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Prime Stakes on Tap at Santa Anita: Horse Racing Picks

The sweet stakes card scheduled for Santa Anita Park last weekend was postponed for a week due to the Southern California wildfires. There will be plenty of talent on display and BetUS has all the horseracing odds in their online racebook, so head over now and check out where you can get in on all the action.

Meanwhile, a look at all the stake races on Saturday’s card.

Stakes action at Santa Anita with #12 in the lead. Read on for all of our Stakes Races betting action.
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Santa Anita Stakes

The Chandelier: 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles

1. Princess Noor: Does Bob Baffert have another rock star in his stable? The daughter of Not This Time has rolled to victories in her first two starts. She has been 7-10 in each and won by open lengths. There is no reason to expect anything but a repeat.

2. Miss Costa Rica: She comes off a victory in a five-furlong turf event at Santa Anita. Going from turf to dirt is a solid angle. She’ll have to improve to menace the top pick.

3. Varda: Another Baffert. She scored in debut at 5-1.  Have to figure there is plenty of upside, given the stable where she resides.

The Speakeasy: 2-year-olds, 5 1/2 furlongs, Turf

1. The Great One: Gretzky the Great won at Woodbine recently so why not have a similar namesake start their career with a victory.

2. Commander Khai: Richard Baltas sends out this Twirling Candy colt. He has two starts with a win and a second and stretches out a half-furlong from five.

3. Basque Man: Trainer Doug O’Neill has this Mineshaft colt ready for debut. Watch the board to see if the action is hot or cold.

The Rodeo Drive: 3-year-old and up, fillies and mares, 1 1/4 miles, Turf

1. Bodhicitta:  Returned from a freshening to take the Yellow Ribbon. Expect this take to see multiple horses on the wire. It’s that wide-open.

2. Tonahutu: Just missed against top choice in the Yellow Ribbon. Might be a touch cheaper than many of these but 19-5-7-0 is a stellar record and makes Tonahutu a threat in any race.

3. Mucho Unusual: As consistent as they come, always good for a Beyer in the 90-95 range and that could earn a big piece of the purse.

The American Pharoah: 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles

1. Spielberg: Been second twice for Baffert. Hard to go against and hard to go to the window with confidence. Will take the money, again, and is a risky proposition until he proves he can win.

2. Weston: Has two wins from three starts. The son of Hit it a Bomb was five lengths back of Spielberg in last.

3. Notable Exception: Trounced way cheaper in debut for trainer Jack Sisterson. Have to think he has much more in his tank off that romp.

The John Henry: 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/4 miles, Turf

1. Originaire: The 4-year-old colt has been in the money 5-of-6 starts at SA.  Has posted 100 Beyers twice at Santa Anita and that’s good enough to win here with a repeat.

2. Next Shares: Has one win from nine starts at Santa Anita with three seconds and a trio of thirds. That means Next Shares is always in the thick of it. Can the 7-year-old find the winner’s circle for the first time since November? Why not?

3. United: Has three victories at Santa Anita and is always a threat on best.

The Awesome Again, 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/8 miles

1. Maximum Security: Arguably the best horse in training in North America. This should be nothing but a prep for bigger things. Only concern is whether Baffert will have him wound tight for this go.

2. Improbable: Completes what will likely be a short-priced Baffert exacta.

3. Sleepy Eyes Todd: Ran a career-best Beyer in taking the Charles Town Classic. Have to fear a bounce.

Get in on all the Santa Anita racing odds at BetUS. There are plenty of stakes for bettors to feast upon.

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