by Jerry Shottenkirk
May 9, 2021
The spotlight is one Warren’s Showtime in the Fran’s Valentine Stakes, the headliner on Santa Anita’s Sunday card and the seventh race on the program. It's the second leg of the late Pick 4.
Warren’s Showtime is back with California-breds after two thirds in the G2 Bueva Vista and G2 Royal Heroine in her last two. She’s lost to state-breds before but is moving into peak form.
Pulpit Rider, who does her best going long, looms as the best upset chance after rallying to mid-pack in a six-furlong stakes race.
The suggested Late Pick 4 ticket is for $72 and the sequence runs from races six through nine. Here’s a look at those on the ticket:
Race 6 (6:30 p.m. ET, starter optional claiming)
HOLDEN THE LUTE came out of a longer race last time and lacked speed in a sprint. Goes without blinkers and has had some impressive works since his last appearance.
DEFENSE WINS closed with a run and just missed, making it two straight losses via photo finish. Well spotted and could get his first win since November.
TOOK CHARGE ran in good Aqueduct dirt races and he set the pace on turf in his only Santa Anita start. Back to the dirt and can be a strong player from the outset.
I GOT NO MUNNY ran evenly last out and can get some pace help. Late mover with a chance.
Race 7 (7:00 p.m. ET, Fran’s Valentine Stakes)
WARREN’S SHOWTIME was third in a pair of Grade 2 races in the Royal Heroine and Buena Vista in her last two and should be difficult to handle. PULPIT RIDER didn’t fire going short last time but is more competitive in longer races and poses a late threat.
Race 8 (7:30 p.m. ET, allowance optional claiming)
TIZHOTNDUSTY was along too late going seven furlongs and is more effective going two turns. Won’t have as much work to do in the last part of it.
LAW PROFESSOR was mid-pack in the Santa Anita Derby, and that’s good enough to make him an important entrant here. Only win in three starts came at this distance.
WASPIRANT ran an even fifth in the El Camino Real and his best can put him right into the mix of this one.
Race 9 (8:00 p.m. ET, allowance)
KA’NAH closed in both turf attempts and will welcome the 6.5 furlongs.
UNCLE ADDOUMA made a huge improvement on turf and likely will be one to deal with in the late going.
BEST CHANCE was fourth going shorter and could appreciate the distance.
SOUTHERN HORSE never got involved in his first U.S. start after racing in Ireland and Argentina. Can improve after a series off decent works.
FRATELLI won his last two including his latest on the turf. Will hustle to get the lead and can be tough with it early.
COAST OF ROAN drops out of a route race and has won his first start of the year going this distance. Capable of a strong finish.
Race 6) #2 Holden the Lute, #5 Defense Wins, #7 Took Charge, #8 I Got No Munny.
Race 7) #5 Warren’s Showtime, #6 Pulpit Rider
Race 8) #2 Tizhotndusty, #3 Law Professor, #8 Waspirant.
Race 9) #1 Ka’nah, #3 Uncle Addouma, #4 Best Chance, #6 Southern Horse, #7 Fratelli, #8 Coast of Roan.
Total Ticket Cost) 2,5,7,8/5,6/2,3,8/1,3,4,6,7,8 = $72 for $0.50