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12/26: Santa Anita ~ Opening Day

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 …

10/5: BEL ($49k P5 C/O); Stronach 5; KEE (7th-10th)

BELMONT PARK

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5th: NY-MSW, 2yo-F, 8.5f-IT (NYRA Bets P5, G/S, P3, DD)

Most Likely: #1 Mensa Member 9-5 6th
Next Best: #7 Shak’s Hidden Gem 5-2 7th
Best Value: #5 Y’allcomenow 12-1 5th
Exotics Use: #6 Fika 10-1 4th

6th: MSW, 3+, 1m (P4, P3, DD)

Most Likely: #1 Domain 6-1 4th
Next Best: #3 Business Cycle 8-5 3rd
Best Value: #6 Coal Truth 10-1 6th
Exotics Use: #2 Illudere 7-2 WON ($8.30)

7th: NY-ALW/N1X, 3+, 8.5f-T (P3, DD)

Most Likely: #2 Appealing Briefs 4-1 WON ($10.20)
Next Best: #8 Collective Effort 5-2 7th
Best Value: #5 Mango M 6-1 3rd
Exotics Use: #12 Ides …

9/28: Magna 5; Santa Anita

MAGNA 5

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LRL 9th: MCLM/$16k, 2yo, 5f

The firsters (#3/#8) won’t have to be much, but if either were to succeed, it would be Seville’s first winner as a sire. Messy start to challenging sequence..

Best Value: #7 Bay of Rocks 6-1 WON ($8.20)
Next Best: #4 Unequivocal 3-1 2nd
Exotics Use: #5 Shelly Island 9-2 3rd
Super Add: #1 Top Hat Tune 4-1 4th

P5 Consider(s): #3 Aces and Faces (6-1); #8 Spanish Skies (10-1)

$1 Exacta (7-4) Paid $14.00
$1 Trifecta (7-4-5) Paid $50.10
$1 Superfecta (7-4-5-1) Paid $154.00

SA 4th: OC/N1X, 3yo-F, 1m-T

Best Value: #4 Don’t Blame Judy 10-1 8th
Next Best: #11 Miraculously 7-2 5th
Exotics Use: …

7/20: Saratoga ~ Opening Day

An idyllic day greets Spa-goers and stakeholders for opening day at historic and welcoming Saratoga Race Course.. Best to all for safe trips and 40 blissful afternoons!

SARATOGA

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1st: CLM, 3+, 9f (P5, P3, DD)

Quirky opener to the season with distance a question for all but Turco Bravo..

Best Value: #7 Hardly a Secret 4-1 3rd
Next Best: #5 Believe in Luck 7-2 4th
Exotics Use: #2 Nobody Move 3-1 7th
Super Add: #6 Bad Student 9-2 WON ($13.80)

2nd: NY-MSW, 2yo-F, 5.5f-T (P4, P3, DD)

Most Likely: #4 Drynachan 5-2 WON ($6.20)
Next Best: #9 Mike’s Girl 9-2 4th
Best Value: #5 Shady Shady Shady 8-1 2nd
Exotics …

7/18: Del Mar ~ Opening Day (5th-10th)

DEL MAR ~ OPENING DAY

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5th: OC/N2X, 3+, 8.5f-T (P6, P3, DD)

Most Likely: #2 Arms Runner 9-2 10th
Best Value: #5 Play Hard to Get 20-1 9th
Next Best: #7 Eckersly 6-1 5th
Exotics Use: #8 Ritzy A.P. 7-2 2nd

.50 TRI:2-5-7 with 2-3-5-7-8 with 2-3-5-7-8 (3x4x3 = 36 x .50 = $18)

Alternately, a good spot for small budgets to use the REVERSE TRI KEYstrategy with late running price #5 Play Hard to Get (20-1): 2-3-7-8 with 2-3-7-8 with 5 (4x3x1 = 12 x .50 = $6)..

6th: OC/N1X, 3+, 1m (P5, P3, DD)

Tricky read to start late P5 with 3yo company-keepers Shivermetimbers (Broke MDN this trip/strip) & Regulate (2nd …