2014-WEST-COAST Season Horse Racing Past Picks
January 18, 2014
SANTA ANITA Race #8 (THE STRUB STAKES(G2))
Saturday 01/18 04:05 PM Eastern
Top pick: #4 (ZEEWAT) (4-1) - He's one of two entered by Jerry Hollendorfer and colt has more career wins (6) than any other running in this stakes. Strong finisher is 3 for 6 on real dirt and last out he flew home from a dozen lengths back to finish 3rd, beaten just over a length here in the (G1) "Malibu" going 7 furlongs on Dec 26. He's won at this trip in the past and won the $100K "Damascus" on this course on Nov 2nd
2nd pick: #3 (Shakin It Up) (7-2) - One of two from the Baffert barn, he's very lightly raced and won the (G1) "Malibu" here at odds of 17-1 on Dec 26th. It was his first start since March 24 and he's worked well since.
3rd pick: #6 (Hear the Ghost) (5-2) - The 2nd of the Hollendorfer pair, he's the probable favorite and has gone 5-2-3-0 overall and is 2-1-1-0 on this surface. He won the (G2) "San Felipe" here last March and has finished 2nd in both starts since coming off an 8 month layoff on Nov 7. Win candidate.
4th pick: #5 (Governor Charlie) (4-1) - He's the other from the Baffert barn and hasn't run since tiring badly in last year's "Preakness" stakes (G1) on May 18. Working fast and colt broke his maiden here a year ago in very fast time going a mile.