TODAY AT SANTA ANITA by Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 - 1 1/4 miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $51,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Segway - Tiny edge in a tight fit; Gary Stevens is riding in terrific form, and he’s 50-YO.
7 Vibrato Jazz - Solid return where he almost upset at 7/1 odds; is he improves one step he’ll be hard to handle.
Long Shot - 2 Stoney Fleece
Race 2 - 1 mile, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
2 Be Proud - Bob Baffert has been starting very few horses as he prepares for the Breeders’ Cup; grinding style can work here.
4 Salsita - Showed sharp improvement in second career start for Peter Miller; was bet like the word was out too.
Long Shot - 1 Arethusa
Race 3 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Tappingintherain - Big rider switch to Gary Stevens for the money shot; ran very well off the layoff in last.
6 The Magic Stone - Showed high cheese in last and almost lasted; let’s see what tactics they try this afternoon.
Long Shot - 4 Dreamy Blues
Race 4 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $51,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
8 Appealing Tale - Peter Miller continues to send out live runners this meet; like the way Mario Gutierrez has been going.
7 Horizontalyspeakin - When trainers switch to Rafael Bejarano, it signals some intent; he is the current closer in SoCal.
Long Shot - 2 Empty Headed
Race 5 - 1 mile, Purse $54,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
1 Tiz the Truth - Bob Baffert has 2 in today and both will be heavily favored; had to love his powerful win last time out.
5 Fury Kapcori - Jerry Hollendorfer took a shot at the million dollar Pennsylvania Derby in last; clearly gets class relief today.
Long Shot - 6 Blue Tone
Race 6 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
7 Taelyns Prince - Given plenty of time off since Del Mar by Jeff Mullins; no excuse here for sending out a short horse.
9 Bourne Hot - Like the cutback in distance by this speedball; suspect he’ll sit a trip and finish much better tonight.
Long Shot - 11 Global View
Race 7 - 6 furlongs, Purse $33,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
7 Tookmebysurprise - Has won 2 straight although not very convincing; can’t hassle a horse who likes to finish first.
4 Take One - Sharp long shot win in career debut down at Del Mar; been given plenty of time to face winners for the first time.
Long Shot - 8 Golden Celestial
Race 8 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), $70,000 Lure, 3-year-olds and up
7 Venomous - Tiny edge in the toughest race on the card; you need to spread in the pick 4 or pick 6.
9 My Best Brother - Not sure what happened in Del Mar, but it was a stinker; key vote is Rafael Bejarano takes the mount.
Long Shot - 3 Huntsville
Race 9 - 6 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 2-year-olds
6 Market Notes - Big class dropper for Melody Conlon; consistent sort has been in the money in all 3 career starts.
10 Harbaugh - No shock which family this horse is named for; taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming.
Long Shot - 3 Hitter’s Alley
Best Bet - 1 Tiz the Truth (race 5)
Santa Anita Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/5/$30.20; Long Shots, 9/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.80
Santa Anita Totals - 319/80/$537.60; Long Shots, 153/22/$271.40; Best Bets, 18/8/$29.00
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #6 Tapiture (3/1) in race 8 at Churchill Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Finnegans Wake ran out at Keeneland. Stats - 168/112/$919.20; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick