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Santa Anita Betting - Spirit of 76

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 12/19/2012 5:26:26 PM

Santa Anita will open its doors the day after Christmas for the 76th meeting and untold stories will unfold before our eyes as online sports betting site players will have tons of opportunities to make some cash.

Several stakes will kick off the stand and the traditional opening day 3-year-old stakes, the Malibu, run at the demanding distance of 7 furlongs, will highlight the added-money events.

Over the decades, the Malibu has been won by speedballs, classy comebackers, horses that were stars and horses that went on to be stars.

In 1980 Spectacular Bid beat Flying Paster under Bill Shoemaker and when Bid looked Paster in the eye, the inferior runner just backed down and wanted no part of the fight. Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand and Shoemaker teamed again 6 years later when Ferdinand nailed Snow Chief on the wire in a thrilling win.

As usual, the fastest older horses on the grounds will be out for the Malibu as BC Sprint second, The Lumber Guy and BC Turf Sprint second, Unbridled’s Note will likely put skills.

Barrera winner Drill, BC Dirt Mile also ran Fed Biz and Damascus Stakes winner Politicallycorrect also figure to be in the starting gate.

Overall last year, the track played fast and hard. Speed is good as usual, but with enough pace, you will probably be able to come from left field and still win if the rider has the traffic gods on speed dial.

All the usual suspects will be back for more horse betting action.

But there were be some different players this meeting at Arcadia. Joe Talamo won leading rider honors at the fall meet at Anita and Edwin Maldonado broke through winning the title at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Five riders were within 5 winners of each other and Maldonado held off Rafael Bejarano by a single happy ending.

As far as trainers are concerned, the normal stalwarts will be there. We are talking, Doug O’Neill, Bob Baffert, Jerry Hollendorfer and John Sadler.

Marty Jones, who’s dad Gary was one of the best conditioners ever out West, finished the Hollywood meet winning with 6 of his 34 starters and 8 others ran in the money. He is a master at finding the right spots for his runners.

Last year, Jones saddled 35 turf runners and 9 won, 4 ran second and 7 ran third.

Julio Canani, a stellar conditioner, saddled 18 turf runners and watched 5 win and 3 ran second. And Julio is not shy about stepping up to the betting window either.

And look for Bill Spawr to have a big Anita stand. He usually does better on this side of town and remember, he works his horses slow for the most part. Last season, Spawr’s ‘go to’ rider was Mike Smith but don’t get scared away if he used Agapito Delgadillo this meeting.

Other trainer/rider tandems that succeeded last meeting include Art Sherman and Martin Pedroza, Vladimir Cerin and Kevin Krigger and Jeff Bonde and Maldonado.

Take it easy early in the meeting, there will be tons of chances to get in there and take swings; let the form play out its hand, then pounce at the windows when the prime online betting opportunity arises.

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