A big night at Santa Anita on Friday where Kittyhawk Lass could be the best bet on the card as she looks set to take advantage of favourable conditions in the sixth race (below).
Mike Puype’s charge will enjoy the drop to a mile & the fast underfoot conditions. She’ll be doing her best work from off the pace & we expect her to muster a big finish and sweep late for the spoils.
Brix is sure to be all the rage here after going close to losing his maiden tag when dropped to this trip March 2nd. Betito is a full brother of a sprint winner & he moved well in his race course prep and looks an interesting recruit that could be worth chancing each way at a price.
Top Of The Game will be looking to get back to winning ways after recent disappointments at Golden Gate. Preference is for the consistent Camino De Estrella who has finished in the top 3 in 10 of his 18 starts and lost out by the narrowest of margins Feb 8 Turf Paradise.
Trafficskillingme has been in good form at Turf Paradise and will try to make all in this small field.
K P Whirlwind who sports first time blinkers will be held up off the pace early on and could have this race run to suit.
Blackout disappointed in his first run for a new stable Feb 17 but he has returned to Peter Millers barn & has solid form in this grade. Spanish Hombre returns from a two year absence & would be well up to winning this if stripping fully fit.
The versatile Tromador went close in this grade over slightly further March 6th. Trainer Ryan Hanson has booked the services of Jorge Velez for Tromador’s first run for the stable. He looks sure to play his cards early on as the colt is effective over further. Minoso rates the main threat and will enjoy this drop in class. His lack of a win in almost two years and overall strike rate of only one win in 17 are negatives.
Kittyhawk Lass is better than recent form lines would suggest. The drop to a mile & ease in grade will help. She’ll be doing her best work from half way and this race should pan out nicely for her.
Buyback has been in good form lately & Jorge Velez gets the leg up in her first run for trainer Matthew Chew. She could represent value for the forecast.
Trainer Bob Baffert looks to have a strong hand in this race with Merneith and As Time Goes By. Mike Smith takes over in the saddle on Merneith and this one has the benefit of previous race experience & went close to losing her maiden tag in a decent contest last month. Smith should set decent fractions up front and she should be very hard to pass.
Much More Halo has shown ability in his four starts to date. He steps back up in trip after being beaten favourite over a sprint trip Feb 23rd. Absolute Unit gets a narrow vote as he’s shown steady improvement and is only having his second start over this trip and only narrowly failed in a better race Feb 16th.
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