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The Sunday opener is a maiden $40,000 claimer that drew six entrants, including the two logical contenders, #2 Fast Moka Too and #3 Jetbird. Away since April of 2012 but training well enough to expect a top effort, the Ellis-trained Fast Moka Too makes her first start on conventional dirt and has only one way to go, on the front end for as far as she can take them. Jetbird should be pressing the issue as well, and in her first start for a tag, the Pender-trained filly will appreciate the class drop. However, they’re the two favorites so this race might be best left alone.

An excellent Saturday program starts off slowly but picks up steam, offering several attractive wagering opportunities later on the card. #1 Salsita is 4/5 on the morning line in the opener and probably should win, though she’s hardly trustworthy, having just failed as the favorite in a slightly tougher maiden claimer. We’ll pass the race and let her win.

The Friday program begins typically with an early daily double comprised of two light fields.

We begin the Thursday with an early daily double comprised of two six runner fields. In the opener #6 Addendum exits a tough starter’s allowance field and shows up for a tag today; the Cerin-trained mare is most effective in extended sprints and gets ideal conditions today. We’ll also toss in #1 Ghost N Your Heart, a winner of a third of her 18 career starts and a contender despite her low profile connections.

A Pick-6 carryover of $119,278 makes the Santa Anita President’s Day Monday program a “must play.”

A strong Sunday program starts with a better than average turf miler affair for older maidens. #6 Snaps showed some ability last year but today makes his first start since joining the Richard Mandella barn, and has trained like a much improved type of late. He also has the “blinkers off” angle working for him. We like him on top but in rolling exotic play we’ll also include #5 Scarly Charly, improving with racing, adding blinkers for the first time, and switching to Smith.

A strong Sunday program starts with a better than average turf miler affair for older maidens. #6 Snaps showed some ability last year but today makes his first start since joining the Richard Mandella barn, and has trained like a much improved type of late. He also has the “blinkers off” angle working for him. We like him on top but in rolling exotic play we’ll also include #5 Scarly Charly, improving with racing, adding blinkers for the first time, and switching to Smith.

An excellent Saturday program offers several good opportunities for profits in rolling exotic play.

The Valentine’s Day program offers a number of excellent rolling exotic opportunities; it’s a much better than average weekday card well worth attacking.

The Thursday program begins with a bottom-rung middle distance claimer that presents little in the way of wagering value. #6 Anaaba Premium hasn’t won a race since September of ’12 (at Pomona) but he seems in good form following a solid runner-up try against a slightly tougher band last month. In a race without much pace, #7 Liberty Cap should be within range and ready to pounce. These are the two we’ll use in our rolling exotics but we’re not planning to get too heavily involved.