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Nice Fit and Ready Winner on Closing Day at Santa Anita Autumn Sun Oct 25. In the7th race our only Fit and Ready in Today horse WIN THE SPACE had a recent Grade B+ workout in which "Joe Talamo aboard 'SPACE niggled at him late and he cruised right on by his workmate in the stretch, drawing away impressively in 111.3, faster than given and really looking good". Adding blinkers, WIN THE SPACE repeated the workout, circling the field and drawing away impressively to pay $13.20; a very nice price, considering our representative on the LA Thoroughbred Radio Show, Aaron Hesz, gave him out as his radio play as well. HR sponsors Aaron each Sunday on the show which airs from 9 to 10 AM on AM830 radio and www.am830.net.
On Sat Oct 3 at Santa Anita our Daily Clocker Report produced some serious longshot mutuels, especially for those who follow our strong pushes on the second tries after good works. Actually, in the 3rd race, we got the perfect spot for a recent worker CORPS DE BALLET who had shown little in her first two tries, but recorded a strong Grade B workout since in which our clocker's comment documented a "sharp final 3/8 in 35.4, a very good work...seems eligible to move way forward on turf next time". She went to the front and improved her position, winning by over 5 lengths at a very generous $33.20.
In the 5th MISHEGAS, a horse that showed nothing in his first two starts, but with a Grade B- decent work at Los Al before his last race, swept up the rail and scored at $68.40. Not our kind of strong push, but not an impossible bet with the prior to last race work.
More appropriate as a horse to use was JUST KIDDING in the 7th race who had a decent maintenance work since raced suggesting he was "holding his form very well". He had preceded his last race with Grade B+ and Grade B workouts, "on the edge of a top performance". Certainly worth a bet at $31.40. Finally, in the 10th race, STORY TO TELL, had 2 Grade B works at Del Mar prior to his last race and a host of Grade B- works at Del Mar and Santa Anita before that. He bested GREAT LOU today in the stretch run, who had a recent decent Grade B- work at SA. STORY TO TELL did all the dirty work on the the front end and was headed and beaten late before coming back to win on the wire @ $24.40.
The opening weekend of the Santa Anita Autumn Meeting produced two important Horses to Watch list winners. On Sat Sep 25 the 10th race was the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes for 3 and up horses that was a "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders Cup Classic at Keeneland at the end of the October. HTW SMOOTH ROLLER with 2 nice Grade B works since his loss at Del Mar when best in a Stakes, made it look easy against major stakes winners Bayern, Hoppertunity, Imperative and Hard Aces to become a rapidly improving longshot against the likes of Beholder and American Pharaoh in the $5 Million Classic. He scored at a very nice $13.00 for the HR faithful. His combination of fast cruising speed and strong finish will be interesting against the biggies, despite his lack of experience, if he can improve the 121 performance rating he earned on Saturday.
On Sunday the 4th race was won easily by HTW STREET VISION, validating a Grade B+ workout before before his debut. He beat some high potential colts by a number of lengths and will be a major factor in stakes going forward. He paid $13.20 scoring at 8 performance rating points above the par for the level.
Subscriptions are now available for purchase in your accounts for the Santa Anita Autumn Meet which opens on Saturday Sep 26 with 5 Grade I "win and you're in" qualifying races for the Breeders Cup. The meeting will be 19 days through Oct 25 including Oct 12 Monday. All of our reports will be available during the SA Autumn meet including our Weekly Trip Notes. Our 2 clockers will both be at Santa Anita for this important meet heading into the Del Mar Fall meet and the Keeneland presentation of the Breeders Cup.
On Longshot Wednesday Sep 2 at Del Mar, HR pushed two of the price horses strongly, starting in the 1st race with TEMPERATURE RUNNIN who wired her field paying $28.40. She had a couple of decent works recently with the comment that she had "raced over her conditions in her local debut and should improve with restricted starters next time". She also had a "very sharp" Grade B drill prior to that first start on this coast above her conditions. To help our customers out in focusing on the winner, we knocked the favorite Fast Magoo who received a Grade C workout from our clockers. In the featured 8th overnight stakes race, we had 2 very nice Grade B workouts on the winner WILD IN THE SADDLE who paid a whopping $40.40. As we noted in the comments, Mario Gutierrez was up for both drills and she was never asked "strong work...finishing well in 59.2 then galloping out in 113.0, up in 126.3, very nice work". Our Horse to Watch FORTHENINETEEN won the 2nd race @ $5.00.
Some very nice scores on Thursday Aug 27 at Del Mar for the HR Clocker Reports. We began the day with our Fit and Ready lister JADE PRINCESS winning the 2nd race paying $9.20 as she beat her Baffert heavily favored stablemate. 'PRINCESS had worked very well prior to her first race and better than her stablemate. This was a perfect example of how the public refuses to excuse a poor debut and provides a nice betting opportunity in the second start for a horse we know can run. In the 5th race, one of the first time starters FREEDOM HILL had a nice Grade B workout at Del Mar, was forwardly placed, made the lead in deep stretch and held them all off at the wire, paying $20.20 and keying a decent Pick 5 of $1260.95. We closed out the day with another Baffert winner MIDNIGHT EDITION who had shown a couple of improved Grade B- works since his inauspicious debut and previous mediocre work. His works were decent for this maiden claimer and better than his opponents. He took the lead and pulled away to an easy victory paying a sweet $20.00.
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Bomber Wednesday kicked off the 4th week of the Del Mar week on Aug 5. Our Daily Clocker Report pointed out FASHIONED GEM as a must-use runner in the 5th race with a recent Grade B- workout at Del Mar in which she finished bounced out well from the gate in a team drill and finished very well with a final furlong in 12.0. This work followed a drill at Santa Anita since raced that was graded a B by our clockers in which she "looked sharp...while finishing well". 'GEM rallied wide into the stretch and swept past the leaders to draw away at the wire to pay $44.60 to win. For the vertical players, the second horse was comebacker SILVER SCORE @ 40-1 with a Grade B- workout that featured a "final 1/8 in a sharp 12.0". The exacta unfortunately was a signer @ $664.80. The 3rd and 4th horses also had nice workout pushes, the favorite LILY POD and ROCKPORT DANCER, a shipper from Canada @ 27-1 with a nice work at Los Al in which our clocker said she "looked good...final 1/4 in 23.2...seems to have ability and is worth following". The trifecta paid $6,609.40 and the $.10 superfecta paid $26,731.45.
After two easy favorite winners in the 6th and 7th race, the final race of the day and Pick 4 was a maiden claimer in which the winner SPARKLING PEG had 4 recent Grade B- works including one at Del Mar with a "sharp final 1/4 in 24.0". She paid $15.60 and completed the Pick 4 that began with FASHIONED GEM paying $286.30. Maiden races are a great place to find big prices and you can't get them by looking at the final published times in the past performances. It's how the horse worked, not just the final time that matters. Our Daily Clocker Reports are available for $9 per day and have that information.
Thursday July 23 was another Bomber Day at Del Mar for the HR clockers. In the 3rd race ROCKET HEAT had two Grade B workouts since raced including the most recent at DM in which our Daily Clocker Report comment said "The very quick gelding should be seen at five furlongs on the turf next." That's where he showed up and lit up the tote board paying $50.40. In the 7th race STAR ACT had a maintenance move in which she "seems to be moving fine for her new barn". She ran them all down paying $42.60. The day began with first time starter SOONER TIME in the first race pulling off to win easily after receiving a decent Grade B- team workout from our clockers. The 2 yo filly paid $13.20 to win.
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The HR clockers produced a huge bomber on Thu Jul 9 in the 3rd race at Los Alamitos. PRIVATE TERRACE hadn't shown anything this year as she descended the class ladder, but took off the blinkers added two races back and stepped back up to a $20K claimer for 3 yo fillies with 2 nice Grade B- workouts from HR in tow and ran by the field late to win and pay $89.60. We also closed out the card with an $11.00 winner as STENOA ran to her recent works in which our clockers pointed out his closing fraction of 23.3 in his recent 1/2 mile Grade B workout. We also had 4 other winners on the card with nice recent workouts.
HR info has been super for the entire Santa Anita meeting, but lately we have been off the charts. We kick started the final week of the meet today, Thu Jun 25 with some monster winners from our Daily Clocker Report. In the 5th race our clockers caught a sneaky trainer from San Luis Rey with a single local gate work over the SA strip prior to the debut and made the horse a Fit and Ready lister. OBEY pulled away and won nicely paying $19.40, keying a Pick 5 payoff of $481.10. The comment from our clocker included the statement that the "filly impressed here and should be ultra tough with Cal-breds in her debut for her low profile trainer". The exacta was completed by another first timer LATE 'N LEFT with a number of good HR works including a Grade B and 6 Grade B-'s. She got off at 9-2 and the exacta paid $48.60. In the final race the best HR worker was the debuter MISS GIFTED with 2 recent Grade B- works that looked strong in this maiden claimer and she delivered paying a sweet $39.00 to win.
The previous week saw an explosion of winners from our Horses to Watch and Fit and Ready lists with 6 HTW winners from current lists and 2 from previous lists that were older than 60 days but hadn't run during the down time and won off the layoffs (SOUL DRIVER and SWEET). There were 3 F&R winners. Counting today that's 12 winners from our HTW and F&R lists in one week. Some of the nice prices were HTW SORESCA (IRE) in the 1st on Sun Jun 21 paying $17.80, HTW SOUL DRIVER in the 7th on Sat Jun 20 paying $9.20, HTW LOS GATOS in the 9th on Sat Jun 20 paying $14.00 and HTW HIGHWAY BOSS in the 3rd on Thu Jun 18 paying $11.20.
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