Horse racing newsletter: Some great performances on the Derby trail

Horse racing newsletter: Some great performances on the Derby trail

Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter, as we wonder if Essential Quality can buck the odds and win both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby picture is starting to become a little clearer as a lot of the contenders ran in their likely penultimate races before the Derby. Essential Quality is hoping to become the third name on a list that includes Street Sense and Nyquist as horse that have won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby.

Essential Quality ran just off the pace in the $750,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Saturday. Midway on the far turn, he moved even with the leaders and then romped home to an easy 4 1/4-length win. Spielberg, the $1-million purchase in the Bob Baffert barn, ran a strong second after a terrible break out of the gate. Even with a good break, he probably wouldn’t have caught Essential Quality, but it does put him back in the Kentucky Derby picture.

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Jackie’s Warrior, once considered the favorite for the Derby last year, faded to third after leading the first part of the race. The race did nothing to build confidence in his Derby hopes.

Essential Quality is trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Luis Saez.

In the other big race Saturday, the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, favored Greatest Honour came from well off the pace to win convincingly by 1 ½ lengths. The win was worth 50 Derby points, making him a lock to get in the Derby, even if he doesn’t run another race.

“The pace wasn’t that fast [Saturday], I don’t think, but he was able to overcome it,” winning trainer Shug McGaughey said. “He’s won twice down here now in stakes doing what he doesn’t want to do, and that’s a mile and a sixteenth. Like [jockey] Jose [Ortiz] said, I’m glad these mile and a sixteenth [races] are behind us. We’ll be looking forward to getting him stretched out. Hopefully it’s in the near future but, if not, I know what we’ve got. Hopefully, as we keep going longer, he’ll keep improving. The farther the better for him.”

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McGaughey indicated the Florida Derby would be the next race.

Santa Anita review

The feature Saturday was the $100,000 Pasadena Stakes for 3-year-olds going a mile on the turf. It was a short field of five, and Rock Your World set up just off the pace set by Commander Khai, then pulled even and went to the front in the stretch and rolled to a 2 ¼-length win. It turned into a tactical race between Umberto Rispoli on Rock Your World and Cathkin Peak, ridden by Flavien Prat. Rispoli kept the spacing tight and, when the hole opened up for Cathkin Peak, there wasn’t enough stretch left.

Rock Your World paid $4.20, $2.40 and $2.20. Cathkin Peak was second, followed by Red Flag, Commander Khai and Harlan Estate.

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John Sadler (winning trainer): “This horse is still really green. It’s funny, we schooled him [Friday] morning at 9:30 in the paddock, no problem. [Saturday], when we put the saddle on him, tight as hell. He’s got lessons to learn, but he’s got a lot of talent. He was very game and he galloped out super. We love that about him.”

Rispoli (winning jockey): “I looked at him (Prat) and he looked at me, we are staring at each other, we are the two favorites of the race but in everything there is competition, there is respect, which is the most important. We both try to win races and we’re friends after we’re off the horse; when we’re on the horse, everybody looks after themselves.

“To be honest, I was afraid because the horse couldn’t find his stride. He’s so big, I was trying to get him ready to switch leads at the top of the stretch, so he missed a couple of strides. That’s the reason Flavien came [inside] and had that little room to come through, [I] just opened the gap for him. … When the horse (kicked into) the other gear, he just rolled in very easy…I was [busier] pulling him up than to push him in the straight down the lane.”

Santa Anita preview

The closing card of the weekend is nine races starting at 12:30 p.m. More than half the races are on the turf, the odd-numbered ones. More than half the races are also claiming races. The stakes is the $100,000 Tiznow for older Cal-breds going a mile on the dirt. It has only five starters. The favorite, at 6-5, is Fashionably Fast for trainer Dean Pederson and jockey Tiago Pereira. He has won seven of 19 lifetime and won this race last year, his sixth win in a row. At that point he got moved up in class, finishing second in a Grade 2 and sixth in a Grade 1. Last out, he was third in the Cal Cup Sprint. The second favorite is Brandothebartender for Craig Dollase and Rispoli. He has won four of 40 lifetime with his last win coming in an allowance at Los Alamitos on Dec. 19. Post is around 4:17 p.m.

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Here are the field sizes, in order: 9 (2 also eligible), 6, 5, 7, 7, 10, 9, 5, 9.

Ciaran Thornton’s SA pick of the day

FOURTH RACE: No. 3 El Diablo Rojo (8-1)

El Diablo Rojo offers compelling value at 8-1 off a win last out at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 31 under jockey Juan Hernandez. The 9-5 favorite Motown Music raced a week ago under Hernandez, who jumps off to stick with Rojo, whom he has ridden in the last three races. The 2-1 second favorite Ronamo makes the first start since November. The top choices ridden by Rispoli and Prat are likely to be overbet even with big question marks, making this a great value play to end the weekend.

Saturday’s result: Seattle Bold tracked nicely in third throughout but when it mattered was unable to compete and faded to fourth.

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Ciaran Thornton is the handicapper for Californiapick4.com, which offers daily full card picks, longshots of the day, best bets of the day.

Big races review

A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 or more Saturday.

Gulfstream (3): Grade 3 $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes, fillies 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Winner: Con Lima ($6.00)

Gulfstream (4): Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes, 4 and up, 1 3/16 miles on turf. Winner: Phantom Currency ($15.60)

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Gulfstream (6): Grade 3 $100,000 Palm Beach Sakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Winner: Annex ($4.60)

Aqueduct (3): $125,000 Stymie Stakes, 4 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Mr. Buff ($3.40)

Gulfstream (8): Grade 3 $125,000 Canadian Turf Stakes, 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Winner: Venezuelan Hug ($11.00)

Gulfstream (9): Grade 2 $200,000 Gulfstream Park Mile, 4 and up, 1 mile. Winner: Fearless ($7.60)

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Oaklawn (7): Grade 3 $600,000 Razorback Handicap, 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Mystic Guide ($6.40)

Gulfstream (11): Grade 3 $125,000 Honey Fox Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Got Stormy ($4.20)

Oaklawn (8): $200,000 Spring Fever Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 5 ½ furlongs. Winner: Kimari ($3.40)

Gulfstream (12): Grade 2 $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes, fillies 3-years-old, 1 mile. Winner: Wholebodemeister ($107.60)

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Gulfstream (13): Grade 3 $125,000 The Very One Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 3/16 miles on turf. Winner: Antoinette ($9.20)

Oaklawn (10): Grade 3 $750,000 Southwest Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Essential Quality ($3.80)

Gulfstream (14): Grade 2 $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. Winner: Greatest Honour ($4.00)

Santa Anita (8): $100,000 Pasadena Sakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile on turf. Winner: Rock Your World ($4.20)

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Big races preview

A look at graded stakes or races worth $100,000 or more Sunday. All times PST.

1:39 Oaklawn (6): $150,000 Dixie Belle Stakes (6), fillies 3-years-old, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Abrogate (5-2)

2:41 Oaklawn (8): $150,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders’ Stakes, Cal-bred fillies and mares 3 and up, 6 furlongs. Favorite: Bye Bye J (3-1)

3:11 Oaklawn (9): Grade 3 $250,000 Bayakoa Stakes, fillies and mares 4 and up, 1 1/16 miles. Favorite: Monomoy Girl (1-1)

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4:17 Santa Anita (8): $100,000 Tiznow Stakes, Cal-breds 4 and up, 1 mile. Favorite: Fashionably Fast (6-5)

Chris Wade’s LA pick of the day

She’s a hard-knocking mare who always gives her all and just passed the $100,000 in lifetime earnings plateau when running second 16 nights ago. She was a tad rambunctious in the gate during that second-place finish before breaking tardy against a quality cast of rivals. After her slow break, this entrant put herself in good position when running fourth behind the three-horse speed duel down the backstretch before pushing forth a big run through the turn and down the lane to light the underneath exacta placing against the big favorite Purdue. With a competitive figure in her holster and a pace scenario that could favor her style, we’ll push Sharona Sunset to sit fourth early on before kicking in with a big run for all the money inside the 1/16th pole.

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And now the stars of the show, Saturday’s results and Sunday’s entries.

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Santa Anita Charts Results for Saturday, February 27.

Copyright 2021 by Equibase Company. Reproduction prohibited. Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 31st day of a 81-day meet. Clear & Firm

FIRST RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $63,000. Allowance Optional Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Price $50,000. Time 22.79 46.63 1:10.93 1:23.00 1:35.21


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

2 Hockey Dad 123 2 2 2–1 2–1½ 2–2 2–2½ 1–1¼ Gutierrez 1.20
5 Big Talker 123 5 4 5–1½ 5–1 4–½ 3–1½ 2–hd Prat 1.90
1 Discretionary Day 123 1 1 1–2 1–1 1–hd 1–hd 3–3 Hernandez 4.60
3 Seattle Bold 123 3 6 3–½ 3–hd 3–1½ 4–2½ 4–6 Rispoli 11.10
6 Club Cal 121 6 5 6 6 6 5–2 5–5 Maldonado 12.20
4 Crossword 123 4 3 4–1½ 4–2 5–hd 6 6 Gonzalez 17.10

2 HOCKEY DAD 4.40 2.60 2.10
5 BIG TALKER 2.60 2.10
1 DISCRETIONARY DAY 2.40

$1 EXACTA (2-5)  $4.90
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (2-5-1-3)  $2.95
50-CENT TRIFECTA (2-5-1)  $5.75

Winner–Hockey Dad B.c.3 by Nyquist out of Ann Summers Gold, by Yankee Victor. Bred by Reddam Racing, LLC (CA). Trainer: Doug F. O’Neill. Owner: Reddam Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $167,389 Exacta Pool $72,254 Superfecta Pool $25,057 Trifecta Pool $44,015. Scratched–none.

HOCKEY DAD well placed behind the leader in the two path, drew alongside on the far turn, headed rival near the quarter pole, dueled through the lane and drew clear to prove best while in hand nearing the wire. BIG TALKER settled in the two path, angled in entering the far turn, saved ground into the lane, tipped out and rallied for the place. DISCRETIONARY DAY sped to the front from inside, responded when challenged around the far turn, dueled with HOCKEY DAD down the stretch, yielded in the final sixteenth and lost the place. SEATTLE BOLD was off a bit slow to begin and got bumped from outside, stalked the pace along the inside, angled three wide around the far turn and lacked a serious bid. CLUB CAL broke inward at the start, traveled outside a rival then three deep approaching the quarter pole and weakened. CROSSWORD broke in and bumped SEATTLE BOLD at the start, stalked the lone leader outside a rival, started to weaken between rivals at the quarter pole and faded.

SECOND RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $42,000. Starter Allowance. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $25,000. Time 23.92 48.00 1:12.32 1:24.82 1:37.63


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

1 Synthesis 124 1 2 2–1½ 1–hd 1–½ 1–½ 1–¾ T Baze 1.60
4 Pubilius Syrus 124 4 4 5 5 3–2½ 3–7 2–1½ Hernandez 0.50
3 Mongolian Wind 122 3 1 1–1 2–2½ 2–3 2–1½ 3–10 Maldonado 14.20
2 Self Taught 124 2 3 4–1 4–hd 5 4–2 4–6 Pereira 21.30
5 Kenzou’s Rhythm 115 5 5 3–½ 3–½ 4–1 5 5 Pyfer 13.80

1 SYNTHESIS 5.20 2.20 2.10
4 PUBILIUS SYRUS 2.10 2.10
3 MONGOLIAN WIND 2.40

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (2-1)  $13.80
$1 EXACTA (1-4)  $4.00
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-4-3)  $6.90

Winner–Synthesis Dbb.g.5 by First Samurai out of Trust in Hope, by Bernardini. Bred by Catherine Zoc (KY). Trainer: Jeff Mullins. Owner: Keith Johnston. Mutuel Pool $187,599 Daily Double Pool $33,745 Exacta Pool $74,400 Trifecta Pool $53,134. Scratched–none.

SYNTHESIS tipped outside the speed and rated behind the leader early, drew alongside on the backstretch, dueled with MONGOLIAN WIND to mid-stretch, put away that rival and held well over the runner-up. PUBILIUS SYRUS went two to three wide around the first turn, chased between foes nearing the seven-sixteenths, traveled three to four wide around the final bend, rallied outside the top pair but was not enough. MONGOLIAN WIND cleared and angled in early, dueled for the lead from inside to mid-stretch and yielded in the final sixteenth. SELF TAUGHT went three then two wide around the first turn, raced inside rivals to the second bend, angled in around the far turn then came a bit off the rail into the drive and lacked further response. KENZOU’S RHYTHM entered the first turn four wide then moved in a path while outside a rival, chased three deep at the seven-sixteenths, came four wide into the lane and had little left.

THIRD RACE.

6 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 year olds and up. Time 22.24 45.15 56.93 1:08.53


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

1 That’s Amare 126 1 2 3–1½ 3–½ 1–hd 1–1½ Prat 0.80
4 Irish Aura 126 4 1 1–1 1–1 2–3 2–nk Gonzalez 4.00
2 Crazy Speighty 126 2 5 5 5 4–hd 3–hd Hernandez 12.50
3 Kalon 126 3 4 4–½ 4–2 3–hd 4–4¼ Rispoli 2.00
5 Shell Shock 126 5 3 2–½ 2–1 5 5 Cedillo 20.60

1 THAT’S AMARE 3.60 2.40 2.10
4 IRISH AURA 3.00 2.60
2 CRAZY SPEIGHTY 3.20

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-1)  $10.00
$1 EXACTA (1-4)  $6.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-4-2)  $12.30

Winner–That’s Amare B.f.4 by Unusual Heat out of Amare, by Flatter. Bred by Ali Nilforushan (CA). Trainer: Philip D’Amato. Owner: Nilforushan, Ali and Nilforushan, Francie. Mutuel Pool $196,228 Daily Double Pool $16,905 Exacta Pool $78,295 Trifecta Pool $62,772. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (2-1-1) paid $7.55. Pick Three Pool $43,851.

THAT’S AMARE rated behind the leader early from inside, saved ground into the lane, roused upper stretch, put a nose a head in front at the eighth pole and drew clear under strong handling. IRISH AURA sped clear and crossed over to the inside, showed the way in the two path exiting the turn, lost command with a furlong to go, flattened in the final sixteenth but saved the place. CRAZY SPEIGHTY reserved early along the inside, cut the corner into the stretch, finished well up the rail and missed the place. KALON settled early, raced two wide into the turn, three wide leaving the bend, moved out four wide in upper stretch, showed a mild response from outside and missed the place and show. SHELL SHOCK up close early outside the leader, asked two wide around the turn and weakened.

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $22,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Price $10,000. Time 23.02 46.28 1:11.25 1:24.84 1:38.18


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

4 Contagion 122 3 6 5–12 4–½ 4–8 2–2½ 1–7½ Fuentes 6.60
6 Impression 124 5 2 2–4 2–2½ 2–2 3–3½ 2–2 Cedillo 1.30
2 Studly Perfection 122 1 1 1–2 1–1½ 1–3 1–½ 3–5½ Franco 3.70
5 Flip the Coin Jan 115 4 3 3–2½ 3–5 3–½ 4–7½ 4–3½ Centeno 5.10
3 Six Point Rack 122 2 4 4–2 5–20 5–16 5–12 5–8 Desormeaux 3.70
7 Blame It On Kitty 115 6 5 6 6 6 6 6 Pyfer 18.00

4 CONTAGION 15.20 5.40 3.40
6 IMPRESSION 3.60 2.80
2 STUDLY PERFECTION 3.40

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-4)  $22.20
$1 EXACTA (4-6)  $22.80
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (4-6-2-5)  $20.18
50-CENT TRIFECTA (4-6-2)  $44.75

Winner–Contagion Dbb.g.5 by Fed Biz out of Stadia, by Teuflesberg. Bred by Douglas Arnold (KY). Trainer: Andrew Lerner. Owner: Biggleague Racing, LLC. Mutuel Pool $208,880 Daily Double Pool $14,343 Exacta Pool $97,278 Superfecta Pool $37,721 Trifecta Pool $62,589. Claimed–Contagion by 5th Street Stables and Saldana, Reed. Trainer: Reed Saldana. Scratched–Terrible Ted.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-1-4) paid $17.50. Pick Three Pool $16,451.

CONTAGION hit the gate at the start to come away a bit awkwardly, unhurried in the early stages, angled out on the second turn, reeled in the leader at the eighth pole and won going away. IMPRESSION went three wide into the first turn then moved into the two path, remained two wide to the stretch, churned on through the final furlong and gained the place. STUDLY PERFECTION away quickly from inside, set all the pace to the stretch, held rapidly diminishing lead with a furlong to go and weakened to third. FLIP THE COIN JAN angled in on the first turn, moved into range up the backstretch, lost ground around the final bend, angled out from behind rivals at the top of the lane and lacked further response. SIX POINT RACK raced off the pace, stayed off the rail to the stretch and proved no menace. BLAME IT ON KITTY lagged well behind early and never got involved.

FIFTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $31,000. Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $20,000-$18,000. Time 22.04 45.95 59.10 1:13.01


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

3 Malibu Mistress 122 3 2 2–1 1–½ 1–1 1–ns Figueroa 6.20
4 Mucha Woman 122 4 1 1–½ 2–1½ 2–1½ 2–2 Flores 2.30
5 Ruthies Racer 122 5 3 4–6 3–hd 3–2 3–1¼ Prat 0.70
2 Righteously 120 2 4 3–hd 4–4 4–2 4–1¼ Gutierrez 8.90
1 Exchange Vows 115 1 5 5 5 5 5 Centeno 10.60

3 MALIBU MISTRESS 14.40 4.80 2.20
4 MUCHA WOMAN 4.40 2.10
5 RUTHIES RACER 2.10

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (4-3)  $134.80
$1 EXACTA (3-4)  $23.50
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-4-5)  $22.05

Winner–Malibu Mistress B.f.3 by Malibu Moon out of Winter Forest, by Forestry. Bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY). Trainer: Jeffrey Metz. Owner: CNG Racing Stable and Saratoga West. Mutuel Pool $142,735 Daily Double Pool $17,872 Exacta Pool $69,653 Trifecta Pool $54,812. Claimed–Mucha Woman by GNO Racing Club, Aldabbagh, Omar, Branch, William and Rothblum, Steve. Trainer: Doug O’Neill. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-4-3) paid $51.90. Pick Three Pool $30,088. 50-Cent Pick Four (1-1-4-3) 4 correct paid $155.10. Pick Four Pool $93,062. 50-Cent Pick Five (2-1-1-4-3) 5 correct paid $453.35. Pick Five Pool $386,201.

MALIBU MISTRESS pressed the pacesetter from inside, dueled around the turn, cleared foe in upper stretch then met the challenge from that same rival in the closing moments and held on. MUCHA WOMAN off alertly in the beginning, set the pace outside of MALIBU MISTRESS, dueled three wide around the turn, lost contact nearing the eighth pole then came back in deep stretch and just missed. RUTHIES RACER chased the top pair four wide through the turn and finished evenly. RIGHTEOUSLY chased along the inside to the lane and never produced a bid. EXCHANGE VOWS trailed the field up the backstretch, went two wide around the turn, came out in the stretch and never threatened.

SIXTH RACE.

1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $42,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $80,000-$75,000. Time 23.29 48.31 1:13.67 1:37.68 1:49.14


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

1 Hubris 124 1 4 1–1½ 1–2 1–1 1–3½ 1–6 Franco 6.00
8 El Joy 120 8 1 2–1 2–1 2–1½ 2–2 2–1 Rispoli 5.10
10 Papale 124 10 3 6–½ 6–½ 6–1 5–1½ 3–½ Prat 10.40
9 Got Curly 124 9 2 4–½ 4–½ 3–½ 3–½ 4–¾ Gutierrez 2.50
5 Willy the Cobbler 124 5 9 10 8–1 4–hd 4–½ 5–nk Cedillo 11.90
6 Mahaamel 124 6 8 7–hd 7–1 7–½ 6–2½ 6–2 T Baze 2.60
3 Mount Pelliar 113 3 6 8–1 9–½ 10 7–½ 7–4½ Pyfer 11.20
4 Compellus 124 4 7 5–½ 5–½ 8–1 8–3½ 8–ns Fuentes 55.70
7 Space Odessey 124 7 10 9–hd 10 9–1 10 9–6 Gonzalez 37.10
2 Soulong 120 2 5 3–½ 3–½ 5–1 9–½ 10 Hernandez 26.70

1 HUBRIS 14.00 7.60 5.80
8 EL JOY 5.80 4.20
10 PAPALE 6.20

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (3-1)  $177.40
$1 EXACTA (1-8)  $46.20
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (1-8-10-9)  $139.16
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (1-8-10-9-5)  $1,884.30
50-CENT TRIFECTA (1-8-10)  $198.05

Winner–Hubris B.c.3 by Paynter out of Path to Power, by Political Force. Bred by Anita Nesser & BHMFR, LLC (KY). Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: BHMFR, LLC. Mutuel Pool $324,040 Daily Double Pool $17,372 Exacta Pool $197,605 Superfecta Pool $74,154 Super High Five Pool $2,469 Trifecta Pool $109,619. Scratched–none.

50-Cent Pick Three (4-3-1) paid $159.55. Pick Three Pool $36,099.

HUBRIS sped clear along the inside, showed the way to the far turn, roused at the quarter pole and drew off in the stretch. EL JOY was closest in pursuit early in the two path, remained two wide to the stretch and bested the rest. PAPALE went three wide around the first turn, tracked outside or two wide and gained the show. GOT CURLY in range through the early stages, bumped with rival at the three-eighths, entered the stretch two wide, angled out and bumped rival again at the eighth pole and could not find the needed late kick. WILLY THE COBBLER bumped leaving the gate, settled off the pace, bumped with rival at the three-eighths pole, bumped with that same rival again at the eighth pole and flattened out. MAHAAMEL (IRE) sat off the pace, raced in the two path to the drive, drifted to the rail in the stretch and finished evenly. MOUNT PELLIAR raced at the back of the field along the inside, angled three wide around the far turn and lacked a rally. COMPELLUS shifted out and bumped rival at the start, raced in mid-pack near the inside then two wide into the lane and weakened. SPACE ODESSEY off slow to begin, went three wide into the first turn while outside rivals, moved down to the two path and was never a factor. SOULONG stalked the pace from inside, lost ground around the far turn and faded.

SEVENTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $25,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $30,000-$28,000. Time 22.22 45.71 58.52 1:11.59


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

9 Diva’s Finale 123 7 2 2–2 2–4 2–3½ 1–2¾ Hernandez 1.80
6 Handr’sdream 123 4 1 1–1 1–½ 1–½ 2–3¾ Prat 0.80
2 Coastal King 123 1 7 4–1½ 3–5 3–11½ 3–14 T Baze 38.30
4 Big Discount 114 2 4 5–hd 6–2½ 4–½ 4–3¼ Pyfer 9.90
5 Whiskey Vision 123 3 5 6–½ 5–hd 5–4½ 5–4 Cedillo 15.00
7 My Only Mission 123 5 6 7 7 7 6–10 Fuentes 50.40
8 Philly Cheese 123 6 3 3–2½ 4–1½ 6–hd 7 Maldonado 9.50

9 DIVA’S FINALE 5.60 2.40 2.20
6 HANDR’SDREAM 2.20 2.10
2 COASTAL KING 8.00

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (1-9)  $40.40
$1 EXACTA (9-6)  $4.50
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (9-6-2-4)  $14.67
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (9-6-2-4-5)  $265.30
50-CENT TRIFECTA (9-6-2)  $23.35
$2 CONSOLATION DOUBLE (1-1)  $13.00
$2 CONSOLATION DOUBLE (1-3)  $14.60

Winner–Diva’s Finale Dbb.c.3 by Munnings out of Diva N Disguise, by Mizzen Mast. Bred by Asiel Stable, LLC (KY). Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: Hronis Racing LLC. Mutuel Pool $313,051 Daily Double Pool $25,917 Exacta Pool $162,508 Superfecta Pool $50,732 Super High Five Pool $3,129 Trifecta Pool $93,650. Claimed–Diva’s Finale by Hotter Than H Racing LLC. Trainer: Ronald Ellis. Claimed–Handr’sdream by Isidro Tamayo. Trainer: Isidro Tamayo. Scratched–Cousin Eddie, Flactem Legacy.

50-Cent Pick Three (3-1-9) paid $89.15. Pick Three Pool $33,539. 50-Cent Consolation Pick Three (3-1-1/3) paid $36.75.

DIVA’S FINALE up close outside the pacesetter, asked around the turn, drew alongside at the eighth pole and proved best. HANDR’SDREAM set the pace and crossed over to the inside, led clear into the stretch, challenged with a furlong to go and could not match the winner late. COASTAL KING leaned back and came away last, settled off the pace, saved ground around the turn, steered out in the stretch and finished a clear third. BIG DISCOUNT bumped at the start, saved ground into the stretch and proved no menace. WHISKEY VISION stumbled a bit and bumped with BIG DISCOUNT at the start, chased between foes then three wide around the bend and never rallied. MY ONLY MISSION bumped leaving the gate, raced three deep up the backstretch, went four wide into the turn, angled down to the two path around the bend and came up empty. PHILLY CHEESE bumped with inside rival at the start, chased two wide to the turn, dropped back around the bend and faded.

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $100,000. ‘Pasadena Stakes’. 3 year olds. Time 23.08 46.72 1:10.41 1:22.44 1:34.39


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ ¾ Str Fin Jockey $1

5 Rock Your World 120 4 2 2–½ 2–1 2–1 3–1½ 1–2¼ Rispoli 1.10
2 Cathkin Peak 124 1 3 3–2 3–1 3–hd 2–hd 2–1 Prat 1.00
3 Red Flag 120 2 4 4–2½ 4–4 4–4 4–2 3–nk Gonzalez 7.70
4 Commander Khai 120 3 1 1–1 1–1½ 1–1 1–1 4–¾ Hernandez 9.60
6 Harlan Estate 120 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 Fuentes 42.60

5 ROCK YOUR WORLD 4.20 2.40 2.20
2 CATHKIN PEAK (IRE) 2.20 2.10
3 RED FLAG 2.40

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (9-5)  $12.40
$1 EXACTA (5-2)  $3.10
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (5-2-3-4)  $1.22
50-CENT TRIFECTA (5-2-3)  $3.80

Winner–Rock Your World Dbb.c.3 by Candy Ride (ARG) out of Charm the Maker, by Empire Maker. Bred by Ron McAnally & Deborah McAnally (KY). Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: Hronis Racing LLC and Talla, David Michael. Mutuel Pool $411,775 Daily Double Pool $48,275 Exacta Pool $148,234 Superfecta Pool $46,573 Trifecta Pool $87,658. Scratched–Mac Daddy Too.

50-Cent Pick Three (1-9-5) paid $21.25. Pick Three Pool $38,842. 50-Cent Consolation Pick Three (1-1/3-5) paid $11.20.

ROCK YOUR WORLD stalked behind the leader in the two path, coaxed along near the quarter pole, bid three deep in the lane and kicked clear. CATHKIN PEAK (IRE) pulled early along the rail, settled into a stalking position, saved ground into the stretch, tipped out at the three-sixteenths, bid between rivals and got outkicked by the winner. RED FLAG settled off the pace, raced in the two path then came three wide into the stretch and was along for the show. COMMANDER KHAI sprinted to the front and angled to the inside, remained unchallenged to the stretch, led clear to the furlong grounds and flattened in the late stages. HARLAN ESTATE hit the gate and broke out, was unhurried in the early going, saved ground trailing the field and could not rally.

NINTH RACE.

6 Furlongs. Purse: $24,000. Waiver Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $16,000-$12,500. Time 22.29 45.70 58.57 1:12.10


Pgm Horse Wt PP St ¼ ½ Str Fin Jockey $1

3 Malakai Moxie 115 3 7 1–hd 1–½ 1–2 1–hd Pyfer 2.30
2 Threearchbaymafia 124 2 9 6–2 4–½ 3–1 2–1¼ Rispoli 2.30
10 Zorich 124 9 4 7–½ 7–1 6–1½ 3–¾ Valdivia, Jr. 4.90
4 Eskimo Roses 110 4 1 2–hd 3–2 2–1 4–nk Ellingwood 19.80
7 Bird 124 6 6 5–1 5–1 4–1 5–½ Maldonado 6.80
8 Brazilian Summer 120 7 2 8–1 8–½ 7–½ 6–2¼ Fuentes 17.50
9 Dapper 124 8 3 9 9 8–hd 7–2¼ Flores 21.50
5 Hallowed Gift 124 5 5 4–hd 6–½ 9 8–1 Gonzalez 11.80
1 Fort McHenry 113 1 8 3–1 2–hd 5–hd 9 Centeno 12.90

3 MALAKAI MOXIE 6.60 4.00 2.60
2 THREEARCHBAYMAFIA 3.40 2.60
10 ZORICH 3.20

$2 DAILY DOUBLE (5-3)  $13.60
$1 EXACTA (3-2)  $8.60
10-CENT SUPERFECTA (3-2-10-4)  $34.47
$1 SUPER HIGH FIVE (3-2-10-4-7)  $674.90
50-CENT TRIFECTA (3-2-10)  $19.35

Winner–Malakai Moxie Ch.g.4 by Boisterous out of Chetten County, by Giant’s Causeway. Bred by Carliwood Farms, LLC (CA). Trainer: Philip D’Amato. Owner: Carliwood Farms. Mutuel Pool $319,212 Daily Double Pool $101,210 Exacta Pool $188,506 Superfecta Pool $103,927 Super High Five Pool $14,150 Trifecta Pool $143,989. Claimed–Malakai Moxie by Akin, Zvika, Pinner, John E. and Sherman Racing Inc. Trainer: Art Sherman. Scratched–Final Rose.

50-Cent Pick Three (9-5-3) paid $11.35. Pick Three Pool $206,150. 50-Cent Pick Four (1-9-5-3/6) 2713 tickets with 4 correct paid $134.20. Pick Four Pool $477,056. 50-Cent Pick Five (3-1-9-5-3/6) 240 tickets with 5 correct paid $1,136.00. Pick Five Pool $355,994. 20-Cent Pick Six Jackpot (4-3-1-9-5-3/6) 34 tickets with 6 correct paid $3,399.26. Pick Six Jackpot Pool $213,688. Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $509,265.

MALAKAI MOXIE broke and bumped rival leaving the gate, got brushed by another rival soon after, chased the leader then went up to vied for command between rivals, cleared into the stretch, inched away then lasted over the late charge from the runner-up. THREEARCHBAYMAFIA bumped laving the gate then lost his path and checked soon after, raced in the two path through the turn, angled out into the stretch, rallied late but could not get by. ZORICH raced outside a rival near the back of the field early on, took the turn five five wide, traveled widest in the stretch and finished well to earn the show honors. ESKIMO ROSES away quickest from the gate, cleared early then vied outside a pair of rivals into and around the bend and flattened to a minor award in the stretch. BIRD chased outside a rival well off the rail, went five wide into the turn, four wide entering the stretch and never produced a bid. BRAZILIAN SUMMER tracked off the inside, angled in on the turn, saved ground to the stretch and showed a mild response along the inside. DAPPER went four wide into the turn, angled down to the two path then back out three wide entering the stretch and passed tired rivals. HALLOWED GIFT chased off the rail, entered the turn four wide, steered down to the two path around the bend and weakened in the lane. FORT MCHENRY broke in then lugged out early and brushed rival, went up to vie for the lead from inside with a pair of rivals, battled through the turn then gave way in the stretch.


Attendance Handle
On-Track N/A $209,888
Inter-Track N/A $1,129,636
Out of State N/A $6,327,442
TOTAL N/A $7,666,966

Santa Anita Entries for Sunday, February 28.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. 32nd day of a 81-day meet.

FIRST RACE.

6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $28,000. Starter Optional Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Sigalert Edwin Maldonado 124 John W. Sadler 6-1 25,000
2 Exultation Umberto Rispoli 124 Peter Eurton 2-1
3 Show Business Jose Valdivia, Jr. 124 Steve Knapp 30-1
4 Squalotoro Abel Cedillo 124 Doug F. O’Neill 12-1
5 Turntheclocktozero Geovanni Franco 124 Mark Glatt 30-1 25,000
6 Bench Judge Flavien Prat 124 Peter Miller 5-2
7 Shuster Tyler Baze 124 Leonard Powell 30-1 25,000
8 Hartel Juan Hernandez 122 Peter Miller 5-2 22,500
9 Galloping Mischief Ruben Fuentes 124 Paul G. Aguirre 10-1
Also Eligible
10 Severin Eswan Flores 122 Paula S. Capestro 50-1 22,500
11 American Dancer Jose Valdivia, Jr. 124 Mark Glatt 8-1 25,000

SECOND RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $35,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Stone’s River Abel Cedillo 119 Craig Anthony Lewis 8-1 45,000
2 Gabby Hayes Jessica Pyfer 112 Steven Miyadi 2-1 45,000
3 Sir Williams Dream Alexis Centeno 116 Ricardo Zamora 15-1 50,000
4 Big Well Flavien Prat 123 Tim Yakteen 3-1 50,000
5 Funkenstein Jose Valdivia, Jr. 123 Mike Puype 5-2 50,000
6 Big Frank Da Tank Edwin Maldonado 123 Adam Kitchingman 3-1 50,000

THIRD RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Special Weight. Fillies. 3 year olds.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Sweetest Angel Juan Hernandez 123 George Papaprodromou 5-2
2 Jibber Jabber Umberto Rispoli 123 Patrick Gallagher 2-1
3 Shvere Arbeter Abel Cedillo 123 Ian Kruljac 4-1
4 Cider Apple Tyler Baze 123 Jeff Mullins 5-2
5 Hyland Haven Flavien Prat 123 Philip D’Amato 5-1

FOURTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $33,000. Starter Allowance. 4 year olds and up.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Motown Music Umberto Rispoli 124 Mark Glatt 9-5
2 Zimba Warrior Mario Gutierrez 124 Craig Dollase 10-1
3 El Diablo Rojo Juan Hernandez 124 Craig Anthony Lewis 8-1
4 Single Me Out Geovanni Franco 124 Gary Stute 6-1
5 Dr. Troutman Edwin Maldonado 124 George Papaprodromou 8-1
6 Ronamo Flavien Prat 124 Philip D’Amato 2-1
7 Alcools Abel Cedillo 124 Peter Miller 6-1

FIFTH RACE.

6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $35,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Uncle Ray Jose Valdivia, Jr. 126 Mike Puype 5-2 50,000
2 Union Bliss Ruben Fuentes 126 Hector O. Palma 5-1 50,000
3 Ox Bridge Umberto Rispoli 122 Doug F. O’Neill 7-2 45,000
4 Chipper Tyler Baze 126 Mark Glatt 4-1 50,000
5 Capo Mafioso Flavien Prat 126 Richard Baltas 3-1 50,000
6 Squeaky Cheeky Mario Gutierrez 122 Peter Eurton 8-1 45,000
7 Mongolian Ford Edwin Maldonado 118 Enebish Ganbat 15-1 50,000

SIXTH RACE.

5½ Furlongs. Purse: $22,000. Maiden Claiming. 3 year olds and up. Claiming Price $20,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Betito Abel Cedillo 126 Kristin Mulhall 5-1 20,000
2 Count Alexei Ricardo Gonzalez 126 Brian J. Koriner 3-1 20,000
3 Arrivederci Roma Tiago Pereira 126 Sally Rivera 15-1 20,000
4 Stir the Pot Tyler Baze 126 Steve Knapp 7-2 20,000
5 Notre Dame Alexis Centeno 119 Doug F. O’Neill 6-1 20,000
6 Best Dance Geovanni Franco 118 Daniel Dunham 20-1 20,000
7 Jungle Boy Juan Hernandez 126 Steven Miyadi 6-1 20,000
8 Lucky Ryan Seven Emily Ellingwood 116 George Papaprodromou 12-1 20,000
9 Synsky Eswan Flores 126 Hector O. Palma 6-1 20,000
10 Guinessey Ruben Fuentes 126 Paul G. Aguirre 15-1 20,000

SEVENTH RACE.

6 Furlongs Turf. Purse: $36,000. Claiming. 4 year olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Bad Beat Edwin Maldonado 122 Adam Kitchingman 6-1 25,000
2 Strike It Lucky Geovanni Franco 122 Brian J. Koriner 6-1 25,000
3 Bedrock Juan Hernandez 120 Peter Miller 5-1 22,500
4 Castle Gate Heriberto Figueroa 122 Sergio Morfin 12-1 25,000
5 Restless Rambler Alexis Centeno 113 Mark Glatt 5-1 22,500
6 Factorial Jose Valdivia, Jr. 120 Ryan Hanson 8-1 22,500
7 Golden Image Eswan Flores 122 Daniel Dunham 30-1 25,000
8 Blackout Flavien Prat 120 Peter Miller 3-1 22,500
9 Castle Abel Cedillo 122 Mark Glatt 7-2 25,000

EIGHTH RACE.

1 Mile. Purse: $100,000. ‘Tiznow Stakes’. 4 year olds and up. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Desmond Doss Abel Cedillo 120 Steven Miyadi 4-1
2 Margot’s Boy Juan Hernandez 122 Craig Anthony Lewis 5-1
3 Brandothebartender Umberto Rispoli 122 Craig Dollase 3-1
4 Surfing Star Edwin Maldonado 122 Karen Headley 4-1
5 Fashionably Fast Tiago Pereira 124 Dean Pederson 6-5

NINTH RACE.

1 Mile Turf. Purse: $35,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 3 year olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$45,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Trainer M-L Claim $
1 Jaxons Tour Guide Heriberto Figueroa 119 Doug F. O’Neill 15-1 45,000
2 Whistler’s Style Flavien Prat 123 Ian Kruljac 5-2 50,000
3 Esja Ricardo Gonzalez 119 Carla Gaines 30-1 45,000
4 Judy With Grace Geovanni Franco 123 Ronald W. Ellis 5-1 50,000
5 Golden Journey Juan Hernandez 123 Richard Baltas 15-1 50,000
6 Kind But She Lies Tyler Baze 123 J. Eric Kruljac 8-1 50,000
7 Malibu Hannah Umberto Rispoli 123 Doug F. O’Neill 8-1 50,000
8 Avisse Abel Cedillo 123 Manuel Ortiz, Sr. 3-1 50,000
9 Flag Salute Jessica Pyfer 116 Carla Gaines 7-2 50,000

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