Friday, April 4 results
We had some shots, but just could not get there. In our first Pick 3 at Santa Anita we ran third in the opening leg, then had the next two winners paying $12 and $9. In Race 6 we ran second, won the seventh race and took second in the eighth.
At Bay Meadows where they run at night, strange things happen. We could only muster one low paying Pick 3 for $24.
Race 9: The 84th Wood Memorial
The question everyone asks is if the real War Pass will be at the Big A today? If so, he could run away and hide on what will be an off track. There is a lot of hype for (2) Texas Wildcatter said to be a must use, but I am not sold.
(8) Tale of Ekati will be making his second start of the year. In his first, he did not fire after being bumped at the break, finishing fourth in the BC Juvenile. He may be set for a good try, but the off track may hurt.
The main danger to War Pass will be (1) Court Vision, who won the Remsen at this distance on this oval. He has never run a bad race and will be the key.
Plays: Trifecta box for $1 (1-2-5-8 = $24)
Trifecta key for $2 (1 with 2-5-8 with 2-5-8 = $12)
Trifecta key for $2 (2-5-8 with 1 with 2-5-8 = $12)
Trifecta key for $1 (5 with 1-2-8 with 1-2-8 = $6)
Race 7: The 51st Illinois Derby
The hype horse in here is the undefeated (5) Denis of Cork, who will get his stiffest test to date in trying to remain the other undefeated horse in the Kentucky Derby along with Big Brown.
The horse to beat is (4) Atoned, who looks to be sitting on a monster effort for super trainer Todd Pletcher. Atoned has had some bad luck of late, finishing second in his last four races. He just may turn that around today.
(3) Z Humor just ran behind the tough Cool Coal Man and the aforementioned Court Vision, who is running in the Wood. The interesting horse here is (6) Golden Spikes, whose trainer Martin Wolfson vowed not to run another horse here. But, he’s back with this guy so he must think he has a big shot.
Plays: Trifecta box $1 (3-4-5-6 = $24)
Trifecta key $1 (4 with 3-5-6-7 with 3-5-6-7 = $12)
Trifecta key $1 (3-5-6-7 with 4 with 3-5-6-7 = $12)
Race 6: The 71st Santa Anita Derby
At first glance this looks like a two horse race, and it may be. There are two others that must be thrown into the mix. One is (5) Colonel John, a perfect 2-for-2 here and has three wins and two seconds from five career starts. Not bad.
The other is (8) El Gato Malo, who lost by a half length to the Colonel in his last start at the Sham Stakes. He will try and turn the tables but I don’t think so.
The other two horses that must be used are the improving (1) Yankee Bravo, who is back from the Fairgrounds where he finished third to Pyro. Bravo can run all day and will be flying down the lane late. (4) Bob Black Jack has the speed to be a danger and ran a nice third in his first try around two turns.
Plays: $20 exacta (5-8 = $20)
$10 exacta (8-5 = $10)
$2 trifecta (key 5 with 1-4-8 with 1-4-8 = $12)
$2 trifecta (key 1-4-8 with 5 with 1-4-7 = $12)
$1 trifecta (box 1-4-5-8 = $ 24)
$1 trifecta (key 5 with 1-8 with all = $20)
Other top plays:
Race 1: 1-3-6
Race 2: 6-7
Race 5: 1-9-11
Race 11: 7-9-11-12.
$10 exacta (key 11 with 7-9-12 = $30).
Race 6: $1 trifecta (key 4 with 1-3-7-10 = $12).
10-cent superfecta (box 1-3-4-7-10 = $12).