Santa Anita Runs Rare Monday Card: Analysis and Selections

Chris Adams

Monday is Indigenous People’s Day which means holiday racing from Santa Anita. It is highly unusual to have such a high profile track running on a Monday.

Monday Santa Anita Analysis

Race 1- Start of the Santa Anita Early Pick 5

Post: 1:00 PM PT; Purse: $61,000 Maiden Special Weight, 5 Furlongs on Turf; Entries: 9

#2 OUBABE is the favorite and makes sense here based on speed figures. #6 EREBUS could be cycling up to a big run in this spot. #8 VANISKY is at odds of 10-1 and boast the best breeding in the group. #7 SYNNIN AND WINNIN is at odds of 6-1 and is in an interesting player if he is live on the tote board.

Selections: 2-6-8-7

Race 2

Post: 1:30 PM PT; Purse: $35,000 Maiden Claiming, 1 Mile on Dirt; Entries: 5

#4 WARRENS CANDY MAN has been close at the distance before. #5 FUNKENSTEIN goes out for top connections and has speed figures that make him a major player. #3 CLUB MESQUITE is at odds of 4-1 could be ready to run a big race here. Finally, #2 CARELESS KITTEN looks to take advantage of a good pace set up.

Selections: 4-5-3-2

Race 3

Post: 2:01 PM PT; Purse: $36,000 Claiming, 1 Mile on Turf; Entries: 9

#8 OVER ATTRACTED looks like she may have a class edge over this crew. #3 STAR OF AFRICA may have the advantage of getting a perfect set up in the race. #7 MISS FLAWLESS has done nothing wrong recently and should be expected to bring a good effort. Lastly, #1 SUGARY has proven herself at this distance in the past and could be ready to repeat those performances.

Selections: 8-3-7-1

Race 4

Post: 2:32 PM PT; Purse: $22,000 Claiming, 1 Mile on Dirt; Entries: 7

#4 MR. DOUGIE FRESH has the strongest overall power rating in race 4 from Santa Anita. #3 MUGARITZ is at odds of 6-1 and is another major player based on the speed figure edge he has on the group. #2 MOUNTAIN SPIRIT looks to be the class of the group while #5 SAYIN GRACE goes out for top connections

Selections: 4-3-2-5

Race 5- Start of the Santa Anita Rainbow Pick 6

Post: 3:04 PM PT; Purse: $28,000 Claiming, 1 Mile on Turf; Entries: 11

The Santa Anita Rainbow pick 6 kicks off with #10 SEARCHING FOR GOLD who should have the stamina to outlast these types. #3 OX BRIDGE will look to improve on his record at the distance with a big run here. #2 BUD KNIGHT is competitive in all handicapping metrics and has to be considered a major player. #5 AVIGALE is another runner who could factor in the number for trainer Jeff Mullins.

Selections: 10-3-2-5

Race 6- Start of the Santa Anita Late Pick 5

Post: 3:36 PM PT; Purse: $17,000 Maiden Claiming, 1 Mile on Dirt; Entries: 10

#2 FOR LOVE NOT MONEY comes in as the favorite for top human connections. #5 CURIOUS INJI has the best speed figures and has to be respected. #10 BIG MOON has been competitive at the distance in the past. #9 RATTRAPANTE is at odds of 4-1 and the breeding suggests this one could have a big run on Santa Anita turf well within the scope of possibility.

Selections: 2-5-10-9 (Best Bet: #2)

Race 7

Post: 4:08 PM PT; Purse: $63,000 Allowance Optional Claiming, 6 Furlongs on Turf; Entries: 8

#3 LITTLE JUANITO the deserving favorite based on class and form. #5 ROOKIE MISTAKE has a number of positive signals. At 10-1 this one is a must use up and down the ticket. #7 TILTED TOWERS comes in for good connections and should be respected. #4 FIGHT ON is a shorter price but may look to get the best of the race flow en route to the victory here.

Selections: 3-5-7-4

Race 8

Post: 4:40 PM PT; Purse: $24,000 Claiming, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 11

#8 SPEED PASS has the best speed ratings and class of any horse in the race. #1 DARK PRINCE should have no trouble in the late stages of the race and could carry the group to the finish. #9 AFTERNOON HEAT is at odds of 20-1 and may be the kind of horse that can spring a major upset. #4 PELICAN WAY has been going well of late and will look to make a big run of it here.

Selections: 8-1-9-4

Race 9

Post: 5:12 PM PT; Purse: $35,000 Maiden Claiming, 1 Mile on Turf; Entries: 12

#7 EAGLE CHIEF is at odds of 4-1 may have the pace edge in the penultimate race at Santa Anita. #4 SOLO ANIMO is well bred to like the turf mile distance. #10 ROSENQUIST has proven he can hit the board at the distance. Perhaps today he could elevate to the top spot and graduate. #8 STAR SAILOR enters with the top speed figures for really solid connections.

Selections: 7-4-10-8

Race 10

Post: 5:42 PM PT; Purse: $63,000 Allowance Optional Claiming, 1 Mile on Dirt; Entries: 9

In the last from Santa Anita I like#4 NICE ICE is at odds of 5-1. This one may just get the pace advantage that separates her from the field. #8 BYE BYE BERTIE has class to suggest she could be a player her. #9 VELVET SLIPPERS is at odds of 2-1 and has to be respected coming from the Baffert barn with Flavien Prat in the reigns. #6 MORAZ is an old pro with plenty to go off in the speed department.

Selections: 4-8-9-6

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