TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 - 6 furlongs, Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds
6 Shackbamalama - Blinkers come off after running two competitive races; class drop to $50K can only help.
2 Moreno’s Mine - Been away since Del Mar; taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming.
Long Shot - 1 D J Manlove
Race 2 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
5 War Academy - Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; tries 2-turns for the first time, good stamina pedigree.
4 Manando - Speedball fell apart over the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate; his race in the Sham would beat these.
Long Shot - 3 Brokered
Race 3 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
2 In a Wine Tizzy - Just missed in last two in frustrating losses; Edwin Maldonado is tough to pass in the lane.
7 Tribal Date - Has shown incremental improvement with each start; speed is an asset with the turf rail out 30 feet.
Long Shot - 3 Gentlemen Pete
Race 4 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
4 Macias - Been away 15-months, but has a ton of back class; suspect will get claimed while winning the purse.
1 National - Tepid chalk was claimed by Jack Carava; tactical speed to sit a trip while saving all the ground.
Long Shot - 8 Hidden Blessing
Race 5 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $80,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
5 What a Spot - Tom Proctor doesn’t win often with FTS; this one showed talent ASAP and must be respected.
7 Upbeat Mood - Tepid chalk among many difficult races today; taking blinkers off, been away 6-months.
Long Shot - 2 Fadeintoinfinity
Race 6 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
2 A Drop Dead Diva - Was no secret in debut win for Jeff Mullins; he must of cried when he lost her to Jim Cassidy.
5 Could Be Trouble - Positive trainer change to Peter Miller barn; showed talent in breakout diploma win last time.
Long Shot - 8 Spring Gal
Race 7 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $60,000, Optional claiming 462,500, 4-year-olds and up
9 Sweet Swap - This is a near impossible race on paper; tiny edge to the tactical speed this one possesses.
8 Starspangled Heat - Dead late closer made a miraculous rally in last to just miss; rail out 30 feet does not help him.
Long Shot - 7 No Silent
Race 8 - 7 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
13 Of Royalty - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to succeed in here.
8 Heaven On Earth - Another taking the drop from MSW to maiden claiming; exits a bullet work at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Long Shot - 5 Tiz Anna
Best Bet - 5 War Academy (race 2)
Santa Anita Park Thursday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$18.20; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals - 788/202/$1,317.50; Long Shots, 390/54/$625.20; Best Bets, 45/15/$60.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #6 Tennis Racket (7/2) in race 9 at Laurel Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Wet One ran out at Gulfstream Park. Stats - 42/30/$229.50; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick