BetOnline is open for business on Friday with 14 racecourses racing throughout the afternoon and evening. There isn’t much stakes racing to discuss. Besides four small stakes races, two for $75,000 and another two for $50,000 at Turf Paradise, there are no stakes or graded events on the docket on Friday. That’s about to change on Saturday, especially at Oaklawn Park where the running of the $1,000,000 Rebel Stakes (Gr. 2) will take place. That’s a prep race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with 85 points up for grabs. We’ll check out the card at Oaklawn Park for Saturday, so be sure to check back at TheSportsGeek to see our horse racing picks.
We are at Aqueduct Racetrack to begin the day in the early afternoon hours, or morning if you’re out west. Later in the day, Santa Anita Park gets started in Arcadia. Santa Anita Park has eight races scheduled for Friday, with a total of $407,000 in prize money available. Head below for our free Santa Anita Park picks for March 12, 2021.
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Race 2 at Santa Anita is a mile event on the main track worth $22,000. Eight horses are scheduled to participate in this race. Expect the presence of Tiger’s Song and Dr. Hoffman to be felt. Tiger’s Song is winless in nine races. He has gone 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 2nd in his previous five attempts.
In his most recent effort, Tiger’s Song placed 2nd behind Someday Jones by a nose for a $60,000 purse in that race on February 26. This was after finishing 4th on February 12 in a $22,000 race. The hike to a $60,000 event actually helped Tiger’s Song, but it’s hard to expect him running consistently in a higher class.
Dr. Hoffman is winless in three races, finishing 9th, 2nd, 4th in three outings in his career. In his best result, Dr. Hoffman placed 2nd on May 23 in a $17,000 event behind My Journey by a half length. Dr. Hoffman entered a $18,000 event a month later and went on a layoff after finishing 4th.He has not been on the track racing since that 4th place performance on June 28.
The layoff likely did him plenty of good. His work in the morning has looked much better. Dr. Hoffman recently completed a strong 6-furlong workout on March 2 with a time of 1:12.80. He was also in good form at 4 furlongs, with times of 48.80 and 49 seconds in January. Expect a response from Dr. Hoffman on Friday.
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The feature race at Santa Anita Park is a mile on the turf for a $65,000 purse. Nine horses are set to participate, with a likely battle between On Mars and Laura’s Light in the stretch. On Mars has been a consistent runner in her career. She has finished top-2 in five of her previous six performances.
In her most recent win, On Mars defeated Velvet Queen by 1 ½ lengths on November 15 in a $59,000 event. On Mars notched the win by 1 ½ lengths in an impressive display. That prompted a jump to the $75,000 Lady of Shamrock Stakes.
That was too tough, so On Mars dropped back down to a $65,000 race and did better there. On Mars placed 2nd behind Tapwater by a neck in that race. It’s hard to see On Mars finishing behind too many horses in this race. She’s either winning or going to be close.
Laura’s Light should offer some resistance. She is 5 for 8 in her career and has experience running and winning in stakes races. Laura’s Light was a back-to-back winner in the $100,000 Honeymoon Stakes (Gr. 3) on March 30 by a neck over Stela Star, and then a ¾ length win in the $150,000 San Clemente Stakes (Gr. 2) on July 25.
She was stopped in the $250,000 Del Mar Oaks (Gr. 1) on August 22 for 6th. That was a tough assignment, and Laura’s Light failed to keep up. However, this is a big step down in class for Laura’s Light, and she should run a lot better in this event. I would side with Laura’s Light to play a big role in Race 3. I think she should be 6/5 on the morning-line here and not 5/2.
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Race 6 is my last look at Santa Anita Park for the day on Friday. Seven horses are scheduled to participate, with George Herman Ruth and Burnin Turf the horses to anticipate presenting bold bids. George Herman Ruth showed nice improvement from his debut to his next race. He finished 8th in a $55,000 event in January, and then responded for a nice effort on February 8 in a $55,000 race.
George Herman Ruth beat Tropical Terror by a half length, and if he’s ready to take another leap in the right direction, then he’s going to be right there at the wire. This horse carries some value at his morning-line price. Burnin Turf is going to be tough for all in this race. He has finished 3rd, 3rd, 1st, 3rd in his career. On January 16, Burnin Turf found his first win, with a half length win over Mamba Cool for a $63,000 purse.
Burnin Turf came back on February 13 to show 3rd in another $63,000 assignment. Since that performance, Burnin Turf’s workouts have been in good order, with times of 48.40 and 49 seconds at 4 furlongs. As the only horse in this event that has consistently participated in this class, it’s hard to see Burnin Turf struggling on Friday.