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The HR BOMBER OF THE DAY for Sun Jan 3 was MERIROSVO in the 6th paying $78.20. She had 2 nice works since raced including a Grade B Dec 29 at SA in which she was "not asked at all, sharp work, ran poorly in her debut but seemed much better here and can improve at a big price next time". She also worked well prior to the poor first start with 3 Grade B's. As most of our regular customers know, we always suggest that a good working horse prior to a poor debut is an outstanding value second time out. The public refuses to dismiss poor first starts, which most horses experience.
We pushed the winners of 6 of the 9 races that day including the winners of the Pick 4 that paid $29,619.00. In addition to MERIROSVO in the 6th, PRIZE EXHIBIT (GB) in the 7th had a decent Grade B- work and was a Horses to Watch paying $17.80. The Double from MERI' to PRIZE EXHIBIT paid a rather amazing $1,309.00. W. GILES in the 8th, with a decent Grade B- drill, took them wire to wire paying $15.40. The HR Fit and Ready lister ONE MORE ROLL moved up ominously into the stretch, but finished 2nd @ 13-1. Who knows what that Pick 4 would have paid? In the final race IMAGE OF JOPLIN, who looked like the lone speed and had a recent Grade B and 2 Grade B- workouts, took the field wire to wire paying $18.80. A dream day for HR customers.
WHAT A START to the Santa Anita meet. Our Clocker Report on Sat Jan 2 pushed the winners of 5 winners on the 9 race card.
The MONSTER OF THE DAY was FLAMBOYANT (FR) in the featured stakes race paying $94.20 to win. We had 7 positive workouts on him since raced including a recent Grade B as well as a Grade B+ and 2 other Grade B's. He also had a very positive Trip Note writeup from his last race indicating improvement to come.
The rider of FLAMBOYANT was Brice Blanc, who is riding extremely well for his new agent Aaron Hesz, who is a major contributor to Handicapper's Report. Aaron is working hard to get Brice better mounts and the talented rider is really showing his skills as he is given the chances with decent horses.
As we said above, it was quite a day for HR with a bunch of great prices. In the 1st race we had 4 Grade B- works on the winner A COLT FOLLOWING who won nicely paying $15.60 to kick off the day. In the 3rd FOREVER DARLING, with a nice Grade B workout, responded to strong Bejarano urging throughout to cash for HR customers @ $10.20. The 4th race was a rather amazing event as first time starter TEE EM EYE, with a bunch of nice Grade B- works, including a recent one that the official clockers missed, gave the field about 10 lengths to start the race and circled the field like Silky Sullivan to register a spectacular win paying $21.00. EVO CAMPO (IRE) completed the Pick 5 after a nice recent drill despite the slow final time of 103.3 with the comments "galloped out strongly, the improving filly will be seen with NW1X next".
Subscriptions are available now for the Santa Anita Winter meet in your User Accounts. We will have our regular 3 plans with Plan 1 receiving all of the daily and weekly reports, including the Daily Clocker, Performance Ratings and Horses in Today Reports, and the Weekly Trip Notes and Weekly Workout Summary Reports, as well as the Weekly Horses to Watch and Fit and Ready Lists. Plan 2 will receive the Daily Clocker Reports and Weekly Fit and Ready Lists, and Plan 3 will receive the Weekly Trip Notes Reports and the Horses to Watch lists.
The Santa Anita Winter meet will begin, as always, on the day after Christmas, Dec 26, which this year is on a Saturday. This year, however, the first Los Alamitos meet will be held earlier, with the closing day for the SA Winter meet being Apr 10. Therefore, the SA winter meet will be 7 days longer than last year (63 days); hence, the higher price for the subscriptions. As usual with our higher priced meets, there will be an option of paying for the SA winter meet with multiple payments, spaced one month apart.
Our daily reports will be available as usual for purchase by the race day for $9 each, available normally by 5 PM Pacific time the day before. The weekly reports for the previous week will be available at their regular prices by noon on Tuesdays.
We have had both of our clockers at Santa Anita since the close of Del Mar Fall, so our database with be brimming with great info for the start of the SA meet.
FYI, there will be a Santa Anita Summer meet this year that will begin before the Ky Derby and end before the start of Del Mar in July.
A nice beginning to the final week of Del Mar Fall with 4 Horses to Watch winners on Thursday and Friday, Nov 26 and 27. Our only 2 HTW's on Thu resulted in 2 of the winners with GIFT OF A STAR paying $8.20 in the 3rd. On Fri HTW TIZ A KISS won the 4th @ $6.80 and PASSIONATE EMOTION won the finale @ $7.40. Our clockers contributed some nice prices with Fit and Ready lister TOO FAST TO PASS getting outnodded in the last jump in the 2nd @ 7-2. In the 4th EVO CAMPO (IRE) with 2 strong recent Grade B workouts at Del Mar ran a strong 2nd @ 12-1 to our HTW TIZ A KISS with the exacta paying a solid $39.70. In the 5th FILLY ON FIRE, with a nice Grade B blowout following her stumble and pull up at the break in her previous, flew home to cash at a $20.20 mutuel. After ILLUMINANT won the 6th race impressively with a strong Grade B work as the favorite, first time starter MAMA'S SUGAR, with 2 strong Grade B drills, drew off to win the 7th rather easily against a seemingly strong field paying a nice overlay at $17.00. MIDNIGHT STORM won the 8th race, the featured G2 Seabuiscut, with ease after a nice Grade B workout at Santa Anita paying $9.60. We finished with HTW PASSIONATE EMOTION in the 9th for a decent pick 6 payoff of $64,402.40.
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.
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