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​Jarrod’s Recent Southern California Free Stakes Winners
Nov. 8 – MO SEE CAL ($11.80)
Nov. 14 – ASTUTE ($12.20)
​Nov. 15 – RED FLAG ($23.40)
Nov. 21 – EXTRA HOPE ($10.40)
Nov. 26 – ORGLANDES ($4.20)
Nov. 27 – ARKLOW ($5.80)
Nov. 28 – DOMESTIC SPENDING ($10.40)
Dec. 6 – PROUD EMMA ($11.20)

Santa Anita Park

SA 8 (G3 Sham, 8f)
Primary – #3 PARNELLI, #5 Life is Good
Secondary – #1 Medina Spirit
Wagers: #3 to win, Exacta 3-5

Comments: This is probably a match race between #3 Parnelli (5-2) and #5 Life Is Good (2-5), and the former will offer more value. Parnelli finished 1-2 in all four outings and easily graduated at this distance at DMR Nov. 28. I like his early/pressing versatility and this will be his fourth start at a flat mile. Life Is Good showed an impressive display of speed in his 6.5f bow at DMR as the overwhelming favorite Nov. 22, and runner-up Wipe the Slate returned to graduate at SA last weekend. Baffert’s $525k purchase could easily score as very low odds. #1 Medina Spirit (6-1) is also trained by Baffert and he might be going to the lead from the rail under Cedillo. He looked sharp in his winning 5.5f bow at LRC. ​

Analysis by Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak posts stakes recaps from Del Mar and Santa Anita Park, along with full card recaps and free stakes picks from Southern and/or Northern California.