It’s fitting that on the eve of Breeders’ Cup week turf milers go in the $65,000 Lure, named after the two-time Breeders’ Cup Mile (Grade I) champion from the early 1990’s.
Ryehill Dreamer returns as the 6-to-5 favorite after last being seen nearly a year and a half ago reeling off three straight triple-digit Beyer performances culminating with a win in the American Handicap (GII) at Hollywood Park. When he made his first start for Julio Canani in 2010, the now 6-year-old Irish-bred son of Catcher In The Rye crushed to a 3 ¼-length win off an even longer layoff than he returns from today.
Making his third start off a year-long layoff, Red Sun is the 8-to-5 second choice looking to rebound from the first off the board finish of his career after running ninth in the Eddie D Stakes (GIII) a month ago. The six-year-old son of Redattore had previously never been beaten by more than 1 ½-lengths before his apparent no excuse five-length defeat in the Eddie D, but did return with a pair of typical solid a.m. drills since.
The scratch of Polytechnicien leaves us with just a field of five and Temple’s Door inherits the role as third choice off a seventh-place finish in the John Henry Turf Championship (GII) on September 30. The four-year-old Leroidesanimaux colt cuts back to a mile for the first time in 2012 hoping his fourth try in a stakes results in his first stakes win.
We’re off to the races!
Pick 4 -
Leg 1 – Race 6 (2,3,6,8,10) – After yesterday’s sequence was loaded with full, competitive fields we get a much lighter group of races today, but not in the opening leg where Cal-bred maiden allowance runners go a mile on turf and we spread with No. 2 Ashley’s Bambino, No. 3 Jules Journey, No. 6 Jolly Joseph, No. 8 Troy Story and No. 10 Mavenofwinterset.
Leg 2 – Race 7 (1,5,6) – We’re extremely fond of No. 6 Maker Or Breaker after her debut maiden win at Del mar this summer brought us a nice pay day and she’s the one to beat in this short field of six after just missing in her first against winners.
No. 1 Golden Production stretches out off a clear maiden win over this track and No. 5 Bwana Babe wheels back in a week off the worst race of her career with the potential to be lone speed.
Leg 3 – Race 8 (1,2,5) – Use the trio discussed above with No. 1 Red Sun, No. 2 Ryehill Dreamer and No. 5 Temple’s Door.
Leg 4 – Race 9 (2,3,5,7,8,10,12) – No. 2 Generally Ours makes his third start of the form cycle after a solid third-place finish in his first try over this track on October 7. He’s improved with each start and further improvement today gets the money.
Spread with No. 3Alsace, No. 5 Bay Gambler, No. 7 Flew Flicker, No. 8 Taylor’s Journey, No. 10 Harlington Night and No. 12 Majestic Patron.
Recap – (2,3,6,8,10) w (1,5,6) w (1,2,5) w (2,3,5,7,8,10,12) – Total cost of ticket = $157.50
Yesterday’s Result – (-$150)
Total for current Santa Anita meet – (+$865.50)
Total from 12/26/10 – 9/5/12 – (-$2,966.60)
Pick 5 –
Leg 1 – Race 1 (2,3,4) – It’s probably as easy as using both Bob Baffert runners with No. 2 Fiftyshadesofhay and No. 4 Blonde Fog, but we’ll add No. 3 Bas, who could make the lead with the addition of blinkers.
Leg 2 – Race 2 (1,3,4) – Our single of No. 2 Don Tito is a late scratch, so we’ll use both Bruce Headley’s with No. 1 Octane and No. 4 Cyclometer, along with No. 3 So Brilliant for Baffert.
Leg 3 – Race 3 (3,5,6) – The third trio to begin the sequence with logical contenders No. 3 Achak, No. 5 Coluda and No. 6 Tiz Liberty.
Leg 4 – Race 4 (1,2,4,5,6) – The most competitive race of the sequence and we spread with No. 1 Michael the Man, No. 2 Hurricane Lake, No. 4 Why Not Be Perfect, No. 5 Maybe Tuesday and No. 6 So Elite.
Leg 5 – Race 5 (4,5) – No. 5 Miss Sweet Afleet towers on paper and with the drop in class, but it’s curious to see the ice-cold Victor Espinoza get the call from Doug O’Neill as the pair don’t do a lot of business together. Maybe O’Neill is throwing him a bone with a big favorite to help get him going.
No. 4 Big Variety is the only maiden special weight dropper.
Recap – (2,3,4) w (1,3,4) w (3,5,6) w (1,2,4,5,6) w (4,5) – Total cost of ticket = $135
Yesterday’s Result – (-$216)
Total for current Santa Anita meet – (+$397.10)
Total from 7/20/11 – 9/5/12 – (+$17,380.65)
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