BetPTC.com / Weekend Stakes Preview / Ed Meyer
Santa Anita Race #5 – The G3 Daytona – 5f on the turf – 6:00 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – Brandothebartender / #3 – Eddie Haskell / #1 – Kanthanka
#5 Brandothebartender makes his 3rd off the layoff for trainer Craig Dollase and Joe Talamo. He is 8 for 15 ITM at Santa Anita and cuts back in distance from a mile. Talamo fits the gelding and should relish sprinting where he is 6 for 7 ITM at the distance. #3 Eddie Haskell hails from the barn of Mark Glatt. He’s been off for 55 days and is 13 for 16 ITM on the turf. A perfect stalker for Kent Desormeaux and he fires well off the shelf. #1 Kanthanka comes in for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. He was a beaten favorite in the G2 Kona Gold as the barn wins 23% looks for payback. Flavien Prat in the saddle is a plus as he’s winning 26% on the greensward.
Race #7 – The G2 Charles Whittingham – 1 1/4 on the turf – 7:00 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #5 – United / #3 – Marckie’s Water / #7 – Ashleyluvssugar
#5 United is a son of Giant’s Causeway for Dick Mandella. Flavien Prat gets the call as he makes his 3rd off the layoff. They are making the move to change riders to turf master Prat. He gets added distance and should stalk from just off the pace. #3 Marckie’s Water goes to post for Richard Baltas. This son of Tribal Rule is 6 for 10 ITM at Santa Anita and has proven himself going long. I’m looking for a solid stalking trip. #7 Ashelyluvssugar is a son of Game Plan for trainer Peter Eurton. This is a 3rd off the layoff effort for a versatile runner. He can grab the lead of lay just off the pace. Brice Blanc is the pilot and should be on the front at the gate break in this field.
Race #8 – The G2 Triple Bend – 7f – 7:30 pm EDT
BetPTC.com Selections / #1 – American Anthem / #3 – Law Abiding Citizen / #5 – Nero
#1 American Anthem hails from the barn of Bob Baffert. Mike Smith in the irons as they ship back from CD as a beaten favorite in Louisville on Derby weekend. This son of Bodemeister cuts back in distance where he is 5 for 5 ITM going 7f. Look for an up close effort under the guidance of Smith. #3 Law Abiding Citizen goes to post for trainer Mark Glatt. This son of Twirling Candy hasn’t run in 55 days and makes a turf to dirt switch. He won the G3 San Simeon and has some sharp morning works coming into the race. He will be forwardly placed at the gate break. #5 Nero is a son of Pioneer of the Nile for Bob Baffert. Drayden Van Dyke gets the nod and the colt has been working sharply. He’s been on the shelf for 55 days and I’m looking for an up close effort.