Racing at Santa Anita With Marc Doche: Making The Move To Horse Racing Nation

Marc DocheCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2011

Some exciting news on the personal front as in the coming days I will be moving to to feature my video coverage of stakes races and the daily Pick 4 play, which will be posted at

In addition, I’ll have a blog page on HRN’s site called the So Cal Scoop (Off To The Races) where I’ll bring behind the scenes video coverage of all the happenings on the Southern California circuit along with my insight as a journalist, fan, handicapper and owner.

You’ll still be able to find coverage here on Bleacher Report of the major races days leading up to and including the Triple Crown.

On Sunday, I made myself look real smart by connecting on my Best Bet of the Day with Make It Cozy at 8-to-1, but was humbled two races later when my stand against Reba Is Tops failed in spectacular fashion when she closed her career with an impressive stakes victory to knock me out of the Pick 4.

Such is the nature of this great game and after three days off …

We’re off to the races!

Best Bet of the Day (ROI based off $2 WPS bet)

Race 5 - #1 Bradium (7/2 ML) – A pair of scratches open the door for this four-year-old son of Forestry to win from gate to wire breaking from the rail in his first start in for a tag.

Sunday’s Result – Got all the money with Make It Cozy (+$25.80)

Total for 2010-11 Santa Anita meet – (-$19.70)

Late Pick 4

Leg 1 – Race 5 (1) – We’ll single our Best Bet in this six furlong sprint for $32,000 claimers. The only danger to a clear lead is No. 8 Via Verde, who has been on the lead in his last two cutting out slower fractions than what Bradium is capable of.

Leg 2 – Race 6 (1,2,3,6) – Some three-year-olds with the potential to be nice go a mile and a sixteenth on the main track in this maiden special weight affair and we get five for the price of four by using the live entry for Southern Equine.

Leg 3 - Race 7 (1,4,7,8) – A first-level allowance race for older California-breds rolling the six and a half furlongs down the hillside turf course and the scratch of No. 6 C Tizz Run leaves no clear cut early pace.

No. 8 Sammartino had shown early speed early in his career, but has come from off the pace in his last four. Patrick Valenzuela, a noted speed rider, has been aboard for his last five and may try to get him out early today if he has his thinking cap on.

We’ll also use No. 1 He’s a Dance Star, who’s been the beaten favorite in his last two and draws the rail for the third straight time, No. 4 Le’ Heat, who showed a major form reversal to break his maiden over this layout in his last, and No. 7 Kate’s Event, who was impressive breaking his maiden in his last albeit against a suspect bunch.

Leg 4 – Race 8 (5,6,8,9,10,11,13) – Three-year-old maidens sprint five and a half furlongs on the main track for a $30,000 tag and we go seven deep in an extremely difficult race to figure.

Recap – (1) w (1,2,3,6) w (1,4,7,8) w (5,6,8,9,10,11,13) – Total cost of ticket = $56

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Good luck!

Sunday’s Result – (-$60)

Total for 2010-11 Santa Anita meet – (+$3,439.30)

Total for 2010 Del Mar meet – (-$554.55)