Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita, Feb. 8


Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

4 Yankee Rebel - Rare race in last where Rafael Bejarano was caught in deep stretch; usually he times his move just right.

2 Cinco de Mario - Ran down the hill once for a solid second; winless on turf, but facing no monsters in here.

Long Shot - 6 Fighting On

Race 2 - 6 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds

3 Little Curlin - Had trouble in mid-stretch before getting free too late; second start off a 3-month hiatus.

2 Party Time - FTS from the deep Bob Baffert barn; Mike Smith is riding more and more horses for the barn.

Long Shot - 4 Act

Race 3 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $16,000, 4-year-olds and up

1 She Digs Me - First time SoCal for this Southwest import; like him joining the Peter Miller barn.

6 Runaway Wildcat - Takes the weight off with 7-pound bugboy Van Dyke; also dropping in class, a double whammy to win.

Long Shot - 4 Big Wags

Race 4 - 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds

3 Star Act - Deadly duo of Gary Stevens and Tom Proctor; disappointed in last, chance to improve tonight.

1 Nashoba’s Gold - FTS from the clever Carla Gaines; Joe Talamo will save all the ground, likely take back for one brush.

Long Shot - 2 Sweet as a Rose

Race 5 - 1 1/8th miles, $300,000 San Antonio, 4-year-olds and up

5 Game On Dude - Did everything right last year except for the Breeders’ Cup Classic; lays over this field at 1/5 odds.

3 Blueshiesnrainbows - Was best of a Jerry Hollendorfer uncoupled entry in the San Pasqual; up against a giant today.

Long Shot - 6 Blingo

Race 6 - 6 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

7 Beautiful Spirit - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this low class level; key vote comes from Rafael Bejarano to win.

1 Best by Far - Good mount for the bugboy to save ground, hug the rail, and grind late; no world beaters in here.

Long Shot - 5 Citizen Jane

Race 7 - 1 1/4 miles (turf), $200,000 San Marcos, 4-year-olds and up

6 Jeranimo - Exploded like a rocket ship in the stretch to win the San Gabriel; going farther today, must replicate that move.

13 Temeraine - Surprisingly makes his first start on Santa Anita sod; clearly has the class to handle these under Gary Stevens.

Long Shot - 1 Slim Shadey

Race 8 - 1 1/16th miles, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis, 3-year-olds

5 Cool Samurai - Has as much upside as any in this field; if I get 6/1 he’ll be on every ticket I have vertical and horizontal.

3 Midnight Hawk - Logical chalk has done nothing wrong so far; only knock was crawling home in the stretch of the Sham.

Long Shot - 7 Chitu

Race 9 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, 4-year-olds and up

9 Trelawny - Blitzed to victory in last over a similar field; the $64K question is if he can repeat that race tonight.

10 Square Dancer - Love the connections of Peter Miller and Corey Nakatani; likely to take back and make one late brush.

Long Shot - 4 Swift Eagle

Best Bet - 5 Game On Dude (race 5)

Santa Anita Park Friday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$32.20; Long Shots, 8/1/$12.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.00

Santa Anita Park Totals - 458/137/$847.20; Long Shots, 226/26/$277.80; Best Bets, 28/14/$61.20

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #5 Falling Sky (20/1) in race 11 at Gulfstream Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Hang Cool was scratched at Oaklawn Park. Stats - 26/14/$96.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

 

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