TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 11 a.m.
Race 1 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $40,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
5 Mia Isabel - Last time she ran for $40K she won two races ago; like that Rafael Bejarano remains loyal.
4 Lanida - Claimed by Jeff Mullins last time; her one turf win came over Santa Anita sod.
Long Shot -1 Dark Dolores
Race 2 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
5 Lady Shazzam - Blinkers on for this John Sadler cull; looks best among a field lacking in talent.
2 Party in Excess - She has run a couple races fast enough to compete with these; need not be much animal tonight.
Long Shot - 3 Cat Pirate
Race 3 - 6 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
4 Mystery Me - From a live baby barn in Kory Owens; has pedigree to have speed and like sprinting.
1 Princess of Pearl - You'll have a big edge over me in seeing the tote action on mostly FTS.
Long Shot - 6 Ridingwiththedevil
Race 4 - 1 mile (turf), $40,000 Super Bowl Party Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
7 Second City - Private purchase for Reddam Racing has faltered in two difficult races; gets class relief with these.
6 Tamarack Smarty - Claimed by Mike Mitchell; he has a way of improving stock, can rally in this class of horse.
Long Shot - 3 Green Secret
Race 5 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up
5 Solar Rocket - Speedball may have gone too fast for his own good in last; tighter in second start off a 2-month hiatus.
6 Stoneside - 9-YO is not the most talented horse, but is a fighter; tactical speed to sit a decent trip.
Long Shot - 3 Half Dome Dude
Race 6 - 1 mile (turf), $40,000 Super Bowl Party Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
4 Tale of a Champion - Gary Stevens is riding like he never left; now he has a legit KY Derby horse in Tiz the Truth.
3 Deacon Speakin' - Dead late closer has shown steady improvement for Mike Pender; upset chance in a wide open race.
Long Shot - 2 Dress Code
Race 7 - 1 1/8th miles, $200,000 San Antonio Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
2 Game On Dude - If he loses to this bunch, there should be an investigation; grade 1 horse facing a soft group.
1 Clubhouse Ride - Hard tryer likes to sit in arrears and make one run; can save all the ground inside for Aaron Gryder.
Long Shot - 5 Basmati
Race 8 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds
4 Roust 'Em Bertie - Showed solid improvement when switched to the grass; flattered when Quiana won next time out.
6 Maddog Maddie - Could be the speed of the speed in here; will take them as far as she can last.
Long Shot - 2 Flaxen Maiden
Best Bet - 4 Tale of a Champion (race 6)
Santa Anita Park Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/6/$36.80; Long Shots, 10/1/$10.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals - 403/115/$748.40; Long Shots, 199/23/$271.40; Best Bets, 23/8/$32.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #2 Bellamy Storm (6/5) in race 4 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we'll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Forty Tales ran second at Gulfstream park paying $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats - 20/15/$105.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick