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Thu Jan 13
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Handicapping
Figeac is sick. He scratched from race 6. Too bad, he had a license to upset. A couple others Thursday are worth wagering consideration. It might be a good idea to wager on Thursday, because pickings are slim on Friday. In fact, the Friday card is one of the weakest Santa Anita cards in memory. In race 5, Cadazzle switches to grass. She has a turf pedigree; trainer Tom Proctor has won a handful of turf races this season in California. Cadazzle is 4-1 in the program.
Wed Jan 12
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Handicapping
Favorites are dominating the lowest-level route races for older horses in Southern California. Since May, five of the nine routes for $8,000 claimers have been won by a favorite. Only one winner paid more than $10.60. The predictability will comfort bettors backing Super Harmony or Skellytown on Thursday in race 6 at Santa Anita, an $8,000 claimer at a mile and a sixteenth. Super Harmony is the speed of the field. He might race wire to wire. The 7-for-40 gelding is the 3-1 second choice in the program.
Fri Jan 7
2011
Brad Free
Categories: Handicapping
Del Mar did it. Hollywood Park did it. Fairplex Park did it. The minimum wager for the pick four was lowered to 50 cents last year at most major racetracks in Southern California. The reduced minimum made the bet affordable for smaller players, and lowered the potential tax liability for the occasional “big score.” California bettors liked it. But when the winter meet began Dec. 26, fans accustomed to 50-cent increments were surprised to learn Santa Anita kept its pick four wager at a $1 minimum.
Wed Dec 29
2010
Brad Free
Categories: Handicapping
Awesome Patriot had little to beat Wednesday in race 4, a first-level allowance for 2-year-olds at one mile. Knock the Bob Baffert trainee at your own risk. Baffert skipped the Hollywood Futurity with the Awesome Again-sired colt billed as a two-turn horse. Stretching to a mile over a “wet-fast” track, he ran the best race of his four-start career. Awesome Patriot made the lead into the backstretch, while hounded by Riveting Reason. The early pace was kind (:46.42 and 1:10.44); both colts turned it on late.
Mon Dec 27
2010
Brad Free
Categories: Handicapping
Arresting Officer, impressive debut winner at Hollywood Park, could not have run any better when he made his second career start Sunday in race 5 at Santa Anita. Odds-on to win the $100,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes, the 2-year-old was caught four-wide through the turn while battling a wicked pace in the seven-furlong stake. After a half-mile in 44.39 seconds, he shook free, opened up, and got collared. Arresting Officer, trained by Mike Mitchell, finished second. He ran a better, faster race than winner Thirtyfirststreet.