Santa Anita (Friday-6/3/2022)

Analysis & Selections By: Dean Keppler @Keppskorner

BEST BET: 3-Maxim Moment (Race #3)

Race #1: 4-Cocktail Princess attracted strong support in April 30 debut and finished a decent second after flashing good speed. The filly by multiple G1 winner Stay Thirsty ran just short of par for this level in that encouraging unveiling. A normal progression forward will make her tough to beat this afternoon. 6-It’s Saul Right closed well enough to grab the place spot in unveiling May 13. Despite the slow Beyer in debut, this barn does well with second time starters and improvement is likely. 2-Ceiling Crusher is one of two fillies represented by trainer Luis Mendez. This gal comes in with some snappy a.m. drills and attracts leading rider Juan Hernandez who wins at a 30% clip for these connections.

Selections: 4-6-2

Race #2: 4-Commander Khai comes in off a pair of trouble lines but has good positional speed and shows two encouraging drills since last start. 7-Donic a pair of back-to-back runner-up efforts and improving Beyer pattern makes this colt the one to beat in here. 3-Comradery goes first off the claim for trainer Steve Knapp and cuts back to a sprint. This barn has above average numbers with newly acquired purchases and Hernandez sticks.

Selections: 4-7-3

Race #3: 3-Maxim Moment stretches back out for career start number nine for trainer Phil D’Amato and looks like the likely pacesetter. This 4-year-old gelding lands in a soft spot and owns the field’s best last-out Beyer (72). This looks like graduation day. 1-M K Heart ships in from Golden Gate and drops in to face Maiden Claimers for the first time. This barn is a strong 4 for 12 (33%) at SA with today’s class drop the past 2 years. 4-Amadmadworld goes turf to dirt and gets key rider change making career start number three.

Selections: 3-1-4

Race #4: 3-Sai Con has run par or better on multiple occasions and comes off a sharp second May 7. 5-Curly Esa comes out of the same race as top pick and makes 3rd start off the layoff. 2-Pass Interference is by G1 winner Jimmy Creed; debuts with Lasix and has some decent looking morning drills.

Selections: 3-5-2

Race #5: Beaten favorite 2-Red Panty Night moves up in class off decent third place finish and appears to be the speed of the speed. 1-Roses for Suzzett adds blinkers; drops in class and ships in from Turf Paradise. 6-Liberalism comes off a good second with a best last-out Beyer (67) and has speed from the outside.

Selections: 2-1-6

Race #6: 1-Spirit Maker goes dirt to turf and projects to sit a favorable ground-saving trip. The 4-year-old gelding switches back to Hernandez. The Maiden 6-Flint Stroll was a good 2nd in last against “winners” after being Dq’d from top honors two-back. The gelding’s back-to-back (78) turf Beyers make him the one to beat again in here. 7-Halfbarberbingie was not disgraced when meeting winners for the first time in most recent start and has a substantial late kick if able to get an adequate pace to close into.

Selections: 1-6-7

Race #7: 2-Americaredwhiteblu looks to reverse the decision over Redline making second start off the claim and 2nd off the layoff for trainer Mark Glatt. The speedy 3-No Hang Charlie comes off the mini-freshening for new barn and gets in light once again. 4-Redline defeated the top choice and improved dramatically when switched back to the main track but did have a very favorable trip and his effort on paper appears better than actual effort.

Selections: 2-3-4

Race #8: The lightly raced 6-Claddagh Cure ran a decent 4th in debut at long odds and could improve immensely stretching out today for Gallagher. The 3-year-old filly is by multiple G1 winner Shaman Ghost who excelled routing. 9-Warren’s Showgirl goes sprint to route and makes 2nd start off the bench for trainer Craig Lewis. The 3-year-old filly gets key rider change to Hernandez this afternoon. 7-Big Attraction comes out of the April 10 debut race that’s produced a pair of next-out winners and has trained smartly since then for trainer Tim Yakteen.

Selections: 6-9-7

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