Friday Racing Picks: Santa Anita
John DaSilva ends the week off with his picks from Santa Anita this Friday.
Race 1 – Pick #4 Holly Hundy (6-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
We had talked about him in the past and as long as he continues to give us value, we shall continue to promote him as the best turf rider in America. Umberto Rispoli has taken Southern California by storm since arriving from Hong Kong. This year Rispoli has won with 26% (72 for 277) of his turf mounts, the highest winning percentage of any jockey in the top ten with turf winners. Last time out, Rispoli got Holly Hundy to finish full of run, but had too much ground make up and was beaten two and a half lengths. He should learn off that effort and with slight stretch out in distance and remaining at the same level, will get a better trip and get up in time for the victory versus these.
Race 7 – Pick #4 Grit and Curiosity (6-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
When it comes to turf sprints, there are not many trainers better than Peter Miller. He has trained winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in the last three years and in two of the three years he also trained second-place finisher. In the past year, Miller has a record 26 for 103 (25%) in turf sprints. Grit and Curiosity returns to turf for his stakes debut and seeks his third consecutive victory while making his first start since February. He has been working well at San Luis Rey Downs for this spot and Luis Saez, who is in town to ride Maximum Security tomorrow, picks up the mount here.
Race 9 – Pick #6 Awesome Drive (5-1 ML) - Click here to bet with TVG
Awesome Drive steps up in class while seeking her fourth consecutive victory. She broke her maiden as the favorite at Los Alamitos on dirt three back and was claimed by Doug O’Neill. He put her on turf, switched jockey to Umberto Rispoli and he was able to get her up in time to win her next two starts by a neck at this distance. Despite the step up in class, when you have a combination like Rispoli and O’Neill (26%) together and your getting value, just go to windows.
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