Sunday, Hollywood Park Race 3 — 2 pm post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden claiming $32,000, 6 furlongs, 3+up, f & m

Possible overlays                           Morning line

#6 Wild Heart                                    5/2

In her March 12 debut, #6 Wild Heart broke slowly, but made an impressive move at the leaders entering the turn. On that day, she was going against maiden special weight runners and jockey Jesus Rios put the brakes on as Wild Heart was within a half length of the leaders. 

She quickly fell back and ended up losing the race by more than nine lengths. Today, she is facing a weaker bunch and should be able to run the 70 Beyer Speed Figure necessary to win this type of race.

You might wonder why trainer Bob Baffert is using jockey Rios if Wild Heart is really ready to win. I believe that if Wild Heart is right, she’ll get the lead and never look back, so Rios will have an easy trip.

Also, I think Baffert’s barn likes to bet and Rios will help the odds stay reasonable.

The most likely challengers to Wild Heart are second-timers #1 Crystal Empire R N and #5 Youknowwhatilike.  Also, the John Sadler-trained #9 I Swear was bet below 7-to-2 both times she ran, so I am hoping bettors like her again in this race.

In the end, Hall of Famer Baffert will probably win another. Therefore, I will bet $300 on #6 Wild Heart at 2/1 or more.

Results, Santa Anita Sunday Race 9 — lost $350

Jockey Tyler Baze won tight photo finish on #7 Lahcotah that paid $33.40

Jockey Tyler Baze won tight photo finish on #7 Lahcotah that paid $33.40

Bob Baffert had #13 Only Be Cause ready to run. This 2-to-1 shot led by a slim margin for much of the stretch, but  couldn’t quite hang in there as #7 Lahcotah nailed him in the last jump.

As the race began, Only Be Cause sat a length or two off of pacesetters #10 Downtown Banker, #5 Pemba at U.T.K. and Lahcotah. Entering the stretch, Downtown Banker shook free, as Lahcotah dropped back three lengths.

Jockey Jesus Rios was all over Only Be Cause as he pulled next to Downtown Banker in midstretch and battled head-and-head with him to the wire. But, surprisingly, Lahcotah came again on the outside with a quick surge to nail them both.

I bet $350 on Only Be Cause at 2-to-1.

To watch a replay of this race, go to

1 1 New York Baby (VA) Baze M Knapp S 4.50 5
2 2 Class Dismissed (KY) Delgadillo A Dunham D 76.10 10
3 3 Marcade (KY) Smith M Sadler J 5.50 4
4 4 De Brief Me (CA) Talamo J O’Neill D 8.60 12
5 5 Pemba At U. T. K. (CA) Rodriguez A Ho H 37.60 8
6 6 Domestic Gold (MD) Sorenson D Gallagher P 42.30 11
7 7 Lahcotah (FL) Baze T Paasch C 15.70 1
8 8 Group Effort (FL) Garcia M Freeman E 65.40 13
9 9 Today’s Gold (CA) Espinoza V Hess, Jr. R 21.70 9
10 10 Downtown Banker (FL) Husbands P Chew M 11.80 3
11 11 Saccente (KY) Rosario J Yakteen T 5.30 7
13 12 Only Be Cause (KY) Rios J Baffert B 2.10 2
14 13 Rogue River (CA) Blanc B Pender M 81.30 6
SCR J’s Stormtracker (CA)    
Pgm Win Place Show
7 $33.40 $11.40 $7.40
13 $3.60 $3.40
10 $6.60
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $66.20 (7-13)

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.

To watch a replay of this race, go to

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-
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