Results, Santa Anita Sunday Race 9 — won $1,260


Of the three lightly-raced horses coming from recent long layoffs — #4 Queen Mariles, #7 Crooked Smile and #11 Ampys Lil Girl — I liked Queen Mariles the best because she had the quickest early speed.

But I wasn’t going to bet if the odds were too low or if she was too cold on the board. So I waited, waited and waited as her odds held slightly above my 2/1 to 7/2 range for much of the betting period. Then finally, with a minute or two to post, late money poured in and it was likely that the odds on Queen Mariles would stick below 4-to-1.

Meanwhile, #7 Crooked Smile was hammered from 9-to-2 on the morning line to 7-to-5 early. She drifted up to 2-to-1 then 5-to-2 and finally went off at 3-to-1. So, two of my horses were in the odds zone, but speed was the deciding factor to sway me to Queen Mariles at 7-to-2.

When the bell finally rang, Crooked Smile popped from the gate, but Queen Mariles willingly established herself as the clear leader on the backstretch. Jockey Mike Smith took a comfortable lead into the lane and nobody got within a length of this filly the rest of the way.

I bet $350 to win on Queen Mariles and got back $1,610.

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1 1 To Bee Grand (CA) Quinonez A O’Neill D 33.20 9
2 2 Hot ‘n Lacey (CA) Potts C Palma H 80.70 8
3 3 More Than Music (KY) Gomez G Walsh K 2.60 3
4 4 Queen Mariles (KY) Smith M Headley B 3.60 1
5 5 Ms Honkytonk Woman (CA) Martin G Shidaker D 93.00 10
6 6 Christy’s Bullet (CA) Bejarano R Dominguez C 10.60 2
7 7 Crooked Smile (KY) Espinoza V Hess, Jr. R 3.00 5
9 8 Digital Magic (KY) Baze M Guillot E 15.10 6
10 9 Snowflake Obsidian (KY) Baze T O’Neill D 10.80 4
11 10 Ampys Lil Girl (CA) Rosario J West T 5.00 7
SCR Black Point (KY)    
Pgm Win Place Show
4 $9.20 $4.80 $3.40
6 $8.00 $4.40
3 $3.00
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $44.70 (4-6)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $145.

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