Santa Anita Park Picks – Friday, February 19, 2021

| February 18, 2021 2:35 pm PDT

Santa Anita Park has a full racing schedule for Friday, including maiden, starter, allowance, and claiming matches on both the main track and on the turf course.

I review the three richest races here, but you can find Santa Anita Park’s full nine-race card for Friday — including entries, jockeys, M/L odds, and wagering options — at one of our recommended horse racing betting sites.

Read on for my Santa Anita Park picks and betting tips for Friday, February 19, 2021.

Pick for Santa Anita Park Race 1

This is a maiden special weight race for three-year-olds running a distance of one mile on turf for a purse of $61,000.

I’m sticking with the 9/5 morning line favorite for this maiden race — Du Jour, ridden by Flavien Prat. This colt moneyed both of his career starts.

I don’t have a value show bet recommendation to make, other than to point out that there are some longshots in this race, including one at 50/1, but not one of them looks likely to finish in the money, so save yours.

  •  Win: Du Jour 9/5 

Pick for Santa Anita Park Race 3

This is a maiden special weight race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of 6-1/2 furlongs on turf for a purse of $61,000.

I’m going with the fourth-favored (4/1) entry in this race — Starship Chewbacca, with Jessica Pyfer aboard. This four-year-old gelding failed only once to money in his five career starts, which gives him a better record than any of his competition. Also important is the seven-pound apprentice allowance Pyfer brings to the ride.

I don’t think any of the longer-odds entries in this field will get to the finish line in time for payday.

  •  Win: Starship Chewbacca 4/1

Pick for Santa Anita Park Race 9

This is a maiden special weight race for fillies and mares four years old and upward running a distance of one mile on turf for a purse of $61,000.

I agree with the morning line for this race, and I’m buying a win ticket for the 2/1 favorite — Rockie Causeway, with Mario Gutierrez in the irons. This four-year-old filly moneyed four of her five career starts.

The morning line has half this field at 10/1 odds or longer (including two 30/1 longshots), and not a single one of them is likely to see a payday at the finish line.

  •  Win: Rockie Causeway 2/1

More Racing Predictions for Friday

You’ll find plenty of action at the other two tracks I reviewed for Friday:

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