Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita, May 24


Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up

6 Xuang Feng - Chinese horse has every right to improve after a win over cheaper; most in form don’t show any form.

1 Close to the Edge - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low level; has won 3 times over Arcadia dirt.

Long Shot - 2 Forin Sea

Race 2 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $60,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up

1 Rangi - Has run 4 very good races down the hillside turf course; will be aided by the turf rail out 8 feet tonight.

5 Snowday - Returns off a 8-month hiatus in a big class relief spot; good placement to gain some confidence and use as a tightener.

Long Shot - 3 Stormberg

Race 3 - 1 mile, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

7 Onna Bugeisha - Speedball must overcome a parking lot post going into the first turn; Victor Espinoza is doing a lot of things right.

1 Seans Silverdancer - Hopefully Cody Autrey brought some stronger talent with him this go around; mare will get a ground saving trip.

Long Shot - 2 Proud Vixen

Race 4 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

3 Warren’s Tricia R. - Ran a career best in last when in for a $50K price tag; the drop from MSW is the biggest in horse racing.

8 Peg’s Journey - Tepid chalk is a FTS from Hector Palma in a wide open affair; your edge over me is you can see the tote board action.

Long Shot - 6 Spoiledandentitled

Race 5 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $80,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

1 Magic Spot - Hector Palma has an outside chance of winning the daily double; this one won two straight races on the grass.

7 Cause Im a Bigshot - Mike Mitchell barn has not skipped a beat since retirement; Phil D’Amato is proving himself daily.

Long Shot - 9 Practising

Race 6 - 1 mile, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

9 Yard Line - This horse ran fast enough to win a stakes last time, yet lost a MSW; like the subtle cut back in distance too.

5 Big Cazanova - Ran two very sound races on the turf; tried dirt for the first time, has lots to gain, little to lose, with experiment.

Long Shot - 10 Talent Show

Race 7 - 1 1/4 miles (turf, rail at 8 feet), $200,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap, 3-year-olds and up

2 Quick Casablanca - Ron McAnally knows something about South American horses; ran huge in his SoCal debut, and can do better.

3 Bright Thought - Speed in a marathon is really not a bad thing; the pace is usually slow and all the jockeys take a tight hold.

Long Shot - 7 Segway

Race 8 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

6 Incredible Journey - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; like putting the bugboy Drayden Van Dyke up

8 Brandon’s Princess -

Long Shot - 3 Winninginfashion

Race 9 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

5 It Is Living Water - A.C. Avila barn is heating up since he switched to Tiago Pereira; this journeyman is an underrated rider.

11 Durango Flier - Must overcome a difficult parking lot post; was flattered in last when exiting a key race, better than it looked.

Long Shot - 1 Chattering Gambler

Best Bet - 9 Yard Line (race 6)

Santa Anita Park Friday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/7/$48.20; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Park Totals - 278/77/$486.40; Long Shots, 135/12/$119.80; Best Bets, 15/5/$16.40

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #1-1A Cousin Michael/Groomedforvictory (5/2) in race 8 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Golden Rifle won at Aqueduct paying $5.00 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show. Stats - 81/47/$447.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

 

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