut (KY) Linares M Stutts C 62.70 3
10 7 Royal Albert (CA) Delgadillo A DeLeon R 27.60 7
11 8 No Limit Poker (CA) Gomez G Miller P 4.30 1
12 9 Second Hand Lion (CA) Potts C Sherman A 3.30 5
13 10 The Emerald King (CA) Rios J Monteleone F 6.70 2
SCR Goodlookindude (FL)    
SCR Water (KY) Olguin G Alcala J
SCR Seven Below (CA)    
SCR Golden Delight (CA)    
 
Pgm Win Place Show
11 $10.60 $4.80 $3.60
13 $7.80 $5.20
9 $18.40
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $47.60 (11-13)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $126.40 (4-4-11)

Results, Santa Anita Sunday Race 1 — won $585

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Coming into this race, Black Magic Mama lost five starts, but was bet down to 4-to-5 because of the company she was keeping. She competed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, two other Southern California stakes and twice lost to Eclipse Award winner Stardom Bound. 

But her top Beyer Speed Figure was just an 81, which tops the 80 median figure needed to win this race, but does not justify her short price.

Because Black Magic Mama was bet too low, it increased the prices on some of the other contenders, namely #1 Air Fair. This filly, ridden by Joel Rosario, trailed the field down the backstretch then rallied wide on the turn to reach contention. It was a long stretch battle, but Air Fair finally wore down first-time starter #6 Ultra Awesome in the lane.

Black Magic Mama didn’t fire and finished fourth is this six horse field.

I bet $150 on #1 Air Fair at 7-to-2. 

To watch a replay of this race, go to calracing.com

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
1 1 Air Fair (KY) Rosario J Paasch C 3.90 1
2 2 Black Magic Mama (FL) Bejarano R O’Neill D 0.90 4
3 3 Moon Over Malibu (KY) Baze M Guillot E 27.60 6
4 4 Broken Silence (KY) Talamo J Biancone P 2.50 2
5 5 Panorama Ridge (KY) Gomez G Frankel R 7.30 5
6 6 Ultra Awesome (KY) Baze T Yakteen T 26.20 3
 
Pgm Win Place Show
1 $9.80 $4.20 $3.40
4 $3.40 $3.20
6 $6.20
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $14.90 (1-4)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $105.80 (1-4-6)

Sunday, Santa Anita Race 5 — 2:34 p.m. post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King cifoonquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden claiming $25,000, 5-1/2 furlongs, 4 yos and up

Possible overlays                          Morning line

#1 Water                                          6/1
#5 Kinky Rule                                     9/2
#6 Sky Patriot                                    5/1
#7 Saint Jack                                     6/1
#11 No Limit Poker                             5/1
#12 Second Hand Lion                       7/2
#13 The Emerald King                       8/1

Early speed is a tremendous advantage in 5-1/2 furlong races for older maiden claimers and nobody has more of it here than #11 No Limit Poker. This Peter Miller-trained gelding hasn’t been out since running just off the pace in two sprints at Hollywood Park last summer. Garrett Gomez is slated to ride.

Trainer Clifford Sise, who has a good record in this type of race, should make an impact as he sends out both #5 Kinky Rule and #6 Sky Patriot. Second-time starter #7 Saint Jack had a decent debut and may improve.

If the pace is too fast and the race falls apart in the stretch, then I can see any of five other horses winning, including #1 Water, #9 Cut, #10 Royal Albert, #12 Second Hand Lion and #13 The Emerald King.

I will bet $300 on #11 No Limit Poker at 2/1 to 7/2, but reduce my wager to $200 if his post time odds are 4/1 and up. Also, I will put $250 on #6 Sky Patriot and #13 The Emerald King, but only at odds of 2/1 to 7/2.

If none of those three horses are 2/1 to 7/2, then at 4/1 to 9/1, I want $150 on #5 Kinky Rule and #6 Sky Patriot. Then I want another $150 on whoever goes off highest — but less than 10/1 — among #7 Saint Jack, #12 Second Hand Lion and #13 The Emerald King.

Sunday, Santa Anita Race 1 — 12:30 p.m. post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden Special Weight, 7 furlongs, 3-yo fillies

Possible overlays                    Morning line

#1 Air Fair                                      7/2
#2 Black Magic Mama                       2/1
#4 Broken Silence                            5/2

For a maiden, #2 Black Magic Mama has been keeping unbelievable company. Of her five races, she ran in three grade 1’s that included the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Of course, she lost all five times, but two of them were to Stardom Bound who is the probable Eclipse Award winner.

Stardom Bound’s trainer Christopher Paasch saddles #1 Air Fair in this race. Air Fair is making her third start and she has a good running style for 7 furlongs.

Of the three second-time starters running, I like #4 Broken Silence the best, but only because she’s been working out better than #5 Panorama Ridge. I acknowledge that you can’t ask for better connections than the ones associated with Panorama Ridge, as Bobby Frankel trains and Garrett Gomez rides.

I will wager $200 on #2 Black Magic Mama at 2/1 or more. If her post time odds are 9/5 or less, then I’ll take $150 on #1 Air Fair at 3/1 or better.

If for some reason those two horse are bet below 2/1 then my bet is $150 on #4 Broken Silence at 5/2 or more.

Results, Santa Anita Saturday Race 5 — won $1,080

see-full-size-image1In this 10-horse field, five of the colts were between 5-to-2 and 6-to-1, which says to me that the public really couldn’t tell who the best horse was.

But soon after the race began, it became increasingly clear that #4 Wall Street Wonder towered over this field and may very well be a stakes horse. The Bob Baffert-trained second-time starter immediately shot to a clear lead, then really poured it on in the stretch to win by 5-1/4 lengths.

I bet $400 on Wall Street Wonder, and was eyeballing first-timers #2 Vanquest and #6 Bridging, but neither fell into the 10/1 to 19/1 odds range that I was looking for.

To watch a replay of this race, go to calracing.com.

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
1 1 Warring Heart (KY) Valdivia, Jr. J Canani J 22.00 8
2 2 Vanquest (NY) Baze T Sadler J 28.60 6
3 3 Pleasure to Ride (KY) Coa E Hollendorfer J 13.90 7
4 4 Wall Street Wonder (FL) Rosario J Baffert B 2.70 1
5 5 Tevez the Tiger (KY) Bejarano R Harty E 3.40 4
6 6 Bridging (KY) Nakatani C Puype M 4.50 5
7 7 Degree of Power (KY) Gomez G Frankel R 6.40 2
8 8 Steel Blue (KY) Rios J Frankel R 23.00 9
9 9 Mythical Power (KY) Espinoza V Baffert B 6.10 3
10 10 Crack Thepat (KY) Talamo J Biancone P 19.00 10
 
Pgm Win Place Show
4 $7.40 $4.20 $3.00
7 $7.20 $4.40
9 $4.00
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $24.80 (4-7)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $72.70 (7-5-4)
$1.00 Superfecta

Results, Saturday Santa Anita Race 3 — lost $400

Jockey Joel Rosario won his second of four races Saturday aboard #7 No Guessing

Jockey Joel Rosario won his second of four races Saturday aboard #7 No Guessing

 The money kept pouring in on #14 Classic Demand, and there was only one reason why.

The morning line maker installed this 5-year-old maiden at 12-to-1 and who could blame him. Classic Demand had only raced one time, which was in March 2008, and she didn’t run badly that day, but her 60 Beyer Speed Figure didn’t impress anybody either.

 Furthermore, her workouts leading up to this race were at regular intervals, but they were slow, slow, slow.

There was only reason anybody would put their hard-earned money on a horse like this: Peter Eurton.

Eurton, who has won with six of his last 13 starters or 46 percent, is turning whatever he touches into gold these days.

At post time, when the bell rang and the gates sprang open, Classic Demand was bet to 5-to-1 and she almost pulled off the upset. But she  couldn’t stay with #7 No Guessing in the stretch. Classic Demand, however, did finished second, 1-3/4 lengths ahead of third-place finisher, Connie the Queen.

I ended up betting $150 on both #9 Sally Says So and #14 Classic Demand, and another $100 on #12 Happyinexcess. I was closely watching the odds on #7 No Guessing, but I needed 4-to-1 and she ended up at 7-to-2.

To watch a replay of this race, go to calracing.com.

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
3 1 Ms Honkytonk Woman (CA) Russell C Shidaker D 112.20 10
4 2 Connie the Queen (KY) Quinonez A Matties G 19.70 3
5 3 Queen Missy (CA) Delgadillo A Garcia V 52.20 7
6 4 Holladay Dixie (PA) Baze T Gaines C 1.80 5
7 5 No Guessing (KY) Rosario J Walsh K 3.50 1
9 6 Sally Says So (CA) Valdivia, Jr. J Lewis C 9.40 6
10 7 Ata Honour (KY) Olguin G Burnison E 16.30 9
11 8 Stylin Deputy (KY) Flores D Cassidy J 6.20 4
12 9 Happyinexcess (CA) Sorenson D Semkin S 12.00 11
13 10 Lil Troublemaker (CA) Scott J Soto A 78.10 8
14 11 Classic Demand (CA) Baze M Eurton P 5.20 2
SCR Black Point (KY)    
SCR Silent Smoke (CA)    
SCR Snooty Gal (KY)    
 
Pgm Win Place Show
7 $9.00 $5.20 $4.00
14 $6.40 $5.00
4 $8.80
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $30.20 (7-14)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $240.00 (5-7-7)
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Results, Santa Anita Saturday Race 1 — won $980

financial_money_rollYep. It seems to me that #7 Deep Pockets is better suited for 6 furlongs or shorter. The 4-to-5 shot trained by Bob Baffert chased pace setter #3 Drake Lake down the backstretch and put him away at the top of the lane.

Jockey Corey Nakatani was trying to ration Deep Pockets’ brilliant speed, but this horse  was in deep water during the last sixteenth of a mile, as #5 Buck’s Bro and a host of other went by him.

On the bright side, Deep Pockets’ fifth-place finish will probably allow him to go off at 2-to-1 or better next time he races. And if he shortens up, then I’ll probably bet him.

But this race was all about jockey Joel Rosario and #5 Buck’s Bro. Rosario, who won four races Saturday, placed Buck’s Bro in the middle of the seven-horse field and made a 3-wide move on the turn. Deep Pockets had the lead for about five jumps before Buck’s Bro came knocking. Rosario bumped a bit with Deep Pockets in midstretch, then pulled away to win by 1-1/4 lengths.

I bet $300 on the winner at 7-to-2, but also had $100 to win on the second-place finisher #6 Spirit of Cochise, who was 6-to-1.

To watch a replay of this race, go to calracing.com.

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
3 1 Ms Honkytonk Woman (CA) Russell C Shidaker D 112.20 10
4 2 Connie the Queen (KY) Quinonez A Matties G 19.70 3
5 3 Queen Missy (CA) Delgadillo A Garcia V 52.20 7
6 4 Holladay Dixie (PA) Baze T Gaines C 1.80 5
7 5 No Guessing (KY) Rosario J Walsh K 3.50 1
9 6 Sally Says So (CA) Valdivia, Jr. J Lewis C 9.40 6
10 7 Ata Honour (KY) Olguin G Burnison E 16.30 9
11 8 Stylin Deputy (KY) Flores D Cassidy J 6.20 4
12 9 Happyinexcess (CA) Sorenson D Semkin S 12.00 11
13 10 Lil Troublemaker (CA) Scott J Soto A 78.10 8
14 11 Classic Demand (CA) Baze M Eurton P 5.20 2
SCR Black Point (KY)    
SCR Silent Smoke (CA)    
SCR Snooty Gal (KY)    
 
Pgm Win Place Show
7 $9.00 $5.20 $4.00
14 $6.40 $5.00
4 $8.80
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $30.20 (7-14)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $240.00 (5-7-7)
$1.00 Superfecta

Saturday, Santa Anita Race 5 — 1:45 p.m. post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden Special Weight, 6 furlongs, 3 year olds

Possible overlays               Morning line

#2 Vanquest                           15/1
#4 Wall Street Wonder            9/2
#6 Bridging                              7/2

Bob Baffert trains two horses in here, but I like the second timer #4 Wall Street Wonder better than #9 Mythical Power. Joel Rosario, a decent rider, takes over for Corey Nakatani and I think the move will help Wall Street Wonder’s price.

First timers #2 Vanquest and #6 Bridging look promising, but Bridging may be over bet, according to the morning line.

I will wager $400 to win on #4 Wall Street Wonder at 2/1 to 9/1 but  just $100 at 10/1 and up. Also, I want $200 to win on both #2 Vanquest and #6 Bridging at 10/1 to 19/1.

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