Mike Dennis picks 3 Saturday races at Santa Anita, including the China Doll and Frank E. Kilroe stakes
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Santa Anita Park
March 06, 2021
It is Big ‘Cap day at Santa Park in Arcadia, California. Eleven races make up the stacked card and there are plenty of spots to fire a cannon or two. My good friend Archie Bunker once told me to always remember “taking what they give you” when going through a card. In no way did he suggest not trying to beat a favorite but to do so in the right race. The sun will be shining, and Santa Anita pools will be exploding. Below are a few horses for your consideration and best of luck if you are playing the greatest sport in the world today.
Race 1 The China Doll Stakes – Fillies – 3 Years Old – Turf – One Mile
#5 Going Global (Ire)
My gut tells me there is no way Going Global (Ire) crosses the finish line at 3-1. With that being said and recalling what was mentioned earlier take what they give you. She won last out in a stakes sprinting, the move to routing will be new but even with a limited sample size her sire Mehmas supports it. Flavien Prat has been destroying the jockey colony lately and today is a money day to sprinkle on top.
Race 2 OC 62k / N2X – 1 1/16 Miles – 4 Years Old and Upward
#4 Shooters Shoot
The question to be answered is taking his manhood away enough reason to think Shooters Shoot speed numbers will boost up enough to win against others who are proven. My answer is yes, especially with a 10-1 morning line. The positives are the workout notes from the team at DRF, which to me suggest the first out gelding might have some additional run. Umberto is king of the turf at Santa Anita with 23 of his 31 wins being on that particular surface. Do not be scared though, this ride should be rather simple. Gun for the lead, start the internal clock and cross the line at 10-1 for your boys backing you.
Race 9 The Frank E. Kilroe Mile, G1, $400k (USD) – One Mile – Turf – 4 Years Old and Upward
The Chad Brown trained horse has been working lights out, even at age 6, and what catches my eye is his win back at Kentucky Downs last September. He has won against better and if he can get any sort of fractions carved out from the #1 Smooth Like Strait with a repeat run from #10 Flying Scotsman, the pace set up will be there. A wide-open race based on the morning line odds; Flavius is set at 6-1.