first_imgUnapologetic–Geovanni Franco–120Roman Rosso–Evin Roman–120Chicago Style–Drayden Van Dyke–124Epical–Tyler Baze–120Platinum Warrior–Shane Foley–122Sejo–Flavien Prat–120Dabster–Joe Talamo–120Beach View–Rafael Bejarano–122Lucky Soul–Heriberto Figueroa–120Flamboyant–Brice Blanc–120India Mantuana–Joel Rosario–117Ya Gotta Wanna–Aaron Gryder–120Prince of Arabia–Kent Desormeaux–120Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. WIDE OPEN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN MARCOS STAKES ATTRACTS 13 RUNNERS; CASSIDY’S IMPROVING EPICAL LOOMS LARGE AS DOES BAFFERT’S DABSTER, WHO TRIES TURF FOR THE FIRST TIME AT 1 ¼ MILESSPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR 11-RACE CARD IS AT 11:30 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2019)–In what appears to be the best betting race on Santa Anita’s 11-race card Saturday, the Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes has attracted 13 older horses who will compete at a mile and one quarter on turf.  Originally scheduled to be run this past Saturday, the San Marcos was shifted to this Saturday due to last weekend’s heavy rains.An impressive allowance winner in his last two starts, trainer Jim Cassidy’s Epical might be the horse to beat in a wide open affair.  While Epical appears to be the “now” horse, Bob Baffert’s classy Dabster looms the biggest question mark in the race, as he’ll be trying turf for the first time his 13th career start.Throw in hard knocking graded stakes winners Chicago Style and Beach View, along with fresh and dangerous reformed claimer Unapologetic, and betting value should abound in this year’s renewal of the prestigious San Marcos.EPICALOwner:  D P Racing, Inc.Trainer:  Jim CassidyAn emphatic 2 ¼ length turf allowance winner going 1 1/8 miles here on Dec. 28, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo gelding went gate to wire through realistic splits of 47.40, 1:11 flat and 1:34.40 en route to a final clocking of 1:46.20.  A 6 ¾ length turf allowance winner going 1 3/8 miles in similar fashion at Del Mar Nov. 15, Epical should be extremely tough as he steps into graded completion and stretches out furlong off of his most recent win.  With back to back Beyer Speed figures of 96 to his credit, he’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Tyler Baze on Saturday.DABSTEROwner:  Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al MaktoumTrainer:  Bob BaffertBlessed with outstanding natural speed on dirt, this 5-year-old son of Curlin, out of the A.P. Indy mare On a Roll, has been facing top horses on dirt in his last two starts.  Most recently third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by John Sadler’s Gift Box in the Grade II San Antonio on Dec. 26, he was second, beaten a neck, by 2017 Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile winner Battle of Midway two starts back in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 25.  As second guessing anything Baffert does these days carries the aura of a “fool’s errand,” Dabster, on class alone, could go favored in the San Marcos with regular rider Joe Talamo up.CHICAGO STYLEOwner:  Glen Hill FarmTrainer:  Tom ProctorConsistent and hard knocking, this 6-year-old Glen Hill homebred gelding by Kitten’s Joy is a great fit in the San Marcos and he should get a lively pace to run at.  A neck winner of the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup two starts back Nov. 23, he shortened up three eighths of a mile when a close fourth here in the 1 1/8 miles turf San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 5.  With Drayden Van Dyke back in the irons, Chicago Style will be looking for his seventh win from 13 career starts.BEACH VIEWOwner:  Levy RacingTrainer:  Leonard PowellAlthough he’s proven he can be attentive to the pace, this 6-year-old Maryland-bred horse by Giant’s Causeway has run from off the pace in his last two starts, most recently finishing an even fourth on dirt in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on Dec. 26.  Third, beaten 1 ½ lengths by Chicago Style in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar two starts back, Beach View will hope to get the right trip on Saturday.UNAPOLOGETICOwner:  Tom Acker, Allen Racing, LLC, Michael Bloom & Jon LindoTrainer:  Bill SpawrRidden for the first time upstart Geovanni Franco, this 6-year-old Temple City gelding ran what appeared to be the best race of his 27-race career in rallying to win a 1 3/8 miles turf allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 22.  Claimed for $40,000 by Spawr 16 starts back on Nov. 20, 2016, Unapologetic is 14-3-1-2 over the Santa Anita turf and will likely employ similar come from behind tactics in the San Marcos.  Although well beaten in his only two graded stakes appearances, the Grade III Cougar II Handicap on July 25 and the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap three starts back on Aug. 18, he’s had plenty of time since his last start and if the San Marcos pace is hot, he could be a serious danger in the late stages.THE GRADE II SAN MARCOS STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 11                                         Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more

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The lack of financial details and skepticism about its ability to gain traction against established rivals has led some analysts to question whether Watch will make much of an impact on Facebook’s overall business.“We hadn’t given Facebook Watch much attention as we don’t think it is a game-changer,” said Michael Nathanson, analyst at research firm MoffettNathanson. “The reality is that we don’t have much of a baseline here for comparison.”Watch, which debuted in the U.S. in 2017, features a library of original shows staring Hollywood A-listers along with videos produced by third parties. It currently includes original series like Red Table Talk starring Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow, and her mother; Extra Innings starring Bill Murray and his brother; and Queen America, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.And Facebook continues to pour money into the project. In 2018, it reportedly committed up to $1 billion on original content.In the next three months alone, Facebook plans to debut at least eight new originals that will feature stars including Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Jessica Biel, and Stanely Tucci. The company is also collaborating with other digital publishers including BuzzFeed and Tastemade to add more unique content to Watch.Lloyd Walmsley, an analyst at Deutsche Bank, said Watch could generate more than $5 billion annually in the next few years. But based on a conversation with Facebook executives about the topic recently, he said that the company hasn’t spent much time figuring out how to make money from the free service.“They said, ‘It’s still early days,’” Walmsley recalled. “‘We’re still more focused on building the audience and behavior than we are on monetizing it.’”Viewership for Facebook’s original content varies widely, depending on the program and episode. And it’s unclear whether the original shows are driving more people to Watch.For example, the first episode of Queen America, which debuted in November, has had 10.1 million views so far, according to the show’s Facebook page. That number drops to 1.4 million views for the second episode and 1.1 million for the most recent episode, which debuted in January.But a March episode of Red Table Talk, featuring Kylie Jenner’s former best friend Jordyn Woods, attracted 7.5 million viewers within the first 24 hours and more than 800,000 likes, comments, reactions, and shares within the first 72 hours, Facebook said. That episode is Red Table Talk’s most-watched of the series, attracting 32.7 million viewers to date.There is some precedent for slow starts that later went on to be blockbusters For example, HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones had 2.2 million viewers for its first episode in 2011. Eight years later, 19.3 million people watched the series finale the day it debuted.In addition to original shows, Facebook includes videos on Watch that were posted on Facebook’s news feed by other publishers. They include recipe videos from the Food Network and American Idol audition clips.The practice helps to lift the viewership numbers that Facebook announces. As long as users saw the clips through the Watch tab, Facebook credits Watch with those views.Facebook declined to comment. But in a blog post, Paresh Rajwat, director of product management, and Matthew Henick, head of content planning and strategy, said, “Our goal with Watch is to offer a completely personalized experience for everyone, supported by a deep library of videos from a wide array of video creators and publishers.”Walmsley said that Facebook must do a few things to prove Watch is on the right track. First, it must show that ads on the service can reach audiences that marketers want to target and that it pays video publishers enough that want to continue publishing on the service.Facebook also need to attract more viewers to Watch without reducing the amount of time they spend on Facebook’s news feed. The fear is that the more people use Watch, they less they check their news feeds, the company’s cash cow.“If the time is just coming out of news feed, then the prospects of this business are not nearly as attractive,” Walmsley said. “The core news feed monetizes so well; it’s one of the best ad vehicles on the Internet.”Walmsley’s latest report lists three ways Watch’s future could play out, based on how much Watch cannibalizes Facebook’s news feed. The best-case scenario, as mentioned, would generate Facebook more than $5 billion in additional annual revenue in a few years and more than $1 billion in additional profit.In the worst case, Facebook profits would be $1.4 billion lower than they otherwise would be.More must-read stories from Fortune:—Phishing hackers can now bypass two-factor authentication—Apple’s sign-in feature is a “shot across the bow” at tech giant rivals—Uber’s CEO has absorbed the COO role for more control—Google is changing its search results. 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