Santa Anita Horse Racing Picks for Friday 1/13/23

Santa Anita Horse Racing Picks for Friday 1/13/23


The Santa Anita Classic Meet continues and Friday's card features 9 races starting at 3:30 p.m. ET, and 12:30 p.m. local Pacific time.

As always, check the program for scratches and changes, monitor the weather and keep an eye on the track conditions.

(I will reference Equibase's Speed Figure in selected races, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races after adjusting for track, distances, and conditions).

Santa Anita Betting

According to numberFire horse racing projections, these are the best bets to make at FanDuel Racing today.

1. Shocking Grey and Candy On Top, Race 1

FanDuel Racing Odds: 9/5 and 4/1

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The day begins with a Maiden Special Weight for Cal-bred older fillies & mares going 1 mile on the turf. The numberFire data projects the favorite Shocking Grey (9/5) to win ahead of Candy On Top (4/1) and Smart Monique (6/1).

The meets leading jockey Juan Hernandez rides Shocking Grey, who comes from the back off the pace and has three runner-up finishes in three starts and twice as favorite.

2. Feeling Grazeful and Queen Molotov, Race 6

FanDuel Racing Odds: 3/1 and 4/1
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Race 6 is a featured Allowance race for state-bred fillies & mares sprinting 6 furlongs. The numberFire projections lean towards the favorite Big Shamrock (5/2) with top challengers Feeling Grazeful (3/1) with jockey Juan Hernandez and Vegan (3/1) capable contenders.

The betting news site and data also project Queen Molotov (4/1) with Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Velazquez to run well and the best chance to win (32%).

3. Phenom and Gold for Kitten, Race 7

FanDuel Racing Odds: 8/5 and 7/2
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Race 7 is on the downhill turf course with older fillies & mares going 6 1/2 furlongs. The favorite Phenom (8/5) is the top pick by numberFire's algorithm followed by Gold for Kitten (7/2) with Johnny V riding.

Phenom is ridden by Juan Hernandez for EPO trainer Phil D'Amato, and Phenom has won his last two races wire-to-wire with Hernandez riding.