Start the 2021 Horse Betting Season at Santa Anita Park

This Saturday’s top-graded horse races takes us to Santa Anita Park in Southern California. There are a pair of featured events on the card that should attract quite a bit of betting action.


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The first is the Las Cienegas Stakes followed by the La Canada Stakes. Some of the top trainers in the game are stacking the field with their best chance to come away with an early season win.

2021 Las Cienegas Stakes Predictions

When: Saturday, January 9th 2021

Where: Santa Anita Park

The first featured race on Saturday’s card is a Grade 3 event open to fillies and mares four and older. This race is a six-furlong sprint on the turf track at Santa Anita.

As the field continues to take shape, Horse Racing Nation has identified eight contenders as probable. Leading the way is trainer Neil Drysdale’s Oleksandra with a 6.55 HRN rating. The seven-year-old Australian-bred mare definitely has the experience to win this race given a long history of finishes in the money.

Her biggest win in 2020 was at Belmont Park in the Grade 1 Jaipur Invitational. She closed out the year with a disappointing fade to ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.


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Another probable to watch in this race is Jolie Olimpica if trainer Richard Mandella gives her the start. The five-year-old Brazilian-bred mare posted two victories with two second-place finishes in her 2020 racing campaign.

This includes a victory in last year’s Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita in late May. She covered the 5½ furlongs on turf in 1:01.11. Both wins came in shorter sprints, which appears to be her strong suit.

2021 La Canada Stakes Predictions

When: Saturday, January 9th 2021

Where: Santa Anita Park

The biggest race of the day on Saturday’s card at Santa Anita is a Grade 3 event open to fillies and mares four and older. This race will be contested on dirt covering a distance of 1 1/16 miles. This is another field that is continuing to take shape. There are seven probable entries on the board led by trainer Bob Baffert’s Fighting Mad. This five-year old mare has a lofty HRN rating of 7.11 coming off a successful 2020 racing season.

She closed things out at Santa Anita on Sept 27 with a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Zenyatta Stakes. This followed a victory in the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 2. Sired by New Year’s Day, she covered the 1 1/16 miles on dirt in that race in 1:43.46. This was her third victory in her last five events.

Trainer John Sherriffs is expected to run Hard Not To Love in Saturday’s La Canada Stakes. She actually placed second in the Zenyatta last September behind Harvest Moon. The five-year old mare faded to sixth in the Clement L. Hirsch.


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Most of her racing experience is at Santa Anita as a slight edge in the rematch against Fighting Mad. Her biggest win last year was at this track in the Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes back in February. This sire of Hard Spun placed second or first in four of five races in 2020.

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