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Santa Anita Full Card Selections Saturday, June 13, 2015

Santa Anita Full Card Selections Saturday, June 13, 2015: The Santa Anita card on Saturday, June 13, 2015, features two stakes, the Shoemaker Mile (GI), which is included in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, and the Adoration Stakes (GII). This weekend, we’re analyzing the full Santa Anita card composed of nine races and playing some Pick Threes to add some enjoyment to the races.

Santa Anita Park

Is being outside of Beholder in Saturday’s Adoration Stakes an advantage for Warren’s Veneda? That question will be answered when the two square off in the Grade III, $100,000 race for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at 1 1/16 miles. Warren’s Veneda drew post position five to Beholder’s four in the field reduced to six with the scratch of Cast in Silver. Photo: Benoit

Race #1: 6
Thermodynamics is dropping in class. Her last race resulted in a distant second to Sheer Pleasure, a filly that will be running in graded stakes races very soon. Thermodynamics is now facing a weak field, so she should win this race without breaking a sweat.

Race #2: 1, 8
This is a wide open race that anyone can win. Coach John has early speed and will try to use it to win wire-to-wire. Distinctive B is always in the mix and can win against this weak field. She is also dropping in class and entering with good workouts.

Race #3: 6, 3, 7
The 6-1/2-furlong downhill is always a tricky route where experience and post position play an important role. I’m giving Frandontjudge the slight edge because she has nice races on the downhill, and her trainer has a good winning percentage in the first race after he claims a horse. Majestic Minister can take advantage of a hot pace. Now, she switches to high winning percentage jockey Rafael Bejarano, and she also likes the distance. Hugh Knew is back to her favorite surface, the turf. Additionally, she has been recording very nice workouts in preparation for this race.

Race #4: 8, 4, 1
Square Eddie progeny usually win early, and Doug O’Neill’s barn has been hot lately with juveniles. That’s why I’m using Rails as my top pick. Rails was a decent fourth in his debut, and now, he can only improve. Castle was four-wide into the stretch in his debut; however, he was able to finish third, just one length behind the winner. Flavien Prat is again in the saddle, and the horse should appreciate the added distance. Hot Ore is another horse with a nice debut, and, now with a race under his belt, he can win this race.

Shoemaker Mile Stakes – GI
Race #5: 5
The Shoemaker Stakes (GI) is a big opportunity for the Brazilian-bred Bal a Bali to take his first Grade I stakes in the United States. He made his debut at Santa Anita in the American Stakes (GIII) after a long layoff, and he won the race with class. This time, he is going to face Midnight Storm, a good prospect who is also in the eyes of the people. In my opinion, Bal a Bali is going to win this race very easily even though he is facing a small field, a situation that is always tricky. I’m using the Brazilian as a single in all my plays.

Race #6: 7, 9, 8
My Slew is dropping in class for this race after a good performance in a starter handicap. He is the fastest horse of the field. Coolington is another horse that is dropping in class. It’s important to note that his trainer has a high winning percentage when he drops in class horses coming from a victory. Dekko is coming in to this race from a long layoff, but his workouts suggest he is fit.

Race #7: 9, 8, 7
Bam Bam is trying the turf for the first time since his arrival to the United States. It must be highlighted that in Brazil, all his races were on the turf. This time, the added Lasix should help him improve enough to win this race at big odds. Brave Act literally flew in his last race on the downhill. Rafael Bejarano stays in the irons, making this horse dangerous. The debuts for South American horses are always tough, but the Argentinean Labour ran a terrific race in his U.S. debut. Labour was considered a good horse in Argentina, not a freak, but surely he can beat this field.

Adoration Stakes –GIII
Race #8: 4
The Adoration Stakes (GIII) looks like a paid workout for Beholder. Her workouts suggest that she is in shape. If she does not fire for some reason, Warren’s Veneda can win, but it is more likely that we will see Beholder in the winner’s circle again. This race doesn’t offer any value, so all horse racing fans can enjoy this race without betting a dollar.

Race #9: 7,8,2
In the finale, Big Move is the deserved favorite and will try to win this race gate-to-wire. Golden Mamba has good workouts for this race. The field is weak, so she doesn’t need to be something special to win this race. Dixie Tweet is returning from a long layoff, but she looks fit in the mornings. If she can reproduce what she does in the mornings, she should be very tough.

Suggested Plays
Pick 3
3) 6, 3, 7
4) 8, 4, 1
5) 5

Pick 3
4) 8, 4, 1
5) 5
6) 7, 9, 8
In race #7, I’m playing the #9 Bam Bam to win and place.

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