This will be the “last call” for graded stakes for the most part. It is now that you should be paying attention to late works, when they are shipping to Churchill Downs, and most importantly getting your E-Z Win Forms in hand. It is a hard task to keep up on all of the action, so let the professionals help you with your homework. This makes the game more profitable, and allows you to better focus your time on money management, and wagers that bring down the house.
Race #5 – The G-3 San Simeon Handicap – 6 1/2 on the turf – 5:34 p.m. EST
#7 Irish Art (5-2) – Joel Rosario in the irons for Carla Gaines. They are rolling at a 24% win clip this year, and they look to do better with this son of Artie Shiller. Enjoyed the turn back last out, and scored impressively. Owns two very nice works, and the barn wins 22% with runners who just got their picture taken last out. A (horse for the course) HFC angle applies as they are 5/5 ITM at Santa Anita, and 2/2 with wins at the distance.
Race #9 – The G-2 Santa Barbara Stakes – 1 1/4 on the turf – 7:40 p.m. EST
#5 Vamo a Galupiar (5-2) – Mike Smith is the pilot for Neil Drysdale. They are 2/3 ITM at Santa Anita, and made an impressive 5-wide move last out to win by a half a length. She looks to be able to get the distance, and Drysdale wins 29% off a fresh victory. Mr. 5,000 wins and counting always helps your chances, and he is one of the best money riders in the country.
Race #8 – $100,000 Giant’s Causeway – 5 1/2f on the turf – 4:42 p.m. EST
Rain is in the Kentucky forecast, and I am looking for a track with some “give” to it.
#5 Classy Zip (5-1) – J.J. Castellano aboard for Tony Dutrow, and these guys are winning at 36% on the year. A Gulfstream Park shipper, and this has been a good angle all meet as they make their first start back. Go back three races, and you will see she faced the boys at Kee last year. It has been 4 weeks since her last, and the exclamation work at Palm Meadows in 47 flat on the green gives me confidence to go to the windows.
Race #9 – The G-3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes – 1 1/16 – 5:13 p.m. EST
#2 Summer Front (9-2) – Ramon Dominguez and Christophe Clemente hook up in this heat. Exits an impressive win in the Dania Beach, and this son of War Front has done nothing wrong being 3/3 with wins. He was put on the shelf in good order, and is training lights out in the morning for the barn. The last two works were bullets, and if he gets anywhere near 9-2, bet early and often!
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