Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $23,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Big Wags - His win two back at Del Mar is fast enough to beat these, if repeated; live Bill Spawr barn too.
5 Smokin’ Cat - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; need not be much in this slowpoke field.
Long Shot - 6 Go to the Pulpit
Race 2 - 1 mile, Purse $27,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 2-year-olds
5 Behind the Bossman - Has been a beaten favorite two races in a row; classic underachiever drops way down in class.
3 Lieutenant Seany O - Eric Guillot is a part of my weekly column today; this one exits Saratoga for Arcadia.
Long Shot - 4 Golden Dynamo
Race 3 - 6 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
8 Kill Shot - Unlucky to lose both career starts; has run fast speed figures and should be double tough in here.
2 Sidepocket Champ - Good effort in a well bet career debut; no one rides the engine like P Val.
Long Shot - 6 Dreamnofatticus
Race 4 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $54,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
9 Blues and Silvers - Outside parking lot posts are good for going down the hillside course; speed to lead or stalk.
11 Ricspretentiousgal - Claimed by John Sadler from the good Ron Ellis barn; is placed where she has been competitive before.
Long Shot - 3 Camryn Kate
Race 5 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Starry Shark - Showed good speed last out at Fairplex; if you recall, speed was not holding up as well during the meet.
12 Alsace - The fact that he has finished second twice makes him a standout with these; tough finale to the pick 5.
Long Shot - 1 Grand Gambler
Race 6 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $41,000, Claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds
5 Under Review - When you can’t beat ‘em, drop ‘em; after two more losses at $80K price tag, tries softer $50K foes.
6 This One’s for Mel - Has cashed four paychecks since shipping in from South Florida; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.
Long Shot - 3 Democrat Duck
Race 7 - 7 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Appealing Resume - Exits a win but still gets a rider switch to Rafael Bejarano; her style is to sit and make one brush.
8 Addendum - Gritty win in first race off the claim by Vladimir Cerin; class rise to face foes he’s pretty familiar with.
Long Shot - 9 Elvies Lane
Race 8 - 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $51,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Mum’s Truckee - Note that Garrett Gomez took off his mounts yesterday and today; Peter Miller barn is starting to heat up.
4 Marcyjane - Has won two close photos finishes with Julien Leparoux riding; like to sit in arrears and make one run.
Long Shot - 6 Demonsterous
Race 9 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
1 Rushomatic - You say you want big, well matched fields, well here you go; if you can figure this one out you’ll be rewarded.
9 Katy’s Cookin - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much in this scrum.
Long Shot - 7 Browsing
Best Bet - 8 Kill Shot (race 3)
Santa Anita Thursday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 14/5/$27.80; Long Shots, 7/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals - 139/32/$233.60; Long Shots, 66/10/$121.80; Best Bets, 8/1/$4.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #5 Funny Money (5/1) in race 4 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Lion Keen ran second at Belmont Park paying $3.70 to place and $3.30 to show. Stats - 158/105/$869.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick