Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 7

Preview: Three stakes races on the card, but the first two don’t look like prices will be coming in. Other than that, a decent card.

FIRST RACE: #3 Cause for Pardon (9-2)
Drops to his lowest level ever in the maiden claiming ranks and gets a good jockey switch to Edwin Maldonado, who is good from the gate so look for a send job.

THIRD RACE: #1 Antioch (6-1)
This filly wasn’t bad last year as a 2-year-old, but obviously suffered an injury. Trainer Richard Mandella doesn’t bring them back until they are ready, hence he has a 26% strike rate with horses off a 180-day plus layoff. Regular barn rider Flavien Prat keeps the mount and the colt is coming out of a key race that has produced four winners from 10 starters.

FIFTH RACE: #6 Bunny Yogurt (10-1)
John Sadler has had this filly stashed at San Luis Rey Downs sans one Santa Anita work. Sadler is 20% with first time starters and I love the sire Scat Daddy on the turf. He gets 15% first time grass. Victor Espinoza is 21% with Sadler.

EIGHTH RACE: #3 Mrs McDougal (4-1)
This is it for this mare and I. Either win today or we’re done. LOL. She came from New York off a long layoff but just hasn’t shown the form she had last year. This is her third off the layoff for the team on Mandella and Prat. I suspect if she doesn’t win it will be off to the breeding shed. This mile distance appears to be her favorite with a 4-3-0-1 record.

NINTH RACE: #3 Dadtughtmewell (10-1)
Takes a drop in class off a long layoff. She is 2-for-3 at this distance. Prat and trainer Dean Pederson are 4-for-4 together the last two years.

Good luck.

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One thought on “Santa Anita opinions for Saturday, Oct. 7

  1. Nathan Glass says:

    Race 1
    7 Snazzy Dresser
    3 Cause For Pardon
    9 Ima Take Charge

    Race 2
    1 Blackjack
    3 He Will
    6 Tequila Joe

    Race 3
    6 New Dancer
    2 Puig
    7 Williston Dude

    Race 4
    2 Americanize
    1 Coils Gold
    6 City of Gold

    Race 5
    10 Katherine (Best Bet)
    12 Biscate
    2 Into Glamour

    Race 6
    4 American Anthem
    3 Edwards Going Left
    2 Giant Expections

    Race 7
    7 Royal Trump
    2 Respect The Shot
    9 Butte City

    Race 8
    5 Jeremy’s Legacy
    8 Belvior Bay
    3 Mrs McDougal

    Race 9
    4 Blanket of Ice
    3 Dadtaughtmewell
    11 Shackleford Banks

    Race 10
    11 Fly Far Away
    7 Road Test
    4 Shazara

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