We are in the east and west at two historic race tracks on Saturday from Churchill Downs in Louisville, all the way to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The biggest stakes race can be found in California on Saturday, but it’s not at Santa Anita Park. Golden Gate Fields has the $250,000 San Francisco Mile (Gr. 3) in Berkeley. However, that doesn’t mean Santa Anita is going empty handed, as they will have the second biggest event on Saturday with the running of the $200,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (Gr. 2). Santa Anita has another stakes race with the $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes this afternoon in Arcadia.
There are a total of 11 races expected to be run at Santa Anita on Saturday afternoon. That’s good for $706,000 in prize money for one of the biggest cards in the US. If you are looking for more horse racing picks, check out what we have offered on the Churchill Downs page. Head below for our free Santa Anita Park picks for April 24, 2021.
Post Time: 2:02 p.m. PST
Distance:5 ½ Furlongs
Race 3 covers 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt at Santa Anita on Saturday afternoon. Stir the Pot and Steele Road should have strong positioning in this race in the stretch. Stir the Pot is winless in 11 straight races, but has been in good form in three of his last four performances.
He’s been in the top-3 going 2nd, 5th, 2nd, 3rd in his last four attempts. Stir the Pot placed 2nd behind Pelican Way by a half length for a $22,000 purse. A performance like that should put Stir the Pot really close again. In his next performance, Stir the Pot showed 3rd on April 10 in a $22,000 assignment.
I think we can expect Stir the Pot to close at the wire. He may not win, but a close run looks right for Stir the Pot. Steele Road should provide Stir the Pot with a big challenge. Steele Road is a one-time starter, placing 2nd behind Continental Union by a neck for a $14,000 purse. That wasn’t a bad start for Steele Road on June 7, 2020.
Steele Road is coming off a layoff and has been looking strong in workouts. He was timed at 59.20 and 1:00.20 at 5 furlongs and 48 seconds at 4 furlongs. If Steele Road stays in the same form, then a win shouldn’t be that tough for him. I would back the No. 4 horse.
Post Time: 3:41 p.m. PST
Race 6 goes for a mile on the turf for a $36,000 purse. French Getaway and Fly to Mars must be considered for a win in this event. French Getaway is 5 for 28 in his career, with a couple of graded appearances on his resume. He finished 2nd, 4th, 3rd, 3rd in his last four outings. French Getaway placed 2nd behind Shadow Sphinx by ¾ lengths in a $35,000 event.
That was a good showing for French Getaway who finished 3rd in back-to-back races on January 31 and March 5. His most recent assignment was another $36,000 race. You have to believe that French Getaway will have a good go at the top prize. Fly to Mars has two graded races on his resume, too.
He placed 2nd in the $200,000 City of Hope Mile Stakes (Gr. 2) in and 3rd in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap (Gr. 2) in 2018. It’s been a while since then, but Fly to Mars is getting into the winner’s circle recently. Fly to Mars has gone 1st, 10th, 1st in his previous three. In his most recent outing, Fly to Mars beat Southern King by 2 lengths in a $39,000 event after dropping in class from a stakes race. This should be easy if Fly to Mars wants to run.
Post Time: 6:26 p.m. PST
Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Race 11 runs for 6 ½ furlongs with a $63,000 purse on offer. Ten horses are expected to participate in this one. Kristi’s Tiger and That’s Amare should run well in this assignment. Kristi’s Tiger is 3 for 11 in her career and in fine form. She has gone 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd in her previous four attempts.
Kristi’s Tiger was a winner on August 16 to beat Mylittlerunaway by 2 ¾ lengths in a $41,000 event. Since then, Kristi’s Tiger has placed 2nd in three straight performances. In her most recent showing, she placed 2nd behind Time for Ebby by a neck. This race should be slightly more difficult, but should be close with a potential win.
That’s Amare has run in two performances and has finished 2nd and 1st on August 7, 2020 and February 27. As a first-time runner, That’s Amare placed 2nd behind Leggs Galore by 1 ¼ lengths in a $55,000 event. He did one better upon his return in February. That’s Amare beat Irish Aura by 1 ½ lengths in a $61,000 win. That was a fairly easy win, as That’s Amare took the lead at the 3/16 pole and didn’t give the lead up. He likely notches a win over Kristi’s Tiger at the wire.