TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
6 Real Rockport – P Val on a speedball in a real bad field, look familiar; goes as fast and as far as she can.
3 Dear Maria – Will try and stalk the pace and hope the speed collapses late; scenario is like the tortoise and the hare.
Long Shot – 1 Alexandria Marie
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), $100,000 Monrovia, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
1 Broken Dreams – Hate the rail post, but Garrett Gomez will take back for one run; must carve out a good trip to win.
4 Unzip Me – Figures to try and be the speed of the speed; will like the turf rail out 15 feet, catch her to win.
Long Shot – 5 Lilly Fa Pootz
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
5 Finish Rich in NYC – Speed has been king so far this meet on the main track; Joel Rosario opted for the speedball here.
1 Suances Flower – Logical chalk loses her rider, David Flores is a top sub; was part of a favored entry in her debut.
Long Shot – 4 Meltarib
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $56,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
3 Blue Jay Attack – Been a turf sprint specialist so far in his career; Rafael Bejarano will sit and carve out a trip.
8 Red Defense – Logical chalk is 3-for-3 wins all in sprints; still eligible for this condition due to clever managing.
Long Shot – 10 Format V
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds
8 Primed – Her last 3 starts make her the obvious choice; has 2 wins and a head lost, dead late closer style.
5 She’s Not Lion – Among many sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; loses Rafael Bejarano to the chalk.
Long Shot – 9 Tommy’s Pick
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $54,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
3 Lula Talullah – Loses her rider to the chalk, but Joel Rosario is a great sub; was closing fastest in her debut.
1 Mrs. Rosa – Logical chalk was flattered when Orangeblackngold won next out; Rafael Bejarano had choices, lands here.
Long Shot – 7 Anniversary Girl
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up
4 Point Attended – This Turf Paradise barn has been doing very well this meet; key is they are dirt horses thru and thru.
1 Rummysecret War – Sharp win last out for Jack Carava; has a lot of back class for these and positive dirt resume.
Long Shot – 10 Positive Force
Race 8 – 1 mile, Purse $56,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
2 McMurty – NoCal shipper likes to win on turf, synthetics plus 1-for-1 on dirt; will offer value with the bugboy up.
4 Valiant Effort – Favorite in a very evenly matched group; this is the lowest price tag that he has ever run.
Long Shot – 1 It’s Not Unusual
Race 9 – 1 mile, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 4-year-olds and up
9 Outrageous Fortune – Dead late closer will need the race to fall apart; drops for a price tag thus facing his friends.
6 Call the River – Logical chalk taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; the one to beat.
Long Shot – 2 Matamor
Best Bet – 3 Blue Jay Attack (race 4)
Santa Anita Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$46.20; Long Shots, 8/2/15.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals – 98/31/$206.00; Long Shots, 48/7/$64.00; Best Bets, 6/3/$10.80
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #8 Justa Average Joe (5/2) in race 1 at Tampa Bay Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Stepaside won at Tampa Bay Downs paying $8.40 to win, $3.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Stats – 6/4/$38.20