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Old 12-23-2003, 08:22 PM
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Default Santa Anita opens Friday

Just a few questions, for openers

By BRAD FREE
ARCADIA, Calif. - On opening day of the Santa Anita winter racing season, nothing comes easy. The favorite for the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes on Friday is buried on the rail going seven furlongs. How can Midas Eyes possibly win from post 1 in a 13-horse field? Simply by being the best and fastest horse.
The second favorite for the Malibu has not raced in nearly eight months, and even trainer Jeff Mullins wonders if 2002 Santa Anita Derby winner Buddy Gil is up the challenge. "We're not going in expecting to win," he said. "We're not expecting anything other than we hope he performs well and comes back in one piece."

There is a fine line between optimism and realism when the 2003 winter meet begins Friday at The Great Race Place. The 84-day meet will launch California's best 3-year-olds from the Santa Anita Derby on April 3 toward Kentucky; unbeaten filly Halfbridled is aiming for two races, including the Santa Anita Oaks on March 13; and the best older horses in the West race March 6 in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap. The track's racing secretary, Mike Harlow, will monitor both the entry box and the skies.

"I'm optimistic," Harlow said. "I just hope the weather cooperates. The weather dictates how the meet goes."

On the heels of Hollywood fall and Oak Tree, two meets hit by business decline and purse cuts, Harlow and Santa Anita officials have adopted a defensive purse structure. Harlow said daily overnight purses will average $300,000, a 2 percent cut from last winter. "The trend that's going on the last couple meets, we have to be somewhat protective," Harlow said.

Not if the outstanding opening-day card is an accurate indication. Full fields, three competitive stakes, and an average field size of almost 10 wagering interests per race on the nine-race card gets the meet started on a positive note. And what is better than opening day at Santa Anita, anyway? Only one day compares, according to trainer Mike Machowsky.

"Opening day at Santa Anita and Del Mar are the two biggest days," he said. "You always have a tough maiden race opening day, and a tough Malibu. It's the day after Christmas, and you're starting a new year."

Machowsky is starting over with Southern Image, whose splashy debut victory on opening day of last winter's meet set the stage for a 3-year-old campaign that stalled because of foot trouble. Southern Image raced only two more times, including a sensational allowance win in August. That was his last start.

"He bruised a foot pretty bad, and it took time to get it right," Machowsky said.

He admits the $250,000 Malibu is a tough spot for a comeback, but the trainer is right when he says Southern Wish "doesn't lack ability, he only lacks experience.

Machowsky called seven furlongs "a perfect distance" for Southern Wish, "and he's worked sensational."

The best Beyer Speed figure that Southern Wish has earned is 102, and he won't need much improvement to win a race traditionally won with a Beyer Figure of approximately 104.

Thirteen were entered in the Malibu, led by the Ed Gann-owned, Bobby Frankel-trained entry of Midas Eyes and Watchem Smokey. Midas Eyes finished second to Congaree in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile last out. A similar effort would make him tough to beat in the Malibu, despite the rail. Frankel said Midas Eyes "doesn't need the lead, just break well and lay up close." In a field without an abundance of speed, Midas Eyes will set or press modest fractions. Watchem Smokey won a Grade 3 against older last time, earning a Beyer of 101 for his seventh win from seven tries on dirt. Frankel also entered lightly raced Special Rate.

Other entrants include Blazonry, winner of the Lazaro Barrera Stakes last summer at Hollywood Park; Posse and Zavata, who both are expected to retire to stud after the Malibu; and longshots Toccet, Baltic Heights, Marino Marini, Domestic Dispute, and Eye of the Tiger.

Trainer Kathy Walsh starts live contenders in the Malibu and $75,000 Sir Beaufort, which is race 3. Blazonry, who runs in the Malibu, has been training well for his first start since an abscess and illness curtailed his campaign in spring. Devious Boy will be favored in the Sir Beaufort, a mile turf race for 3-year-olds that marks his first start since winning the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby in October.

His rivals include Buckland Manor, Bis Repetitas, Rock N Rosh, Saint Buddy, Kewein, Dust Cover, Eyad, and Atouratoura.

The seven-furlong Cal Breeders' goes as race 5.

The jockey colony begins the meet on the light side. Patrick Valenzuela will miss most of the first 13 days because of suspensions, riding only in designated graded stakes. Julie Krone is expected to be out until mid-January while healing from injuries in a Dec. 12 spill.

First post Friday is noon.

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Old 12-26-2003, 01:49 AM
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I went to brisnet and got the condensed past performances. Very nice each race on one sheet of paper. Took about 1 minute to print the card. A great deal.
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Old 12-26-2003, 02:51 PM
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Opening Day!

It can be one tough day but 'cappers are rested and the brain cells are fresh. The track condition can really be a question mark today. Santa Anita's website says "Clear/fast/firm" BUT it did rain a good part of yesterday in SoCal. The track was probably sealed but that can mean a different surface that could be very speed favoring or weird and the latter could produce some longshots. With all that said I have a horse to give out in the last race.

Ring of Friendship

A couple of reasons to like the horse:
>a second time starter so he could improve
>the two other main threats are suspect. Kirschwasser takes a big drop but the trainer is not very good off long layoffs or in MCL. Fort Point is in for the 12th time and I'll probably use with my horse in a saver exacta. They paid 900K and have dropped down to MCL 25K but Pete Rose is in the partnership so the mojo is bad. Soory Pete I do love you though!
>the play even has some plusses in the his mud pedigree

Don't expect to large mutual. I'm hoping for $5.50.
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Old 12-26-2003, 03:05 PM
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I think Race 6 offers some value.

The #2 Seattle Spectacular-is 3/4 to hit the board no wins but its running style is perfect for the SA turf.

#4 Deep Shadow- Lukas horse that has been of since May. Did finish second in the Transylvania so I think this would be a good spot for her. Love the Dec 18 work

#10 Shadow Hawk- A Mr. Prospector colt who broke his maiden in Nov. This is probably a long shot but I like the Baffert Desormeaux.

I will play the trifecta with the #2 and 5 in the top two spots, with #3 and 10 in the place and round out the ticket with the #11, #3, #10 in the show.
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Old 12-26-2003, 04:33 PM
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Just checked the SA website now track conditions are:
Clear/good/off turf

.... also found out that the races will not be telecast on Fox. Anybody know way?
Stronach and Magna probably wanted more cash. I noticed SA has no free programs either on their site hopefully they at least let us listen for free.

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NO turf racing, that has to change your pick doesn't it?
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Old 12-26-2003, 05:07 PM
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Don't like the race on the off turf.

Screw this Magna, I was going to give them about 500 bucks a day in handle at Santa Anita and probably another 500 at Gulfstream. They want to curtail their signal. Screw them I think I will not bet their races except through Pinnacle- see how much of that revenue they get.
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Old 12-26-2003, 05:36 PM
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Buzz-
I just signed up at Magna's Xpressbet ( the link can easily be found on the SA webpage ) and hope that that can get me some of the free info that I'm used too like AT LEAST THE RACE CALLS!

I really prefer not to bet via phone or computer unless I can get a good look at the horses and computer telecast usually are very lacking. Just might have to go by the ITW.

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Old 12-26-2003, 05:54 PM
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I was suppose to be able to watch from a link at Xpressbet......

nine minutes til post and my windows Media Player says there is an error.

Looks like I'll be in the dark.
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Old 12-26-2003, 06:07 PM
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maybe some hope I called the help line and heard the result and part of the race call as I sat on hold. A message says they are having technical problems. I'm hoping the problem is on their end not mine.

This is a bunch of BULLBLEEP!

This is what's wrong with racing......... they make so hard to be a fan and Magna is one of the worst!
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Old 12-26-2003, 09:47 PM
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Call me Crackhead Bob, but I think

#11 Toccet @ 20-1

has a shot in the Malibu
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Old 12-27-2003, 01:49 AM
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Looked like an interesting day as some money came in.

I liked Posse in the Malibu.
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