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, 6 furlongs, 3-year-olds

Possible overlays                    Morning line

#1 Astoria Renter                        5/1
#2 Such a Shame                        20/1
#4 Barney Bass                           9/2
#8 Self Defense                          15/1

It is hard to ignore the 73 Beyer Speed Figure run by #1 Astoria Renter on Feb. 26., and if this horse is 5-to-1 he’s  probably a good bet.

But I think #4 Barney Bass has a great chance to win, also. He flashed good speed for more than a half mile during a 7 furlong race on March 4 then faded away. I think Barney Bass is better than morning line favorite #6 Jimmy Two Times.

I’ll be watching the tote board on two first timers, #2 Such a Shame and #8 Self Defense. Such a Shame is owned by Paul Reddam whose horses often win their debuts. And owner/trainer Craig Lewis has popped with two of his last 10 Larry The Legend So. Cal. first time starters. One of them paid $27.40 and the other $28.60.

I will put $200 to win on #4 Barney Bass at 3/1 or more, and $150 to win on #2 Such a Shame at 5/1 to 19/1. Also, I will take $100 on #8 Self Defense at 8/1 to 19/1.

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Thursday, Santa Anita Race 8 — 4:37 p.m. 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

#2 Cold Ruler                                             5/1
#3 African Gray                                         12/1
#4 Bubsy                                                   7/2
#7 Haughty Topper                                 5/1
#9 Good Newsman                                     5/1
#10 At the Beach                                       12/1

Three first-time starters look like good bets at the right prices: #3 African Gray, #7 Haughty Topper and #10 At the Beach. The best bet of that group will likely be the Mike Mitchell-trained Haughty Topper. Mitchell is known for being good second time out, but he’s also been winning first time recently and owners Tommy Town Thoroughbreds have a high percentage of debut winners.

On the far outside, owner-trainer Craig Lewis starts #10 At the Beach, an offspring of Larry the Legend, a sire that has produced a few debut winners for Lewis. This trainer’s live maidens tend to get early action on the tote board.

Dan Hendricks trains #9 Good Newsman, who lost two lengths in his last when shuffled back, but showed that he has the ability to win at this level. Both Good Newsman and #4 Bubsy have the right running style to win at 6 1/2 furlongs. On the inside, second-timer #2 Cold Ruler was bet to 7/1 in his first race where he made a middle move at 7 furlongs. Also, he’s showing fast workouts in the Daily Racing Form.

I will bet $300 on #7 Haughty Topper at 5/2 or better, $150 on #3 African Gray at 10/1 to 19/1, and $100 on At the Beach at 5/1 to 14/1.

Also, I will take $200 on #9 Good Newsman at 3/1 or better and $100 on #2 Cold Ruler at 5/2 to 6/1 only.

Swiiissshhh, Larry scores third recent debuter for Lewis

 

Larry The Legend sired Nine to Dine, who won Friday's third race for trainer Craig Lewis. The trainer, who also owns Larry The Legend, has won with 3 of 11 debuting horses sired by him dating back to January 2007. The horse was named not for Larry Bird, but for Lewis' brother Larry who managed the Long Beach Little League team that won back-to-back world championships in 1992-93

Larry The Legend sired Nine to Dine, who won Friday's third race for trainer Craig Lewis. The trainer named the sire not for Larry Bird, but for his brother Larry who managed Long Beach to back-to-back Little League World Series titles in 1992-93

Results, Santa Anita Friday Race 3 — lost $200

Trainer Craig Lewis owns sire Larry the Legend who won the 1995 Santa Anita Derby over Afternoon Deelites

Trainer Craig Lewis owns sire Larry the Legend who won the 1995 Santa Anita Derby over Afternoon Deelites

First-time starter Nine to Dine, a 3-year-old daughter of Larry the Legend, sprinted to a clear lead and lasted until the wire, winning at 4/1.

Nine to Dine’s trainer Craig Lewis also owns Larry The Legend and the trainer has now won with three of 11 first starters sired by him since November 2006.

The cagey Lewis hid Nine to Dine’s speed well as she showed no fast workouts of the 11 listed. However, somebody liked her because she was bet to 5/2 early.

In general, betting horses with Nine to Dine’s published qualifications at 4/1 results in a trip to the poor house, but every now and then one of them pops.

I wagered $200 on #7 Holychoir at 6/1, who never challenged for the lead. Other horses I was watching included #4 Sky Marni and #8 Not So Plain Jane, who both ended with unsuitable wagering odds at post time.

To watch a replay of this race go to www.calracing.com

PGM PP# NAME JOCKEY TRAINER ODDS FN
1 1 Impressive Mary (CA) Stra K Martinez S 68.90 10
2 2 Flag Waver (KY) Valdivia, Jr. J Ellis R 4.60 11
3 3 Spoolish (CA) Pedroza M Vienna D 9.60 8
4 4 Sky Marni (KY) Arambula P Gonzalez S 8.30 3
5 5 Dixie Lucky (FL) Talamo J Saavedra A 9.30 2
6 6 Warrens Secondmoon (CA) Baze M Gutierrez J 31.20 9
7 7 Holychoir (CA) Enriquez I Fanning J 6.70 6
8 8 Not So Plain Jane (CA) Quinonez A Aguirre P 13.20 7
9 9 Nine to Dine (CA) Gryder A Lewis C 4.20 1
10 10 Nita’s Image (CA) Guce R Contreras G 21.50 5
12 11 Secret Limit (CA) Sutherland C Hendricks D 3.30 4
SCR Tie (IN)    
SCR Kelleys Kitchen (MEX)    
 
Pgm Win Place Show
9 $10.40 $5.80 $4.20
5 $7.80 $6.60
4 $6.60
 
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $55.20 (9-5)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $315.50 (2-5-9)
$1.00 Superfecta paid $2320.70 (9-5-4-12)
$1.00 Trifecta paid $349.40 (9-5-4)
$2.00 Daily Double paid $68.60 (5-9)
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