Friday’s 5th race from Santa Anita Park is a starter allowance event for four-year-olds and up dashing six furlongs on the turf course (Post Time 5:35 p.m. EST).
No. 7 MCWHERTER (5-2) hit the board in his last three dirt starts at Los Al and Steve Miyadi claimed him for $32k on Dec. 12. He won a pair of local events at six furlongs on turf last spring, and he should make his presence felt throughout under Flavien Prat.
No. 1 Wipe the Slate (5-2) exits a front running score at five panels and Doug O’Neill reclaimed him for $50k that day. He will probably show speed from the rail under his new rider John Velazquez.
No. 2 Mesut (2-1) might run out of ground especially if the pace does not heat up. The veteran gelding likes to rally for minor awards.
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Recent Best Bet Winners
Dec. 27 - Chattalot/Underhill's Tab/Blue Kentucky Trifecta ($408.20)
Dec. 28 - OUR SWEET GIRL ($4.80), Exacta ($14.00)
Dec. 30 - BEATBOX ($6.80)
Dec. 31 - Arham/Took Charge/Canadian Pride Trifecta ($59.40)
Jan. 1 - Sir Alfred James/Souper Highvoltage Exacta ($26.20)