It was bombs away once again at Santa Anita on Sunday with longshots lighting up the tote board, resulting in another Pick 6 carryover. Its seems the norm every time there is a special day of sorts that the next day there seems to be a carryover – how they get away with it is amazing to me. Just bet all the first time starters with bad connections and slow works at big prices and get some winners?
In the last race Sunday it was No. 11, Starstruck Kristen, trained by Jorge Periben, who was 0-15 with first time starters and Enriquez in the saddle. Her works were slow, slow and slower but she stormed home at 44-1 and somehow got up and won by a head, and today we have a carryover of $169,781.00.
Monday, March 17, Saint Paddy’s Day
I will reveal the ones I like in the pick six races, just in case I’m walking around lucky. You never know, right? Plus, it’s St. Patrick’s Day and I’m wearing green.
I will try to beat the chalk in this race and go with both Frankel horses: No. 2, Chattahoochee War, who is coming off a little layoff and No. 4, Heroi Do Bafra, who looks ready to get his first win in the states. My choices: 2-4.
This looks like the best single of the day and, if this one doesn’t win on the drop, you can forget about it. No. 6, Gloria Jeanne, is dropping into an action spot and if she runs she can be the best in this race for 32k maiden fillies and mares. If for some reason she is scratched, I will use No. 4, Judge in the West, as my alternate. Thus, use No. 6 as a single and if scratched replace with No. 4.
In a wide open 1 mile turf race, I will have to spread it out a little and go with No. 1, Lady Elizabeth, No. 4, Angeletta, No. 5, Bootleg Annie, No. 6, Foxy Games, No. 7, Just Knock and No. 9, Forest Miss. The selections: 1-4-5-6-7-9.
I give three horses a shot in this race: No. 1, Corona Time, is in his second start off a long layoff and could be ready for his best; No. 5, El Falcon, has run competitive races but never seems to get there … in this weak heat he may break through; No. 6, Bodacat, will be charging late and if the speed backs up, he could be the one. Choices: 1-5-6.
No. 5, Rockella, exits a very fast heat and if she’s able to get a clear trip she could run them down late. I will single her in hopes of a fast pace. There is an interesting mare in this race, No. 4 Lightmyfirebaby, who is returning after seven days for the dangerous Barry Abrams and the hot Sutherland in the irons. I will play an exacta box 4-5 and single the 5 in the Pick 6.
I will use four horses in this race starting with No. 4, Rate of Exchange, who will try to extend her turf form to the synthetic; if she does, she will be right there. No. 8, Holladay Dixie, is a second-time starter from the Carla Gaines barn and should improve; at 15-1 in the morning line she’s a must use. No. 9, Puff Maddie, looks very dangerous off the layoff and blinkers for trainer John Shirreffs has been a 43% winning move. No. 11, Masterful Miss, has had her chances but will get a great trip at this 7 furlong distance; she may finally break through. Selections: 4-8-9-11.
This will be the only race I will play at the Bay and that’s because of No. 4, Topper’s Treasure, who appears to be a stand-out play in this spot. She ships in from Santa Anita and takes a drop in class, and the owner, Tommy Town, is sending her here to win. I will bet him to win, and will also play a trifecta with No. 4 on top using with 2-6-9 in the second and third spots.