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Friday, October 04: Santa Anita Workout Analysis

by Jeff Siegel

October 4, 2019

The following workouts have been extracted from Jeff Siegel’s West Coast Daily Workout Analysis, which appears in his blog at xbtv.com and is updated daily.


8-Buckstopper Kit
Sept. 2, 2019
5f, 1:02.4h
Grade: B-
Now in the D’Amato barn following a $32,000 claim, broke off a length in front and went easily while appearing the tad the best inside of Jodie Faster (5f, 1:02.3h). Doing well enough for new barn, should make the entries soon. 25.3. 50 flat, 1:02.4.


3-Perfect Rush
Sept. 22, 2019
5f, 1:01.1h
Grade: C+
Second best outside with good veteran mare Yvetsi (5f, 1:00.3h, failing to change leads in the lane despite repeated efforts by rider to get her to do so. No factor in debut in tough juvenile turf dash; probably needs easier foes.


Sept. 29, 2019
4f, :49.2h
Grade: B-
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Not asked in easy half mile spin, final three furlongs in :12.1 and :37 flat. Seeking another claiming turf sprint and appears in good shape.

5-Mongolian Window

Sept. 27, 2019
4f, :48h
Grade: B
Mostly in hand, splits of :11.3 and :36 flat for the final three furlongs while appearing in good shape. Seeking another mid-grade claimer.

Sept. 28, 2019
5f, 1:02.3h
Grade: C
Blinkers on, second best with Establish Justice (same time), some late coaxing through the lane (workmate not asked much), final three furlongs in :12 flat and :37.3. Seeking her level, needs a class drop.

Sept. 14, 2019
5f, 1:02
Grade: C+
Broke off in front of Handsome John (same time), was engaged by that one at the top of the lane but held sway in the final furlong under some coaxing, final half on our watches in :23.4 and :48.4. Just a moderate move, needs a class drop in the claiming ranks.


3-All Star Cast
Sept. 21, 2019
5f, 1:01.3h
Grade: B-
Came the final quarter in :24.4, hand ridden through the lane. Looks okay, would benefit from a class drop.

Sept. 23, 2019
4f, :47.3h
Grade: B-
Went off quickly in :11.2 and :22.3, then finished down the lane under mild late coaxing, up in :47.4 on our watches. Has her speed but probably needs a class drop for Mandella.


4-Combat Zone
Sept. 16, 2019
5f, 1:02.3h
Grade: C
Slightly best over younger workmate Secret Square (same time), going a bit slower than given on our watches, :25.1, :37.2 and 1:03 flat, both under strong urging through the lane, neither one impressive. ‘Zone comes off strong effort in starter’s allowance turf sprint at Del Mar and probably wants grass for his best shot. ‘Square, a daughter of Square Eddie, may need 2yo high-priced claimers or very soft state-bred company.

5-Canadian Game
Sept. 2, 2019
4f, :49.4h
Grade: C+
Curlin gelding went with splits of 25.1 and 49.4h, asked periodically through the lane. Second in nw-2 $25,000 claimer when haltered by Carava in January; likely will be waiver protected at the same level when he returns.

Sept. 27, 2019
War Chest
4f, :49.1h
Grade: C+
Finished okay (final quarter in :24.3 but was under some late pressure and never changed leads. Seeking another mid-level restricted claimer, the softer the better.