If I was a betting man (oh wait I am!) I would have bet the house we were getting the Pick 4 on Sunday! We were alive into the last leg on both tickets, one singling the favorite and the other with two extra horses. Thanks to a scratch we were looking at 2 times the pay. As usually though a number 9 horse beat us! Today begins the last weekend of the meet and the sequence is NOT easy today so we will again go small!
I will continue to post my picks for Los Al and Del Mar on my website once the Santa Anita meet is over so be sure to stop on by!
We get a 5 furlong maiden special weight to start the sequence today. 7/2 is the lowest price in a 10 horse field. That fav is the #4 She Sings Along. Second in her debut at 18-1 and a fast workout she is a tepid fav for a trainer winning once from 32 starts. Second time Lasix may help too. #4 Esmeralda Belle has been the beaten favorite both times she raced but he put in a fast workout last week. #13 Aiming Straight picks up Tyler after a second last out and has a sharp workout last week but on the AE list. The fav wins 46% of the time here. Not a bad idea to hit ALL in here if you can!
In race #6 Miller and Espinoza team up on #5 Zanbo who has won 4 of 6 and this duo is 3 of 7 at the meet and the horse runs protested today after a sharp workout last week. My top choice here though is Chauk O Lattey who has won 2 of 3 for us with Stevens and Baltas. Bejarano rode last time but choose the favorite #6 Artistic Charm this time around. Artistic just always manages to lose by a nose unfortunately and if this was a shorter race it would be better.
In race 7 Stevens and Mandella put their perfect 3 for 3 record on the line with #6 Anxious Times who is rising in class today. ICE COLD Hollendorfer races two horses in here and usually that means use both but I’m keeping the ticket small and jsut dont’t want to use his horses right now. I will use #7 Desert Dynamo who has won 2 of 3 and has been posting sharp workouts.
If #13 Ya Ya Girl makes it in off the AE she is a must use with Bejarano riding. She moves down in class after just missing last out. Luckily there is no 9 horse today to screw us if we make it to this leg! #5 Miss Gifted has turf in her blood and also put in a fast workout last week. #8 Oui Bear had a sharp workout last week as well. Baze hops on #2 Jaffe after riding #11 Jazzed to a second last out so the switch to the first has my interest. Dollase has yet to win at this meet but he has a 29% first time start win rate.
Ticket 1 costs $36
Cheaper ticket costs $20
My Best Bet today is race #2 Del Mar Dixie who is dropping of a win for a trainer who is winning 50% on this type of move. A fast workout and Baze riding all systems are a go!
A double with Del Mar Dixie and Gomo looks nice.