Results, Santa Anita Saturday Race 1 — won $1,270

see-full-size-imageTrainer Jerry Hollendorfer was also part owner of #6 The Major, who won this race as a first-time starter showing  decent work outs.

As expected, #8 Eddie the Hat went directly to the lead, but swerved to the right so severely at the break that he couldn’t be seen on the head-on replay for about five seconds. Jockey Tyler Baze straighted out “The Hat” and he led down the backstretch and to the top of the stretch. But he stopped quickly in midstretch as The Major, ridden by Patrick Husbands, eased to the lead and held off a mild late rally by #4 Only Be Cause.

I bet $200 on #2 Benezit at 7-to-2 and $150 on #6 The Major, who paid $21.60.

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1 1 Prince Novetti (KY) Bejarano R Bell, II T 7.80 6
2 2 Benezit (KY) Flores D McCarthy S 3.60 4
3 3 Afleet Magic (NY) Espinoza V Hess, Jr. R 13.40 5
4 4 Only Be Cause (KY) Rosario J Baffert B 2.50 2
5 5 Final Journey (CA) Talamo J Jones M 39.90 8
6 6 The Major (KY) Husbands P Hollendorfer J 9.80 1
7 7 Philly Slew (CA) Olguin G Gregory W 20.50 3
8 8 Eddie the Hat (KY) Baze T Stute G 1.90 7
Pgm Win Place Show
6 $21.60 $8.80 $7.00
4 $4.20 $3.40
7 $12.80
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $48.10 (6-4)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $2993.00 (6-4-7-2)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $732.60 (6-4-7)

Saturday, Santa Anita Race 3 — 1:31 pm post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden claiming $25,000, 7 furlongs, 4 yo’s and up

Possible overlays                    Morning line

#1 Six Pack Man                        5/2
#3 Captain Charisma                   4/1
#4 Senor Afortunado                 3/1
#7 Herecometheirish               15/1

In his last two races, #4 Senor Afortunado was wide both times, but ran well nevertheless. Also, #1 Six Pack Man got a 4-wide trip on Dec. 26 when running a 70 Beyer Speed Figure, and #3 Captain Charisma was very wide when running a 68 BSF on Jan. 19.

Trainer Barry Abrams is wheeling back #7 Herecomestheirish within seven days of his last start. The last 19 times that an Abrams horse has come back this quickly, resulted in 5 wins, which paid an average of $11 each.

I will bet $200 on #4 Senor Afortunado at 2/1 and higher and $200 on either #1 Six Pack Man or #3 Captain Charisma — but only if they are 2/1 to 3/1, otherwise I am leaving them alone.

If for some reason both of them are 2/1 to 3/1, then I’ll bet the money on #1 Six Pack Man.

Finally, I’ll put $100 on #7 Herecometheirish at 5/1 to 19/1.

Saturday, Santa Anita Race 1 — 12:30 pm post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden Claiming $50,000, 7 furlongs, 3-year-olds

Possible overlays                                    Morning line

#2 Benezit                                                 4/1
#6 The Major                                             12/1
#7 Philly Slew                                            12/1
#8 Eddie the Hat                                         2/1

In his Jan 1 race at one mile, #2 Benezit was very wide on both turns and still ran a 67 Beyer Speed Figure. And on Nov. 15, Benezit also ran well after breaking slowly, earning a 78 BSF.

Jerry Hollendorfer owns and trains #6 The Major, and this horse shows some sharp workouts, although it’s tough to win first time out at 7 furlongs. Just outside of him, #7 Philly Slew ran OK in his Jan 10 debut and could surprise with improvement.

The speed of the race clearly belongs to #8 Eddie the Hat, who might take them wire to wire if he can slow them down through the first half mile.

I’m betting $200 to win on #2 Benezit at 2/1 to 9/1 and $150 on #6 The Major if he’s 7/2 to 9/1. If these horses go off at 10/1 to 19/1 then  my bet is reduced to $100.

However, if either of these horses scratches or if The Major goes off at 20/1 or more, then I’ll put $200 on #8 Eddie the Hat at 2/1 and up.

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