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April 19th, 2013 − Santa Anita
Santa Anita Pick 6: April 19
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|1||Claiming||Clm 10k-9k, F&M 4&UP||Fri.||04/19||1:00 PT||Get PPsBet Now|
|2||Optional Claiming||OC 25k, CAL F&M 3&UPArticle:Santa Anita: Atta Girl Alma to try two turns in Friday optional claimer||Fri.||04/19||1:33 PT||Get PPsBet Now|
|3||Claiming||Clm 10k-9k, 4&UP||Fri.||04/19||2:00 PT||Get PPsBet Now|
|4||Maiden Claiming||Md 75k, F&M 3&UP||Fri.||04/19||2:32 PT||Get PPsBet Now|
|5||Maiden Claiming||Md 30k-25k, F3YO||Fri.||04/19||3:03 PT||Get PPsBet Now|
|6||Claiming||Clm 32k-28k, 4&UP||Fri.||04/19||3:33 PT||Get PPsBet Now|
|7||Allowance||Str 30k, F&M 3&UP||Fri.||04/19||4:03 PT||Get PPsBet Now|
|8||Maiden Claiming||Md 75k, 3&UP||Fri.||04/19||4:33 PT||Get PPsBet Now|
|9||Maiden Claiming||Md 75k, 3YO||Sun.||04/14||4:35 PT||Get PPsBet Now|
Third Race 1. Hasty Trend 2. Cook Inlet 3. Blake
HASTY TREND enters as "most probable winner" on the card, first off the claim by Doug O'Neill. He chased slow fractions and finished second last time, and benefits here from a quicker pace scenario. In addition to the trainer switch, the gelding also will be ridden for the first time by Maldonado. COOK INLET is the only starter in this $10k claimer not eligible to be claimed per CHRB rule 1634, which allows a horse off 180 days or more to enter a claiming race while declared ineligible to be claimed. The maneuver signals optimism; COOK INLET ran races last summer fast enough and he gets the meet's leading rider Rafael Bejarano. BLAKE and AQUA FEVER stretch from sprints and add speed; BUDS PAL defeated the top choice last time when allowed an easy lead. That probably will not happen again here. This is another five-horse field.
Fourth Race 1. Christmas Secret 2. Hard Rockin Girl 3. Princess of Pearl
Bettors that chased CHRISTMAS SECRET her first two starts this meet will be tempted to chase her one more time as she stretches to a route. Her running style suggests two turns is what she needs; this is her first time long. She has shown more talent in the morning than afternoon, and the longer distance and slight drop in class to maiden-75 can help turn her around at a price. On the other hand, it is entirely possible this handicapper has over-rated her ability. At a price, she is worth chasing once more. HARD ROCKIN GIRL finished eighth last out, but ran super. First off the claim and stretching to a mile, she opened up setting a fast pace, led to inside the eighth pole and got swallowed. If she rations her speed this time, while dropping slightly in class, she could be long gone. The front-runner is trained by Doug O'Neill, who also starts late-runner PRINCESS OF PEARL, runner-up last out. Each start has been better than the one before, she is the late threat and among the obvious contenders.
Fifth Race 1. Hero's Marine 2. Southern Journey 3. Visions of Candy
HERO'S MARINE drops from special-weight to maiden-30, she has the highest speed figures in the field, and is the obvious choice. Wagering value is likely to be minimal. An upset possibility is second-time starter SOUTHERN JOURNEY, who broke slowly in her debut, made a little run on the backside, then chucked it on the turn. She drops in class, adds blinkers, and switches riders. Improvement is likely. First-time starter VISIONS OF CANDY has decent-looking works; BLUEGRASS ELLIE can improve second start back from a seven-month layoff.
Sixth Race 1. Distort This 2. Rock This Way 3. Mr. Bossy Pants
DISTORT THIS gets a favorable pace scenario in this claiming turf sprint, After chasing fast fractions and finishing third last out, he could find himself on the lead in a race with less speed. His three downhill starts this winter have been decent; this is his easiest chance yet. Breaking from the outside post as potential controlling speed, he can be gone. ROCK THIS WAY misfired in a "wet-fast" route, and now returns to grass first off the claim. The up-front running style he used in route races suggests he may appreciate turning back to a sprint. Horse-for-course MR. BOSSY PANTS is 6-for-10 on the hill, but his most recent was odd. He lost his punch in deep stretch and his rider eased up as if something went awry. Here he is a month later, on his favorite course, with a new jockey. If his most recent can be excused, he belongs as a leading contender.
Seventh Race 1. A Drop Dead Diva 2. Suances Luck 3. Peppy Bolly
The runner-up finish last out by A DROP DEAD DIVA at this class level was flattered when third place Boller Bomb returned to win. 'DIVA finished more than seven lengths clear, earned a big number (82 Beyer) and is the obvious pick to win this maiden-40 starter sprint. SUANCES LUCK earned a low number (55 Beyer), but her winning debut was more impressive than the figure. She broke last, recovered, circled the field, opened up by more than five in midstretch, and coasted home by nearly four. It was a super debut over a soft field, and makes her an obvious contender first time vs. winners. PEPPY BOLLY had the race won in midstretch last time, but was unable to finish the job and lost by a head to the filly she had put away. Runner-up six times in 12 starts (one win), 'BOLLY has ability but so far lacks the win sprit. LETS GET FRISKY won her debut in sharp fashion over a next-out winner; AWE' SOME KITTEN might be ranked too low as she returns from a layoff of more than six months. Her 2-year-old form fits with these.
Eighth Race 1. Goyan 2. Indian Gods 3. Copper Bay
This maiden-75 turf route might be a good spot to take a shot with second-time starter GOYAN. He trained like a distance horse into his debut, and ran accordingly to finish sixth. It was an okay effort, nothing more. Now that he has a race under his belt, and goes two turns, he figures to improve for trainer Carla Gaines, whose maidens are always eligible to move up second out. INDIAN GODS is the one to catch. Runner-up three of four, he ran well again last time setting/pressing a fast pace. Sharp form, potential front-running winner. COPPER BAY will pick them up late as he drops to claiming for the first time.