TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up
2 D J Dave - Been away 3-months but returns at the lowest class of his life; drop down from top trainer Mike Mitchell.
3 Hodge - Showed high cheese in last before petering out late; may be able to bottom out the field tonight.
Long Shot - 6 Time to Doubledown
Race 2 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
3 Folk Dancer - Proven at this class; has a tendency to give up the lead late, but she’ll be in front at some point.
4 Inner Groove - Reunited with Rafael Bejarano; he has been riding great in all conditions.
Long Shot - 2 Lilly’s Perfect
Race 3 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
4 Fantastic Mizz - Tiny edge in a wide open scrum; like the turn back in distance, should be flying fast late.
2 Corinthian Melody - Huge rider switch to Garrett Gomez; fits his style, sit in arrears and make one brush.
Long Shot - 3 Marinda
Race 4 - 6 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Maiden claiming $75,000, 3-year-olds
3 Inflamed Spirit - Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; this one runs first time for a price tag.
7 Shackbamalama - Showed good speed in debut race for Mike Pender; his babies will improve with experience.
Long Shot - 1 Wine Stock
Race 5 - 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
8 Ain - Was a stride late in last in a tornado like finish; second start off an 8-month hiatus.
1 Cloud Hopper - Takes a huge class drop to $25K tonight; Aaron Gryder is a top rider regardless of the odds.
Long Shot - 4 Lite That Baby Up
Race 6 - 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
2 Rossi Reserve - If the pick 6 blows up, this is the likely leg; wide open race with bottom of the barrel types.
4 Vegas Rules - I like betting horses sometimes that others draw a line thru; this one lost rider at the starting gate.
Long Shot - 10 Memo to Kathy
Race 7 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $60,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
4 Best Present Ever - Big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot; lost all chance when the saddle slipped in last.
7 Curvy Cat - Is a perfect 12-for-12 in the money; key is this is her first turf try, but she runs on everything else.
Long Shot - June Cleaver
Race 8 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
2 Friends With Macy - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Doug O’Neill and Kevin Krigger.
9 Tiz Anna - Another taking a big class drop to face much easier; need not be much to graduate with these.
Long Shot - 3 Medusalina
Best Bet - 8 Ain (race 5)
Santa Anita Park Sunday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/5/$35.40; Long Shots, 9/2/$16.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals - 487/136/$899.70; Long Shots, 240/30/$335.60; Best Bets, 27/8/$32.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #5 West Coast Lady (2/1) in race 6 at Laurel Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Flashy Gray won at Gulfstream Park paying $3.00 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats - 25/18/$126.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick