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There’s a $61,937 Pick-6 carryover for the Friday the 13th program at Santa Anita that has a late first post time of 3 p.m. It could be your lucky day! Or not.

The Thursday program begins with what appears to be a very chalky early daily double. In the first race, #2 Missing Groom returns to state-bred company after exiting a pair of tough open events and should find this group well within his abilities. A recent bullet six furlong work indicates fitness and we’re expecting Nakatani to have him along in time.

The Sunday program, featuring a Pick-6 carryover of $109,125, begins with a maiden claiming dash for juvenile fillies. #8 Myrna Lou split the field in a Turf Paradise stakes race and should find this group within her range. #6 Wackett exits a hot race and is another likely to improve a bunch in this softer spot. We’ll try to get by in our rolling exotics using only these two.

First post for the Saturday 11-race program is 12 Noon. A reminder that post time for the Belmont Stakes is scheduled for 3:52 California Chrome time (between the seventh and eighth Santa Anita races).

First post for the Friday eight-race program is 3 p.m. A reminder that the huge Belmont Stakes Saturday race card at Santa Anita – featuring 11 races – will begin at 12 noon.

Today’s opener is a five-runner restricted (nw-2) claiming router for fillies and mares. #5 Parada drops a notch and stretches out again and if her improving pattern continues she’ll be hard to beat. #1 Kid Rollins graduated in a slowly-run bottom-rung maiden claimer in mid-April and appears to be training well since, so continued improvement is possible.

A pick-6 carryover of $129,366 awaits players as Belmont Stakes week begins with an eight-race program beginning at 1 p.m.

We’ll double the first race in our rolling exotic play. #5 Soar Home returns to the main track, drops a notch, and probably beats this field with a repeat of her race before last. #3 Super Defence has been working quite sharply for her comeback and looks like the probable pace setter in her first try around two turns. She ran well fresh on this track last year.

The Sunday program starts out a little chalky (we think) but offers some potentially good wagering value as the day goes on.

An excellent Saturday program begins with a $40,000 claiming miler that appears made to order for #2 Bench Light. The Benchmark gelding whipped a softer field with a strong number last month and looks capable of winning right back on the double jump for new trainer O’Neill. #5 Swift Eagle likes to run second and third a bit more than he likes to win, but with the switch to hot-riding Desormeaux the veteran Sadler-trained gelding has a strong look, especially if he can repeat his nice score over this course and distance two races back.

There’s a well-worth-playing $407,077 double Pick-6 carryover today with a late first post time of 3 p.m.

The opener finds #1 Eltoninadress on a one-level class hike for new trainer Kitchingman after being claimed out of a fully-extended victory for $8,000 earlier this month. The number was okay and Baze stays aboard, so from her inside draw the consistent mare should fire another big shot. We like her on top but this is hardly a prime play and there are much more attractive wagering opportunities later in the program.

There will be no Rainbow Pick-6 hysteria at Gulfstream Park today but there still will be a major carryover to shoot for. Santa Anita is offering a $94,643 Pick-6 carryover on races four through nine with a special late first post of 1:30 p.m.