Saturday, Santa Anita Race 6 — 3:05 pm post time

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden King conquers So. Cal. maiden races

Maiden Special Weight, 7 furlongs, 3-year-olds

Possible overlays                       Morning line

#4 Pauper’s Pride                              5/2
#8 Caspian                                      5/1
#10 Ricoriatoa                                 12/1
#11 Indy Ride                                  12/1

Although their best Beyer Speed Figures are a shade under the 83 median for the level, #4 Pauper’s Pride and #8 Caspian have the type of running style that wins at 7 furlongs.

Trained by Vladimir Cerin, Pauper’s Pride chased Gotmymojoworkin to the wire on Jan 3 while blowing by a weakening Wall Street Wonder in the stretch. Wall Street Wonder returned next time out to win a maiden special weight race easily and has been competiting in stakes since.

Caspian is running in his second start. During his Feb 28 debut, Caspian lagged at the back of the six-horse field then rallied. Unless one of the three first timers show speed, #10 Ricoriatoa should get the lead. He chased quick fractions while wide on Oct. 17 at Keeneland and has been working out well.

Finally, #11 Indy Ride, a first-time starter for trainer Bill Spawr, may be a good bet at the right price.

I will bet $300 on the longer of the two prices between #4 Pauper’s Pride and #8 Caspian and $200 on the shorter price. If either of them are less than 3/1 then I won’t bet that one.  Also, I will take $150 on #11 Indy Ride at 10/1 to 19/1 only, but if Indy Ride doesn’t fall into the odds zone then I want $100 on #10 Ricoriatoa at 14/1 or less.

Results, Santa Anita Saturday Race 5 — won $1,080

see-full-size-image1In this 10-horse field, five of the colts were between 5-to-2 and 6-to-1, which says to me that the public really couldn’t tell who the best horse was.

But soon after the race began, it became increasingly clear that #4 Wall Street Wonder towered over this field and may very well be a stakes horse. The Bob Baffert-trained second-time starter immediately shot to a clear lead, then really poured it on in the stretch to win by 5-1/4 lengths.

I bet $400 on Wall Street Wonder, and was eyeballing first-timers #2 Vanquest and #6 Bridging, but neither fell into the 10/1 to 19/1 odds range that I was looking for.

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1 1 Warring Heart (KY) Valdivia, Jr. J Canani J 22.00 8
2 2 Vanquest (NY) Baze T Sadler J 28.60 6
3 3 Pleasure to Ride (KY) Coa E Hollendorfer J 13.90 7
4 4 Wall Street Wonder (FL) Rosario J Baffert B 2.70 1
5 5 Tevez the Tiger (KY) Bejarano R Harty E 3.40 4
6 6 Bridging (KY) Nakatani C Puype M 4.50 5
7 7 Degree of Power (KY) Gomez G Frankel R 6.40 2
8 8 Steel Blue (KY) Rios J Frankel R 23.00 9
9 9 Mythical Power (KY) Espinoza V Baffert B 6.10 3
10 10 Crack Thepat (KY) Talamo J Biancone P 19.00 10
Pgm Win Place Show
4 $7.40 $4.20 $3.00
7 $7.20 $4.40
9 $4.00
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $24.80 (4-7)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $72.70 (7-5-4)
$1.00 Superfecta
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