Sunday’s 3rd race from Santa Anita Park is the Grade 3 Daytona Stakes for four-year-olds and up dashing six and one-half furlongs on the turf course (Post Time 5:04 p.m. EDT).
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No. 4 BRAN (8-5) ran well in four of five turf sprints in this country. He won the local Siren Lure at six and one-half furlongs April 10, and shipped to Kentucky and landed the place at 40-1 odds in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G2) May 6. Juan Hernandez rides this time and he should be forwardly placed in a race lacking front end speed.
No. 1 Burnin Turf (9-5) captured his last three local starts including back-to-back sharp turf wins at this distance. Drayden Van Dyke was aboard for two of those wins and he will probably stalk from the inside post.
No. 6 Kanderel (4-1) had an uncomfortable trip and was probably a short horse in his Siren Lure Stakes return April 10. The late runner went last-to-first in the 2021 Siren Lure and will try to make a stretch run under his new rider Umberto Rispoli.
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Recent best-bet winners
May 5 - Tom's Regret ($6.40), trifecta ($430.80)
May 6 - Olympiad ($3.80), exacta ($12.00)
May 7 - Jackie’s Warrior/Reinvestment Risk/Aloha West trifecta ($47.60)
May 10 - Li'l Jimmi Sue ($5.00), exacta ($11.00)
May 12 - I'm Blushing ($7.20)
May 13 - Teddy's Barino ($4.00), trifecta ($65.80)
May 15 - Arzak/Tap It To Win exacta ($33.10)
May 18 - Thealligatorhunter ($2.80) - dead heat
May 20 - First Captain/Vindictive exacta ($42.00)
May 22 - Doc Adams ($5.60)
May 28 - Bally's Charm ($6.20)