Horse Racing, Santa Anita Park, April 20


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

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