Santa Anita Sunday: Speakeasy Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Implications

Chris Adams

Sunday’s Santa Anita card carries Breeders’ Cup implications. The Speakeasy stakes will stamp a ticket for hopeful Juvenile turf sprint runners.

Santa Anita Park- Race 1

Post: 1:00 PM PT; $61k Maiden Special Weight going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 9

  • #5 PRIDE OF THE NILE (9-5) should improve off the first start and gets the top selection. She should have gotten plenty out of the debut.
  • #3 THREE STRANDS (4-1) projects to sit mid pack and come with one run. She’s likely to improve off the first start.
  • #2 LA PEER (3-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of D'Amato and Vazquez.
  • #1 FOURTH STREET (6-1) has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.

Selections: 5 – 3 – 2 – 1

Santa Anita Park- Race 2

Post: 1:34 PM PT; $37k Claiming going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #4 NICE GUY CLAY (4-1) is the top pick. He goes out for the Koriner barn and gets Berrios in the irons. This one has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #3 TROUBADOUR (5-2) appears to be a major player in this race. He has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #5 DUTCH BUS (7-2) could be in with a shot in this race and makes sense on speed figures.
  • #7 MICKY FROM WEXFORD (4-1) feels like a fringe contender in this spot. He seems to fit well enough here.

Selections: 4 – 3 – 5 – 7

Santa Anita Park- Race 3

Post: 2:06 PM PT; $61k Maiden Special Weight going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 8

  • #8 TEA N CONVERSATION (7-2) looks best here. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Mccarthy and Bravo.
  • #1 AMI PLEASE (8-1) should improve off the first start and should be competitive in this spot. She shouldn't have trouble with the 1 mile distance.
  • #6 DIVINELY BOLT (6-1) comes into the race in really good form.
  • #5 ANACARO (3-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Callaghan and Berrios.

Selections: 8 – 1 – 6 – 5

Santa Anita Park- Race 4

Post: 2:38 PM PT; $200k Zenyatta S. going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 5

  • #2 MIDNIGHT MEMORIES (8-5) appears to be a major player in this race. She has races good enough to beat this group. This one comes into the race in really good form.
  • #5 SAMURAI CHARM (2-1) shouldn't have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #4 AWAKE AT MIDNYTE (5-1) should be competitive in this spot. She may benefit from a hot pace up front. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #3 SOOTHSAY (2-1) should be competitive in this spot. She may get the right pace scenario to be a factor here.

Selections: 2 – 5 – 4 – 3

Santa Anita Park- Race 5

Post: 3:08 PM PT; $100k Speakeasy S. going 5 furlongs on turf; Entries: 9

  • #9 SPEED BOAT BEACH (4-5) should improve off the a really solid debut effort. He may benefit from a hot pace up front. If he can match the maiden breaker the rest may be running to clunk up for the minors.
  • #2 STRAIGHTEN UP (6-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He seems to fit well enough here. This one should be part of the early pace in this spot.
  • #3 AH JEEZ (6-1)may be the class of the field based on the company kept in recent starts.
  • #8 WOUND UP (20-1) is a price horse and should be competitive in this spot. He has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.

Selections: 9 – 2 – 3 – 8

Santa Anita Park- Race 6

Post: 3:38 PM PT; $100k Chillingworth S. going 6 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 6

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  • #3 CE CE (3-5) looks best here. She has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #1 TEDDY'S BARINO (5-2) has run against some really good runners of late. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #2 UNDER THE STARS (5-2) appears to be a major player in this race. She is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race. This one makes sense on speed figures.
  • #5 SCENIC MASTERPIECE (20-1) is a price horse and seems to be running for the minor placings in this contest. Extended dirt sprints hit this one between the eyes.

Selections: 3 – 1 – 2 – 5

Santa Anita Park- Race 7

Post: 4:08 PM PT; $61k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on turf; Entries: 9

  • #9 QUEEN'S CODE (5-2) gets the top selection. He looks to be the class of the field. This one goes out for the Gaines barn and gets Bravo in the irons.
  • #4 SYNNIN AND WINNIN (4-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Koriner and Vazquez.
  • #2 ORTH (5-1) should be part of the early pace in this spot.
  • #7 EXCLAMATION (20-1) is a price horse and is probably best to put underneath on most tickets. He comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 9 – 4 – 2 – 7

Santa Anita Park- Race 8

Post: 4:38 PM PT; $100k Tokyo City Cup S. going 1 1/2 miles on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #1 TIZAMAGICIAN (5-2) is the top pick. He goes out for the Mandella barn and gets Smith in the irons. This one looks to be the class of the field.
  • #4 EXTRA HOPE (5-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He seems to fit well enough here. This one comes into the race in really good form.
  • #3 HEYWOODS BEACH (3-1) should be competitive in this spot. He goes out for the Sadler barn and gets Vazquez in the irons. This one has races good enough to beat this group.
  • #2 NEWGRANGE (8-1) could get the right setup in this race. This one has enjoyed these dirt marathons in the past.

Selections: 1 – 4 – 3 – 2

Santa Anita Park- Race 9

Post: 5:08 PM PT; $63k Allowance going about 6 1/2 furlongs on downhill turf; Entries: 14

  • #9 GILLIAN ELIZABETH (3-1) looks best here. She makes sense on speed figures. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #13 WOODBINE WAY (8-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #5 MA FRANCE (6-1) appears to be a major player in this race. She makes sense on speed figures.
  • #11 SHES'A PERFECTLADY (5-1) has to be respected going out for the combination of Sadler and Hernandez.

Selections: 9 – 13- 5 – 11

Santa Anita Park- Race 10

Post: 5:38 PM PT; $63k Allowance Optional Claiming going 1 1/8 miles on turf; Entries: 13

  • #11 BARRISTER'S RIDE (10-1) is a price horse and gets the top selection. She will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.
  • #7 EMERALD LAKE (8-1) has the top overall power rating in the group. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #12 LADY CLEMENTINE (3-1) has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #8 GET ON THE BUS (8-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.

Selections: 11- 7 – 12- 8

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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.