Friday's Best Bet: Badger Kitten pounces late at Santa Anita

Friday’s 8th race from Santa Anita Park is a $25,000 claiming event for fillies and mares which have never won two races. They will be traveling one mile on the turf course (Post Time 7:10 p.m. EST).

No. 1 BADGER KITTEN (2-1) switches to Flavien Prat in her third start after a layoff. She got pace help in her late running flat mile maiden claiming score at Del Mar Nov. 26, and she was an even 4th vs. $50k claimers at this course/distance Jan. 7. The pace should be honest and she figures to save ground before launching her rally.

No. 2 Pistachio Princess (5-2) set the pace and held the place in both flat mile turf starts vs. this kind. She looks like the one to catch under Juan Hernandez.

No. 8 Ready At Midnight (6-1) is back on turf for her new trainer Brittany Vanden Berg. She graduated in a turf route at Arlington Park.

No. 6 Zahra (6-1) is 1-for-33 with eighteen minor awards. Surface does not matter. She keeps plugging away and frequently finishes 2nd or 3rd.

Get my Expert Santa Anita Park picks for Jan. 21 

Wagers:

No. 1 to win

Trifecta 1-2/1-2-6-8/1-2-6-8

Trifecta 1/ALL/6

Recent Best Bet Winners

Jan. 1 - Sir Alfred James/Souper Highvoltage Exacta ($26.20)
Jan. 12 - Cutefacechubywaist/First Forever Exacta ($33.20)
Jan. 15 - Brickyard Ride/Positivity Exacta ($21.20)
Jan. 18 - VROYSKY ($13.20), Exacta ($44.60)

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