Horse racing e-newsletter: Newest on the Justify saga

Horse racing newsletter: Latest on the Justify saga

Hi there, my identify is John Cherwa and welcome to our horse racing e-newsletter as each Santa Anita and Golden Gate are on a three-day race week.

A few information gadgets earlier than we get to a few of the traditional options.


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–An try and cease the Oct. 29 listening to into 2018’s Justify’s drug optimistic within the Santa Anita Derby failed. A high-powered group of attorneys tried to cease the listening to, however the choose via it out. The optimistic was for scopolamine, which is present in Jimson Weed. It’s not thought-about a efficiency enhancer.

The costs had been initially dismissed by the California Horse Racing Board, however Mick Ruis, proprietor and coach of second-place finisher Bolt d’Oro, filed swimsuit in opposition to the CHRB. As a part of a settlement, wherein the CHRB needed to pay no cash, it agreed to reopen the hearings on the drug positives.

For extra on this, try this story we wrote. Simply click on right here.

–And talking of the CHRB, jockey Mike Smith wrote them a letter in protest of the brand new jockey driving crop rules which restricts whip use to not more than six strikes in a race and not more than two at a time. All use have to be completed in an underhand place.

Smith wrote: “It’s opposite to our instincts and strategies, which in flip is impacting our stability and response time. We strongly imagine that regulation is extraordinarily hazardous and has added a fair higher threat and uncertainty to our occupation.”

For extra on this and the entire textual content of the letter, catch this within the Paulick Report. Simply click on right here.

Santa Anita Preview

Santa Anita’s Friday card continues its development of being lower than spectacular. The eight-race card begins at 1 p.m. Half the races are on the turf and half the races are restricted to Cal-breds. The characteristic is the seventh for horses going six furlongs for $59,000.

Microrithms is the 6-5 favourite for Bob Baffert and Drayden Van Dyke. He has received 5 of eighth races, together with his final three on the allowance stage. Pyron is the second favourite at 4-1 for Mark Glatt and Flavien Prat. He’s three-of-10 lifetime and is coming off an allowance win.

Listed below are the sphere sizes, so as: 7, 5, 9, 6, 6, 6, 7, 8.

Frank Mirahmadi’s SA choose

FIFTH RACE: No. 4 Gypsy Spirit (3-1)

In what seems to be an especially aggressive race on paper, Gypsy Spirit has a reputable probability to make it back-to-back wins. She has been extremely regarded since simply lacking in her U.S. debut 5 months in the past and put all of it collectively final time with a well-timed stretch kick.

Monday’s outcome: An overlay at 5-1, Little No Approach ran race however was unable to catch odds-on favourite Colosi, arising a half-length quick when ending second, greater than 5 lengths away from the third-place finisher.

Frank Mirahmadi is the monitor announcer at Santa Anita Park.

Ciaran Thornton’s SA choose

SIXTH RACE: No. 4 Debt Monger (8-1)

Debt Monger jumps up a number of lessons for coach Steve Miyadi, first off the declare final out on the win. He does very effectively on this transfer with an enormous flat guess revenue. Friday, he places bug-boy Alexis Centeno on board with an 11-pound weight break. The technique is straightforward to see — pop the gates and go gate-to-wire utilizing that feathery weight break. Miyadi has rapidly heated up at this meet after a gradual yr in SoCal. He’s profitable 23%, 21% first off the declare, 20% declare repeat with large within the cash percentages. That is what he excels at. This horse additionally loves Santa Anita going 2-1 from 4 begins right here. Hardest race on the cardboard and I’m looking for worth.

Monday’s outcome: Silent Mustketier settled properly off the rally however couldn’t rally for something higher than third.

Ciaran Thornton is the handicapper for, which affords day by day full card picks, longshots of the day, greatest bets of the day.

Golden Gate weekend preview

Right here’s our weekly have a look at one of the best racing happening at Golden Gate Fields. We’re delighted to have race caller and all-around good man Matt Dinerman as our host for previews and different musings. So, take it away, Matt.

“The large story this week: necessary payouts. On Sunday afternoon, Golden Gate Fields affords necessary payouts within the Golden Decide Six jackpot, the Rolling Tremendous Excessive 5 and each Decide 5’s. Heading into Friday’s eight-race program, the Decide 6 jackpot carryover is $287,833. If the Decide Six carries over till Sunday, you possibly can be taking a look at a seven-figure pool to be paid out that day.

“Sunday’s premier race is the ninth, an allowance for 3-year-old fillies. Southern California shipper Woke As much as Aces (skilled by Michael McCarthy) goes up in opposition to native Sadie Bluegrass (Jonathan Wong), who has terrific latest kind. The eighth can be intriguing: a enjoyable maiden particular weight at 5 ½ furlongs for 12 2-year-old fillies.

“Coach Manny Badilla might maintain the aces in Friday’s featured second race, an allowance for fillies and mares at one mile on Tapeta. Badilla saddles the highest two morning-line decisions, Sloane Backyard and By no means Be Sufficient. Two time stakes winner Sloane Backyard, the 8-5 favourite, received the Golden Poppy Stakes in June and the Luther Burbank Stakes in August. Though each races had been on turf, Sloane Backyard has already received twice on the primary monitor. Aug. 28th allowance winner By no means Be Sufficient is the 9-5 second alternative and “shouldn’t be ignored,” in accordance with Badilla. The daughter of Sir Percy has been steadily climbing up the category ladder and comes off a stellar run wherein she defeated stakes positioned and a number of allowance profitable stablemate Ziarah.

“A robust nine-race program on Saturday begins at 1:45 p.m. (It’s a 1:15 p.m. put up on Friday and Sunday.) The headliner on Saturday is the sixth, a second-level allowance that appears like a stakes on paper. The 1 1/16-mile turf race options monitor report holder Give Me the Lute and stakes winner American Farmer.

“Give Me the Lute, skilled by Andy Mathis, broke the monitor report sprinting 5 furlongs over agency turf on June 7. That day, he stopped the clock in 55.34 seconds, profitable by seven lengths. As a 3-year-old at Del Mar, he broke his maiden going two turns. His final route race, a first-level allowance at Del Mar instantly following the maiden win, resulted in a size loss whereas encountering site visitors issues down the lane.

“American Farmer is a Steve Sherman trainee final seen ending off-the-board within the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby. Winner of the Robert Dupret Derby for 3-year-olds in August, American Farmer sports activities class and comes off a run wherein he earned a profession excessive Beyer pace determine (83). Current allowance winner Fuente additionally figures to get play. Builder is an fascinating merchandise within the race, too: he was claimed final day out for $62,500 for coach Ed Moger Jr. for his brother, proprietor Steve Moger.”

Los Alamitos weekend preview

Los Alamitos is the one monitor in California racing at evening. So, let’s flip issues over to advertising and media guru Orlando Gutierrez, who will inform us about issues happening at Los Alamitos. Orlando, the ground is yours.

“Coach Justin Joiner returns to Los Alamitos with a trio of 2-year-old quarter horses on Friday evening. The perfect-known is Woman La Belle, the third highest vendor at $310,000 in the course of the closing session of the 2019 Ruidoso Yearling Sale. Woman La Belle has had troubled journeys in her two outings at Ruidoso Downs this summer season and can search for higher luck in Friday’s eighth race. Her rivals embody stablemate No Emotion, who confronted Grade 1 winner Cyber Monday in a trial at Ruidoso Downs, and Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity finalist Hello Excessive Hopes, who has 4 second place finishes this season.

“Joiner, who has loved big-time success in his late season visits to Los Alamitos, can even saddle First Painted Hero when he makes his profession debut within the seventh race on Friday.

“Six trials to the richest operating ever of the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Tremendous Derby will spotlight the nine-race program on right here on Saturday evening. Forty-three sophomores will compete within the 400-yard trials with the horses with the ten quickest occasions advancing to the ultimate on Sunday, Nov. 8. The gross purse for the Los Alamitos Tremendous Derby is $1,052,350, which is a report eclipsing the 2010 purse of $1,052,000. The purse can be up $43,000 from the prize cash provided in 2019.

“The lineup of trial hopefuls on Saturday is super, as it will likely be headed by Ed Allred’s derby profitable brothers Nomadic and Circle Metropolis plus Grade 1 stakes winners Runforyourlife and Inform Cartel and Grade 2 stakes winners Inaugurator and Sass Go Blue. There will probably be eight different runners with profession earnings of $100,000 or larger.

“The opening trial, which is scheduled because the fourth race, is among the strongest, as it’ll characteristic Governor’s Cup Derby winner Nomadic, All American Oaks runner-up Kiss Via Hearth and the stakes skilled runners Corona Required, Invader and One Candy Change.

“The second trial could be even stronger with Grade 2 Golden State Derby winner Circle Metropolis and two-time derby winner Inform Cartel going through the Aleman-trained Cattail Cove and returning star Southern Wagon. Cattail Cove was second in final yr’s Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and sixth to Nomadic on this yr’s Governor’s Cup. The Hyperlink Newcomb-owned campaigner traveled to Ruidoso Downs after the Governor’s Cup, operating second in his trial to the All American Derby after which ending third within the $100,000 All American Invitational Stakes.

“Inaugurator, winner of the Grade 2 Heritage Place Derby and runner-up within the Grade 1 All American Derby, will spotlight the third trial. The gelding has received 4 and completed second in his different two begins of 2020. He started the yr by breaking his maiden at Los Alamitos earlier than excellent efforts at Remington Park and Ruidoso Downs. Within the later trials, high stars comparable to 2019 Grade 1 Golden State Futurity winner Runforyourlife, Oklahoma Derby runner-up Aint Working, John Carter Money, who beat older horses within the Los Alamitos Championship at 440-yards on Aug. 14, and Decided One, who ran third in final yr’s Grade 1 All American Futurity, will probably be in motion.

“Sunday’s card has a full evening of trials to the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity at 400 yards. Eighty-eight juveniles are anticipated within the trials led by Grade 2 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity winner La Jaconde and Restricted Grade 1 Governor’s Cup Futurity winner Constituent. Among the many high new arrivals are Oklahoma Futurity winner Aint She Working, who additionally completed second within the $1 million Heritage Place Futurity. Ruidoso invaders like Japanese Shore, Elmer, Bodhi and A Sprint Of Signal may additionally star in an enormous method. The horses with the ten quickest occasions will return for the Golden State Million closing on Nov. 1.

“Fasig-Tipton will maintain its California Fall Yearlings Sale, at Los Alamitos on Monday. The sale begins at midday. The 298-horse catalog is offered on-line at or via the Equineline gross sales catalog app.

“Recapping final week’s Grade 1 stakes, Ed Allred’s Chocolatito outdueled the ageless champion Zoomin For Spuds by a nostril to win the sixtieth operating of the Grade 1, $125,000 Robert Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship at a quarter mile on Sunday.

“Ridden by Oscar Andrade Jr. for coach Scott Willoughby, Chocolatito caught the razor-sharp Zoomin For Spuds within the closing yards after trailing by a size on the halfway level of the race. Andrade, who received this race final yr with BH Lisas Boy, is first jockey since Robert Adair to win this race in back-to-back years however with completely different horses. Adair received the 1970 operating with Go Derussa Go and the 1971 version with Kaweah Bar. Chocolatito coated the a quarter mile in :21.37.

Chris Wade’s Friday LA choose

EIGHTH RACE: No. 2 Different World (7-2)

He has improved in every subsequent begin whereas going through productive opposition whereas incomes very aggressive numbers for Friday’s endeavor. On this gelding’s final effort 27 nights in the past, he bobbled and drifted inward on the gate, whereas shedding over half a size and his early racing momentum. After the lower than stellar getaway, this gelding confirmed a pleasant flip of foot previous the hole previous to ending steadily whereas beneath a slight maintain nearing the wire. With a stable quantity that compares favorably in right here and an anticipated step ahead this night for a powerful coach/jockey combo.

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Now, the star of the present, Friday’s entries.

Santa Anita Entries for Friday, October 16.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. thirteenth day of a 18-day meet.


5½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Particular Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 yr olds and up. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Envy Juan Hernandez 124 Anthony Okay. Saavedra 7-2
2 Spanish Channel Tiago Pereira 124 Javier Jose Sierra 6-1
3 Verry Bossy Anthony Locke 120 Robert J. Lucas 12-1
4 Shez Our Arch Eswan Flores 120 Jorge Gutierrez 15-1
5 Cassie Belle Flavien Prat 124 Sean McCarthy 6-5
6 Elgofranco Mario Gutierrez 120 Ben D. A. Cecil 5-2
7 Endlessly Free Heriberto Figueroa 120 Anthony Okay. Saavedra 15-1


6½ Furlongs. Purse: $32,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 yr olds and up. Claiming Value $50,000. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Capital Warmth Jessica Pyfer 110 Vann Belvoir 4-1 50,000
2 Jan Jan Can Juan Hernandez 124 Mike Puype 5-1 50,000
3 Adrienne’s Progeny Tyler Baze 120 Jorge Periban 12-1 50,000
4 Little Miss Ellie Flavien Prat 120 Vladimir Cerin 4-5 50,000
5 Rickie 9 Toe’s Alexis Centeno 113 Jorge Periban 5-2 50,000


5½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Particular Weight. 2 yr olds. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Fleet Roy Eswan Flores 122 Hector O. Palma 15-1
2 Whiskey Imaginative and prescient Abel Cedillo 122 Val Brinkerhoff 15-1
3 Lil Nas Flavien Prat 122 Peter Eurton 5-2
4 That Corey Mario Gutierrez 122 Ben D. A. Cecil 3-1
5 Circleofchampions Umberto Rispoli 122 Carla Gaines 5-1
6 By Moonlight Alexis Centeno 115 Steven Miyadi 5-1
7 The Chosen Vron Drayden Van Dyke 122 J. Eric Kruljac 6-1
8 Gates of Heaven Heriberto Figueroa 122 Shelbe Ruis 15-1
9 Me Likey Juan Hernandez 122 Doug F. O’Neill 8-1


6½ Furlongs. Purse: $28,000. Claiming. Fillies. 3 yr olds. Claiming Value $20,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Coronary heart River Jorge Velez 122 Jeffrey Metz 3-1 20,000
2 Sherilinda Eswan Flores 122 George Papaprodromou 7-2 20,000
3 Dehydration Tyler Baze 124 Jeffrey Metz 5-2 20,000
4 Billy Okay Edwin Maldonado 122 Ryan Hanson 10-1 20,000
5 Do not Cease Lookin Alexis Centeno 115 Robert A. Bean 10-1 20,000
6 Flying Enterprise Flavien Prat 122 Mark Glatt 9-5 20,000


1 Mile Turf. Purse: $59,000. Allowance Non-obligatory Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 yr olds and up. Claiming Value $62,500.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Tapwater Mike Smith 122 Richard E. Mandella 4-1
2 Out of Steadiness Abel Cedillo 122 David E. Hofmans 15-1
3 Heathers Gray Aaron Gryder 122 Sean McCarthy 5-1
4 Gypsy Spirit Flavien Prat 122 Leonard Powell 3-1
5 She’s Our Attraction Juan Hernandez 122 Ronald L. McAnally 2-1
6 Fast Umberto Rispoli 124 John W. Sadler 5-2


1 1/16 Mile. Purse: $35,000. Claiming. 3 yr olds and up. Claiming Value $32,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Reality Seeker Ricardo Gonzalez 122 Steven Miyadi 5-1 32,000
2 Conquest Cobra Jessica Pyfer 112 Vann Belvoir 3-1 32,000
3 Justin’s Quest Flavien Prat 122 Richard Baltas 5-2 32,000
4 Debt Monger Alexis Centeno 111 Steven Miyadi 8-1 32,000
5 Daring Endeavor Tyler Baze 122 George Papaprodromou 6-1 32,000
6 Secret Contact Umberto Rispoli 122 Mark Glatt 2-1 32,000


6 Furlongs. Purse: $59,000. Allowance Non-obligatory Claiming. 3 yr olds and up. Claiming Value $62,500.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Kneedeepinsnow Abel Cedillo 122 Shelbe Ruis 8-1
2 Microrithms Drayden Van Dyke 124 Bob Baffert 6-5 62,500
3 Pyron Flavien Prat 122 Mark Glatt 4-1
4 Grinning Tiger Tyler Baze 124 Anthony Okay. Saavedra 8-1
5 Browsing Star Umberto Rispoli 124 Bruce Headley 5-1
6 California Road Mike Smith 122 Patrick Gallagher 8-1
7 Champagneonme Juan Hernandez 122 John W. Sadler 6-1


1 Mile Turf. Purse: $55,000. Maiden Particular Weight. Fillies and Mares. 3 yr olds and up. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Hold Dancing Jose Valdivia, Jr. 120 Michael S. Wilson 15-1
2 Ketchup Edwin Maldonado 120 Brian T. Cunningham 15-1
3 Purchase Wave Purchase Tiago Pereira 124 Alexis Barba 20-1
4 New Warmth Abel Cedillo 120 Anthony Okay. Saavedra 8-1
5 Cheerful Attraction Flavien Prat 124 Dan Blacker 5-2
6 Rose’s Crystal Juan Hernandez 120 Carla Gaines 7-2
7 Slew’s Display screen Star J.C. Diaz, Jr. 120 Daniel Dunham 15-1
8 Rockie Causeway Umberto Rispoli 120 Richard Baltas 6-5

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