Santa Anita Opening Day Features Four Graded Stakes

San Simeon on Santa Anita Turf Kicks off $1 Million Guarantee Pick 4 on Opening Day Dec. 26

Santa Anita swings back into action Dec. 26 with four graded stake on opening day of the winter-spring meet. The San Simeon (G3) kicks off the 50-cent late pick 4 starting in race 6 with a guaranteed pool of $1 million. Run at about 6 1/2 furlongs, the San Simeon drew a full field of 14 3-year-olds and up on the downhill turf, and a most competitive group of contenders makes this an excellent betting race when looking for a potential score.

Get those TwinSpires gift cards out and parlay your profits starting with the San Simeon at Santa Anita. Here are the key contenders:

#3 Stormy Liberal (8-1) is working well and has a win and four runner-up finishes in six starts this year, including second to He Will last time out.

#5 Ohio (BRZ) at 6-1 has been freshened up since he was pinched in last race and suffered a bad trip. Rider changed to Dryden Van Dyke.

#6 Acceptance (6-1) – Ran well on dirt last time out finishing third after leading in the stretch, and he runs best on the lead. Acceptance dueled with Richard’s Boy in the Oct. 22 California Flag here to win by a head.

#8 Richard’s Boy (5-1) – Has won 5 of 10 starts on the turf, and just missed as the favorite against Acceptance. He returned to win at Del Mar gate to wire over five furlongs Nov. 26 but will have to carry speed further while dueling along the lead.

#9 He Will (6-1) – Back-to-back wins including here Oct. 15 and has won four of seven starts this year. Showed Nov. 12 at Del Mar that he can go longer and close strong off the pace. He Will should be best coming down the lane and has the fastest Beyer of this bunch.

#10 Tough Sunday (20-1) is the long shot of interest as the 4-year-old Grazen colt won last time out by 5 lengths but has been off for over three months.

#11 Bettys Bambino (6-1) – Big question mark as he’s been off nearly two years with injuries. Strong horse winning 5 of 6 on the hillside, and does his best running just off the pace. But can’t count on him being best in first time back off long layoff.

#12 Holy Lute (9-2) – Won the Eddie D. Stakes here in September and then ran 6th in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. He’s run late and should get the pace to make a move down the lane.

The San Simone is race 6 with post time at 5:31 p.m. ET followed by the La Brea Stakes (G1), Malibu Stakes (G1) and Mathis Brothers Mile (G2) on the turf.

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