Player Quick Pick: Santa Anita for 6/8/14

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Matt Carter

June 8th, 2014

Santa Anita 8 | 7:30 pm ET Crystal Water for 3&Up going 1 mi (T)

If ready to roll off the layoff ETHNIC DANCE is the right horse to bet in the state-bred Crystal Water at Santa Anita on Sunday. The son of Tribal Rule won the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby in his last start back in September and looks to have been training well over the dirt at San Luis Rey. There does not appear to be a ton of pace in the race and jockey Edwin Maldonado can put them to sleep early and storm home late. The most likely scenario; however, is ETHNIC DANCE needs a race and that puts ROUSING SERMON and MEGA HEAT squarely in the mix. The two project to be sitting just off the speed and will get first run down the lane. UNUSUAL HEATWAVE also deserves a look, especially in any multi-race wager. By Unusual Heat, UNUSUAL HEATWAVE has run two times in Cal-bred stakes and has won them both. This mile distance should be ideal. STONEY FLEECE has been in-the-money in nine of his 13 turf races at Santa Anita and is the late threat. The concerns are lack of pace and this may not be his best distance.