01/28/2016 1:05PM

Hammersly: Santa Anita pick four for Saturday, Jan. 30


A look at Saturday’s late pick four at Santa Anita:

Race 7
CHATI’S ON TOP found Grade 1 waters too deep last time. She’s been freshened, takes a considerable class drop, and is proven down the hill. SMOOVE IT was super sharp for a while, sharp enough to earn a Grade 1 shot last year, but that didn’t go well; then came a layoff and a so-so return at Del Mar on Aug. 16. She’s been freshened again, and that plus returning to the hill might get her back on track. VELVET MESQUITE once owned the hill, and while she’s not that gal any longer, there’s still plenty of gas in the tank. HEAVENS STAIRWAY can sizzle, might be the primary speed, and loves the hill (5 for 9).

Race 8
W. GILES just beat some of these in a similar race here Jan. 3. He again looks like the main speed, and he’s shown that when he can dictate things up front, he can be scary. ONE MORE ROLL got closest to W. GILES when second Jan. 3 and might be poised to turn the tables.

Race 9
ALERT BAY was good enough to win a Grade 2 here a few months ago and comes off an unlucky sixth down the hill here Dec. 26. This longer trip and the class drop help. G. G. RYDER has been the second-best horse in Northern California for the past year behind Alert Bay, and with his tactical speed and versatility, he figures as a threat from the get-go. WHAT A VIEW looked super blasting lesser here Dec. 26. He’s been at his best here (2 for 2). POSHSKY found Grade 2 foes a bit too much to handle here last time. This is a better spot.

Race 10
READY TO HULA HULA has worked strongly to indicate that she has talent and has a strong jockey/trainer combo. DESPERATE CHICK ran splendidly to be second in her debut. DANCING SUNSET was a sharp second two races ago, and a return to that form makes her a threat. WHO SAID LUCKY comes off a couple of nice seconds at Los Alamitos and has worked well since.

The ticket
3, 4, 5, 7 / 1, 6 / 2, 5, 7, 10 /  4, 7, 8, 10 = $64 for a 50-cent ticket

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