TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK by Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 - 1 1/8th miles, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up
2 Trouble X Two - Claimed by Matt Chew off an OK third; is not bumped up in class so he clearly fits with these.
6 Crusher - Claimed by Bob Hess as a beaten favorite; popular 4-YO has changed hands in two of his last three starts.
Long Shot - 4 Cinco de Mario
Race 2 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Hey Pretty Girl - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; facing a fairly slow group tonight.
7 Scene Queen - Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this new low level; need not be much to be competitive here.
Long Shot - 8 Kissin Lucky Lips
Race 3 - 6 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
1 Sea John’s Spirit - Ron Ellis is having a terrific Santa Anita meet; this one ran fast enough to beat these last time out.
3 Copperopolis - Taking the biggest class rise in racing facing winners for the first time; key vote is from Rafael Bejarano.
Long Shot - 2 Yes She’s Unusual
Race 4 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, 4-year-olds and up
5 He’s a Dance Star - Was claimed for $40K three races ago by Richard Baltas; now he drops him down to $32K so caveat emptor.
3 Atta Boy Pete - Has only one way of going, on the front end; Corey Nakatani returns from the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.
Long Shot - 7 Showme Yourfriends
Race 5 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
8 Ryderroo - Won in this condition two races ago but was DQ’d; draw a line thru the clunker and she has a huge shot.
3 Gisele At Fonz’s - Taking a big class drop from $75K to $40K; switch from turf to dirt off a career best effort in last.
Long Shot - 6 Susan B Good
Race 6 - 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
8 Jules Journey - Was trapped inside last time while begging for racing room; can outrun his odds with a clear lane.
6 Presenceofagenius - Tepid chalk was flying late in the lane last time; his two races before that were a lot better.
Long Shot - 5 Snaps
Race 7 - 7 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Red Tesla - Been away 10-months but showed some ability; returns at a greatly reduced class level.
9 Congregationalist - Vladimir Cerin barn has had a strong second half of the meet; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.
Long Shot - 10 Tenkiller Kid
Race 8 - 1 mile (turf), $75,000 Thunder Road, 4-year-olds and up
6 Tom’s Tribute - If the pace gets too hot, this one will be grinding late; HOF rider Mike Smith can do no wrong.
1 Peace and Justice - After two straight wins deserves this shot at black type; has a ton of early speed to succeed.
Long Shot - 3 Bright Thought
Race 9 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
5 Perfect Tango - Gets the weight off with a 7-pound bugboy; like the cut back in distance from route to sprint.
6 Amina Perfect - I’m going with the hot riding apprentice Drayden Van Dyke; Marty Jones is quietly having a big meet.
Long Shot - 9 Cleverly Beverly
Best Bet - 8 Jules Journey (race 6)
Santa Anita Park Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 22/8/$51.00; Long Shots, 11/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$6.00
Santa Anita Park Totals - 1,019/287/$1,804.80; Long Shots, 504/74/$794.40; Best Bets, 62/30/$128.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #5 Thieves Guild (6/1) in race 8 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Samraat ran second at Aqueduct paying $4.90 to place and $3.00 to show. Stats - 58/34/$333.30; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick