In Race 9, our key horse was a late scratch and our alternate ran third. In Race 10 our horses ran 1-2-3 and the $1 trifecta paid $120, thank you very much.
It was a clean sweep as our key horse won in the sixth race but was bet down and only paid $4.40. But we hit the exact, trifecta and the late pick four, which paid $66 for a one dollar bet.
Monday racing at Santa Anita appears to have a few plays for us. I will start with Races 2-4.
I like four horses in this race and will start a double and pick three with them – 1-2-3-7 appear to be the only ones with a chance in this race so I will key them to races three and four.
The No. 1 horse, Warrens Adventure, has finished in the money in all five of her starts at Santa Anita and has won both starts at this very tough 7 F. distance. She will get a good stalking trip from her inside post with Pedroza in the irons, who won with her last time out. No. 5, Lucky Rylie, takes a drop in class and ships in from Bay Meadows for top trainer Gilchrist, and he puts Talamo up, who almost won with this girl at Santa Anita on Feb 18 (they just missed by a neck).
I will play some doubles from race two. Race 2, with 1-2-3-7 coupled to Race 3’s 1-5.
This will be my best play of the day as I love two fillies in this race. No. 7, Luck be a Lady, who makes her first start in the U.S. for Todd Pletcher, faced better company last year overseas and finds a soft field. I also like No. 10, Gentle Gale, who gets a great post and turf for her second lifetime start; the trainer seems to have this girl cranked up for a big try.
I will make two pick three’s from Race 2 culminating with the 7 and 10 in this race.
My first pick three will be for $1 and will cost $24; my second, keying the No. 5 in leg two, will be for $2 and will cost $16.
All I can find at the Bay is a late double in the last two races
This looks like a good spot for No. 5, My Favorite Toy, who takes a big drop in class and finds a very week field. The only other two in this race are No. 3, My Little Cinder, who exits a key race – in fact, it’s the same race that Awesome’ncool exited, and she came back for an easy win on Sunday. The other filly in this race is No. 4, I love Dentist, who has been knocking on the door. I will single No. 5 in one double and use all three in another.
No. 2, Call It, was eased in his last, but comes back with Gonzalez in the saddle so all must be okay for this 9 yo hard knocker. No. 6, Tioga Junction, is sent here by daddy Art Sherman to son Steve, and that move has been like gold. No. 8, Handsome Lover, is the stone cold closer and could be there if the front speed folds. Here are the late double plays.
The first double will look like this:
Race 7: 3-4-5
Race 8: 2-6-8(Make this for $2 … total price will be $18).
The second double will look like this:
Race 7: single No. 5, My Favorite Toy, and make a $12 double with Tioga Junction
Race 8: No. 6, Tioga Junction
No racing on Tuesday and Wednesday, so save your dough until Thursday!