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HORSE RACING

TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 1 1/8th miles, Purse $16,000, Claiming $8,000, 4-year-olds and up

5 Streets of Heaven – Short-priced chalk was claimed in last by Mike Pender; proven commodity at this $8k class.

2 Just Heat – Third start off a 6-month hiatus could be his best; will sit in arrears and make one brush late.

Long Shot – 8 Troubletimesthree

Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $27,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds

8 Titian – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to handle these.

4 Champagne Topper – Like the turn back in distance for this speedball; goes as fast and as far as he can.

Long Shot – 1 Brereton Park

Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up

2 Afleet Deal – Won for $16k, now is dropped down a notch; suspect Jack Carava is willing to squeeze the lemon dry.

4 High Standards – Been away 6 months, but returns at half his claiming price; key vote is from Rafael Bejarano.

Long Shot – 3 Nitro Active

Race 4 – 1 mile, $250,000 Las Virgenes, Fillies, 3-year-olds

6 Turbulent Descent – She beat some of these last time in the Hollywood Starlet; first test for her on real dirt.

7 Zazu – Her best races have been around 1 turn; she still has something to prove in class and distance.

Long Shot – 4 California Nectar

Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $38,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds

5 Sweet Hanni – Returns off a 4-month hiatus on her preferred surface, grass; like that Rafael Bejarano takes the call.

3 Fairway Road – Even run last time off the claim by Peter Miller; she’s better than that and figures to improve.

Long Shot – 4 Separate Forest

Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds

7 Sierra Spirit – Tepid chalk in a wide-open affair; you’ll have an edge of seeing the tote board action.

12 Kingpin Ryno – Victor Espinoza had choices and opted to ride for Joshua Litt; should transfer to dirt just fine.

Long Shot – 10 Brite Dreamer

Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $34,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

6 Our Road Scholar – Should get some value with the bugboy up; may be better suited as a 1-turn grass sprinter.

7 Waltzing Swan – Like the turn back in distance for this hillside course; Garrett Gomez will take back for one run.

Long Shot – 2 Entabeni

Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), $100,000 Thunder Road, 4-year-olds and up

1 Blue Chagall – Getting Garrett Gomez at 8/1 odds is a gift; saves all the ground and comes firing fast late.

9 Victor’s Cry – Parking lot post will be a factor with a short run to the first turn; Victor Espinoza must carve out a trip.

Long Shot – 4 Proudinsky

Race 9 – 1 1/8th miles, $200,000 Strub, 4-year-olds

3 Twirling Candy – Given plenty of rest since a record-breaking run in the Malibu; he may be better on dirt than synthetics.

4 Tweebster – Bob Baffert uncoupled entry ran 1-2 in the San Fernando; colt ran against a major speed bias in last.

Long Shot – 1 Honour the Deputy

Race 10 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $56,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up

2 A Lil Dumaani – Wheeled right back in a week, that’s old school training; adding blinkers on and P Val.

5 Don Perico – Been away 2 months, stretching out around 2 turns for the first time; still has room to improve.

Long Shot – 10 Renegade Storm

Best Bet – 3 Twirling Candy (race 9)

Santa Anita Park Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$14.40; Long Shots, 7/1/$8.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Park Totals – 430/115/$725.90; Long Shots, 215/30/$311.00; Best Bets, 25/11/$41.90

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – 7 A Diehl (6/1) in race 9 at Tampa Bay Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Profiteroles ran out at Gulfstream Park. Stats – 24/19/$166.30

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