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Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden special weight, 5-1/2 furlongs, 2 year olds

Possible overlays                  Morning line

#5 John Scott                           4/1
#6 Runaway Bandido                 20/1
#10 L’il Charlie Rose                   20/1
#11 Twenty Hawks                    8/1
#1A Full Effect                          7/2

The 9-to-5 morning line favorite #3 Bench the Judge ran well on July 5 when he finished third in a race where the second-place horse, Lion’s Story, came back to win on Saturday. He’s legitimate, but with Garrett Gomez riding, Bench the Judge will almost certainly be overbet.

Therefore, I will look to one of the first time starters to run a monster race. Carla Gaines trains #5 John Scott and she wins with a large percentage of debuters that go off at less than 8/1. So, it appears that this barn bets the good ones.

Judi Partridge owns #6 Runaway Bandido. She won with two of her last three first-time starters, and they were both trained by Rafael Becerra.

It’s possible that trainer Doug O’Neill may be sitting on a good one with #10 L’Il Charlie Rose. O’Neill will also saddle Bench the Judge and I’ve seen this scenerio played out all too many times. The trainer puts two horses in the race and they both run well, but the longer price defeats the chalk.

Also, trainer Mike Harrington is dangerous when he both owns and trains a Swiss Yodler 2-year-old. No doubt, Harrington has an excellent record first time out with these types, but most of the winners came at 4-1/2 furlongs. 

Finally, #11 Twenty Hawks is a good bet if the price is right.

At 10/1 to 19/1, I will bet $150 to win on #6 Runaway Bandido, #10 L’Il Charlie Rose and #11 Twenty Hawks. At 3/1 to 9/1, I’ll put $150 on #5 John Scott.

I won’t bet #1A if he’s still part of the entry with #1 Zees Echo. But if Zees Echo is scratched, then I’ll bet $150 on 1A Full Effect at 10/1 to 19/1.

Results, Santa Anita Saturday Race 3 — won $840

imgres8Trainer Bob Baffert had #9 Gotmymojoworkin surrounded by his two-horse hidden entry at the top of the lane. But neither the 2-to-1 favorite Street Car or the speedy Wall Street Wonder could run down the stubborn Florida bred.

Jockey Martin Garcia hustled #9 Gotmymojoworkin from the gate and the 3-year-old debuter shot to the front. But on Garcia’s inside came Garrett Gomez aboard #2 Street Car, who surged to the lead up the rail. 

But Garcia didn’t panic, instead he sat chilly a length off the pace. At the top of the stretch, Gotmymojoworkin hit the front and clearly put Street Car away, but at the same time a new threat emerged outside from # 8 Wall Street Wonder. The two ran head-and-head to midstretch, before Gotmymojoworkin lived up to his name and shook away.

I ended up betting $200 on the winner at 5.7-1 and $300 on #8 Wall Street Wonder. Since #2 Street Car was bet below 7/2, my wager on him was not in play.

To watch a replay of this race, go to

1 1 Pauper’s Prize (FL) Rosario J Cerin V 26.50 2
2 2 Street Car (KY) Gomez G Baffert B 2.30 9
3 3 Pleasure to Ride (KY) Bejarano R Hollendorfer J 6.30 8
4 4 Ego (KY) Arambula P Vargas J 84.30 7
5 5 Mr. President (FL) Espinoza V Shirreffs J 15.40 6
6 6 Jeranimo (FL) Court J Pender M 14.00 3
7 7 Snapshot (KY) Flores D Sise, Jr. C 2.00 5
8 8 Wall Street Wonder (FL) Nakatani C Baffert B 9.60 4
9 9 Gotmymojoworkin (FL) Garcia M Sadler J 5.70 1

Pgm Win Place Show
9 $13.40 $8.40 $6.80
1 $20.20 $10.20
6 $8.40
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $164.10 (9-1)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $722.30 (3-7-9)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $15890.30 (9-1-6-8)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $1172.30 (9-1-6)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $116.20 (7-9)

Results, Santa Anita Thursday Race 10 — lost $400

Trainer Jeff Mullins won with second-timer Jaylo's Mark at 11/1.

Trainer Jeff Mullins won with hidden entry at 10/1

When a competent So. Cal trainer enters two horses in a maiden race, it usually pays to take a close look at both. And I wouldn’t argue with anybody who thought that a profitable long-term angle was to blindly bet them both, as long as they were paying decent odds. 

Trainer Jeff Mullins ran two fillies in Thursday’s tenth, with #11 Jaylo’s Mark getting the money in her second lifetime start at 10/1, while first-timer #9 Katie G finished seventh at 11/1.

Jockey Chantal Sutherland, who rode a recent winning first-time starter for Mullins, took Jaylo’s Mark immediately to the front then, with rivals closing in on her, pulled away by finding another gear in the stretch. 

Jaylo’s Mark had the curious morning line of 20/1. She had run a 51 Beyer Speed Figure in her only race while second-timer #3 Captivating Lyrics, trained by Thomas Bell II, ran a 54 in her debut, but was listed at 6/1. Furthermore, Mullins runs more horses than Bell II and wins at a higher percentage than him.

I bet $200 on Katie G., which was Mullins’ other horse, and $200 on #12 Ocean Style, who loomed at the top of the stretch, but had no late kick.  

To watch a replay of this race, go to

1 1 Ultra Cat (CA) Espinoza V Mandella R 2.30 2
2 2 Flash Dance (CA) Talamo J Becerra R 6.80 3
3 3 Captivating Lyrics (KY) Court J Bell, II T 7.60 6
4 4 Mac One (CA) Valdivia, Jr. J Harris A 72.20 12
5 5 Count’n Tears (CA) Solis A Saavedra A 26.40 9
6 6 Dona Mary (CA) Potts C Gonzalez S 28.00 4
7 7 Bonita Birdie (CA) Rosario J Mendoza J 34.60 10
8 8 Sand Bridled (CA) Nakatani C Stein R 67.10 5
9 9 Katie G. (CA) Garcia M Mullins J 11.80 7
10 10 Warren’s Lisa (CA) Pedroza M Gutierrez J 6.00 13
11 11 Jaylo’s Mark (CA) Sutherland C Mullins J 10.30 1
12 12 Ocean Style (CA) Flores D Cassidy J 4.10 8
13 13 Stormy Runaway (CA) Stra K Zucker H 78.80 11

Pgm Win Place Show
11 $22.60 $9.40 $7.00
1 $4.00 $3.00
2 $4.40
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $49.40 (11-1)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $2637.50 (1-3-11)
$1.00 Pick 4 paid $6039.00 (4/9-1-3-11)

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