01-04-2019 Santa Anita Full Card

It was another 3 of 4 day in the Pick 4 but the pays were again on the very low side. We have 10 races today and an 11:30 am first post.This is another card that has a look of small pays if the morning line favorites get the job done.

Pick 5 single is in race 3 Mike Operator who gets first time Roasio. The last several races have seen this horse towards the front only to lose the punch late. Highest last race speed, top dirt speed in the race and best late pace. If this horse does not win it is anyone’s race so therefore we single. 

Pick 4 single is in race – none

Value Plays of the Day:

Race 2: Malibu Morning is 20-1 for the 2nd career race and 1st time turf. Last out under the lights the horse sat at the back of a short field and hugged the rail late to make a nice closing move. On the gallop out Malibu passed the winner. The horse was bet to 4-1 in that debut race. Dam has 5 turf winners from 8 starters. This 20-1 price is great value for us today! This race has been won by horses over a 10-1 value 5 of 12 times for a 42% win rate. 

Race 4: Big City Bane is the other Carla Gaines horse yet this one is 15-1 and this is the one Rosario is enticed to ride. Gaines is 43% when she goes from maiden claiming races to maiden races today. 1st start since February the horse is protected. Strictly a jockey value play 

Race 8: Chosen Vessel almost sprung a huge upset at 40-1 last out in a marathon G2. The cutback in distance looks ideal. This horse is always right there at the finish line with two wins from the last 4 races. 10-1 is great value.

Today’s Race 1 Early Pick 5 will cost $36 with horses listed in preference

Race 1: 1,3,7

Race 2: 4,5,7,3

Race 3: 3 (4)

Race 4: 3,4,1

Race 5: 1,4

Today’s Race 7 Late Pick 4 will cost $36 with horses listed in preference

Race 7: 1,4,6

Race 8: 3,2,4

Race 9: 1,7,8,3

Race 10: 5,8

Selections for each race with horses listed in preference

Race 1: 1,3,7

Race 2: 4,5,7,3

Race 3: 3 (4)

Race 4: 3,4,1

Race 5: 1,4

Race 6: 8,7,5,9

Race 7: 1,4,6

Race 8: 3,2,4

Race 9: 1,7,8,3

Race 10: 5,8

Typos happen and I do my best not to make them. Always read through my writeups to make sure the posted numbers are correct. I list Pick 4, Pick 5 selections and also a listing of all plays for each race. If there are any differences, please let me know.

*Horses listed in brackets are for added coverage if wanted and for exotics.

For races where I only have one or two selections I usually like to KEY the top choice  with the second choice and an outside for trifectas.

When I have three horses selected in a Pick 4 or Pick 5 consider them for Trifecta boxes and for superfecta boxes use the 3 selections with the highest priced horse with good form or top tier jockeys riding, especially if they give a price. Rolling Pick 3 and doubles using selections. 

Irish horse racing saying –

“Bíonn grásta Dé idir an dialait agus an talamh.”

“The grace of God is found between the saddle and the ground.”

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