Monday, January 26, 2009

Winter Wonderland at Santa Anita Park

Trainer Henry Moreno on an icy all-weather track at Santa Anita.

It was business as usual this morning at the track after an overnight thunder and lightning storm. The morning dawned calm and clear, with a sparkling cover of icy hail on the ground -- a rare sight for Southern California, even in the dead of winter. Clear, sunny weather is predicted for the next several days in Arcadia.

Meanwhile, excitement is building for the Derby trail. Still topping my list are Pioneer of the Nile, aiming for the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7, and The Pamplemousse, San Rafael Stakes winner reportedly scheduled to make his next start in Santa Anita's Sham Stakes on Feb. 28. Santa Anita television commentator, handicapper and HRTV host, Jon White, has also released his latest Top 10 list:
  • Pioneer of the Nile
  • Old Fashioned
  • I Want Revenge
  • Chocolate Candy
  • Stardom Bound
  • Square Eddie
  • The Pamplemousse
  • Hello Broadway
  • Notonthesamepage
  • Friesan Fire
We've got lots of good racing to look forward to in the weeks ahead!


Anonymous said...

Do you think that come from behind horses will continue to have the advantage on S.A. polytrack?

Mary Forney's Blog said...

I'm certainly no expert, but it seems to me that the Pro-Ride track has stayed very consistent even with the huge amounts of rain we've gotten over the past couple of weeks. The come-from-behinders have got to have a better chance on a wet synthetic track than the mud!

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