No ‘capping today

Too busy counting the money I made yesterday.

No seriously, I’ve got one of those things called a job and sometimes it gets in the way. You probably have one too, so you know what I mean. But as soon as I make my first $10 mill betting horses, I swear, I’m going to quit with that job nonsense.

But I did quickly look through the past performances today and the only horse that I really like is #10 Thunder Babydoll at 7/2 to 19/1 in the eighth.

Results, Santa Anita Thursday Race 8 — lost $250

When trainer Jeff Mullins teams up with jockey Garrett Gomez they're winning at better than 60 percent in 2008-09

When trainer Jeff Mullins teams up with Garrett Gomez they're winning at better than 60 percent

Coming into the race, jockey Garrett Gomez had won on eight of the last 13 horses he rode for trainer Jeff Mullins.

Now, you can make it nine of 14.

In his debut race on Dec. 28, Mullins’ #6 Hasty Trend lagged toward the rear as rider Pedro Arambula was restraining the animal. Hasty Trend made a nice run that day in the stretch to finish up well.

But on Thursday, Gomez had Hasty Trend in the race from the opening bell. He ran beside speedster #1 Rochelle’s Jimmy before taking over in the stretch. 

I planned to bet Hasty Trend at 2-to-1 or better, but horse players love betting Gomez and they hammered him to 6-to-5. 

So I switched to plan B, which was to bet #1 Rochelle’s Jimmy who set the pace at 22-t0-1 before finishing fourth; and #4 Coleville, who finished second at 7-to-2.

To watch a replay of this race, go to

1 1 Rochelle’s Jimmy (CA) Nakatani C Bacorn H 22.80 5
3 2 Fusaichi Dancer (CA) Delgadillo A Palma H 17.40 8
4 3 Coleville (KY) Arambula P Sherman A 3.80 2
5 4 Always Trying (CA) Sutherland C Velasquez D 11.20 3
6 5 Hasty Trend (FL) Gomez G Mullins J 1.20 1
7 6 Capt. Pike (KY) Talamo J Sherlock G 3.20 4
8 7 So Gone (KY) Blanc B Van Berg J 41.50 7
9 8 Cole’s Favorite (CA) Baze M Becerra R 10.10 9
10 9 Rockin the City (CA) Gladney D Byrd A 68.10 6
SCR Belongs to Gotham (CA) Baze T Kitchingman A
Pgm Win Place Show
6 $4.40 $2.80 $2.20
4 $4.20 $3.40
5 $6.80
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $8.10 (6-4)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $1000.50 (7-3-6)
$1.00 Pick 4 paid $4387.80 (5-7-3-2/6)
$1.00 Place Pick All paid $547.30 (8 OF 8)
$1.00 Super High Five paid $719.00 (6-4-5-7-1)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $66.90 (6-4-5)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $189.60 (3-6)
$2.00 Pick 6 paid $6446.20 (4-10-5-7-3-2/6)

Results, Santa Anita Thursday Race 6 — won $1,400

imgres23It seems to me that the stable waited until the last minute to wager on #7 Dish the Dirt. This 4-year-old, who is trained by Peter Eurton and owned by his main man Frank Alesia, opened at just over 10-to-1 and stood at 9-to-1 as the field loaded into the gate. But after Dish the Dirt ran down 4-to-5 shot #9 Lavender Touch in the stretch, she paid a mere $16, or 7-to-1.

I’ll take it though, as I wagered $200 on this filly, who was running in her second race off a long layoff.

Jockey Joel Rosario, broke well with Dish the Dirt, but he grabbed hold of her and she was six lengths behind on the backstretch. She began noticeably accelerating midway on the turn, then unleashed a strong stretch drive in the middle of the track to nail the pace setter for the money.

Jeff Mullins trained #9 Lavender Touch, who sat off the flank of longshot #1 Junior’s Aces before taking the lead at the top of the stretch. She clearly led until a few jumps from the wire, but couldn’t last.

To watch a replay of this race, go to

1 1 Junior’s Aces (KY) Nakatani C Guillot E 27.10 7
2 2 Sweetpea (FL) Gomez G Robbins J 10.00 3
3 3 Hard Eight (KY) Smith M Headley B 18.40 9
4 4 Keira’s Way (KY) Potts C Lucarelli F 25.90 5
5 5 Justalittlewicked (IL) Scott J Bellasis R 105.00 10
6 6 Kicken Vixen (KY) Bejarano R Canani J 3.60 4
7 7 Dish the Dirt (FL) Rosario J Eurton P 7.00 1
8 8 Spokane Dancer (KY) Garcia M Lucarelli F 69.80 8
9 9 Lavender Touch (KY) Baze M Mullins J 0.90 2
10 10 More Than Music (KY) Baze T Yakteen T 10.50 6
Pgm Win Place Show
7 $16.00 $5.20 $3.60
9 $2.80 $2.40
2 $5.00
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $20.30 (7-9)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $687.80 (10-5-7)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $382.00 (7-9-2-6)

Results, Thursday Santa Anita Race 3 — won $420

imgres22In a five-horse field populated with horses that hit the board a total of one time, a champion Canadian jockey and trainer teamed up on #4 Forster Hall to go wire-to-wire.

Woodbine-based jockey Patrick Husbands, who was voted Canada’s outstanding jockey in 2008, eased Forster Hall to the lead and was able to set reasonable fractions that left the horse with plenty in the tank at the finish. It was the first Santa Anita win for Husbands, 35, who has won Canada’s Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey a total of six times.

Forster Hall’s trainer Mark Casse, also from Woodbine, is no slouch either. He won the 2008 Sovereign Award for Outstanding Trainer, a prize he also took in 2006 and 2007.

I bet $200 to win on this horse and he paid $6.20. I was also monitoring the odds on #2 Izemine for a bet at 5-to-1 or more, but his post time odds were 7-to-2.

To watch a replay of this race, go to

1 1 Lucius Antonius (KY) Stra K Green J 2.90 2
2 2 Izemine (CA) Potts C Eurton P 3.60 4
4 3 Forster Hall (KY) Husbands P Casse M 2.10 1
5 4 Arrogant Carson (CA) Blanc B Mendoza J 14.90 5
6 5 James Prior (KY) Garcia M Cerin V 1.90 3
SCR Wizard Man (KY) Pedroza M Machowsky M
Pgm Win Place Show
4 $6.20 $3.80 $2.20
1 $3.40 $2.60
6 $2.10
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $12.20 (4-1)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $26.70 (5-4-4)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $20.60 (4-1-6)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $17.40 (4-4)
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