2014-WEST-COAST Season Horse Racing Past Picks
April 05, 2014
SANTA ANITA Race #2
Saturday 04/05 12:30 PM Eastern
Top pick: #1 (STORM FIGHTER) (8-1) - Price-play stretches out in distance after setting a quick and pressured pace before tiring here in a 6-furlong sprint on March 8th. It was his first back off an 11 month layoff and he's worked well since. Has the rail and can take this at a square price.
2nd pick: #8 (Volkonsky) (3-1) - Gelding has finished second in two straight on this surface and comes off a career best in his latest. Five-year-old has improved since joining the barn of Jerry Hollendorfer and it's a plus that Bejarano stays aboard.
3rd pick: #7 (Pulpit's Express) (4-1) - I liked him last out, but he could only finish third with a late rally following a "stumbling" start. Veteran has much more early speed than that and is a win candidate with an alert getaway.
4th pick: #4 (I Run for Fun) (5-1) - Lightly-raced 5-year-old gelding is another entering off a career best when he ran 2nd here at this trip for a $25K tag on March 2nd. It was his first start in a year and trainer Phil D'Amato moves him up in class.