SANTA ANITA DERBY DAY
This huge day or racing starts off with maiden fillies going six furlongs, jockey Javier Castellano who is in town to ride the “bolt” gets a live runner here as he jumps on second time starter No. 1 Zusha who has been working good off the layoff. No. 5 Now Blessed is in from New York where she made one start sprinting on the grass at Belmont last year, she lands in the barn of John Sadler. No. 6 Whirling looks live at first asking with Van Dyke getting on for papa Mandella. 1-5-6
3yo maidens go down the hill. We always like to see a top jock jump on a first time starter for a low profile barn and Mike Smith gets on No. 4 Implicitly for Sise who is looking for his first win at the meet, this 3yo colt is by Artie Schiller so he should love the grass. Van Dyke jumps on first time starter No. 5 Scat Big Dad for papa Mandella again, this one will love the grass and his last work really screams out that he is ready to run a big race. Rosario is in town again and will ride No. 12 Frenchmen Street who draws a great post for this and his race down the hill one race back was a key race. 12**-5-4
Starter allowance runners go a mile on the main. As Cliff Sise looks to win his first race of the meet he gets the services on Rosario to ride No. 4 Trustworthy. No. 6 Taniko is perfectly spotted off the big maiden score, he will be the one to fear late. No. 2 Arch Prince has a big last work and will be part of the trifecta. 4-6-2
THE $200K EVENING JEWEL FOR CAL BRED 3YO FILLIES AT 6-1/2 FURLONGS
Castellano who will ride the Bolt for Mick Ruis in the Santa Anita Derby gets on the Mick Ruis filly No. 3 One Fast Broad. No. 8 Shoe It N Moe It is in tip top form, loves this track with 3 wins from 6 starts with a second and a third and gets big race Mike riding and a big time last work, all systems are a go.. 8***3
Win and place 8
THE $150K GRADE III PROVIDENCIA AT 1-1/8 ON THE GRASS FOR 3YO FILLIES
No. 1 Pulpit Rider sprang to life in her first race going long on the grass in the $200k Cal Cup Oaks last out. No. 2 Lexington Grace was 3rd in the China Doll in just her second start in the states, Javier gets his second shot with her. No. 4 Paved has found her stride and is looking for her 3rd straight win. No. 5 MS BAD BEHAVIOR is the filly to beat with Kent on board, she never runs a bad race. No. 6 Fatale Bere wanted no part of being on the front end last out with a goofy Mike Smith ride, she gets Rosario today and will rate back and she gets back to the spot of her win. No. 5 MS BAD BEHAVIOR IS OUR PLAY AND SINGLE IN THE PICK FIVE
THE $200K ECHO EDDIE AT 6-1/2 FURLONGS FOR CAL BRED 3YO
This race will be all about No. 3 Heck Yeah who gets off the grass and back with Cal breds. No. 4 Take the Ono O One has been facing some demons and has a big last work. Castellano gets on just another live runner as he jumps on the Hess runner No. 6 Fire When Ready who worked like a champ here on the 1st when working five furlongs in 1:00.1 best of 78 runners that day. 3-4-6
Optional $40k runners 4yo and up go a mile on the grass. Javier on another live one here as he gets on No. 1 Accountability. No. 3 Sawyer’s Hill exits our HTW list and is the speed, he gets his first start off the Jacbonson $40k claim, he has won 3 of his 8 starts here and Pedroza will be gunning from the bell. No. 2 Mesut ran big in his first try going long on the grass last out and has worked great since that race.
Optional $40k claimers go seven furlongs. No. 1 Sheer Flattery exits our HTW list off a better then looked last race when making a four wide run, Mike needs to save some ground today from his rail post. No. 6 Swayze is the question mark runner of the race as he is in from back East and lands in the barn of D’Amato from Steve Asmussen. No. 8 Sigur Ros is the speed in a race with little front speed, if able to clear early he could be long gone before the rest know that hit them. No. 10 Fast Munny comes off a two year layoff for Mullins, he shows up as a gelding and won here first out at this distance when beating Dalmore. 1**-6-8-10
THE 1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY AT 1-1/8 WORTH 100 KENTUCKY DERBY POINTS
No. 1 Instilled Regard loses Castellano but gets Rosario as this colt comes back West after running at the Fairgrounds. No. 3 Bolt d’Oro is the one to beat maybe at short odds but Baffert who lost Mckinzie will send out his backup runner No. 6 Justify who many think is the best colt in his barn. There is a forecast of rain and Justify won in the mud last out, he may try and clear early and take them wire to wire. 6**-3-1
THE $200K GRADE II ROYAL HEROINE AT A MILE ON THE GRASS FOR FILLIES AND MARES
No. 4 Midnight Crossing could be overlooked in the betting in this race with Brice Blanc riding, we love the Brice man on the grass. No. 6 Enola Gray has won four of her five starts on this turf course and will be part of the early pace if not on the front end. No. 3 Beau Recall gets back to her best distance. No. 7 Madame Stripes will be making a late run and exits the Fault race, he she came back and won next out.
THE $400K SANTA ANITA OAKS AT 1-1/16 FOR 3YO FILLIES
No. 3 Midnight Bisou is a runner, she can also battle and is the one to beat. No. 5 Finess Bere has been grassing for Baffert and just may take to the dirt. No. 7 Spectator gets Castellano up for D’Amato, a must use. Baffert also sends out No. 9 Thirteen Squared who was second behind Midnight Bisou last out.
In my past Kentucky Derby days me and my friends would always stick around to bet the last race, we would usually find a gem that was sent there for a purpose, in the last race today, well the last race is a grade I for Arabians. We will be looking at No. 8 Hachi who is in from Chile for Richard Mandella and Castellano says he will stick around for the ride. 8
THE $100K GRADE I HH SHEIKHA FATIMA BINT MUBARAK STAKES FOR ARABIANS
No. 3 RB Nash just missed last out in a Grade I, he has won 9 of his 16 starts. No. 9 Quick Sand AA and No. 10 Easter Man are the two to beat. 10**-9-3
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