Let's take a look at what promises to be an interesting test on the Santa Anita pro-ride with a strong field of eight, the Grade 2 $150,000 San Fernando. I am going to put #6 Mythical Power in the top spot. His last race in the Grade 1 Malibu was an unmitigated disaster, but I am willing to overlook it as a comeback race off a long layoff and rather focus on the two bullet workouts he has fired in the time since. I also like the stretch back to the distance that he obliterated the field in the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby in his last start before the time off. Once again, Joel Rosario has the ride. For second, I will go with #4 Papa Clem. He has had his moments in the past, winning the Grade 2 Arkansas Derby last spring and then a solid fourth on the First Saturday In May. However, since then he has not done much. It is true that he finished ahead of the top pick in that Malibu on December 26 and he has three bullets workouts in the time since. I still think that Mythical Power will win. I like getting 6-1 on my third selection, #2 Viscount. He, like the top pick, is a Bob Baffert trainee. This will be his first graded stakes effort, but he has never missed the money in any effort at today's distance. Garrett Gomez will be at the controls. Finally, I will round out the top four with #1 Smart Bid, who won the Damascus at Santa Anita on November 7 that also featured Viscount. He just has not shown tremendous ability at this kind of distance in the past, at least not with the company he is facing today. So, here is the play for the Grade 2 San Fernando:
$5 WP #6 and $5 EX BOX #4+ #6
Keep in mind that They Are Off accepts no responsibility for any wagers placed in conjunction with these selections, they are merely suggestions. Tune in again for more from They Are Off next week. For right now, I am Gone... GOODBYE!