Top Horses to Bet at Santa Anita – October 2 Analysis – October 2, 2021

by: Ed Meyer

Santa Anita

Race #8 – The G2 Santa Anita Sprint – 6f – 7:00 pm Analysis / #4 – C Z Rocket /#1 – Dr. Schivel / #2 – Vertical Threat

#4 C Z Rocket hails from the Peter Miller barn with Florent Geroux in the saddle. 3rd time off the layoff and the barn wins 22% on this move. Beaten favorite in the G2 Pat O’Brien and Peter Miller comes back looking for payback next out at a 26% win clip. Flo is a master at getting a horse to settle and wins 24% with his sprinters. He has a sharp work and cuts back in distance; should be a major danger today. #1 Dr. Schivel is a perfect stalker with a rail spot for trainer Mark Glatt and Flavien Prat aboard. He is 2/2 at SA and the patient hand of Prat will guide this three year old into perfect position waiting to pounce. #2 Vertical Threat goes to post for Richard Baltas and Abel Cedillo. This son of Tapiture has tactical speed and gets an inside post draw. 3rd time off the layoff and has a sharp work in preparation.


Race #9 – The G1 Rodeo Drive – 1 1/4 on the turf – 7:30 pm Analysis / #4 – Going to Vegas / #8-Luck / #7 – Magic Attitude

#4 Going to Vegas makes her 2nd start off the layoff for Richard Baltas and Umberto Rispoli. This daughter of Goldenscents is 7/10 ITM at SA and should be right up on the pace. Rispoli wins 22% with his turf runners and 20% with early speed on the sod. She had a super prep last out and appears ready for a top effort. Look for her to be rested and ready for this race. #8 Luck is a daughter of Kitten’s Joy for Richard Baltas and Flavien Prat. She has had one race since coming over from France and won handily over the Del Mar green. Prat is a strong finisher and wins 25% with his late runners turning for home. #7 Magic Attitude is a late running daughter of Galileo (IRE) for Arnaud Delacour and John Velasquez. She ships in from Saratoga from the G1 Diana Stakes and has a solid late punch turning for home. Johnny V in the saddle ensures we’ll see a top effort and with a little racing luck could upset the apple cart.


Race#10 – The G1 Awesome Again – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 8:00 pm Analysis / #5 – Medina Spirit / #1 – Tizamagician / #3 – Express Train

#5 Medina Spirit is a speedy colt from the Bob Baffert barn with John Velasquez aboard. He had a perfect prep last out and is 4/4 ITM at SA. Look for a front running effort in the patient hands of John Velasquez, and he’ll nurse the speed from flag fall to that’s all. 2nd time off the layoff and has sharp work to tighten down the screws. #1 Tizamagician hails from the Richard Mandella barn with Flavien Prat in the irons. Cuts back in distance today and should improve with less ground to cover. He is 7/10 ITM at SA and Prat wins 28% with his route runners with a patient hand to guide. #3 Express Train is a stalker from the John Sheriffs barn with Juan Hernandez in the driver’s seat. Cuts back in distance and the rider has been 9/13 ITM the past week. Look for a solid stalking effort and J. J. Hernandez wins 22% with his stalking style runners.


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