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Results, Saturday Santa Anita Race 9 — won $900

imgres9When the gate sprang open on Dec. 13, debuter Sleep Tight had a problem and broke slowly to lose several lengths. She didn’t quit, though, making a nice run through the lane to dead-heat for second. 

Today, she was stretching out from 6 furlongs to 7 and once I saw her break well, I knew I was in good shape. 

The race set up with #8 Silent Smoke, an 11-to-1 shot, setting the pace while being followed by favorite #10 Sunny Peace and #2 Sleep Tight.  But at the top of the stretch, Sleep Tight had nowhere to run, as she was being blocked by the pace setters who ran side-by-side.

Finally, jockey Michael Baze angled her out for room and Sleep Tight ran like she was shot out of a cannon. The race was never in doubt late, as she won by 2-1/2 lengths to #11 Tiz Salsa, who closed well.

I wagered $300 on Sleep Tight, who closed at 3/1 odds.

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

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
1 1 Wicked Sin (FL) Gryder A Koriner B 10.70 5
2 2 Sleep Tight (FL) Baze M Mitchell M 3.00 1
3 3 Warrensgoodwarrior (CA) Arambula P Gutierrez J 40.30 4
4 4 Savoir Farrah (KY) Garcia M Glatt M 73.00 9
5 5 Madraar Miss (CA) Sorenson D Meredith D 89.10 10
6 6 Lil Legal Linda (CA) Rosario J O’Neill D 4.20 6
7 7 Paddlin Mud (CA) Russell C Nunez J 44.40 11
8 8 Silent Smoke (CA) Talamo J Bernstein D 11.90 8
9 9 Dixie Dot Chance (CA) Blanc B Mendoza J 97.40 7
10 10 Sunny Peace (GB) Solis A Gallagher P 2.50 3
11 11 Tiz Salsa (PA) Bejarano R Hollendorfer J 3.50 2
 
Pgm Win Place Show
2 $8.00 $4.60 $3.00
11 $5.00 $3.20
10 $3.00
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $17.30 (2-11)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $119.10 (2-2-2)
$1.00 Pick 4 paid $1352.60 (10-2-2/10-2)

Results, Santa Anita Saturday Race 3 — won $840

imgres8Trainer Bob Baffert had #9 Gotmymojoworkin surrounded by his two-horse hidden entry at the top of the lane. But neither the 2-to-1 favorite Street Car or the speedy Wall Street Wonder could run down the stubborn Florida bred.

Jockey Martin Garcia hustled #9 Gotmymojoworkin from the gate and the 3-year-old debuter shot to the front. But on Garcia’s inside came Garrett Gomez aboard #2 Street Car, who surged to the lead up the rail. 

But Garcia didn’t panic, instead he sat chilly a length off the pace. At the top of the stretch, Gotmymojoworkin hit the front and clearly put Street Car away, but at the same time a new threat emerged outside from # 8 Wall Street Wonder. The two ran head-and-head to midstretch, before Gotmymojoworkin lived up to his name and shook away.

I ended up betting $200 on the winner at 5.7-1 and $300 on #8 Wall Street Wonder. Since #2 Street Car was bet below 7/2, my wager on him was not in play.

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

GM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
1 1 Pauper’s Prize (FL) Rosario J Cerin V 26.50 2
2 2 Street Car (KY) Gomez G Baffert B 2.30 9
3 3 Pleasure to Ride (KY) Bejarano R Hollendorfer J 6.30 8
4 4 Ego (KY) Arambula P Vargas J 84.30 7
5 5 Mr. President (FL) Espinoza V Shirreffs J 15.40 6
6 6 Jeranimo (FL) Court J Pender M 14.00 3
7 7 Snapshot (KY) Flores D Sise, Jr. C 2.00 5
8 8 Wall Street Wonder (FL) Nakatani C Baffert B 9.60 4
9 9 Gotmymojoworkin (FL) Garcia M Sadler J 5.70 1

Pgm Win Place Show
9 $13.40 $8.40 $6.80
1 $20.20 $10.20
6 $8.40
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $164.10 (9-1)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $722.30 (3-7-9)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $15890.30 (9-1-6-8)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $1172.30 (9-1-6)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $116.20 (7-9)

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