Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Jan. 21

Preview: The rain is supposed to relent for a day, but I’m sure there will still be moisture in it today so tread lightly. The rain is due back on Sunday and they could only get enough horses for eight races. What happened to our drought? The first half of the card today isn’t very attractive.

Race 6 – SA
#7 Wonderful Lie (4-1) ****
Our Eyes: Won over a good track at Del Mar, so any wetness today should just be fine. Has some late kick and a 7-1-4-1 record over the track.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Race 7 – SA
#4 Battle of Midway (3-1) ****
Our Eyes: There are a pair if Bob Baffert horses in this maiden race, but I’m going with trainer Jerry Hollendorfer with this first-time starter by Smart Strike, a sire that hits at 14% first time out.
Jeff’s Playbook: 4 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Race 8 – SA
#11 Twirling Tiger (12-1) ***
Our Eyes: This gelding is coming out of a key race that has produced two winners already. He should like a wet track and has good speed.
Jeff’s Playbook: 3 units to win, 5 units to place and 6 units to show.

Good luck.

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