There is enough horse racing on Sunday for handicappers to be content with. BetOnline has six racecourses available for betting today. It isn’t the biggest day, but more than enough action to create a nice betting card. We’re back at Santa Anita Park on Sunday after a profitable Saturday afternoon. The San Gabriel was the only race that didn’t go our way. A horse on our shortlist was able to win, so I suppose that’s a small consolation. Shortlists don’t pay the bills, but two of three winning horses certainly helps. We are back at Santa Anita Park on the west coast looking for another winning day in California.
Santa Anita Park has nine races on the Sunday schedule for a pool of $588,000. This is the third straight afternoon of a $200,000 stakes race at Santa Anita Park. It’s the third and final of the weekend, as the running of the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes is set for Sunday afternoon. There are only two stakes races today, with a $100,000 event at Aqueduct scheduled. We have you covered at Aqueduct Racetrack for Sunday as well. Head below for our free Santa Anita Park picks for January 3, 2021.
Post Time: 1:03 p.m. PST
Race 2 is our first stop on Sunday at Santa Anita. Five horses are expected to participate on the dirt for a $35,000 purse. This race features a couple of exciting rookies that should have a bright future. Pharoah’s Heart and Bye Bye Miss Pie might have no experience, and will make their debuts on Sunday, but both are capable of scoring the win here.
Pharoah’s Heart was purchased for $250,000 in 2017, and then bought a year later at auction for 2018. We will have to see if the original owners made a good choice of auctioning Pharoah’s Heart away. She has looked sharp in morning workouts going into Sunday. She has shown improvement, which is the most important. On December 13, Pharoah’s Heart was clocked at 1:01.20 at 5 furlongs, and then two workouts since have been 1:00.60, the most recent on December 27.
Bye Bye Miss Pie has been bought at auction four times before making her debut today. She was initially bought for $25,000 in December of 2017, and most recently $95,000 in March of 2019. Her work in the morning has been incredibly impressive. Bye Bye Miss Pie completed 5 furlongs on November 29 at 59.80 seconds. Most recently, Bye Bye Miss Pie was clocked at 1:00.20 seconds, and 47.20 seconds at 4 furlongs on December 27. If the effort carries over to raceday, expect a winning run for Bye Bye Miss Pie.
Post Time: 1:34 p.m. PST
Race 3 at Santa Anita is for a $47,000 purse on the turf. Seven horses are expected to run a mile in this one. Noble Thought and Shadow Sphinx must be considered based on recent form. Noble Thought and Drayden Van Dyke have had some success together recently. Noble Thought is 12 for 37 and has been in the top-3 in eight straight outings besides one DNF on August 22.
He is coming off back-to-back wins and is searching for a hat-trick on Sunday afternoon.Noble Thought beat Lucky Ramsey by a nose for a $46,000 purse, and then followed up most recently to beat Abiding Star in a $54,000 event. It’s hard to ignore Noble Thought at the moment, and certainly has a case for getting to the winner’s circle on Sunday afternoon. He hasn’t raced a bad event in over a year.
Shadow Sphinx is a three-time winner in his last three races. He has been hot going into Sunday as well. Shadow Sphinx is also a winner in four out of his previous five outings. In his most recent wins, Shadow Sphinx beat Worthy Turk by ¾ lengths as the favorite on October 24. He followed up for another win on November 29 at Del Mar. It was a ¾ length win in a $59,000 event to show that he’s more than capable in a higher class. Viable chance for a win in this race, but I’m going to side with Noble Thought at what should be a better value at post time.
Post Time: 3:05 p.m. PST
Distance:1 1/16 Miles
Race 6 is our final selection at Santa Anita on Sunday afternoon. This event is for a $61,000 purse on the dirt. Editor in Chief and Du Jour must be watched in this race. Editor in Chief will be making his second appearance today after placing 2nd behind Parnelli by 5 ¾ lengths in a $57,000 event. Parnelli was an overwhelming favorite in that race, so that was expected. In any case, Editor in Chief is a $650,000 horse with a bright future.
Editor in Chief is likely going to run a better race with the debut out of the way. He has looked okay in morning workouts, though. Editor in Chief completed 4 furlongs in 50.40 and 48.20 seconds, and then 5 furlongs with a time of 1:02.60. He is going to be a tough runner in this race, and likely will be joined by Du Jour in the stretch. Du Jour from the No. 2 post position should give a good account in this event.
Du Jour made his debut on November 29 and ran a strong race as well. He placed 2nd behind Cathkin Peak by ¾ lengths in a $57,000 event. I’ve liked what I have seen from Du Jour in the morning than Editor in Chief. Du Jour recently completed 4 furlongs in 48 seconds and 5 furlongs in 1:01.00. The starting position from the No. 2 position is more promising as well. I like Du Jour to get the win in Race 6.