Note: closing day is Monday, Sept. 7, so keep these on your Santa Anita list.
FRAC CANDY: Used this one as a single but he could only muster a second place finish behind the 29/1 shot that went wire to wire. Was claimed for $30k but like so many others at this meet it was voided. My question is, if the horse was not sound when checked by the vet before the race, you mean to tell me all these voided claims were caused by the race? I know this is a tough game but I really don’t want to be betting my greenbacks on unsound runners, do you!?
SUGAR BUZZ: First time starter took plenty of action and ran a better-than-looked fourth more than seven lengths clear of the rest in this 10 horse field. Doug O’Neill will have this horse ready to win next out.
AMONG THE ANGELS: First time starter for trainer Steve Miyadi got in a little tight when between runners and was green when climbing in the early going. Tried to run on but could only split the field. She will be ready for a big effort at a nice price next time out.
POSHSKY: Was exiting our HTW list and got off at more than 9/1. He looked all the winner down the stretch but was caught late by the 3/2 (as Ralph Siraco calls the filthy chalk). We will keep him on our list as he is in top form and is a must use.
WITH A TWIST: Was in from Churchill downs and won this mile turf going away in a big effort for $25k claimers. She was claimed by Phil D’Amato who will have her spotted for a repeat win. $$$
KULIK LODGE: Took a shot with this one at almost 40-1. He stalked the pace but when it looked like he was ready to make his move he had to wait for room leaving the second turn and was boxed in behind horses in midstretch. Once clear he just missed the show dough by a head and the win by a length and a half. Could pop next out.
MR T BIRD: $40k claimer came into this mile turf race with a good last work and looked to have a nice shot, but he was over bet and never really got going till late in the race. He was claimed by some very good owner/trainer connections and will be spotted for the win next out. $$$$$