Best Bets For Santa Anita Park’s Saturday Race Card

Santa Anita Park in Southern California is the place to be this Saturday for major graded stakes racing. To bet these races, simply turn to the racebook at your favorite online sportsbook.

Horse racing is back in a big way with several Class A tracks running daily cards. Santa Anita tops the list this Saturday with the annual Santa Anita Derby as the featured race. The other big race leading up to this Grade 1 Kentucky Derby prep is the Santa Anita Oaks.

Grade 1 Horse Races This Weekend

Santa Anita Oaks

The Grade 1 Oaks is the one of the biggest races of the season for three-year old fillies. This is a major prep race for the Kentucky Derby scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5. This Saturday’s race will be run on the dirt track at Santa Anita covering a distance of 1 1/16 miles.

The early field for this year’s Oaks is shaping up to be a good one. The listing of probables at Horse Racing Nation only adds up to six entries, but this should be a deep field in talent with each one earning a solid HRN rating.

Trainer Mike McCarthy’s Speech appears to be one of the top fillies to beat with a lofty rating of 7.24 that is the highest in the projected field.

Kentucky bred, she has placed second in each of her previous three events including the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes at this track on March 8. She has been money for those that like to bet the horses. In five career races, she has never finished out of the money.


Santa Ysabel Stakes (Grade III) - March 8, 2020


Famed trainer Bob Baffert could have a trio of fillies in the Oaks with Gamine, Gingham and Merneith all listed as possible entries. Of the three, Gamine gives him the best shot to win. This three-year old Kentucky-bred filly took first in her only two races this year. She did not compete as a juvenile.

After winning a 6 ½-furlong sprint at Santa Anita in Maiden Special Weight race in March, she won at Oaklawn in an extended 1 1/16-mile Allowance Claimer last month. She covered that distance in a very respectable 1:41.91.

Santa Anita Derby

Saturday’s main event is also shaping up to be a highly competitive race.

HRN has listed six probable entries on the early list. This Grade 1 race has a total prize purse of $1 million along with qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. It will be contested on dirt at a total distance of 1 1/8 miles.

Baffert should also be well represented in this race as well with Authentic and Azul Coast on the early entry list. Of the two, Authentic is the best bet to win with the highest HRN rating in the projected field at 7.08. Many online sportsbooks posting Kentucky Derby futures odds have this three-year old Kentucky-bred colt listed in the Top 5.

The son of Into Mischief also has home track advantage of his side. He won the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 7. This win came after opening his three-year old campaign with a victory in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at this track in early January.

If you are looking for a solid pairing for an exacta bet in this race, trainer John Shirreffs’ Honor AP would be a logical pick. A sire of Honor Code, this three-year old colt finished second to Authentic in the San Filipe passing Storm The Court for the place position.

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