Santa Anita (Sunday-3/20/22)

Analysis & Selections By: Dean Keppler @Keppskorner

BEST BET: 1-Moonlight d’Oro (Race #8)

Race #1: 7-Shes’ a Bit Sassy was a much-improved 2nd when stretching back out on the turf for the second time and looks to be the speed of the speed again this afternoon.  4-Barrister’s Ride is likely to improve off troubled trip debut and is bred to handle a route of ground. 3-Abhita makes 3rd start off the layoff for trainer Craig Lewis and late running filly is an obvious stretch-running threat if a salty early pace materializes.

Selections: 7-4-3

Race #2: The hard-trying veteran gelding 3-Storminside is 11 for 47 lifetime and ships back in from Golden Gate in sharp form. He goes 2nd off the claim for trainer Jonathan Wong who has excellent numbers with this angle. 6-Speed Pass gets major class relief this afternoon shipping back in from Los Al and has run decent enough here in prior starts. 2-Tromadar has a pair of victories locally and comes in off a win at LA.

Selections: 3-6-2

Race #3: The ultra-consistent mare 6-Bye Bye Bertie is 10 for 22 lifetime and has won 4 of her last 5 starts for trainer Leonard Powell. She’s never been asked to go this far but today’s extended trip should be well within her reach. She looks like the controlling speed and a tough chalk to try and beat. 1-Clockstrikestwelve is back on her preferred surface and should be able to work out a decent trip from the rail. 2-Mercy Mercy moves up in class seeking 3rd straight for Hess.

Selections: 6-1-2

Race #4: Recent Maiden winner 3-Marie makes first start against winners for new barn after being claimed for $20k on February 27. The lightly raced 5-year-old scored the field’s best last-out Beyer (68) with that win and looks like a prime repeat candidate. This jockey/trainer combo scored with recent claim Starship Chewbacca on Feb 12. 1-Lila At the Beach is back on the main track where she broke her Maiden and gets much needed class relief today. 4-Sue Ettas Ghost goes turf to dirt; route to sprint and has been facing much better competition the last several months.

Selections: 3-1-4

Race #5: First time gelding 1-Mubtadaa has been freshened for new connections and has trained well locally for west coast unveiling. The speedy 8-Trainer Please comes in as the likely favorite off back-to-back runner-up efforts and makes the all-important 3rd start off the layoff today for trainer Doug O’Neil. 5-Famous Star is by multiple G1 winner Frosted and attracts Prat for unveiling for Sadler barn.

Selections: 1-8-5

Race #6: 8-Circle of Stars had all kinds of trouble in debut try when bobbling and shuffled at the start and then taking a bad step and having the jockey lose the irons before finally recovering and finishing last. Toss that debacle. This filly deserves another chance today dropping into claimers for a jockey/trainer combo that have teamed up to win with a pair of 2nd time starters.  Beaten favorite 6-For Love Not Money makes 3rd start off the bench and comes in with back-to-back 2nd place efforts. She’s run par or better for this level. 3-Cayton Kid is now making career start number 7 but has speed and figures to be the front runner at the head of the stretch.

Selections: 8-6-3

Race #7: Top sprinter 2-Brickyard Ride is 10 for 22 lifetime and has proven his versatility handling both dirt and turf. The 5-year-old comes into today’s stake race with back-to-back wins over the main track and looks like the controlling speed again switching back to grass. Short price. The graded-stakes placed 1-Indian Peak comes off a good 2nd in the Grade 3 San Simeon and should appreciate today’s class relief. He projects to sit a favorable ground-saving trip with today’s inside draw. 5-Riding With Dino is reunited with winning rider and could trip out nicely.

Selections: 2-1-5

Race #8: 1-Moonlight d’Oro is unproven on grass but drops in class today off the freshening and attracts Prat who is 12 for 26 (60%) with a $3.38 ROI with Richard Mandella runners returning off 61 to 180 days the past 3 years. Sharp work pattern. 3-Rocking Redhead has speed; is nicely drawn inside and proven at today’s trip. She’s likely to move forward making 2nd start off the bench for Baltas. 7-Moraz has good tactical early foot which usually allows her to work out a favorable trip. Her last three turf Beyers fit well here.

Selections: 1-3-7

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