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Friday, February 10, 2017
Santa Anita Park
We’re California-bound on Danonymous Racing, for we’ve got Sebastian Piscuskas (@SeaBass912) providing FREE picks & analysis of the Friday Santa Anita card!
Sebastian has been one of our featured West Coast handicappers for some time now. You can find his picks for Southern California racing every Friday on Danonymous Racing. We thank Sebastian for sharing his thoughts today. We encourage you to give him a follow on Twitter when you get a chance. Take it away, Sebastian…
Race 1: #3 Nickname is a GI winner in the slop as a 2YO. With the incoming rain it is fair to assume this race will come off the grass. Should this race be contested on the main track the Mandella trainee is almost certainly a single. If the first is contested on the grass Nickname is still a strong selection as her top side is grass.
Race 2: #3 Gato Dolce took money against far better in his last start and had nothing to offer. Mandella is trying to lose this colt and just so happens to catch a field he can beat if he has even an ounce of talent on the drop to bottom. 3-2-7
Race 3: #2 Sudden Sam will be winging from the bell under Baze. His lone slop try was against far better and he was done in by a wicked pace duel. The gelded son of Tribal Rule drops into restricted claiming company and gets to route for the first time, something he was bred to do. They have to come catch him to win. #3 Kristi’s Copilot hooked a runaway winner in his last start at the level and catches a field that could come back to him in the stretch. Picks up Bejarano.
Race 4: #6 Tiz Now Taylor faces a lousy group of statebred maidens for her debut. She has several positive works over at Los Al and, because of connections, will tend to get ignored. By Slew’s Tiznow out of a minor stakes winner in Ihaveadate, Tiz Now Taylor is a solid horse to take a stab with. #1 Merrily Merrily ends up as the morning line favorite due to the quality, or lack thereof, of this group. She can win but 8-5 from the rail on Sean McCarthy runner is a tough pill to swallow for me.
Race 5: #4 Unapologetic runs first off the claim for Spawr after just becoming eligible for this condition due to his last race. The Temple City gelding lures Mike Smith and it is important to note this is his lone mount of the day. At this point in his career Smith isn’t showing up on Friday’s to ride starter 40’s for his health. #1 El Super sheds the blinkers in his second start off the claim for Mulhall. Drawn the pine, Talamo will be playing keep away from the bell. 4-1
Race 6: #2 Success Rate drops out of protected company for his first start of the year. The six-time winner makes his second start for Carava and catches a field full of contenders with question marks. Gonzalez has ridden the Friends Lake gelding in his last four starts to three wins and a third. #4 Head South drops off a cliff in only his second start since 2015. At one point a gelding on the cusp of bigger things, the Kafwain gelding obviously isn’t the horse he once was. Fortunately for him and his backers he doesn’t need to be to beat these.
Race 7: #3 Got Even is the hardest knocking gelding on the grounds. He shows up, abuses you on the lead and either pulls away or packs it in for next time. Got Even has been a focal point in the upper claiming and optional claiming ranks for the last six years. The 8yo was stellar in his last start against lesser, albeit quality as the second-place finisher came back to win and the third place finisher ran third in a GII next out, the Spawr trainee is a bully on the front end. There is other pace in here, but always with Got Even he won’t give an inch on the lead. #1 Top of the Game is really coming into his own at age 4. The Cerin trainee has made short work of his competition in his last two dirt routes and enters this spot eyeing bigger prizes.
Race 8: #8 Trevino was ignored in the wagering on debut and ran to his odds. Eurton doesn’t crank his runners first out and since then this son of flatter has four solid moves and drops into maiden claimers. Gutierrez and Prat ride Eurton runners better than anyone else. #2 Tally Mo has shown nothing in three starts and finally drops in class in addition to getting gelded. Impressive seven-pound bug Fuentes takes the call for Yakteen. The two teamed up for a nice win this past Saturday.
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