Monday's 8th race (4:05pm PT) from Santa Anita Park is an Optional Claiming event for fillies and mares traveling nine furlongs on the turf course (rail at 15 feet).
#4 Stanwyck (9-2) has earned quality Late Pace/Final Time Ratings in her last three synthetic/dirt route starts. Empire Maker is a 10% first turf sire and dam has tossed two turf winners. Shirreffs does fine work with his first grass runners and Nakatani is a rock solid grass rider. She can run past these late on the surface switch in her 3rd race off the shelf.
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#1 Level Headed (5-1) earned a much improved Late Pace Rating in her flat mile turf graduation run at Hollywood Nov 23. Gomez is is peak form right now and the 3yo daughter of Eddington has plenty of upside.
#8 Candy Trophy (5-1) has won 3 of 4 turf outings including back-to-back route tallies. The razor sharp tactical type was nabbed out of her last by competent, low profile conditioner Ted West and her regular pilot Martin Garcia booted home three here yesterday.
#11 Mia Isabel (6-1) brings strong recent claiming synthetic/turf route form to the table. She attracts Bejarano and must work out a trip from a tough outer post.
#3 Splendiferous Moon (12-1) rates a longshot look for Sadler. She dons the hood and attracts quality turf rider Leparoux following an even 4th place finish vs. similar BHP rivals.
$12 to win #4
$1 Trifecta 1-4-8/1-4-8/1-3-4-8-11 ($18)
analysis by Jarrod Horak
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