It’s Super Bowl Sunday today, but that doesn’t mean it has to be only football. There are people out there who will ignore the Super Bowl and carry on with their pony betting. I know a few people like that personally, so no, everything else doesn’t close down on Sunday in the sports world. There are eight racecourses available for wagering at BetOnline in the US today. Aqueduct Racetrack was scheduled to be on the card, but they are being pushed back to Monday because of bad weather in the New York area.
That’s fine with me, as now we’ll have a rare day on Monday to handicap Aqueduct. The smaller tracks aren’t going to like it that race on Mondays, but Aqueduct gets to avoid the Super Bowl and some of the bigger tracks they compete with for betting dollars over the weekend, so it’s not all bad to have the card postponed. We have an east coast and west coast track covered on Sunday. Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park are our areas of interest. Head below for our free Santa Anita Park picks for February 7, 2021.
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We will get started at Santa Anita Park with Race 4, a 6-furlong event worth $63,000 in prize money. Race 4 will likely see Greg’s Diva and Sapphire Kid run a strong race in this one. Sapphire Kid should be able to compete and come close at the wire. She is 5 for 29 in her career. Two of her wins have come in the last four outings on January 3 and January 15.
In her first win, she beat Quinnie by 3 ¾ lengths in a $57,000 event. That was an impressive effort, though she wasn’t able to get back to the winner’s circle until three races later on January 15. Sapphire Kid placed 2nd behind Out of Balance by a half length in a $57,000 assignment. After struggling to reach the winner’s circle in that outing, Sapphire Kid was able to return on January 15 to a win.
Sapphire Kid out finished Mischiffie by 2 ¾ lengths in a $42,000 race. That was a nice effort by Sapphire Kid, and a repeat performance should be able to put him firmly in contention. She will have to contend with Greg’s Diva if she wants to find a win here. Greg’s Diva is 1 for 6 in her career, with all six races in the top-3 in five top-2 performances. She beat Le Tub by 1 ¼ lengths in that $61,000 event. Most recently bought at auction for $100,000 in 2019, Greg’s Diva has a good chance of striking here.
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Distance:6 ½ Furlongs
Our next stop at Race 5 is a $61,000 event on the main track. Nine horses are expected to travel 6 ½ furlongs for the top prize. Mr. Impossible and Bezos will be closely watched by me in this race. Mr. Impossible has a chance to strike in this one based on his form in his debut on January 15. Mr. Impossible placed 2nd behind Concert Tour by 3 ½ lengths in a nice attempt as a first-time runner. Following that nice showing, Mr. Impossible will remain in the same class and get another chance at a $61,000 purse on Sunday. He looked good on February 1 in a 4-furlong workout, completing the assignment with a time of 49.60 seconds.
Bezos is making his much anticipated debut for Bob Baffert on Sunday. Veteran Mike Smith will have the honors of piloting Bezos on Sunday. Smith hopes to have a feature stakes winner on his hands. If not, it would be a disappointment to see Bezos falter and struggle in stakes races. He was purchased for $400,000 in 2019, and has looked mightily impressive in workouts. It just has to translate for him on race day. Bezos has been clocked at 59.40 and 58.80 seconds most recently on February 1 at 5 furlongs. If all goes well for Bezos, this assignment should be much too easy and should be clear in the stretch.
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Race 7 could be a duel between Edgeway and Acting Out on Sunday afternoon at Santa Anita. Acting Out gets the inside rail out of the gate and could make it four wins in seven outings today. She was looking for a hat-trick in her most recent showing. Acting Out grabbed a couple of wins on November 7 and December 11.
She was a winner over Queen of the Track by 5 ¼ lengths in a $54,000 event. That was a great look for Acting Out, and she was able to follow through with another win on December 11 in a $48,000 event over Hotitude by 5 lengths. That kind of form prompted a class jump to the $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes on January 10.
Acting Out had nothing to show in that race and struggled to get into contention. She finished 6th for dead last after looking awfully tired in the stretch. This assignment will be a half furlong shorter, so expect something positive from Acting Out in this race. Acting Out is certainly worth keeping on the shortlist. Edgeway is 2 for 4 in her career, and coming off a productive showing in a Grade 3 race on June 6.
Overall, she’s gone 1st, 3rd, 1st, 2nd. In her most recent win, Edgeway defeated Charming Lady by 1 ½ lengths in a $61,000 race. Her best work came on June 6 at Churchill Downs despite a loss. She placed 2nd behind Four Graces by 2 ½ lengths in the $100,000 Dogwood Stakes (Gr. 3).
The only concern is the layoff, but the $275,000 Edgewood has looked strong in workouts leading up to today. She completed 5 furlongs in 59.60 seconds and 1:00.00 recently, along with 4 furlongs in 48 seconds. I’d back Edgewood for the win in Race 7.