The rain finally abated to allow a beautiful, sunny day in Southern California. The San Gabriels provided the perfect backdrop for Saturday’s race card at Santa Anita, as they always do when not covered in clouds. The track had finally dried out (for the most part), though it looks to rain again later this week so who knows was next weekend’s racing will look like.
The 1st saw a lot of scratches, leaving a field of five to compete. Midnight Toast broke quickly and went straight to the early lead under jockey, Jamie Theriot. This Midnight Lute sired filly never let up and ran clear of the pack to win the 1st race.
The 2nd race saw favorite, Kristie’s Heart, with Rafael Bejarano picking up the mount from Norberto Arroyo Jr., stalking the pace early then also clearing the field to win. Place runner, Buzzer Beater showed a little late kick but couldn’t catch the winner.
In the 3rd, Winning Causeway and Tyler Baze battled down the stretch against Roman Tizzy, with Santiago Gonzalez aboard. Winning Causeway though drifted way out and interfered with Roman Tizzy, causing a stewards’ inquiry that led to Winning Causeway’s disqualification. Roman Tizzy took the win, with Winning Causeway being moved to second.
Tyler Baze got his win back when heavy favorite, Nextdoorneighbor ran clear in the stretch under a hand-ride, over rival and second favorite, Finallygotabentley and Joseph Talamo. Tiz Jolie rounded out the order of finish in the 4th.
Another odds on favorite was best in the 5th, with Vale Dori taking the early lead and not relenting, under the expert hand of Mike Smith, in the La Canada Stakes (Grade II). The two longest shots in the field finished out the placing, with Show Stealer, at 14 to 1 taking the place, and Autumn Flower getting the show at odds of 20 to 1. The winning trifecta though only paid $25.40. The $.50 Pick 5 only paid $150, and the early Pick 4 paid just $14.50.
Mistressofthenight took a little steadying from jockey, Corey Nakatani in the 6th but cleared the field in the stretch to get the win. Goseecal, with Kent Desormeaux on board, took the place a couple of lengths behind the winner.
Martin Garcia picked up a win on gray, Valiant Minister in the 7th, who also ran away from the field. Lord Simba was clearly second best, while Hitter’s Park picked up the place.
The 8th came down to a photo, with Tipo Duro and Flavien Prat and Crosscheck Carlos, with Jamie Theriot aboard, hitting the wire together. A photo showed Tipo Duro got his head in front, winning at odds of 3 to 1. Crosscheck Carlos bobbled at the start but lost nothing in defeat. Tipo Duro, trained by Peter Eurton, also left stablemate Causa behind, with the trainer book-ending the race, having the winner and the last place finisher.
Favorites fluctuated in the last race on the card, the 9th, a maiden claiming for three-year-olds. Three horses came at the wire together, but We Go Now gave Tyler Baze another win on the day, edging out Soft Trip and Modesto Linares, who went off at odds of 60 to 1. Quiet Dude, the favorite at the start, and Corey Nakatani settled for the show. The late Pick 4 also was a low payout, of $130.90. The $2.00 Pick 6 paid nicely at $179, 083. A nice day of betting for whoever had that winning ticket!