Santa Anita Race 5: Post: 2:05 PT
4-Lucky Girl (5/2)
Continued her improving pattern with an authoritative victory in the China Doll Stakes in a performance that verified the strength of her upset score in the Lady Shamrock Stakes the previous month. The Richard Baltas-trained import stretches out to nine furlongs but we doubt she’ll have any issues with the longer trip. Her numbers have risen in each of her five starts since arriving from Ireland, and with a healthy work tab at San Luis Rey Downs to tick her over, the daughter of Exceed and Excel should continue to improve as she gains experience.
Santa Anita Race 9: Post: 4:22 PT
2-Granola Girl (3-1)
Ran well under similar conditions when a close fourth two races back and then pressed the pace before weakening late in a turf miler last month. Back around one turn today, the daughter of Jack Milton may be capable of producing a winning late kick. Two nice recent breezes should have her right on edge, so at 3-1 on the morning line, let’s make the R. Baltas-trained filly a win play and rolling exotic single.