On The Contrary: Santa Anita’s Most Playable Longshots on Friday


>>Friday February 19th | Go To TFUS PPs for today’s races at Santa Anita

Note: The goal of “On The Contrary” is to point out several horses every day who may be overlooked in the wagering and who can possibly add value to trifectas and superfectas (in high holes and low) and to Pick 3s, Pick 4s, etc. We will not be making “selections” per se in “On the Contrary.” Rather, we’ll encourage readers to give extra consideration to certain horses who may seem a little overmatched at first glance–but who are in fact the type of horses we often build our bets around. >>See related interview on betting longshots.

 Race 2:

Funny Gal:

5-1 on ML:

Has enough speed to gain contending position early. Has trained well since her last race. The favorite, on the rail, looks tough in here, but Funny Gal is one we would definitely use underneath.

Race 3:


8-1 on ML:

Same old story with this guy. Lacks talent. We like his spirit. He is very unlikely to win. He is useful, at a price, underneath.

Race 5:


10-1 on ML:

Makes US debut for a  trainer who rarely wins these days but knows what he’s doing. Speed figures are a couple of furlongs too slow, but she has been training in an interesting manner, gets first lasix, and figures to be ignored in the wagering. We would not toss this one from exotics.

Race 7:


6-1 on ML:

The Baffert scratch has opened this race up. Filly has speed, has trained well, has improving speed figures, and will be shunned by bettors who loathe the maiden claiming-to-allowance jump.

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