Grand Slam Smile: Ready for Open Company and Bright Future

Three year old filly for Steve Specht traveled down from Nor Cal on Saturday for the $200K Cal Cup Oaks at a mile on the turf. This was her 1st start going two turns and her 1st ever stepping on a turf course. Nonetheless, she went off as the co-choice in the race at 2/1 in a field of 9. Breaking from the 9 hole, she had to be used early from the outside as she broke running under Frank Alvarado and they went through a quick 1st quarter in 22.72. She was on the outside all the way and was head and head down the back side, never got a breather, until she slipped away at the 1/8 pole, just when it looked like she would be inhaled by the other 2/1 choice, Asada Fries. “Smile” quickly found another gear and went on to win by three at the wire in a very impressive performance. This filly has never been worse than 2nd in six trips to the post and this was her 4th victory. She is ready for “open” company and appears to have a very good future. Up the ladder for this daughter of Smiling Tiger.

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Grand Slam Smile’s Race Information

Race Date:  January 13, 2024 Track:  Santa Anita Race #:  5
Distance:  8 Furlongs Conditions: stakes Surface: Turf
Trainer:  Steven Specht Jockey:  Frank Alvarado Track Condition:  FIRM
Trouble Notes:  dueled outside, drew away Track Variant:  +1
Finish Position: 1st Win Payout:  $ 6.20 Place: Payout:  $ 4.20 Show Payout:  $ 2.80

Race Replay

Grand Slam Smile – Santa Anita –  January 13, 2024

Grand Slam Smile Performance Figures Earned

Race Condition Pars Grand Slam Smile Figures Earned
Race Class Level:  130 Running Style In Race:  Front Runner
Final Time Rating Par: 150 Final Time Rating: 122
CPR Race Par:  120 CPR Earned In Race: 119
Fast Fig Race Par:  118 Fast Fig In Race:
Key Race Winners: 3 Running Style In Race:   Front Runner
(click the links above to learn more avbout each figure and how to use them in your handicapping)

Generally horses that are on the Horses To Watch list ran into unexpected trouble, bad luck, and/or didn’t run the race we believe Grand Slam Smile was cabable of.  We expected that if Grand Slam Smile gets a good trip in their next start than we should see an improvement in Grand Slam Smile performance figures.  Use the performance figures earned in Grand Slam Smile last race (listed above) and compare them to the field and pars of Grand Slam Smile next start.  If Grand Slam Smile appears to have earned higher performance figures in the last race when running into trouble  as compared to the rest of the field’s expected perfomance in the upcoming race than there is a good chance that Grand Slam Smile will dominate the race.

Helpful Tip:  So that it’s easy for you to compare a horse’s past performance, Today’s Racing Digest’s Performance Figures for upcoming races are based on how we expect the horse to perform in that race regardless of any changes in race conditions.  Learn More:  

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