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There is a tidbit from Steve Andersen’s “Santa Anita Notes” column in Saturday’s Daily Racing Form (page 10) about Santa Anita racetrack being fined $300 for not properly reporting that OUR PARTNER raced as a gelding for the first time in the 8th race on Feb. 15. Three hundred dollars?! Is this some kind of joke? Surely a misprint. Will the track be able to open the gates tomorrow and continue doing business as usual after this massive penalty?

We have been harping about the (non)reporting of geldings for some time now. I even gave up two hours of my life to attend a parimutuel commission meeting of the CHRB a couple of months back. Stiffer fines for trainers, we all agreed. Ron Charles, head honcho at Santa Anita, stepped up and volunteered that the track and/or racing office personnel should be slapped hard when these types of mistakes are made. So the Santa Anita stewards reached back with all their might and delivered the blow–a $300 penalty assessed to the track. Magna stockholders are quaking after this severe hit to the bottom line. Let’s just hope Wall Street doesn’t get wind of this.

On Friday, EUROGLIDE was a very impressive first-out winner in the opener for trainer Peter Eurton. The Son of Honor Glide ran to his works and dusted his opponents in 1:09.2. Runner-up TIME TO GET EVEN (by Stephen Got Even) finished full of run and galloped out strongly while obviously wanting more distance.

Aaron Gryder won a pair…eight different trainers went to the winner’s circle…suspicous dropper HOLLY’S GOLD won again for Bill Spawr and no one took her…STORM MATE, under powerful Garrett Gomez handling, got up at the wire to nail unlucky GEM PROOF in the 7th. The latter seemed to pull himself up after making the lead (too soon?) in mid-stretch.

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