Today at Santa Anita Park: Feb. 23, 2014


TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK by Richard Eng

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 - 6 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

3 Jetbird - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; get some value with Orlando Mojica.

2 Fast Moka Too - Hard to believe Jose Valdivia, Jr. still working on the schneid; this one’s been away 2 years.

Long Shot - 6 Swiss Heart

Race 2 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $40,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

5 Anythingscookin - Speedy sort will try to lead these wire to wire; caveat is he is winless on the turf.

3 Craving Carats - This one has 3 prior wins on grass; chance to sit a trip and grind it out in the stretch.

Long Shot - 2 Hog’s Hollow

Race 3 - 6 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

6 Key Vista - Good speed to lead or follow close up from the wide out; drop down is a cull from Bob Baffert barn.

2 Woebegon - Second start off the claim by Patrick Biancone; like the cut back in distance for this.

Long Shot - 3 Thermal Nermal

Race 4 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up

2 Curious Spy - NoCal shipper is not taking much of a class drop to come here; has run two good races for a price tag.

3 Roman Tizzy - Chalk taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to compete.

Long Shot - 4 Angel Charge

Race 5 - 1 mile, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

6 Include the Cat - When was the last time we labeled Brice Blanc hot riding; he has had himself a strong couple of weeks.

5 Velvet Mesquite - Has won 2-of-2 but by razor thin margins; public likes unbeaten horses, but this doesn’t seem imposing.

Long Shot - 2 Legacy

Race 6 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

1 Cinco de Mario - Like that Mario Gutierrez continues to ride his namesake; this one has been camera shy in 18 career starts.

4 Fighting On - Ran a career best speed figure down the hillside course in last; horses that like the hill, are likely repeaters.

Long Shot - 2 Fable Haven

Race 7 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 3-year-olds

6 California Jade - Broke thru with a nice effort last time out; the thing with cheaper horses, is how often can they repeat.

7 Mosso - Rafael Becerra adding blinkers on; Tyler Baze has been a nice story with his comeback, here’s hoping he keeps it going.

Long Shot - 5 Voluntary

Race 8 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), $75,000 Joe Hernandez, 4-year-olds and up

4 Unbridled’s Note - Tried stretching out to a mile in the Arcadia; back to his comfort zone where he loves the hill.

6 Sweet Swap - Another who has developed into a hillside turf course lover; like the outside posts more than the inside too.

Long Shot - 5 Rosengold

Race 9 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up

2 Indygo Andy - Was gobbling up ground in last to just miss; Kent Desormeaux takes over for the talented bugboy Van Dyke.

7 We Have Lift Off - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much with these.

Long Shot - 6 Street Maven

Best Bet - 3 Jetbird (race 1)

Santa Anita Park Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/6/$28.20; Long Shots, 9/1/$18.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.40

Santa Anita Park Totals - 626/184/$1,138.20; Long Shots, 310/38/$419.00; Best Bets, 38/19/$80.60

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #10 Jazil’s Dream (6/1) in race 7 at Gulfstream Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Penwith ran out at Gulfstream Park. Stats - 35/20/$206.80; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

 

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