Cool, crisp and clear for a beautiful afternoon of racing on a meat and potatoes kind of card that lacks much star power, but offers up plenty of competitive action.
We hit the turf for a pair of allowance events, with Cal-breds in the feature at a mile on turf chasing a $58,000 purse and maidens coming down the hill in the third race with a purse of $56,000.
Prolific California sire Unusual Heat is the sire of three runners in the feature with co-second choices at 5-to-2 Unusual Beam and Unusual Jazz top contenders to get the money from off the pace.
Gary Stevens makes the second start of his comeback aboard 12-to-1 long shot Readyforhercloseup in the maiden allowance and after improving Jebrica by 20 lengths in his first mount last weekend, only needs to make an 11-length difference aboard the daughter of Smart Strike to get her into the winner’s circle for the first time.
We’re off to the races!
Late Pick 4 -
Leg 1 – Race 5 (4,7,12) – No. 4 Doubledown On Ten continues the class drop landing at the bottom and should prove tough while forwardly placed against this modest bunch.
Two other droppers with No. 7 San Savino getting his price tag cut in half off a disappointing debut and No.12 An Shanachie offered up for the first time and looking to replicate his synthetic form on dirt.
Leg 2 – Race 6 (2,7) – No. 2 He’s Not too Shaby lands in an ideal spot for his first with winners after a run away win over this track. If he gets hooked early, No. 7 Derringer has the ability to stalk and pounce on the barn upgrade after an impressive win of his own.
Leg 3 – Race 7 (2,5,7) – Lots of early zip with No. 2 Motown Men part of that equation, but also holding the class edge over these. The turf course has been playing favorably to closers, which sets things up for No. 5 Unusual Beam and No. 7 Unusual Jazz.
Leg 4 – Race 8 (4,5,8,12) – The third bottom-level maiden claiming race of the day and we use the quartet of No. 4 Warren’s Gussie, No. 5 Pastoria, No. 8 Night Teller and No. 12 Cherry On the Cake.
Recap – (4,7,12) w (2,7) w (2,5,7) w (4,5,8,12) – Total cost of ticket = $36
Yesterday’s Result – (-$140)
Total for current Santa Anita meet – (+$423.60)
Total from 12/26/10 – 12/16/12 – (-$2,090.45)
Pick 5 –
Leg 1 – Race 1 (2,3) – A chalky start to the day with the consistent No. 2 Oscillator looking to have found the right group or No. 3 Cuvee Exchange coming right back after an impressive debut to close 2011.
Leg 2 – Race 2 (2,9) – No. 9 I’m Not Gray faced much better in his debut and deserves to be favored here despite being well beaten, while No. 2 Tricky Shane can potentially be forwardly placed without much company.
Leg 3 – Race 3 (ALL) – A wide open maiden allowance coming down the hill where we use all ten runners.
Leg 4 – Race 4 (1,3) – Another heat without much early zip so we’ll look for either No. 1 Roar Baby Roar or No. 3 You Can Dream to land in front and lead all the way.
Leg 5 – Race 5 (4,7,12) – Same trio as the late Pick-4.
Recap – (2,3) w (2,9) w (ALL) w (1,3) w (4,7,12) – Total cost of ticket = $120
Yesterday’s Result – (-$240)
Total for current Santa Anita meet – (+$3,907.35)
Total from 7/20/11 – 12/16/12 – (+$13,891.70)
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