Santa Anita Park Race Picks

The Snow Chief Stakes

Sometimes you will hear people who play multi-race sequences refer to a horse or a race as a free square. It usually refers to a short-priced favorite they expect to win, and if that is the case, they should be using it as a single in all their wagers on that sequence. While this can get dicey, and I will explain, I do not believe horse racing ever offers a free square. Where it gets tricky is there are times I will single a short-priced favorite, and you may say this is just semantics, [...]

By |2021-06-18T13:39:30-04:00June 18, 2021|Jon Stettin's Blog, Santa Anita Park Race Picks|

Key Horse Races & Expert Handicapper Bets – June 19, 2021

< Race 8 at Santa Anita - Post Time 4:50 PM Pacific (7:50 eastern) Contenders: Ginobili has a decent shot to post the upset opening at 12/1 as he moves back to dirt after three turf efforts which were so-so at best. He won impressively at six furlongs two summers ago sprinting at Del Mar then three later in his four year old debut in February, 2020 finished second (beaten under a length) to Nadal in the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita at seven furlongs. Back on the SA dirt and with a [...]

Key Horse Races & Expert Handicapper Bets – May 22, 2021

Race 8 at Belmont - Post Time 4:40 PM Eastern Trinni Luck, Bankers Daughter and Breakfastatbonnies are the win contenders. Trinni Luck won her only start and although a maiden claiming race last July it was against open (not restricted) company. She’s been away since then but is now in the top Rudy Rodriguez barn and gets his #1 jockey in Manny Franco as she faces New York bred only. Her last work was the best of the day for a half-mile and she faces a pretty weak field so if able to run [...]

Key Horse Races & Expert Handicapper Bets – May 1, 2021

Honey Ryder Stakes - Race 11 at Gulfstream Park - Post Time 5:37 PM Eastern Mischievous Dream gets slight preference among three win contenders, the other two being Con Lima (the likely favorite) and Karakatsie. Mischievous Dream makes her three year old debut and first start after six months off but the race is on turf at a mile and one-sixteenth and the trainer is Clement, who does very well with horses coming back from six months or more away in turf route. The filly won her career debut last summer at Saratoga in [...]

Key Horse Races & Expert Handicapper Bets – April 3, 2021

Commonwealth Stakes - Race 7 at Keeneland - Post Time 4:24 PM Eastern Hidden Scroll is a standout in my opinion, in spite of opening as the second choice on the morning line at 5 to 2. I just don’t get the 8 to 5 morning line favoritism afforded Flagstaff, who has won just one of his last eight starts going back to the beginning of 2020, and he was only close to winning one of the other seven when beaten a head in September. Furthermore, trainer Sadler just doesn’t seem to know what [...]

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