Horse Racing Results – $200,000 Evening Jewel Santa Anita
A $200,000 purse for 3-year-old Cal-bred fillies is sure to attract a lot of attention, so it’s no surprise that a nice, full field of eleven state-bred ladies are entered to greet the starter in this 6.5-furlong main-track affair, the sister race to the Echo Eddie Stakes Horse Racing Results, which is later on the card.
#1 TILDE had a terrific juvenile season, where she won four of her seven starts. Her first race as a 3-year-old was an unmitigated disaster, but she went to the shelf after that, and I’m sure the freshening has done her well. Even though she has the back class, I want to watch one before backing her, especially since she’s stuck down on the rail.
#2 SWEET MARINI destroyed open-company maidens back in November, and she’s since been transferred to the Bob Baffert barn, so you know she’s very well-regarded. She’s fired a few bullets in the morning, and she’s got the speed to be in the race from the opening bell. Joe Talamo stays put, even though I’m sure he had other options. She looks good and could be any kind, but don’t go overboard betting a 3-year-old filly off one good race and making her first start against winners—especially in a stakes race.
#3 AWE GOLLY MOLLY is a deep closer that has only one win in eleven tries. I suppose she could clunk up for a slice if the race falls apart, but she’s not my kind of play.
#4 SACRED DELIGHT looked impressive in defeat in her debut last summer at Del Mar. She followed that up with an expected win. Then her forays into the stakes world didn’t go so well. She was dropped into a $40K claimer last time and responded in kind, winning at a juicy 6/1. If you just looked at her first two races, you’d see some talent here, but she’s probably not good enough to win—though I’d use her in the exotics.
#5 MARKS MINE has been a force up north, and her one visit to Southern California resulted in a third-place finish at 12/1 in a similar stakes race. That race, however, was at a flat mile, while this is at a 6.5-furlong distance that is more to her liking. She’s got good speed, and she should be in the thick of it turning for home.
#6 CLOUDY MOON looks a little sneaky to me. You can forgive her last two races—two back, she broke from the eleven-post going two turns (good luck with that), while her last race came down-the-hill against open-company.
#7 HAIL MARY won her debut at 10/1, and then she promptly disappointed in her first try against winners at 4/5. She’s a classic wedding/funeral example, and now she’ll be a much better price if you believe in the talent she showed in her debut race. She could surprise, and there are worse long shots to take a stab on—though Talamo sticks with the Baffert.
#8 QIAONA shocked the world two back when winning the California Breeders Champion Stakes at 23/1. She came clunking up late in a race that heavily favored closers. They tried her against open allowance foes last time, and she ran fourth of six. She’s a deep closer in an eleven-horse field, so she’s going to have to work out a good traffic-free trip to get up first.
#9 DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN looks really good to me. She’s tactical; she’s a stakes winner; and she’s run well against open company. She’s making the third start of her form cycle, and win-machine jock Rafael Bejarano ends up here in place of Talamo, who stayed with the Baffert.
#10 SWEETEST SECRET broke her maiden at Fairplex last September and hasn’t been seen since. This is a tough spot for a comeback race.
#11 GOOD PARTY broke her maiden coming from the clouds in a race that favored her running style. She’s been pasted in her two subsequent starts. This looks like a tough spot for her.
1. #9 DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN – Has the class and the ability to get it done.
2. #2 SWEET MARINI – Her November debut was impressive; has she trained on?
3. #5 MARKS MINE – NoCal invader has never been out of the money in seven starts.
LONG SHOT VALUE PLAY: #6 CLOUDY MOON – Toss the last two races (she has excuses), and her form looks good.
This race should offer some nice payoffs if #2 SWEET MARINI doesn’t fire. Unfortunately, I think you have to use her in the exotics because she could be any kind. Let’s play her and #9 DOINGHARDTIME on top of and underneath #4 SACRED DELIGHT, #5 MARKS MINE, #6 CLOUDY MOON, and #7 HAIL MARY ($8 exacta: 2,9 with 4,5,6,7; $4 exacta: 4,5,6,7 with 2,9).
$25 win/place #9 DOINGHARDTIME
|Evening Jewel S.|
|6 1/2 Furlongs | 3 Year Olds | STAKES | State Bred|
|7||Hail Mary||J. Leparoux||$7.00||$6.00|
|6||Cloudy Moon||K. Krigger||$10.20|
Times in 5ths: :213 :444 1:093 1:16
Times in 100ths: :21.64 :44.89 1:09.66 1:16.00
Winning Trainer: Hollendorfer Jerry | Owner: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC
|Unplaced horses listed in order of finish.|
|Also ran: Qiaona, Awe Golly Molly, Good Party, Sweetest Secret, Sweet Marini, Marks Mine, Sacred Delight and Tilde|
$1 Exacta (9-7) Paid: $21.10, $1 Trifecta (9-7-6) Paid: $207.60, $1 Superfecta (9-7-6-8) Paid: $1,040.20, $2 Daily Double (5-9) Paid: $48.40 Daily Double Pool $37,544.00 , $1 Pick 3 (8-5-9) 3 Correct Paid: $58.80 Pick 3 Pool $62,967.00
By Tom Sells