OK, with a huge pick six carryover today at Santa Anita, if you want to take a serious stab at it you need at least two singles. For one of them, I would recommend Larry’s Girl in the ninth race. Victor Espinoza will ride the filly, who is dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time for capable trainer Clifford Sise. She’s 9-2 on the morning line. Not bad odds for a horse I think is a serious pick six and/or pick four singleton.
Bill Spawr is upset that his top sprinter Bordonaro, fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in November, is not among the three finalists for the Eclipse Award as top sprinter of 2006. The Eclipse finalists were announced Wednesday. Spawr lashed out at what he perceives as an East Coast bias.
Looks like Vladimir Cerin has a really good shot to sweep today’s early double at Santa Anita. If his horse in the first, Antifreezette, is in one piece she should cruise to victory under Danny Sorenson. But I don’t like the drop from $16,000 to $10,000, especially after she just won by 6 3/4 lengths at Hollywood Park. Still, she might be good enough to wire this field.
With the death Friday of colorful trainer Bud Delp, who conditioned the great Spectacular Bid, retired jockey Gary Stevens recalled this story:
“Bill Shoemaker, Eddie Delahoussaye and Laffit Pincay were sitting across the table from me one day, talking about the best horses we ever rode. To have Shoemaker say the best one he ever sat on was The Bid, with all the live stock he rode in his career, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Wow, what a closing kick by Harvard Avenue in today’s El Conejo Handicap at Santa Anita. Garrett Gomez had that horse flying in the last sixteenth of a mile and he got up to beat Areyoutalkiintome in the final jump by a nose. The only person at the track who didn’t care how the photo turned out was trainer Doug O’Neill, who conditions both horses. Check out the seventh race on tonight’s replays on KJLA-Channel 57 at 7:30 or go to calracing.com and view a replay of the race. It’s pretty impressive.
John Sadler appears to have Moneyplaysjose very well spotted for a victory in today’s nightcap at Santa Anita. There are seven first-time starters in the race and those seven trainers are a combined 0 for 51 with horses making their career debuts.
Trainer Doug O’Neill is pointing Lava Man toward the Sunshine Millions Turf on Jan. 27 for his return to the races, and then the 6-year-old gelding may be kept on the grass.
The fact that he does have sensitive feet could be why he runs as well on turf as he does on dirt,? ONeill said. The give on the grass is probably very comforting to him. Its amazing that hes that versatile.?