Friday’s Santa Anita Park Recap – Dec. 27 (5 out of 6)
Both surfaces seemed to play fair on opening day.
Edwin Maldonado booted home a pair.
Using the Budget-Big Ticket strategy on Friday, I tabbed four Budget Ticket winners (Cool Samurai, Velvet Mesquite, Chitu, Kathleen Rose) and five Big Ticket winners (Cool Samurai, Macias, Velvet Mesquite, Chitu, Kathleen Rose). Last race contender Runaway Que fought hard throughout but could not hold off tepid favorite Papa’s Paisley. The winning conso came back $68.80 and I had it twice.