Today at Santa Anita Park: June 29, 2014


TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK by Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

8 Will True Up - Ran very well in first start off the claim by Tim Yakteen; also note this is his third start in the form cycle.

5 Off the Deep End - Logical chalk was a devastating debut winner; trying turf and winners for the first time remains a tall order.

Long Shot - 10 G’night

Race 2 - 1 mile, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

5 Incredible Journey - Has done everything but win in her last two starts, both at this reduced class; will be grinding again late.

3 Lust for Life - Could put an exclamation point on a terrific meet by the Richard Baltas barn; last race must be repeated.

Long Shot - 1 Winninginfashion

Race 3 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

8 Peggy Sue’s Loose - Has been productive on turf with 5-of-7 in the money finishes; still she looks more like a nibbler.

12 Euroclydon - Third start off the claim by Kristin Mulhall; Tyler Baze for Kent Desormeaux who was MIA the other day.

Long Shot - 4 Grazenette

Race 4 - 6 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up

7 Storm Power - Been away since facing much tougher last Del Mar; been away a while and returns in a new barn of Robertino Diodoro.

4 Kings Adventure - Solid debut run for Jeff Mullins, who now adding blinkers on; double tough with just one step of improvement.

Long Shot - 6 Conscience

Race 5 - 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

8 Hanna No Sir - To say that Philip D’Amato has done a fine job replacing retired Mike Mitchell is an understatement; the one to beat.

5 Mom’s Winner - Showed vast improvement in second career start for Louis Bradvica; won’t be 10/1 odds tonight.

Long Shot - 7 Moonlight Stroll

Race 6 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

7 Baruta - Stretches out around 2-turns after three frustrating seconds; Papa Mandella has yet to add blinkers on to this mare.

10 Magnificent Shirl - NYRA invader joins the maestro barn of Jerry Hollendorfer; he’s had plenty of time to scope out this new talent.

Long Shot - 5 Marcyjane

Race 7 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up

6 Play Maker - Taking a huge class drop to the bottom for trainer George Papaprodromou; rare live mount for Alonso Quinonez.

2 Malibu Colony - Didn’t run much in his debut last Del Mar; has been gelded since and returns at the bottom, not being asked to do much.

Long Shot - 4 Gospel Music

Race 8 - 1 3/4 miles (turf), $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap, 3-year-olds and up

8 Quick Casablanca - Clearly will be a single for many in the pick 6 and pick 4; Chilean import does nothing but marathon events.

5 Big Kick - Was impressive winning an O/C $50K marathon on grass; this race is for gallopers, long winded ones at that.

Long Shot - 3 Irish Surf

Race 9 - 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

9 Fly to Freedom - Makes her third start off a 20-month vacation; has run two sharp races and has the back class to race another big one.

5 Quay Factor - Switches back to dirt from the hillside turf course; the good runs offer Peter Miller options moving forward.

Long Shot - 1 Ruff Proof

Race 10 - 1 1/4 miles (turf), Purse $40,000, Starter handicap $25,000, 3-year-olds and up

5 Polytechnicien - Chance for a chalky ending to a successful, and long, Santa Anita meet; this one has improved a ton for Doug O’Neill.

6 Husband’s Folly - Was reclaimed by Jerry Hollendorfer, one of the best trainer angles in horse racing; expect another solid run today.

Long Shot - 2 Big John B

Best Bet - 8 Hanna No Sir (race 5)

Santa Anita Park Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/4/$53.40; Long Shots, 10/1/$6.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Park Totals - 630/170/$1,186.00; Long Shots, 306/42/$403.80; Best Bets, 36/12/$49.20

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #7 Transplendid (4/1) in race 9 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Sneaky Kitten ran out at Belmont Park. Stats - 100/60/$587.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

 

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