January 2012

A double Pick-6 carryover pool of $239,519 awaits Sunday handicappers at Santa Anita. The scheme (races 4-9) offers no slam dunk singles, so there’s a good chance for a blockbuster payout.

The early part of the card is, well, lackluster. The opener contains a 4/5 morning line favorite in #2 Flawless Jewel, who just failed as the choice when a fading third in a similar affair last month. She could be odds-on by default; there’s nothing else, really, to embrace. Pass.

A terrific Saturday program begins with the heavy favorite #5 Capital Account expected to make short work of his allowance rivals in the first race. Listed at 6/5 on the morning line but likely go off at odds-on, the Baffert-trained colt has failed as the choice in each of his last two outings but was most recently second to subsequent stakes winner Frumious in an outstanding effort. He’s home free if runs back to that race today.

A $55,584 Pick-6 carryover spices up the Friday eight race program.

We’ll begin the proceedings in the first race with #6 Our First Frog as a rolling exotic single. Dropping into a $40,000 maiden claimer, adding blinkers, retaining Pedroza and catching a below par field for the level, the Hofmans-trained filly beats this group with a repeat of her runner-up effort two races back during the autumn meeting. She exits a killer race and looks hard to deny at anything close to her morning line odds of 2-1.

The Thursday program begins with a starter’s allowance affair for sophomore fillies and looks to have two main contenders. #2 Teardrops On Fire sprints like she wants to go long and gets her first chance today following a sharp runner-up effort from off the pace in a strong sprint earlier this month. She’s by Thunder Gulch from a mare by Kris S., so on pedigree she should run all day.

The Sunday program begins with a logical rolling exotic single, #6 Beautiful Strike. She broke her maiden in convincing fashion last month over this track and is comfortably drawn outside for a similar, it not better, performance. We’re probably talking around even money.

The first rainstorm of the season has arrived, leaving the main track in sealed sloppy condition and the turf course soft to yielding. The Megahertz Stakes, which goes as the third race on the program, remains on grass as of this writing, but the fifth race has officially been transferred to the main track.

The Friday opener appears to be an ideal spot for #3 Blueskiesnrainbows to make it two straight following his clever high priced maiden claiming win last month at Hollywood Park. The Baffert-trained son of English Channel should continue to improve with experience and added distance, and with a sharp five furlong workout across town last week as another positive factor he appears headed in the right direction. We’ll take him at his morning line odds of 5/2 if we can get it.

The week begins with a $107,326 Pick-6 carryover on a Thursday program that starts off light but becomes more interesting as the afternoon progresses.

Today’s holiday program begins with what looks like a very chalky early daily double. #6 Sassy Suances is listed at 6/5 on the morning line in the opener following a decent debut effort during the autumn meeting in which she finished third behind Tiz Flirtatious is a fast, highly-rated affair. She returns for Vienna in an identical state bred maiden dash for fillies and mares and appears to have little to beat, though she offers no value.

A pick-6 carryover of $102,596 awaits players Sunday at Santa Anita. Tough card; no freebies today.