Thursday starts a great weekend of racing at Santa Anita and well as the Derby. My plan is to go light in the next couple of days and focus on the $500k Guaranteed Pick 4 this weekend as well as some Derby bets! We also get two Hillside courses in today’s sequence.
In race 6, the 1st leg today on the downhill course I am going to go with two horses, the #3 Thesheetsguy and #4 Gladding. #3 won in February for $32k, dropped and was 4th at $25k. Bejarano sticks around so I will hopefully assume it was just an off day. A sharp workout at 5 furlongs on April 24 only helps. Gladding finished 3rd in his last off a 7 month layoff. Early speed plus a fast 6 furling workout on April 23 may mean go time. Trainer Baltas sends out 2 horses today, the #1 and #2, Watch the tote action if you want to add some extra coverage. I prefer #2 I Dont Care Who.
In race #7 Baze gets the mount on first time started #8 Roy H. Lots of sharp works and the morning line favorite I’m using. The favorite wins 50% of the time here but the other 50% it is won equally by horses 5-10 to 1 and 10-1 or more. For my bomb I am going to use #9 Curly Road who posted a sharp workout last week and is switching to turf.
In race 7 I am going to use #5 Molten Image off his two second place finishes with Baze on board. Bejarano jumps back on #4 Surfer Moon who is last rode to victory in February. #2 Georges Main Man wired maidens in his last at the same distance and is likely to try the same tactic today. He is moving up in class but did post a sharp workout last week.
The last race takes us back to the hillside course. This particular race has only been run 4 times with 2 of the 4 winners being prices 5-10 to 1. Bejarano rides the favorite #5 Seve’s Road. He is 2 for 4 with trainer O’Neill recently. #8 Sir Irish Danny posted a fast workout last week and has turf in his blood but he is protected here off a layoff. Ready to fire or cob-web shaker? #10 Stellar Act is another than can be used here for extra coverage.
Today’s Pick 4 bet will cost $27
On the Sunday Best Bet I decided for a double and a win on my best bet Wandering Heart who came in second while Alpha Doll did squat in the first leg. Today I am going with # 2 Dress Code in the first race. Always in the mix and moving up in class its his race to lose. I also really like #3 Sunday Rules in race 2. This would be my best bet if not for Scherzinger in the race. In fact in race #2 I like the trifecta box of 2,3,4