Kurt Hoover’s Santa Anita Best Bets for Friday, January 7 (Races: 3 & 7)

“It’s never probably a real good idea to pick a 9-year-old that hasn’t won in two years.”

Despite his reservations, Kurt says his Best Bet has run three-straight good races against better competition, and the class drop will be a great fit in Race 3.

“This is a rejuvenated mare.”

Last time out, Kurt’s Best Bet demonstrated “a whole new ability to sit off the pace if she has to.” Kurt says his selection is in “very good form” and believes the added dimension of being able to come off the pace could be the difference-maker in Race 7.