Saturday, Santa Anita Race 9 — 4:38 p.m. post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden claiming $25,000, 7 furlongs, 4-yo’s and up

Possible overlays                          Morning line

#2 Sleep Tight                                       3/1
#10 Sunny Peace                                 7/2
#11 Tiz Salsa                                           5/1

The Mike Mitchell-trained #2 Sleep Tight broke slowly on Dec. 13 and was quickly seven lengths behind, however she rallied to be second. Mitchell has been excellent over the years with second timers and this one has a big shot. 

Jockey Alex Solis took #10 Sunny Peace to the lead in her first race on the synthetic Dec. 10. For the first part of 2008, Sunny Peace was showing speed in grass route races over in England. She’s dropping in class and running her shortest lifetime distance. If this horse sits off the pace a bit and comes with a run it can win, especially if #2 Sleep Tight doesn’t fire her best shot. 

On the outside, Rafael Bejarano rides #11 Tiz Salsa who is running her second race after a seven-month vacation. I only like her if she’s bet down.

Therefore, I will bet $300 on #2 Sleep Tight at odds of 2/1 and up. But if Sleep Tight is bet too low then I’ll put $200 to win on #11 Tiz Salsa only if she is less than 4/1.  

If those two horses don’t fall into their odds ranges, then I want $150 to win on #10 Sunny Peace at 2/1 or better.

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