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Friday, October 18: Santa Anita Workout Analysis

by Jeff Siegel

October 18, 2019

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


4-Noble Pursuit
Sept. 7, 2019
5f, 1:02.3h
Grade: C+
One-paced grinder when :36.4 and 1:02.2 on our watches, some late urging, fair pick-up. Still a maiden, has no real acceleration, the longer the better for him.


Oct. 5, 2019
6f, 1:14.4hg
Grade: C
Second best with Muskoka (6f, 1:14h) in team gate drill, easy early outside in :24.2 and :48.1, then was asked for late and had little to give under pressure, finishing four lengths back at the wire. Expected better from Wicked Strong juvenile colt, maiden claimer based on this drill.

Sep. 14, 2019
4f, 50hg
Grade: C-
Louisiana-bred juvenile by Wicked Strong was in company from gate with Blue Jays (4f, :49.3h) and was under pressure to be noticeably second best in unimpressive gate drill. Needs to really step it up to be competitive on this circuit.


1-Secret Square
Sept. 16, 2019
5f, 1:02.3h
Grade: C
Worked outside older Combat Zone and was under heavy pressure (as was workmate) thru the lane to be second best, a bit slower than given on our watches, :25.1, :37.2 and 1:03 flat, not impressive. State-bred juvenile daughter of Square Eddie may need a class drop to find her winning level on this circuit.

7-Win Often
Sept. 1, 2019
4f, :49.1h
Grade: C+
Unraced juvenile filly by Vronsky came home in :24.3, some pressure in solo drill while showing a tendency to get out. Fair type at this stage for Pederson.


2-You Must Chill
Oct. 10, 2019
5f, 1:02h
Grade: C+
A little late changing leads but wasn’t asked through the lane inside with Lagoon Macaroon (same time, asked, second best), final quarter in :25.3. Broke his maiden for $50,000 last winter but then disappeared. Looks just okay on the comeback trail.


2-Tiz Wonderfully
Sept. 28, 2019
4f, :47.3h
Grade: B
Never asked, splits of :12.1, :24 flat and :47.4 on our watches. Doing well, might be dangerous with a class drop.

2-Tiz Wonderfully
Sept. 7, 2019
5f, 1:01.4h
Grade: C+
Mild pressure through the lane, fair drill for Cassidy. Didn’t show much in recent comeback race, needs soft claimers around these parts.


3-Sapphire Kid
Sept. 12, 2019
4f, :50.2h
Grade: B-
Freshened since early Del Mar, was cruising in easy half mile breeze for Chew, final three furlongs in :37.2. Seems fine but daughter of Richard’s Kid probably needs a class drop.