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The opening week of the Santa Anita Meet produced a number of nice winners for the HR reports. On opening day we had 2 Horses to Watch winners and 3 Fit and Ready winners, with SPANISH HOMBRE a dual winner from both lists @ $7.00. RED LIGHTNING from the F&R list won the 5th race in wire to wire fashion with ease paying $17.00. UNIQUE BELLA snapped back from her poor race on the biased DM Breeders Cup track with a nice win as a F&R lister @ $4.60 in the 7th, followed in the 8th race by CITY OF LIGHT, a Grade B+ working Horses to Watch lister, who broke a bit slowly, rushed up to grab the lead and hold on for a nice $17.00 win. Other good working winners included GIANT EXPECTATIONS with 2 Grade B drills wiring the field in the 3rd race paying $29.00 and CALIFORNIAGOLDRUSH in the 4th with a nice Grade B work breaking her maiden in the 4th with a nice rally paying $56.80. Great start to the meet for HR.
On the next racing day, Fri Dec 29, we continued the parade of Horses to Watch winners with MESUT in the 3rd race. He also had 2 Grade B- works in which he "finished up well". In the race, he powered home to win paying $17.40. This was our 3rd $17.00 horse of the meet from our lists. On Sat Dec 30 we kicked the card off with 2 Horses to Watch in the first two races. PROUD HEROINE in the 1st @ $7.20 was followed by PEACE in the 2nd @ $3.40 for an opening double of $13.80. Not too exciting, so we looked for a longer shot in the graded stakes race in the 4th and came up with MIDNIGHT CROSSING (IRE) with 2 recent Grade B works including a sharp final furlong in 11.4 in one of the drills and a final 1/4 in 23.3 in the other one. She paid $47.60 to win. In the 8th we pushed SILENT BIRD with 2 recent Grade B works. She won and paid $8.20. On Sun Dec 31 we closed out the year with a Horses to Watch exacta in the 1st race. FLY TO MARS got to the front and held off SECRETO PRIMERO to provide the HR HTW exacta of $18.10.
Two nice workers from the Daily Clocker Report scoring at Los Al to end the final Friday and Sunday cards. On Fri Dec 15 in the 8th first time starter AHIMSA with a strong Grade B workout with older Howdy "...both finishing under huge holds, AHIMSA going extra easily, final 1/4 in 24.0, galloping out strongly as well, quite nice for both, especially AHIMSA, a two-year-old Animal Kingdom filly who is a must follow". AHIMSA had 2 other Grade B works earlier in her prep for her debut. She popped the gate from the dreaded one hole and took them wire to wire, pulling away at the end to pay $9.20 to win. On Sunday in the 10th, the Mullins $20K maiden claimer, SOUTHERN THUNDER, who hadn't raced in almost 2 months, all of a sudden turned up with a strong Grade B+ work at Santa Anita prepping for this race. He "worked early in the a.m. over this deep racetrack and really handled it well, opening 1/4 in 25.2, finishing quite well under no urging, final time 48.4, final 1/4 in a sharp 23.2, especially considering the racetrack; excellent here, the best we have ever seen him look". 'THUNDER showed the improved work was no fluke, sweeping by the field late to score at $13.80.
Our Horses to Watch list, which is taken from our Weekly Trip Notes Report costs $10 per week and is included in two of our subscriptions, had 2 horses running in the 4th race at Del Mar today, Sat Nov 18. The horses were HARDBOOT @ 5-1 and SMART KNOWS SMART @ 12-1. The two horses were separated by a nose at the wire with HARDBOOT getting the bob and surviving an inquiry with our other horse paying $12.60. SMART KNOWS SMART, who had worked well prior to his debut as well, completed the exacta paying $86.30. It was nice not having to worry about the inquiry for a change.
Our Horse to Watch in the 5th
MIDNIGHT BISOU, who appeared on our Weekly Fit and
Ready list ($10) which is taken from our Weekly Workout Summary Report,
was bumped at the start, had to ease back after
running up on horses and closed furiously to lose by a nose.
Our Horse to Watch in the 5th MIDNIGHT BISOU, who appeared on our Weekly Fit and Ready list ($10) which is taken from our Weekly Workout Summary Report, was bumped at the start, had to ease back after running up on horses and closed furiously to lose by a nose.
Our Horse to Watch in the 6th race
PAINTING CORNERS came back in the lane after being
headed and won paying $7.60.
Our Horse to Watch in the 6th race PAINTING CORNERS came back in the lane after being headed and won paying $7.60.
and Ready lister in the 8th RADIO SILENCE did
everything but win, losing by a nose.
Our Fit and Ready lister in the 8th RADIO SILENCE did everything but win, losing by a nose.
On Sat Nov 11 our Fit and Ready lister EXCESSIVE KID won and paid $17.40.
One Horse to Watch and two Fit and Ready winners closing weekend at Santa Anita. On Sunday Oct 29 in the 4th race, PICA, the hard trying old mare with a recent Grade B+ workout, showed them her old class on the drop paying $7.20 to win as a Fit and Ready lister. In race 6 TULE FOG, after scratching out of a race on Sat, once again "never stopped trying" as we commented in the trip note from his last race to come back and win an open first level allowance down the hill at a super price of $32.60 as a HTW. On Sat Oct 28 in the 8th race, Fit and Ready lister MCKINZIE with a Grade B+ "extremely nice work for the unraced 2 yo Street Sense colt, who is a must follow", ran away and hid by 5 1/2 lengths paying a generous $9.20.
Worst beat of the year that we can remember on Fri Oct 27 at Santa Anita. Our Fit and Ready first time starter MIDNIGHT BISOU had a Grade B+ work on Oct 13 with the comment "best and quite nice for the unraced 2 yo filly who outworked an older male winner and definitely can run, tab...the Official Clockers mixed these two up on the original worksheet". In the 6th race she charged down the stretch at 21-1 to get her nose in front just before the wire, then lost the bob and proceeded to gallop out in front.
Nice start to the 3rd week of SA Autumn for the HR clockers. In race 4 on lucky Fri Oct 13, the winner had a super workout from the HR clockers. On Oct 8, WININFASHION worked a Grade B with the comment "went very well...final 1/4 in 23.4, a much improved and very nice work...may try to stretch out next time and appears to be going the right way". She stretched out and provided us with a super $30.20 payoff. Our Daily Clocker Report contributed in a different way to the results of race 5. WARM ENDOWMENT had 3 workouts recently with horrendous times (105.4, 102.0 and 103.4) with very poor grades. Our clockers made an issue of ignoring those works with the comments "never works well, so this may not mean that much", "so-so work, but typical of what she does", and "not impressive at all, but typical of what this mare does in the a.m." Whereas one might throw the horse out on the basis of those works, including her produced a win payoff of $21.20, and with WININFASHION in the 4th set up a $3004 Pick 5 payout. In the 1st race DUKES UP had recent Grade B- and B works including the one where he was "never asked a drop in this sharp half-mile spin...showing good energy to the work, nice work for the gelding, who seems to be on the improve". He circled the field to score @ $4.40 to kick off the Pick 5.
I hope all of our customers realize the importance of the new tax rule that allows us as bettors to not have to sign IRS forms on insignificant payoffs for the wrong reasons. We no longer have to sign forms and have deductions from winnings when we put in moderate wagers on high payoff eventualities. For example, the Pick 5 today paid $3003.55. With the new rules, if you bet a total of $11 to win today's Pick 5 bet, you would not have had to sign. Read the rules, but the results are that we all should be betting more on higher payoff probabilities with better results and fewer bookkeeping aggravations and deductions resulting in the loss of our betting cash.
On Sun Oct 8 in the 1st race, Horse To Watch LA PREMIERE ETOILE stretched out on turf to wire the field paying $23.20 to win. On Sat Oct 7 in the 3rd race, Fit and Ready lister, first time starter CATALINA CRUISER, with a Grade B+ workout "very good first six furlong work...can run a lot", won easy and paid $9.00.
The first decent workout push payoff of the Santa Anita Autumn meet occurred on Fri Sep 29, Opening Day. In the 8th race, MAJOR CABBIE, who had worked well prior to his debut at Del Mar against St Patricks Day, had trouble out of the gate and had 2 nice Grade B- works since, took the lead going 2 turns and took them virtually wire to wire to win authoritatively paying $20.40. In the work prior to his first start, he had earned a Grade B work in a team drill in which he "kept up with his older mate and appears a nice prospect".
Subscription plans are now available for purchase in your User Accounts for the Santa Anita Autumn Meet. The meet opens on Fri Sep 29 and ends on Sun Oct 29. Because Del Mar has limited time available for workouts leading up to the Breeders Cup to be held at the DM racetrack this year, the Santa Anita Autumn meet will be very valuable in assessing the BC participants' form going into the Cup Races. Many of the qualifying and prep races for the BC will be held at SA and all of the workouts at SA will be essential with only a bit more than a week available at DM before the Cup Races for the final workouts prior to the actual Cup Races.
Another great winner at Los Al from our Fit and Ready List and Daily Clocker Report on Fri Sep 22. COLONEL CASH, an unraced 2 yo colt who had worked at Los Al for D'Amato on Sep 9, was "never asked in this half-mile gate work, not overly quick in 12.1, 24.0 then finishing well while not asked in 47.1, a final 1/4 in 23.1, nice work, one to watch for sure". He finished in the race the way he ran in the morning, sweeping by and pulling away to pay $25.40 to win.
A few huge priced winners have made the Los Al Clocker Reports worthwhile. On Sat Sep 16 in the final race TIZ LOVE had 3 recent Grade B- workouts at Los Al (typically very productive at LRC) and made a big move and held on at the wire over the favorite paying $59.40. On Sun Sep 10 in the 2nd race SHORT OF EZ had 4 Grade B- works at Los Al leading up to his debut and scored at $20.60.
The HR clockers have produced a large number of winners during the Del Mar meet. The following are recent examples of some of the great prices our pushes have tabbed:
On Thu Aug 31 in the 6th race, second time starter PULPIT RIDER, exiting a non-descript debut, was given a recent Grade B team workout by our clockers with the comment "was not asked as she flew home along the rail, going by the front trio late in 100.1, a nice work for the Cal-bred two-year-old filly, who has ability". She caught a marginal Cal-bred maiden field and daylighted them wire to wire by 5 lengths paying $28.40 to win.
On Wed Aug 30 in the 6th race SPICED PERFECTION had a recent Grade B drill "dragging the rider along early, going by a separate team of workers along the rail while just lightly asked late, reaching out well in 101.1, better than looks on paper, nice work". She dueled on the pace and pulled clear from her rivals in the Cal-bred $100K Generous Portion Stakes paying $17.20 to win.
Sat Aug 26 was a great day for prices for HR clocker report clients. In the 3rd race SWIRLING, with a recent Grade B work "not asked at all showing good energy late n 48.0, final 1/4 in 23.4, nice and much improved move", blew the start but rallied wide to run down the field and pay $20.00 to win as much the best. In the 5th race we had a recent Grade B workout on LUCKY ROMANO "wearing blinkers (new)...very good work, nothing like the horse we saw run poorly first time out, tab for improvement". Sporting his new blinkers, ROMANO aired by 8 lengths paying $10.20. The feature of the day was the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien Stakes that was taken in devastating fashion by GIANT EXPECTATIONS with a wide sweeping move, pulling away to win @ $11.40. Our clockers had a recent Grade B+ work on the GIANT "not asked in 58.2, galloping out in 112.0, very sharp work".
Two nice prices from our Daily Clocker Report to start the week of Aug 9. On Wed in the 7th race our clockers caught a Grade B team workout for MISTRESSOFTHENIGHT at DM in which she "appeared best, good work for this often indifferent worker, who seems to like this racetrack a lot". She scored at $14.60. REIKI BABY with recent DM Grade B and B- works ran 2nd with the exacta paying $45.60. On Thu in the 4th race ANGEL ALLIE had 3 Grade B- drills with the comment in one being "never asked, looking good to the wire. It appears this one is going the right way." She finished well to win and pay $16.40.
A very nice day for the HR Daily Clocker Report on Sat Aug 5 as 6 of the 10 races were won by horses with Grade B or better workouts, including 2 Fit and Ready listers. F&R shipper TISDALE, with a Grade B+ "very, very good work" pulled away to win by 5 in the 2nd race over $8K claimers and pay a bet down $5.40 to win. CAMBODIA in the 8th had a recent Grade B+ DM turf work "sizzled over the turf course with the dogs up, ...excellent" and blitzed her competition in the G2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes paying $6.60.
Other nice prices on the day included JEREMY'S LEGACY (IRE) in the 5th with a nice Grade B work at DM and a Grade B+ at SA "best we have seen from this one". He circled the field to win convincingly paying $10.20. In the 6th race SPECTATOR stamped herself as the top 2 yo filly so far with a devastating win over a couple of highly respected early winners paying $10.40. She had 2 recent Grade B workouts, including one with a 23.3 final 1/4 at DM. The final race was won by WALDORF, who admittedly has always been a good worker, but he uncorked a recent nice Grade B blowout with a final 1/4 in 23.0 at DM. He stormed home to pay $26.00 to win.
Big prices at Del Mar on winners from the HR Daily Clocker Report on Sun Jul 30 and Sat Jul 29:
In the 6th race on Sun, a group of unraced high potential types got together. One of the craftiest of the top trainers that fly under the media umbrella is Richard Mandella who doesn't get the attention he deserves. POETIC had 5 Grade B- works that included the final work that was "much faster than given" at DM and a number of others that included one that had a "final 1/4 in 23.3, nice work". She came flying at the end to score at $20.00. In the 7th, TEQUILA JOE had a recent DM Grade B work in which he "appeared much improved over his works before his comeback", ...not asked in a final 23.2, then galloping out very strongly..., nice work,...shown a fondness for this turf course previously, comes off a troubled effort last time out and could be worth a look at a price next out". He closed with a rush to score at $17.60, a big bet down after being given out as the HR Radio Bet of the Day on Thoroughbred LA by Aaron Hesz. The double paid $99.00.
On Sat in the
5th race MEDAGLIA GOLD, a Grade B 1/2
mile in 46.4, “full of run late. May try routing on the sod
next and seems to be doing quite well.” Went wire to wire on the turf
In the 6th race BERNINA STAR, a Grade B 5 furlongs in 100.1, “finished well…final 3/8 in 35.1, nice work”. Flew late to pull away at the wire paying $32.20.
How about the double? $421.20.
Nice start to the Del Mar Summer Meet for HR with 2 winners from our Fit and Ready List and 4 winners from our Horses to Watch List in the first week of racing:
Wed Jul 19 Race 5 F&R JUST A SMIDGE $6.00
Fri Jul 21 Race 3 HTW MEADOWSWEET $19.20
Sat Jul 22 Race 3 HTW AN OCALA TEN $16.20
Race 8 HTW GIRL DOWNSTAIRS $9.00
Race 9 F&R ACCELERATE $17.60
Sun Jul 23 Race 1 HTW NEWPORT BREEZE $20.20
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On Sun Jul 2, 4 of the horses from our Horses to Watch lists ran at Santa Anita. They all won on a day when there were mostly favorites. Three of our HTW were indeed favorites, PLACIDO in the 1st @ $5.80, SHE BEGAN AGAIN in the 3 @ $3.20 and PRIME ISSUE in the 7th @ $6.80. However, the key for the late exotics was our HTW in the 8th, LAMBO LUXX paying $27.40 to win.
The final week of racing for the Santa Anita Summer Meet begins Fri Jun 30 and continues through Tues Jul 4, including Mon Jul 3. Opening Day of the Del Mar Summer Meet is Wed Jul 19. Thanks to all for a fun racing season at SA.
The 3 day racing weeks ending on Sun Jun 18 and Jun 11 at Santa Anita produced a total of 9 Horses to Watch and Fit and Ready winners. There were 6 HTW winners and 3 F&R winners, including GIANT INFLUENCE on Sun Jun 18 in the 9th race paying $39.40 to win; and PASCHALITSA on Fri Jun 16 in the 6th paying $12.80 to win. We are looking forward to the start of racing at Del Mar on Wed Jul 19. As usual we will take a vacation during the Los Al racing weeks. We will be finishing strong in the last two weeks of Santa Anita meet coming up, which ends this year on Mon Jul 3 and Tue Jul 4.
Nice start to the week on Thu and Fri May 25 and 26. On Fri the opening race was won in strong fashion by ABBEY VALE (IRE) as she ran down the favorite paying $8.20. ABBEY had recently worked a slow 5 furlongs in 102.4, which our clocker rated a decent Grade B-, never asked at all, best in the team. In the 2nd race the Fit and Ready lister RUN AWAY did just that in the 4 1/2 f sprint winning easily after a Grade B+ recent workout. She was odds-on, but a solid single in the Pick 5. CONQUEST SABRE CAT won the 3rd rather easily, sweeping by late paying $7.80. He had recorded a recent Grade B- team work in which he was best. After TRUE VALOR parked in the 5th race with 2 recent Grade B- works to seal the Pick 5 at $6.20, the best HR info play of the day occurred in the 7th as CHRIS AND DAVE won easily after a mishap in the stretch to pay $19.80. He had worked recently "under a big hold when up, quite nice", Grade B.
On Thu May 25 WRIGHTWOOD won the 6th race as a Horse to Watch and with a Grade B workout to pay $11.80. The day closed with a monster winner in PACIFIC COAST HWY. He had 2 recent Grade B workouts "nice work for him, perhaps the blinkers and a drop in class can perk his form up". I guess it did as he paid $52.80 to win.
On Thu May 4 at SA both of our Fit and Ready in Today horses won. The first 2 yo baby race of the year was won by F&R filly GORGEOUS GINNY who daylighted her opponents paying a bet down $4.20 in the 2nd. In the 7th ZAPPERCAT closed with a rush to justify her super work that earned her a Grade A- from our clockers with the comments "finished huge, final 1/4 in a sizzling 22.4, never asked, then galloping out completely full of run, excellent work". She paid $12.20 to win. A nice lead-in for the CA shippers to the KY Oaks and Derby cards. There are 3 HR Fit and Ready listers on the Oaks card on May 5 and 2 F&R listers on the Derby card on May 6.
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