03/16/2017 10:50AM

Weekend Warrior for Saturday, March 18: Picks for Rebel, Harrison Johnson, Essex


Santa Anita has the highest-graded stakes event Saturday with the Grade 1, $400,000 Santa Margarita, which features an interesting matchup between Finest City, last year’s champion female sprinter who is stretching out on dirt, and Vale Dori, who is looking for her fourth straight graded stakes victory. But there is also important stakes action at Oaklawn in the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel; the Grade 2, $350,000 Azeri; and the $250,000 Essex Handicap. The remaining graded event Saturday is the Grade 2, $200,000 Inside Information at Gulfstream.