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Friday, May 13, 2016
On Friday, we’re headed back out to Santa Anita where we’ve got FREE PICKS & ANALYSIS from returning guest handicapper Sebastian Piscuskas (@seabass912). Sebastian has written up a lengthy analysis to go along with his picks for every single race on the Santa Anita card!
We thank Sebastian for his time and effort. His California picks are posted every Friday on DanonymousRacing.com. We encourage you to give him a follow on Twitter when you get a chance. Take it away, Sebastian…
Race 1: 2-7-1
#2 Dial a Date finally gets to stretch her legs in the third start of her career. For her to be making only her third start at 5, with back to back layoff lines, screams that she might not be the soundest animal. However, when she’s on her game, as she was on debut, we see she’s a capable sort. I’ll give her the nod noting the stretch to a mile and the drop. #7 Stylistic ran well in her first start of the year while running at this distance. She has since sprinted in three straight races and has yet to find the Winners’ Circle or duplicate her 2016 debut performance. The cozy outside post should help her out. #1 Proud ’n’ Ready gets the services of Bejarano for the first time. Always a strong angle.
Race 2: 7-6-4-5
Diodoro and Mercedes have one guaranteed winner per meet with 2yo’s the trouble is with sniffing out which one. #7 Zen Deputy is bred to win early and has worked about as well as you can ask for a 2yo in May. #6 Bourque has worked forwardly for O’Neill. This son of Congrats will certainly enjoy more round but can pop early.
Race 3: 4-7-2
#4 Atypique could do no better than a merry go round second in his last start. The winner set an easy, virtually uncontested lead, and played keep away all around the track. This son of Tapit is gorgeous in the flesh and, with any luck, will have some pace to run into. #7 Pappou improved greatly on the move to turf when finishing behind the top choice. He’s out to turn the tables today. #2 All the Marbles is a well-bred runner that will improve with racing.
Race 4: 7-6-3
#7 Top Drawer has been known to impose his well when given a clean trip, showcased by his last win when ridden by Bejarano. The draw was perfect for this son of Benchmark who will appreciate the extra sixteenth of a mile. #6 Born to Serve should be running hard from the bell. Maldonado is known as a send rider and there isn’t much other “true” speed in here. He should take catching. #3 Chromium rode the rail against an outside bias in his last race and drew away in a fast time. Was a very visually impressive effort when taking in context how bad the rail was that day. He’s a nice horse at the level.
Race 5: 4-1-2
#4 Hundi has hit the board twice out of five starts in this country, both with Quinonez in the saddle who takes the call again today. Hundi does not necessarily need a hot pace to get up but she does need a fair chance, a chance she did not get in her last start with the winner getting a lonely lead. In her first start in the Callaghan barn she finished a strong second to a future stakes winner who is a quality filly in her own right. Expect her late. #1 Boat Drinks finally rewarded my faith two starts ago and then failed to muster last time. I won’t put her on top today but I’ll be rooting for her. #2 Big Move is trying open company for the first time. She’s never missed the board on the grass and has run exceptionally well on this course, coming up just a head short of being undefeated down the hill. We’ll see how she handles the class move.
Race 6: 8-7-Field
#8 Captain Akers earned the win last time but was disqualified for drifting in the stretch. He cuts back a furlong and returns to an oval with a much shorter stretch. A lot of positives for this 3yo vs older. #7 Lucky Tommy was eliminated early on debut and simply jogged across the line thoroughly beaten. He returns with a nice bullet drill and a drop in class. It looks like a one horse race with a possible to me.
Race 7: 8-4-6
#8 Prime Issue refuses to let speed horses get easy leads against him and with the claim by Team Desormeaux I expect similar tactics again today. Prime Issue has been resurgent in his last few starts after a tough go of things towards the tail end of last year and beginning of this one. The outside post will give Kent D very many options. #4 Start a Runnin laughed at his competition last time at boxcars when no one decided to press him. It was a masterful ride from seven pound apprentice Brayan Pena, who is improving with every ride. This 3yo Tribal Rule colt is 2-for-2 around two turns, but he’ll need to earn this one to make it 3-for-3. #6 Atascadero moved forward with the blinkers on and now stretches to a route for the first time in his career. Garcia has piloted this gelding in every start so he knows him well.
Race 8: 6-5-2-3
#6 Pearl de Vere is a course specialist. She may very well be tailing off form but she’s certainly been running against better horses of late. The breather between meets will probably have done her some good. Judging by her work in the morning I would say this is true. #5 Vanlose Stairway is back in form after returning to the Hillside Turf Course, where she has three victories from ten starts. Baze has been aboard for her last two positive efforts down the hill and takes the call again today. #2 Doodetta is running first off the claim for Miller, an angle that strikes at a gaudy 35% win rate. Doodetta has missed the board in only one start down the hill, coincidentally it was in her last start where she raced over her head and was claimed.
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