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Results, Santa Anita Sunday Race 9 — no bets

Waddup G won easily for trainer Doug O'Neill after dropping in class and cutting back to a sprint

Waddup G won easily for trainer Doug O'Neill after dropping in class and cutting back to a sprint

This horse seemed to be moving like a tremendous machine. 

Waddup G obviously stood out in this 12-horse field as she eased to the lead while four-wide on the turn and pulled away to win by 6-1/4 official lengths.

The Doug O’Neill trainee was dropping into this low level claiming sprint from maiden special weight where she showed speed in three routes. Although she never got close to winning those races, she still ran the two best Beyer Speed Figures of this group.

Sure, sometimes they don’t reproduce the Beyers, but this time the class showed.

I was prepared to wager $150 on #12 Waddup G at 2-to-1, but she went into the gate at 9-to-5 and stayed there. Others I was watching included second timer #13 Shawnie Ora and #5 Tan Tan, a first-timer. But their prices drifted out of my odds ranges, so I couldn’t bet them either.

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

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
1 1 Askquestionslater (CA) Gladney D Ivory J 81.10 5
2 2 Avondelay (CA) Baze T Mulhall K 9.10 4
3 3 It’s Partytime (KY) Arambula P Sherlock G 3.70 6
4 4 Malamado (KY) Sorenson D Glatt M 47.60 12
5 5 Tan Tan (FL) Talamo J Rosales R 30.70 8
6 6 Nantucket Mist (KY) Garcia M Baltas R 5.70 9
7 7 Blackestofbeauties (CA) Delgadillo A Wallace, II J 64.50 11
8 8 Mark Up Tiny (CA) Baze M Yakteen T 40.10 3
9 9 Twisstin (CA) Enriquez I Harrington M 27.20 10
11 10 Lunch Money (CA) Nakatani C Piccioni G 11.80 7
12 11 Waddup G (NJ) Rosario J O’Neill D 1.90 1
13 12 Shawnie Ora (CA) Espinoza V Hess, Jr. R 5.10 2
SCR Jilona (KY) Flores D Greely C
SCR Humane (CA) Pedroza M Meredith D

Pgm Win Place Show
12 $5.80 $3.20 $2.80
13 $5.80 $4.80
8 $13.40
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Consolation Pick 3 paid $189.70 (4-5-14)
$1.00 Exacta paid $15.00 (12-13)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $579.30 (4-5-12)
$1.00 Pick 4 paid $2188.80 (5-4-5-10/12/14)
$1.00 Place Pick All paid $11136.10 (9 OF 9)
$1.00 Super High Five paid $26451.50 (12-13-8-2-1)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $274.20 (12-13-8)
$2.00 Consolation Double paid $42.80 (5-14)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $127.40 (5-12)
$2.00 Pick 6 paid $1240.80 (2-6-5-4-5-10/12/14)
$2.00 Pick 6 paid $170840.80 (2-6-5-4-5-10/12/14)

Results, Santa Anita Sunday Race 6 — lost $300

It is said that trainer Julio Canani likes to heavily bet his horses, so they usually offer little value

It is said that trainer Julio Canani likes to heavily bet his horses, so they usually offer little value

I never seem to be on a Julio Canani-trained horse when they win because they’re always bet too low. From what I hear, it’s because this trainer is a huge Southern California bettor.  

However, wagering against Canani has been profitable in the past because, when he brings a suitcase full of money to the window, it boosts the odds on the other horses. And his ponies lose quite often.

But on Sunday, the Canani-trained #5 Miss Silver Brook made her first start a winning one. The gray filly laid off the pace early, then jockey Alex Solis rallied her on the outside where she mowed down #8 Ride Me Fast and #1 Storm the Church in the stretch. 

But she paid a paltry $6.80, which is a price that doesn’t come close to covering the risks associated with a horse running in its first lifetime start. Even Secretariat lost the first time he ran.

But enough history. Back to this race: Trainer Jeff Mullins had two fillies going  — the 9-to-5 shot #6 No Saint But Sweet and #1 Storm the Church at 10-to-1. And the longer- odds horse ran better. I bet $150 on Storm the Church, a debuter, who broke slowly but came on strong with a run four-paths wide on the turn. She held the lead at the top of the stretch before fading to third.

Jockey Garrett Gomez was stuck behind a wall of horses at the eighth pole while riding #2 White Lamb, who I also bet $150 on at 9-to-2. This horse looked like he wanted to make a run, as race caller Trevor Denman commented, “White Lamb needs somewhere to go,” at the eighth pole —  and with a sixteenth of a mile to run  “White Lamb desperate to get through.”

But Gomez couldn’t find any room.

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

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
1 1 Storm the Church (KY) Arambula P Mullins J 10.00 3
2 2 White Lamb (FL) Gomez G Harty E 4.80 5
3 3 Shadow Queen (CA) Pedroza M Fernandez V 20.50 6
5 4 Miss Silver Brook (KY) Solis A Canani J 2.40 1
6 5 No Saint But Sweet (FL) Talamo J Mullins J 1.80 4
8 6 Ride Me Fast (KY) Baze T Baffert B 3.20 2
SCR Black Magic Mama (FL) Bejarano R O’Neill D
SCR Guided Wave (KY) Rosario J Gallagher P

Pgm Win Place Show
5 $6.80 $4.20 $3.40
8 $4.80 $4.00
1 $4.80
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $14.70 (5-8)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $223.20 (2-6-5)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $179.20 (5-8-1-6)

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