Best Bets of the Weekend: Stakes Standouts at Santa Anita

Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing

America’s Best Racing and handicapper (and avid gambler) Monique Vág team up to provide horseplayers with their best bets of the weekend in a regular feature blog that will run on Fridays.

For some posts, Vág will try to identify a longshot play of the weekend, a nice opportunity to swing for the fences on a win bet or to take a shot with a show bet. She also will look for strong exacta plays for the weekend or occasionally try to spot a nice opportunity for other wagers.

This Weekend’s Bets

Longshot Play

Saturday, Race 1, Santa Anita Park, 3:30 p.m. ET

#10 Patriotic Diamond: This filly narrowly missed in her last three attempts over the turf. Her best turf speed figure ranks highest among starters in here today, and it looks like she could have it the way she wants getting away with soft fractions early on, with many in here looking to close from far back. The price will definitely be right to take a shot.

Best Bet

Saturday, Race 8, Santa Anita Park, American Oaks, 7:00 p.m. ET

#2 Stays in Vegas: I like how this filly is versatile enough to put in big efforts from anywhere and isn't dependent on a good break. I also like how she draws the inside post on her main rivals – this will likely allow for her to save ground towards the rail and be ridden a little harder to maintain position if so chosen. The distance should not bring up any concerns, and she's done most of her best racing in California.

Longshot Play

Sunday, Race 9, Santa Anita Park, 7:30 p.m. ET

#6 Bobby G: He tried turf for the first time last start and narrowly missed against similar. I like when a horse receives a good steady chunk of the betting money in their first effort over a new surface in a large field, which is exactly what happened in his last. He's been training well – steady works since August – and I think his breeding plays well into the turf.

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