Saturday, Santa Anita Race 9 — 4:38 p.m. post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden claiming $25,000, 7 furlongs, 4-yo’s and up

Possible overlays                          Morning line

#2 Sleep Tight                                       3/1
#10 Sunny Peace                                 7/2
#11 Tiz Salsa                                           5/1

The Mike Mitchell-trained #2 Sleep Tight broke slowly on Dec. 13 and was quickly seven lengths behind, however she rallied to be second. Mitchell has been excellent over the years with second timers and this one has a big shot. 

Jockey Alex Solis took #10 Sunny Peace to the lead in her first race on the synthetic Dec. 10. For the first part of 2008, Sunny Peace was showing speed in grass route races over in England. She’s dropping in class and running her shortest lifetime distance. If this horse sits off the pace a bit and comes with a run it can win, especially if #2 Sleep Tight doesn’t fire her best shot. 

On the outside, Rafael Bejarano rides #11 Tiz Salsa who is running her second race after a seven-month vacation. I only like her if she’s bet down.

Therefore, I will bet $300 on #2 Sleep Tight at odds of 2/1 and up. But if Sleep Tight is bet too low then I’ll put $200 to win on #11 Tiz Salsa only if she is less than 4/1.  

If those two horses don’t fall into their odds ranges, then I want $150 to win on #10 Sunny Peace at 2/1 or better.

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Saturday, Santa Anita Race 3 — 1:31 p.m. post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden Special Weight, 5-1/2 furlongs, 3-yo colts

Possible overlays                            Morning line

#1 Pauper’s Prize                               12/1
#2 Street Car                                        4/1
#4 Ego                                                  20/1
#7 Snapshot                                          5/2
#8 Wall Street Wonder                       5/1
#9 Gotmymojoworkin                       8/1

Both of the Bob Baffert trained colts — #2 Street Car and #8 Wall Street Wonder — have several quick workouts showing in the Daily Racing Form. But I believe Corey Naktani on Wall Street Wonder will be quicker out of the gate. For one thing, he’s a Florida-bred and those debuters have performed better in So. Cal than those from Kentucky or California over the last few years. Other betable firsters, at the right price, include #9 Gotmymojoworkin and #1 Pauper’s Prize.

Martin Wygod owns #7 Snapshot who was laid off for five months after showing speed in his Aug. 2 Del Mar debut. Wygod and Sise have won many races together with second-time starters.

At 7/2 or more, I’ll bet $300 to win on #8 Wall Street Wonder, and $200 on both #9 Gotmymojoworkin, and #2 Street Car.

LA Times: Gomez couldn’t move or feel legs after fall

Jockey Garrett Gomez thought hand was broken after crashing Dec. 27 aboard fallen horse

Jockey Garrett Gomez thought hand was broken after crashing Dec. 27 aboard fallen horse

When Back At You slammed to the ground after trying to jump the inner stretch rail in the Dec. 27 Eddie Logan Stakes, jockey Garrett Gomez was momentarily paralyzed, he told Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times.

“When I hit,” said Gomez, who on Wednesday narrowly missed breaking the annual jockey earnings record. “I came down on both my heels. When I was on the board, being carried off, I couldn’t feel my legs, or move them. That was scary.”

And he thought his bruised hand was more seriously injured. I “thought it was broken for sure,” he said.

Gomez’s agent Ron Anderson was in the grandstand, but he was so distraught that he couldn’t look. “When it happened, somebody offered me binoculars to take a look. I said no thanks.” 

Fortunately, the feeling in Gomez’s legs came back and the doctors sent him home. However, he spent most of Sunday getting cosmetic dental surgery and could not ride. And the injury likely cost Gomez the earnings record because three of the horses he was scheduled to be aboard Sunday won, including Proudinsky in the the $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap.

During Saturday’s Eddie Logan Stakes, Back At You had a clear lead in the stretch, but the lightly-raced 2-year-old fell when he tried to jump the inner rail as he approached a large shadow of the grandstand that darkened the turf course. 

Gomez, who was taken to the hospital, broke several front teeth, cut his knee and one of his hands was swollen.

After a quick recuperation and a gritty effort, Gomez won two races Monday and three more on Wednesday at Santa Anita, but fell $10,609 short of Jerry Bailey’s single year earnings record of $23,354,960 set in 2003.

Results Santa Anita Friday Race 8 — lost $150

After six wins in all of 2008, jockey Octavio Vergara tastes success early in 2009 winning aboard #7 Weevescent

After six wins in all of 2008, jockey Octavio Vergara tastes success early in 2009, winning aboard #7 Weevescent

This race began with 99/1- shot Far Turn bursting from the rail post to the lead. He battled with #4 Goodlookindude, at 48-to-1, down the backstretch and around the turn, but in the stretch 3-to-5 favorite #8 Motorboat took the lead briefly nearing the wire. But then Motorboat got nailed on the outside by a late charge from #7 Weevescent.

Many of the contenders that I was watching in this race got scratched, such as #3 Mort Robbins, #13 Sailboat Sam and #14 All About Larry. I ended up with a small wager on #11 Stray Cat, a second-time starter who was in good position turning for home, but had no late kick. 

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

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
1 1 Far Turn (CA) Arambula P Rickerd P 99.80 9
2 2 Warrington (CA) Garcia M Becerra R 26.10 10
4 3 Goodlookindude (FL) Stra K Martinez S 48.00 4
5 4 Premier Issue (MD) Delgadillo A Stute M 16.90 8
6 5 Bear Mountain (KY) Linares M Lerille, Jr. A 50.40 5
7 6 Weevescent (CA) Vergara O Polanco M 9.10 1
8 7 Motorboat (KY) Bejarano R Hollendorfer J 0.70 2
9 8 Enabler (CA) Blanc B Lerille, Jr. A 91.60 11
10 9 Minnie’s Boy (CA) Valdivia, Jr. J Puype M 29.60 6
11 10 Stray Cat (KY) Flores D Headley B 3.60 7
12 11 The Emerald King (CA) Pedroza M Monteleone F 7.50 3
SCR All About Larry (CA) Gryder A Lewis C
SCR Mort Robbins (CA) Rosario J Abrams B
SCR Sailboat Sam (CA) Solis A Hendricks D

Pgm Win Place Show
7 $20.20 $5.00 $3.80
8 $2.60 $2.40
12 $4.20
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Consolation Pick 3 paid $18.00 (2-3-3)
$1.00 Exacta paid $19.40 (7-8)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $230.50 (2-3-7)
$1.00 Pick 4 paid $1234.40 (9-2-3-7)
$1.00 Place Pick All paid $360.10 (8 OF 8)
$1.00 Super High Five paid $34929.90 (7-8-12-4-6)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $89.20 (7-8-12)
$2.00 Consolation Double paid $4.60 (3-3)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $50.40 (3-7)
$2.00 Pick 6 paid $449.00 (9-1-9-2-3-7)
$2.00 Pick 6 paid $55712.60 (9-1-9-2-3-7)

Swiiissshhh, Larry scores third recent debuter for Lewis

 

Larry The Legend sired Nine to Dine, who won Friday's third race for trainer Craig Lewis. The trainer, who also owns Larry The Legend, has won with 3 of 11 debuting horses sired by him dating back to January 2007. The horse was named not for Larry Bird, but for Lewis' brother Larry who managed the Long Beach Little League team that won back-to-back world championships in 1992-93

Larry The Legend sired Nine to Dine, who won Friday's third race for trainer Craig Lewis. The trainer named the sire not for Larry Bird, but for his brother Larry who managed Long Beach to back-to-back Little League World Series titles in 1992-93

Results, Santa Anita Friday Race 3 — lost $200

Trainer Craig Lewis owns sire Larry the Legend who won the 1995 Santa Anita Derby over Afternoon Deelites

Trainer Craig Lewis owns sire Larry the Legend who won the 1995 Santa Anita Derby over Afternoon Deelites

First-time starter Nine to Dine, a 3-year-old daughter of Larry the Legend, sprinted to a clear lead and lasted until the wire, winning at 4/1.

Nine to Dine’s trainer Craig Lewis also owns Larry The Legend and the trainer has now won with three of 11 first starters sired by him since November 2006.

The cagey Lewis hid Nine to Dine’s speed well as she showed no fast workouts of the 11 listed. However, somebody liked her because she was bet to 5/2 early.

In general, betting horses with Nine to Dine’s published qualifications at 4/1 results in a trip to the poor house, but every now and then one of them pops.

I wagered $200 on #7 Holychoir at 6/1, who never challenged for the lead. Other horses I was watching included #4 Sky Marni and #8 Not So Plain Jane, who both ended with unsuitable wagering odds at post time.

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

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
1 1 Impressive Mary (CA) Stra K Martinez S 68.90 10
2 2 Flag Waver (KY) Valdivia, Jr. J Ellis R 4.60 11
3 3 Spoolish (CA) Pedroza M Vienna D 9.60 8
4 4 Sky Marni (KY) Arambula P Gonzalez S 8.30 3
5 5 Dixie Lucky (FL) Talamo J Saavedra A 9.30 2
6 6 Warrens Secondmoon (CA) Baze M Gutierrez J 31.20 9
7 7 Holychoir (CA) Enriquez I Fanning J 6.70 6
8 8 Not So Plain Jane (CA) Quinonez A Aguirre P 13.20 7
9 9 Nine to Dine (CA) Gryder A Lewis C 4.20 1
10 10 Nita’s Image (CA) Guce R Contreras G 21.50 5
12 11 Secret Limit (CA) Sutherland C Hendricks D 3.30 4
SCR Tie (IN)    
SCR Kelleys Kitchen (MEX)    
 
Pgm Win Place Show
9 $10.40 $5.80 $4.20
5 $7.80 $6.60
4 $6.60
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $55.20 (9-5)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $315.50 (2-5-9)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $2320.70 (9-5-4-12)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $349.40 (9-5-4)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $68.60 (5-9)
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