Today at Santa Anita Park: Feb. 9, 2014


TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK by Richard Eng

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 - 6 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, 4-year-olds

4 Ranulf - Favorite figures to be a very short price; Bob Baffert cull is dropping down in class after a winning race.

2 Limited Response - Second start off the claim by Mike Pupye; like the jockey switch to main man Rafael Bejarano.

Long Shot - 1 No Contingency

Race 2 - 1 1/16th miles, Purse $26,000, Claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up

1 Shadow Runner - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this lower class; key vote is Rafael Bejarano willing to take the call.

5 Admission - Woke up in last with a much better effort for this price tag; tiny edge as the favorite in a well balanced field.

Long Shot - 4 Cook Inlet

Race 3 - 6 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds

6 Faith Hope Love - Logical chalk showed good improvement in second career start; your edge is seeing the action on FTS.

4 Greenfield d’Oro - Was flattered when Fashion Plate won next time out; will need to improve a step or two to beat these.

Long Shot - 7 Sweet Profit

Race 4 - 1 mile (turf), Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

1 Heat Du Jour - Rafael Bejarano has a lot of live mounts, but will have to work for his wins; will save all the ground in here.

8 Smart N Dreamy - Big class drop after a strong third in last; interesting rider switch to Corey Nakatani for the money shot.

Long Shot - 3 Mom Nana Pete

Race 5 - 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

7 E Equalsmcssquared - Will need a new rider with Martin Pedroza out injured; her 3 dirt races are all pretty good.

1 Exotic Behavior - Claimed by Simon Callaghan off a sharp maiden claiming win; few trainers improve off a Bob Baffert cull.

Long Shot - 3 South Sound

Race 6 - 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $58,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

12 Moulin de Mougin - Has a tough post, but a lot of quality to her; like that Gary Stevens takes the call for Richard Mandella.

10 Nickels Wild - Speedy sort figures to be forwardly placed throughout; gets class relief from the Frankel for this.

Long Shot - 4 Clear Pearl

Race 7 - 6 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

2 Omega Star - Chased the very talented San Onofre last time out; bugboy gets a rare ride from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer.

4 Battled - Bob Baffert charge had to break his MSW twice; faces the always tougher test of facing winners for the first time.

Long Shot - 3 Chief Lion

Race 8 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), $75,000 Wishing Well, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

6 Purim’s Dancer - Has a strong turf resume, especially down the hillside turf course; like the outer post to start her rally.

4 Fanticola - Tepid chalk from the Mike Mitchell barn; he’s been very quiet this meet with only 13 starters so far.

Long Shot - 5 Miss Lucky Sevens

Race 9 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up

1 Old Pueblo - Did everything but win last time in a strong effort; huge rider switch to Joe Talamo signals intent.

10 Apache Ambush - Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this bottom rung; need not be much to be competitive.

Long Shot - 12 Atascaderan

Best Bet - 6 Purim’s Dancer (race 8)

Santa Anita Park Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/5/$31.00; Long Shots, 9/1/$33.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Park Totals - 475/142/$878.20; Long Shots, 235/27/$311.60; Best Bets, 29/14/$61.20

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #3 Make Your Move (10/1) in race 8 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Falling Sky won at Gulfstream Park paying $31.60 to win, $13.40 to place and $8.00 to show. Stats - 27/15/$149.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

 

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