Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Friday, Sept. 30

Preview: Opening day of the new meet and that’s means a new turf course, which was installed a few months ago. Will the horses for courses continue on the new course? We will find out. As for the old course, the inside was the place to be. In sprints down the hill at the last meet, anything outside of post 6 was a waste. Same thing going two turns except post 7 was 27% (13-for-49). Meanwhile post 8 was 1-for-44, post 9 3-for-27 and post 10 was 2-for-17.

Race 1: #3 Lauren’s Ladd (10-1)
Trainer Phil D’Amato was the top conditioner at the last meet and was loaded on the turf. like here. He takes the blinkers off this colt and D’Amato is 31% when he takes the blinkers off and he’s in the money 81% of the time. This 3-year-old broke his maiden down the hill.

Race 4: #3 Buymeabond (6-1)
This gelding failed to win at Golden Gate and comes back home. He loves to win at this distance on the turf with 6 wins from 19 tries and look who trainer Jonathan Wong gets to ride: jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. from the East Coast as Ortiz is in to ride in the stakes. Wong is 30% with beaten favorites.

Race 6: #7 Justin Squared (10-1)
Yes, the fabulous filly Lady Shipman has come west to run down the hill to see if she wants to run in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. She’s the favorite. She’s beatable. I’m taking first-time turfer Justin Squared from the Bob Baffert. This is one fast 3-year-old and he’s training well. At this morning-lien, more than worth the risk.

Race 9: #5 Toowindytohaulrox (4-1)
Flat out this horse love the downhill turf course with a 8-2-2-3 record. It’s a wide open race, but I’ll take trainer Phil D’Amato.

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