Santa Anita News & Notes - 2018

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Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:39 pm

Three-time grade 2 winner will cut back to 1 1/8 miles Jan. 6.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... an-gabriel
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Latest article about this new SA concept.

Santa Anita Tries Out New Conditions to Retain Owners
As Ax Man continued to pull away from nine other 3-year-old males Jan. 1 at Santa Anita Park, you could almost feel the discontent in the air.

The 9 1/2-length victory for the Misremembered colt is what these new races are supposed to prevent—dominating winners from powerful barns like those of trainer Bob Baffert—and sure enough, a Baffert horse won the first one.

But it was also only one race. And although it wasn't what horsemen and horse owners might have wanted to see, the new conditions Santa Anita has deployed, according to track officials, are designed to aid a part of the industry they feel needs help.

The maiden special weight race Ax Man won was restricted to 3-year-olds who were homebred or "purchased at public auction for $100,000 or less," to encourage more winners from the middle market in the game, but maybe more importantly, to cut down on discouraging results for connections in that category.

"The idea is to give the guy who spends a lot of money—for the average guy—an edge to race at one of the top tracks in the country for 3-year-olds this time of year," said Santa Anita racing secretary Rick Hammerle, who also noted the condition would be limited to 3-year-old races on the dirt main track. "Mentally, trying to run against these million-dollar, royally bred horses, maybe they're getting discouraged."

With the backing of The Stronach Group's chief operating officer Tim Ritvo, Hammerle has instituted this condition on a limited basis, as well as another that targets trainers who have less than 20 horses in their care, as a test balloon of sorts, with the aim to retain owners who might otherwise leave the game frustrated.

"It's not about whether these races work or not. It's about shaking things up and trying new things," Ritvo said. "How do we help an owner stay in the business longer? We're becoming like the rest of the world, where there are Walmarts, but all the mom-and-pop grocery stores are gone. We're becoming that, and it's not good for our (business) model. That's for sure."

The idea has been pretty evenly supported by the trainers at Santa Anita, if not only for the spirit behind the condition, but for the track's willingness to try to find solutions for complex issues.
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... ain-owners
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If there weren't that Baffert connection, Ax Man would be viewed as a success for the concept. He is a homebred, by a stallion who gets nowhere near a Tapit stud fee and, IIRC, whose owners have a modest-sized operation.
Writing races with conditions that will get more horses out of the barns and into the starting gate is crucial for Santa Anita (could say it's crucial for all the US racing jurisdictions), so I hope their efforts are a success.
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Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:29 pm

Another new race condition in today's 6th race...

6 Furlongs. Clm 10000b Purse $18,000 FOR FOUR YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD
THIS RACE RESTRICTED TO TRAINERS WITH 20 OR LESS HORSES IN THEIR CARE IN
CALIFORNIA.
Weight, 123 lbs. Non-winners Of A Race Since November 10 Allowed 2
lbs. Claiming Price $10,000

(Jacobson's east coast stable doesn't count, so he drops one from $62,500 to try and steal it at $10,000 level lol)

1 Private Prospect (KY) 6/H L $10,000 R Maragh 121 P H Lobo 12/1 N/A
2 Cherokee Dynasty (CA) 5/G L $10,000 A B Solis 121 J A Moreno 10/1 N/A
3 Dutt Bart (CA) 4/C L $10,000 E Orozco 121 J Nunez 20/1 N/A
4 Rim Ditch (CA) 4/G L $10,000 C Franco 1147 V Fernandez 12/1 N/A
5 Lewys Vaporizer (IL) 6/G L $10,000 K J Desormeaux 121 D Jacobson 5/2 N/A
6 Winning Causeway (KY) 7/G L $10,000 E A Roman 1165 G Vallejo 6/1 N/A
7 Old Man Lake (CA) 8/G L $10,000 B Pena 121 R Becerra 6/1 N/A
8 Overcomer (CA) 6/G L $10,000 T J Pereira 121 C S Treece 12/1 N/A
9 Chin Tu (KY) 4/G L $10,000 A Quinonez 121 A Garcia 50/1 N/A
10 Airfoil (KY) 8/G L $10,000 A Jimenez 121 J B Clark 3/1 N/A
11 Proud Zoning (NM) 5/H L $10,000 J Ochoa 121 S Gonzalez 50/1 N/A
12 Indavidualist (FL) 5/G L $10,000 M S Garcia 121 G Stute 8/1 N/A
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:34 pm

Ah, good old Dutt Bart. . .I keep thinking the name is naughty but I believe I've been told it has an innocuous meaning. Ugly sounding, though.
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Jeremy Balan‏Verified account @BH_JBalan
Jason Jocher, who owned 2nd-place finisher Airfoil in the 6th race at Santa Anita (horse was claimed), says he is protesting the result. The basis of the protest is the contention that winning trainer Chuck Treece has more than 20 thoroughbred horses in his care in California.

Jeremy Balan Verified account @BH_JBalan
21m21 minutes ago
CHRB spokesman Mike Marten confirms the protest and says an investigation has been launched. The stewards will conduct hearings into the matter.

zaim hodzic‏ @ZeeZaim
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Someone go to his barn and do a head count, I'll wait......

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21m21 minutes ago
More Jeremy Balan Retweeted zaim hodzic
I asked for a number from the CHRB. Spokesman Mike Marten said investigators do not have a number at this time.

http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pd ... 18USA6.pdf
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Jeremy's story...

Owner Files Protest Over Santa Anita Race Condition
A new condition at Santa Anita Park designed to restrict entries to smaller barns in California spurred a protest in the first race it was employed Jan. 7.

The sixth race Sunday, which had the condition of "restricted to trainers with 20 or less horses in their care in California," was won by Overcomer, who is trained by Charles Treece. The 6-year-old Old Topper gelding edged Power Hour Racing's Airfoil by a head at the wire to take down the $10,800 winner's share of the purse. Airfoil earned $3,600 for second.

After the race, Jason Jocher, who owns Power Hour Racing, filed a protest with the California Horse Racing Board regarding the eligibility of Overcomer and contended Treece has more than 20 horses in his care at his Los Alamitos Race Course base.

"I am protesting this race, as Treece has well over 20 (Thoroughbreds), per CHRB investigators," Jocher wrote on the protest form. "Overcomer was not eligible for this race. (Trainer Jesus) Nunez also has 70 horses in (California) and was allowed to run (Dutt Bart, who finished last in the 10-horse field)."

Jocher said, as he was filling out the protest paperwork, the CHRB investigator he spoke with made a call to Los Alamitos for a head count of the Treece- and Nunez-trained horses on the grounds, and told the owner Treece had 35 horses and Nunez had 70. Nunez had 560 Thoroughbred starts in 2017 and Treece had 170.

Los Alamitos officials said Sunday morning that Nunez had approximately 28 Thoroughbreds in his care at the track, but did not provide Treece's numbers as of Sunday night.

CHRB spokesman Mike Marten said the regulatory agency did not have an official number for either trainer in question, but that an investigation into the matter was underway.

According to Jocher, Justin Clark, who trained Airfoil toward Sunday's race, has four Thoroughbreds and two Quarter Horses in his care following the claim of Airfoil from the six-furlong sprint.

Earlier in the week, Santa Anita racing secretary Rick Hammerle said the condition was more of a "guideline" than a set-in-stone restriction on who can enter the race.

"We want to go down this list (on the overnight) and say, 'Does anybody stick out that looks like they don't belong?' And then we'll look into it," Hammerle said Jan. 5. "If somebody is trying to pull a fast one and move some horses around (to another trainer), we probably won't let you run. It's not a fine line, but if it doesn't look right, we're going to check it out.

"(Nunez's) horses are running for $3,200 and $4,000 (claiming prices during the nighttime races at Los Alamitos). I'm not counting those horses. When he applies for stalls here, he applies for six or something. We're not out to have an FBI investigation. How many starts does he make here? Not many."
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20m20 minutes ago
We interrupt this football game to let all @santaanitapark horsemen know that the racing office just announced both the main track and training track will be closed tomorrow morning owing to the storm.
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Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:37 pm

Shapiro's analysis of Santa Anita Park's early jockey/trainer standings

Eight days into the winter meeting at Santa Anita Park and familiar names sit atop the jockey standings while there is a logjam amongst the leading trainers.

Jockey Rafael Bejarano is off to a strong start in Arcadia this summer, with nine victories in 37 starts giving him a one-race lead over apprentice Evin Roman and a two-race edge over veteran Kent Desormeaux.

Bejarano has done his best riding over the lawn, with four of his wins coming over the sod, including his lone stakes triumph thus far aboard the Mike Pupye-conditioned Ippodamia’s Girl in the Blue Norther Stakes on New Year’s Eve.


https://www.twinspires.com/blog/2018/1/ ... -standings
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Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:18 pm

For the first time at the winter-spring meeting, there is a carryover of $192,748 in the 50-cent late pick five for Sunday.

There were no winning favorites in the final five races on Saturday, leading to the carryover.

It should be emphasized that the pick five carryover for Sunday is on the late pick five that begins in the fifth race. There is not a carryover in the early 50-cent pick five, which begins in the first race.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:43 pm

P6 paid $466,000 to one lucky ticket holder today.

Its possible that they could be paid in cash, 100%, and on the honor system to declare the income for tax purposes!
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Saturday is "Vox Populi" Day at @santaanitapark, when 2017 winner Ben's Cat will be remembered with a special award presentation. Track patrons will have their choice of two commemorative prints. This special offer also is available for purchase at http://ow.ly/H9B230hOgfm .

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I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:08 pm

NEW ‘SUNDAY BRUNCH’ FIRST POST TIME OF 11:30 A.M. STARTS MARCH 11

Santa Anita Park has announced that it will adopt a new “Sunday Brunch” first post time of 11:30 a.m. on all Sundays, beginning with the onset of Daylight Savings Time on March 11, through closing day of its current Winter/Spring Meet on June 24.

Good idea?
Probably yes if you're in the eastern time zone, but in Arcadia it means having to leave church a little early, hmmmm!
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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stark wrote:NEW ‘SUNDAY BRUNCH’ FIRST POST TIME OF 11:30 A.M. STARTS MARCH 11

Santa Anita Park has announced that it will adopt a new “Sunday Brunch” first post time of 11:30 a.m. on all Sundays, beginning with the onset of Daylight Savings Time on March 11, through closing day of its current Winter/Spring Meet on June 24.

Good idea?
Probably yes if you're in the eastern time zone, but in Arcadia it means having to leave church a little early, hmmmm!
I love it
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Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:45 pm

Worrisome...

Santa Anita: Track cancels Tiznow Stakes
The $100,000 Tiznow Stakes for California-bred milers scheduled for Sunday will not be run. The race drew only four entrants on Thursday, leading to the cancellation. Sunday's program will not have a stakes.

Image of Joplin, Smokey Image, Solid Wager and Summersimage were entered from a list of 10 nominations. Track vice-president and racing secretary Rick Hammerle said the Tiznow Stakes will not be rescheduled.
http://live.drf.com/nuggets/40672-santa ... now-stakes

Jeremy Balan Verified account @BH_JBalan
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Overnight is out for Sunday at Santa Anita. Average field size from nine races: 6.78.
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Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:56 pm

Storm alert, we might get an inch of rain!

On the coast, Santa Barbara is undergoing mandatory evacuations from the fire areas.

At Santa Anita, the track is being sealed immediately after the Thursday races.

There will be no turf racing Fri/Sat.

With the anticipated off tracks upcoming, no less than 287 horses worked out Thursday morning.

Take cover!
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:59 pm

I suspect that the next couple of racing days at Santa Anita may not have full fields, either. The heavy rain that we're supposed to get starting tonight may lead to the grass races being moved to a muddy/sealed main, which will likely lead to some scratches.
ETA: You beat me to it, Stark. I'm a sloow typist. :P ;)
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I notice they have maiden races for horses sold at auction for less than 100k. Not surprised they ditched the small trainer part, but also tossed homebreds?

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It appears that way. The condition for Sunday's race says "restricted to horses sold at public auction for $100,000 or less." The anti-Baffert condition.
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We'll see how well that works; IIRC, the last time they ran a race like this (which had the additional homebred condition), a Baffert won it. :lol:
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BaroqueAgain1 wrote:We'll see how well that works; IIRC, the last time they ran a race like this (which had the additional homebred condition), a Baffert won it. :lol:
Baffert won two (I think out of three) of them, but both were homebreds.
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