Thursday's 3rd race (2:02pm PT) from Santa Anita Park is a $16,000 claiming event for 4-year-olds and up which have never won three races. They will be dashing six furlongs on the main track.
#1 Muchos Besos (4-1) smartly captured a NW2L claiming sprint at BHP Dec 29 and was pitched a bit over his head off the claim in a local $25k affair at this trip Jan 5. He lands the advantageous 24% inside post, attracts Gomez, and drops into a realistic spot. He graduated at this course/distance and owns more tactical speed than he showed last time.
#2 Clinton (5-2) only seems to fire when Bejarano is riding. He is 2-for-11 lifetime and Bejarano is 2-for-2 with him. He likes to track the pace under this pilot and has never raced for a price this low.
$18 to win #1
$6 Exacta Box 1-2 ($12)
analysis by Jarrod Horak
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