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The Sunday nine-race program begins with a restricted $12,500 nine furlong claimer. Pace handicappers will notice the quick fractions that #2 Trouble X Two has encountered recently and at this distance the early pace should be much more manageable for the recent Chew claim. We like him on top but will also use #6 Crusher, the beaten choice in the same race ‘Two exits but today going for Hess off the claim and switching to Garcia. He has back numbers that can win.
Santa Anita Derby week opens with a solid eight-race Thursday program but with a very tough opener. #2 Indian Fields didn’t show a thing in her debut after a rugged start but she continues to train decently and probably is much better than shown. In our rolling exotics we’ll use her along with the Pomona shipper #3 Swan Street Lady, a Street Boss filly with decent works. A little will go a very long way in this soft maiden claimer.
Sunday’s program offers a $96,562 Pick-6 carryover and it’s worth going after.
The opener is a five-runner field with a 3/5 morning line favorite, #5 Kafister. First off the claim for Hollendorfer, switching to Bejarano and landing the cozy outside post, the Kafwain gelding loves this track and is simply faster than his four rivals. There’s no value here so let’s pass.
The Saturday program begins with a stronger-than-average maiden $50,000 claiming sprint for 3-year-old fillies. #5 Big Break has trained quite well for her debut and looks extremely live for Sherman. We’ll prefer her on top but in rolling exotic play we’ll also include #2 Roman Wild, another first-timer with a solid series of drills for a stable (Mullins) that does quite well with debut runners.
The second race, a downhill turf sprint for 3-year-old fillies, appears to be an ideal spot for #2 Suchi Empire.