Today at Santa Anita Park: April 27, 2014


TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK by Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 - 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

3 Sidebar - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; not many rungs to drop down lower than this.

5 Queen of the Hill - Claimed by Doug O’Neill off a sharp victory; has enough back class to handle the modest class rise.

Long Shot - 2 Secret Genius

Race 2 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

6 Sunny Kat - Of the ones with experience, he looks the best; faced much tougher foes last summer down at Del Mar.

3 Willy Be Wild - FTS from Marty Jones with leading rider Rafael Bejarano up; that is a seal of approval from a top tandem.

Long Shot - 4 Mal Verde

Race 3 - 6 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

1 Julio’s Gold - Has cashed 3 straight paychecks off the claim by Vladimir Cerin; now dropped in price lower than was claimed at.

2 Chippette - New equine blood from back east; makes her SoCal debut for Paul Aguirre who uses Joe Talamo and not Iggy Puglisi.

Long Shot - 3 Vicki Victoria

Race 4 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

4 Gelila - Been away since a solid second at Del Mar last Labor Day; is returned in a no claim spot, typically a good trainer angle.

2 Ascription - Is winless in five starts on grass; still this is a cheap group and a slight improvement can put her into the mix.

Long Shot - 7 Visions of Candy

Race 5 - 6 furlongs, Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

8 Fly to Freedom - Been away 18-months since 2012 Del Mar; Jon White made her the morning line chalk, indicative of the rest.

5 Ryderroo - Last two starts have been a drop off of her prior races; she has back speed figures fast enough to upset these.

Long Shot - 7 Charissa

Race 6 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

1 Bird In Love - Her career debut was down the hill and she ran a fine second; like the cut back in distance, should finish fast.

3 Miss Super Quick - Gary Stevens only rides two today, so he’ll make them count; this one can move forward off a nice tightener.

Long Shot - 5 Burning Arch

Race 7 - 6 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up

1 Peacenik - Broke thru with a huge win last time for Bill Spawr; aggressively double jumped in class, must be razor sharp.

7 The Cleaners - Big class dropper by Mike Machowsky; his races for a price tag are above average, this is a very good spot for him.

Long Shot - 3 Too Fast to Pass

Race 8 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), $100,000 Wilshire, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

5 Theatre Star - Has won four races in a row and don’t know where her ceiling is; suspect she does not need the lead to succeed.

2 Parranda - Like to see more new equine blood from back east; this one makes her SoCal debut for the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer.

Long Shot - 1 Moone’s My Name

Race 9 - 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

7 Shared Image - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; no problem with Kayla Stra in this corner.

6 Cleverly Beverly - Has had a mountain of chances, 17, with 7 paychecks so far; she is a nibbler, but hard to leave out.

Long Shot - 8 My Wish Come True

Best Bet - 3 Sidebar (race 1)

Santa Anita Park Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 22/5/$31.60; Long Shots, 11/1/$15.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Park Totals - 38/7/$41.40; Long Shots, 18/1/$15.40; Best Bets, 2/0/$0

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #5 Ari The Adventurer (8/5) in race 4 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Zivo won at Aqueduct paying $6.10 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.40 to show. Stats - 67/38/$371.00; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

 

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