Results Santa Anita Wednesday Race 4 — lost $500


Jockey Joel Rosario sat off the pace and made a run

The favorite #9 Suarez, who was pounded to a slim 2-to-1, found herself surrounded on the backstretch by three other fillies fighting for the lead. Saurez had led in her previous three races, but instead of gunning with them, jockey Joel Rosario took her off the pace.

The decision proved to be brilliant as she passed the tiring 20-1-shot Betterthanfiction in the stretch to win by a length.

Knowing that Suarez wasn’t likely to be on the pace for the first time, I tried to beat her using a first-time starter, two long shots and a horse coming off a layoff.  I bet $200 on both #11 Gone Punk at 9-1 and #10 Bajan Kitty at 5/2, then I put $50 on bombs #2 Jet Set Lass who was 24-1 and #6 Betterthanfiction at 20-1.

Betterthanfiction, who broke slowly in her last race but showed a quick quarter mile burst of acceleration, gave me a cheap thrill Wednesday as she held a clear lead in the stretch, but got run down late.

To watch a replay of this race go to

2 1 Jet Set Lass (CA) Court J Blincoe T 24.40 5
3 2 Top Rockette (CA) Potts C Rosales R 14.10 9
4 3 Susananda (KY) Enriquez I Matlow R 6.50 3
5 4 Strapless (KY) Espinoza V Greely C 4.50 7
6 5 Betterthanfiction (KY) Sutherland C Hajek I 20.40 2
8 6 Hypnotizing (CA) Valdivia, Jr. J Lewis C 19.30 6
9 7 Suarez (CA) Rosario J Scolamieri S 2.10 1
10 8 Bajan Kitty (CA) Pedroza M Machowsky M 2.90 4
11 9 Gone Punk (CA) Baze M O’Neill D 9.70 8
12 10 New Partners (CA) Garcia M Truman E 68.30 10
SCR Kelleys Kitchen (MEX)    
SCR Rev Her Up (CA)    
SCR Hara (KY) Talamo J Papaprodromou G
SCR Spoolish (CA) Flores D Vienna D
Pgm Win Place Show
9 $6.20 $3.80 $3.00
6 $14.20 $7.60
4 $5.60
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $41.70 (9-6)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $138.50 (1-7-9)
$1.00 Pick 4 paid $406.50 (3/4-1-7-1/7/9/13/14)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $1574.80 (9-6-4-10)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $364.90 (9-6-4)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $47.80 (7-9)

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