Dan's Double: Santa Anita Angles

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Saturday, Jan. 4

Santa Anita Park, Race 9, 3:30 p.m. ET

#8 Order and Law: There’s a decent amount of early speed signed up for this allowance and I think that could set things up nicely for a horse that’s going to be sitting off the pace. The horse that stands out to me is Order and Law. He’s cutting back to six and half furlongs after a decent second-place finish last out at Del Mar (going longer that day). The last time we saw him at a sprinting distance (and at Santa Anita) was back on Breeders’ Cup Friday. He finished fifth in a 14-horse field after taking up early in the race. I like the way he recovered there and at least picked up some pieces late. The other thing to note about that race is that it was a pretty tough spot — the winner, Threefiveindia, has come back to finish first in consecutive races including a stakes victory at Laurel Park last week; 10th-place finisher Justinian has also won two in a row including an impressive score on New Year’s Day over the likes of Instagrand. I think we might be able to catch a bit of a price here and if the pace is as honest as it looks on paper, we could be in for a nice score.

$10 Budget

$5 win and place on #8 Order and Law ($10)

$25 Budget

$5 win and place on #8 Order and Law ($10)

$1 exacta key box 8 with 3,5,6,7 ($8)

$1 trifecta key 8 over 3,5,6 ($6)

$50 Budget

$10 win, place, and show on #8 Order and Law ($30)

$1 exacta key box 8 with 3,5,6,7 ($8)

$1 trifecta key 8 over 3,5,6,7 ($12)

Santa Anita Park, Race 10, 7 p.m. ET

#5 Anonymously: Lots of positive signs here to go along with a couple of parallel angles I pointed out above with Order and Law. The filly #8 Magical Gray figures to ensure an honest pace, and she’s likely to be pressed by #2 Queen of the Track. But given the distance of the race, horses with outside post positions may have a tough time finding a comfortable spot behind those leaders without losing too much ground on the swing around the turn for home. Tactically, I’m looking for a horse with an inside post position and who can race close enough to the pace to squirt through on or near the rail. I think Anonymously fits the bill and should be able to work out a nice trip under scorching-hot rider Abel Cedillo. As noted with Order and Law, Anonymously’s last race at Santa Anita at this distance was two races ago and it was an extremely strong effort given her competition in that race. Not only did runner-up Miss Hot Legs come back to win (beating Anonymously again) but so did third-place finisher Stealthediamonds.

$10 Budget

$2 win and place on #5 Anonymously ($4)

$1 exacta box 3,5,7 ($6)

$25 Budget

$4 win, place, and show on #5 Anonymously ($12)

$1 exacta box 3,5,7 ($6)

$1 trifecta box 3,5,7 ($6)

$50 Budget

$8 win, place, and show on #5 Anonymously ($24)

$1 exacta box 3,5,7 ($6)

$1 trifecta box 3,5,7 ($6)

$.50 trifecta 5,9 with 3,5,9 with 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 ($14)

Last Week’s Earnings: $117.50

2019 Earnings: $7,524.70

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