TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up
5 Blu Jon – Was flattered when Stormberg won on Thursday; should handle the stretch out with his distance pedigree.
1 World Renowned – Good second in last over a sloppy dirt oval; saves all the ground inside for Joel Rosario.
Long Shot – 6 Death Star
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Claiming $75,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
2 Hennessy River – Flattered when Lady of Shamrock won last out; big class relief from the China Doll to a $75K price tag.
5 Love My Way – Has a lot of early speed and won last time in a starter allowance $40K; figures to set the pace.
Long Shot – 4 Lasso From El Paso
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $40,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
4 Reach a Decision – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; won for $50K, now running for $40K.
7 Aqua Fever – Jeff Mullins barn continues to win at near 30 percent this meet; second start off a 5-month hiatus.
Long Shot – 2 Winsome Charm
Race 4 – 7 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
1 Game Charmer – Has had many chances at this bottom level and keeps missing; one day like this she will inherit the lead.
3 Miracle Merger – Returns from a 4-month hiatus; huge class drop offers her a shot with slight improvement.
Long Shot – 7 Depistry
Race 5 – 1 1/2 miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
1 Falcon Rock – Ran miserably in last and is dropped down to $40K here; it’s now or never time to produce.
8 Danderek – Speedball gets a big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano; figures to play catch me if you can.
Long Shot – 3 Antidote
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 4-year-olds and up
3 Cardiff Giant – Drop from $20K to $8K may be enough to produce victory; suspect multiple claims on this gelding.
9 Devoted Magic – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this bottom rung; key vote is Joel Rosario riding in a cheap race.
Long Shot – 8 Brady Blue Eyes
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), $75,000 La Puente, 3-year-olds
2 Blingo – Well regarded colt exits two graded stakes for an easier spot; still eligible for NW2L allowance condition.
3 Tiz Point – Was completely overmatched in the San Felipe; speedball will try to control the pace from the start.
Long Shot – 1 Buffalo Billy
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
6 Warren’s Assassin – Returns to the $30K class where she has cashed paychecks; off the turf angle, facing a slow group.
9 Heartless Honey – First out off the claim by Vann Belvoir; he adds blinkers on and Jose Valdivia for her SoCal debut.
Long Shot – 8 Demonsterous
Best Bet – 4 Reach a Decision (race 3)
Santa Anita Park Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/6/$33.20; Long Shots, 8/1/$7.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals – 1,124/300/$1,805.60; Long Shots, 566/87/$985.00; Best Bets, 64/25/$88.00
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 Larry Zip (3/1) in race 5 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Somoli Lemonade ran second at Keeneland paying $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Stats – 62/44/$390.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick