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There will be no complete HR coverage for the Los Alamitos Race Course 8 day winter meet, except for daily clocker reports using our previous database accumulated through Sat Dec 3 at Del Mar and Santa Anita. The daily clocker reports will be available at LRC for free for all Plan 1 and 2 subscribers from the Del Mar Fall meet. The daily reports from the database dating from coverage up through Sat Dec 3 will be available for purchase each day for $6 for our daily customers.
Our coverage with our 2 clockers at Santa Anita will begin again on Sat Dec 10 in anticipation of the big Santa Anita Winter meet beginning as always on Dec 26. Prices will be available for Subscribers on approximately Dec 17.
Thank you for your support during the previous year as well as for the many years that most of you have been with us at HR. It has been a great year for our information and we are very much looking forward to the continuation in 2017 of all of the good things Santa Anita has been doing in the promotion of our sport, and the first Breeders Cup at Del Mar.
Steve McDonald, Publisher, Handicapper's Report
Great start to the last week at Del Mar Fall with a monster payoff of $30.40 in the 8th race on a first time starter with great works from our clockers. RALLY BACK had 3 recent Grade B workouts, including the last one with the comment "finished up full of run while going the final furlong solo, final time of 59.2; way, way faster than given, very good work for the unraced Thorn Song filly, who definitely can run". She started for a tag with no takers.
Sat Nov 5 Breeders Cup Day at Santa Anita produced huge results for customers who received the Daily Clocker Report. The prices began early in the 4th Race, the BC Juvenile Fillies, as CHAMPAGNE ROOM ran to her recent Grade B+ workout "very good six furlong work, not asked while striding out well". She paid a monstrous $69.20 to win. In the 6th Race, the BC Sprint, DREFONG, a Fit and Ready lister with 3 recent Grade B+ drills, outgamed the other HR Fit and Ready lister MASOCHISTIC to pay $9.80, with the exacta paying $15.00. The 7th Race, the BC Turf Sprint, went to OBVIOUSLY (IRE) with 2 recent Grade B workouts paying $9.60.
The final Pick 3 of the Breeders Cup kicked off with a big win from FINEST CITY in the BC Filly and Mare Sprint with her last work a Grade A- move in which she "looked super, finishing absolutely full of run late, final 1/4 in 23.0, fantastic work" and a previous B+ work "Mike Smith aboard for this sharp six furlong work, a very good work". She was impressive in victory with Smith up paying $19.40. The 11th Race, the BC Mile, we had a strong Grade B+ workout on the shipper TOURIST in which he "was absolutely breezing in this extremely impressive half-mile spin, not asked a drop, excellent work". He was impressive in victory paying $26.80. The final race was the much anticipated confrontation of the Champ CALIFORNIA CHROME and the upstart Travers winner ARROGATE. In a thrilling finish for the ages, ARROGATE, with 2 Grade A workouts (very rarely given out by HR clockers) as well as 2 Grade A-'s and a B+, got by late to win an awe inspiring rendition of the BC Classic paying $5.40.
We can't imagine a finer day for the HR information services as the other winners on the day did not have local workouts for the Breeders Cup races.
Sunday Oct 30, closing day at Santa Anita Autumn produced a couple of great winners for HR customers with the Horse to Watch JES JAA winning Race 2 rather easily paying $17.80 to win. We had several winners from our Daily Clocker Report, but the bomber was CONSCRIPTED in the 1st race with 2 recent Grade B- works with the comments "has improved a bit in his recent works" and "finished well...not asked at all, decent and improved work". The first time starter paid $45 to win. The featured Lure Stakes was taken by RED TIE with a "sharp" recent Grade B workout, closing gamely to pay $11.60.
Some nice results from the HR Daily Clocker Report on Fri Oct 28. We pushed 6 winners on the 8 race card including UNUSUAL FLEET in the 3rd paying $10.20 with 3 recent workouts including the comments "absolutely breezing late, very sharp blowout for the gelding, finishing up well, nice work" and THREE ECLIPSE in the 6th race, a 2 year-old maiden claimer, with 2 recent works with the comments "faster than given, decent and improved work, failed to show much to this point, but is capable of getting better". He did indeed improve paying $15.40 to win.
On Sat Oct 22, we had 2 Fit and Ready listers and 1 Horse to Watch run. All won. Both of the Fit and Ready horses, MASTERY in the 5th and MOONLIGHT DRIVE (ITY) in the 8th, were favorites, but decent singles. HIGHLY ACCLAIMED, the HTW in the 6th paid $9.80.
Breeders Cup Races at Santa Anita next week on Fri and Sat Nov 4 and 5 with our complete coverage of all the workouts and races leading up to the important event.
Del Mar Fall opens on Fri Nov 11 with complete HR coverage of all races. Subscriptions available next week.
Thanks to all for your support of the hugely successful Del Mar Summer Meet in which we had the best Clockers results of our long existence. Check out the results from the closing weekend, which was a mini-capsule of the results throughout the meeting:
On Sun Sep 4 at Del Mar in Race 1, there was a great example of why we list the workouts for horses from before their last race. SO HERES THE THING had a Grade B workout prior to her last race in which she added blinkers. The workout comment included the words "the blinkers worn by HERES THE THING may have improved her". She was shoved to make the lead from the inside and faded. It is not uncommon for horses to improve second time in blinkers, which she did this day from an outside post, winning and paying $32.80.
In the second race, ZIP THE MONKEY had a nice Grade B- recent workout in which he "was under a huge hold in 101.3, very decent work". He showed big improvement running over his conditions to win at a nice $24.40. In Race 3 EDDIE'S FIRST, returning from a long layoff with 7 Grade B- and one Grade B workouts from HR, scored at $11.40. In Race 6 AVENGE had 2 Grade B- and one Grade B workouts from HR since her last race. She stepped up to graded stakes company this day and held on to win, paying $17.60.
In Race 7, there was another reminder of why we suggest de-emphasing a horse's last workout before a race. There can be many reasons why a trainer may not be trying to show anything in the work preceding the actual race, not the least of which may be that the horse is perfectly fit and the race didn't come up at an optimum time for the horse's training pattern. In this race, GORMLEY, a first time starter for Sherriffs, with a last drill that was disappointing, but 6 Grade B- and one Grade B workouts prior to the last one, showed speed and opened to win easily paying $15.40. In the 8th race, FREE ROSE did it to them again, hanging on to win the Del Mar Derby for Baltas. He had maintained his sharpness between races with 2 decent Grade B- workouts and paid $25.80.
All told some great prices from the HR Daily Clocker Report.
On Sat Sep 3, Race 1 was won by PRINCESS COCO, who had a nice Grade B workout coming up to this race with the comment "appears an improving type". She won going away at $10.00. In the 5th race, LAKE TIME had 2 Grade B- works between races, including one with the comment "in hand when up, nice work". She overcame the rail post position to mow them down late paying $30.40. In Race 6, Texas invader BOWIES HERO with 3 recent Grade B- works extended his win streak to 2 in the DM Juvenile Turf paying $11.40. In the 7th, PONDER LEA, with a Grade B workout prior to race, stepped up to allowance fillies and mares and continued her winning ways for Baltas paying $24.60. In the 9th race, the DM Debutante, UNION STRIKE had 3 nice workouts including a Grade B with the comment "nice work for the talented Union Rags filly who will be seen in the Debutante next". She also was a Horse to Watch from her debut where she "broke slowly to lose her best chance...ran super considering running against a double bias". She ran them down in the Debutante and paid $17.40 to complete a monster meet for the Ruis'. Finally, in the 10th race, BARHANPOUR (FR), a French import making her U.S. debut in a first level allowance with 3 nice works including a Grade B on turf with the comment "seems to have run and is a must follow", mowed them all down under Blanc to complete a great day for the HR clockers paying $35.60.
We will have the same great staff gathering the workout information for the Santa Anita Autumn meet in Arcadia, including the Breeders Cup. Subscriptions will be available as well as Clocker Reports by the race day.
Fri Aug 5 was HR Clockers Report day at Del Mar, with the price horses well identified by our morning observers. In the 3rd CHRIS AND DAVE had a recent work on Aug 1 in 48.0, which sounds pretty average, but check out the actual verbiage in our report, "looked super in this half-mile move, going off in 25.3 then finishing absolutely full of run on a big hold, final time of 48.1, final 1/4 in a sparkling 22.3, excellent work for the rapidly improving gelding, who couldn't be doing any better", Grade B+. He paid $14.80.
In the 4th, first time starter ROCKIN RUDY had a quick work on Jul 30 in which he "was ripping through the lane while only lightly urged near the wire, final time of 46.2, looking good". He paid $8.40, winning easily.
In the 5th, PREACHER ROE had a Grade B work on Jul 29 in which he "looked fine, finishing well, nice work". He fought all the way to the wire paying $30.20 to win, keying the pick 5 and pick 4.
SPIN FORTY, with 4 Grade B- works to his credit daylighted the field in the 6th @ $6.40. In the final race, ULTIMATE GAME, in a cheap $20K maiden claimer, had a super recent Grade B+ workout on Jul 31 in which she was "absolutely full of run to the wire, then galloping out very strongly, seems to be doing quite well for his new barn, tab with maiden claimers". She amazingly paid $7.60 to win.
Two more HR Horses to Watch winners to start the week at Del Mar on Aug 3. In the 2nd race GLORYZAPPER showed real resolve to win at $5.40. In the 4th, START TO FINISH ran them off their feet to break her maiden paying $14.20.
It has been an amazing start to the Del Mar Meet for the HR information. On Sun Jul 31 in the 3rd race, the full sister to American Pharaoh had worked well for her debut, including a Grade B+ "excellent work, absolutely breezing" drill on 7/26. She showed nice speed and pulled away to an easy win, paying $16.60. In the 6th race, SNOW CLOUD (IRE) had several nice works including a Grade B- easy drill on 7/26 in which she "went easily, never turned loose in 100.3, may like the five furlong turf layout". She did indeed like the layout, winning a contentious heat, paying $85.80. In the 9th race, NEVER SAY TRY had a recent Grade B- "decent workout, has been working better of late" and scored easily paying $11.20. Since the 7th and 8th races went to Baffert favorites at even money, the pick 4 was rather nice @ $1,141.65 with the two big HR workers.
The Fit and Ready Lists and Horses to Watch lists have been phenomenal early in the meet with huge prices. The list follows:
Sat Jul 30
Race 2 WANSTEAD GARDENS $23.40 Fit and Ready list
Race 6 MISS SUNSET $13.20 Fit and Ready list
Race 8 STELLAR WIND $11.00 Fit and Ready list
Fri Jul 29
Race 1 GENEROUS POUR $23.00 Fit and Ready list
Race 1 GENEROUS POUR $23.00 Horses to Watch list
Race 4 WITH HONORS $6.20 Fit and Ready list
Wed Jul 27
Race 1 IPRAY $10.40 Horses to Watch list
Sun Jul 24
Race 2 AVENGE $21.20 Fit and Ready list
Sat Jul 23
Race 6 G. A. BETTING $48.20 Horses to Watch list
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