TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK by Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Cuneo - Claimed by Robertino Diodoro, a trainer I like playing a lot; will be right there again if he can repeat his last effort.
5 Topper’s Ghost - Claimed by Adam Kitchingman and prepped for this return; like being united again with bugboy Drayden Van Dyke.
Long Shot - 3 No Contingency
Race 2 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $50,000, Claiming $75,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Tigah - Sight unseen since Del Mar in the grade 2 Del Mar Mile; facing much easier today then back then.
6 Polytechnicien - Aggressive placement by Doug O’Neill; won for $32K price tag in last, now running today for $75K
Long Shot - 2 Dry Summer
Race 3 - 1 mile, Purse $27,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
5 Gospel Music - Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this lower level; takes the weight off today with bugboy Drayden Van Dyke.
1 Surfer Moon - After 2 sharp seconds, is favored over this motley crew; stretching out to one mile where his rail post is an advantage.
Long Shot - 4 Como Mi Padre
Race 4 - 1 mile, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Grazenette - Phil D’Amato has kept the Mike Mitchell barn racing in high gear since the bosses retirement; has not skipped a beat.
2 Shapely - Beaten favorite has run two solid races for Ron Ellis; at some point she’ll improve enough to win, or the rest will get slower.
Long Shot - 1 Denotation
Race 5 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
3 Taelyns Prince - Ran evenly in his debut down the hill last October; twice beaten favorite returns from a 7-month hiatus.
6 Superlooper - Bob Baffert slowpoke may be running for a tag next if not productive in here; has yet to earn a paycheck in 3 starts.
Long Shot - 2 Relative Time
Race 6 - 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
7 Swiss Heart - Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this bottom rung; this is the slowest group she’ll of ever faced.
3 Betty Bing Bing - Ran a better than looks race in last; leap of faith that Joe Talamo getting back on will make the difference.
Long Shot - 2 Nonna Reese
Race 7 - 6 1/2 furlongs, $75,000 Mizdirection, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Biorhythm - Tom Proctor has a lot of faith in the bugboy Drayden Van Dyke; he served as the kid’s mentor and has done a fine job.
4 Top Kisser - Is a productive win machine for the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; returns to turf, which may be her preferred surface.
Long Shot - 6 Sky High Gal
Race 8 - 1 mile, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
5 Meringue Pie - The tandem of Bill Spawr and Agapito Delgadillo has been deadly; this one is being nurtured to like the main dirt track.
3 Johnny Reb - Claimed by the red hot Richard Baltas barn; his race two back, if repeated, is fast enough to beat these.
Long Shot - 2 Take a Risk
Race 9 - 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $60,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Bee Brave - Mike Smith takes over for injured regular rider Rafael Bejarano; that one believes he can return by the end of June.
2 Oscar Party - Love the way Kent Desormeaux is riding in his SoCal return; the talent is still there and now he is a very hungry rider.
Long Shot - 8 My Lil Shamrock
Best Bet - 1 Cuneo (race 1)
Santa Anita Park Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/6/$41.80; Long Shots, 9/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals - 296/83/$528.20; Long Shots, 144/12/$119.80; Best Bets, 16/5/$16.40
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #2 Minorette (8/1) in race 8 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Groomedforvictory won at Belmont Park paying $6.00 to win, $4.60 to place and $3.60 to show. Stats - 82/48/$461.80; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick