Santa Anita Park Selections and Beholder Mile Pick for March 13, 2021

Santa Anita Park Selections and Beholder Mile Pick for March 13, 2021

If you’re a horse racing fan, then Saturday is going to be a fun day for you. There are unlimited options on Saturday across the country. From the west to the east coast, there is action throughout the afternoon and evening. BetOnline has just about everything you can for, with at least 15 race tracks available for wagering. We started in Hallandale Beach at Gulfstream Park, and head over to the west coast for our second card of the day.

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Santa Anita Park has a fairly big race on the card Saturday, as they are scheduled to run the $300,000 Beholder Mile (Gr. 1). There is also the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes (Gr. 3) on the card at Santa Anita Park on Saturday. If you want the biggest race on Saturday, then check out the $1,000,000 Rebel Stakes (Gr. 1).

I’m going to be a spectator for that race and stay away from playing a horse. Santa Anita Park has a total of $751,000 in prize money available across nine races on the dirt and turf. There are five turf races and five on the main track, which includes a downhill turf race. If you want Gulfstream Park, then access our Gulfstream Park page for the picks. Head below for our free Santa Anita Park picks for March 13, 2021.

Race 2

(1) Johan Zoffani
+600 (6/1)
(2) Eyes Open
+300 (3/1)
(3) Barraza
+250 (5/2)
(4) Ivory Sky
+2000 (20/1)
(5) Triple Tap
-125 (4/5)

Post Time: 1:04 p.m. PST
Distance:7 Furlongs

We will get started at Santa Anita Park with a five-horse race on the dirt. Bob Baffert has two horses running in this race, and they’re both on my shortlist to win Race 2. Barraza has finished 4th in back-to-back events to start off his career.

As a first-time runner, Barraza was 4th for a $57,000 purse, and then showed no kick in the next race either, finishing 4th on December 26 for a $61,000 prize. Baffert has been expecting more from Barraza, who has looked good in workouts, but it hasn’t translated to race day yet.

Barraza has been clocked at 59.20 and 1:00.00 at 4 furlongs in February and March. It just hasn’t worked out for Barraza on the track, though. Baffert’s other runner, Triple Tap, likely runs a bit better than Barraza on race day Saturday. Triple Tap is making his much anticipated debut in this one.

Triple Tap completed 4 furlongs in 47.40, 48.60, and 46.80 seconds, along with 5 furlongs 59.60 and 59 seconds more recently. Flavien Prat was tagged by Baffert to pilot Triple Tap, and I think these two should have a promising career together. Expect Triple Tap to make an impressive debut on Saturday.

Our Bet

Race 6

(1) Terrible Ted
+1200 (12/1)
(2) Tobacco Road
+1500 (15/1)
(3) Shane Zain
+1200 (12/1)
(4) Rinse and Repeat
+800 (8/1)
(5) Oil Can Knight
+200 (2/1)
(6) Owning
(7) Horse Greedy
+600 (6/1)
(8) Black Storm
+400 (4/1)
(9) Jan’s Reverse
+500 (5/1)
(10) Awhitesportscoat
+600 (6/1)

Post Time: 3:12 p.m. PST
Distance:7 Furlongs

Race 6 is a $24,000 event on the dirt covering 7 furlongs. Ten horses are expected to run in this event. I’d consider looking at Black Storm and Oil Can Knight to win this race. Black Storm is 7 for 36 in his career, with the seventh win of his career coming on February 13 in his most recent outing. He was a 1 ¼ length winner over Rickey B for a $22,000 purse in that contest.

Prior to that win, Black Storm finished 4th in a $24,000 race, so the class drop helped. After the improved form, he’s going back to a $24,000 event on Saturday. I see him doing better than 4th this time around, but a tough challenge against Oil Can Knight awaits in Race 6. Oil Can Knight should present a tricky assignment for Black and Storm and the rest in this field.

Oil Can Knight is 8 for 23 in his career and should run well in this class. He was a winner two outings ago in a $36,000 event over Octopus by a half length. Oil Can Knight failed to follow up with another win in his next and most recent outing on February 13. He finished 5th for a $39,000 purse in that outing. Oil Can Knight will drop all the way down to a $24,000 race on Saturday following that performance at $39,000. That should help get Oil Can Knight back in the winner’s circle.

Our Bet

Race 8 – Beholder Mile Stakes

(1) Swiss Skydiver
+160 (8/5)
(2) Golden Principal
+800 (8/1)
(3) Harvest Moon
+250 (5/2)
(4) Sanenus
+400 (4/1)
(5) Miss Stormy D
+2000 (20/1)
(6) As Time Goes By
+400 (4/1)
(7) This Tea
+3000 (30/1)
(8) Clockstrikestwelve
+2000 (20/1)

Post Time: 4:20 p.m. PST
Distance:1 Mile

The $300,000 Beholder Mile (Gr. 1) is the feature race at Santa Anita Park, and has a pretty nice field. Swiss Skydiver will make her return to the track and debut as a 4-year-old on Saturday in this one. The electric filly has already compiled quite the resume going into this weekend. She has competed and ran well with the boys. There are many accolades to her name, and isn’t done yet in her career.

Harvest Moon is likely the best chance of upsetting Swiss Skydiver on Saturday afternoon. Harvest Moon is 4 for 6 in her career, and was riding a four-race winning streak before faltering most recently in the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Distaff in November.

Prior to that outing, Harvest Moon was a winner in four straight, including most recently the $200,000 Zenyatta Stakes (Gr. 2) on September 27 by ¾ lengths in an upset over Fighting Mad. She also has a graded win in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (Gr. 3) on August 22. Her Grade 1 debut didn’t go according to plan, though.

When Harvest Moon was running with the big girls, she failed to keep up and fell behind Dunbar Road, Valiance, and Monomoy Girl. She has another Grade 1 challenge on Saturday, and the most popular filly from 2020 running in this race. Swiss Skydiver was off in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, though.

She was never feeling it and fell 7th after stumbling out of the gate. Without the bobble early, I’m sure Swiss Skydiver would have had a better run. Prior to that outing, she finished in the top-2 in seven straight performances.Her biggest win to date was on October 3 in the Preakness Stakes (Gr. 1) at Pimlico in an upset over the boys.

She defeated the Horse of 2020 in Authentic and favorite by a neck at the wire in an incredible display in the Triple Crown event. Despite the loss in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, she’s been in excellent work since then in workouts. She was timed at 58.09 seconds at 5 furlongs, and 4 furlongs at 46.85 seconds recently. I’m on Swiss Skydiver to bounce back and return to the winner’s circle.

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Kyle E / Author

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