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The 3 day racing weeks ending on Sun Jun 18 and Jun 11 at Santa Anita produced a total of 9 Horses to Watch and Fit and Ready winners. There were 6 HTW winners and 3 F&R winners, including GIANT INFLUENCE on Sun Jun 18 in the 9th race paying $39.40 to win; and PASCHALITSA on Fri Jun 16 in the 6th paying $12.80 to win. We are looking forward to the start of racing at Del Mar on Wed Jul 19. As usual we will take a vacation during the Los Al racing weeks. We will be finishing strong in the last two weeks of Santa Anita meet coming up, which ends this year on Mon Jul 3 and Tue Jul 4.
Nice start to the week on Thu and Fri May 25 and 26. On Fri the opening race was won in strong fashion by ABBEY VALE (IRE) as she ran down the favorite paying $8.20. ABBEY had recently worked a slow 5 furlongs in 102.4, which our clocker rated a decent Grade B-, never asked at all, best in the team. In the 2nd race the Fit and Ready lister RUN AWAY did just that in the 4 1/2 f sprint winning easily after a Grade B+ recent workout. She was odds-on, but a solid single in the Pick 5. CONQUEST SABRE CAT won the 3rd rather easily, sweeping by late paying $7.80. He had recorded a recent Grade B- team work in which he was best. After TRUE VALOR parked in the 5th race with 2 recent Grade B- works to seal the Pick 5 at $6.20, the best HR info play of the day occurred in the 7th as CHRIS AND DAVE won easily after a mishap in the stretch to pay $19.80. He had worked recently "under a big hold when up, quite nice", Grade B.
On Thu May 25 WRIGHTWOOD won the 6th race as a Horse to Watch and with a Grade B workout to pay $11.80. The day closed with a monster winner in PACIFIC COAST HWY. He had 2 recent Grade B workouts "nice work for him, perhaps the blinkers and a drop in class can perk his form up". I guess it did as he paid $52.80 to win.
On Thu May 4 at SA both of our Fit and Ready in Today horses won. The first 2 yo baby race of the year was won by F&R filly GORGEOUS GINNY who daylighted her opponents paying a bet down $4.20 in the 2nd. In the 7th ZAPPERCAT closed with a rush to justify her super work that earned her a Grade A- from our clockers with the comments "finished huge, final 1/4 in a sizzling 22.4, never asked, then galloping out completely full of run, excellent work". She paid $12.20 to win. A nice lead-in for the CA shippers to the KY Oaks and Derby cards. There are 3 HR Fit and Ready listers on the Oaks card on May 5 and 2 F&R listers on the Derby card on May 6.
With a week of racing left in the Santa Anita Winter Meet, the HR Horses to Watch lists have produced 28 winners and the Fit and Ready lists have produced 22 winners, an average of almost one winner per day from one of the lists. Since we had a few rain days and days without a horse running from one of the lists, it is fair to say that we have produced a winner each day just from our weekly lists.
We had another Fit and Ready list winner on Fri Mar 10 heading into Santa Anita Handicap day Sat Mar 11. KENCHO, a shipper from NY who had run poorly last year at Belmont, had worked very well coming into her comeback for Desormeaux. She had 4 Grade B's and a B+ where she "exploded home with a final furlong in a sparkling 11.0, responding very well off of the slow splits." She made the lead and used that good closing kick to advantage to score paying $21.20. Our Daily Clocker Report pushed the rest of the winners in the Pick 5 as well, which paid $3,017.85, including CAUSA in the 4th paying $9.00 to win with a "quite nice" Grade B work last week that we timed in over 2 seconds faster than the official time. The comebacking Classy ILLUMINANT finished off the Pick 5 with ease down the hill after a "really good work for the comebacker...final 1/4 in 23.3, never asked at all".
Our Daily Clocker Report got February off to a rousing start with a number of nice winners. On Thu Feb 2 in the 3rd race, comebacker DAVID'S MEMORY came down the hill for the first time with new pilot Bejarano aboard and featuring 2 Grade B- works and one Grade B drill in which he "finished with good energy...quite nice this morning". He pulled away to an easy victory paying $10.00. In the 7th race SORRY ERIK had a recent team drill earning a Grade B with the comment "very nice work for the recent claim, who appears on the improve for his new barn". He scored at $14.40.
The monster of the day came in the final race in the form of the second place finisher. The winner of the grassy 1 1/2 mile minor stakes race GOODYEARFORROSES (IRE) had a nice recent Grade B in which she was "not asked, quite nice". She wasn't a major surprise at $9.20. However, the 2nd horse was ESTRECHADA (ARG) who had shown nothing in her first start in the country in the Marathon G2 Stakes on BC Day last year. She had been working well with a Grade B and 3 Grade B- drills on the comeback trail. The secret, however, was the HR comment in her last workout that she "wants to run all day". She got her marathon distance and ran a good 2nd at 50-1, keying a super exacta of $192.20.
Nice to get back on dry land at the Santa Anita Meet, although we did have some nice returns on the off going. On Thu Jan 26, the first two races produced a nice return for the HR info as the best worker won the 1st race paying $9.40. GOOD N NAUGHTY had a "quite nice this week" Grade B workout on Jan 16 and won easily. In the 2nd race our Horse to Watch, with a horrendous first outing documented in the Trip Notes, once again charged home; this time winning easily and paying $18.80. The double paid $69.00.
Amazing start to the Santa Anita Meet! On Thu Dec 29, the Monster of the Day Award was split between Horse to Watch SIX POINT RACK in the 6th race paying $21.80 and our only Fit and Ready lister MISS SUGARS (GB) in the 8th paying $14.60. The other members of the $2,275.65 late pick 4 were pretty easy with HR info. In the 5th race SHEHASTHERITESTUFF had recent Grade B and B- works with the comments "doing quite well out of her facile maiden win" and "much improved Cal-bred filly who is definitely continuing her ascent forward". She paid $10.60 to win with an electrifying move in the stretch. In the 7th race, big dropper WILLING TO TRAVEL had two recent Grade B- works to indicate the run for $10K was a cash, not a bailout. He paid $10.00.
Earlier, BURN ME TWICE ran away from the field in the 3rd @ $8.60 with Grade B- works "nice move for the maiden claimer" and QUIET DUDE ran 2nd with the top HR performance rating and a recent Grade B- work @ 10-1 for a nice $37.10 exacta. A great day. Almost a single Pick 6 for the whole thing.
Great opening day for HR Horses to Watch at Santa Anita on Dec 26. There were 2 races with HTW's. In the 3rd race SO CONFLATED was much the best as he was far back off the early pace, had to take back as he ran up on horses down the backstretch, swung wide into the stretch to just miss at the wire. The winner was DQ'd, promoting 'CONFLATED to the win paying $14.80. Hey, we'll take 'em any way we can get 'em. In the 4th PROFESSOR BERNS was far back early, had to rally wide into the stretch and edged a foe late to pay $33.80.
MIND YOUR BISCUITS won the featured Malibu Stakes with a nice Grade B workout "with a final 1/4 in 23.1, galloping out strongly, quite nice" paying $9.40. BETTYS BAMBINO won the San Simeon Stakes down the hill as the course specialist returned off a very long layoff with some strong works in tow, including two Grade B recent drills, paying $15.80. Nice start to the meet!
Subscriptions for Santa Anita Winter Meet are now available in your User Accounts. The meet opens on Dec 26 as always and runs through April 9. With the length of the season, Plan 1 is available in 3 automatic payments, one per month and the other plans are available in 2 payments. We will have 2 clockers working the meet, both at Santa Anita to give us maximum coverage of the large quantity of workouts at the premium Southern California venue.
A nice monster price from the Daily Clocker Report at Los Alamitos on Fri Dec 16. In the 3rd race comebacking maiden MIDNIGHT TOAST had turned in a recent Grade B work at Del Mar with the comment "very nice five furlong work, very lightly urged nearing the wire while responding will, faster than given, sharp work". She paid a sweet $39.80 to win. In the 2nd race WHO CARES turned in a nice recent Grade B at Santa Anita with the comment "very good work this week, look for improvement from this one". He stepped up a bit in class and closed nicely along the rail to get up and pay $7.60. In the 1st race, OUTTHINK'EM had a decent blowout before his last race "for a bottom level claiming gelding, who prefers Los Al". Those last words could have gotten you a payoff of $28.40 with the switch to Los Al, as he grabbed the lead out of the gate and ran away from the field. The 4th was won by MIDNIGHT CANDY with a Grade B work prior to last race "very nice work, seems to be doing well" paying $13.00. That's the first 4 winners on a day when the pick 5 paid over $38,000.
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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