Monday’s Best Bet: Mr. Roary can upset Joe Hernandez Stakes


Mr. Roary wins 2017 Eddie D

Photo: Benoit Photo

Handicapper: Jarrod Horak

Track: Santa Anita Park

Race: 7 – Post Time: 6:32pm ET 

Recent Best Bet Winners:

12/22 – LRL 8 MR. BENZ ($6.40), Exacta ($33.40)

12/26 – SA 6 BOWIES HERO ($8.80), Exacta ($34.10)

12/29 – SA 5 Pubilius Syrus/Inscom Exacta ($6.20)

Monday’s 7th race from Santa Anita Park (1-1-18) is the $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes for 4-year-olds and up 

#4 MR. ROARY (10-1) outruns his odds at times like his 22-1 late running upset in the G3 Eddie D at this course/distance Sept 29 (146 Today’s Racing Digest Final Rating). All four of his wins were at SA and Smith hops aboard.

#2 Pee Wee Reese (3-1) deserves to be the favorite based on his stellar turf record (6-4-1-1) and ascending numbers (155, 153, 149 Finals last 3 starts). He turns back and romped in his lone downhill try March 17 (147 Final).

#8 Richard’s Boy (7-2) finished in the Top 3 in 8 of 9 downhill tries. He runs well fresh and Prat rides back.

#5 Tribalist (9-2) and #7 Om (7-2) finished 2-3 in the aforementioned Eddie D. The latter has not won since 2015 and will likely get overbet.

#10 Next Shares (12-1) exits back-to-back turf sprint wins in NY (144, 131 Finals) and Baltas shows a +ROI with new additions to his barn. Bejarano rides and he fired a local bullet Dec 11.

#6 Law Abidin Citizen (8-1) earned his best career number down the hill March 24 (135 Final) and Glatt shows a +ROI with this type of layoff runner.


#4 to win

Exacta Box 2-4

Trifecta 2-4/2-4-5-7-8/2-4-5-6-7-8-10

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