Stellar Wind freshened for third Distaff attempt

Abel Tasman (left) beats Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks. The pair square off again in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand.   The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is the highlight of the year for dirt females, and it might possibly be third time lucky for Stellar Wind. The 5-year-old Virginia-bred mare has won 10 of her 15 starts, but two of her defeats have come in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She finished a close second [...]

Sharp Samurai the one to beat in Twilight Derby

Sharp Samurai beats Big Score to win the Del Mar Derby. Benoit Photos.Sharp Samurai will need to beat a good field as he tries to win his fourth consecutive stakes race in the 1 1/8-mile Twilight Derby (G2) for 3-year-old turf runners at Santa Anita Park Oct. 28. The son of First Samurai is one of the leading 3-year-old turf runners on the West Coast, a ranking earned after winning the La Jolla Handicap (G3) and the Del Mar Derby [...]

Handicapping Big Breeders’ Cup Preview Day Saturday at Santa Anita

Cupid wins the Harry F Brubaker Stakes (Benoit Photo) Santa Anita Graded Stakes Preview for September 30, 2017 Breeders’ Cup preview days don’t get much bigger than at Santa Anita Sept. 30. Five grade one races are being staged at the Southern California track, and all carry direct entry into the relevant Breeders’ Cup contest for the winners. Perhaps the most even contest is the Awesome Again Stakes, run at 1 1/8 miles, which carries direct entry into [...]

BetAmerica Player Hits Santa Anita Pick 6 for $172,274

Santa Anita $2.00 P6 6,1/1/2,4,11,14,12/2,5/1,2,4,8/1,3,10,11,12 The sequence kicked off with the Grade 1 Front Runner in Race 6. While our player had the 1/9 favorite, he also chose the right longshot as Klimt failed to fire and maiden winner Gormley strode to an impressive win at double digit odds. Leg 2 was a lock with California Chrome as the lone single on the ticket. Race 8 was on the turf for top tier fillies and mares and our player spread deep [...]

Player Quick Pick: Santa Anita 5/17/2015

What a Preakness Stakes. That's the only way to describe it. American Pharoah did California proud by skipping over the mud at Pimlico and romping to a win in the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown. Let's turn our attentions to one of the races at Santa Anita on Sunday for a free quick pick.   Santa Anita Race 8 at 7:14 pm ET AOC $40K for 3 and up going 6.5f downhill turf course 8-Something Unusual, 3/1 - The 7-year-old gelding [...]

Santa Anita Park Fast Choices

After yesterday's awesome day at Belmont Park, you'd think that the stakes racing wouldn't be as good today. Although that's probably true overall, the G3 Laz Barrera at Santa Anita Park has come up tough. Odds abound with one horse in particular standing out above the rest. Santa Anita Park - Race 7 at 3:40 pm ET G3 Laz Barrera for 3-year-olds going 7f 7-Kentuckian, 5/2 - Jockey Mike Smith jumps aboard this highly touted son of Tiznow that saw all [...]

Player Quick Pick: Santa Anita Park 4/25/2015

With the Kentucky Derby only a week away, many horseplayers might decide to take the weekend off. That would be a mistake. There's great racing all over the country this weekend. One of the best races on which to bet is the Grade 3 Last Tycoon Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Saturday. Santa Anita Park - Race 8 at 7:07 pm ET G3 Last Tycoon Stakes for 3&Up going 1 1/4 mi. (T) 2-Powerfoot- 4/1 - This Neil Drysdale trainee [...]

Santa Anita’s Triple Threat

Sunday's feature is the Grade 3 San Simeon going 6 1/2 furlongs on turf down the hill. The race has attracted some seriously talented runners including Home Run Kitten, the morning line favorite, Holy Lute and Sweet Swap. All three are specialists going down the hill at Santa Anita. Who is likely to represent overlay odds in what figures to be a competitive event? Santa Anita Park - Race 7 - 6:31 pm ET Grade 3 San Simeon for 4&Up going [...]

Player Quick Pick: Santa Anita Park 4/12/2015

One of the best overlays of the weekend could be found in Santa Anita's feature on Sunday, April 12. The $75,000 San Pedro Stakes going 6 furlongs on the dirt has attracted 9 lightly raced three-year-olds. The favorites on the morning line, Kentuckian at 8/5 and Om at 9/5, certainly look tough on paper. But, since these are three-year-olds, any of them have a shot at improving very quickly. Who is the overlay in the tough feature at the Great [...]

Player Quick Pick: Santa Anita 3/7/2015

All eyes will be on Santa Anita Park this Saturday, March 7, as Shared Belief tries to make it two in a row by winning the Santa Anita Handicap. But, Shared Belief isn’t the only horse that fans will be watching at Santa Anita on Saturday. Dortmund, the highest ranked three-year-old in the nation according to many racing analysts, is an 8/5 morning line favorite in the San Felipe Stakes. The San Felipe also has attracted Ocho Ocho Ocho, Lord [...]