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.

To watch a replay of this race, go to

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)

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