Friday, Santa Anita Race 8 — 4:37 p.m. post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden claiming $25,000, 5-1/2 furlongs, 4-yo’s and up

Possible overlays                              Morning line

#3 Silent Western                                  7/2
#7 Kafwain’s Belle                                  8/1
#10 Eleni Mou                                       20/1
#11 Ata Honour                                      8/1
#12 Sally Says So                                 12/1
#13 Saint’s Crown                                  5/1

I’ll be watching the tote board for clues. If there’s heavy betting on any of three horses coming off layoffs — #7 Kafwain’s Belle, #10 Eleni Mou or #12 Sally Says So — then I’m climbing on board, too.

I believe jockey Jon Court on #13 Saints Crown will try for the lead as this mare wasn’t rating well last time, but a wide trip may be that horse’s downfall. And Eleni Mou has better speed than what appears in her past performance lines so I expect her to be right up front, too.

Silent Western, #3, ran a winning race on Dec. 7 as her 70 Beyer Speed Figure is the median needed to win this type of race. Flew First Class ran her down that day, but Silent Western was 2-1/2 lengths clear of third place and she defeated nine other horses. 

I will bet $200 on #7 Kafwain’s Belle, #10 Eleni Mou or #12 Sally Says So at 2/1 to 7/2 only. If #3 Silent Western is 3/1 to 9/2 then I’ll bet $200 on her.

Also, I will bet $100 on any of these scenarios — #3 Silent Western and #11 Ata Honour at 5/1 or more; #12 Sally Says So at 7/1 and above, and #13 Saint’s Crown at 6/1 or better.

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Friday, Santa Anita Race 5 — 3:05 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-year-olds

Possible overlays                                  Morning line

#4 Jacob’s Little Bro                                  10/1

Seven colts are running for the first time in this eight-horse field of California breds.

Debuters from the powerful Harris Farms stable tend to run well when bet below 10/1 and #6 Vaundell is the 5/2 morning line choice. Howard Zucker trains #2 Charlie and Chris, who has a couple of fast workouts. Blogger Mary Forney watched Charlie and Chris school in the paddock recently and was impressed with him. 

I plan to stay out of this race for the most part. At the window, I will wager $150 on Jacob’s Little Bro at 10/1 to 19/1.

Friday, Santa Anita Race 4 — 2:34 p.m. post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden claiming $100,000, 6 furlongs, 3-year-olds

Possible overlays                           Morning line

#2 Bubbley Blonde                            7/2
#5 Malibu Artiste                              5/2

Jockey Rafael Bejarano rides #2 Bubbley Blonde who shows lots of good workouts. But it seems that all of Kathy Walsh’s first timers work out well, get bet, then run poorly in their debuts.

But I still like the filly at 7/2 or higher.

Malibu Artiste, the #5 horse, seems to be the speed. She dueled three-wide on the turn Dec. 5 and hung in there for second. Trainer Paul Aguirre won with six of his last 17 second-time starters and Malibu Artiste has shown some life in morning workouts.

I will bet $150 on #2 Bubbley Blonde at 7/2 to 19/1 and $200 on Malibu Artiste at 2/1 or higher. However, I expect the public to bet one of these two below the odds range, so I’ll likely end up with only one wager.

Results, Santa Anita Thursday Race 8 — won $1,490

imgres14With #9 Good Newsman scratched, the public made #4 Bubsy the 9-to-5 favorite, but that horse had weak Beyer Speed Figures for the level. 

At 5-to-1, the Patrick Gallagher-trained #2 Cold Ruler took the lead on the backstretch, while jockey Rafael Bejarano patiently sat a few lengths off the pace, riding 6-to-1 shot #7 Haughty Topper. Bejarano passed Cold Ruler in the stretch, but he couldn’t go with Clinton Potts aboard #3 African Gray, who made a 3-wide move on the turn and found another gear in midstretch to win clear. African Gray, a debuter who began his training at another circuit, paid $27.20 for trainer Ted West.

I bet $150 on the African Gray, but also had $300 on Haughty Topper and $100 on Cold Ruler. I was eyeing #10 At the Beach also, but his odds drifted above my maximum 14-to-1 for him.

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

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
1 1 Warren’s Buddy (CA) Arambula P Gutierrez J 98.30 8
2 2 Cold Ruler (FL) Espinoza V Gallagher P 5.40 3
3 3 African Gray (KY) Potts C West T 12.60 1
4 4 Bubsy (FL) Solis A Rosales R 1.90 6
5 5 Mont La Salle (FL) Quinonez A Garcia V 67.80 7
6 6 Convenient Memory (CA) Rosario J O’Neill D 3.90 4
7 7 Haughty Topper (CA) Bejarano R Mitchell M 6.90 2
8 8 El Tajin (KY) Garcia M Puype M 3.60 5
10 9 At the Beach (CA) Valdivia, Jr. J Lewis C 19.50 9
SCR Good Newsman (KY) Pedroza M Hendricks D
 
Pgm Win Place Show
3 $27.20 $9.60 $5.00
7 $8.80 $5.20
2 $4.80
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $98.50 (3-7)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $149.30 (1-2-3)
$1.00 Pick 4 paid $15661.90 (10-1-2/11/12/13/14-3)
$1.00 Place Pick All paid $9956.80 (8 OF 8)
$1.00 Super High Five paid $6204.30 (3-7-2-6-8)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $738.00 (3-7-2)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $80.20 (2-3)
$2.00 Pick 6 paid $19690.40 (5-8-10-1-2/11/12/13/1

Results, Santa Anita Thursday Race 4 — lost $200

Jockey Jordan Springer, who was based in Tampa, got her first Santa Anita winner Thursday on #8 Tavern

Jockey Jordan Springer, who was based in Tampa, got her first Santa Anita winner Thursday on #8 Tavern

The favorite #4 White Lace Jimmy was hammered to the unbettable price of 3/2, but he almost got there with a late burst that brought him to within a neck of the winning horse.

But first-time starter #8 Tavern, at 24-to-1, held off White Lace Jimmy to give female jockey Jordan Springer, 31,  her first victory at Santa Anita. Springer began riding at Churchill Downs in 2004 and booted home her first winner at Tampa Bay Downs in January 2005.

I bet $200 on another debuter in the race #5 Llamada Perdida who went off at 16-to-1. But I heard this horse’s name called only one time throughout the race. As track announcer Trevor Denman was rattling off horses on the backstretch, he commented “and last by a long, long way is Llamada Perdida.”

I guess that’s why people don’t like betting first timers because you can be out of the race quickly, without ever getting a run for your money.

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

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
1 1 Prince Novetti (KY) Potts C Bell, II T 9.60 5
2 2 Up a Lazy River (TX) Nakatani C Moreno H 33.50 8
3 3 Leopard Creek (KY) Pedroza M Greely C 25.70 7
4 4 White Lace Jimmy (KY) Enriquez I Matlow R 1.50 2
5 5 Llamada Perdida (CA) Delgadillo A Garcia V 16.70 9
6 6 Fair the Storm (CA) Sorenson D Bacorn H 92.80 2
7 7 Lahcotah (FL) Rosario J Paasch C 1.90 4
8 8 Tavern (CA) Springer J Hess, Jr. R 24.30 1
9 9 Kalookan Boxer (CA) Linares M Bean R 116.30 10
10 10 Reckless Capote (KY) Gryder A Lopez J 5.00 6
 
Pgm Win Place Show
8 $50.60 $11.00 $6.00
6 $30.80 $18.20
4 $2.40 $2.80
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $36.30 (8-4)
$1.00 Exacta paid $627.60 (8-6)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $231.60 (6-5-8)
$1.00 Pick 4 paid $986.80 (1-6-5-8)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $19333.50 (8-4-6-7)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $34523.60 (8-6-4-7)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $1266.10 (8-4-6)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $1736.70 (8-6-4)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $227.60 (5-8)
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