Results, Santa Anita Sunday Race 6 — won $1,060

a-money-roll It’s got to be frustrating for the other trainers racing against Bob Baffert with maiden special weight sprinters. Baffert continues to dominate these races and the other guys are left fighting for the few crumbs that Bob leaves behind.

Depending on whether Baffert has two horses in the race, sometimes the other trainers can’t even get second money, as Baffert’s horses often finish 1-2.

Baffert saddled #8 Ride Me Fast, who showed brilliant speed on March 4 while tracking a 44 second half mile. In her debut race Jan. 11, the filly ran a 77 Beyer Speed Figure that proved she could win at this level.

As the race began, Baffert’s other entry #2 Belated Bid rushed up on the inside to knock heads with #7 Gumption on the backstretch. Jockey Tyler Baze reserved Ride Me Fast a length off the lead then eased to the front while 3-wide on the turn.

And once Baze got Ride Me Fast rolling in the homestretch nobody got within a length of her to the finish.

I bet $400 on #8 Ride Me Fast and collected $1,960. But I also spread another $500 in the race by betting $100 on #2 Belated Bid at 25/1, $150 on first-timer Bread ‘n Water at 12/1, and $250 on #3 First Grade at 9/2, who was also debuting.  

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1 1 Bread ‘n Water (KY) Nakatani C Dollase C 12.00 4
2 2 Belated Bid (KY) Rosario J Baffert B 25.70 10
3 3 First Grade (KY) Bejarano R Hollendorfer J 4.60 3
4 4 She’s Borracho (KY) Talamo J Mullins J 2.40 2
5 5 Guided Wave (KY) Solis A Gallagher P 15.90 8
6 6 Alphabet Cat (CA) Flores D Moreno H 30.80 7
7 7 Gumption (KY) Smith M Headley B 3.80 6
8 8 Ride Me Fast (KY) Baze T Baffert B 3.90 1
9 9 Running After Boys (CA) Espinoza V Kitchingman A 15.30 9
10 10 Lion Princess (KY) Rios J West T 24.50 5
Pgm Win Place Show
8 $9.80 $4.80 $3.20
4 $3.80 $2.80
3 $3.60
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $17.60 (8-4)

Sunday, Santa Anita Race 6 — 3:05 pm post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden Special Weight, 6-1/2 furlongs, 3 yo filles

Possible overlays                        Morning line

#1 Bread ‘n Water                            15/1
#2 Belated Bid                                   8/1
#3 First Grade                                   4/1
#8 Ride Me Fast                                5/1

The most talented horse in this race, I believe, is #8 Ride Me Fast, who is owned by Mike Pegram and trained by Bob Baffert. In her last race on March 4, Ride Me Fast was a length away from a pace setter who burned a quarter mile in 21.60 seconds and was two lengths behind a half in 44 seconds flat. And in her debut, she showed that she could finish by running a 77 Beyer Speed Figure while missing by a half a length.

Early speed isn’t that important at 6-1/2 furlongs, but I believe jockey Tyler Baze will get her to relax and she’ll finish with good energy.

Baffert also starts #2 Belated Bid who led in her debut without much encouragement from the jockey, but the pace was not quick. The only way I can see this horse winning is if it comes from behind and Baffert is slick enough to make that happen after baiting us with Ride Me Fast.

First-time starters #1 Bread ‘n Water and #3 First Grade look like good possibilities if their prices are right.

I will bet $400 to win on #8 Ride Me Fast at 2/1 and up, $1oo on #2 Belated Bid at 4/1 and higher, $150 on #1 Bread ‘n Water at 10/1 to 19/1 only and $250 on #3 First Grade at 7/2 and up.

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