by Eddie Olczyk
February 6, 2021
1/ST and NBC Sports handicapper Eddie Olczyk gives us a pair of spot plays for today's card at Santa Anita, which features a mandatory payout in the Rainbow 6. Follow Edzo’s plays each week – only with 1/ST and Xpressbet!
Santa Anita // Race 5 // 5:08 pm ET // maiden claiming // 6-1/2 furlongs
#1 Smoothlikebuttah (7-2 ML)
Turf-to-dirt surface change for a horse who has run his best races on the main track. Maiden special weight and Cal Cup Oaks appearances make for a noticeable class drop. Trainer Steve Knapp now turns to top rider Joel Rosario -- that's a green light here. Win bet and solid lean to start the Rainbow 6.
Santa Anita // Race 8 // 6:46 pm ET // Grade 3 Thunder Road Stakes // 1 mile (turf)
#2 Hit the Road (4-1 ML)
Del Mar's Oceanside winner should get a great trip in the second flight behind Award Winner, Bob and Jackie and Sombeyay. I love the work pattern for his first start since August, drilling steadily since early December for this spot. He had a sneaky-good morning move on Jan. 21. Win bet.
Good luck this weekend, including the Rainbow 6!