09/27/2013 3:33PM

Santa Anita: DRF Plus handicapping report for September 28, 2013

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Race 1

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WRITER FEVER (#10, 8-1) steadied hard at the start of her DMR debut Aug. 17 and that left her well back (actually last of 9) with far too much to do. However, to her credit she kept to her task and passed a number of rivals to finish 4th. That was an encouraging final few furlongs. Espinoza was up that day and sees fit to stay for trainer Ellis who not only does not see fit to drop her in for a tag but who has strong 2nd-time-out numbers (26%). Many will dismiss her because of that first run and that, plus the presence of some talented rivals should keep her price more than generous. -Michael Hammersly

 

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Race 2

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Race 3

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9/3 bullet drill might say more than rest of steady but mild work pattern for debut for STORM THE CHANNEL (#5, 10-1). Has best grass pedigree in field. Might be ready right away. - Marcus Hersh

 

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Race 4

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It is likely that KRISTO (#8, 9-5) will start at very low odds. His debut was terrific, a wide trip racing greenly over a synthetic surface on which he could hardly stand up. The 2-year-old colt continues to work well and is a standout single.- Brad Free

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Race 5

Vulnerable Favorite

The jockey & trainer have professed confidence SHE'S A TIGER (#8, 5-2) will run long, but I have none, particularly when she faces a host of pace challengers and the prospect of hot early and middle pace. - Marcus Hersh

 

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Race 6

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Race 7

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The last-start victory by 2-year-old colt ROUNDUPTHELUTE (#5, 9-2), albeit on a five-furlong track vs. suspect competition, was terrific. He overcame traffic, finished strongly, and should love the additional distance of this G1.- Brad Free

 

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Race 8

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OUR PURE CREATION (#1, 12-1) cruised last out to blowout career debut win in a dirt sprint, but she’s bred to be even better at this one-mile turf trip. The trainer has major numbers with 1st-time turfers.- Marcus Hersh

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Race 9

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Race 10

Vulnerable Favorite

Neither favorite in the G1 Awesome Again offers appeal. PAYNTER (#7, 5-2) is a good horse, over-rated, facing a ton of speed. He will be under pressure throughout. As for the 2013 campaign of MUCHO MACHO MAN (#10, 3-1), it has been one disappointment after another.- Brad Free

 

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Race 11

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Although UNUSUAL WAY is the “most probable winner,” improving WARREN’S VENEDA (#5, 6-1) offers more value. Each start better than the one before, proven on all surfaces and distances, she will fly late in this turf sprint.- Brad Free

 

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