Sunday's Best Bet: Constantia tags speed in Las Cienegas

Sunday's 7th race from Santa Anita Park is the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Stakes for fillies and mares dashing six and one-half furlongs on the hillside turf course (Post Time 6:35 p.m. EST).

No. 3 CONSTANTIA (5-1) owns competitive speed ratings, fits on class, and should offer a hint of value. She packs a nice late kick in local turf sprints and Umberto Rispoli knows her well. She can get involved late if the pace heats up.

No. 7 Zero Tolerance (5-2) was right there in all three turf sprint attempts. Flavien Prat was aboard for two of her previous wins and she drew well and can be placed anywhere.

No. 2 Hear My Prayer (2-1) is a solid contender if she handles the hillside course. The win type was sharp for Vladimir Cerin at Del Mar Aug. 26, and she was last early after stumbling at the start from the inside post in the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes Nov. 5. She was beaten less than a length as my top choice in the latter event and probably would have won with a clean getaway. Juan Hernandez strings along and she will probably attend the pace.

No. 8 Gold for Kitten (8-1) rallied to win her all-weather debut at this distance. She raced over a route of ground in her last five starts and ran well each time including three victories. She should be finishing from the outside post under John Velazquez. 

Get my Expert Santa Anita Park picks for Jan. 9

Wagers:

No. 3 to Win

Exacta 3/2-7-8

Exacta 2-7-8/3

Trifecta 2-7/ALL/3

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)

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