Results, Saturday Santa Anita Race 3 — lost $400

Jockey Joel Rosario won his second of four races Saturday aboard #7 No Guessing

Jockey Joel Rosario won his second of four races Saturday aboard #7 No Guessing

 The money kept pouring in on #14 Classic Demand, and there was only one reason why.

The morning line maker installed this 5-year-old maiden at 12-to-1 and who could blame him. Classic Demand had only raced one time, which was in March 2008, and she didn’t run badly that day, but her 60 Beyer Speed Figure didn’t impress anybody either.

 Furthermore, her workouts leading up to this race were at regular intervals, but they were slow, slow, slow.

There was only reason anybody would put their hard-earned money on a horse like this: Peter Eurton.

Eurton, who has won with six of his last 13 starters or 46 percent, is turning whatever he touches into gold these days.

At post time, when the bell rang and the gates sprang open, Classic Demand was bet to 5-to-1 and she almost pulled off the upset. But she  couldn’t stay with #7 No Guessing in the stretch. Classic Demand, however, did finished second, 1-3/4 lengths ahead of third-place finisher, Connie the Queen.

I ended up betting $150 on both #9 Sally Says So and #14 Classic Demand, and another $100 on #12 Happyinexcess. I was closely watching the odds on #7 No Guessing, but I needed 4-to-1 and she ended up at 7-to-2.

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3 1 Ms Honkytonk Woman (CA) Russell C Shidaker D 112.20 10
4 2 Connie the Queen (KY) Quinonez A Matties G 19.70 3
5 3 Queen Missy (CA) Delgadillo A Garcia V 52.20 7
6 4 Holladay Dixie (PA) Baze T Gaines C 1.80 5
7 5 No Guessing (KY) Rosario J Walsh K 3.50 1
9 6 Sally Says So (CA) Valdivia, Jr. J Lewis C 9.40 6
10 7 Ata Honour (KY) Olguin G Burnison E 16.30 9
11 8 Stylin Deputy (KY) Flores D Cassidy J 6.20 4
12 9 Happyinexcess (CA) Sorenson D Semkin S 12.00 11
13 10 Lil Troublemaker (CA) Scott J Soto A 78.10 8
14 11 Classic Demand (CA) Baze M Eurton P 5.20 2
SCR Black Point (KY)    
SCR Silent Smoke (CA)    
SCR Snooty Gal (KY)    
Pgm Win Place Show
7 $9.00 $5.20 $4.00
14 $6.40 $5.00
4 $8.80
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $30.20 (7-14)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $240.00 (5-7-7)

2 Responses to “Results, Saturday Santa Anita Race 3 — lost $400”

  1. Andrew Markus Says:

    Stupid question: I have purchased with some friends a 2 year old out California bred out of Deschary from the Barretts sale and the horse sits in Fairplex and we are looking for an up and coming trainer, or a reasonable priced trainer good with two year olds. Heard about Peter Eurton, any other ideas. Sure could use your thoughts, as we are just some stupid Canadians that decided to have some fun.
    Thanks Andrew Markus

  2. maidenking Says:

    Congratulations on buying your horse. A high percentage of Decarchy’s young horses have won their maiden races in their first or second starts, mostly in maiden claimers. Your chances will increase the first time out if the horse is an early foal.

    The best trainers of 2-year-olds are Baffert, Mitchell, O’Neill, Sadler and Mullins. But since they are well established, they probably charge top dollar.

    Lesser known trainers that have impressed me are Rafael Becerra, Brian Koriner, Mike Machowsky and Mike Puype. Eurton is OK too.

    Right now, though, if I had to pick one trainer where you would get the most bang for your buck, it would have to be Darrell Vienna. This guy is very smart. Not only is he a practicing attorney, but he has a psychology degree from UCLA. He doesn’t train too many horses, but is winning at 22 percent for the year and 35 percent for the Hollywood meet. He trains on the inner dirt track at Santa Anita and all the workouts appear slow in the racing form, so his horses pay very well when they win. I think Vienna has given lots of thought to the type of horses bettors like to wager on, and this trainer takes great pains to make sure his horses do not look attractive in the racing form.

    Vienna wins first time out, second time and off layoffs. He’s been around the game for a while, so he knows what he’s doing.

    If his rates are reasonable, then I would pick Vienna because he’ll get your horse to win and you’ll also cash bets at good prices with him.

    Anyway, thanks for reading my blog and good luck with your horse. Does it have a name yet?

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