We’re a day away from one of the biggest stakes racing days in months, as 18 stakes races will take place in the US. There’s another in Japan with the running of the Naruo Kinen. Santa Anita Park will be the king of graded events with the most on the card, including the much anticipated Santa Anita Derby which had to be postponed as a result of the coronavirus. The Santa Anita Derby features a $400,000 purse. That’s not the only big event, with the Hollywood Gold Cup worth $300,000 and the Santa Anita Oaks offering a purse of $200,000.
A lot of money is on the line in Santa Anita tomorrow. We will have you covered and hopefully find some winning horses in the process. The prelude into a big day of racing happens Friday with eight races. We’ll be playing the Pick 4 and Pick 5 at Santa Anita Park for this racecard. Head below for our free Santa Anita Park Pick 4 and Pick 5 selections for June 5, 2020. Tomorrow we will have you covered with our predictions for the Rainbow 6 at Santa Anita Park.
Pick 5: Race 1-5
Pick 4: Race 2-5
Post Time: 12:30 p.m. PST
Distance: 5 Furlongs
Our Pick 5 ticket will start with Race 1 at Santa Anita Park on Friday afternoon. Bolden and Intense are likely the horses to watch in this event. Eagle in the Sky will also make things interesting from the No. 1 post position, but Bolden and Intense are likely going to be neck and neck throughout this contest. Bolden heads into Friday as a first-time starter. It’ll be the young colt’s debut in this one after some promising workouts. Bolden completed two recent 4-furlong workouts at 48.80 seconds and 47.40 seconds for a good look going into this event on Friday.
Intense is coming off his first start and ran pretty well to finish 2nd on May 22. Solid effort for the upset minded Intense who nearly pulled it off. Intense came just 3 ¼ lengths away from shocking the field as an underdog. Despite the loss, it’s something to build on and Intense was still able to beat five other horses. Workouts have been fairly good for Intense with times of 49.80 and 49.80 seconds with urging. This race should be a good one between Intense and Bolden, with the slight edge going to Intense at a better price on the morning-line.
Post Time: 1:04 p.m. PST
Race 2 will feature a mile for a $28,000 purse with eight horses signed up to race on the turf. Goodtingscominpink sticks out to me because I cashed her on May 22. She got the win by 1 ½ lengths over On Mars. It was the first win of her career after finishing in the top-3 in 5 of 6 races to get her career underway. This race is going to be at a slightly higher competition level for Goodtingscominpink. She will have to run a bit better to get the win in this one, but will certainly be in contention.
The way I see it, So Much Happy carries a little more value in this race. So Much Happy has finished in the top-5 in half of the races in her career. She has a win at Del Mar on November 9, 2019 by 1 ½ lengths over Visual Magic. So Much Happy tried her hand at a tougher race thereafter in the American Oaks (Gr. 1). That didn’t go well, as So Much Happy finished 8th. However, as soon as she went back down a class, So Much Happy was competitive again to finish 3rd and then 2nd in her most recent effort.
So Much Happy lost by 2 ¼ lengths after dueling in the stretch. She was 1st until inside the final furlong of that race. It was a near wire-to-wire win for So Much Happy in that event. This race is a little shorter than that race. If it were a mile, So Much Happy might have won on March 6. She’s back and could easily do one better in this race.
Post Time: 1:37 p.m. PST
Race 3 will have seven horses vying for a $22,000 purse back on the dirt. Justin’s Quest and Rogallo could get into a duel in this race. Rogallo is down a class after struggling in his previous three outings. She finished 8th, 4th, 6th after placing on September 28, 2019. It’s been a while since Rogallo found the winner’s circle, as he hasn’t been there since his first start on April 13, 2019. In seven races since, Rogallo has finished 8th, 10th, 9th, 2nd, 8th, 4th, 6th for some really inconsistent results.
Gryffindor hasn’t been a winner since May 20, 2018. That wasn’t his first dance at the racetrack, though it’s been a while just like Rogallo. Gryffindor has a win in 23 races, with 7 races in the top-3. He has finished 2nd, 3rd, 5th in his previous three outings. As one of the biggest underdogs in this race, Gryffindor might be hard to ignore as a hefty underdog. However, in the end it’s going to be tough to race better than Justin’s Quest.
Justin’s Quest is back down a class after finishing 9th and 7th. The last time Justin’s Quest was running against similar competition, he won on July 7, 2019 over Mo Reverse by 2 ½ lengths. Prior to that race, Justin’s Quest was close to a win, but was lost by the slimmest of margins by a nose. In 6 of 7 races, Justin’s Quest was in the top-3 and 5 of 7 were in the top-2 before trying a tougher outing. Now that Justin’s Quest is back at a level he can be competitive with, this looks like a winning run.
Post Time: 2:09 p.m. PST
We’re back to the turf for Race 4 at Santa Anita Park on Friday. This event is worth $30,000 with a mile of racing. Arctic Roll and Kittyhawk Lass are going to be in this one, with Shanghai Truffles likely with a bold bid from the No. 1 post position. Shanghai Truffles is coming off a win on May 14 by 1 ½ lengths. It’s the second win in her career with 2 wins in 11 entries. Shanghai Truffles has finished 6th, 2nd, 8th, 1st in her previous four races. A lot of inconsistencies have plagued Shanghai Truffles, but this looks like a doable race for her.
Kittyhawk Lass is back down a class after finding little success on January 1 and February 17. A couple of disappointing endings for Kittyhawk Lass, as she finished 4th and 6th. This was after winning by 1 ¾ lengths on November 14, 2019. She was in the top-2 in 4 of 5 races before looking for a more lucrative race. That was a swing and a miss by Kittyhawk Lass, but Race 4 is at her level.
Arctic Roll has stakes experience going into Friday. She is expected to compete in a big way. She participated in the Astra Stakes (Gr. 3) and Bayakoa Stakes (Gr. 3). Neither went well, but Arctic Roll has been in much more difficult races than this. The last time she ran at this class, she won and placed on January 19 and February 9. A recent 4-furlong workout was positive for Arctic Roll, as she finished with a time of 49 seconds. The one to watch in Race 4.
Post Time: 2:41 p.m. PST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 5 will conclude our Pick 4 and Pick 5 ticket on Friday at Santa Anita Park. A very minor race by Santa Anita’s standards, this event is worth $15,000 on Friday. Tromador and Mayan Warrior might get into a bit of a duel. They’re the strongest horses on form claims. Mayan Warrior stays in the same class after running well in his most recent outing on May 22.
He finished 2nd behind Red Valor by 1 ½ lengths after needing a late bid to get involved at the wire. His most recent and only win came on November 4, 2018 at Santa Anita Park. He’s come close several times since, but has been awfully inconsistent. Mayan Warrior could be really good or really bad today. That could make him dangerous, though.
Tromador has finished 3rd, 1st, 7th, 3rd in his previous four outings. He has a win in six races in his career. Tromador won by 1 ¾ lengths over Ziyanair as a favorite. In his most recent race, Tromador was good enough to show after losing his lead just past the top of the stretch. He had a length lead and allowed that race to get away from him. Tromador is likely going to have to deal with Mayan Warrior on his heels, but should find a way to win here.