Ricky’s StableDuel Strategy – Santa Anita 6/4 - DFS Karma
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Ricky’s StableDuel Strategy – Santa Anita 6/4

StableDuel has two great contest options at Santa Anita on Saturday! You will find me in both of them as I am patiently awaiting next Saturdays Belmont Stakes Day! We have a $50 GPP contest as well as a $150 Double Up contest. I love the Double Up contests as the top 40% of entries double their money. That is exactly how I built my empire on StableDuel when I first started. The $50 GPP contest has a guaranteed prize of $3,000. That number will grow if we can get everyone on KARMA to throw in an entry or two! There is NO BETTER TIME than NOW to SIGN UP!

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High Price Favorites

#5 Becca Taylor $11,000 – Race 2
$11,000 is a lot to spend on StableDuel, but I really like Becca Taylor. She comes into this race boasting an incredible 7 wins and 1 second in her 8 race career. Not only does she share that amazing record, but she’s won on turf, dirt and synthetic. Today, Becca Taylor is trying graded stakes for the first time, but I am confident that she will be up to the challenge. Six Furlongs is her most desired distance as she is 4 for 4. The other key note is that this is only a five-horse field. We are dealing with 3 horses being sub 3-1, meaning that most horses in this field are expensive and I want to take the real deal in this race.

Mid Price Plays

#2 Cabo Spirit $7,000 – Race 7
Since we spent up for Becca in Race 2, I’m okay attempting to beat a heavy favorite in this $100,000 stakes race. Cabo Spirit is an extremely talented turf runner, but owners or the trainer got Derby happy and threw this horse into every dirt and synthetic race on the Kentucky Derby trail hoping to get him in. His best finish was second place in the RB Lewis, finishing 15 lengths behind Messier (which did make the Derby) and 7 lengths ahead of the 3rd place finisher. That second place finish gave him 4 points and the only points he would acquire. Having all of May off to rest, Cabo Spirit returns to the surface he thrived at. It’s a big ask to take down Balnikhov, especially after his 2nd place performance in the Grade 2 American on the undercard of Kentucky Derby Day, but if Cabo Spirit gets back to turf form on his preferred surface, we could be looking at a nice upset.

Value Plays

#7 Vancougar $1000 – Race 9
I rarely enjoy betting or playing maidens, but I’ll take a flyer on Vancougar having a tough trip in his first career start. He was able to rally from the back and close well. He finished in 7th place, but only 4 lengths back from the winner. With one race under his belt, I’d like to retry this horse. The other thing I liked was that Tyler Baze opted to ride this horse again, instead of the #5 horse. I’m always a fan when Jockeys pick a horse because they know them more so than us and I will side with Tyler on this one.

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