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Replays - Jan. 6 through Jan. 10
The following are key performances from the week of Jan. 6-10 at Santa Anita:
DEVINE ACTRESS (Jan. 10) – Five year old mare was making only her third career start in a very strong first level allowance race for fillies and mares on turf, and performed admirably when rallying from far back to finish an excellent second behind A Jealous Woman. The daughter of Theatrical had shown much promise in a pair of previous runs, including a nice maiden score at Hollywood Park in November, and did nothing in this event to indicate she’s reached her peak. Next time, with a bit more pace up front and perhaps a bit more ground to work with, the Dave Hofmans-trained mare should be along in plenty of time.
SPOT THE DIPLOMAT (Jan. 9) – Encountered a simply brutal trip vs. $25,000 extended sprinters and could have, maybe even should have, won instead of winding up third, beaten just over three lengths. The veteran gelding is thoroughly genuine and deserved a better fate, but severe traffic trouble during much of the running, especially at a critical stage in the upper stretch when he was full of run but had nowhere to go, cost him his best chance. Next time, with better luck, the Sierra-trained gelding can get back on track, especially in an extended sprint where he seems most comfortable.
CRAZY AS A FOX (Jan. 8) – First time starter by Whywhywhy flashed impressive early speed after a somewhat sluggish break from the rail in a high priced maiden claimer before understandably weakening in the final furlong, eventually winding up fourth of five, beaten three lengths. The Lisa Lewis-trained 3-year-old should improve considerably following the experience, so next time – with a better post and perhaps a slight drop in class – the 3-year-old colt might shake loose and keep on going. Early speed types have not had the best of it over the Pro Ride surface, but if he shows up in the entries on a day when the track is playing fair, he might be worth a nice gamble.
PEACOCK ALLIANCE (Jan. 7) – The son of Dixie Union had been something of a disappointment in five previous starts, but a drop into the Maiden $50,000 claiming ranks provided a confidence booster and the Dan Hendricks-trained colt earned his diploma with a sharp front-running trip while taking the anti-inside/speed bias by the teeth. Finding more under pressure in the final furlong, the 3-year-old colt gave indication that he might be very comfortable on the front end going long, and there’s some turf breeding in the pedigree as well, so his connections have a few options. He’s worth a look in open claiming company right back, especially in a field without an abundance of early speed.
YANKEE ROMANCE (Jan. 6) – This newly-turned 3-year-old was even money in a $50,000 claimer following a visually impressive maiden win at Hollywood Park, but after pressing the pace until the furlong pole she shortened stride and wound up last of six at even money. However, the Mike Mitchell-trained filly had a legitimate excuse, as did all of the front running types today, as the track played extremely anti-speed while heavily promoting the closers and the outside lanes. The daughter of Yankee Gentleman is better than this line will show, so with a slight drop in class and over a track that plays more favorably to her style, she seems more than capable of making amends next time.