Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita, April 5


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Race 1 - 7 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds

6 Yard Line - Sharp debut for Eoin Harty colt; like that Rafael Bejarano remains loyal to the cause.

2 Reno Rebel - Shows an improving pattern in 3 career starts; appears ready on the cusp of graduating.

Long Shot - 7 Vegas Strip

Race 2 - 1 mile, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

1 Storm Fighter - Like the rail skimming post with a short run to the first turn; has tactical speed to protect his position.

8 Volkonsky - Suspect will need to stalk the pace, unlike last out; Rafael Bejarano is as patient as they come.

Long Shot - 3 Poshsky

Race 3 - 6 1/2 furlongs, $200,000 Echo Eddie, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds

9 Pray Hard - Impressive win last time out; facing much tougher, but not with the Cal-bred division leader California Chrome.

8 Life Is a Joy - Returns to Cal-breds after an OK open stakes in last; he will find these to be a lot easier.

Long Shot - 6 Oh Daddy Oh

Race 4 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds

5 Footstepsinbronze - Could be a nice day for Rafael Bejarano with live mounts all day long; this one ran great in turf debut.

1 Snuggley Bear - Has cashed 7 paychecks in a row without winning; many would call that a money burner, Kent D takes over.

Long Shot - 12 Green Tag

Race 5 - 1 1/16th miles, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks, Fillies, 3-year-olds

3 Ria Antonia - Has been training like a bat out of hell since joining the Bob Baffert barn; will not be a short horse here.

1 Fashion Plate - Grade 1 winners are hard to come by, and she is one; speed and the rail, in clever hands of Gary Stevens.

Long Shot - 5 Arethusa

Race 6 - 6 1/2 furlongs, $200,000 Evening Jewel, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds

6 Rovenna - This is a fast filly who has tackled some good ones; facing her own kind and has a ton of early cheese.

5 Harlington’s Rose - Sharp win in last is the race she will need to repeat; Steve Knapp stakes wins are few and far between.

Long Shot - 7 Princess Genevieve

Race 7 - 1 1/8th miles (turf), $150,000 Providencia, Fillies, 3-year-olds

8 Diversy Harbor - She has potential superstar written all over her; that was one incredible stakes win last time out.

4 Nashoba’s Gold - Half-sister to Nashoba’s Key can still be any kind; missed by a stride in last and wasy flying late.

Long Shot - 3 Tiz Kissable

Race 8 - 1 1/8th miles, $1-million Santa Anita Derby, 3-year-olds

6 Candy Boy - Still believe he is the class of the West Coast Kentucky Derby contenders; should get a square price today.

5 California Chrome - He is all the rage as the top horse on many top 10 Derby ballots; this will be his toughest test.

Long Shot - 3 Hoppertunity

Race 9 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

9 Brave Act - Was DQ’d last time in a 50-50 call; thus he remains eligible for a condition he already finished first in.

3 Gallant Charm - Starting to look like a knibbler; still he runs fast enough to upset these and must be respected.

Long Shot - 2 Advisory

Race 10 - 6 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

6 Seeking the Sherif - Like a horse that wins while running a lower Beyer speed figure; suspect has more left in the tank.

4 Explain - Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; not sure who this jockey is, but I know the trainer is John Sadler.

Long Shot - 9 Chief Lion

Race 11 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

10 Joeandbetty’sbaby - Sliding down the class ladder to this low level; let’s see if Rafael Bejarano finishes what he started.

1 Creditcardroulette - Can’t blame you if you’re cross eyed by now; chance to close from the rail in another wide open race.

Long Shot - 8 Flashy Dame

Best Bet - 5 Footstepsinbronze (race 4)

Santa Anita Park Friday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$23.00; Long Shots, 8/1/$17.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Park Totals - 997/279/$1,753.80; Long Shots, 493/74/$794.40; Best Bets, 61/29/$122.20

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #8 Samraat (7/2) in race 10 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Mei Ling ran second at Aqueduct paying $4.80 to place and $3.40 to show. Stats - 57/33/$325.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

 

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