Betting Against the Proven Class in the Santa Margarita Stakes

Santa Anita - © Breeders' Cup/Todd Buchanan 2014 There might be a couple of established grade 1 performers entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park, but for various reasons I’m inclined to oppose both in this 1 1/8-mile test. #8 Paradise Woods is by far the most accomplished mare in this eight-horse field, but the two-time grade 1 winner hasn’t won a race since September 2017, and she seems to have lost the [...]

How to Bet the Grade 1 Santa Margarita

Mopotism (left) scores a narrow victory in the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita - © Benoit Photo The Santa Margarita Stakes lost its star attraction when champion Unique Bella defected from the first Grade 1 race of the year for older females in favor of the second--the Apple Blossom on April 14th at Oaklawn-- because of missed training. The absence of Unique Bella might have taken star power away from the $400,000 race on Saturday [...]

Looking for a Longshot in the Santa Margarita

Mopotism (left) scores a narrow victory in the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita - © Benoit Photo Saturday’s $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park was supposed to feature the champion Unique Bella, who would have made the nine-furlong event exciting for racing fans but unappealing for bettors. However, with Unique Bella skipping the race due to a minor illness, the Santa Margarita has suddenly become a wide-open event with a large [...]