Sunday's 9th race (4:37pm PT) from Santa Anita Park is a $75,000 Maiden Claiming event for 3-year-olds dashing six ane one-half furlongs on the turf course.
#8 Storm Castle (6-1) blew the break in his Feb. 23 course/distance bow. The above average $85k son of solid turf sire Scat Daddy is reportedly a first time gelding and dam has tossed a grass winner. Espinoza sticks and Puype does solid work with second timers.
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#3 Benedict Audrey (4-1) exits a prominent throughout, close-up show finish from post 10 at a flat mile here. He is tagged for the first time and looks like the type to succeed down the dip.
#11 Buckleberry Grey (5-1) shows up for sale after nine starts and he was competitive in both downhill sprints.
#4 Blue Cherokee (6-1) looms the target for the recently hot Krigger/O'Neill team (5 for last 7 together).
#6 Maxx the Giant (5-1) woke up in his first downhill start March 17 and may have found his niche in turf sprints.
#7 Horizontalyspeakin (6-1) debuts for the productive Bejarano/Gaines team.
$16 to win #8
$1 Trifecta 3-8/3-4-8-11/3-4-6-7-8-11 ($24)
analysis by Jarrod Horak
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