Saturday's Best Bet: Mucho Unusual set to strike in Rodeo Drive

Saturday’s 7th race from Santa Anita Park is the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares traveling a mile and a quarter on the turf course (Post Time 6:41 p.m. ET).

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#4 MUCHO UNUSUAL (5-1) might be in a great tactical spot under Juan Hernandez. She likes this turf course and finished a solid 2nd in her lone try at this distance in the American Oaks (G1) last year. She might not be the most talented runner in this spot, but she is capable of competing with these and the price figures to be right.

#1 Tonahutu (5-1) might try to go to the lead from the hedge in a race without much pace. She has been an excellent $32,000 claim for Doug O’Neill and the Yellow Ribbon (G2) runner-up is not out of this if she handles the added real estate.

#3 Bodhicitta (5-2) has really gotten good for Richard Baltas. She graduated in a local flat mile turf race last fall, won back-to-back optional claiming turf routes over the winter, and finished 2nd in the Gamely (G1) and 1st in the Yellow Ribbon in her last pair. Her late pace ratings continue to climb and she should be heard from in the lane.

#6 Lady Prancealot (2-1) has a nice late kick and is a grade one winner at this course and distance. Umberto Rispoli knows her now and she will be finishing in a race that is likely to be slow early and fast late.

#2 Maxim Rate (4-1) is in good form and projects a stalking trip. Rispoli abandons for Lady Prancealot.

#7 Catch the Eye (12-1) might not be quite this good, but she fits from a distance standpoint, and both of her wins were at Santa Anita at a mile and an eighth.

#5 Pretty Point (12-1) can rally for a share. This race does not set up for the patient runner but you know she will be running late. 


#4 to win

Exacta 4/1-3-6

Exacta 1-3-6/4

Superfecta 1-4/1-3-4-6/1-2-3-4-6/1-2-3-4-5-6-7

Recent Best Bet Winners

Sept 3 - GIRL DADDY ($8.60), Exacta ($22.80)
Sept 10 - ALITTLELESSTALK ($9.00)
Sept 17 - Coconut Cake/Quiet Imagination Exacta ($9.20)
Sept 18 - PRAIRIE FIRE ($10.60), Exacta ($45.60)
Sept 23 - Shoe Game/Semi Sweet Exacta ($76.00)
Sept 25 - BIG RUNNUER ($5.00), Exacta ($14.80)

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