Truly exciting day of action at Santa Anita as $1.1MM double carryover prize hung in the balance of nightcap after Gary Sherlock single-handedly attempted to force a 3rd day of P6 excitement with 64-1 and 17-1 upsetters. Favorite True Brilliance romped in the 9th to deliver a single winner the 7-figure payout however and the only carryover into Sunday is a $25k Hi-5 kitty.

Enjoyed my Beat the Host duties and thank everyone that played. Hope everyone did well Saturday! Had prepared for possible Sunday C/O insanity on another strong SA card, so here’s the sequence to further enhance a day that already boasts the NFC/AFC Championships and return of X-Files tonight…



4th: OC/N1X, 3yo, 1m-T (P6, P3, DD)

This solid a group of 3yo ALW turfers in January bodes well for the division this year. No easy exclusions for the pay slots. Danzing Candy was entered for potential off turf..

Most Likely: #2 Tusk 4-1 3rd
Best Value: #3 It’s The Ice 8-1 2nd
Next Best: #1 Arabian Leopard 2-1 DNF-Pulled Up
Exotics Use: #5 Imperious One 5-2 WON ($9.00)

5th: OC/N2X, F&M-4+, 8.5f (P3, DD)

Most Likely: #2 Divina Comedia 5-2 2nd
Best Value: #1 Show Stealer 6-1 4th
Next Best: #6 Moyo Honey 2-1 WON ($5.60)

6th: MSW, 3yo, 1m (P4, P3, DD)

Important for the winner if they have stakes aspirations..

Most Likely: #4 Hoffenheim 9-5: Progressing steadily; Lacks turn of foot.. 2nd
Best Value: #1 Speed Check 15-1: Heads up with fave; Built for 2 turns.. 7th
Next Best: #3 Prince of Arabia 6-1: Exits MSW’s v. top Cali colts.. DNF-Pulled Up
Exotics Use: #5 Bistraya 3-1: LA-bred bred top/bottom for stretchout.. WON ($12.40)

7th: 8th Clocker’s Corner-R, 4+, 6.5f-T (P3, DD)

Excellent group of accomplished turfers for this restricted event and Cassidy’s Ocho, 2nd off break, may find hill right in his wheelhouse..

Best Value: #9 Ocho Ocho Ocho 8-1 9th
Next Best: #1 Rocket Heat 7-2 2nd
Exotics Use: #7 Coastline 4-1 WON ($12.20)
Super Add: #2 Holy Lute 6-1 5th

8th: OC/S-ALW, 3yo-F, 6f (DD)

Most Likely: #7 Star of Munster 5-2 WON ($5.00)
Next Best: #6 Dixie Spice 7-2 7th
Best Value: #4 Yodelsong 6-1 3rd
Exotics Use: #3 Red Stich 4-1 5th

9th: CLM, F&M-4+, 6.5f-T (Super Hi-5)

$25k Hi-5 C/O here..

Most Likely: #9 Odisseia 4-1 3rd
Best Value: #4 Missy Mouse 8-1
Next Best: #7 Miss Gifted 3-1 4th
Exotics Use: #10 Intoxicating Move 5-2 WON ($7.60)
Hi-5 Play: #5 Unusual Style 12-1 5th

P4 Grid:

6: 1-4 (A), 3-5 (B), 2-10 (C)
7: 1-9 (A), 7 (B), 2-8 (C)
8: 7 (A), 4-6 (B), 2-3-5-8 (C)
9: 4-9 (A), 7-10 (B), 5-8 (C)

Simple (A+B ): 4x3x3x4 =144 x .50 = $72
Full (A/B/C): $78

$0.50 Pick-4 (5/7/7/10,11,12,13,14) Paid $209.85