Santa Anita 01-14-2016



We popped the cherry on the new year with a chalky win but the ticket only cost $18 and returned a generous $72 highlighting my strategy of keeping tickets low! Today we start off on the Hillside course where anything can happen.


I will be back with updates next weekend.


I am going 4 deep in the 1st leg on the Hillside course. #11 Guns Loaded has been getting better every race and is popular at the claiming box. O’ Neill now controls and Bejarano rides and they are winning 30% together. #2 Fueled by Bourbon is 3 for 3 on the Hillside at a nice 6-1 price and is dropping today off a 5th in a G2 opening day. #4 Guggenheim is another that loves the Hillside and Smith rides and he tends to win on price horses on the Hill quite often. #9 Stormy Liberal also loves the Hill with 2 wins from 4 races and is cutting back today off a 5th going a mile in November. He led into the stretch in his last race.


In the second leg as I’m keeping the ticket very small today I will single #4 Eddie Haskell. I was impressed by the last race where he led from the gate, got caught and fought back to regain the lead. It is hard to teach horses that winning spirit. There is a chance of a bounce however. I either had to single here or use all so I chose single.


In the 3rd leg my top choice is a 12-1 price #2 Soi Phet. I like this horse. He put in a monster 5 furlong work last week and one on Christmas day. Prat also rides. Prat last rode my other choice in here, #8 Big Bane Theory. Dropping with a sharp workout off a Grade 3 he should do well here today and I’m including based on the class.


In the final leg I am also going to go two deep. #6 Profound Vision has been off since February but ran well before the hiatus. #8 Selection ran second last out off a 2 week break after a third prior. Shortens up, blinkers off.


My ticket is very small today so adjust as you see fit!



Today’s Late Pick 4 will cost $8 with horses listed in preference.






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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