2014-WEST-COAST Season Horse Racing Past Picks

March 08, 2014

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SANTA ANITA Race #9 (THE SANTA ANITA HDCP. (G1))

Saturday 03/08 04:15 PM Eastern

Top pick: #2 (MUCHO MACHO MAN) (9-5) - He's in career best form, he's won three in row and last fall was a "nose" victor over today's rival "Will Take Charge" on this surface in the "Breeders' Cup Classic" (G1). Speed/stalker won his seasonal debut at Gulfstream on Jan. 18 and has been working fast since. Gets a slight edge.

2nd pick: #1 (Will Take Charge) (2-1) - If not for a "nose" loss to "Mucho" in last year's "Classic" on this surface he would have earned over $6M during his 2013 campaign. Strong finisher went 6-3-3-0 after coming off a short vacation in late July. Runs second off a 70 day freshening and is set for a big effort.

3rd pick: #7 (Game on Dude) (7-2) - He's won 7 of 10 starts here and was an easy winner of this prestigious stakes on March 2nd of 2013. He was sub-par last out on Feb. 8t, but has been working fast since and his early speed makes him a win candidate.

4th pick: #5 (Rousing Sermon) (12-1) - Solid facing weaker, he's capable of getting a small share at a big price, especially if the pace is fast and/or contested.

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