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I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:09 pm

What happened to Gift Box? I thought the reason Sadler ran him in the Foster was to prep for this.
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Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:54 pm

Curtis wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:09 pm
What happened to Gift Box? I thought the reason Sadler ran him in the Foster was to prep for this.
???
hasn't been on the worktab for a month.

Santa Anita 7/13/2019 Dirt 5F 1:01.20 Handily 16/47
Santa Anita 7/6/2019 Dirt 4F 48.60 Handily 6/76
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:31 pm

Curtis wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:09 pm
What happened to Gift Box? I thought the reason Sadler ran him in the Foster was to prep for this.
The latest from Sadler...
This year’s GI Santa Anita H. winner Gift Box (Twirling Candy) has been temporarily sidelined with a “couple minor issues” since finishing fourth in the GII Stephen Foster H. said Sadler, but the horse is gearing up for a more active end-of-season campaign.

“We’ll get him ready for Santa Anita, probably prep him in the Awesome Again S.,” with a view to then running in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, said Sadler. “There’s been a lot of stop-start this winter. He didn’t get the best trip in the Stephen Foster, yet still finished fourth.”

In the long-term, it’s possible Gift Box might have to dust off the old passport, as Sadler mooted the idea of running the son of Twirling Candy in the proposed $15-$20 million dirt race in Saudi Arabia next February. “Why wouldn’t I?” he said.
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/sa ... -measures/
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Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:22 am

I'd like to see Seeking the Soul get another G1 win, but there's the question of his liking (or not) of California.

But of course just because he hasn't ran or won there yet doesn't mean he won't.
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Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:59 am

Well, FOR THE TOP is probably not as good as Candy Ride, but I remember watching his Pacific Classic LIVE after he came up from Argentina and it's a memory that's lasted forever. Julie Krone up, beating MDO in a short field was just plain ol' exciting that day, too bad it was his final race. Just maybe FOR THE TOP has been pointing for this race since arriving here, a couple of prep races and now today is the big day, he certainly wouldn't be just the second Argentinian to run well over the Del Mar surface?

No flashy workouts from Baffert, but if the price holds up at 12/1 he's worth a stab in a very difficult race to handicap with conviction.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:03 pm

Higher Power dominated.

Draft Pick was second and Mongolian Groom was third.

What kind of G1 is this? Lol.
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Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:24 pm

He may be one who needed time to reach his potential, and he has the pedigree to be a good racehorse. A four-year-old son of MdO, "... Higher Power is out of the good Seattle Slew racemare Alternate. He is a half-brother to millionaire Alternation, sire of this year's Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress, as well as two additional six-figure earners."
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/bree ... rformance/
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Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:51 pm

Mylute wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:03 pm
Higher Power dominated.

Draft Pick was second and Mongolian Groom was third.

What kind of G1 is this? Lol.
The kind in which four horses came out from the Midwest and East seeking easy money and got their hindquarters kicked. The kind in which two horses that just ran 1-2 in a G2 at Churchill would have delayed the running of the 11th, as we waited for them to finish, had the race not been on the turf. In all seriousness, Del Mar can save money not having to repaint the Lawn Jockey statue in the paddock as Team Hronis’s colors can stay up for another year. The winner ran big, sometimes it takes awhile to figure it out.
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Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:59 am

Higher Power earned 107 Beyer and BC Classic berth romping TVG Pacific Classic on Sat Del Mar for Sadler, Hronis, Prat.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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