If you’re a horse racing fan, then the next few days is going to be a good time to have some time free in your schedule. We get started with a big slate of action on Friday. BetOnline has 14 racecourses available for wagering today. That’s plenty of horse racing, but we will have to wait for Saturday to turn up the stakes schedule. There are a couple of small events today, though nothing noteworthy to speak of. Over 20 stakes races are slated to be on the track on Saturday. While that isn’t the case today, there is still more than enough action to be had for wagering this afternoon and into the evening.
We are starting the day at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, and then heading out west to check out what Santa Anita Park in Arcadia has in the works. Hopefully it’s some winning horses for us. Santa Anita has eight races, six dirt and two turf, with a total of $340,000 in prize money available this afternoon. Head below for our free Santa Anita Park picks for February 26, 2021.
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In our first look at Santa Anita on Friday, we’ll handicap a turf race on the grass in Race 3. Big Beauty and Warrens Candy Girl are horses you should look at for a run at the top prize. Big Beauty looked sharp in her debut run on January 17. She placed 2nd behind Disko Fever by 3 ½ lengths in a $61,000 assignment in that performance.
Since that outing, Big Beauty has made three workouts at different distances, with a 5-furlong workout clocked at 1:00.60, 6 furlongs in 1:13.60, and most recently on February 20 a 4-furlong workout timed at 49.20 seconds. If Big Beauty shows improvement on Friday, then expect her to be right there in the stretch. Warrens Candy Girl has more experience, but is getting closer and closer.
She has placed 2nd in four straight appearances. Overall, Warrens Candy Girl has gone 8th, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd. She made her stakes debut on January 16. Warrens Candy Girl placed 2nd behind Closing Remarks by 1 length in the $200,000 Leigh Ann Howard California Oak Cups on January 16.
At the ¾ pole Warrens Candy Girl was 9th and was closing really fast in the stretch. Some more track and Warrens Candy Girl would have won that event. I think Warrens Candy Girl should be the morning-line favorite in this race instead of Big Beauty. It should be close, but I’m pulling for the No 6.
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Race 4 is a $24,000 event on the dirt covering 6 furlongs. Admirably and Great Power should be considered contenders to earn the top spot in Race 4. Admirably is 2 for 14 in his career, and is looking for his first win since September 19.
Following that win, Admirably went winless in four straight performances going 4th, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd. At least there has been some consistency to his game. Admirably has shown 3rd in three straight performances. She finished 3rd in his most recent showing in a $63,000 event.
Admirably is well down in class on Friday looking for a win this time. It’s hard not to consider Admirably on these easier terms today. He will be watched closely by Great Power in this event. Great Power is going to provide a big test for Admirably and the rest of the field.
Great Power is 2 for 8 in his career, with finishes of 6th, 2nd, 1st, 4th in four performances. He won two races ago in a $24,000 event, beating Malakai Moxie by ¾ lengths. Great Power struggled in his next appearance, though, finishing 4th in a $19,000 outing. I respect Great Power, but prefer the value of Admirably.
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Our final pick at Santa Anita Park should be a good and competitive race in the stretch. I’m looking at Tiz a Unicorn and Goodtingscominpink to run well for the win here. Tiz a Unicorn has a win in four outings, finishing 7th, 7th, 1st, 2nd in four races. She found the winner’s circle on October 12 with a 4 ¼ length win over Suezaaana for a $20,000 purse.
Tiz a Unicorn came back on January 24 looking to repeat, but came up short and had to settle for 2nd. She was a neck behind Miss Kitness in that contest. It was a solid enough performance to put Tiz a Unicorn in a $28,000 event, though. Expect her to compete, and a win should be within reach if she shows some improvement.
Goodtingscominpink is 1 for 13 in her career, and the win she had, I backed her on May 22 at Santa Anita Park. She’s been a consistent runner since then, finishing top-3 in four of six performances. Goodtingscominpink is coming off a bit of a layoff after running at Del Mar in November. In that outing, she showed 3rd in a $35,000 assignment.
She is accustomed to running in a higher class than this. In her win in May, Goodtingscominpink beat On Mars by 1 ½ lengths in a $50,000 race. She is coming off a productive workout on February 21 with a time of 48.80 seconds. The value appears to be there with the No. 1 horse in Race 7.