Santa Anita and Churchill Downs Saturday Horse Racing Picks and Predictions

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We have an absolutely special day of horse racing coming your way on Saturday from Churchill Downs and Santa Anita. Hop in the saddle for free picks.

It is impossible to overstate just how good the top races will be at Churchill Downs and Santa Anita. Let’s start in the Bluegrass State where our attention is drawn to stakes races of $100,000 to $150,00 in the Shawnee, Tepin and Matt Winn. The fields are loaded and the anticipation is real and you can watch on FS1 and NBCSN.

Out west at Santa Anita, we have $100K Daytona Stakes and the $200K Charles Whittingham Stakes along with one other fascinating race. It promises to be a fun day!

For horse racing picks, this writer had five winners Thursday plus five others that hit the board, let’s see if we can match or surpass that Saturday.

Churchill Downs Race: 7

Post Time: 4:08 EDT
Surface: Dirt Distance: 1 1/16 Miles

Morning Line Favorite at Bookmaker: #4 Dunbar Road

Backstretch News: Dunbar Road is a ginormous 4/5 favorite in the Shawnee Stakes, which means you have to max out that credit card to make money and still hope DR wins.

Otherwise, you have to sniff around and we are taking a liking to She’s a Julie. If DR is a little off, SaJ can make up the difference with talented jockey R. Santana, Jr. and trainer S. Asmussen and she has a 3-1-1 record (W-P-S) record at Churchill. We’ll complete the ticket with Vault who is 5-1 (W-P) at a mile or more.

Horse Racing Picks: 1) #8 She’s a Julie 2) #4 Dunbar Road 3) #6 Vault

Longshot Pick: #6 Vault (10-1 odds)

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Santa Anita Race: 3

Post Time: 4:35 EDT
Surface: Turf Distance: 1 Mile

Morning Line Favorite at Bookmaker: #2 Distant Vista (IRE) and #4 Margot’s Boy

Backstretch News: Margot’s Boy is two-for-two at Santa Anita and likes to set a quick early pace and see who can run with him. Distant Vista is making U.S. debut and wasn’t great back in Ireland on the turf, but got the attention of management and has this track’s top rider in F. Prat.

Both are strong horses that could be dueling early, which sets up nicely for Liar Liar, who can stay in stalking spot, save ground on the rail and pounce late for the win.

Horse Racing Picks: 1) #1 Liar Liar 2) #2 Distant Vista 3) #4 Margot’s Boy

Longshot Pick: #6 Indian Peak (4-1) – Just six horses in race

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Churchill Downs Race: 8

Post Time: 4:40 EDT
Surface: Turf Distance: 1 Mile

Morning Line Favorite at Bookmaker: #9 Sharing and #14 Alms

Backstretch News: The Tepin Stakes is for the ladies and we agree the co-favorites Sharing and Alms deserve to be on many betting tickets. They have running ability and pedigree to win or be high finishers in this race.

But this is the sport of kings and what is supposed happen frequently doesn’t and something caught our eye. Namely, Outburst, who has won two straight, including the prestigious Florida Oaks and we will call for the minor upset.

Horse Racing Picks: 1) #7 Outburst 2) #14 Alms 3) #9 Sharing

Longshot Pick: #2 Abscond (8-1)

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Santa Anita Race: 5

Post Time: 5:39 EDT
Surface: Turf Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs

Morning Line Favorite at Bookmaker: #6 Wildman Jack

Backstretch News: This sprinter features some real blazers in the Daytona Stakes. Wildman Jack has the lowest horse racing odds in this match and has the speed (97-99-91) and is 2-2-1 (W-P-S) at this distance.

However, WJ is hardly a lock, as Stubbins can skedaddle with numbers like this (97-102-95) and has a top-end rider like U. Rispoli cracking the whip. For the win we’re calling on Cistron (100-100-94), who is a versatile horse who can run down the pace.

Horse Racing Picks: 1) #5 Cistron 2) #2 Stubbins 3) #6 Wildman Jack

Longshot Pick: #3 Murad Khan (10-1)

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Churchill Downs Race: 10

Post Time: 5:44 EDT
Surface: Dirt Distance: 1 1/16 Miles

Morning Line Favorite at Bookmaker: #10 Maxfield

Backstretch News: The Matt Winn Stakes is the biggest race at CD Saturday and the buzz is on favored Maxfield, who could take advantage of a lack of early speed, and his rider J. Ortiz may sit back until the far turn. The pace is the most confusing aspect and which could work for or against #10.

Our thought process is it doesn’t work well and will pick Pneumatic, believing in that Santana Jr./Asmussen pair again. For second, siding with Ny Traffic, who like Pneumatic has given several quality workouts and is well-trained by S. Joseph Jr.

Horse Racing Picks: 1) #2 Pneumatic 2) #6 Ny Traffic 3) #10 Mayfield

Longshot Pick: #1 Mystic Guide (15-1)

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Santa Anita Race: 8

Post Time: 7:18 EDT
Surface: Downhill Turf Distance: 1 ¼ Miles

Morning Line Favorite at Bookmaker: #5 United

Backstretch News: The Charles Whittingham Stakes has a nice snooty name and an overbearing favorite at 6/5 in United. The #5 has what it takes on speed (97-95-103) and jockey in Prat, who is 11-4-7 (W/P/S) in 33 starts and unquestionably is the horse to beat.

If anyone can hunt United down it would is Originaire, who has the gitty-up (100-94-96), Rispoli tugging the reins, and is a late-charger. For third its Multiplier, who can keep pace at 95-100-94 and is inviting at 10-1.

Horse Racing Picks: 1) #5 United 2) #6 Originaire 3) #2 Multiplier

Longshot Pick: #2 Multiplier (10-1)

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