Horse Racing Picks for Santa Anita Derby Day at Santa Anita Park – Saturday, April 6, 2018
Santa Anita – Saturday, April 6, 2019
Fair warning. I never do well at Santa Anita.
The track is my nemesis.
I would like to tell you to follow all my picks, but I am advising you to use with caution.
Race 3 – THE SANTA ANITA OAKS.
FLORA DE LA MAR – This horse rose up with huge expectations and won her maiden debut with ease. Crapped the bed next race. Rosario gets back in the saddle and I am hoping he makes the difference. Baffert said he loves this horse.
CHASING YESTERDAY – Another Baffert beauty. We won with this horse few weeks ago with our POD! She is a winner of 4 in a row. Must use in exacta wagering.
BELLAFINA – Will face her toughest competition yet. She looks to be the class of the field on paper, but you still have to run the race.
Triple box these three horses.
Race 5 – THE ROYAL HEROINE – Grade 2
VASILIKA – Not giving you much here. 10 starts at Santa Anita with 9 wins and second. We won with her back in Feb. Just a monster.
MEAL TICKET – Mathew Chew/Van Dyke combo. Second race off the layoff for this horse. He had a decent third-place effort last out. I expect a good effort. Use in exotics.
BAD BEHAVIOR – Richard Baltas/Mike Smith combo. Smith rode this one last two efforts in Graded stakes races and was in the money. 8 of 9 at Santa Anita in the money and 6 for 6 at the distance. Still, this a race for second place.
Race 8 – THE SANTA ANITA DERBY – Grade 1
ROADSTER – Mike Smith/Bob Baffert combo. Second race off the layoff for this one who won his last race easily with a 91 Beyer. I hope you get 3-1 on this one. I will hammer it.
INSTAGRAND – Another second off the layoff horse. This one is for Hollendorfer. Won the Grade 2 race by 10 lengths in August, goes on the shelf til last month and gets an easy third in the Grade 3 Gotham. He improves off the 92 Beyer and he be tough.
GAME WINNER – Rosario/Baffert combo. This horse has been in the Kentucky Derby early pools since last August. Three-time Grade 1 winner. Lost last race by a nose or would be undefeated in 5 career starts. Legit threat.
Race 9 – THE PROVIDENCIA – Grade 3
APACHE PRINCESS – The Desormeaux brothers at it here. This horse loves the turf and loves the distance. Kent Desormeaux is lethal on turf. Exotics for sure.
LADY PRANCELOT – Rosario rides this deep closer. Rosario is deadly on closing horses on the turf. I would not be surprised if this one wins at the wire.
MAXIMUM RATE – Paid $235,000 for this beauty who broke his maiden with ease. I would say use in deep exotics.
Race 10 – THE SANTA ANITA – Grade 1
Poor betting race with 6 horses. Actually a two horse race
McKINZIE and GIFT BOX
Good luck and thanks for horse racing with Dietz!