TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
5 Pastoria - Third start off a year hiatus; has plenty of early speed, but has room for further improvement.
8 Spacecoast - Logical chalk off four in the money finishes in a row; has tactical speed to attend the early pace.
Long Shot - 3 Hello Stormy
Race 2 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Maiden claiming $75,000, Maiden claiming $75,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
2 Circular Logic - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; from the hot Mike Mitchell barn.
5 Channel of a Gold - Gulfstream invader makes her SoCal debut; key is she has never raced over organic dirt.
Long Shot - 4 Malibu Honey
Race 3 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds
4 Funny Belle - Solid class drop off a strong second in last; single to start the pick 6, C/O of $47K tonight.
7 Distant Image - For forgiving handicappers; her last race was horrible, her race two back can upset these.
Long Shot - 1 Four Better
Race 4 - 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
5 Streets of Heaven - Very quietly, Richard Baltas barn is heating up; another taking a solid class drop.
4 Bet On Victor - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; need not be much to beat this bunch.
Long Shot - 7 Idontrollonshabbos
Race 5 - 6 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds
2 Senor Rain - Claimed by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer off a strong second; like the cut back in distance.
4 Sir Allison - Bob Baffert cull could stand out with this group; won the last time he ran for $40K.
Long Shot - 6 Tummel
Race 6 - 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
7 Catienus Gold - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; has speed and underrated Edwin Maldonado.
8 Mary Contrary - Exits two good thirds in a row; has tactical speed to stalk the early pace.
Long Shot - 9 Raven Wild
Race 7 - 6 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds
3 Hail Mary - Mike Mitchell filly was a good winner in debut; she could have a high ceiling as a 1-turn distaffer.
1 Good Party - Gets class relief off an awful turf run in last; kind of race to rebuild her confidence.
Long Shot - 2 Awesome Annie
Race 8 - 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up
9 Goodbye Charlie - Speedball has given up the lead late in last two starts; needs to show a killer instinct tonight.
7 Ruled by Kisses - Claimed by Jerry Hollendorfer who can have a big day today; like that Rafael Bejarano takes over.
Long Shot - 11 Solid South
Best Bet - 2 Senor Rain (race 5)
Santa Anita Park Thursday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$29.40; Long Shots, 8/1/$9.00; Best Bet, 0/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals - 433/122/$793.50; Long Shots, 214/25/$287.00; Best Bets, 24/8/$32.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #5 Gold Vegas (2/1) in race 6 at Gulfstream Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Warm Hugs ran out at Gulfstream Park. Stats - 22/16/$109.70; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick