Santa Anita Park Selections for March 26, 2021 – Horse Racing Picks

Santa Anita Park Selections for March 26, 2021 – Horse Racing Picks

There is plenty of racing open for wagering on Friday at BetOnline. You can find 15 racecourses for betting between the afternoon and evening. If you’re on the west coast, then you can find some morning racing out east. One of those tracks includes Gulfstream Park in Florida. We have three horses played at Gulfstream Park for Friday afternoon.

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For the west coast racing fans, we’re going to be at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia today as well. There is going to be a lot of good racing on the card Saturday throughout the county, notably at Gulfstream Park where the running of the $750,000 Florida Derby (Gr. 1) will take place. Santa Anita has one stakes race on Saturday with the running of the $100,000 Santa Ana Stakes (Gr. 3) tomorrow.

Santa Anita has eight races on the card with $374,000 in prize money available. For our Gulfstream picks, head over to the Gulfstream Park page for selections earlier in the day. Head below for our free Santa Anita Park picks for March 26, 2021.

Race 5

(1) Astronaut
+180 (9/5)
(2) Still in the Game
+350 (7/2)
(3) Warbird
+1200 (12/1)
(4) Cosmo
+400 (4/1)
(5) August Indy
+1200 (12/1)
(6) On Easy Street
+300 (3/1)
(7) Ivory Sky
+3000 (30/1)
(8) Phantom Dance
+600 (6/1)

Post Time: 3:15 p.m. PST
Distance:1 ⅛ Miles
Purse:$61,000

We are going to get started at Santa Anita Park on the turf with Race 5. Eight horses are expected to participate, with Cosmo and Astronaut likely front runners to earn the most cash in this race. Cosmo is looking for the first win in his career. He’s winless in nine attempts, but has been running in tougher competition than this race on Friday.

That includes a stakes race on July 4 with the running of the Los Alamitos Derby (Gr. 3). Since showing 3rd in that $150,000 event, Cosmo has finished 4th, 3rd, 4th in three outings. In his most recent showing, he finished 4th in a $61,000 assignment on February 14. If we see good Cosmo on Friday, there’s certainly a chance of a win this afternoon. Astronaut should run a smart race in this one and come close to a win as well.

The colt has finished 9th, 2nd, 4th, 2nd in his career, placing 2nd in his most recent assignment on February 14. He placed 2nd behind Absolute Unit by 1 length in a $61,000 event. Astronaut was 4th in a $64,000 race prior to that effort. He’s been looking mighty fine in workouts since his last race in February. Astronaut completed 4 furlongs in 47 seconds, and 5 furlongs at 1:00.00, and 1:00.80 seconds following the February 14 race. The No. 1 horse looks like the right play.

Our Bet
(1) ASTRONAUT

Race 6

(1) Bezos
+140 (7/5)
(2) Circumvent
+1000 (10/1)
(3) Fenway
+250 (5/2)
(4) Rookie Year
+1000 (10/1)
(5) Vantage Point
+1500 (15/1)
(6) There Goes Harvard
+180 (9/5)

Post Time: 3:45 p.m. PST
Distance:1 Mile
Purse:$61,000

Race 6 goes for a mile on the main track for a $61,000 purse. There are some strong runners in this event, notably There Goes Harvard and Bezos. There Goes Harvard has shown 3rd in two starts in his young career. He showed 3rd in a $61,000 event on January 23, and then did the same in a $61,000 event on March 5.

It was a decent try in both attempts, with There Goes Harvard a heavy underdog, but ran better than expected. He looked fantastic in a workout on February 27 with a time of 59.80 seconds at 5 furlongs, and 4 furlongs in 47.40 seconds. Expect There Goes Harvard to run a close race on Friday against Bezos.

Bezos is an outsider on the Road to the Kentucky Derby for Bob Baffert. In any case, you can still find Bezos on the futures board at MyBookie with a price of +5000. It’s going to take some kind of improvement for Bezos, and likely a dominant performance today for Baffert to be impressed enough to point him to a big stakes race.

Bezos was a $400,000 purchase in 2019, and has the intentions of running in big events. He finished 7th in a $61,000 event as a first-time runner on February 7. Mike Smith did his best, but didn’t get much kick out of him.

That can happen in first starts, though, so with that out of the way, expect more on Friday. Bezos completed 48.20 and 47.40 seconds at 4 furlongs recently. Flavien Prat will be aboard Bezos this time and should run a stronger race than Smith did. I’m going to give Bezos the benefit of the doubt in his first outing. Look for a big bounce-back performance.

Our Bet
(1) BEZOS

Race 7

(1) Shes’a Perfectlady
+250 (5/2)
(2) Bye Bye Nicky
+1200 (12/1)
(3) Bella Chica
+400 (4/1)
(4) Translate
-125 (4/5)
(5) Hola Mazuma
+3000 (30/1)
(6) Acai
+600 (6/1)

Post Time: 4:48 p.m. EST
Distance:6 Furlongs
Purse:$36,000

Our final selection at Santa Anita is the seventh event of the day, which covers 6 furlongs on the turf for a $36,000 purse. She’sa Perfectlady has finished 3rd, 4th, 3rd, 6th, 1st in her career. She is coming off a 3 ½ length win over I Give Up in a $35,000 event.

That was an impressive go of it for She’sa Perfectlady and nice improvement, albeit well down in class. Prior to the win, she was 6th in a $61,000 event, so I think she found a class she likes. This event should be in her wheelhouse on Friday afternoon.

Translate is going to be her biggest foe in this event. Translate has been a consistent force through her five-race career at Belmont and Santa Anita. She has finished 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 2nd in five attempts. In her win on New Year’s Day, Translate beat Irish Aura by 3 ½ lengths in a $61,000 event.

In her next and most recent outing, Translate had another solid run, placing 2nd behind Buja Escarlata by 1 ½ lengths. It was an upset with Translate coming up a bit short, but she could easily come back and win on Friday afternoon. I think that’s exactly what she does in this event at Santa Anita.

Our Bet
(4) TRANSLATE
Kyle E / Author

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