Racing at Santa Anita returns this weekend after a hiatus since March 22, with a pair of stakes races for California-breds topping a 10-race card on Saturday.
Race 6 - $150,000 Echo Eddie Stakes
#7 Bettor Trip Nick (3-1), #8 Big Sweep (5-2), and #9 Phantom Boss (4-1) all drew alongside each other. Bettor Trip Nick puts blinkers on for this, and has won four of his six lifetime starts. He has yet to win on a dirt track, but the son of Boat Trip has always done well sprinting and ran credibly in the California Cup Derby last out.
Big Sweep is a filly taking on the boys. The front-running daughter of Mr. Big broke her maiden on debut here March 14 for trainer Mark Glatt. She opted to go here instead of facing fillies because of the pace scenario.
Phantom Boss was well regarded last year after winning a Grade 3 race at Churchill Downs, but then missed a scheduled start at Del Mar, ran poorly in the I’m Smokin Stakes, and hasn’t run since August 30. Trainer Jorge Periban has given the son of Shackleford eight workouts since his comeback trail began.
Longshot Play: #3 Audace (15-1) was a winner last out over seven furlongs for trainer Mike Puype, showing vast improvement when breaking his maiden on the final day of racing here before the hiatus. Abel Cedillo will ride.
Race 8 - $150,000 Evening Jewel Stakes
#5 Bulletproof One (5-2), #9 Warren’s Showtime (3-1), and #3 Been Studying Her (7-2) all deserve a look as they clash yet again at this level.
Best Bet: Been Studying Her
Bulletproof One has won two in a row on the synthetic track at Golden Gate Fields, and was good enough last year to win two stakes and miss by a head in a turf sprint against males. She has won half of her 10 lifetime starts.
Warren’s Showtime has won two consecutive stakes going a mile on the grass, but cuts back to sprinting on the main track here which she has not done since November 1 when she ran third in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies behind Been Studying Her.
Been Studying Her was good enough to be fourth in Grade 1 company on this track last year after winning her first two races, and added the Golden State Juvenile Fillies before the year was over. She ran poorly on the grass in her 2020 debut, but stays in California with new trainer Art Sherman and switches back to her best game now.
Longshot Play: #4 Dim Lights (15-1) switches to the main track after breaking her maiden on the grass in good form here March 21. Her sire Munnings suggests it won’t be a problem, and owned Nick Alexander often wins these types of races.