Speed Boat Beach Scratches From Sham

January 8, 2023

Speed Boat Beach winning the Cecil B. DeMille Dec. 4, 2022 at Del Mar. (Benoit Photo)

~ Justique Scratches from Grade III Santa Ynez 
~ Female Routers Take Center Stage In GIII La Canada

~ Rainbow Pick 6 Mandatory Payout Returns $2,429.74
~ Dollar Day’ Returns For Martin Luther King Holiday

Stable Notes By Victor Ryan

ARCADIA, CALIF.—Speed Boat Beach, a two-time stakes winner on turf, was scratched from today’s Grade III Sham Stakes going a mile on dirt by trainer Bob Baffert. Speed Boat Beach was the 5-2 co-second choice on the morning line

Baffert said Speed Boat Beach would likely be rerouted to the Grade III, $200,000 San Vicente going seven furlongs on Jan. 29.

I’m going to wait for a different race, probably the San Vicente around one turn,” Baffert said. “I’ve been running him on turf and I kind of go by my gut. I don’t know if he was prepared.”

Baffert had previously said he was hoping to have one dirt start for Speed Boat Beach before a potential trip to the Middle East for races like the Saudi Derby and UAE Derby.

Speed Boat Beach has won three of four starts including the Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita in October and Grade III Cecil B. DeMille most recently at Del Mar on Dec. 4. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, the

Following the scratch of Speed Boat Beach, this is the field for the Sham in post-position order: Newgate, Frankie Dettori (6-1); National Treasure, John Velazquez (2-1); Reincarnate, Juan Hernandez (8-1); Packs a Wahlop, Ramon Vazquez (6-1); Spun Intended, Mike Smith (5-2).

Female Routers Take Center Stage In GIII La Canada

After two blockbuster weekends of high-class action at Santa Anita, the lone stakes at The Great Race Place next week is the Grade III, $200,000 La Canada for older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles.

There were 13 horses nominated to the La Canada including six who are exiting the Grade I La Brea going seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Dec. 26. In the La Brea, Bob Baffert’s Fun to Dream earned her third win in a row when edging Doug O’Neill’s Awake at Midnyte by three-quarters of a length. Kristenbosch was third for trainer John Sadler while Midnight Memories, the La Brea favorite for Baffert, checked in fourth. All are nominated to the La Canada.

Among the potential new shooters are Chancery Way, who is exiting a restricted stakes win at Golden Gate for trainer Jamey Thomas; and Anacapa, a sharp allowance winner going two turns at Del Mar two starts back for trainer Carla Gaines. 

Anacapa would be wheeling back on short rest as she

The La Canada along with the rest of Saturday’s card will be drawn on Wednesday.

Rainbow Pick 6 Mandatory Payout Returns $2,429.74

The meet’s first mandatory payout of the Rainbow Pick 6 on Saturday returned a healthy $2,311,782 for all those who successfully navigated the sequence.

With a carryover of $275,876 heading into Saturday, an additional $2,311,782 in new money was wagered for a total pool of $2,587,658. When the dust settled, there were 840 winning tickets that split the pot.

winning horses in the Rainbow 6 with payouts were: Race 6, #1 Big Summer ($9.80); Race 7, #1 Thirsty John ($6.60); Race 8, #3 Grazed My Heart ($13.80); Race 9, #8 Leyas Candy ($5.60); Race 10, #4 Coalinga Road ($8.60).

The Rainbow 6 is a 20-cent minimum wager

Finish Lines: The “1/ST Coast to Coast Pick 5” with a player-friendly 15% takeout returns Sunday. The $1 minimum wager ties together races from Santa Anita and sister track Gulfstream Park. Sunday’s sequence starts with race 5 at Gulfstream Park and also incudes race 8 at Gulfstream, race 9 at Gulfstream and races 5 and 7 at Santa Anita. On Saturday, the inaugural Coast to Coast Pick 5 returned $1,017.70.  The wager will be offered through April 9… 

Santa Anita will host a four-day race week starting Friday and ending with a special Martin Luther King Jr. holiday program on Monday Jan. 16, featuring $1 beer and soda and $2 hot dogs… 

Justique in a Jan. 2 work at Santa Anita. (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)

Jon White’s revised morning line with the scratch of Justique in today’s Grade III Santa Ynez:  1) Satin Doll 10-1, 2) Fast and Shiny 4-1, 4) Parody 5-2, 5) Huntingcoco 3-1 and 6) Ice Dancing 6-5.

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