TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK by Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up
1 Aqua Revelation - When a Bob Baffert baby hasn’t graduated in 7 starts, it can’t be among his top ones; facing a slow group.
3 Apostle Paul - Dead late closer is winless in 14 starts; at lead he’s been second 4 times so he has teased his connections.
Long Shot - 4 Misdeed
Race 2 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Faith Hope Love - Speedball has had the lead late, but given it up each time; tries it different with Joe Talamo riding.
2 Seattle Charlie - Doesn’t get any better than Rafael Bejarano and Jerry Hollendorfer; can sit a trip and come grinding late.
Long Shot - 1 Katerrific
Race 3 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds
2 Tempe - Claimed off a nice win by Robertino Diodoro; suspect speed is her best weapon to defeat these too.
4 Two Blue Hens - Returns to dirt where in two starts she has a win and place; has tactical speed to sit a nice trip.
Long Shot - 5 Miss American Pie
Race 4 - 7 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
5 Thermal Nermal - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; key vote comes from Rafael Bejarano.
4 Holiday N Newport - Could be back to back wins off the claim for Robertino Diodoro; this one fits too with Joe Talamo up.
Long Shot - 3 Sky Angel
Race 5 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
10 Mark of a Gem - Like the parking lot posts going down the hillside turf course; can sit toward the outside and rally late.
7 Noise of the Crowd - Has digressed since a win first off the claim by Hector Palma; key is class drop lower than the claim.
Long Shot - 6 J and S Express
Race 6 - 7 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
3 Pay the Debt - Like the cut back in distance from a 2-turn mile; also is dropping down in class, two good reasons to win.
1 Marla Hooch - Has 2 career wins and both are in Arcadia; has won with speed or near the pace, so the start is important.
Long Shot - 4 Divine Way
Race 7 - 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 8 feet), $200,000 Santa Ana, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
6 Emollient - Makes sense for more East Coast shippers; some of the SoCal divisions are lacking in real depth.
3 Emotional Kitten - Dead late closer has only one way of going; will need a contested early pace to do her best.
Long Shot - 2 Stormy Lucy
Race 8 - 1 1/8th miles, Purse $58,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds
1 The Admiral - Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; this one may have good potential on the turf.
8 Cool Samurai - Wasn’t ready to take on the big boys in the Lewis; has ability and can get a confidence builder tonight.
Long Shot - 5 Roger Rocket
Race 9 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
10 Mr. Bossy Pants - Has won 6-times down the hill, reason enough to like him; cuts back in distance from a 2-turn mile.
3 Kilat - Been away since June, but showed ability last summer; has speed and ran well twice down the hillside turf course.
Long Shot - 11 Koast
Best Bet - 1 Aqua Revelation (race 1)
Santa Anita Park Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/1/$3.80; Long Shots, 9/3/$31.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals - 821/230/$1,403.80; Long Shots, 404/58/$609.20; Best Bets, 50/24/$101.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #5 Dancin’ Lil (9/2) in race 8 at Oaklawn Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Twigazuri Strait ran out at Gulfstream Park. Stats - 47/25/$256.30; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick