Sunday is Closing Day at Santa Anita Park and that means mandatory payouts in all pools.
The Pick 6 will get the most attention by far given the three-day $821,858 carryover, but the early Pick 5 is always an attractive option with the low 14% takeout rate.
With horizontal wagering opportunities throughout the card it is imperative to find a few potential singles, even if they are favorites. Here are a pair of short priced horses and a couple of runners that will provide a bit more separation that I give a big look on Sunday afternoon.
#4 Haylord makes his first start for new trainer Leonard Powell. The five-year-old gelding has raced against better over his last three races around two turns for former conditioner Marty Jones. On Sunday though, Powell cuts him back to a sprint and drops him to the bottom into a very soft $20K maiden claimer at six and a half furlongs. The Kentucky bred should find a prominent spot early and the fact that Flavien Prat takes the call suggests the son of Indygo Shiner is set to visit the winners’ circle for the initial time.
#10 Strengthinnumbers did not break that well in her debut down the hill on May 17th, but moved up during the middle stages and finished with significant energy to earn third for trainer Phil D’Amato. The daughter of Astrology draws favorably to the outside and comes in off a strong four-furlong drill in 47.4 over the main track on June 19th. She appears poised for a big effort in career start number two.
#6 Vasilika heads into her start on Closing Day in razor sharp form for Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer. The daughter of Skipashot has won 3 straight and 4 of 5 since arriving on the West Coast this winter. Hollendorfer has found a great spot for the four-year-old filly in this starter allowance event at one mile over the sod. Her affinity for the Santa Anita lawn and her tactical speed make her a likely popular single in the massive Pick 6 pool. She will be tough to beat
#8 Just Grazed Me meets a solid group of Cal-bred protected maidens on Sunday, but she looks live on first asking for trainer Phil D’Amato. The daughter of Grazen is out of a Cuvee mare that won her first two starts. She draws favorably to the far outside in this group of 8 and comes in off a long series of works. Nick Alexander homebreds have had a lot of success over the years on this circuit and this young gal has a shot to spring the upset if she can handle the tricky six and a half furlong distance.
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