Two of the top races on Santa Anita’s Friday, June 5 race card are turf events. Check out handicapping analysis and free horse racing picks for those two races. We also analyze the third race, a 1 mile, $25,000 claimer over the dirt. Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Santa Anita Park for Friday, June 5. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Santa Anita Park Horse Racing Picks
- When: Friday, June 5 at 3:30 pm ET
- Where: Arcadia, CA
- Weather: Partly Foggy
- Temperature: High 75 – Low 58
Santa Anita Park Picks for Friday, June 5
Race 2 – 4:00 pm ET – 1 Mile Turf – $50,000 Starter Optional Claiming
Trainer Eric Kruljac rocks it with horses going first time after a maiden score. Kruljac wins at 34% with the move. Sunriser won her last race, a $62,5000 maiden optional claimer going a mile over the sod. She could make it back-to-back on Friday.
On May 17, Sutro ran a great race. The Mike McCarthy trained 5-year-old mare finished third by 1 ¼ lengths. Sutro should be tighter for the second off the bench. Consider as part of an exacta box with Sunriser.
Goodtingscominpink put it all together in her last, a $50,000 state-bred maiden event. She should contend but trainer Vladimir Cerin wins just 4% with last out maiden winners. We’ll use. We just won’t use on top.
- Win: Sunriser
- Place: Sutro
- Show: Goodtingscominpink
Race 3 – 4:30 pm ET – 1 Mile Dirt – $25,000 Claiming
Newly gelded Rogallo drops from $40,000 optional claimer to this $25,000 claiming event. The John Sadler trained and Curlin sired 4-year-old could use his speed to get into a good position from the outset. If this is Rogallo’s best level, the gelding should win by 2 to 3 lengths.
Jockey Flavien Prat aboard Justin’s Quest will attempt to go gate-to-wire. On paper, it doesn’t appear as if there is a horse that can challenge the 9/5 morning line chalk. We must consider on top in our exacta with Rogallo.
Dia De Pago drops from $50,000 to $25,000. Trainer Vladimir Cerin is 0-for-8 with such a drastic move. Although De Pago is classy enough to win this race, the closer could be too far behind to make more of an impact than finishing third.
- Win: Rogallo
- Place: Justin’s Quest
- Show: Dia De Pago
Race 6 – 6:00 pm ET – 1 1/8 Miles Turf – $40,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
Jockey Jose Valdivia steps back aboard Lavender. Jose piloted the 4-year-old filly to the maiden score back on Jan. 10. The May 15 run makes Lavender a longshot. But if the 10/1 morning line top choice runs back to the March 7 race, she could end up in the winner’s circle.
Muchly should excel at the 1 1/8 miles distance. The Iffraaj sired filly finished third by 1 ¾ lengths in her last race. She led in the stretch before getting edged for second by favorite Quick. Once again, she should lead in the stretch. The question is whether she can hold off Lavender for the top spot.
If Muchly doesn’t press Nice Ice, the Brian Koriner trained 5-year-old mare could take the lead and then run off for an easy score. Ice heads into this off a 5 ½ furlong turf win. She busted a bullet work at Los Al going 5 furlongs in 59.2 on May 30. Consider using Nice Ice on top and bottom of the exotics. Again, if Muchly doesn’t go with her, she’ll have a real shot of winning this gate-to-wire.
- Win: Lavender
- Place: Muchly
- Show: Nice Ice