Raymundo’s Secret looms large in Goldikova

The Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes anchors the closing Sunday card at Santa Anita. Going as Race 9 of 11, the Goldikova attracted seven veteran turf fillies and mares. Estimated post time for this one-mile heat on the lawn is 7:30 p.m. ET.

#3 RAYMUNDO’S SECRET (9-5) is a perfect 2-for-2 this year and could easily win again in Sunday’s Goldikova. She was last seen wiring the field in the Grade II John C. Mabee at Del Mar. Prior to that she overcame a significant layoff to beat upper-level allowance/optional horses from off the pace at today’s distance. RAYMUNDO’S SECRET is 4-for-5 lifetime at the one-mile trip and retains Flavien Prat.

#2 MAXIM RATE (8-5, morning-line favorite) has hit the exacta in all four of her starts in 2020. That includes a minor stakes victory at Del Mar and a respectable runner-up effort in the Grade I Rodeo Drive last time out. MAXIM RATE should relish the cutback, as she’s 3-for-6 lifetime going one mile on the grass. Umberto Rispoli, aboard for both her victories this year, has the call.

#7 TONAHUTU (4-1) could break up the exacta with a clean trip. She has four ITM finishes from seven starts this season, including a narrow defeat in the Grade II Yellow Ribbon at Del Mar. Abel Cedillo will be in the irons on TONAHUTU once more.

The play: $5 exacta 3/2,7 ($10)

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