​Santa Anita Park Horse Racing Picks for Saturday 3/20/21

It's a great time to dive into horse racing, and FanDuel Racing gives you the chance to do just that.

Starting at 4:00 p.m. EST, we have 9 races at Santa Anita Park. Using numberFire’s projections as a guide, here are some of the best bets.

As always, check the program for scratches and changes, and check the weather and track conditions.

(I will reference Equibase's Speed Figure in selected races, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races -- adjusted for track, distances, and conditions.)

Wedding Groom, Race 2

FanDuel Racing Odds: 12/1

Race 2 is an Optional Claimer for six three-year-olds racing 1 mile. The top pick of numberFire’s data is Club Cal (4/1), who numberFire has beating favorite None Above the Law (4/5). None Above the Law showed nothing in the San Felipe Stakes for EPO trainer Peter Miller. Wedding Groom (12/1) is the longest shot and an upset pick for Top Race Reports. He’s a son of Hard Spun and had two good efforts and in-the-money finishes over this track since his stakes race up north in December, when he was a non-factor. He ran on the lead last race and now stretches out off his best speed figure.

United, Race 7

FanDuel Racing Odds: 4/5

Race 7 is the $100K Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes. It’s a 1.5 mile route run on the downhill turf course. Both Top Race Reports and numberFire projects United (4/5), the favorite, to outduel and outlast the two EPO trained horses, Say the Word (5/2) and Masteroffoxhounds (5/2).

Top Race Reports notes the wonderful action and tactical abilities of United. The six-year-old won four graded stakes races last year, with three of them at Santa Anita, and also had a runner-up finish.

No Foolery Here and Special Mission, Race 9

FanDuel Racing Odds: 4/1 and 20/1

Race 9 is a Maiden Special Weight for three-year-olds racing 1 mile on the turf. We have a large field of 12 runners, and a number of them have had the opportunity to run long but to no avail. Top Race Reports and numberFire project No Foolery Here (4/1) to win. He finished fourth in his debut with a solid 85 speed figure. He’s also come back with four solid morning workouts and should improve sharply with leading jockey Flavien Prat riding.

Special Mission (20/1) is a big longshot who can also improve off his debut, according to Top Race Reports. and he gets more ground for EPO trainer Richard Baltas. Eagle Chief (4/1) has top turf rider Umberto Rispoli riding and is a projected in-the-money finisher by numberFire's algorithm.