Santa Anita Park resumes racing this weekend. Granted, with limited personnel and no fans. But in today’s technologically advanced world, we can wager and win no matter if any fans show up. Check out the top 3 plays for Santa Anita on Saturday, March 21. Our plays include the San Luis Rey, one of the most interesting turf races of the meet! Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Santa Anita Park for Saturday, March 21. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Santa Anita Park – Top Plays for March 21
- When: Saturday, March 21 at 3:30 pm ET
- Where: Arcadia, CA
- Weather: Partly Sunny
- Temperature: High 69 – Low 49
Race 3 – 4:30 ET – 1 1/8 M Turf – $20,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Richard Baltas has a good reputation for training turf runners. That’s why the top pick in the third at Santa Anita on Saturday is the 4/1 on the morning line Sassyserb. The Circumference sired 3-year-old filly goes from Anna Meah to Baltas. That should move the 1-3-1 from 7 races equine up a few pegs. If she keeps her odds, she’ll be the overlay play.
Morning line chalk Scarlet Heat could blow these away. The Dan Blacker runner gets blinkers and keeps top jock Flavien Prat. Put Heat in all your exotic plays. Bet to win if you don’t mind Horse Racing Odds around 8/5.
Blacker’s other runner, Absolutely Perfect, should get a nice set-up with both Sassyserb and Scarlet Heat dueling on the front-end. Perfect drops from the $40K optional claiming level. She should get a piece.
- Win: Sassyserb
- Place: Scarlet Heat
- Show: Absolutely Perfect
Race 5 – 5:30 pm ET – 5 ½ F Turf – Grade 3 $100,000 San Simeon Stakes
Make no mistake, it will be tough to beat the 6/5 chalk, Wesley Ward trained Bound for Nowhere. The 6-year-old horse has won 6-of-12. But we must take a shot, right? The horse to take a shot with is Voodoo Song. Primarily a route turf runner, Voodoo Song goes first time for trainer Richard “Papa” Mandella. Anyone who knows California racing knows what a great turf trainer the senior Mandella is. Voodoo Song can pull off the upset.
John Sadler puts the saddle on 3/1 second-choice Cistron. A Grade 1 winner on dirt, Cistron has a decent 2-6-5 record from 19 turf races. This guy is what we call an “old-school” runner. Few horses can race 27 times during their careers. The horse loves to hit the ground with his hooves.
Bound for Nowhere is feast or famine. If he doesn’t win, he doesn’t knock up for the place or show. So, let’s leave him out of the trifecta. Who has a big shot for third? How about
Murad Khan at Horse Racing Odds of 6/1? The Doug O’Neil runner won his lone race at the distance. Khan also has a nice 7-3-1 record from 19 grass races.
- Win: Voodoo Song
- Place: Cistron
- Show: Murad Khan
Race 7 – 6:30 pm ET – 1 ½ M Turf – Grade 3 $100,000 San Luis Rey Stakes
Sometimes you look at a race and it’s impossible to get past the chalk. That’s the case with Saturday’s San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita. Oscar Dominguez offers 9/5 morning line odds. Doubtful he goes off at lower odds than 3/2. But he’s impossible to go against for the win slot in this race. Let’s put Oscar on top and look for value in the place and show slots.
French Getaway is our place horse. Robert Hess has spotted this runner well, which is why Getaway has a sweet 4-0-2 record from 9 turf races. No doubt, this is the toughest spot of the horse’s career. But, the 7-year-old gelding can get the right set up here and the 10/1 morning line is nice.
Ward ‘n Jerry could either win or finish third. Our hope is that he finishes third. The 2/1 second choice is in excellent form. Jerry almost caught Oscar Dominguez in the Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar back in December. This guy can run.
- Win: Oscar Dominguez
- Place: French Getaway
- Third: Ward ‘n Jerry