Race 1 - 1 mile, Purse $30,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Crucero - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; he did run well for a price tag at Calder.
6 Mikey T - His race two back, if repeated, can upset these; has run only once over natural organic dirt.
Long Shot - 2 Proud Boss
Race 2 - 6 furlongs, Purse $34,000, Maiden claiming $75,000, 2-year-olds
2 Public Policy - FTS from John Sadler attracts Rafael Bejarano to ride; the public will let you know how live he is.
5 I’ll Wrap It Up - Ran OK from a parking lot post versus MSW company in last; class drop will help and moves many posts inside.
Long Shot - 4 Papa’s Paisley
Race 3 - 1 mile, Purse $21,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
4 Truelee Scrappin - Claimed by Peter Miller who runs the hottest barn in SoCal right now; expect immediate improvement.
6 Java Man - Favorite off a huge class drop for John Sadler; they give nothing away so this large a drop in clearly red flag.
Long Shot - 3 Smokin Cat
Race 4 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
2 U R Lucky - Was very well bet in both career starts made at Fairplex; adding blinkers on, we know she can handle dirt.
7 Nancy Wake - Vann Belvoir has had a lot of live runners this meet; value will come as he uses Chantal Sutherland-Kruse.
Long Shot - 1 Diamonddusted
Race 5 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
5 Midnight Dream - FTS from Bob Baffert; he hasn’t been starting many as he concentrates on his entries for the Breeders’ Cup.
3 Abide in Me - Art Sherman is scoreless this meet, but he uses Joe Talamo who is not; tactical speed to be put in the race early.
Long Shot - 4 Taste Like Candy
Race 6 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $23,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
7 Akiss Forarose - Corey Nakatani takes over for Garrett Gomez who is on the shelf indefinitely; one of the best turf riders here.
4 Smart N Dreamy - Woke up with a career best effort on the turf in last; similar condition on turf, hope for same or better race.
Long Shot - 1 Flashy Dame
Race 7 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
1 Tribal Peace - John Sadler is dropping a lot of horses in class to win races; or maybe he’s trying to cull the barn too.
3 Sallyana - Sliding down the claiming ladder for Kory Owens; his barn is smaller than Sadler, so he can’t play Santa Claus.
Long Shot - 9 She’s a Go Girl
Race 8 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), $70,000 Uniformity, 3-year-olds
6 Tom’s Tribute - Been very sharp of late for Jim Cassidy; being tested for class, this is more like a grade 3 field tonight.
4 Appealing Tale - Leap of faith that the Peter Miller barn remains hot; Edwin Maldonado is riding in good form too.
Long Shot - 5 Procurement
Race 9 - 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Sophie’s Secret - Incredibly weak ride by 10 pound bugboy in last; Rafael Bejarano takes over, your move.
12 Angel’s Moon - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; should find these foes a lot easier.
Long Shot - 7 Katey Pie
Best Bet - 1 Crucero (race 1)
Santa Anita Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/7/$36.60; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.40
Santa Anita Totals - 256/64/$433.80; Long Shots, 122/19/$236.80; Best Bets, 14/6/$23.00
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #5 Trail Walker (5/2) in race 3 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Readtheprospectus ran out at Belmont Park. Stats - 165/110/$906.30; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick