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Despite what others may be suggesting that their products contain, the HR clockers have been the only clocking service providing in person coverage of morning workouts at Santa Anita since the edict to close the racing plant to anyone other than essential licensed individuals.
More great results at Santa Anita for the final weekend of May. On Sat May 30 in the 9th race, Horse to Watch REPROBATE got his chance on turf as we suggested for him and flew late to score at $16.80. On Sun May 31, in the featured stakes race, Fit and Ready lister FIGHTING MAD took the lead and made every step a winning one paying $22.20. Other price winners with Grade B workouts included SEVEN SCENTS in the 4th @ $9.60 and AGAMEMNON in the 5th @ $14.00. In the 6th favorite RAKASSAH (IRE) won @ 4.20 with a Grade B and SWEET AND CHEEKY, also with a Grade B work, ran 2nd @ 11-1 returning an exacta of $17.20.
Another huge combination Fit and Ready/Horses to Watch lists winner on Fri May 22 at Santa Anita in the 8th race. TAKE THE ONE O ONE with a Grade A- in his work on Mon in which he earned the clocker comments: "absolutely full of run...striding out huge to the wire in a sparkling 22.4...on edge for a monster performance", set sail out of the gate and wired the field paying $16.60. Our Horses to Watch list had pointed out the horrendous trip ONE O ONE had experienced in his previous race affording him no chance.
Opening weekend of the Re-Opened Santa Anita Spring/Summer meet was a huge success for Handicapper's Report information. On Saturday and Sunday May 16 and 17, we had 5 Fit and Ready list winners and 3 Horses to Watch list winners. Big price winners included F&R AX MAN in the 4th on Sat paying $12.20 and REGAL BEAUTY in the 7th on Sun @ $25.40. Future star COLLUSION ILLUSION paid $7.40 in the 6th on Sun and AFFIANCED in the 3rd on Sat and BELLAFINA in the 8th on Sun won as big favorites.
The big payoff from the HTW runners was in the 9th on Sun when HARPER'S GALLOP won and paid $8.00 with ZUCCHERA running 2nd @34-1. The HTW exacta paid $153.20. DOGTAG daylighted the 7th race field on Sat paying $7.40, as did BUD KNIGHT in the 5th on Sun @ $4.80. On Sat HTW EASTERN OCEAN was much the best in the 9th as he took up down the backstretch then was intimidated in deep stretch to finish 2nd @ 14-1. An objection was lodged, but the Stewards ruled he wasn't cost a position. Tough result for the HR faithful. Altogether a nice restart to the local racing scene with a lot of pent up useful information. It should continue well into the rest of the meet because of the store of unique info in our database from the shutdown.
It was a day that made our Shutdown Clocker Subscriptions for CA shippers more than worthwhile at Oaklawn Park on Sat Apr 18. The featured Apple Blossom Handicap included 2 CA shippers on our Daily Clocker Report. OLLIE'S CANDY, a Fit and Ready lister with a strong Grade B+ work, was trained by John Sadler and ridden by Joel Rosario from the 1 hole at 7-1. CE CE, with a nice recent Grade B work, was stuck on the far outside for Michael McCarthy with Victor Espinoza up at 3.9-1. Rosario sent OLLIE'S from the get go and had a nice lead into the stretch, while Espinoza had to circle the field to run at the leader. CE CE caught OLLIE'S in the last stride with a rush with the exacta paying $35.90 for $1. Could have been better for HR the other way around, but we aren't crying.
While we await the decision to resume racing at Santa Anita, HR is in a unique position to collect truly private workout information during the suspension period. All unlicensed personnel are barred from the track premises, including private clockers without other licensed affiliations at the track. Our clockers have not only licenses, but the best horse ID's to report on the great majority of active workers. In addition, our workout comments have many handicapping tips that are exclusive to HR. We have chosen to continue active workout reporting during the racing shutdown, which will provide an exclusive handicapping edge when racing resumes.
March racing at Santa Anita has produced a number of winners, but a couple of Saturdays had spectacular results for the HR information. On Mar 21 we had 3 HTW winners and 2 F&R winners including AVALON RIDE in the 3rd race who was a dual HTW and F&R lister paying a super $21.20. F&R lister CISTON paid $10.80 in the 5th. Other list winners were ORDER AND LAW in the 6th and TACO WACO in the 8th. There were also 2 HTW winners on Sun Mar 22, AUDACE in the 3rd and FABOZZI in the 5th.
On Mar 7, we had a meet type of day, with 4 Fit and Ready winners and 2 Horses to Watch winners. The winners didn't stop there as there were some other monsters as well. In the 2nd race the first time starter DROP THE CHALUPA, with 2 recent Grade B works with the comment "has progressed with each work" closed wide to run down our F&R lister AMERICAN CODE to score paying $35.80 with the exacta paying $43.00. In the 3rd race, our 3 Fit and Ready listers ran 1-2-3, with the winner WOKE UP TO ACES, "tab for a good effort", paying $17.20, and firster NAVETTA finishing 2nd @ 12-1 and firster AFFIANCED running 3rd with the exacta paying $106.70 and the tri paying $179.10. F&R and HTW lister FLAGSTAFF won the 4th, F&R's GAMINE and REEM ran 1-2 in the 6th, WARREN'S SHOWTIME, with 2 Grade B's, won the 7th @ $8.00 and F&R AUTHENTIC aired in the 8th. HTW SHE'S OUR CHARM kept our streak alive in the 9th with an $11.60 win. In the 10th, COMBATANT, with a strong Grade B work, closed out HR's dominance of the card after his barnmate and our Fit and Ready lister Gift Box was scratched. COMBATANT won and paid $21.20. Doesn't get much better than that.
We have had many, many Horses to Watch and Fit and Ready winners since the beginning of the Santa Anita meet. However, the prices have been nothing to brag about with the short fields and lack of quality.
Maybe we are finally seeing a return to the more normal good prices that our weekly HTW and F&R lists produce. On Sat Feb 15 in the 2nd race, MONGOLIAN SUNRISE won as a Fit and Ready lister and paid $20.40. On Mon Feb 17 in the 5th race, LOUD MOUTH had 2 decent Grade B- works recently and flew home under Rosario to win and pay $35.40. On Sat Feb 22 KEEPER OFTHE STARS made the first move on a stakes field and held on as a Horse to Watch paying an enormous $74.20. On Sun Feb 23, the winners continued despite no bombers. In Race 4, HTW MURAD KHAN (FR) won as the favorite and F&R lister BRANDOTHEBARTENDER completed the exacta. The final race of the day was won by a fast closing PROUD PEDRO (FR) paying $8.60 as an HTW.
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