Saturday’s feature at the Great Race Place is the $100,000 Grade 3 Santa Ana Stakes. Although the Santa Ana is run at 1 ¼ miles on the turf, horses start by jogging down the SoCal racetrack’s famous downhill turf course. Horses that aren’t used to the layout often suffer. Will that be the case on Saturday? Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Santa Anita Park for Saturday, March 28. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Top Horse Racing Odds Picks for Santa Anita Park
- When: Saturday, March 28 at 3:30 pm ET
- Where: Arcadia, CA
- Weather: Mostly Sunny
- Temperature: High 70 – Low 48
Race 3 – 4:30 ET – 5 ½ Furlongs Turf – $80,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Trainer Mike McCarthy is having an excellent Santa Anita Meet. The trainer is winning with 27% of his entrants. Mike saddles super quick Woke Up to Aces on Saturday. Sired by The Factor, Woke Up to Aces is a last out maiden winner. Often, that would throw up a red flag. But in this case, there doesn’t appear to be a filly that can stick with his one.
Lighthouse finished second in the Grade 3 Sweet Life last out. That was a nice run. But the Simon Callaghan trained daughter of Mizzen Mast has yet to run as fast as Woke Up to Aces. With that being written, no way she goes off at 7/5 Horse Racing Odds. She’ll offer odds around 9/5 or 2/1 in this compact but talented field. So, bet to win if you believe.
Roadrunner’s Honor could add some much needed value in the trifecta. She finished eleventh in her last. That was a mile race over the turf. She’ll appreciate the cut back in distance and figures to get lost in the betting on Saturday.
- Win: Woke Up to Aces
- Place: Lighthouse
- Show: Kustom for Karl
Race 5 – 5:30 pm ET – 1 1/8 Miles Turf – $40,000 Allowance Optional ClaimingThis is a wide-open event, which is why there’s a good chance 8/1 on the morning line Horse Racing Odds Lavender keeps her odds. Few jockeys in the United States know how ride turf runners as well as Jose Valdivia. That’s a huge plus. Another plus? This one has yet to go longer than a mile but the breeding suggests she can run all day.
Flavian Prat had his choice of mounts in this. He decided to go with Arctic Roll. The Champ Elysees sired 5-year-old mare should get a nice trip after breaking from post-position 1. She’s got enough early speed where Prat could take the lead if he so desired. Will she get the distance? Champ Elysees was a champion at 1 ½ miles. So, yes, she will.
Kynance won at this distance over this turf course in her last. That race was at the $32,000 claiming level. This is a big step up. The move up in class could prevent her from winning. She should run well enough to get into the tri or super, though.
- Win: Lavender
- Place: Arctic Roll
- Show: Kynance
Race 7 – 6:30 pm ET – 1 ¼ Miles Downhill Turf– $100,000 Grade 3 Santa Anta StakesIn Dogtag’s first start with trainer Richard Mandella, the War Front sired filly ran well. She finished second by 1 ½ lengths. That was at a mile. She’s bred to run longer. If jockey Umberto Rispoli can get her to relax while she runs down the hill, she’ll be tough to beat on Saturday.
Tiny Tina finished second by 2 lengths in the Grade 3 Astra back in January. Tina has raced down the hill before. She ran well in the Grade 2 Buena Vista in her last. The extra distance should help the cause.
Mandella also puts the bridle on Siberian Irish. The 6-year-old mare finished third in the Grade 3 Astra in her last. Like Tiny Tina, she’ll have no trouble negotiating the downhill run. If the pace is fast, she could kick into gear enough for the win. Make sure to use Siberian Irish up and down on your exotic tickets.
- Win: Dogtag
- Place: Tiny Tina
- Third: Siberian Irish