How to Bet the Las Virgenes Stakes

Bellafina winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO In my opinion, the only way to make a meaningful profit playing Saturday’s $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita is to play the exotics straight and hope that your selections are absolutely perfect. Just five three-year-old fillies have been entered in this one-mile Road to the Kentucky Oaks prep race, and on paper, the four-time graded stakes winner #3 Bellafina towers [...]

Spot Plays in the Las Virgenes

Unique Bella wins the Las Virgenes (Benoit Photography) Sunday at Santa Anita Park is not covered with graded stakes races throughout the day, but the card does contain a $200,000 event for three-year-old fillies to start the afternoon’s Pick Six. The Grade 2 Las Virgenes did not come up strong in 2018, but it does offer horseplayers another shot to watch undefeated 3-5-morning line favorite #3 Dream Tree. The $750,000 FTF March 2017 purchase for Phoenix Thoroughbred III [...]