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Bob Mieszerski's Oak Tree Handicap

October 06, 2002

At Santa Anita

Sunday, Oct. 6. First Post 12:30 p.m.

Selections, made for a fast track,

appear in order of handicapper's preference.

*--* 1036 FIRST RACE--6 1/2 furlongs, 3-year-olds & up, maiden fillies & mares, purse $42,000

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*--* PR Horse(PP) Jockey, Wt Odds 8305 Secret Approval(3) D. Flores, 120 5-2 --- Leginit(7) M. Smith, 120 7-2 8083 Balcovy(1) G. Stevens, 120 3 --- Exy(6) G. Gomez, 120 5 8256 Voladera(5) P. Valenzuela, 120 8 --- Summertime Fun(2) Krigger, 117 12 7417 Charm City Heroine(4) Enriqez, 120 12

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Comments: SECRET APPROVAL finished a decent third in her bow for Dan Hendricks, beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Oak Leaf entrant Espy. The barn does better with maidens second time out of the box and she will be right with the lead as David Flores takes over. LEGINIT is a firster by Dehere from a winning barn (Laura De Seroux) and the stable can pop with a rookie--Azeri won at a monster price at this meet last year in her bow--and she had 59 1/5 and 35 2/5 drills at San Luis Rey. She will race on Lasix. BALCOVY disappointed after a slow start at 7-2 down south, but fits off her previous pair for Eduardo Inda. She has trained well locally for her first appearance in more than two months.

Longshot: VOLADERA

*--* 1037 SECOND RACE--1 mile on turf, 3-year-olds & up, maidens, purse $45,000

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*--* PR Horse(PP) Jockey, Wt Odds 8341 Hecandigit(8) G. Stevens, 119 9-5 8309 Mayor Murphy(3) D. Flores, 119 7-2 8328 Habaneros(4) Nakatani, 119 5 8095 Chadwicks Well(6) M. Smith, 119 8 --- Account Renewed(9) Blanc, 119 12 --- What A View(7) Krigger, 114 12 --- Taramot(2) C. Rollins, 122 20 8318 Vino Classico(5) Puglisi, 119 20 --- Kernoff(1) P. Valenzuela, 119 20

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Comments: HECANDIGIT was overmatched in his latest on the grass when last at nearly 30-1 in the Del Mar Derby. Back in with maidens, the son of Marlin can get the job done against a rather weak group and he did work a mile in 1:43 and a half in 47 flat for Warren Stute. MAYOR MURPHY is another trial horse with 13 defeats on his resume, but he did run well in his lone start down south for Vladimir Cerin and is an obvious must use in the exotics. He has been second or third six times. HABANEROS will be part of the pace as he goes long and tries turf for the first time in his third appearance for Ray Bell. The runner-up in his last race (Prime Time Event) ran well to be second on the local lawn behind Vronsky on Wednesday.

Longshot: WHAT A VIEW

*--* 1038 THIRD RACE--6 furlongs, 3-year-olds & up, fillies & mares, allowance/claiming, claiming price $62,500, purse $50,000

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*--* PR Horse(PP) Jockey, Wt Odds 8007 Shameful(1) D. Flores, 116 8-5 (8246) Real Paranoide(3) P. Valenzuela, 120 5-2 8227 Farah Love(2) Sorenson, 118 4 8007 Square Dance(4) Nakatani, 118 5 --- Party Pirate(6) Pincay, 118 8 --- Cacique Bar(5) Valdivia, 118 12

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Comments: SHAMEFUL makes her first start since July 24 for Bob Baffert and the Flying Chevron miss is clearly the one to catch as she returns to the scene of both of her victories. She won the first two outings of her career here in January and February. She sizzled six furlongs in 1:11 4/5 a week ago. REAL PARANOIDE bids for her fourth consecutive win and the late running sprinter is on top of her game for Pete Eurton. She has been 1-2 in nine of 14 at this trip, but will she get enough help to set up her charge? FARAH LOVE is a hard knocking mare who has to be respected with the move to Arcadia. A four-time winner, 'LOVE has earned three of those victories at this place. She won a pair during the winter-spring meet.

Longshot: PARTY PIRATE

*--* 1039 FOURTH RACE--1 mile on turf, 2-year-old maidens, purse $45,000

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*--* PR Horse(PP) Jockey, Wt Odds 8354 Apalachian Thunder(7) Sorenson, 117 5-2 8339 Savonarola(2) P. Valenzuela, 117 3 8252 Swelter(9) G. Gomez, 117 4 8249 Devote(10) Valdivia, 117 6 8354 Victory Song(1) D. Flores, 117 10 8252 Tack Attack(5) Pincay, 117 10 8354 Slew City Citadel(8) Almeida, 117 15 8354 Jake Skate(11) M. Smith, 117 15 --- Desert Ruler(3) Puglisi, 117 20 --- Commander Jag(6) Nakatani, 117 20 --- Pixie Place Jig(4) C. Rollins, 117 30

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Comments: APALACHIAN THUNDER was the runner-up to Norfolk participant Listen Indy when stretched to a mile, and finished four lengths clear of a next out winner. 'THUNDER looks to be sitting on his maiden victory for Howard Zucker and can get the money if he takes to the turf. He worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 a week ago. SAVONAROLA is bred for the sod and should improve on the stretch out for Eoin Harty. He will show his speed with Patrick Valenzuela. SWELTER finished a distant second to the promising Man Among Men and is one of only three in here with grass experience. He has had four local works for Dave Hofmans since racing on Aug. 26.

Longshot: TACK ATTACK

*--* 1040 FIFTH RACE--1 1/16 miles, 3-year-olds & up, starter allowance, purse $28,000

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