Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 15

Preview: The new turf course has played to speed lately but in fairness the rails have been out any where from 20 to 30 feet. Jockey Flavien Prat is once again making hay on the grass with a 5-for-22 record followed by Kent Desormeaux 4-for-12 and Gary Stevens 3-for-11. Among those not doing so well on the turf have been Drayden Van Dyke (0-11), Tiago Pereira (0-11), Santiago Gonzalez (1-20) and Norberto Arroyo (1-18). Arroyo is surprising as he rode the grass well at Del Mar.

Race 1: #3 Solar Zone (10-1)
Watch the tote action on this one. Last week trainer Gary Stute had a 20-1 morning-line horse win at 2-1 odds. He claimed this gelding two weeks ago and immediately puts in a turf route. Stute is 45% first off the claim and 43% with jockey Chad Lindsay.

Race 2: #6 Sandy’s Surprise (5-2)
This filly lost to American Cleopatra and Del Mar Debutante winner Union Strike in her career debut at 5 1/2-furlongs. She gets 7 furlongs here and should appreciate the extra distance since she was bred by Drosselmeyer.

Race 7: #1 He Will (3-1)
Big jock switch here in my mind. Martin Garcia isn’t a good turf rider, but Rafael Bejarano is and he jumps on here for Jerry Hollendorfer and they are 23% together. This 4-year-old is 2-1-0-1 over the Santa Anita green. Might need to show more speed since the rails are at 20 feet.

Race 8: #5 Coldspell (12-1)
Taking a shot here with a first-time router from the Eoin Harty barn. This son of Tapit out of a Storm Cat mare is bred to run all day. Harty is 22% going from a sprint to a route and jockey Gary Stevens stays on.

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