Spot Plays for Big ‘Cap Day at Santa Anita Park

Beautiful Santa Anita Park has a star-studded 11-race card on tap for Saturday afternoon headlined by the battle between McKinzie and Bolt d’Oro in the Grade 2 San Felipe. There are plenty of opportunities to make money throughout the card that starts at 12 PM local time, but here are a couple of spot plays I will be getting involved in at “The Great Race Place.” Race 3 The third offers horseplayers an extremely challenging optional claimer run at a [...]

Baffert Sends Out Two Contenders in Santa Anita Handicap

Mubtaahij winning the 2017 Awesome Again Stakes - © Benoit Photo. Get ready—there’s a great race coming up at the “Great Race Place.” The historic $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) is set to be renewed for the 81st time on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Commonly referred to as the “Big ‘Cap,” the ten-furlong race has been won through the years by some of the greatest horses in racing history, including Seabiscuit, Round Table, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, John [...]

My Favorite Big Caps

Saturday, March 12, is the Santa Anita Handicap, one of my favorite events of the year. I love Santa Anita and this race has featured a who's who of handicap horses over the years. Seabiscuit, John Henry (twice), Spectacular Bid, Ack Ack, Alysheba, Free House, Game on Dude (3 times!), and of course last year Shared Belief. I thought it would be fun too look back at not only a couple of my favorites, but some of my friends' favorites as [...]