November 2011

It’s a closing day for the Autumn Santa Anita season with a mandatory Pick-6 payoff that includes a carryover pool of $55,422.

The first two races look fairly difficult and contentious. #3 Sabe adds blinkers and retains Bejarano so he’ll get plenty of action in the lid-lifter, an extended sprint for maiden claiming juveniles. #1 May Weather should be a contender based on the always powerful straight maiden to maiden claiming class drop plus the switch from turf to dirt. He’s a fit on figures and picks up Espinoza.

A tough mid grade claiming sprint ushers in the program and we’ll go three deep in our rolling exotics. Jaws n’ Paws drops to her lowest level ever and has plenty of back numbers that make her dangerous in this league. She’s effective on any surface and should be prominent throughout. Touch of Elegance is another class dropper and has plenty of zip; she will take them as far as she can. Subpoena the Dress returns to her claim (and winning) level for Pederson, has always been partial to this track, and has the perfect stalking style for this particular race.

Friday’s program begins with a modest maiden claiming sprint for juveniles, with #2 Ello Guv making his first start for Craig Lewis after being claimed for $40,000 last month. Lewis drops this gelding down to the $30,000 level and has found a rather easy spot; the son of Discreet Cat has trained well of late for his new connections and can win this race with a repeat of his promising debut run at Del Mar in August.

The final week of the Santa Anita autumn meeting begins with a short priced favorite, #2 Muny, appearing well placed in the opener. Fresh from a sharp score over the course last month against a slightly lesser field, the veteran gelding seems quite capable of winning on the raise with Talamo staying aboard for Mitchell. There’s not much value to be had at 7/5 on the morning line, but son of Najran seems like a logical rolling exotic single.