We are inching closer to Breeders’ Cup Weekend at Del Mar. This weekend is relatively small with only one $400,000 race at Belmont Park leading the way. It’s a big card at Laurel Park, where they have stakes races in the double digits.
While it isn’t the biggest day for stakes racing, you can find several top tier racecourses going on Saturday. Belmont Park, Keeneland, and Santa Anita Park all have cards on Saturday. For our first look, we’re going to head back to Santa Anita.
It was a profitable day at Santa Anita yesterday, and hopefully we can keep it up this afternoon in Arcadia. Santa Anita has nine races on the schedule worth $494,900 on Saturday. Head below for our free Santa Anita Park picks for October 23, 2021.
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Race 2 goes for 6 furlongs on the dirt for a $42,000 purse. A duel between California Street and Defense Wins isn’t out of the question in this one.
California Street is 4 for 19 in his career, and has finished 2nd, 1st, 1st in his previous three attempts.
After placing 2nd on May 14 in a $24,000 event, California Street came back to win a 2 ¾ length over Dark Prince for a $28,000 prize.
In his most recent outing, he defeated Smileforme for a $31,000 purse on October 1. That was an impressive go for California Street. Defense Wins will likely be right there with California Street.
Defense Wins is 3 for 18 in his career, and has finished 1st, 7th, 1st in his previous three attempts. The gelding beat Ka’nah by 1 length for a $28,000 purse on July 31.
He came back most recently to win after a sloppy performance for 7th on September 10 in a $30,000 event. Defense Wins beat Play Chicken by 1 length in a $24,000 race for her last race.
Both are going to be close, but California Street is likely going to have the advantage at the wire.
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Race 4 covers a mile for a $36,000 purse. This one looks between Unbroken Star and Luck Of The Draw with some valuable presented here.
Unbroken Star is 3 for 14 in his career, and has finished 7th, 9th, 3rd, 5th, 6th in his previous five attempts. He showed 3rd on October 24 for a $59,000 purse. That was too tough, but Unbroken Star was acceptable.
In his most recent outing, Unbroken Star finished 6th for a $42,000 purse. Unbroken Star finished 5th in a $62,500 assignment on November 20, 2020.
Luck Of The Draw is 5 for 27 in his career, and has finished 4th, 4th, 2nd, 4th in his previous four races. He placed 2nd behind Colosi by 5 ¾ lengths for a $39,000 prize.
This step down to $36,000 should give Luck Of The Draw a favorable chance at a winning run. Since his last race, Luck Of The Draw has looked strong in workouts and should be able to handle a mile.
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Race 6 goes for $63,000 on the dirt. This one should see Big Sweep and Queengol go hard in the stretch. Queengol is a one-time winner in seven attempts, with a winning run as a rookie on September 5 at Del Mar in a $55,000 event.
Since then, Queengol has been tested in some difficult events, including the Santa Ynez Stakes (Gr. 2) on January 3. Since then, Queengol has finished 3rd, 5th, 3rd, showing 3rd in her most recent attempt on September 24 for a $40,000 prize.
Big Sweep should be the top contender in this one from the No. 1 hole. She has finished 2nd, 2nd, 3rd in her previous three assignments.
Big Sweep placed 2nd in back-to-back Private Mission by ¾ lengths for a $63,000 purse, and then 3 ¼ lengths behind Forest Caraway for a $72,000 prize. This $63,000 race should be manageable.