Wednesday's Grade 2, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes attracted a field of nine horses prepared to go 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park, and Horse Racing Nation's Super Screener handicapping system identifies two as must-bet runners. It's an 8-1 morning line shot that provides more value.
Authored by Mike Shutty, the Super Screener analyzes key races run each weekend throughout the year. What's offered here is a small sample of the full product for Santa Anita's opening day that also includes the Malibu (G1), La Brea (G1) and Mathis Brothers Mile (G2).
As for the San Antonio, Shutty lists Battle of Midway, the 9-5 favorite also aiming for the Pegasus World Cup, as an "A" contender. The 4-year-old trained by Jerry Hollendorfer "peaked in his fifth start off a layoff to with the 2017 Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile and repeats with a similar pattern coming off a win in the Grade 3 Native Diver match race with Dabster," Shutty said.
Shutty points out that Battle of Midway has never missed the exacta when running in California. The Smart Strike colt is expected to "take off the pace here by about three lengths and then will continue on with strong energy down the stretch drive passing the tiring leaders."
But he's a win contender offering little value. Shutty's other "A" runner is Beach View, who "looks to be most advantaged" by a hot early pace.
"He would prefer longer," Shutty says of a horse that earlier this season won Del Mar's Cougar II Handicap (G3) at 1 1/2 miles, "but possesses a good turn of foot making him effective at this distance. Faced tougher than most his rivals recently and will jump forward here second off the four-month layoff. Had nowhere to go late in that last race," the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (G3). "Prime effort Wednesday at a square price."
Shutty's full Super Screener provides similar analysis for all runners in the San Antonio field, plus lays out the data-driven Super Screener criteria to establish his selections. Of course, suggested wagers are included as well. Get the Super Screener advantage with your handicapping today!