There are a lot of options on the horse track on Friday. Whether you like playing particular tracks in certain states, or playing the board around the country, there is something for everybody today. We already have the biggest early afternoon card covered at Aqueduct Racetrack. The east coast has Aqueduct Racetrack, while the west coast has Santa Anita Park on Friday. We’re going to be at both tracks looking for winners. If you’re in the west, you might have to be up early to make your Aqueduct plays. That card gets started in the morning.
Santa Anita Park has eight races on the schedule with a total of $425,000 in prize money available. There is one small stakes race, the running of the $75,000 Baffle Stakes. A $75,000 race isn’t much for a track like Santa Anita Park, though. In any event, it’s still shaping up to be a decent card. Head below for our free Santa Anita Park picks for February 5, 2021.
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Our first selection at Santa Anita Park features a Bob Baffert horse. A horse that he and Mike Smith are excited about today. There is expected to be a total of five horses running in this one, with Donna Bella and Frosteria in good shape going into Friday. Donna Bella has finished 7th and 2nd in her career. She showed nice kick in her most recent outing, and nice improvement after finishing 7th as a first-time runner.
Donna Bella struggled in her debut, finishing 7th in a $42,000 assignment out of the gate. Expect Donna Bella to run better than that on Friday. She looked much better in her next outing as a sophomore. Donna Bella placed 2nd behind Honor America by a nose in a $61,000 event. She was close and showed terrific improvement. If she continues along this path, then look for Donna Bella to cut things close in Race 2. Donna Bella can’t be ignored in this one.
She is going to be tested by the No. 1 horse, Baffert’s Frosteria. Frosteria has placed 2nd in four races in her career. She is coming off her stakes debut on January 3 in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (Gr. 2). Frosteria placed behind Kalypso by a length in a tough Grade 2 assignment. It was a nice run from Frosteria. She looked excellent in a 4-furlong workout on January 22, clocked at 47.20 seconds. If Baffert has her ready to run, and I’m sure he does, Frosteria should win this race eased in class.
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Race 6 is a $47,000 event on the dirt covering a mile. Seven horses are running, with Multiplier and Publilius Syrus likely going to run well in this one. Multiplier will have a say in the stretch. He is 3 for 33 in his career, which doesn’t sound great, but has a lot of experience in graded races. Seven of her last ten races have been Grade 1 and Grade 2 outings, one of which was a Grade 1 outing.
Multiplier hasn’t won since 2018 in an allowance optional claiming race. In her Grade 1 entry, Multiplier finished 11th in the $500,000 Clark Stakes on November 27. Multiplier came back on January 2 and finished 4th in the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (Gr. 2). This is a drop in class for Multiplier and should run a better race in this one. Expect him to be somewhere around the front with a chance to strike gold.
Publilius Syrus certainly isn’t going to go away quietly for the top prize in Race 6. He is 7 for 22 in his career and on a heater at the moment. Publilius Syrus is a winner in four straight performances dating back to October. In his most recent showing, he was in excellent form with a ¾ length win at the $42,000 purse. Publilius Syrus was able to edge out a very good horse in that race, Zestful. It should be close between Multiplier and Publilius Syrus, but it’s hard to ignore the current form of Publilius Syrus.