1/5: Santa Anita (5th-10th)

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SANTA ANITA

PRE-SCRATCHES

5th: MSW, 3yo, 6.5f-T (Jackpot P6, P3, DD, Hi-5)

Most Likely: #4 Voluable 7-2 7th
Best Value: #7 Light of the World 12-1 8th
Next Best: #9 Parsimony 8-1 4th
Exotics Use: #1 Stubbins 4-1 WON ($8.40)

6th: ALW/N1X, 4+, 6.5f (P5, P3, DD, Hi-5)

Most Likely: #2 Cool Bobby 3-1 6th
Next Best: #4 Zatter 2-1 7th
Exotics Use: #5 Best Two Minutes 4-1 5th
Super Add: #7 Spokane Eagle 4-1 WON ($9.40)

7th: San Gabriel (G2), 4+, 9f-T (P4, P3, DD, Hi-5)

There is ZERO pace involved here which opens the door for someone clever to seize control with miler types Next Shares and Cleopatra’s Strike the most glaring candidates. Woodbine ex-pat Cleopatra’s Strike now with D’Amato and lures Prat and today may be the right time to latch on at 8-1. As you heard when he joined ATR Wednesday, both of the Proctors are big players. Inside ground-savers Liam the Charmer & Platinum Warrior can impact..

Best Value: #3 Cleopatra’s Strike 8-1 2nd
Next Best: #7 Next Shares 7-2 WON ($5.20)
Exotics Use: #9 Big Bend 12-1 7th
Super Add: #5 Chicago Style 3-1 4th

8th: ALW/N1X, 4+, 8.5f (P3, DD, Hi-5)

Best Value: #9 Kylemore 5-1 2nd
Next Best: #7 Popular Kid 7-2 WON ($8.60)
Exotics Use: #6 Show Me Da Lute 6-1 4th
Super Add: #5 The Big Train 5-2 3rd

9th: Sham (G3), 3yo, 1m (DD. Hi-5)

As discussed with Baffert Wednesday, this is a test for work-in-progress Coliseum. He is a very aggressive colt and Joe Talamo is doing his utmost to get the Godolphin Tapit homebred to relax. (Here’s his 12/30 bullet work where you can see how hard he pulls early:https://www.xbtv.com/video/coliseum-…ber-30th-2018/). He may out-talent this group in his 2 turn debut, but he also could burn up and prove vulnerable late. He’s giving considerable experience away to the likes of Gunmetal Gray, Gray Magician and stablemate Much Better..

Most Likely: #5 Coliseum 1-1 6th
Best Value: #7 Much Better 6-1 3rd
Next Best: #6 Gunmetal Gray 5-2 WON ($9.40)
Exotics Use: #1 Sueno 20-1 2nd

10th: MCLM/$20k, 4+, 1m (Hi-5)

Most Likely: #7 Getaloadofthis 5-2 3rd
Next Best: #4 Sergio 3-1 8th
Best Value: #5 Paul’s Diva Gate SCR
Exotics Use: #3 Bitter Ring Home 4-1 2nd
Super/Hi-5: #9 Violent Affair 15-1 6th

P5 Grid:

6: 2-4-5 (A), – (B), 7(C)
7: 3-7(A), 5-9 (B), 1-2-8/SCR(C)
8: 7-9 (A), 5-6 (B), 1-2 (C)
9: 5 (A), – (B), 6-7 (C)
10: 7 (A), 4-5/SCR(B), 3-9 (C)

Simple (A+B): 3x4x4x1x3 = 144 x .50 = $72
All A’s: 3x2x2x1x1 = $12 ($6 for .50)

P4 Grid:

7: 3-5-7-9 (A), 1-2 (B), 8/SCR(C)
8: 7-9 (A), 5-6 (B), 1-2 (C)
9: 5 (A), – (B), 6-7 (C)
10: 4-5/SCR-7 (A), 3-9 (B), – (C)

Simple (A+B): 6x4x1x5 = 120 x .50 = $60
All A’s: 4x2x1x3 = $24 ($12 for .50)

12/26: Santa Anita ~ Opening Day

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SANTA ANITA

POST-SCRATCHES

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.. One of racing’s great traditions today as Santa Anita kicks off the Winter Season. On paper, it appears like the favorites are likely to prove out, but still some shots worth taking with the 14 horse Malibu figuring to be thrilling no matter who prevails..

4th: Lady of Shamrock, 3yo-F, 1m-T (P3, DD, Hi-5)

Ms Bad Behavior not only looks free to dictate terms up front, but she also gets services of Rosario who is as good as anybody under that scenario. Drysdale involved with mystery filly Love and Peace who didn’t reach Group company during her France-based 10 start career..

Most Likely: #3 Ms Bad Behavior 5-2 2nd
Next Best: #1 Amandine 2-1 WON ($5.60)
Best Value: #5 West Palm Beach 12-1 7th
Exotics Use: #8 Love and Peace 5-1 4th

5th: MSW, 2yo, 6.5f (Jackpot P6, P3, DD, Hi-5))

Tricky read on group of 2yo’s led by firsters from Baffert (Scalper), Miller (Jumpin Thru Hoops) and Baltas (ridgling One Bad Boy, a half to Ms Bad Behavior!). 2nd timers Ka’nah (Hansen) and Mo Mississippi (Eurton), both 6-1, look eligible. Shirreffs/Moss Pioneerof the Nile colt Nolde (30-1) also makes 2nd start and figures to improve..

Best Value: #1 One Bad Boy 6-1 3rd
Next Best: #9 Scalper 7-2 6th
Exotics Use: #6 Mo Mississippi 6-1 7th
Super Add: #4 Nolde 30-1 11th

6th: La Brea (G1), 3yo-F, 7f (P5, P3, DD, Hi-5)

Plenty of reasons to try and beat Dream Tree (8-5) who will likely be even money or less, but anything in line with Prioress romp beats these..

Most Likely: #5 Dream Tree 8-5 8th
Best Value: #9 Spiced Perfection 5-1 WON ($12.80)
Next Best: #1 Happy Like a Fool 4-1 4th
Exotics Use: #6 Heavenhasmynikki 15-1 5th

7th: Mathis Bros. Mile (G2), 3yo, 1m-T (P4, P3, DD, Hi-5)

River Boyne is supposed to win. Interesting player may be Shivermetimbers whose dam Sealaunch won a pair on the lawn. Sealaunch is also a half to Woodbine-based MSW Let It Ride Mom (Into Mischief)..

Most Likely: #5 River Boyne 8-5 WON ($2.80)
Next Best: #10 Shivermetimbers 8-1 6th
Best Value: #7 Desert Stone 12-1 2nd
Exotics Use: #4 Hardboot 30-1 7th

8th: San Antonio (G2), 3+, 8.5f (P3, DD, Hi-5)

Battle of Midway & Dabster put on a great show in the Native Diver and figure best again right back. But note that Air Strike is a late developing 3yo and Gift Box lures Rosario for his Hronis/Sadler debut..

Most Likely: #2 Battle of Midway 9-5 2nd
Next Best: #3 Dabster 5-2 3rd
Best Value: #8 Air Strike 12-1 6th
Exotics Use: #7 Gift Box 4-1 WON ($15.00)

9th: Malibu (G1), 3yo, 7f (DD, Hi-5)

Top pair from the PA Derby are the most accomplished players here and both start ’19 campaigns turning back to 7/8th’s off BC Classic disappointments. Addition of Johnny V assures forward placement for Axelrod who is right price key (10-1) as McCarthy looks to win this event for a 2nd year in a row using City of Light as a blueprint. Baffert empties the barn for this final G1 opp and though 5-1 is too low, Ax Man looks like the returnee (Nero, Solomini) with most upside having been gelded since summer stakes placements and appearing on edge in morning. Dorf’s multiple graded stakes winning Kanthaka is also priced a tad low (6-1), but he’s perfect in 3 tries at the trip, all over the deep SA strip (4/3-0-1 overall). Perfectly drawn for outside stalk and go trip with Prat..

Best Value: #6 Axelrod 10-1 5th
Next Best: #13 McKinzie 7-2 WON ($4.40)
Exotics Use: #9 Ax Man 5-1 11th
Super Add: #12 Kanthaka 6-1 8th

10th: ALW/N1X, 3+, 9f-T (Hi-5)

In an otherwise highly competitive group, Acker has already cleared condition having run for the claiming price last time..

Most Likely: #4 Acker 5-2 WON ($5.40)
Best Value: #1 Cupid’s Claws 10-1 6th
Next Best: #12 Avalanche 6-1 4th
Exotics Use: #7 Erotic 12-1 10th
Hi-5 Play: #3 Shaky Alibi 5-1 3rd

P5 Grid:

6: 5 (A), – (B), 9(C)
7: 5-10 (A), – (B), 7 (C)
8: 2-3 (A), – (B), 6-7-8 (C)
9: 6-9-13(A), – (B), 4-8-12 (C)
10: 1-4-12 (A), – (B), 3-5-7-8 (C)

Simple (A+B): 1x2x2x3x3 = $36 ($18 for .50)
All A’s: 1x1x2x3x3 = $18 ($9 for .50)

P4 Grid:

7: 5-10 (A), – (B), 7 (C)
8: 2-3 (A), 6-7-8 (B), 9 (C)
9: 6-9-13(A), – (B), 4-8-12 (C)
10: 1-4-12 (A), 3-7 (B), 5-8 (C)

Simple (A+B): 2x5x3x5 = 150 x .50 = $75
All A’s: 2x2x3x3 = 36 x .50 = $18

$0.50 Pick-4 (1,5/7/13,15,16/4) Paid $60.75

12/20: Aqueduct ($176k C/O)

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AQUEDUCT

POST-SCRATCHES

3rd: S/ALW, 3+, 6f (P6, P3, DD)

$176k 3-day P6 C/O starts here..

Most Likely: #3 Missle Bomb 2-1 2nd
Best Value: #5 Crea’s Bklyn Law 6-1 4th
Next Best: #6 Consensus Thinking 7-2 DNF-Incident
Exotics Use: #2 Fuel the Bern 9-2 WON ($10.40)

4th: NY-ALW/N1X, 3+, 1m (NYRA Bets P5, G/S, P3, DD)

Best Value: #4 Carthon 9-2 WON ($13.00)
Next Best: #5 Ro Bear 7-2 4th
Exotics Use: #2 Local Counsel 3-1 3rd
Super Add: #7 Discreet Mission 5-2 8th

5th: MSW, 2yo, 9f (P4, P3, DD)

Mile and an eighth the mystery question with 4 clear candidates and a couple of double digit intriguers with pedigree power in Stilts (15-1) and Will Dancer (12-1)..

Best Value: #3 Lisbon 6-1 7th
Next Best: #7 Moretti 7-5 WON ($3.60)
Exotics Use: #4 Erlich 3-1 4th
Super Add: #2 Motagally 9-2 2nd

6th: S/ALW, F&M-3+, 1m (P3, DD)

Best Value: #5 Mo Flash 4-1 5th
Next Best: #2 Smiles From Sadie 7-2 2nd
Exotics Use: #1a (POE) My Girl Annie 3-1 3rd/4th
Super Add: #8 Daria’s Angel 6-1 WON ($20.00)

7th: NY-ALW/N1X, 3+, 1m (DD)

Most Likely: #4 Big Thicket 4-1 6th
Best Value: #5 Dynamax Prime 5-1 7th
Exotics Use: #1 Three to Thirteen 3-1 2nd
Super Add: #3 Playthatfunnymusic 8-1 WON ($10.20)

8th: CLM/N2L, 3+, 6f

First and third choices D’ambrosio (5-2) and Curlin Creek (9-2) are back on 6 and 7 days rest and don’t appear significantly better than the rest. Proximate to Power (Cox off the November claim) looks like the horse to beat and Latin Love Bug (15-1) has been much better since a fall freshening and could win right back off the breakthrough effort last month..

Most Likely: #3 Proximate to Power 4-1 WON ($8.10)
Best Value: #9 Latin Love Bug 15-1 4th
Next Best: #4 D’ambrosio 5-2 3rd
Exotics Use: #7 Unsullied 8-1 6th

P6 Grid:

3: 3-5 (A), – (B), 2-6 (C)
4: 4-5 (A), – (B), 2-7-8 (C)
5: 3-7(A), 2-4 (B), 1-6 (C)
6: 2-5 (A), – (B), 1 (C)
7: 4 (A), – (B), 1-5 (C)
8: 3(A), 4-9 (B), 2-7-10 (C)

Simple (A+B): 2x2x4x2x1x3 = 96 x $2 = $192
All A’s: 2x2x2x2x1x1 = 16 x $2 = $32

P5 Grid:

4: 2-4-5 (A), 1-7-8 (B), – (C)
5: 3-7(A), 2-4 (B), 1-6 (C)
6: 2-5 (A), – (B), 1 (C)
7: 4 (A), – (B), 1-5 (C)
8: 3-4-9 (A), – (B), 2-7-10 (C)

Simple (A+B): 6x4x2x1x3 = 144 x .50 = $72
All A’s: 3x2x2x1x3 = 36 x .50 = $18

P4 Grid:

5: 3-7(A), 2-4 (B), 1-6 (C)
6: 2-5 (A), – (B), 1 (C)
7: 1-4-5 (A), – (B), – (C)
8: 3-4-9 (A), 2-7-10 (B), 6-8 (C)

Simple (A+B): 4x2x3x6 = 144 x .50 = $72
All A’s: 2x2x3x3 = 36 x .50 = $18

12/15: Gulfstream (7th-11th)

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GULFSTREAM PARK

POST-SCRATCHES

7th: MSW, 2yo, 1m (P5, P3, DD, Hi-5)

Most Likely: #7 Award Winner 8-1 WON ($8.20)
Best Value: #4 Rack Gin 12-1 9th
Next Best: #8 Trashmanscoming 10-1 3rd
Exotics Use: #2 Bebeau 7-2 2nd

8th: Rampart (G3), F&M-3+, 1m (P4, P3, DD, Hi-5)

Most Likely: #2 Tweeting 8-5 6th
Next Best: #1 Electric Forest 3-1 2nd
Best Value: #5 Tequilita 6-1 WON ($7.60)
Exotics Use: #3 Tapa Tapa Tapa 5-1 3rd

9th: My Charmer (G3), F&M-3+, 1m-T/24′ (P3, DD, Hi-5)

Best Value: #6 La Moneda 5-1 2nd
Next Best: #1 Bellavais 4-1 4th
Exotics Use: #8 Capla Temptress 7-2 WON ($10.00)
Super Add: #9 Special Event 8-1 3rd

10th: Sugar Swirl (G3), F&M-3+, 6f (DD, Hi-5)

Most Likely: #2 Awestruck 2-1 5th
Next Best: #3 Bronx Beauty 7-2 4th
Exotics Use: #7 Dream Pauline 4-1 WON ($5.40)
Super Add: #4 Stormy Embrace 3-1 2nd

11th: Ft. Lauderdale (G2), 3+, 9f-T/96′ (Hi-5)

Most Likely: #9 Mr Havercamp 15-1 13th
Best Value: #13 Doctor Mounty 20-1 8th
Next Best: #3 Projected 4-1 9th
Exotics Use: #7 Almanaar 10-1 6th
Super/Hi-5: #10 Divisidero 6-1 5th

P5 Grid:

7: 4-7(A), 2-8 (B), 3-5-9 (C)
8: 1-2 (A), – (B), 3-4-5(C)
9: 1-6 (A), 8(B), – (C)
10: 2-3 (A), – (B), 4-7(C)
11: 3-7-9-13 (A), – (B), 4-10 (C)

Simple (A+B): 4x2x3x2x4 = 192 x .50 = $96
All A’s: 2x2x2x2x4 = 64 x .50 = $32

P4 Grid:

8: 1-2 (A), 5(B), 3-4 (C)
9: 1-6 (A), 8(B), – (C)
10: 2-3 (A), – (B), 4-7(C)
11: 3-7-9-13 (A), 4-10 (B), (C)

Simple (A+B): 3x3x2x6 = 108 x .50 = $54
All A’s: 2x2x2x4 = 32 x .50 = $16

12/1: Aqueduct ($72k C/O)

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AQUEDUCT

POST-SCRATCHES

4th: Demoiselle (G2), 2yo-F, 9f (P3, DD)

Most Likely: #7 Molto Bella 3-1 4th
Next Best: #1 Enliven 6-5 5th
Best Value: #4 Positive Spirit 6-1 WON ($24.40)
Exotics Use: #3 Filly Joel 7-2 3rd

5th: NY-ALW/N1X, F&M-3+, 6f-T/Outer (P6, P3, DD)

$72k P6 C/O starts here..

Brutally tough start to DBL carryover sequence..

Most Likely: #12 Way Smart 7-2 5th
Best Value: #8 Lulu’s Pom Pom 12-1 12th
Next Best: #7 Something Joyful 6-1 2nd
Exotics Use: #2 Dream Passage 3-1 WON ($7.30)

6th: Go for Wand (G3), F&M-3+, 1m (NYRA Bets P5, G/S, P3, DD)

Most Likely: #1 Marley’s Freedom 1-1 WON ($3.10)
Next Best: #5 Your Love 4-1 5th
Best Value: #7 Come Dancing 10-1 2nd
Exotics Use: #4 Bonita Bianca 6-1 4th

7th: OC/N2X, 3+, 6f-T/Outer (P4, P3, DD)

Best Value: #2 Toughest ‘Ombre 6-1 6th
Next Best: #6 Adonis Creed 9-2 WON ($11.00)
Exotics Use: #3 Almithmaar 6-1 10th
Super Add: #10 Fear 8-1 8th

8th: Remsen (G2), 2yo, 9f (P3, DD)

Most Likely: #6 Maximus Mischief 6-5 WON ($4.80)
Next Best: #5 Network Effect 7-5 2nd
Exotics Use: #3 Bourbon War 5-1 4th
Super Add: #1 Jungle Warrior 8-1 5th

9th: Cigar Mile (G1), 3+, 1m (DD)

Best Value: #2 Sunny Ridge 9-2 3rd
Next Best: #5 Copper Town 5-2 8th
Exotics Use: #7 Timeline 10-1 7th
Super Add: #3 Pat on the Back 15-1 5th

10th: NY-ALW/N1X, 3+, 6.5f

Best Value: #5 Wrong Ben 8-1 WON ($13.60)
Next Best: #11 Quest for Fire 2-1 9th
Exotics Use: #10 Smokin Platinum 4-1 4th
Super Add: #7 Expediter 12-1 10th

P6 Grid:

5: 12 (A), – (B), 2-7-8-11 (C)
6: 1(A), 5 (B), 4-7-8 (C)
7: 2-3-6(A), – (B), 8-10 (C)
8: 6(A), 5 (B), 3 (C)
9: 2-5-7 (A), – (B), 1-3-8(C)
10: 5-11 (A), – (B), 7-10 (C)

Simple (A+B): 1x2x3x2x3x2 = 72 x $2 = $144
All A’s: 1x1x3x1x3x2 = 18 x $2 = $36

$2 PICK SIX (2/1,3,6/6/6/8/5) PAID $95.00 (5 OF 6) x 2 = $190.00

NYRA Bets P5 Grid:

6: 1(A), 5 (B), 4-7-8 (C)
7: 2-3-6(A), – (B), 8-10 (C)
8: 5-6(A), – (B), 3 (C)
9: 2-5-7 (A), 1-3-8(B), 4-6 (C)
10: 5-11 (A), – (B), 7-10 (C)

Simple (A+B): 2x3x2x6x2 = 144 x .50 = $72
All A’s: 1x3x2x3x2 = 36 x .50 = $18

$0.50 NYRA BETS LATE PICK 5 (1,3,6/6/6/8/5) PAID $891.75

P4 Grid:

7: 2-3-6(A), 7-8-10 (B), – (C)
8: 5-6(A), – (B), 3 (C)
9: 2-5-7 (A), 1-3-8(B), 4-6 (C)
10: 5-11 (A), – (B), 7-10 (C)

Simple (A+B): 6x2x6x2 = 144 x .50 = $72
All A’s: 3x2x3x2 = 36 x .50 = $18

$0.50 PICK FOUR (6/6/8/5) PAID $360.25