Big fields usually mean big ticket opportunity for
horseplayers. Throw in a lukewarm 3-1
favorite, surface and distance without any major running style or post position
biases and its a bettors' delight.
Ten fillies and mares will race 1 mile on Santa Anita's turf
course for the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes Crown. CHARMAINE'S MIA (PP: 8 ML
3-1) is the morning line favorite for trainer Philip D'Amato. The five-year-old mare won her last race
producing her top, career speed figure. It was her first race at Santa Anita
and first since October 24, 2020.
She looks to be in good form with two bullet workouts
heading into the Buena Vista. However, and this is a big however, she's not had
much luck in races following a win. In her previous four wins, she only
finished in the money once in the following race. Although she's struggled in
the race following a win her last effort and training at Santa Anita suggests CHARMAINE'S
MIA has horse for the course potential.
We know for sure that MUCHO UNUSUAL (PP: 2 ML 7/2) is a
horse for the Arcadia, California track. The daughter of MUCHO MACHO MAN and
NOT UNUSUAL has tried racing at Santa Anita nine times with five wins, a second
and three thirds. That's 100% in the money, baby. She's also bested the
distance with four wins and three thirds in eight efforts. MUCHO UNUSUAL has
won two straight for trainer Tim Yakteen and could be at her best in the
classic third start following a layoff. Her last third race in a three-race
cycle was the best of the bunch.
WARREN'S SHOWTIME (PP: 3 ML 5-1) is another lady that finds
comfort in Santa Anita sun. She's tried her luck at Santa Anita seven times and
barbelled second with four wins and three thirds. Turf has been the filly's
preferred surface as she's taken home the top-prize five times in 11 races on grass with just one win in five dirt tries. Like MUCH UNUSUAL, she's making her
third start off the bench and it was the best of the three in her last third
SEDAMAR (PP: 6 ML 8-1) likes to find the money at Santa
Anita but not the winners' circle with one win and a trifecta of seconds and
thirds. She missed by 3/4s of a length against MUCHO UNUSUAL In her last start.
It was her first race since early October. She could flip the script in round
two off the bench as she bested her rival three races back and got the better
of WARREN'S SHOWTIME in the race before that. SEDAMAR might be at her best her
as she ran her career best speed number in her last second race off the break.
GOING TO VEGAS (PP: 7 ML 6-1) is the last of the horses for
the course. Trainer Richard Baltas' four-year-old has seven Santa Anita starts
with three gold and three silver medals. She hasn't raced since the day after
Christmas, but Baltas brings the filly back fresh and ready to run. GOING TO
VEGAS was a neck away from winning both of her last two first starts out of the barn
with similar rest, both at 1 mile on Santa Anita grass. It's a distance she
loves with all of her three wins, three seconds and two thirds in nine races.
Based on their success at Santa Anita, these five ladies
should be a handful in the Grade II, Buena Vista Stakes.
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