Santa Anita 2019

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stark
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:45 pm

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 4, 2018)–With opening day fast approaching on Wednesday, Dec. 26, Santa Anita Park has announced its “Ship & Stay” program for out of state horses running at the upcoming 2018-19 Winter/Spring Meeting. This announcement has been made in conjunction with the issuance of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet Condition Book One, which will be available online later this evening and in the Racing Office Wednesday morning.

Funded solely by Santa Anita and The Stronach Group (TSG), the new “Ship & Stay” offering will provide on-going bonuses to individual trainers who bring horses to run at Santa Anita from out of state. Bonuses will be paid to the connections which originally brought the horses to California for their first three starts at Santa Anita. These bonuses will be paid even if the horse is claimed.

–First time starters and stakes horses are not eligible.

–“Ship & Stay” will provide a 10 percent purse bonus to the trainer after the horse’s first start.

–A 10 percent purse bonus, or $1,000, whichever is higher, will be provided for each individual horse’s second and third start. These monies will be allocated to the trainer who brought the horse or horses to California.

http://www.santaanita.com/press-release ... Blp9VxKjIV
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:06 pm

They need to fill some gates. I hope this helps.....
Everyone come home sound.....
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Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:19 pm

I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:32 pm

Believe it or not, I'll be there. :roll: Just wanted to try it once.
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Tue Dec 25, 2018 4:22 pm

Most excellent news, enjoy!!!
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:40 pm

Haven't heard comments from trainers and jockeys yet, but visually the turf course looks spectacular!
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Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:22 pm

Man, I miss my TVG. The opening day card looks spectacular, with five stakes ranging from the $75,000 Lady of Shamrock (T) to the $300,000 La Brea, San Antonio and Malibu stakes. Big fields, lots of well-known names, even a MSW for 2yos that may show off emerging stars of 2019.
Phooey. :(
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Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:45 pm

What happened to Dream Tree? She fell back and Drayden stopped riding her. Hope she is ok
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Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:05 pm

MIchael who?
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Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:10 pm

Diver52 wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:32 pm
Believe it or not, I'll be there. :roll: Just wanted to try it once.
Trip report?
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Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:12 pm

Willman? Only Mike I found.🤔
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Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:42 pm

Did you hear the catchy racecall when Gift Box was
gaining on the leaders for Hronis/Sadler/Rosario connections.....
The new guy said something about him Accelerate for the lead"

Every bit as witty as the olde guy, Michael Wrona.
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Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:51 pm

stark wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:10 pm
Diver52 wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:32 pm
Believe it or not, I'll be there. :roll: Just wanted to try it once.
Trip report?
The food was pretty good and the whiskey tasting--well, let's just say it's a good thing they stopped pouring at 3 p.m.! But why on earth did they have a guy monitoring a "boom box" flooding the room with crap "music?" :( I find it hard enough to handicap under perfect conditions. Anyway, it was fun once!
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Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:12 pm

Me: Big fields, lots of well-known names, even a MSW for 2yos that may show off emerging stars of 2019.

That MSW gave Mike Smith his other win on yesterday's card, aboard Big Scott Daddy, a colt by Scat Daddy out of Last Song (Unbridled's Song). Could a colt from SD's last crop be a potential star-in-the-making for Smith? Did anyone see that race? Did the colt look good?
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Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:55 pm

BA, do you have a (free) Cal Racing account? You can see the replay there:

https://www.calracing.com/live-video/replays/

I don't bet or anything, I just keep the account to watch replays now & then. 8-)

ETA: BloodHorse has it too:

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... n-12-26-18
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Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:45 pm

I tried clicking on that calracing link, but it keeps denying me with a 'connection is not secure' message.
The Bloodhorse link, however, works just fine. Thanks.
ETA: He did look good, and Mike just gave him a hand ride for the win. I look forward to seeing him again.
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Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:23 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:12 pm
Me: Big fields, lots of well-known names, even a MSW for 2yos that may show off emerging stars of 2019.

That MSW gave Mike Smith his other win on yesterday's card, aboard Big Scott Daddy, a colt by Scat Daddy out of Last Song (Unbridled's Song). Could a colt from SD's last crop be a potential star-in-the-making for Smith? Did anyone see that race? Did the colt look good?

Starts at ~ 7 minutes. . .


https://www.xbtv.com/video/bullet-drill ... -on-works/
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Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:31 pm

stark wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:42 pm
Did you hear the catchy racecall when Gift Box was
gaining on the leaders for Hronis/Sadler/Rosario connections.....
The new guy said something about him Accelerate for the lead"

Every bit as witty as the olde guy, Michael Wrona.
Frank has had some moments. His calling Denman’s Call home last weekend was cute. Now I’ve had family in and out of here over the holidays and have made a trip or two to SeaTac, so I haven’t been able to dissect each and every call he’s made. Of those I have heard, though, I’ve noticed his getting the distances between the leader and the second horse wrong and also not calling the fourth finisher when clearly there was no photo, on more than one occasion. Yesterday’s 5th is an example. He called Little Scotty in front by 6 when it was closer to 3 or 4 and later he had him up by 8 when it was closer to 5-6. At the end of the race he was unable to name the 4th place finisher when there was a clear neck to half-length between it and the fifth horse. I’m wondering if at some point last year, knowing the contract was almost up, Wrona’s rep went to Ritvo and asked for a substantial raise. Thus Frank for the price they had been paying, or maybe even a touch less, made him suddenly better than he was two years ago when Wrona won the job. I’m up here in the Great Northwet so I’m not on track. What is Frank M doing that Wrona wasn’t that is making this move look good?
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Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:58 pm

I vaguely recall Mr. Wrona having some substantial salary demands a while back, maybe LoneStar, so that's possible that his agent got a little greedy. It will be good to hear him on the grass at Kentucky Downs if not sooner.

As for FrankM, I think you'll see more involvement in gamblin; info than we saw prior, whether or not that's an employee improvement can be debated.
https://twitter.com/FrankMirahmadi/stat ... 4109110272

Some of his calls seem more geared towards the gambler with regards to where the favorite is, what the projected pace was etc.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:22 pm

stark wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:58 pm
I vaguely recall Mr. Wrona having some substantial salary demands a while back, maybe LoneStar, so that's possible that his agent got a little greedy. It will be good to hear him on the grass at Kentucky Downs if not sooner.

As for FrankM, I think you'll see more involvement in wagering info than we saw prior, whether or not that's an employee improvement can be debated.
https://twitter.com/FrankMirahmadi/stat ... 4109110272
Has it happened yet? I’m assuming he’d be tweeting whether he was employed now or not. Back in the days when Dave Johnson was there and we communicated with a Dixie Cup and wax string, you always knew when Johnson was alive in the Double because his voice went up a couple of octaves with his “And Down the Stretch, They Come!” when he called the 2nd. At my local haunt, EMD, the track announcer publically handicaps, presumably when he’s not selling programs and parking cars, and I’m not a fan. If he likes a horse I like, the price is killed. Whatever works, I guess. I always thought the primary job of a track announcer was to, well accurately call races. Must be horse race analytics. The other day someone told me the player whom I thought is the Dodgers best hitter isn’t and backed up his case with a recipe for Alphabet Soup.
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