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​Rainbow 6 Jackpot Carryover for Saturday (5-29-21): $140,144.

Santa Anita Full Card Highlights for Friday (5-28-21)
SA 3 Lalic/Smiling Annie Exacta (SA Best Bet #1, $36.80)
SA 5 CLEARLY GONE (SA Best Bet #2, $4.00), Exacta ($11.20)
SA 6 KATLA ($4.00)
Double (races 5-6, $7.20)
Double (races 6-7, $18.00)
Pick 3 (races 5-7, $36.80)
Double (races 7-8, $26.60)
Pick 3 (races 6-8, $65.40)
Late Pick 4 (races 5-8, $133.80)

*Full card highlights based on $2 wagers unless otherwise noted.


Santa Anita Stakes Recaps for Saturday (5-29-21)

Daytona Stakes (G3) – Winner: Bombard ($3.40)

Bombard was just too fleet for his four rivals. He was pressured by Law Abidin Citizen but always seemed to be traveling better than that rival. The deserving favorite kicked clear in the stretch and tallied by a comfortable length and a quarter under Flavien Prat. Majestic Eagle rallied from last to nip Commander for the place. Law Abidin Citizen and Jamming Eddy trailed.

Charles Whittingham Stakes (G2) – Winner: Award Winner ($15.40)

Strange things can happen in the compact stakes. Acclimate took the early initiative and Award Winner stalked from 2nd. They were in single file with overwhelming favorite United in 3rd and Red King trailed for much of the running. The speed kept going and Acclimate tried to sprint home but Award Winner kept him in his sights and got up to score by a determined head. Acclimate ran a winning race in defeat and was 2+ clear of Red King. United was a very disappointing last.

Triple Bend (G2) – Winner: Magic On Tap ($13.20)

There are not many speed duels in extended sprints, especially when there are only five horses running, but Lambeau and Eight Rings hooked up early and faded out of contention. Magic On Tap stalked from 3rd, took over, and was clear of late running place finisher Shooters Shoot. Exaulted stalked from the rail and was best of the rest in 3rd. Eight Rings and Lambeau trailed.

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Carryover for Sunday (5-30-21): $191,178.

Santa Anita Full Card Highlights for Saturday (5-29-21)
SA 5 BOMBARD ($3.40)
Double (races 5-6, $5.00)
Pick 3 (races 5-7, $133.20)
CD 9 FULSOME ($5.40), Exacta ($15.80)

*Full card highlights based on $2 wagers unless otherwise noted.


Santa Anita Stakes Recaps for Sunday (5-30-21)

Summertime Oaks (G2) – Winner: Crazy Beautiful ($4.60)

There was some quality at the top of this four-horse affair. Lady Aces tried to get out there and dictate terms but Prat aboard strong favorite Soothsay was not going to let Rispoli steal this one. The pace was not overly quick but it was pressured, and Crazy Beautiful was in a good spot behind the leaders. Lady Aces and Soothsay were on even terms at around the seven furlong mark and Crazy Beautiful angled out under Mike Smith, and she swung into action in the lane and rallied to win by a bit less than two lengths. Soothsay put away Lady Aces for the place and Plum Sexy was a distant last.

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Carryover for Monday (5-31-21): $261,757.

Santa Anita Full Card Highlights for Sunday (5-30-21)
SA 1 Midnight Mystery/Armour Plate Exacta ($16.40)
SA 8 CRAZY BEAUTIFUL ($4.60), Trifecta ($7.20)
Double (races 7-8, $16.00)

*Full card highlights based on $2 wagers unless otherwise noted.


Santa Anita Stakes Recaps for Monday (5-31-21)

Shoemaker Mile (G1) – Winner: Smooth Like Strait ($3.40)

Smooth Like Strait was the most likely winner on paper and his rider Rispoli did not play any game. He put his mount on the lead right out of the box. Restrainedvengence and Whisper Not put some pressure on him for a half-mile, but he toyed with those foes, spurted clear and opened up by 3+ lengths, and was never seriously threatened in a length and a half victory over Say the Word. The latter ran a quality race. He cut back from marathons and finished nicely for the place under Prat as the second betting choice. Restrainedvengence tried hard throughout and held 3rd by a neck over Next Shares. Whisper Not weakened to 5th and Crossfirehurricane trailed throughout.

Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) – Winner: Country Grammer ($5.60)

Brown Storm grabbed the early lead and Country Grammer chased from 2nd, took a short lead, and battled with Royal Ship once again. This was a repeat of the Californian (G2), but this time Country Grammer held on by a head and turned the tables on Royal Ship. Those two were 4+ clear of show finisher Express Train. The latter did not have a comfortable trip from the outside post. He broke outward, raced wide, and edged Rushie for 3rd. Heywoods Beach, Two Thirty Five, and Brown Storm trailed.

Gamely (G1) – Winner: Maxim Rate ($29.80)

Charmaine’s Mia was the front running favorite and the main question was her ability to navigate a mile and an eighth. She had the lead for quite some time but was not able to kick away and ended up falling short in the stamina department. Maxim Rate stalked from 4th, bid outside, and scored by a half-length. La Signare found her best stride late under Mike Smith and was gaining on the winner. Bodhicitta, making her first start since last fall at Del Mar, got past Keeper Ofthe Stars late to garner the show. Going to Vegas stalked inside under Rispoli, moved out, and came up empty. Charmaine’s Mia weakened to 6th and Red Lark trailed throughout.

Rainbow 6 Jackpot Carryover for Friday (6-4-21): $353,386.

Santa Anita Full Card Highlights for Sunday (5-30-21)
SA 1 COAST OF ROAN (SA Best Bet, $7.60), Exacta ($25.60)
LS 9 WARRANT ($7.80)

*Full card highlights based on $2 wagers unless otherwise noted.

Article 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.