TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK by Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 - 6 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds
5 Kafister - Claimed by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer off a sharp second; one step improvement can defeat these.
1 Limited Response - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; need not be much to get a piece of these.
Long Shot - 3 No Contingency
Race 2 - 6 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
4 South Sound - Subtle class drop to face slightly easier; has speed to lead or follow close up.
3 Senza Fina - Joe Steiner doesn’t get many live mounts; thus he better make best use of this filly who has good tactical speed.
Long Shot - 1 Swissarella
Race 3 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
2 She Digs Me - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this bottom rung; hot riding Victor Espinoza looks like a kid out there.
3 Carbonite - John Sadler barn has been winning races in bunches; this one drops way down in class to face softer.
Long Shot - 5 Newfound Gold
Race 4 - 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
4 Tommy’s Stylin - Typical green debut, slow early fast late; Mike Smith returns off of a profitable road trip.
7 Kozani - Showing slow, but steady, improvement in 3 career starts; natural speed should carry over this route distance.
Long Shot -6 Pantera Rojo
Race 5 - 6 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies, 4-year-olds
5 Holiday N Newport - One level class drop can make the difference; Robertino Diodoro still flies under the radar.
8 Tribal Dress - Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low level; need not be much to compete with these.
Long Shot - 6 Funny Girl
Race 6 - 1 mile, (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Big Medicine Man - Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; has run 2 decent turf races.
4 Rob’s Pal - May get overlooked since recent races have been for M/C $20K; has cashed 3 paychecks in those heats.
Long Shot - 5 Street Maven
Race 7 - 1 mile, $75,000 Santana Mile, 4-year-olds and up
5 Fury Kapcori - Proven lover of the Santa Anita main track; has tried stakes before, appears razor sharp for this.
2 Appealing Tale - Really turned the corner with back to back wins; expect Victor Espinoza to send from the get go.
Long Shot - 7 Clubhouse Ride
Race 8 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $60,000, Optional claiming 462,500, 4-year-olds and up
7 Hear the Ghost - Tries turf for the first time; has back class and a good resume over the synthetic surfaces.
6 Power Ped - Turns back in distance and may show more late punch; will need to carve out a trip from a parking lot post.
Long Shot - 4 Ready for More
Race 9 - 5 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
10 Nuerva Fortuna - Outran her 9/1 odds in career debut; Bill Spawr switches to main stable rider Agapito Delgadillo.
2 Sweet Heat - FTS has been working well for career debut; always cool when leading rider Rafael Bejarano takes the call.
Long Shot - 7 Cleverly Beverly
Best Bet - 5 Kafister (race 1)
Santa Anita Park Saturday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/4/$35.00; Long Shots, 8/1/$6.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals - 948/267/$1,677.80; Long Shots, 468/68/$734.20; Best Bets, 58/27/$112.80
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