Santa Anita Horse Racing Picks for Saturday 6/4/22
Starting at 4:00 p.m. EST, we have 9 races at Santa Anita Park. Using Using numberFire’s projections as a guide, here are some of the best bets to make at FanDuel Racing.
As always, check the program for scratches and changes, and monitor 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).
Becca Taylor, Race 2
Race 2 is the $100K, Grade 3 Desert Stormer for fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs. Just five runners and the numberFire data projects the favorite Becca Taylor (4/5) to get her first graded stakes victory.
Becca Taylor is a 7-for-8 stakes winner, 3-for-3 over ‘The Great Race Place’ main track and ridden by the meets leading jockey, JJ Hernandez.
Dance to the Music (2/1) ran the top, last race speed figure when winning an allowance race, according to Guaranteed Tip Sheet. She did so with Lasix, which she will not have this time.
Cosmo Katie and Chicknfingerfriday, Race 6
Race 6 is a Maiden Special Weight for state-bred 2-year-olds sprinting 5 furlongs. Cosmo Katie (3/1) breaks from the outside No. 8 post and is projected to win, according to numberFire’s data. She finished third in a promising debut, but galloped out well in front while the fourth place finisher has since come back to win.
The numberFire algorithm projects Chicknfingerfriday (7/2) to win with JJ Hernandez riding for trainer Doug O’Neill. He’s a first-time starter from the first North American crop of 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another.
Midnight Lightning (5/2) has had a solid gate work since finishing third after getting shuffled back early.
War at Sea and Balnikhov, Race 7
Race 7 is the $100K Cinema Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Just five runners again, and the numberFire favorite Balnikhov (4/5) will be one of the heaviest bet and fancied runners on the card with top jock JJ Hernandez riding for EPO trainer Phil D’Amato.
Balnikhov (IRE) has had two US starts and finished runner-up in a Grade 2 race in Kentucky last out with a super effort after getting banged around and squeezed at the break.
War at Sea (4/1) is a head from winning three in a row and has finished in-the-money in all four starts at Santa Anita. He has more tactical speed and ran his best race last out in winning an Allowance race while improving each successive start.