Santa Margarita at Santa Anita
This Grade 1 is the pick of the North American races this weekend, although the 3yos should be carefully observed for Kentucky plans.
At present Finest City is on top in the Morning Line on 9/5 from Vale Dori, the Argentinian-bred now with Bob Baffert, on 9/5 for this 1800m for 4y+ f&m. Canadian- bred Perfect Pic is on 5/1 with 8 horses in the race.
The girls also have an outing at Gulfstream Park in the Gr 2 Inside Information for 4y+ over 1400m and Curlin's Approval is on top of the 8 horse field on 3/5. The most likely challengers are Dearest 5/1 and Moment of Delight 6/1.
Oaklawn Park is not affected by the bad weather as far as we know at this stage, as they host two gr 2 races: the Rebel Stakes for the 3yos over 1700m and another outing for the girls 4+ in the Azeri, also Gr 2. In the Azeria Terra Promessa from Steve Asmussen's yard is on 3/5 with Pletcher's Esinformoney on 3/1 with Javier Castellano in the irons.
In the Rebel Baffert's American Anthem is on 2/1, Malagacy 4/1 (Pletcher-Castellano) and both Petrov and Royal Mo on 9/2.
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