2 days. 14 races. Artificial dirt. Rock hard turf. Euro invasion. Net result? I don’t have a clue about anything. Not that that will stop me from firing away with handfuls of cash. Or firing away here with mindless thoughts.
Filly and Mare Sprint
The scratch of Indyanne should ease some of the early pace pressure and perhaps make it easier for Indian Blessing to get involved earlier. I give Zaftig the best chance of beating Indian Blessing. I don’t know if they’ll get up for the win, but Intangaroo and Ventura should be able to make a run at the leaders in the stretch. I’ll be including Magnificience underneath in the exotics.
Juvenile Fillies Turf
Laragh could steal the race on the lead like she did in the Jessamine, and I’ll bet on that eventuality, but I expect the Euros to be fully involved at the finish. I also like Sugar Mom alot. I think a dime super box of Laragh, Sugar Mom, April Pride, Heart Shaped and Beyond Our Reach will be $12 well spent. (If Internallyflawless makes it in from the Also Eligible list, she is worth a look, as well).
Stardom Bound is obviously the horse to beat, but there are lots of other interesting fillies in here. Sky Diva and Dream Empress have looked good. The Euro, Pursuit of Glory didn’t fly this far west for the weather and could be a good one. C. S. Silk’s stakes victory at Arlington was only a Grade 3, but she’s been working like a monster. I just wish at least one of the works had been at Santa Anita. I would have given a lot of thought to making Doremifasollatido my top pick if she wasn’t stuck way out in post 13. That can’t be helpful. Yeah, I know, I just named about half the field, but the favorite is a 2 year old closer in a big field and that can lead to all kinds of problems. I’ll go as deep as I can here to catch a price if Stardom Bound comes up short.
Filly and Mare Turf
Wait A While certainly has home court advantage (3 for 3 at Santa Anita), but had to work hard to hold on last out in the Yellow Ribbon. If she’s not at her best, there are a host of runners ready to take advantage. She should see lively pace upfront with Folk Opera and Dynaforce going for the lead and the Euro Halfway to Heaven being forwardly placed, as well. That should be to the benefit of Mauralakana and Forever Together.
Ladies’ Classic (Distaff)
The talent in this race is truly spectacular, but as deep and accomplished as the field is, Zenyatta has been even more impressive. The undefeated filly has answered every call and if she can overcome this bunch, deserves to get some consideration for Horse of the Year.
Good luck, have fun, and save some money for Saturday.