Check out our race-by-race verdicts and nap selection for Saturday's meeting at Santa Anita.
20.30 (All times BST, live on Sky Sports Racing) - click here for full racecard & form: This maiden features some expensively-purchased colts and geldings and the form may be worth following. Duplicity only needs one to drop out to get a run and he’ll be expected to improve on his debut second over track and trip in March. Stablemate Tripoli is also worth a market check but MUCH MORE HALO just failed to overhaul market rival K P Indy here in February with Restoring Dreams third that day and Bravo unplaced. Bob Baffert’s four-year-old can recoup losses being much better drawn today. Silardi wasn’t disgraced over 6f at Oaklawn Park at the start of the month.
21.02 - click here for racecard & form: MURALIST has found only one too good in three of his five starts to date and deserves a chance of luck but will face a tough challenge from Divine Armor, who has also been hitting the crossbar with regularity and may still be on an upward curve. Believe Now finished ahead of Still in the Game here in March and looks certain to be suited by this step up in trip so looks the pick of the remainder unless newcomer Future Vision proves above average.
21.35 - click here for racecard & form: Distant Vista won a 7f nursery for Johnny Murtagh at Dundalk last year and will stay the extra furlong but this is a tough introduction to racing on the other side of the pond. Best Chance was only third behind The Stiff at Del Mar in November and the latter has a length-and-a-half to find with INDIAN PEAK on their run together at Golden Gate Fields in February. A winner since, Quinn Howey’s colt looks more than capable of holding his own in this grade and may offer more value than course and distance winner Liar Liar. Margot’s Boy has done nothing wrong so far and is well worth a try at this level.
22.07 - click here for racecard & form: Kristi’s Tiger is 2-4 but there are stamina reservations stepped up in trip. Tiz Wonderfully really has the bit between her teeth, however, having won three of her last four. Charmingslew showed the benefit of a pipe-opener when successful here in February but has been absent again since. Tiz a Master came back to form when second to Time for Suzzie in March while Perfect Ice Storm was a last-time winner but this can go to SCARLET HEAT, not beaten far twice since overcoming a tardy start to score here at the start of the year.
22.39 - click here for racecard & form: Wildman Jack was a surprise winner of a Group 3 at Meydan in March but did it very easily and looks much improved. It would be no surprise to see him follow up in this but CISTRON quickened impressively to land a Grade 3 here on his return from a break and may just have his measure. He holds Murad Khan and Sparkyville on that form and may enjoy a fitness advantage over Wildman Jack’s stable companion Stubbins, who won a Grade 2 at Keeneland in October but hasn’t raced since fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint here the following month. Texas Wedge also won a Grade 2 here in January but is another returning from a break.
23.12 - click here for racecard & form: Way Too Sweet ran poorly here in January after making a winning debut at Del Mar but should appreciate this drop in grade. Real Good Deal was just denied on her track debut here in March but Sybil’s Kitty wasn’t far away and there is likely to be little between the pair again. MIDNIGHT GARDEN ran green in a maiden here in March but looked useful once the penny dropped and she may be worth following while kept to a modest level.
23.45 - click here for racecard & form: This is a much better race that the one won by Galwalksintoabar here in March, which was restricted to Calfornia-breds. RSTARS AND STRIPES had excuses when well behind Vegan here two runs ago and is worth another chance. Biddy Duke finished ahead of Too Much Heaven and Bluegrass Sky over a furlong further here last time while course winner Lovely Lilia ran in a Grade 2 when last on this track so has obvious claims. Samurai Charm looked a real speed merchant in her two runs last year but steps up in class following a lengthy absence.
00.18 - click here for racecard & form: UNITED (NAP) won the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes in game fashion here at the start of February when Multiplier was only fifth, though they finished in a bunch that day. He’s a relative latecomer to Dirt racing but clearly enjoys the surface. Originaire probably produced a career-best on Turf here last time so warrants respect while Rockemperor was sixth in the French Derby last year so is no mug. He has placed in two of his three runs in the States and should be winning soon. Desert Stone should also go well having contested a Grade 1 since taking a Grade 2 over track and trip at the start of the year.
00.50 - click here for racecard & form: This is a maiden that won’t take much winning. Salah probably has the best overall form but he’s now 0-12 and was behind Zyanair over 7f here two runs ago. DR. HOFFMAN was squeezed out at the start on his debut here in February and always playing catch-up. That experience should have taught him plenty and better is expected today. My Journey’s latest third was a step in the right direction but it’s difficult to make a strong case for many of the others.
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