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Santa Anita Recap for Sunday (1-14-24)

Fast main track and firm turf course. Two front running winners on dirt (5.5f, 8f). On the turf course, a last-to-first closer lit up the tote at 54-1 in his debut maiden victory at 6f, a 2-1 closer graduated at 6.5f, a 4-1 front running first timer earned her diploma at 6f, a 19-1 stalker captured the Las Cienegas (G3) on the downhill course, and a front running favorite scored in the 1 1/8 miles finale (rail at 10 feet).

Hat trick for Antonio Fresu (2 turf sprints). Riding doubles for Armando Ayuso (maiden sprints), Frankie Dettori (turf), and Flavien Prat (dirt sprints). George Papaprodromou saddled two turf winners.

Santa Anita Stakes Recaps for 1-14-24

Grade 3 Las Cienegas (6.5f hillside): Elm Drive was the even money favorite in this downhill sprint, but her stablemate Honey Pants stole the show. The latter stalked the pace from the inside post under Frankie Dettori, and he lost his whip in the stretch. Elm Drive stalked the pace under Flavien Prat and the stretch battle was on, and Honey Pants ($40.40) gamely prevailed by a head. Gracelund Gray stalked from an outer post and finished an even 3rd. Nadette (FR) was 4th and was followed by Kissed by Fire, Wakanaka (IRE), Adday in Asia (GB), Fast and Shiny, Benedict Canyon, Anthonys Cleopatra, and Lexington Humor. Phil D’Amato saddled the top two finishers and the final time was 1:12.40.

The $1 Pick 6 pool was $224,035, and multiple tickets with six winners paid $3,904.90. The 5 out of 6 consolation prize was $46.00.

Jan. 14 Claims: Race 9 – Enahm ($25k, Doug O’Neill), Thirty Four Coupe ($25k, Steve Miyadi).

Santa Anita Full Card Highlights for Sunday (1-14-24)
SA 2 JOHN DUNBAR ($2.40)
Double (races 2-3, $8.20)
SA 4 DIAL A FRIEND ($3.20), Exacta ($6.60)
Double (races 3-4, $15.00)
Pick 3 (races 2-4, $19.00)
Double (races 4-5, $17.80)
Pick 3 (races 3-5, $83.40)
50 cent Early Pick 4 (races 2-5, $27.95)
Pick 3 (races 4-6, $60.40)
SA 8 MIDNIGHT LOVE ($4.00), Trifecta ($37.60)
Double (races 7-8, $82.40)
Pick 3 (races 6-8, $353.40)
SA 9 Thirty Four Coupe/Numero Dix Exacta (SA Best Bet #2, $30.40)
Double (races 8-9, $18.00)
Pick 3 (races 7-9, $253.00)
50 cent Late Pick 4 (races 6-9, $253.15)
$1 Pick 6 (races 4-9) – 5 of 6, $46.00
$1 Golden Hour Pick 4 (SA 8, GG 7, SA 9, GG 8) – $70.10
AQU 8 My Mane Squeeze/Bernietakescharge/Tricky Temper Trifecta ($45.60)

*Full card highlights based on $2 wagers unless otherwise noted.

Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak posts stakes recaps from Del Mar and Santa Anita Park, along with full card recaps and free stakes picks from Southern and/or Northern California.