American Pharoah, Chandelier Top Anta Anita Breeders’ Cup Preview

Chris Adams

Sunday’s Santa Anita card carries Breeders’ Cup implications. The card features three win and you’re in events for the fall event.

Santa Anita- Race 1

Post: 1:00 PM PT; $35k Maiden Claiming going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 13

  • #5 LOOKINTOGETEVEN (7-2) has races good enough to beat this group. This one has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #3 UNWHIRLED (5-1) seems to fit well enough here. This one could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #2 VERY SCARY (4-1) is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.
  • #12 BABY'S DREAM (5-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Cerin and Rispoli.

Selections: 5 – 3 – 2 – 12

Santa Anita- Race 2

Post: 1:30 PM PT; $65k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #4 APPREHEND (8-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #6 MASTERING (4-1) will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late. This one seems to fit well enough here.
  • #5 AMERICAN ADMIRAL (3-1) shouldn't have trouble with the 1 mile distance.
  • #3 HOLDEN THE LUTE (5-2) has races good enough to beat this group.

Selections: 4 – 6 – 5 – 3

Santa Anita- Race 3

Post: 2:02 PM PT; $61k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on turf; Entries: 13

  • #7 CUBAN CRISIS (5-1) has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip. This one has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #3 DREAM A DREAM (15-1) is a price horse and shouldn't have trouble with the 6 furlong distance. This one runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here.
  • #12 TAKEMEBYTHEHAND (6-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one is well bred for this spot.
  • #8 IZZY EM (12-1) is a price horse and goes out for the O'Neill barn and gets Rispoli in the irons.

Selections: 7 – 3 – 12- 8

Santa Anita- Race 4

Post: 2:34 PM PT; $61k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #3 BLESSED TOUCH (6-1) should improve off the first start and comes off of a really good debut.
  • #1 CALIFORNIA ROCKET (5-2) debuts here and has to be respected going out for the combination of Baffert and Hernandez. This one is well bred for this spot.
  • #7 DANCING MO (20-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #6 ALWAYS AT EASE (5-1) makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 3 – 1 – 7 – 6

Santa Anita- Race 5

Post: 3:06 PM PT; $300k Rodeo Drive S. going 1 1/4 miles on downhill turf; Entries: 7

  • #7 FAMILY WAY (5-2) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #2 FLUFFY SOCKS (2-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Brown and Bravo. This one should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #3 GOING TO VEGAS (5-2) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #5 NEIGE BLANCHE (5-1) fits on speed figures.

Selections: 7 – 2 – 3 – 5

Santa Anita- Race 6

Post: 3:38 PM PT; $200k Chandelier S. going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #3 HOME COOKING (3-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Baffert and Smith. This one has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #5 AND TELL ME NOLIES (3-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #2 ICE DANCING (10-1) is a price horse and makes sense on speed figures. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #4 HUNTINGCOCO (7-2) should improve off the first start and goes out for the Baffert barn and gets Maldonado in the irons.

Selections: 3 – 5 – 2 – 4

Santa Anita- Race 7

Post: 4:08 PM PT; $36k Starter Optional Claiming going 6 furlongs on turf; Entries: 13

  • #9 FORGIVING SPIRIT (8-1) shouldn't have trouble with the 6 furlong distance. This one has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #10 WHO'S CANDY (12-1) is a price horse and makes sense on speed figures. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #13 MY SUMMER DREAM (3-1) will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.
  • #11 DETROIT CITY (8-1) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end. This one seems to fit well enough here.

Selections: 9 – 10- 13- 11

Santa Anita- Race 8

Post: 4:38 PM PT; $300k American Pharoah S. going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 8

Cave Rock | Bloodhorse
  • #5 CAVE ROCK (4-5) has to be respected going out for the combination of Baffert and Hernandez.
  • #8 HEJAZI (5-2) goes out for the Baffert barn and gets Smith in the irons.
  • #6 NATIONAL TREASURE (6-1) should improve off the first start and shouldn't have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance.
  • #7 SKINNER (5-1) could get the right setup in this race. This one comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 5 – 8 – 6 – 7

Santa Anita- Race 9

Post: 5:08 PM PT; $65k Allowance Optional Claiming going about 6 1/2 furlongs on downhill turf; Entries: 10

  • #6 GYPSY KING (6-1) seems to fit well enough here. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #3 RIP CITY (7-2) looks to be the class of the field. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #9 CHASIN MUNNY (6-1) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #2 TURN ON THE JETS (4-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one has to be respected going out for the combination of D'Amato and Hernandez.

Selections: 6 – 3 – 9 – 2

Santa Anita- Race 10

Post: 5:38 PM PT; $63k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 1/8 miles on turf; Entries: 10

  • #10 MIDNIGHT JOSTAR (4-1) may benefit from a hot pace up front.
  • #6 RED KING (5-1) has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here. This one goes out for the D'Amato barn and gets Cedillo in the irons.
  • #8 FLY THE SKY (5-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Knapp and Hernandez.
  • #4 PERFECT FLIGHT (10-1) is a price horse and comes into the race in really good form. This one goes out for the Miller barn and gets Berrios in the irons.

Selections: 10- 6 – 8 – 4

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Chris Adams
Chris Adams

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.

Chris first got introduced to horse racing in 2009 at Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN). Along with handicapping and betting, Chris has worked as a teller at his local track and participated in ownership partnerships. He now enjoys sharing his passion with his wife and two young daughters who love going out to the track each and every summer.