TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $54,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
2 Tashzara – Like the turn back in distance from route to elongated sprint; expect a big closing effort today.
1 Candace Gold – Appears to be the speed of the speed in here; will relish the turf rail out 15 feet for this.
Long Shot – 7 Cute N Sassy
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $16,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
3 Twodollarstowin – Was outquicked last time in an elongated sprint; figures to like today’s slower 2-turn pace.
2 Sunny Peace – Logical chalk was a gritty winner in this class last time; does not need the lead to succeed.
Long Shot – 5 Akeela
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $30,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds
5 Dancing At Dark – Not much to mull over in this 6-pack turf route; beaten favorite can only run better tonight.
6 Mazarron – His one turf try was an ambitious run in the grade 3 Generous; this is a much easier spot in here.
Long Shot – 3 American Wildcat
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up
1 Balboa Bay – Adding blinkers on after a solid try last time; one-step improvement can win this.
4 Preferred Behavior – Beaten favorite finished right with the top choice in last; could be a dual dogfight.
Long Shot – 3 Afleet Cowboy
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
7 Requisition – Has shown steady improvement with every start; a repeat of his last race is fast enough to win.
4 Proud Hillbilly – Been away a full year; the key vote is from Garrett Gomez who is still in search of a new agent.
Long Shot – 3 Dime
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
6 Zees Chris – Ran a clunker in last, but her prior races are OK; need not be much in a field full of slowpokes.
1a Warren’s Peacock – Entry is a heavy favorite, but the kind I like to try and beat; exiting a turf route for this.
Long Shot – 2 Toscanova
Race 7 – 7 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
10 Lady Sweetness – Was well-regarded in debut, they produced winning her second start; she is a Candy Ride with a high ceiling.
5 Dani Reese – Hard-fought win, but stays in this condition racing for a price tag; figures to be flying fast late.
Long Shot – 8 River Glow
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds
4 Liberal Arts – Ran like a short horse in his first start off a 7-month hiatus; should be much tighter second time out.
3 Mr. Sierra – Hard to believe Garrett Gomez is not in Dubai right now; he’ll have to settle for smaller fish to fry.
Long Shot – 2 Warren’s Tiger
Best Bet – 10 Lady Sweetness (race 7)
Santa Anita Park Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/3/$13.80; Long Shots, 5/2/$17.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals – 904/251/$1,593.50; Long Shots, 451/68/$658.20; Best Bets, 53/24/$96.10
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – 7 Noontime Diva (5/2) in race 11 at Tampa Bay Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Clean Shot ran second at Gulfstream Park paying $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats – 51/38/$289.70