- TRAINER HOPES TO ‘MOE’ ‘EM DOWN IN LA WOMAN
- O’NEILL WANTS TO WHOOP IT UP IN ZUMA BEACH
- FILLY FROM ‘DOWN UNDER’ RUNS TO HER LOOKS
- TRAINER McCARTHY ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITA
- RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT FIRM AT $1 MILLION
SHOW IT N MOE IT SET FOR GRADE III LA WOMAN
Show It N Moe It, a three-year-old California-bred daughter of Grace Upon Grace, tackles older foes in open company Sunday in the Grade III LA Woman Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 6 ½ furlongs.
“I knew the race was going to be light, so we’re taking a shot,” said Gary Sherlock, who trains Show It N Moe It for owner/breeder Terry Lovingier, Tom London and Gene Zondlo.
“It’s a five-horse field and a Grade III so you have to take a chance to get graded placing for her,” Sherlock added.
“She’s worked well here, so we’ll see what happens.”
Show It N Moe It has a 4-4-3 record from 15 career starts, and fancies Santa Anita as her 3-2-1 log from eight races indicates.
The LA Woman, race five: Skye Diamonds, Tiago Pereira, 7-2; Classy Tune, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Yuvetsi, Tyler Baze, 2-1; Show It N Moe It, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; and Anonymity, Flavien Prat, 8-5.
AUSSIE FILLY IMPRESSIVE IN U.S. DEBUT FOR DRYSDALE
Oleksandra looked every bit a winner in conformation and presence before Friday’s second race, and the four-year-old Australian-bred filly ran like it in the maiden allowance test at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, even though she hadn’t raced in 11 months.
Trained by Neil Drysdale for Team Valor International and ridden by Mike Smith, the beautiful bay was last in the field of 10 early, picked up steam as they neared the dirt portion, then closed with a rush on the inside to score by a neck at a $15.40 win mutuel.
The trouble line from the ever diligent Equibase duo of Ken Davis and Mike Schneider reads: “Off bit slow, steadied, settled bit off rail, 2wd move, up rail.”
Said Drysdale Saturday morning: “She’s always trained well. Her races in Australia were decent (two seconds and a third in three starts). She was in Florida quite a long time before we received her. She looks like she’s talented. I was impressed with her race yesterday because she was knocked sideways leaving the gate, was last, and it’s quite difficult to come from last on this course the way it plays at the moment.
“Mike gave her a lovely ride. He didn’t panic or anything when he got knocked over.”
McCARTHY ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITA
With back-to-back wins in Friday’s third and fourth races, Michael McCarthy has four victories through five days of Santa Anita’s 22-day Autumn Meet, putting him one behind training leader Jerry Hollendorfer and in a tie for second with Peter Miller.
The industrious 49-year-old trainer, who earned his spurs from Hall of Fame member Todd Pletcher, won the third race with Imperial Creed under Kent Desormeaux and the fourth with Venue, ridden by Flavien Prat.
“We’ve been lucky with owners who have sent us horses that look like they have plenty of ability,” McCarthy said while double-timing per usual during training hours Saturday morning. “We’ll try to keep it going and hope the cycle stays like this.
“This game is funny. You get on a run, and then there’s a little bit of a lull. We were waiting for Santa Anita to start and had been gearing up for it after Del Mar, so I’m glad things have gone according to plan so far.”
McCarthy has Breeders’ Cup aspirations with Vibrance (Juvenile Fillies), City of Light (Dirt Mile), Liam the Charmer (Turf) and Paved (Filly & Mare Turf). “They’re all obviously under consideration,” McCarthy said.
“It seems like they’ve all handled their races well, so we’ll proceed as if we’re going to be taking part.”
RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT POOL GUARANTEED AT $1 MILLION
A guaranteed $1 million Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool awaits fans both Saturday and Sunday at Santa Anita Park. With first post time for an 11-race card Saturday set at 12:30 p.m., Saturday’s Pick Six will be comprised of races six through 11.
A total of 67 horses have been entered and are eligible to run in Saturday’s Rainbow Six sequence, resulting in average field of just over 11 runners per race.
Instituted for the first time at Santa Anita this past Friday, opening day of the track’s 22-day Autumn Meet, the 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six enables players to cover 10-times as many horses as with the traditional two dollar minimum Pick Six.
With “new money” accounting for a Rainbow Pick Six pool today of $117,694, there were 40 winning tickets, each worth $1,571.85.
For additional information on Saturday’s $1 million Guaranteed Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot, please visit Santa Anita’s website page dedicated to the Rainbow Pick Six or call (626) 574-RACE.
FINISH LINES: Dream Tree, one of the favorites for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 3, worked five furlongs for Bob Baffert Saturday in 1:00.20, while Dabster and Hoppertunity went six furlongs in company for Baffert, each clocked in a bullet 1:13.80 . . . Mike Smith has stakes engagements at Keeneland today, while Mario Gutierrez rides maiden winner Listing trained by Ben Cecil for Reddam Racing in the Grade II Champagne for two-year-olds at Belmont Park . . . George Papaprodromou, perhaps the world’s only trainer whose last name has five syllables, won the final race at Los Alamitos on closing day Sept. 23 and the last two races at Santa Anita Thursday and Friday. “It makes for a long day, but I guess I’ll have to start running my horses in the last race,” said “Getaway George,” who arrives for work at 4:30 in the morning but adds, “winning makes it worthwhile.”
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