Horse racing: Today at Santa Anita Park, Feb. 21


TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 3-year-olds

3 Russdiculous - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to graduate today.

4 Stormin City - FTS from Mike Pupye barn; he has an uncoupled entry so keep an eye on Short of a Million.

Long Shot - 5 Ten Tequilas

Race 2 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $60,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

2 Distracting - Bob Baffert filly gets class relief from the grade 2 Santa Monica for this; speed to lead wire to wire.

4 Quizzical - Rallied well in recent starts; she should be able to pick up the pieces in the deep stretch.

Long Shot - 1 Candy and Thunder

Race 3 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up

9 Troy Story - Like a parking lot post down the hillside turf course; Rafael Bejarano remains loyal to the cause.

3 Empty Headed - Barry Abrams finally got off the schneid last weekend; dead late closer cutting back in distance.

Long Shot - 7 Celebrity Status

Race 4 - 6 furlongs, Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds

5 Southern Journey - FTS from Richard Baltas; Baltas barn has been hot lately, Rafael Bejarano takes the call too.

6 Tribal Spy - Chalk was flattered when Lady Katfish won right back; one step improvement could crush these.

Long Shot - 32 Bikini Bottom

Race 5 - 1 1/4 miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

1 McAllister Boys - Dead late closer has won two in a row now; Peter Miller is realistic, spots him in for $40K price tag.

6 Bright Thought - Won his grass debut in last like this was what he wanted all along; another live one for Rafael Bejarano.

Long Shot - 5 Saint Loup

Race 6 - 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

1 Spacecoast - Broke her maiden claiming by 8-lengths; not sure who she beat, but she looked good doing it, now facing winners.

5 Royal Tiger - With Rafael Bejarano taking Spacecoast, Gary Stevens inherits this mount; he’s been riding very well.

Long Shot - 3 Warren’s Gussie

Race 7 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds

4 Square Dancer - Florida invader was a private purchase for the Peter Miller barn; like that he hires Garrett Gomez to ride.

2 Dancin Upside Down - Speedball has quit badly in last two starts; gets the ultimate equipment change, first time gelding.

Long Shot - 1 Aerial Artist

Race 8 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up

7 Banged His Eye - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; exits a key race to boot.

6 Unmarked Bills - Should get better odds on this favorite because of the Euro rider; his race two back would win this.

Long Shot - 5 Green Team

Best Bet - 2 Distracting (race 2)

Santa Anita Park Monday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/7/$52.20; Long Shots, 10/2/$33.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Park Totals - 574/158/$1,051.90; Long Shots, 283/36/$413.20; Best Bets, 32/11/$47.60

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #4 Integrity (8/5) in race 2 at Gulfstream Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Monday, Super Ninety Nine won at Oaklawn Park paying $4.00 to win, $3.80 to place and $3.00 to show. Stats - 29/21/$158.80; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

 

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