Sunday, Santa Anita Race 9 — 4:38 pm post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden Claiming $32,000, 6 furlongs, 4 yo’s and up

Possible overlays                         Morning line

#4 Queen Mariles                            9/2
#7 Crooked Smile                            9/2
#11 Ampys Lil Girl                           4/1

Three horses in this race are all lightly raced, dropping in class and are coming off recent long layoffs:they are #4 Queen Mariles, #7 Crooked Smile and #11 Ampys Lil Girl.

Crooked Smile, a 5 yo, has the best Beyer Speed Figure in the group while both #4 Queen Mariles and Ampys Lil Girl appear to have the best early gas from the gate. As usual, the deciding factor for me will be post time odds.  

I will bet $350 if any of the three horses mentioned above are 2/1 to 7/2 only. If more than one of them fall into the zone, then I will still only bet one, and my order of preference is #4 Queen Mariles, #11 Ampys Lil Girl and #7 Crooked Smile.

Sunday, Santa Anita Race 7 — 3:36 pm post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden Special Weight, 6 furlongs, Cal-Bred fillies

Possible overlays                     Morning line

#5 Irridescent Red                        8/1
#6 Humane                                 12/1
#7 Asanti                                    6/1
#11 Past Curfew                           8/1

Of these 11 fillies, four are first-time starters and six are second timers.

I think I’ll have a better shot with the second timers in here than the debuters. On the rail, #1 Irish Pepper will likely be overbet with Garrett Gomez riding. However, #5 Irridescent Red showed good speed in her last and #7 Asanti ran a decent Beyer, is working out well and has the potential to be a strong bet.

Also, trainer Mike Puype, who saddles #11 Past Curfew,  has been winning with second-time starters coming off layoffs during this meet. According to the DRF stats, Puype has six wins in 20 starts with this type of layoff, and is hitting at 24 percent with his second timers.

I will bet $150 on both #5 Irridescent Red at 3/1 and up and #7 Asanti at 9/2 to 15/1. But if Asanti is 2/1 to 4/1, then I’ll bump my bet to $250. Also, I will take $150 to win on #11 Past Curfew at 3/1 or higher.

Einstein takes $1 million Big Cap

Gio Ponti nails Ventura in Frank E. Kilroe Mile

Although I don’t wager on many non-maiden races, I do bet the big ones like the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont and the Breeders’ Cup.

A 13-horse field for the Santa Anita Handicap was too hard to resist, however my pick#5 Colonel John came down with a fever and was scratched. Therefore, I had no play.

Einstein tracked pace setter Matto Mondo to the stretch, wrestled the lead from him then held off #13 Champs Elysees to win by a length.

In the previous race, the Kilroe Mile, I was planning to bet #1 Ventura if she went off at her 2-to-1 morning line or better.


The whole world loved this horse and she was pounded to 4-to-5. Ventura looked like the winner with 50 yards to go but #11 Gio Ponti got up in the last jump.

Results, Santa Anita Saturday Race 4 — lost $150

Trainer Jeff Mullins' SA maiden win was overshadowed by his Gotham victory

Trainer Jeff Mullins' SA maiden win was overshadowed by his Gotham victory

What a difference a race makes.

On opening day at Santa Anita, which was the first time #8 Unionize ran, he went off at 15-to-1 for trainer Clifford Sise. Sise had him ready to roll as Unionize earned a 90 Beyer Speed Figure while unsuccessfully trying to chase down Point Encounter.

On Satuday, with Garrett Gomez up, Unionize’s odds were smashed to 1-to-2, and although much more money was bet on him this time, the results were exactly the same.

Unionize finished second once again.

This time Unionize was chasing #1 Leavenworth, a 4-to-1 shot who was showing a purchase price of $250,000 and was training well for Jeff Mullins. It was a big day for Mullins, who also won the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct Saturday with I Want Revenge.

Anyway, the only time it looked like any horse could possibly catch Leavenworth was at the top of the stretch. But then jockey Tyler Baze eased into another gear and drew off. 

I bet $150 on #3 Temerity who was running in his second race back off a layoff, but never threatened.

To watch a replay of this race, go to


1 1 Leavenworth (KY) Baze T Mullins J 4.40 1
2 2 Dixie Passion (KY) Rosario J Machowsky M 12.50 4
3 3 Temerity (KY) Smith M Ellis R 6.00 6
4 4 Gaz (KY) Espinoza V Greely C 38.00 7
5 5 Brian the Brave (KY) Sutherland C O’Callaghan C 25.30 8
6 6 Devil On the Roof (KY) Albarado R Greely C 20.00 5
7 7 Margarita Shot (KY) Delgadillo A DeLeon R 24.60 3
8 8 Unionize (KY) Gomez G Sise, Jr. C 0.50 2
Pgm Win Place Show
1 $10.80 $4.00 $3.20
8 $2.20 $2.10
7 $5.40
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $12.40 (1-8)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $969.40 (6-10-


Results, Santa Anita Saturday Race 1 — lost $200

Jockey Joel Rosario went wire-to-wire on #5 I am Madison's

Jockey Joel Rosario went wire-to-wire on #5 I am Madison's

Horses that have flashed a fast first quarter mile in a previous race are usually good bets in sprints shorter than 6-1/2 furlongs. The one exception I found is if they are lightly raced runners facing older maidens.

However in just his third lifetime start, #5 I am Madison’s bounded from the gate and was so game that jockey Joel Rosario had his feet on the dashboard down the backstretch, as he tried to ration this gelding’s energy. The Jack Carava trainee led the other 11 runners by two lengths on the turn then Rosario let his mount loose in the stretch.

None of the other runners mounted a challenge to this 7-to-2 shot until #8 Goodlookindude came charging with about 50 yards to go, but missed by a neck.

I was looking for 5/1 to 10/1 on six horses including #5 I am Madison’s, but only one of my contenders fit into the odds zone. So I ended up with $200 to win on #9 Smokin’ Stogies, who finished fifth.

To watch a replay of this race, go to

1 1 Aeronautics (CA) Garcia M Velasquez D 39.80 6
2 2 Captain Charisma (CA) Potts C Aguirre P 11.30 11
3 3 Leavin in a Limo (CA) Baze R Koriner B 2.50 3
4 4 Far Turn (CA) Arambula P Rickerd P 80.60 10
5 5 I Am Madison’s (CA) Rosario J Carava J 3.50 1
6 6 Trenton’s a Tease (CA) Enriquez I Warren D 19.80 7
7 7 Vicar’s Walk (KY) Sorenson D Gallagher P 51.60 9
8 8 Goodlookindude (FL) Stra K Martinez S 10.20 2
9 9 Smokin’ Stogies (KY) Puglisi I Hofmans D 7.80 5
10 10 Kyle Draws Aces (CA) Smith M Miller P 20.60 12
12 11 Military Power (KY) Flores D Machowsky M 21.50 8
13 12 Judge Kent (FL) Baze T Miller P 3.90 4
SCR Niger River (CA) Solis A Fernandez V
SCR Road to the Throne (KY)    
Pgm Win Place Show
5 $9.00 $5.20 $3.80
8 $10.00 $5.80
3 $3.20
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $43.00 (5-8)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $521.30 (5-8-3-13
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