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, 6-1/2 furlongs, 3-year-olds

Possible overlays                         Morning line

#11 Saccente                                    10/1
#13 Only Be Cause                              2/1

Bob Baffert drops #13 Only Be Cause from $50,000 claiming to this horse’s lowest level in nine lifetime starts. On Feb. 14, Only Be Cause ran 7 furlongs and finished a game second to a well-meant first time starter named The Major.

 In that race, Only Be Cause earned a 77 Beyer Speed Figure which is well in excess of the 68 winning median Beyer Speed Figure for this class.

Of the three first time starters, #11 Saccente looks like a play if the odds fall the right way.

I will bet $350 to win on #13 Only Be Cause only if he is 2/1 or better and I’ll take $150 on #11 Saccente at 10/1 to 19/1.

Results, Santa Anita Saturday Race 3 — lost $250

Comeandcatchme, #11, paid a shocking $140 to win for trainer Art Sherman

Comeandcatchme, #11, paid a shocking $140 to win for trainer Art Sherman

This group of maiden claimers appeared to be weak, as none of them approached the winning 68 median Beyer Speed Figure for this class in their past performances.

Therefore, a case could be made for spreading deep and landing on a 65-to-1 shot like #11 Comeandcatchme. But the way I look at these races is that the people who hit this horse will probably play more than 100 bombs before they cash another at 65-to-1.

In other words, in the long run it doesn’t pay to play these huge prices.

Comeandcatchme, who was making his second lifetime start for trainer Art Sherman, took the lead out of the gate in her Feb. 5 debut then faded away with very little urging from jockey Brice Blanc. On Saturday, this filly stalked the pace behind #10 Champagneforchelle and drew away in the stretch.

I bet $150 on first-time starter #4 Serena’s Echo and $100 to win on #8 Jet Set Lass, but neither of them hit the board.

To watch a replay of this race, go to

2 1 Connie D (CA) Enriquez I Weckerle K 58.80 10
3 2 Tan Tan (FL) Garcia M Rosales R 20.10 9
5 3 Humane (CA) Sorenson D Meredith D 23.40 3
6 4 It’s Partytime (KY) Talamo J Sherlock G 3.20 4
7 5 Comeandcatchme (KY) Blanc B Sherman A 20.30 11
8 6 A Taco Short (KY) Baze M Guillot E 4.80 2
9 7 Not So Plain Jane (CA) Quinonez A Aguirre P 13.00 8
10 8 Jeann D’ Arc (CA) Rios J Mendoza J 12.50 5
11 9 Woman Gone Wild (NM) Rosario J Moger, Jr. E 14.40 7
12 10 Shawnie Ora (CA) Espinoza V Hess, Jr. R 2.80 1
13 11 Tuesdayatsbicca’s (KY) Flores D Kruljac J 5.50 6
SCR Minor Issues (CA)    
SCR Telatrish (CA) Sutherland C Knapp S
Pgm Win Place Show
12 $7.60 $4.20 $3.00
8 $6.00 $4.80
5 $6.80
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Consolation Pick 3 paid $56.80

Results, Santa Anita Saturday Race 1 — no bet

save-moneyWhen #2 Atta’ Girl scratched, I could tell that I probably would not be betting on this race. And sure enough, my other possible overlay #8 Juicy Lucy went off at odds of 7-to-5, while I was waiting for 3-to-1.

The favorite here, #4 Golden Rocketship, was able to win while never being challenged because jockey Joel Rosario slowed her down on the lead. She strolled through fractions of 23.28 seconds for the first quarter mile and 47.15 seconds for the half mile then won easily.

Golden Rocketship, who is trained by John Salder, paid $4.60 and I ended up making no wager.

To watch a replay of this race, go to

1 1 Foxy Approval (CA) Garcia M Dominguez C 6.40 6
4 2 Golden Rocketship (CA) Rosario J Sadler J 1.30 1
5 3 Unknown Heat (CA) Sutherland C Abrams B 11.40 2
6 4 Roxy (CA) Baze M Ellis R 13.40 5
7 5 Phoebe’s Tune (CA) Talamo J Jones M 16.50 4
8 6 Juicy Lucy (CA) Baze T O’Neill D 1.40 3
SCR Alphabet Cat (CA) Nakatani C Moreno H
SCR Atta’ Girl (CA) Solis A Walsh K
Pgm Win Place Show
4 $4.60 $3.20 $2.20
5 $7.40 $2.80
8 $2.10
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $18.60 (4-5)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $115.80 (4-5-8-7)
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