by Jerry Shottenkirk
February 28, 2021
Fashionably Fast is the key player in Santa Anita’s late Pick 4 Sunday as he heads a short but talented group of five California-breds in the $100,000 Tiznow Stakes at a mile. The Tiznow – a race he won last year – is the eighth race on the card and the third leg of the Pick 4 that runs from races 6 through 9.
The Dean Peterson-trained son of Lucky Pulpit opened 2021 with a closing third in the Cal Cup Sprint on January 16. He had only four starts in 2020 and won the Cal Cup Sprint along with the Tiznow. He was second to McKinzie in the G2 Triple Bend and then followed with a sixth in the G1 Bing Crosby. During one stretch from July 27, 2019 to March 1, 2020 he won six straight races. He generally does very well in state-bred races and has the class over his four rivals in this one.
Fashionably Fast, a winner in 7 of 18 for $508,245, is a single on the $40 suggested Pick 4 ticket this week. Here’s a look at the sequence:
Race 6 (6 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
BELITO comes off his best effort in five starts. Has speed, inside and is looking at a favorable distance.
COUNT ALEXEI moves over to the main track after seeing nothing but turf and has shown speed in all starts. Drops out of maiden special weights for his first look at maiden claimers.
STIR THE POT stopped a string of bad races last time as he set the pace and held second.
GUINESSEY ran an even fourth running longer and is a possibility here at a price. Will stalk some pace battlers and could benefit the most from it.
Race 7 (6:30 p.m. ET, claiming)
BAD BEST was in front for a half time running longer last out and drops to his lowest level. Won for a higher price two races back in fast time.
BEDROCK was claimed by Peter Miller last time and had won two straight going into that lackluster sixth on the dirt. He’s back to turf, which he hasn’t seen since June, when he faded going two turns. Can get back to decent form.
BLACKOUT opened a long lead and faded going long last time and will welcome the return to a sprint. Likely to sit just off the pace and he has a good chance to finish with interest.
CASTLE has been off for 11 months and drops to his lowest level for his return. Was a stakes winner threat races back and has shown some life in works for his comeback.
Race 8 (7 p.m. ET, Tiznow Stakes)
FASHIONABLY FAST won this one last year and is clearly the one to beat.
Race 9 (7:30 p.m. ET, maiden claiming)
WHISTLER’S STYLE set the pace in a maiden special races and dips down into maiden claiming waters.
JUDY WITH GRACE closed ground, lost position last time and finished fourth, beaten by just a half-length. Fits at this level.
KIND BUT SHE LIES was too late in her bid going short and can benefit from more distance.
MALIBU HANNAH makes her first drop to maiden claiming and can be close throughout.
AVISSE was fifth in a similar spot last time and was claimed by Ortiz. Could carve out a good trip just off the pace and figures to have something for the finish of this one.
Santa Anita Park’s Late Pick 4 on Sunday:
Race 6) #1 Belito, #2 Count Alexei, #4 Stir the Pot, #10 Guinessey.
Race 7) #1 Bad Beat, #3 Bedrock, #8 Blackout, #9 Castle.
Race 8) #5 Fashionably Fast.
Race 9) #2 Whistler’s Style, #4 Judy With Grace, #6 Kind But She Lies, #7 Malibu Hannah, #8 Avisse.
Total Ticket Cost) 1,2,4,10/1,3,8,9/5/2,4,6,7,8 = $40 for $0.50