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Santa Anita Park Opening Day

Posted on 12.26.2014 with No comments

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas your friends and loved ones.

For us horse racing fans and horseplayers, our Santa has arrived. Santa Anita Park opening day is upon us and the card is a nice one. Good betting opportunities and the return of Shared Belief in the Malibu is just one thing to look forward to.

Below are my selections and my best bet for today.

Good Luck!


Closing Day of Winter Meet

Posted on 12.21.2014 with No comments

Saturday's running of the GI $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity was a memorable one. A thrilling stretch drive with the top three betting choice came down to a three-way photo finish that went to Dortmund. With the win in the Futurity, Dortmund earned his 10 points towards the 2015 Kentucky Derby and remained undefeated in three career starts. Martin Garcia was aboard for trainer Bob Baffert and owner Kaleem Shah. The same connections that won the $5 Million Breeders' Cup Classic with Bayern.

Sunday is closing day of the Winter Thoroughbred meet which begins at 12:30 p.m. and also closing night of the Quarter Horse meet that begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Thoroughbred circuit moves to Santa Anita Park where their opening day is this coming Friday.

The 2014-2015 Quarter Horse meet resets this upcoming Friday at Los Alamitos with a first post of 7:00 p.m.

Sunday's Thoroughbred Late Pick 4 Analysis and $36 Play:

Link to YouTube:

Sunday's Best Bet
Race 3
#1 Papaslilprincess
Morning Line Odds: 7-2
Some of her best effort have been when going long on the dirt and form fits well in this spot. I like the inside draw and hopefully she can hug the rail all the way around and sit a good off-the-pace trip.


Race 1:  1-3-5
Race 2:  3-6-9
Race 3:  1-6-5
Race 4:  6-7-1
Race 5:  1-3-7
Race 6:  3-5-1
Race 7:  6-5-1
Race 8:  4-3-1
Race 9:  11-4-3


Saturday: Grade I $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity

Posted on 12.20.2014 with No comments

The Grade I $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity highlights the closing weekend of the ignaugural winter thoroughbred meet at Los Al. Although the field is only a compact group of five, it attracted the buzz horse of the moment: Dortmund.

Other than traffic trouble or a major stumble, it's tough to imagine Dortmund getting beat. He looks like a future superstar.

For more on how I will play the Los Alamitos Futurity, check out my blog at America's Best Racing:

My Los Alamitos on-air analysis and play for the late pick-4:

You can also find the video on YouTube here:

Today's Best Bet
Race 5
#5 Baccelo
Morning Line Odds: 4-1
I like that he's making his second start off the layoff and is switching back to a dirt surface. He's been training locally over this Los Al surface and there seems to be enough speed in this race to set up his off-the-pace kick.

Full-card Selections:

Race 1:  4-5-3
Race 2:  2-5-6
Race 3:  1-2-4
Race 4:  8-5-7
Race 5:  5-1-6
Race 6:  8-5-4
Race 7:  5-6-8
Race 8:  3-2-5
Race 9:  2-4-8

Sunday is closing day of the thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos and then the circuit moves to Santa Anita Park for their opening day on December 26.

The year-round 2013-2014 Los Alamitos Quarter Horse evening meet also concludes on Sunday and then a new 2014-2015 Quarter Horse meet begins on December 26 with a first post of 7pm.


Day 8: King Glorious Stakes

Posted on 12.14.2014 with No comments

After a gusty and game performance by Take Charge Brandi in the Starlet on Saturday, we now look forward to another 2-year-old event: The King Glorious.

Last year's edition was won by California Chrome who went on to have a 2014 campaign for the ages. Those are some tough shoes to fill.

The undefeated Acceptance has been listed as the 6-to-5 morning line favorite after a pair of good looking wins at Santa Anita Park and will now stretch out to a mile distance for the first time. His wins have been visually impressive and will by tough to beat if he keeps improving.

Today's Best Bet
Race 5
#8 Vegas Bound
Morning Line Odds: 5-1
Has been off since March when running fourth against in a field of five over the Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields. She returns to the surface of her best performance (dirt) and has a steady workout schedule leading up to this race. The outside post should give her clear running space leading into the turn and has enough speed to be close to the pace.


Race 1:  5-3-2
Race 2:  8-9-3
Race 3:  4-2-3
Race 4:  6-8-4
Race 5:  8-3-2
Race 6:  6-5-2
Race 7:  1-9-2
Race 8:  3-4-1
Race 9:  8-4-10


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