Saturday, Santa Anita Race 3 — 1:31 pm post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden claiming $25,000, 5-1/2 furlongs, 4 yo’s and up

Possible overlays                                     Morning line

#8 Smokin Anne                                             3/1

A few horses, in their previous races, have exceeded the median winning Beyer Speed Figure of 68 for this level.

Speed horse #6 Hannah’s Moment ran a 73 Beyer on Jan. 3 when she was loose on the lead against $40,000 maiden claimers. A 7-year-old maiden, #7 Shezbad is coming off a 21-month layoff, but four of her five races in 2006-07 met or exceeded a 68 Beyer. And the 2-to-1 morning line favorite, #11 River Spey finished third on Jan. 30 while running a 73.

However, I am focusing on  #8 Smokin Anne. This 5-year-old mare has been off for 2-1/2 years, but showed good speed as a 2-year-old while finishing second against 10 maiden special weight rivals. Trainer Robert Hess has put a couple of quick workouts into her and if she’s well bet I will take it as a positive.

Therefore, I will wager $350 to win on #8 Smokin Anne at 2/1 to 7/2 only.

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