Another good day of racing at Santa Anita today. Full fields, good weather, Michigan fans in their RVs in the back parking lot (smart bettors are telling me they love Michigan getting a point and a half in tomorrow’s Rose Bowl).

Pick Six players bet nearly a million today chasing the $160,000 carryover. Congratulations to 24 ticket holders, who cashed in for $28,930. Speaking of large payouts, the early Pick 4 returned a whopping $8,091 after the first three winners paid $18.40, $19.60 and $49.00.

In today’s featured San Gabriel, KING’S DRAMA outclassed a gutty RAILROAD in the final 30 yards to give Frankel his third stakes win of the meet, with unlucky HENDRIX winding up third after being forced to steady between horses in mid-stretch. It was good aggressive race riding by Flores that put Nakatani in tight, but Hendrix might have been right there with a clean trip.

Earlier, VALBENNY made it two straight in this country by holding off well-meant COURTWOOD in the Blue Norther for 2-year-old fillies. She gave Solis his first winner of the meet, although the rider didn’t do a whole lot to help her cause. She was caught 4-wide through the final 3/8ths and may have been moved a bit too soon, but the Gallagher-trainee was good enough to sustain her run to the wire.

TIZ ELEMENTAL was a smart debut winner coming down the hill, wrapping up a huge year for Carla Gaines…inside speed looked like the place to be in the early main-track races but both NOSSA CANCAO (7th race) and TWICE UNBRIDLED (9th race) rallied wide from off the pace…Jorge Periban, who trained the last-race winner (first off the claim) does an excellent job with limited opportunities. He is definitly one to keep tabs on in ’07.

Have a safe New Year’s Eve…see you tomorrow for 12:30 post.

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2 Responses to “Goodbye to 2006”

  1. dgstan on January 1st, 2007 3:00 am


    Thanks for doing the blog. It’s very interesting. I’m hoping that rather than recaps, you’ll give us some insight into how you handicap the races and pass on information that the average fan does not have access to.

  2. Bob on January 1st, 2007 12:03 pm

    I’ll try to do some of that, particularly if I’ve nailed a good winner. I’ll try to go back and give my reasons for liking that horse. And I’m trying to pass on racetrack scuttlebutt (like one of the winning Pick Six tickets coming from FrontRunner restaurant) as much as I can.


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