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Amani back on dirt in Zenyatta

9/28/2012 7:36 PM
Author:
Amount Bet:
$30.00
Amount Cashed:
$0.00

 

Saturday's 8th race (4:45pm PT) from Santa Anita Park is the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares traveling a mile and a sixteenth on the main track. 

#1 Amani (3-1) was a win machine on dirt in Chile. In both US synthetic starts she rallied for the show behind today's fav #6 Include Me Out (5-2) in the G1 Vanity and split a 10-horse field in the G1 Pacific Classic. She is back with female friends and might spring forward on conventional dirt.

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Include Me Out has four wins and a second in five Grade 1-2 starts this year including two tallies here. She is 3-for-3 at this trip and fired a 9-22 turf bullet for this.

#7 Love And Pride (4-1) exits a prominent throughout tally in the G1 Personal Ensign at the Spa and might get brave if able to sneak away early under Martin Garcia.

#4 Joyful Victory (12-1) has never quite lived up to the hype but the tactical type is fresh and appears ready to rumble at a distance she enjoys. Rosie Napravnik booted home Believe You Can in the G1 Kentucky Oaks for trainer Larry Jones.

#3 Switch (7-2) is a seven furlong specialist and will probably turn back in the BC F&M Sprint if she fails in this spot. She reunites with winning pilot Gomez and can contend for a share at the very least.

The Plays:

$12 to win #1

$1 Trifecta Key 1/3-4-6-7 ($12)

$3 Exacta 4-7/6 ($6)

analysis by Jarrod Horak

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Older Comments about Amani back on dirt in Zenyatta...

Include Me Out; 6,3,7,1
I love the price on Love and Pride. She just beat two great fillies! I like her a lot! But Johnny isn't riding her :(
will Jones be under saddle?
Pick to go with Include Me Out, Star Billing, and Amani. With as much success as Larry Jones has had with fillies/mares the last few years, it is interesting to see him venture out to the west coast to try his hand at this track. More likely than not, it's most likely to familiarize the filly with the upcoming BC host track.
Love and Pride is a stand out in this contest. Other notables are Joyful Victory and Star Billing but they don't have the consistency of the 7 here. Include Me Not, from way back, can hit the board as well. I wager that Anita is running earlier than it most often does naturally and will watch for the loving early/late balance through the card before declaring it one way or the other, but the 7 still is a stand out here. Must use it for any key.