Today at Santa Anita Park: Feb. 15, 2014


TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK by Richard Eng

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up

4 Aqua Revelation - Leading rider Rafael Bejarano always gets his horses in the right spots; this one for Bob Baffert barn.

6 Snaps - Big trainer switch to HOF Richard Mandella; he takes the blinkers off and puts F Prat up, live mount for live rider.

Long Shot - 5 Scarly Charly

Race 2 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 4-year-olds and up

1 Gal Has to Like It - Taking a huge class drop from $20K to $8K; speed to protect the rail and save all the ground throughout.

3 Paseo Alegro - Claimed by Vann Belvoir, which is a very good thing; like that he hires to top rider like Corey Nakatani.

Long Shot - 7 Street Car

Race 3 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), $75,000 Baffle, 3-year-olds

3 Royal Banker - You know I like cut back horses; this one figures to sit in arrears and make one explosive challenge late.

2 Gangnam Guy - Ran well in first try down the hillside turf course; tactical speed to take advantage of the rail 15 feet out.

Long Shot - 6 Red Outlaw

Race 4 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up

7 On My Honor - Has a lot of back class where he can improve upon his last two races; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.

3 Pass the Pico - Joins the Peter Miller barn, first thing he does is make him a gelding; that is the ultimate equipment change.

Long Shot - 4 Awesome Indy

Race 5 - 7 furlongs, $200,000 San Vicente, 3-year-olds

6 Kobe’s Back - If he runs today as well as he’s been working, the field is running for second; been a highly hyped animal.

5 Cherubim - Superb MSW victory over a highly touted Chelios; was flattered when Chelios won next time out.

Long Shot - 3 Papa Turf

Race 6 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

8 Autumn View - Ran very well in first race down the hillside turf course; was flattered when Velvet Mass won next time out.

2 Warren’s Cracker - I keep telling you I like cut back horses; it’s especially interesting down the hillside turf course.

Long Shot - 1 Van Dien Avenue

Race 7 - 6 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds

9 Fifteen Black - For those who play roulette, you know what this name means; was a 4/5 favorite in debut, working fast for this.

5 Nooten - Tepid chalk has one caveat for me; was on the vet’s list on Jan. 25, but has worked twice since and may be just fine.

Long Shot - 6 Whine for Wine

Race 8 - 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $60,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

6 My Gi Gi - Consistent mare is 9-for-15 in the money on grass; hot riding Mike Smith takes over for the money shot.

7 Bee Brave - Spectacular rally to win in her U.S. debut; Rafael Bejarano had choie\ces and opted to ride for Simon Callaghan.

Long Shot - 8 Flashy Ways

Race 9 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

12 Capers N Wine - Takes a big class drop from MSW to maiden claiming; has run for a price tag twice before though.

9 Red Barris - Has threatened to run a big one for Steve Knapp; like that Joe Talamo stays loyal while facing a lot of slowpokes.

Long Shot - 11 Rambunchkie

Best Bet - 6 Kobe’s Back (race 5)

Santa Anita Park Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/4/$28.20; Long Shots, 8/1/$8.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.00

Santa Anita Park Totals - 541/157/$973.40; Long Shots, 268/32/$353.60; Best Bets, 33/15/$66.20

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #4 Sweet N Discreet (5/2) in race 10 at Gulfstream Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Enterprising ran third at Golden Gate Fields paying $2.10 to show. Stats - 30/16/$151.50; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

 

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