The weekend kicks off with a big day of racing at Santa Anita on Saturday. We’ve got an 11 race card to cover including 5 Stakes races. Tiago is back in action looking to turn the tables on Air Commander in the Grade 2 Strub. Hysterical lady, who finished second behind Eclipse Award winner Ginger Punch in the Breeder’s Cup Distaff heads a field of 6 in the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap. Awesome Gem drops in from the Thunder Road Handicap after finishing 3rd behind Curlin and Hard Spun in the Breeder’s Cup Classic. The feature races appear to be a bit favorite heavy, but let’s take a closer look at the card and see if we can’t separate out some winners nonetheless.
#1 Two Turns (4/1)
#12 Bearing Point (15/1)
#13 Dee’s Fling (7/2)
The first race is a $25k maiden claimer going 1 1/8 miles over the main track. #1 Two Turns ran a pretty good race last time out to grab second late. I could see this one rolling again late as long as the inside post doesn’t cause a problem. #13 Dee’s Fling will have to draw in from the also eligible list in order to run, but if he does it looks like he would be a huge threat to beat this field. There’s not a whole lot of talent here and the outside post could be an issue, but most of those to the inside appear to be slightly lesser. #12 Bearing Point takes the biggest class drop of the field from Maiden Special Weight $45k level. That’s an angle I always give a lot of attention to since the special-weight ranks are usually so much more competitive than these relatively cheap maiden claimers. I’ll take 15/1 on such a drop all day long. Read the rest of this entry »