Chips All In and jockey Julien Leparoux, green, overpower Boat Trip (Garrett Gomez), red, to win the Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at Santa Anita Park. BENOIT PHOTO
Well, it certainly wasn’t anything close to opening day at Del Mar, as Santa Anita’s fall opener drew only 4,537 on Friday. It will be interesting to see what Del Mar draws in 2014 for its first ever fall meeting.
On thing was sure on Friday in Arcadia: trainer Bob Baffert was back on his favorite surface: dirt. Baffert scored two wins and his horses were ready to run.
On the jockey front, nine races produced nine different winners.
Saturday should prove interesting with Breeders’ Cup preps front and center at the Great Race Place and around the country, too.
FIRST RACE: 1. Yana, 2. Moving Seas, 3. Versye. LONG SHOT: Another Victoria.
SECOND RACE: 1. Southern Sunrise, 2. Hello Frankie, 3. Topper’s Ghost. LONG SHOT: Tribal Smoke.
THIRD RACE: 1. Shiva Ryan, 2. All for Us, 3. Cautious Giant. LONG SHOT: Closet E.
Trainer Bisnath Parboo ships this 2-year-old colt, SHIVA RYAN, West to try and break his maiden around two turns on the grass. The son of Tapit did well at Calder with a third-place finish after a slow start in his career. He figures to improve off that effort and we should get a nice price with jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. aboard. It looks like all of the shippers have a shot here so don’t discount ALL FOR US and CLOSET E.
FOURTH RACE: 1. I See Back, 2. Kristo, 3. Da Bears. LONG SHOT: Quick and Silver.
FIFTH RACE (Grade I Chandelier): 1. Secret Compass, 2. Fascinating, 3. She’s a Tiger. LONG SHOT: Antiquity.
SIXTH RACE (Grade I Rodeo Drive): 1. TIZ FLIRTATIOUS (best bet), 2. My Gi Gi, 3. Starstruck. LONG SHOT: Vionnet.
SEVENTH RACE (Grade I Frontrunner): 1. Can the Man, 2. Dance With Ftae, 3. Tamarando. LONG SHOT: Schoolofhardrocks.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Burns Turn, 2. Rosies Ready, 3. Smooth Talker. LONG SHOT: Our Pure Creation.
NINTH RACE (Grade I Zenyatta): 1. Beholder, 2. Authenticity, 3. Joyful Victory. LONG SHOT: Flashy American.
10th RACE (Grade I Awesome Again): 1. Mucho Macho Man, 2. Golden Ticket, 3. Paynter. LONG SHOT: Jeranimo.
11th RACE: 1. Pontchatrain, 2. Heir Kitty, 3. Judy In Disguise. LONG SHOT: Moulin de Mougin.
This 3-year-old War Front filly, PONTCHATRAIN, showed a lot of promise in winning an allowance race at Del Mar on July 28, but she came back in a minor stakes and was just too keen after getting bumped at the start and finished fourth. With a little more conservative ride from jockey Gary Stevens, this Tom Proctor-trainee could love the hillside turf course.
Friday’s top pick winners: 0
Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Oh Daddy Oh $6.60, 2nd race; Hurray Home Clover $9.20, 5th race)
Friday’s third choices winners: 2 (Georgia $4.20, 1st race; Tiz the Truth $6.60, 7th race)
Friday’s long shot winners: 0
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