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