Santa Anita Horse Racing Picks for Friday 3/3/23

Horse Racing Picks from Santa Anita on Friday, March 3.
Horse Racing Picks from Santa Anita on Friday, March 3. / Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

The Santa Anita Classic Meet continues ahead of Saturday's San Felipe Stakes Kentucky Derby points race and two other Grade 1 races Saturday. There are nine races Friday at "The Great Race Place" outside of Los Angeles with post time at 3:30 p.m. ET / 12;30 p.m. local.

As always, check the program for scratches and changes, and monitor the weather and 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 some of the best bets to make at FanDuel Racing today.

1. Tempting Prospect and Herecomegeorgieboy, Race 5

FanDuel Racing Odds: 8/1 and 5/2
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Race 5 is a Maiden Special Weight for Cal-bred 3-year-olds at 1 mile. The numberFire data picks Tempting Prospect (8/1) to pull the upset over Herecomegeorgieboy (5/2) and J D's Rude Boy (3/1).

Tempting Prospect makes his debut for trainer Carla Gaines with some consistent work in place. Herecomegeorgieboy makes his sixth start with a pair of runner-up finishes in the past two months at Santa Anita.

2. Uncontrollable and Golden Again, Race 7

FanDuel Racing Odds: 6/5 and 5/1
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Race 7 is an Allowance race for Cal-bred 3-year-old fillies at 1 mile. The numberFire data projects the heavy favorite Uncontrollable (6/5) to win and Golden Again (5/1) and Carol Lombard (4/1) to hit the board.

Uncontrollable is a Grade 1-placed filly dropping Friday into a Cal-bred allowance race and she appears to tower over this field.

3. Zio Jo and Zookeeper, Race 9

FanDuel Racing Odds: 4/1 and 4/1
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Race 9 is an Optional Claimer for 3-year-olds at 1 mile. The numberFire algorithm picks Zookeeper (4/1) and Zio Jo (4/1) to battle for the win. Zookeeper gets first-time Lasix with Umberto Rispoli riding. The meet's top jockey (by far) Juan Hernandez rides Zia Jo.

Low Expectations (2/1) is the favorite to beat from the outside No. 8 post, but there are three scratches in the race.

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