Sunday @ Santa Anita Park: San Pedro Stakes

Sunday's program at Santa Anita features the running of the $75,000 San Pedro stakes at the distance of six furlongs. It's a very interesting field and there will be plenty of eyes on the impressive debut winner Kentuckian and the returning Om. Kentuckian has plenty of buzz surrounding him because of his big win at Golden Gate fields. On the other hand, Om has not been seen since last August at Del Mar when he crushed a field that included One Lucky Dane (2nd in the Santa Anita Derby) and American Pharoah (Arkansas Derby winner and likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby).

Below are my selections for the day. Stay tuned to my twitter for my bets.

Race 1:  1-3-4

#1 Comin'offthebench did everything but win last time out when finishing second after leading for most of the race. She's making her second start of the 2015 and looks to be the one to beat in this group.

Race 2:  6-5-4

#6 Beyond Lucky showed terrific early speed but faded to third against a similar group last time out. She shows a couple of workouts since her last race and will be tough to handle if she can catch a breather early on in the race.

Race 3: 5-6-1

#5 Kiss My Face didn't get away to best of starts in her debut and finished a dull ninth in a field of eleven. I expect her to improve off that effort and today's extra distance might be right up her alley.

Race 4:  2-5-6

#2 Golden Crown ran a very good fourth in her local debut at odds of 83-1 despite being her first start in over two years. This trainer has a history of doing well with imports and this horse looks to be heading the right way.

Race 5:  4-3-6

#4 Desert Willow made her debut a winning one despite getting away to a slow start last summer at Del Mar. She hasn't been seen since then but you have to think the break will be no problem and if she shows any kind of improvement, she will be in the mix late in the race.

Race 6: 2-1-9

#2 Marycasey disappointed her supporters last time when running a dull seventh after a sparkling debut win. I will give her another chance to redeem herself today. Maybe the second time around two turns and the slight cutback to a mile will help her.

Race 7:  4-7-9

#4 Always a Chance had the lead in the final yards last time out at this same distance and this same level before getting caught at the wire. When jockey Rafael Bejarano rides for this trainer, they tend to do very well.

Race 8:  6-7-2

#6 Yiannis was well-meant in his debut and he delivered a hard-fought victory against a good runner by the name of Gimme Da Lute. He's been given some time to recover since that effort and shows a good set of workouts leading up to today. He's got some tough competition today but I liked what I seen in his debut.

Race 9:  1-8-12

#1 Ivana Beat Yabad showed a new dimension last time when going to the lead and setting fast fractions while hanging on for fourth in a field of twelve against tougher competition. Today's droop in class might be the key to get her to the winner's circle.
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