Saturday, May 31, 2014

Stakes Saturday on Santa Anita Turf

We are a week away from the "Test of a Champion", The Belmont Stakes.  On this Stakes Saturday we take a look at a vibrant Turf race in sunny Southern California.

Santa Anita Park Race 8 {American Oaks~G1~1 1/4 mile~TURF~3 year old~fillies~Stakes}
A purely good crop of eight will take to the Turf in this wonderful graded stakes race.  There is a little bit of speed which may make the race even more interesting.  These gals are closely matched and any one of them is capable of making their way to the winners circle.

#3 Little Journey (Bravo / C. Brown) will be making her second North American start after successful racing in France. She holds the second highest last out speed number, is working a two race progression, and has put in three steady workouts.  This daughter of Great Journey [JPN] should track the pace closely and strike in the stretch.
$2 WIN  / $3 PLACE  / $4 SHOW.

#6 Tiz the Key (T. Baze / Mandella) should challenge in her third start of the form cycle.  She holds the third highest last out speed number covering this distance and has put in four superb workouts. As a daughter of Tiznow, she should be forwardly placed ready to pounce.
$2 PLACE  / $3 SHOW.

#4 Sweet Bliss (Nakatani / Shirreffs) will contend with a couple of very good last out speed numbers and two hearty workouts.  This daughter of Street Cry [IRE] enjoys the Santa Anita turf and should be closing fast through the stretch.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#2 Nashoba's Gold (Talamo / Gaines) should be in the hunt with the fourth highest (3-way tie) last out speed number and two robust workouts.  This daughter of Smart Strike will be attempting her third win in a row.  She is another that should be tracking the pace closely.

#5 Kissin Lucky Lips (Blanc / Puype) could be the big surprise if left alone on the lead.  She is the true lone speed  sharing the fourth highest last out speed number which has improved every time in her last five races.  This daughter of Dunkirk could be the bomb on today's Santa Anita card.

10 CENT Superfecta

#3 Little Journey  /  #6 Tiz the Key  /  #4 Sweet Bliss  /  #2 Nashoba's Gold, #5 Kissin Lucky Lips.

Friday's Results
Santa Anita R4.  Claiming.  Our first pick, Gelila, finished 3rd for show money of $3.80.  Our second pick, Belonging, won (1st) for show money of $3.00.
Superfecta went 6-1-4-7.
Bankroll gets a lift to $34.74.

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