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Racing at Santa Anita is cancelled for opening weekend because of the wildfires raging in the hills above the track resulting in debilitating smoke. Santa Anita has stated that the lost days will be made up with extra races during the meet. The first racing for the Autumn meet is now Friday September 25.
The Santa Anita Autumn meet begins on Sat Sep 19 and runs through Oct 25. We expect the same sort of full fields with great betting opportunities throughout the Autumn meet leading up to the Breeders Cup.
The world of horseracing has changed forever with the Covid-19, in our opinion, to the demise of the relaxed day at the races, replaced by the fewer days of racing and the large fields in more races when we do race. That requires a different approach by the information services and we have adjusted. Unfortunately, while the tracks lower their expenses with employees working fewer days, the horses continue to work every day requiring our people to work when the horses do.
Our commitment is to supply our customers the same kind of quality information that was available at Del Mar for the SA meet no matter the effort required. Subscriptions are available now in your accounts. Our clockers will be on track at Santa Anita from Fri Sep 11 onward, filling our database with winners.
The Del Mar Summer Meet was extremely successful for the HR info, in particular the Clocker Reports, that gave out many high priced horses. The lists will be posted soon. Thanks to all of our customers who stuck with us despite the unusual circumstances imposed by the Covid-19 situation. Hopefully you were rewarded using our strong information, including our first time starters and comebackers, all meet long.
Opening weekend HR results at Del Mar:
Sun Jul 12
Good push winners
Race 4 FOOTHILL, Horses to Watch and Fit and Ready list $14.80
Race 1 GOOD WITH PEOPLE, Grade B, $8.00
Race 7 WHAT'S UP SURFER, Grade B, $7.80
Race 9 P R RADIO STAR, Grade B, $9.60 (12-1 ML)
Gentle push winners
Race 6 CORDIALITY, Grade B-, $18.40
Race 8 CARPE VINUM, Grade B-, $15.80
Race 10 OSTINI, Grade B-, $28.40
Hopefully, some of our customers put the good and gentle pushes together to nail the late pick 5 for $31,725.50.
Sat Jul 11
Good push winners
Race 1 OCTOPUS, Grade B, $5.00
Race 6 SPEEDY JUSTICE, Grade B+, $3.80
Race 10 RESARCIO, Grade B, $16.00
Gentle push winners
Race 7 LIL SYDNEY, Grade B-, $10.00
Race 8 BOB AND JACKIE, Grade B-, $18.40
Race 9 TEACHERS BIG DREAM, Grade B-, $20.60
Again, the late pick 5 of our good and gentle pushes won, but "only" paid $5,497.55.
Another feature on Sat was the Race 4 performance of VIAZAR, who had a Grade B prior to her debut race and a B- since raced, with the comment "can improve with racing". She ran 2nd @ 53-1 with the exacta from one of the figure horses paying $203.60.
Fri Jul 10
Good push winners
Race 3 RAYRAY, Fit and Ready lister, $6.20
Race 4 CALI CALIENTE, Horse to Watch lister and Grade B-, $21.20
Race 8 ST. JOE BAY, Grade B, $7.00
Race 9 (Oceanside Stakes) HIT THE ROAD, Grade B, $5.20 and 2nd KANDEREL, Grade B, exacta $28.10.
Gentle push winners
Race 1 SECRET TOUCH, Grade B-, $6.00
Race 5 POLAR WIND, Grade B- prior to race, $22.40
Race 7 MAXIM RATE, Grade B-, $8.40
Del Mar opens on Fri July 10 for a 9 week run through Mon Sep 7. They will only run 3 days a week, Friday to Sunday plus Labor Day Monday. However, there will be more races per day. Therefore, HR will have fewer race days when we sell our daily reports that cover our expenses, which continue during the week, regardless of how many racing days there are. As a result, our daily reports will become $10 per day, which is still the best bargain in racing, with the lowest price for easily the best quality information.
On Sat the 4th of Jul at Los Al, HR best working favorites won the 1st, 3rd, 4th (Fit and Ready), and 6th races. The day was capped off with our Grade B worker EKKLESIA winning and paying $26.40.
On the first Sunday of the Los Al meet on Jun 28, our subscribers who received the clocker reports for free were given the 2 HR workers who received Grade B workouts at Santa Anita in the featured Race 8. DIVA IN CHARGE paid $17.00 to win as she ran down MISS TOKYO @ 16-1. The exacta paid $74.00.
On the final day of the SA meet, the HR clockers produced another great price on a first time starter. In the 3rd race, WESTON's last 3 workouts were all Grade B's with the HR comments "has improved every time we have seen him", "a good work for a two-year-old" and "outworked his older mate and seems to have ability". He went to the front, put away his pace rivals and won clear paying a super $45.20.
Another Sunday at Santa Anita with top notch HR workout information on Jun 7. The winners started right off in the first race with Fit and Ready lister HOLY GHOST paying $9.40 to win. In the 6th race UNBROKEN STAR with 2 nice Grade B works prior to his last race got up at the wire to win @ $35.40. MAJESTIC GIGI, with a good Grade B work, won the 7th @ $7.80 as the favorite, as did MCKINZIE with a Grade A- in the 8th. The Pick 4 was closed out by ANNA FANTASTIC, with 2 Grade B works back in April tipping off the good try. She paid $42.00 to win with the Pick 4 paying $1609.70.
More great results at Santa Anita for the final weekend of May. On Sat May 30 in the 9th race, Horse to Watch REPROBATE got his chance on turf as we suggested for him and flew late to score at $16.80. On Sun May 31, in the featured stakes race, Fit and Ready lister FIGHTING MAD took the lead and made every step a winning one paying $22.20. Other price winners with Grade B workouts included SEVEN SCENTS in the 4th @ $9.60 and AGAMEMNON in the 5th @ $14.00. In the 6th favorite RAKASSAH (IRE) won @ 4.20 with a Grade B and SWEET AND CHEEKY, also with a Grade B work, ran 2nd @ 11-1 returning an exacta of $17.20.
Another huge combination Fit and Ready/Horses to Watch lists winner on Fri May 22 at Santa Anita in the 8th race. TAKE THE ONE O ONE with a Grade A- in his work on Mon in which he earned the clocker comments: "absolutely full of run...striding out huge to the wire in a sparkling 22.4...on edge for a monster performance", set sail out of the gate and wired the field paying $16.60. Our Horses to Watch list had pointed out the horrendous trip ONE O ONE had experienced in his previous race affording him no chance.
Opening weekend of the Re-Opened Santa Anita Spring/Summer meet was a huge success for Handicapper's Report information. On Saturday and Sunday May 16 and 17, we had 5 Fit and Ready list winners and 3 Horses to Watch list winners. Big price winners included F&R AX MAN in the 4th on Sat paying $12.20 and REGAL BEAUTY in the 7th on Sun @ $25.40. Future star COLLUSION ILLUSION paid $7.40 in the 6th on Sun and AFFIANCED in the 3rd on Sat and BELLAFINA in the 8th on Sun won as big favorites.
The big payoff from the HTW runners was in the 9th on Sun when HARPER'S GALLOP won and paid $8.00 with ZUCCHERA running 2nd @34-1. The HTW exacta paid $153.20. DOGTAG daylighted the 7th race field on Sat paying $7.40, as did BUD KNIGHT in the 5th on Sun @ $4.80. On Sat HTW EASTERN OCEAN was much the best in the 9th as he took up down the backstretch then was intimidated in deep stretch to finish 2nd @ 14-1. An objection was lodged, but the Stewards ruled he wasn't cost a position. Tough result for the HR faithful. Altogether a nice restart to the local racing scene with a lot of pent up useful information. It should continue well into the rest of the meet because of the store of unique info in our database from the shutdown.
It was a day that made our Shutdown Clocker Subscriptions for CA shippers more than worthwhile at Oaklawn Park on Sat Apr 18. The featured Apple Blossom Handicap included 2 CA shippers on our Daily Clocker Report. OLLIE'S CANDY, a Fit and Ready lister with a strong Grade B+ work, was trained by John Sadler and ridden by Joel Rosario from the 1 hole at 7-1. CE CE, with a nice recent Grade B work, was stuck on the far outside for Michael McCarthy with Victor Espinoza up at 3.9-1. Rosario sent OLLIE'S from the get go and had a nice lead into the stretch, while Espinoza had to circle the field to run at the leader. CE CE caught OLLIE'S in the last stride with a rush with the exacta paying $35.90 for $1. Could have been better for HR the other way around, but we aren't crying.
While we await the decision to resume racing at Santa Anita, HR is in a unique position to collect truly private workout information during the suspension period. All unlicensed personnel are barred from the track premises, including private clockers without other licensed affiliations at the track. Our clockers have not only licenses, but the best horse ID's to report on the great majority of active workers. In addition, our workout comments have many handicapping tips that are exclusive to HR. We have chosen to continue active workout reporting during the racing shutdown, which will provide an exclusive handicapping edge when racing resumes.
March racing at Santa Anita has produced a number of winners, but a couple of Saturdays had spectacular results for the HR information. On Mar 21 we had 3 HTW winners and 2 F&R winners including AVALON RIDE in the 3rd race who was a dual HTW and F&R lister paying a super $21.20. F&R lister CISTON paid $10.80 in the 5th. Other list winners were ORDER AND LAW in the 6th and TACO WACO in the 8th. There were also 2 HTW winners on Sun Mar 22, AUDACE in the 3rd and FABOZZI in the 5th.
On Mar 7, we had a meet type of day, with 4 Fit and Ready winners and 2 Horses to Watch winners. The winners didn't stop there as there were some other monsters as well. In the 2nd race the first time starter DROP THE CHALUPA, with 2 recent Grade B works with the comment "has progressed with each work" closed wide to run down our F&R lister AMERICAN CODE to score paying $35.80 with the exacta paying $43.00. In the 3rd race, our 3 Fit and Ready listers ran 1-2-3, with the winner WOKE UP TO ACES, "tab for a good effort", paying $17.20, and firster NAVETTA finishing 2nd @ 12-1 and firster AFFIANCED running 3rd with the exacta paying $106.70 and the tri paying $179.10. F&R and HTW lister FLAGSTAFF won the 4th, F&R's GAMINE and REEM ran 1-2 in the 6th, WARREN'S SHOWTIME, with 2 Grade B's, won the 7th @ $8.00 and F&R AUTHENTIC aired in the 8th. HTW SHE'S OUR CHARM kept our streak alive in the 9th with an $11.60 win. In the 10th, COMBATANT, with a strong Grade B work, closed out HR's dominance of the card after his barnmate and our Fit and Ready lister Gift Box was scratched. COMBATANT won and paid $21.20. Doesn't get much better than that.
We have had many, many Horses to Watch and Fit and Ready winners since the beginning of the Santa Anita meet. However, the prices have been nothing to brag about with the short fields and lack of quality.
Maybe we are finally seeing a return to the more normal good prices that our weekly HTW and F&R lists produce. On Sat Feb 15 in the 2nd race, MONGOLIAN SUNRISE won as a Fit and Ready lister and paid $20.40. On Mon Feb 17 in the 5th race, LOUD MOUTH had 2 decent Grade B- works recently and flew home under Rosario to win and pay $35.40. On Sat Feb 22 KEEPER OFTHE STARS made the first move on a stakes field and held on as a Horse to Watch paying an enormous $74.20. On Sun Feb 23, the winners continued despite no bombers. In Race 4, HTW MURAD KHAN (FR) won as the favorite and F&R lister BRANDOTHEBARTENDER completed the exacta. The final race of the day was won by a fast closing PROUD PEDRO (FR) paying $8.60 as an HTW.
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