Results, Santa Anita Sunday Race 5 — lost $500

Trainer Craig Dollase broke an 0-for-31 streak when #8 Roll Model won

Trainer Craig Dollase broke an 0-for-31 streak when #8 Roll Model won

On the inside, #1 Brent’s Passion looked like she lasted against #8 Roll Model at the wire, but really it was too close to call.

And Roll Model’s trainer Craig Dollase needed this photo badly. Very badly.

Dollase, who at 27 years old in 1998 saddled Reraise to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, had lost his first 31 starts at Santa Anita this year. So it must have been quite a relief for Dollase when the placing judges posted 3-to-1 shot Roll Model first.

Ridden by Jesus Rios, Roll Model stalked the pace, but she couldn’t get by stubborn pace setter Brent’s Passion in the stretch until the very last moment.

I bet $250 on #2 Play Reveille, who showed early speed, and #7 Track Majesty, who finished third after coming off a six-month layoff.

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1 1 Brent’s Passion (CA) Baze T O’Neill D 11.10 2
2 2 Play Reveille (CA) Talamo J Jones M 4.60 8
3 3 Jet Set Lass (CA) Stra K Blincoe T 26.50 5
4 4 Dream Season (KY) Vergara O Fanning J 8.20 6
5 5 Jorae (CA) Enriquez I Anderson E 95.40 9
6 6 Michelle Marie (KY) Sutherland C West T 4.10 4
7 7 Track Majesty (WV) Rosario J Kitchingman A 6.10 3
8 8 Roll Model (OH) Rios J Dollase C 3.40 1
9 9 Lunar City (FL) Gryder A Chew M 3.70 7
Pgm Win Place Show
8 $8.80 $4.40 $3.40
1 $10.00 $6.40
7 $5.60
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $61.70 (8-1)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $46.20 (1-8-8)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $2080.90 (8-1-7-

Results, Santa Anita Thursday Race 2 — won $370


The Craig Dollase-effect took hold as the public loaded up on #7 Auntgrace, hammering her to an unbettable 6/5. But that only meant her main competitor #6 Dancing Erin was a better price. Both fillies were racing in their second lifetime starts but Dancing Erin ran better in her debut, holding a clear lead into the stretch and earning a higher Beyer Speed Figure.

On Thursday, Dancing Erin got loose on the lead while jockey Arambula slowed things down so his horse had enough left in the stretch to win by four lengths. I was waiting for 5/2 on either Auntgrace or Dancing Erin, so my $200 bet was in play on the winner.

Also, I wagered $150 on #3 Broken Silence who finished second after clicking into the 10/1-to-19/1 betting zone in the final flash.

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1 1 Podre de Chic (KY) Almeida G Sahadi J 40.70 7
2 2 Slammin Kat (KY) Nakatani C Tekos, Jr. A 4.10 4
3 3 Broken Silence (KY) Talamo J Biancone P 10.70 2
4 4 Misstrailcityzone (CA) Rosario J Nettles K 32.70 6
5 5 Dothetwist (KY) Pedroza M Mollica M 8.20 3
6 6 Dancing Erin (CA) Arambula P Sherlock G 2.60 1
7 7 Auntgrace (FL) Baze M Dollase C 1.10 5
Pgm Win Place Show
6 $7.20 $4.20 $3.60
3 $10.20 $5.60
5 $5.00
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $27.10 (6-3)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $151.60 (6-3-5)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $16.00 (6-6)

Thursday Santa Anita Race 2 — 12:31 p.m. post time


Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden Special Weight, 5-1/2 furlongs, 3-year-olds

Possible overlays                               Morning line

#3 Broken Silence                                   5/1
#4 Misstrailcityzone                             15/1
#6 Dancing Erin                                      2/1
#7 Auntgrace                                         5/2

Two second-time starters in here figure to be the favorites. On Dec. 11, #6 Dancing Erin was bet to 7/2 and had a three-length lead on six rivals, but finished second by 2-1/2 lengths. Just outside of her today, #7 Auntgrace ran evenly on Aug. 30, but was only five Beyer Speed Figure points behind Dancing Erin. Additionally, Auntgrace’s trainer Craig Dollase won with eight of his last 25 second-time starters or 32 percent. 

First time starters #3 Broken Silence and #4 Misstrailcityzone look like good bets at the right price. Broken Silence is trained by Patrick “Cobra Venom” Biancone who recently returned from a year-long suspension after investigators found snake venom when they searched his barn on June 22, 2007. The venom can be used as a nerve-blocking agent.

If either #6 Dancing Erin or #7 Auntgrace go off at 5/2 or more then I want $200 to win on the longest of the two. If both are 2/1 or less, then I won’t bet either. Also, I want $150 to win on #3 Broken Silence and #4 Misstrailcityzone, but only if their odds are between 10/1 and 19/1.

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