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The Magic Mike Show 473: Santa Anita Rainbow Pick 6 Preview

The Magic Mike Show 473: Santa Anita Rainbow Pick 6 Preview

The Magic Mike Show guys preview & give their tickets for Sunday’s Rainbow Pick 6 at Santa Anita Park, a sequence featuring races 7-12 that includes a mandatory payout on Closing Day. Tell us YOUR thoughts & tickets in the Comments section!

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Streaking Offlee Naughty Heads Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes

                In search of his third consecutive graded stakes win, trainer Michael McCarthy’s Offlee Naughty heads Santa Anita’s traditional closing day feature on Sunday, the Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at about a mile and three quarters over the Camino Real  Turf Course.  With its traditional hillside start, a field of six three year olds and up will compete in the 84th renewal of the San Juan, a race best remembered as the point in time on March 12, 1966, when  legendary Hall of Fame jockey John Longden went out a winner at age 59 aboard Canadian-bred George Royal who prevailed by a nose over Plaque, who was ridden by Hall of Famer Bobby Ussery. 

                A one length winner when ridden by John Velazquez of the Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes at a mile one quarter on turf two starts back on April 8, Offlee Naughty rallied from far back under Umberto Rispoli to take the mile and one half turf Grade III San Luis Rey Stakes by a 1 ¼ lengths May 13, earning the same 97 Beyer Speed Figure that he did in the Whittingham.

                Although a lack of pace could be a concern, Offlee Naughty, a 5-year-old full horse by Flashback, out of the Offlee Wild mare Acting Naughty, is nonetheless at the top of his game and should be tough to beat.

                Owned by James and Donna Daniell, Offlee Naughty is three for six over the Santa Anita turf and he should relish the mile and three quarter distance.  With an overall mark of 17-5-1-1, he has earnings of $370,645.

                Richard Mandella’s Brazilian-bred Planetario, who rallied to be a solid second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Offlee Naughty in the San Luis Rey, is a horse on the improve who will be making his third North American start on Sunday. 

                A two-time Group I stakes winner in Brazil, Planetario, a 5-year-old full horse, is another that should relish the stretch out from a mile and one half to the mile and three quarters of the San Juan Capistrano.  An even fifth in his U.S. debut going a mile and one eighth on turf here on June 22 of last year, he earned an 87 Beyer and got a 95 Beyer off the bench in his second place finish in the San Luis Rey.

                Owned by his breeder, Red Rafa Stud, Inc., Planetario, who will be ridden back by Hector Berrios, has five wins from 10 overall starts as he seeks his first North American stakes victory.

                McCarthy will also saddle the 4-year-old Irish-bred filly Duvet Day, who faces males for the first time since running a close second going six furlongs on turf in her Irish debut 15 races ago on June 18, 2021.

                Most recently second, beaten a neck as the 6-5 favorite in the mile and one half turf Santa Barbara on April 30, Duvet Day will be ridden back by leading man Juan Hernandez.  A winner of the ungraded Astra Stakes at a mile and one half on turf three starts back on Jan. 21, Duvet Day is owned by Cedros, Jane Bacharach and Richard Schatz.  With an overall mark of 15-3-4-2, she has earnings of $210,313.


Race 5 of 12 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PT

  1. Offlee Naughty—Umberto Rispoli—126
  2. Duvet Day—Juan Hernandez—119
  3. Birth of Cool – Joe Bravo – 122
  4. Opry – Edwin Maldonado – 126
  5. Planetario—Hector Berrios—126
  6. Rimprotector – Kyle Frey – 122

Queen Ofthe Temple Rates Big Look In Sunday’s $100,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes

                Fresh off victory at a mile and one half on turf, trainer Dan Blacker’s Queen Ofthe Temple rates a big look as she cuts back to a mile and one quarter on grass in Sunday’s $100,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes at Santa Anita.  With a Father’s Day early post time of 12 noon, the Possibly Perfect, which has attracted five fillies and mares three and up, is part of a 12-race closing day card and will serve as a supporting feature to Sunday’s main event, the Grade III San Juan Capistrano Stakes.

                Ridden for the first time by Joe Bravo and off at 2-1, Queen Ofthe Temple was attentive to the pace in the mile and one half Santa Barbara Stakes on April 30 and was up to win in a three-horse photo.  With Bravo back aboard, the 5-year-old mare by Temple City, who is three-time graded stakes placed, seeks her first graded win in what will be her 14th career start with Bravo back aboard.

                Owned by Radley Equine, Inc., Roger Featherston, Rick Gold and Tony Maslowsky, Queen Ofthe Temple is out of the Read the Footnotes mare Queeenameina.  With two wins, four seconds and a third from nine tries over the Santa Anita lawn, she’s 13-2-6-3 overall with earnings of $237,840.

                A winner of last year’s Possibly Perfect and idle since running seventh in the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes here on Oct. 8, trainer Leonard Powell’s French-bred Neige Blanche is the class of the field with earnings of $542,780.  With four wins and two thirds from 10 starts over the course, Neige Blanche has six stakes wins, four of them graded, from an overall mark of 21-9-0-4.

                With regular rider Juan Hernandez committed to ride Phil D’Amato’s Buzz of New York, Neige Blanche, who is owned by Madaket Stables, LLC, Laura DeSeroux, Marsha Naify and Mathilde Powell, won last year’s Possibly Perfect in gate to wire fashion and will be ridden for the first time by Diego Herrera.

                Most recently fourth, beaten just a head by second place finisher Queen Ofthe Temple in the Grade III Santa Ana Stakes at a mile and one quarter on turf March 12, Irish-bred Buzz of New York enters the Possibly Perfect fresh and will be reunited with Juan Hernandez, who last rode her to a one mile turf allowance win two starts back on March 5.

                Although the Possibly Perfect will be just her second stateside stakes assignment, Buzz of New York has been very consistent for D’Amato, finishing in the money in 10 out of her 12 local starts—winning three of them. 

                A 5-year-old mare, Buzz of New York is owned by Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal.  With all three of her wins coming in combination with Hernandez, Buzz of New York rates a big chance with an overall mark of 18-3-5-3 and earnings of $228,677.


Race 1 of 12  Approximate post time 12 p.m. PT

  1. Zeyaraat – Geovanni Franco – 122
  2. Queen Ofthe Temple- Joe Bravo —126
  3. Buzz of New York—Juan Hernandez—124
  4. Neige Blanche – Diego Herrera – 126
  5. Australia Mia—Umberto Rispoli—126