Saturday's 7th race (3:35pm PT) from Santa Anita Park is the Grade III Tokyo City Cup for 4-year-olds and up traveling a mile and a half on the main track.
#2 Sky Kingdom (9-2) has never been beyond a mile and a sixteenth but is out of 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker and dam sire Kingmambo was responsible for 1999 Belmont hero Lemon Drop Kid. He relaxes nicely around two turns and that bodes well for his chances in this marathon. He has won twice here for Garcia/Baffert and can move forward 3rd off the shelf.
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#4 Oilisblackgold (7-2) has won his last two dirt routes. He earned a big number here Feb. 24 and was flattered when runn-up Blueskiesnrainbows returned to win easily yesterday. I am not sure how far he wants to go but he was always well regarded and has finally figured out how to win.
#6 Calidoscopio (7-2) won the G2 BC Marathon last year so this 12f journey should be a walk in the park. The long winded 10yo horse won his last off the shelf and should be finding his best stride late.
#8 Dhaamer (5-2) just missed in this event off a layoff last year under today's rider Bejarano. Mitchell's classy gelding is probably better on turf.
#5 Richard's Kid (9-2) used to be this good but the 8yo horse has dropped six straight and appears to have lose a step or two. He hasn't been the same since leaving Baffert's barn.
$16 to win #2
$4 Exacta Box 2-4 ($8)
$4 Exacta 2-4/6-8 ($16)
analysis by Jarrod Horak
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