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Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita, April 26


Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $80,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

6 Famous Alice - With her Kitten’s Joy pedigree, should stretch out around 2-turns just fine; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.

4 Cause Im a Bigshot - The Mike Mitchell era is over, Phillip D’Amato era has begun; he has served his apprenticeship under a maestro.

Long Shot - 3 Princess Genevieve

Race 2 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

6 K Thirty Eight - After two solid races, appears ready to step forward; Karen Headley has learned her lessons from her dad Bruce.

9 Sir Perservere - FTS from Marty Jones gets leading rider Rafael Bejarano to pilot; watch the tote board for additional clues.

Long Shot - 1 Next Book

Race 3 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up

9 Fifteen Black - Another taking a steep class drop in search of a diploma; need not be much horse to beat these.

5 Dead Easy - Has been away a full year; taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming.

Long Shot - 8 Dehere Is Gone

Race 4 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), $100,000 Fran’s Valentine, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

2 Unusual Hottie - Wouldn’t take much to have an Unusual exacta box; consistent turf star is back with her own Cal-bred kind.

4 Halo Dotty - When she faces Cal-breds she is nearly unstoppable; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip for Corey Nakatani.

Long Shot - 3 Unusual Way

Race 5 - 1 mile,, $125,000 Tiznow, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up

3 Storm Fighter - Going for a price off a career best race in last; key will be if he can repeat or if he bounces off the topper.

1 Rousing Sermon - This is clearly class relief after battling open heavyweights; let’s see if he hasn’t been too frustrated about it.

Long Shot - 2 Soi Phet

Race 6 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

4 It Is Living Water - Huge rider switch gives this gelding a puncher’s chance; after 3 even efforts, could be ready to explode.

1 Heat Flash - Morning line favorite despite an 0-for-10 record on grass; the one to beat, but he’s been beaten an awful lot.

Long Shot - 8 Eddie’s First

Race 7 - 6 furlongs, $125,000 Spring Fever, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

6 Our Pure Creation - Has excelled over Santa Anita dirt; Rafael Bejarano is live in every race, but this one looks like his best.

7 Warren’s Veneda - Been away 4-months but has faced this kind before; like the cut back in distance where she should finish.

Long Shot - 1 Marks Mine

Race 8 - 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

2 Woodmans Luck - Returns to turf, which could be his preferred surface; gets class relief from open company races.

6 Volkonsky - Frustrating Santa Anita meet where he’s run well but little to show for it; key vote is Rafael Bejarano remains loyal.

Long Shot - 3 Awesome Prospect

Race 9 - 1 1/16th miles, $250,000 Melair, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds

2 Rovenna - Is in the best form of her career, now stretching out around 2-turns; key will be if she is left alone early.

1 Swiss Lake Yodeler - Draw a line thru last over Turfway Park Polytrack; her dirt resume points her out as one of the ones.

Long Shot - 8 Harlington’s Rose

Race 10 - 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 8 feet), $250,000 Snow Chief, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds

6 Tamarando - There was no doubt the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer would try him on grass; this is a good spot against an average group.

2 Alert Bay - Speedy sort will like the turf rail out 8 feet; expect Tyler Baze to send and try to back things up until mid-stretch.

Long Shot - 8 Patriots Rule

Race 11 - 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up

1 Southern Sunrise - Tried blinkers on in last to break thru his nibbler ways; second again, though this is an even slower group.

11 Jovita’s Tuffy - Claimed by Ron Ellis who has done little wrong at Santa Anita; would not take much improvement to beat this bunch.

Long Shot - 2 Awesome Indy

Best Bet - 4 It Is Living Water (race 6)

Santa Anita Park Friday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/2/$9.80; Long Shots, 7/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Park Spring Meet - 16/2/$9.80; Long Shots, 7/0/$0; Best Bets, 1/0/$0

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #8 Zivo (race 8) at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Helm ran second at Keeneland paying $6.40 to place and $4.00 to show. Stats - 66/37/$359.10; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

 

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