Santa Anita Park Picks – Saturday, February 20, 2021

| February 19, 2021 3:10 pm PDT

The Buena Vista Stakes (Grade II) headlines Santa Anita Park’s nine-race schedule for Saturday.

Remember that while I review that stakes race as well as two of the other richest races, you can find Santa Anita Park’s full race card for Saturday — including entries, jockeys, morning line odds, and wagering options — at one of our best online racebooks.

Read on for my Santa Anita Park picks and betting tips for Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Pick for Santa Anita Park Race 6

This is an allowance optional claiming race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of one mile for a purse of $63,000.

I have to go with the 9/5 morning line favorite for this run — Motown Music, with Juan J. Hernandez in the irons. This four-year-old gelding moneyed three of his four career starts, winning two. That record puts him well ahead of the rest of this five-horse field.

  •  Win: Motown Music 9/5

Picks for Santa Anita Park Race 7 — Buena Vista Stakes

This is the Buena Vista Stakes, a Grade II stakes race for fillies and mares four years old and upward running a distance of one mile on turf for a purse of $200,000.

My money is on the third-favored (5/1) entry in this race — Warren’s Showtime, with Juan J. Hernandez aboard. This four-year-old filly finished in the money 14 of her 16 career starts, winning six.

Her latest win was the Autumn Miss Stakes (Grade III) at Santa Anita last October; she subsequently started (and moneyed) three Black Type stakes races.

And I have to like the 20/1 longshot Heathers Grey, ridden by Jessica Pyfer, for a value show bet. This five-year-old mare moneyed 11 of her 17 career starts, winning three.

  •  Win: Warren’s Showtime 5/1
  •  Show: Heathers Grey 20/1

Picks for Santa Anita Park Race 9

This is an allowance race for four-year-olds and upward running a distance of 6-1/2 furlongs on turf for a purse of $63,000.

I’m backing the second-favored (4/1) entry in this turf race — Coast of Roan, with Juan J. Hernandez aboard. This five-year-old gelding moneyed six of his seven career starts, three of which he won.

At 15/1, I Got No Munny, ridden by Edwin A. Maldonado, looks like a viable show wager. This four-year-old gelding won his single career start, breaking his maiden here at Santa Anita in January. With odds like that, you might even consider an across-the-board wager, but I’m only recommending the show ticket.

  •  Win: Coast of Roan 4/1
  •  Show: I Got No Munny 15/1

More Racing Predictions for Saturday

Santa Anita has plenty of action to offer us — just don’t forget the other two tracks I reviewed for Saturday:

J.W. Paine
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