GIII Monrovia Handicap is Monday’s race of the day

GIII Monrovia Hcp is some downhill fun today at Santa Anita Park

Even though it’s been a busy 1st graded stakes weekend of 2012, there’s still more graded stakes action to ponder in the GIII $100,000, Monrovia Handicap, for 4+ Fillies and Mares, going 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf run at Santa Anita today!

Free Past Performances

A good sized field of 11 was drawn for this GIII turfing sprint with the M/L fav being Unzip Me at 6/5!

Unzip Me is coming off 2 recent stakes wins here at Santa Anita over this same course so favorite status on the morning line makes sense to us!

The two ladies most likely to give her trouble are Mizdirection at 9/2 who is coming off an Alw win and a good 3rd in the GII Raven Run at Keeneland this fall and Givine at 5/1 who has been stair-stepping her way to a winner circle visit in her last several outings and seems do for one!

Other names to watch for in here are Up in time, Berg Bahn, Wild Mia, Separate Forest and multiple GI winner Champange d ‘Oro who is looking to get untracked here today!

So here is today’s Race #8 card at Santa Anita Park!

1. Mizdirection – 9/2

2. Givine – 5/1

3. Up In Time – 8/1

4. Wild Mia – 15/1

5. Remit – 20/1

6. Champagne d’Oro – 12/1

7. Berg Bahn – 20/1

8. Fifth Commandment – 20/1

9. Separate Forest – 10/1

10. Unzip Me – 6/5

11. Silver Rock – 30/1

Post time will be at 4:07 pm pst!

Our picks would be 10,1,2,3 bx’d exacta and then sprinkle in some the other names from above we’ve mentioned into a cheap super play!

So this one will be run on our favorite surface of all-time, the Santa Anita downhill turf sprinting course as we could watch races all day long coming down that hill at break-neck speed!

Oh, this same course plays host to the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint too later this year, so you may want to eyeball this race for clues to this fall’s big event here!

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Gulfstream Derby and GIII Old Hat fires off the 2012 racing season at Gulfstream Park

New Years Day finds the Gulfstream Derby and the GIII Old Hat Stakes on tap here

The 3yo season at the Gulfstream Park gets off to a big-bang with a pair of 3yo contests in the $100,000, Gulfstream Derby, going 1 1/16 mile and the $100,000, GIII Old Hat for the 3yo girls at 6 f’s!

Free Past Performances  ←for the Old Hat!

A group of 8 freshly-minted 3yo ladies will toe-up to the line here for this 6 furlong dash-for-the-cash!

The two names we our watching in here are Say A Novena and Awesome Belle both are cutting back in distance here after poor showings in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly outings!

Local prospects in here are Yara and Quick Flip both of whom could spoil the show here on Sunday.

So all these 3yo ladies will be looking for a way forward in 2012 here on Sunday and the road to Louisville and Kentucky Oaks on the first Friday in May!

By Posts, Horses and M/L Odds

1. Soft Whisper – 10/1

2. Say a Novena – 5/1

3. Sabrina’s Dance – 8/1

4. Sacristy – 5/2

5. Bet to Win – 3/1

6. Awesome Belle – 6/1

7. Yara – 8/1

8. Quick Flip – 8/1

Post time will be 4:17 pm est!

The 2,6,7,8 are carrying 120 lbs, everyone else 116 lbs!

So our selections here would be 2,6,7,8 in a bx’d exacta!

The Gulfstream  Park Derby is more 3yo fun at Gulfstream Park this Sunday as a group of 11 will start us down the road to Louisville on May 5th with this 3yo season opener.

Free Past Performances ←for Gulfstream Derby

We are watching to see if Ancient Rome can stretch out in this 3yo, 2-turn event as he is coming off a blazing-fast, opening day 6f win here in the Spectacular Bid Stakes!

He’ll be trying 2-turns for the first time here but so are many other in this 11-horse calary charge!

Other names to watch for would be the undefeated Silver Menace, Ravelo’s Boy and our “home cookin” pick in Politicallycorrect who clicked off a nice 1:43.4, 1 1/16 mile MSW win over this same surface last month!

By, Posts, Horses, M/L Odds

1. King Kid – 12/1

2. Reveron – 4/1

3. Gold  Megillah – 8/1

4. Nachas and Joy – 12/1

5. Casual Trick – 6/1

6.  Silver Menace – 6/1

7. Ancient Rome – 3/1

8. Politicallycorrect – 8/1

9. Ravelo’s Boy – 15/1

10. Rex’s Last Tour  – 30/1

11. Yourhonorandglory – 10/1

Post time will be 4:45 pm est!

Everyone carries 116lbs, as Ancient Rome will strap-on 120 lbs!

Our Selections are – 6,7,8,9 in a boxed exacta then add 2,3,5 in a super!

So they will be off and running toward Churchill Downs this May 5th as the 2012 Derby Trail picks up in earnest with this early 2-turn test here on Sunday with this group of freshly-minted 3yo’s!

GII Robert J. Frankel Stakes is New Years Day feature at Santa Anita Park

GII Robert J. Frankel Stakes is on tap here Santa Anita Park New Years Day

Yes, this first graded stakes of 2012 at Santa Anita Park is aptly named for the late, legendary So/Cal trainer Bobby Frankel.

This $150,000, GII Robert J. Frankel Stakes is a turfer for 3yo and up Fillies and Mares, going a 1 1/8 mile out on the Santa Anita turf !

A field of just 6 ladies was drawn for this 2-turn turfing tussle with City To City as the headline name in this first graded stakes of the new year here at Santa Anita Park!

Free Past Performances

By Posts, horses, M/L Odds ( when they are available)

1. Bauble Queen – 5/1

2. Celestial Kitten – 7/2

3. City to City – 5/2

4. Turning Top – 4/1

5. Whisper Louise – 4/1

6. Miss Mittagong – 4/1

City to City will carry 123lbs and the rest 118 lbs

Post time will be 4:07 pm west coast time!

Picks are – 1,2,3,4 in either a boxed ex. or tri.

So the Santa Anita 2012 graded stakes season gets underway with the namesake contest of one of the greatest trainers this old venue has ever seen in Mr. Robert J. Frankel!

GI La Brea Stakes closes out Graded Stakes racing for 2011

the GI La Brea stakes is up this Saturday at Santa Anita Park

This Saturday, Santa Anita Park offers up the final Graded Stakes contest on the 2011 calendar in the 7f, GI La Brea Stakes, for 3yo’s Fillies only, with a purse of $250,000!

Free Past Performances

Getting the marquee billing for this final GI on the 2011 racing calendar will be 3-time GI winner in  Tuburlent Descent.

This fine 3yo lady sprinter is taking aim at a 4th GI title of the year in this final GI of the season.

Turbulent Descent is also still in the hunt for 3yo female H.O.Y. honors next month but she is a bit tarnished for that honor with a disappointing 5th in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies Sprint!

Other names in this field of to ponder over would be Great Hot winner of the GII Raven Run at Keeneland this fall and May Day Rose winner of the GIII Railbird at Hollywood Park last May!

So here is the cast of 9 fine 3yo ladies for this 2011 GI La Brea Stakes Shootout!

By Posts, Horses, M/L Odds

1.Home Sweet Aspen – 9/2

2. Turbulent Descent – 6/5

3. May Day Rose – 8/1

4. Include Me Out – 12/1

5. Sarah’s Secret – 12/1

6.  Sugarinthemorning – 12/1

7. Great Hot – 6/1

8. California Nectar – 20/1

9. Teddy’s Promise – 6/1

Everyone carries 118 lbs, but Turbulent Descent who bulks up to 123 lbs!

Post time will be about 4:07 pm west coast time!

Pick are – 7,2,1,3 exacta box that will not payout very well if Turbulent Descent is victorious here, then try adding Sarah’s Secret as a flyer to your super play!

Remember race fans, Santa Anita’s main is just ablaze with speed right now and why we have such low expectations for any pricy exotics payouts from this contest!

So it’s “auld lang syne” time to the 2011 graded stakes season with this 3yo fillies shootout at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, but alas, let not your heart be troubled as New Years Day will find the Robert J. Frankel Stakes at this venerable west coast thoroughbred racing venue to ring in the 2012 racing season here!