Results, Santa Anita Sunday Race 6 — lost $100

Winner #12 Jilona was trained by Beau Greely and bred by the owner John Greely, Beau's father.

Winner #12 Jilona was trained by Beau Greely and bred by the owner John Greely, Beau's father.

In November and December, #12 Jilona ran in two maiden special weight sprints for 2-year-olds where she was able to keep up with the early leaders for a half a mile.

In those races, Jilona showed that she had a superior quarter mile burst of speed to any of the runners going in this $32,000 maiden claimer. On Sunday, Jilona broke sharply then settled a few lengths off of leader #6 Betterthanfiction.

Coming into the stretch, Chantal Sutherland’s three-length lead on Betterthanfiction had dwindled to one, and Jilona was coming hard with a four-wide move. Jilona took over with an eighth of a mile to the wire and held off #4 She’s All Rev’d Up.

For betting purposes, I was waiting for 3-to-1 on Jilona, but she ended up going off at 5-to-2. I had four horses that I was considering, but only one of them went off in my odds range. So, I ended up with $100 on #13 Stormy Runaway at 31-to-1 based on her huge middle move in her last race.

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1 1 Tuaca Parfait (CA) Quinonez A Bernstein D 5.70 4
2 2 Warrens Risk Taker (CA) Valdivia, Jr. J Lewis C 26.30 11
3 3 Red Alarm (KY) Bejarano R Dominguez C 18.00 5
4 4 She’s All Rev’d Up (CA) Rios J Sadler J 3.30 2
6 5 Betterthanfiction (KY) Sutherland C Hajek I 3.50 3
7 6 Racing Rachel (FL) Smith M Miller P 9.50 10
9 7 Juliesdiorbracelet (CA) Nakatani C Abrams B 18.90 9
10 8 Retsina Code (KY) Solis A Bell, II T 44.00 6
11 9 Tan Tan (FL) Potts C Rosales R 56.40 7
12 10 Jilona (KY) Baze T Greely C 2.50 1
13 11 Stormy Runaway (CA) Stra K Zucker H 31.60 8
SCR Kentucky Nectar (KY) Talamo J O’Neill D
SCR Brahmzee (KY) Garcia M Baffert B
Pgm Win Place Show
12 $7.00 $3.80 $2.60
4 $3.80 $2.60
6 $2.80
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Consolation Pick 3 paid $27.30 (3-2-8



Results, Santa Anita Sunday Race 3 — won $770


I see two keys to this race: the first was the continued improvement of Gale in the Vale after her 11-month layoff, and the second was jockey Joe Talamo’s ability to ration this filly’s speed through a first quarter mile in 23.02 seconds. After not struggling through the first two furlongs, Gale in the Vale had enough left for the remaining five-eighths of a mile to resist the closing rush of #6 Keira’s Way.

At the start, Talamo did not gun Gale in the Vale to the lead, but instead eased her up to the front. About a furlong or so into the race, Gale in the Vale got the lead and stayed there throughout.

The 9-to-5 favorite, #6 Keira’s Way, who finished second, did not make an impact until the final 100 yards when she came with a burst to miss by about a half a length.

I bet $350 on Gale in the Vale and collected $1,120.

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1 1 Ata Honour (KY) Flores D Burnison E 5.30 7
2 2 Gale in the Vale (MD) Talamo J Zucker H 2.20 1
3 3 Smiling Bubbles (CA) Russell C Valenzuela, Jr. M 48.50 8
4 4 Lil Troublemaker (CA) Gavica G Soto A 64.90 3
5 5 Krypton Ranger (CA) Garcia M Garcia O 22.40 5
6 6 Keira’s Way (KY) Potts C Lucarelli F 1.80 2
7 7 Secret Potion (CA) Rosario J Hollendorfer J 2.80 4
9 8 Village Lady (CA) Couton J O’Callaghan C 32.70 6
SCR Elsa’s Rose (CA) Sutherland C Sherlock G
Pgm Win Place Show
2 $6.40 $3.20 $3.40
6 $3.00 $2.60
4 $10.20
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Consolation Pick 3 paid $13.50 (2-7-8)
$1.00 Exacta paid $8.80 (2-6)
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