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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Santa Anita Park
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The Grade III Laz Barrera Stakes and the Desert Code Stakes highlight the action at “The Great Race Place” on Saturday
. Weather shouldn’t be a factor this weekend, so let’s dig into this solid nine-race card that features four turf races, three of them on the downhill course!
Race 1: 5-7-10
#5 MIRACLE MARCH, a first-time starter, gets the call in a race replete with speed/stalking types. Turf pedigree courses through his veins as he’s sired by Unusual Heat and is out of a mare by Singletary. Corey Nakatani sees fit to take the irons. #7 MOR CANDY was quick from the gate before wilting late in his debut; he stands to improve going dirt-to-turf for D’Amato (21%). #10 BURNIE’S ON BOARD may have needed his last off the bench; look for him to be involved early with blinkers added.
Race 2: 3-5-7
#3 PIONEER LAD hit the board in two strong maiden races run here in the early part of 2017; one behind Law Abidin Citizen and the other behind Laz Barrera contender Kimbear and Triple Crown competitor Sonneteer. He has the experience edge over his chief opposition and moves to the Baltas barn. #5 OMEGA MOON, a $500k son of Malibu Moon, debuts for Baffert with a solid but not spectacular worktab. His full brother, Major League, won his debut in the early part of 2016. #7 CAPTAIN CHAOS has top connections in Miller and Arroyo backing him; the son of Tapit shows respectable works leading into his unveiling.
Race 3: 5-4-7
#5 AMERICAN PASTIME has been working splendidly since winning in style from post 11 in his debut on Santa Anita Handicap day. He should make light work of this field. #4 BLUE ANCHOR isn’t too far removed from speed figures that would put him right in the hunt here. His effort last time out suggested a return to form could be imminent. #7 STORMY ROCIT should be blazing the way up front; capable of lasting for a share. Toss his latest try over turf.
Race 4: 4-7-5
The Desert Code Stakes
#4 ARMS RUNNER covered a lot more ground than his opponents but still got the job done in his debut over this course. The flashy gray is a half to stakes-winner Calculator, who is also trained by Miller. Arroyo has the call. See how Candy’s Martini did in Race 1 to get a gauge as to the quality of competition ARMS RUNNER faced in his debut. #5 WHAT’SONTHEAGENDA and #7 CISTRON should be prominent early; they are the picks in a wide-open battle for the minor spoils. CISTRON has the class edge having won Oaklawn’s Northern Spur, albeit on dirt, last time out.
Race 5: 2-5-6
The Grade III Laz Barrera Stakes
#2 KIMBEAR cuts back after an ill-advised try in the Santa Anita Derby. If he runs back to his maiden breaker at this course and distance he should dispatch these. #5 SUTTON IMPACT steps up off a sharp maiden score; will have to earn it with the presence of #6 ARISTOCRATIC. ARISTOCRATIC figures off a runaway score in the San Pedro over BOBBY ABU DHABI last time out; ignore the trainer change drama.
Race 6: 10-4-6
#10 KINGS RIVER KING lures Baze off consecutive bullet works for his debut for a small-time outfit. The breeding suggests he’ll like the grass; watch the board for a hint. #4 GOSOFAR and #6 PATIENCE OFA SAINT were separated by just a neck when they met in a similar spot two months ago; they appear best of those who’ve already run.
Race 7: 3-8-2-7
#3 INFORMALITY gets needed class relief for Truman, who names Prat to ride for the first time (those two have fired at 31% at Santa Anita this year). If he runs like he did when breaking his maiden over this course on Feb. 2 he should put this restricted claiming field away. #8 ZARQA STAR takes an identical drop to the top choice but his 1-for-14 career record is a bit concerning. However, he was second by a nose at this level at Los Al last December and gets seven pounds from INFORMALITY with the apprentice aboard. #2 REDNECK CRAZY and #7 MAGIC TASTE will be running on late for minor spoils.
Race 8: 4-1-9
#4 MY BOY RUDY, a full brother to two multiple-win starters, shows decent works for his debut for Glatt, who’s gotten off to a hard-luck start at the spring meet (19-1-3-4). A reversal of fortune could be in order against an uninspiring field. #1 HEDOESITINSTYLE flashed speed before tiring late against tougher last time out. See how Nap Lajoie did in the opener for a clue. #9 TANNERS PRIDE is logical off his two-back speed figure as he drops in for a tag; we’ll see if he lives up to his 9-5 program odds.
Race 9: 8-9-6-2
#8 SALSITA is a deserving favorite as she drops down to a spot similar to where she picked up a win in her first start of the year on Feb. 9. Mullins adds blinkers today, and any early zip she might show in this one will only help her in a race lacking confirmed frontrunners. #9 ALL THAT HEAT steps up off a convincing triumph over state breds and keeps Prat; consider. #6 ARETHUSTRA fits on speed figures but could be rusty in her first start since August. She also has gate issues to overcome but gets a promising rider switch to Talamo. #2 SPECIAL GAL is best of the rest.
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