00:00 Santa Anita
Race 8 - Starter Optional Claiming
Race 8 - Starter Optional Claiming
Distance: 1m 0y Runners: 9
Flat Turf
1m 0y
WINNING ELEMENT can make amends for his narrow defeat last time out by beating Hot American and Taniko to the victory tonight.
No Runner Rating Previous Odds Odds Each Way 1/5 1-2-3
6 (6)
Dreams Of Valor
Edwin Maldonado/Craig Dollase
Age: 4
Weight: 8-11
Spotlight Form: 86-7476
SP
A winner at 5f on good ground. Finished 4l behind Cats Blame when sixth of 10 at 7-1 on his latest outing at Santa Anita over 6f (good) last month. Has been gelded since that run.
1 (1)
For Him
Heriberto Figueroa/M Pender
Age: 3
Weight: 8-6
Spotlight Form: 4-09761
SP
Successful twice at 1m on the all-weather. Won on its latest outing when 16-10fav at Golden Gate Fields over 1m earlier this month, beating Unlawful Act by a short head. Best watched.
3 (3)
Dare To Enter
Franklin Ceballos/M Pender
Age: 3
Weight: 8-6
Spotlight Form: 548-221
SP
Won on his latest outing when evens fav at Santa Anita over 1m last month, beating Write Me A Song by a neck. Unlikely to be good enough.
4 (4)
Winning Element
Flavien Prat/Doug O'Neill
Age: 4
Weight: 8-11
Spotlight Form: 4516-42
SP
A winner at 1m 1f on good ground. Beaten 3/4l by Ya Gotta Wanna when second of 8 at 33-10 on his latest outing at Santa Anita over 1m (good) last month. Valid form claims.
5 (5)
Taniko
Israel Ocampo/Philip D Amato
Age: 5
Weight: 8-11
Spotlight Form: 052-415
SP
A winner at 1m on good ground. Finished 5l behind Arch Prince when fifth of 8 at 14-5jt-fav on his latest outing at Santa Anita over 1m last month. Worthy of consideration.
2 (2)
Hot American
Drayden Dyke Van/Neil Drysdale
Age: 3
Weight: 8-6
Spotlight Form: 1
SP
Half-brother to Hotfoot, won twice between 6f and 1m. A winner at 20-1 at Santa Anita over 1m 1f (good) on his racecourse debut last month, beating Amazon Cry by 2 1/2l. That was a very good performance.
7 (7)
Zippy Groom
Kent Desormeaux/R Hess Jr
Age: 3
Weight: 8-6
Spotlight Form: 242352
SP
A winner at 1m on the all-weather. Beaten 1 1/4l by Fortified Effort when second of 6 at 17-10 on his latest outing at Turf Paradise over 1m last month. A minor role awaits.
8 (8)
Extreme Heat
Asa Espinoza/Michele Dollase
Age: 4
Weight: 8-11
Spotlight Form: 46/1
SP
A winner at 4-1 at Santa Anita over 7f on his latest outing earlier this month, beating Git On Your Pulpit by 1l. This is a tougher test.
9 (9)
Taste's Legend
Martin Pedroza/Marsha Schwizer
Age: 6
Weight: 8-11
Spotlight Form: 522-617
SP
A winner at 6f on good ground. Beaten 4 1/2l behind My Man Chuckles at 60-1 when seventh of 10 on his latest outing at Santa Anita over 6f (good) last month. This is a more realistic target.
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