Santa Anita Race 4: Post: 2:35 PT
Flashed good speed before fading when facing straight maiden company in his only prior outing a year ago July at Gulfstream Park and today resurfaces in a bottom-rung maiden claimer for a clever outfit with a superb record with layoff runners. The V. Cerin-trained gelding shows a reasonably decent work tab to have him fit and ready, and this first-time Lasix user will be ridden by the barn’s “go to” guy K. Desormeaux, so everything seems aligned for a major effort in a soft affair.
Santa Anita Race 9: Post: 5:05 PT
8-Bally’s Charm (6-1)
He’s a dangerous first-time starter from a barn that doesn’t win often with debut runners but has looked fairly athletic in morning trials and just might be able to run some. The J. Mullins-trained gelding breezed well while easily handling a workmate in a strong training track drill earlier this month, and with Arch on the bottom side of his pedigree he should be able to handle a distance of ground first time out. The numbers among the known element are considerably below par for the level, so we’ll gamble in the win pool and in rolling exotic play with a fresh face at 6-1 on the morning line.