Friday, January 25, 2008
These races are called the Sunshine Millions because they take place in Florida and California in the dead of winter, and usually racing conditions are stellar. But in keeping with this past year's Breeder's Cup slop, things aren't looking so hot for southern California. There's talk that Santa Anita will have to cancel their part of the card due to the on-again, off-again deluge that has been soaking the state.
Cushion Track hasn't been serving Santa Anita well, as they've already had to cancel entire cards for four or five dates now. In fact it seems as if Tapeta Footings is the only synthetic track in California I've not heard complaints about.
But it's a drag if Santa Anita's portion of the Sunshine Millions doesn't go off tomorrow! Nashoba's Key is all set to redeem herself after the Breeder's Cup debacle, and another favorite of mine, Somethinaboutlaura, is entered in the same race. It's set to be her last race, too, after which she'll be retired. Even if the races go on down south tomorrow (we'll know by 10:00am), you can still bet there will be lots of scratches to consider.
I normally like to post picks and fly in the face of superstition, but since I'm not sure what's going on with Santa Anita, I'm reluctant to do so. So, here's at least a little Gulfstream $1 Pick 4. I honestly don't even know if you can make this bet. You might have to do a Pick 3 and then a fifty cent Pick 4 (in which case I'd toss in a couple longshots).
Sprint: 6 Benny the Bull; 4 Finally Made It (bullets!); 2 Mach Ride
Oaks: 5 Blitzing; 1 American County
Distaff: ya gotta single one, so single 2 Ginger Punch
Turf: 6 Icy Atlantic; 7 Soldier's Dancer
3 x 2 x 1 x 2 = $12 ticket
Admittedly, it's a pretty chalky ticket, but if Santa Anita does go, I'll try to post more ideas, including the Magna 5.
Good luck to those who play ...
UPDATE: Dawg! I should've, could've, would've hit that Pick 4 but Warmonger came in first in the last leg. My 7 Soldier's Dancer was closing fast but didn't get up there and got second. Eh. Can't bet for a Warmonger. :-)
Santa Anita went, despite some scratches. The profoundly curried main track favored speed, obviously. On turf, which was labelled good, Nashoba's Key came in second, but she looked like she was running her heart out. Somethinaboutlaura ensured an honest pace but faded horribly against better company. DRF 'capper Brad Free was correct in picking the winner.