TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK by Richard Eng
Post Time 1:30 p.m.
Race 1 - 4 1/2 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
4 Lost Bus - FTS from the baby barn wizard Wesley Ward; suspect the tote board will be singing about this one.
3 Desert Steel - Beaten favorite ran well in career debut; suspect will contest the early pace from the get go.
Long Shot - 6 Dixie Tweet
Race 2 - 6 furlongs, $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
4 Wild Dude - Did everything but win last time in the Potrero Grande; this is a tiny, but evenly balance, field.
1 Wine Police - Peter Miller adding blinkers on for this; expect Victor Espinoza to ride aggressively from the wood.
Long Shot - 2 Cyclometer
Race 3 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
8 Koast - Has a lot of back class where this level should be easy picking for him; will sit a trip and come flying fast late.
7 Candy’s Sunrise - Los Alamitos trainer ships up to the big track today; Los Al is, of course, the home of California Chrome.
Long Shot - 6 This One’s for Mel
Race 4 - 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Forest Romance - FTS from the cagey Bobby Wayne Grayson barn; watch the tote board for additional clues.
8 Time for a J - Showed much improved early speed last time out; expect him to be sent hard to the front again tonight.
Long Shot - 3 Celestial Image
Race 5 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $58,000, Cal-breds, Optional claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Volkonsky - Tiny edge to a horse that is not big on winning; in fact, most in today’s field is not big on winning.
1 Poshsky - Saving ground in turf racing is a valuable strategy; Peter Miller and Victor Espinoza teaming up again.
Long Shot - 5 Benba
Race 6 - 7 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Mavericks Guns - Do you remember the original Maverick brothers, Bret and Bart; like the cut back in distance from mile to sprint.
1 Stormin Lute - Not many trainers claim from the white icon Bob Baffert; thing is it’s difficult to improve off his training.
Long Shot - 3 W. Giles
Race 7 - 1 1/8th miles (turf), $300,000 Gamely, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Miss Serendipity - Just have a feeling this is a good spot for a big upset; Brice Blanc has had a lot of close calls of late.
8 Emollient - Logical chalk ships in for HOF Bill Mott; this is an average division sh she’s shipped out west before.
Long Shot - 7 Parranda
Race 8 - 6 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Bonus Spin - Jeff Mullins has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; this one cost $125K at the sales.
2 Afleet Echo - Beaten favorite ran like a green baby, slow early, but fast late; expect improvement second time out.
Long Shot - 4 Grey Girl Gone
Race 9 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Gratification - Tepid chalk in a wide open finale; this baby cost $250K and ran a good debut race at Tampa Bay Downs.
11 Bird in Love - Doug O’Neill barn remains hot even without Rafael Bejarano around; this one add blinkers on for this test.
Long Shot - 9 Humming Beethoven
Best Bet - 2 Mavericks Guns (race 6)
Santa Anita Park Sunday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/4/$26.60; Long Shots, 8/3/$25.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals - 313/87/$554.80; Long Shots, 152/15/$144.80; Best Bets, 17/5/$16.40
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #2 Lady Lavery (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 Sunday, Minorette ran second at Belmont Park paying $7.10 to place and $4.90 to show. Stats - 83/49/$473.80; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick