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Sat Oct 29
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Breeders' Cup, Sprint
Activity at the Santa Anita stables was minimal at 5 a.m. Saturday. It was dark, after all. But trainer Bill Spawr always starts early. His first set went to the training track at 4:45. The main track opened at 5. The morning surface is fresh, one reason Spawr prefers to train early. That includes the big horse. Amazombie was scheduled Saturday for his final workout before shipping to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Thu Oct 6
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Handicapping
The handicapping notebook is full again, with stuff like this … # Trevor Denman, the voice of Santa Anita and also the Breeders’ Cup, cannot be two places at the same time. So when Denman goes to Churchill Downs BC week, a skilled substitute will take his place. John Lies, track announcer at Lone Star and simulcast host at Del Mar, will be the voice of Santa Anita during Breeders’ Cup week.
Sat Oct 1
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Opinion Columns, Breeders' Cup
Drill got beat and Blind Luck finished off the board before order was restored at Santa Anita. Here is a review of the four Breeder’s Cup prep races Saturday in California. Norfolk Stakes, race 5 Drill got hammered to 3-5 but finished second as Creative Cause ($5.80) turned the tables with a perfect-trip win in the mile and a sixteenth race that was the first route for both colts.
Sat Aug 6
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Del Mar
You thought Saturday was tough? Del Mar expects $1 million to be wagered Sunday on the pick six, chasing a $145,934 carryover. “New money” usually is six to seven times the carryover amount. The problem with Sunday’s sequence (races 5-10) is every race is difficult. That creates good gambling opportunites on a race-by-race basis, but stringing together six straight might be impossible. Here is a quick look, anyway.
Sat Jul 30
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Del Mar
The pick-six carryover from Saturday into Sunday is $169,635. Bettors are expected to add another $1 million to the pot. Looking for an inconspicuous single? The last three races offer possibilities. Race 7 is a maiden-40 starter allowance sprint for fillies and mares, and if Cactus House runs back to her maiden win she can win as the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. Race 8 is the Grade 1 Bing Crosby for sprinters Smiling Tiger, Euroears and Amazombie. Comeback works by Euroears suggest he can be gone as the 5-2 second choice.