2014-WEST-COAST Season Horse Racing Past Picks
February 20, 2014
SANTA ANITA Race #7
Thursday 02/20 04:05 PM Eastern
Top pick: #5 (SAN ONOFRE) (6-5) - Gelding finished second when debuting here on Dec. 31 of 2012 and did not race again until this past Nov. 15 at Hollywood. Headley home-bred has won all three starts since returning, the latest pair coming on this surface. He meets his toughest field to date, but continues to work both fast and frequently. The horse to beat.
2nd pick: #6 (Heir of Storm) (5-2) - His career best came here going 7-furlongs on Nov. 1 and earned the highest "Beyer" figure any of these has reached that afternoon. Over-matched in a pair of graded stakes in his last pair, colt gets some class relief in this spot.
3rd pick: #3 (Explain) (4-1) - He has a fine record racing on conventional dirt at 12-5-3-1, and is a perfect 2-for-2 on this surface. Gelding comes off a career best here when defeating weaker on Jan. 30 and is a stretch threat with his best.
4th pick: #1 (Spirit Rules) (6-1) - Lightly-raced 5-year-old has a speed/stalking style and breaks from the rail. Gelding by "Tribal Rule" has finished fourth in his last pair, both sprint stakes for Cal.-breds and may get a share at a square price.