Saturday March 11th
Race 11 – 2:50pm
Grade 2 $350k Tampa Bay Derby
Interesting race they have compiled here without a major standout – that may be a good thing as both wound up flopping last weekend. TAPWRIT was given the morning line nod at 3-1, but not far behind are STATE OF HONOR and WILD SHOT. Back to TAPWRIT he was a strong 2nd behind McCraken in the local prep for this race and should continue to move forward. WILD SHOT may have needed his latest but may run into an unfavorable pace scenario with speed including STATE OF HONOR to his inside. BEASLEY looks like the best of the rest with three solid starts under his belt and a blazing work tab since his latest run in early February – he could be the real deal. THE MONEY MONSTER has won both of his starts and has changed trainers since his latest. He could spice up the exotics. NO DOZING was a total flop in the Sam F Davis and will need a huge rebound to find his two year old form.
#6 BEASLEY – #5 TAPWRIT – #2 THE MONEY MONSTER
Race 5 – 3:30pm
Grade 2 $400k San Felipe
The return of MASTERY is the big news here. He was sensational as a two year old demolishing any competition sent his way and capped his season with a seven length romp in the Grade 1 Los Al Futurity. MASTERY has worked like a monster getting ready for his three year old debut with trainer Bob Baffert calling the plays. GORMLEY looks like the horse with the best shot at an upset being a Grade 1 winner himself. ILIAD went from Baffert to O’Neill before his win in the San Vincente and has a strong work since. The three year old division has no superstars to date with some big flops in recent preps – MASTERY maybe the one to turn that around.
#4 MASTERY – #6 ILIAD – #5 GORMLEY
Also at Santa Anita on Saturday is three Grade 1 events which make up the first three legs of a $1 million guaranteed Pick 4:
Race 8 – Grade 1 Triple Bend
MASOCHISTIC is the one to catch and beat, may outclass this field. SILENT BIRD is jumping up, but hasn’t run a bad race and should offer some value.
Race 9 – Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile
BOLO, WHAT A VIEW and CONQUEST ENFORCER square off again after being separated by less than a length in the Grade 2 Arcadia. DORTMUND tries turf for the first time.
Race 10 – Santa Anita Handicap
SHAMAN GHOST was a good 2nd behind ARROGATE in the Pegasus World Cup and should love the class relief he gets here. His main rival will be the speedy MIDNIGHT STORM who could wind up loose on the lead. Anyone other than those two would be a huge upset.