Today at Santa Anita Park
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
4 Halfapondarosa – Claimed by the hot Doug O’Neill barn; spotted nicely to win first out, has a ton of back class.
2 Salty Sarah – Bob Baffert cull has clearly earned her keep; now dropped way down teasing others to claim her.
Long Shot – 3 High Resolve
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $19,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
4 No Stadium – Barn switch from Jerry Fanning to Bill Spawr; has never shown winning ways but carries much back class.
2 Capture the Call – Speedball was claimed in back to back races, a good sign; key vote is reclaim by Terry Knight.
Long Shot – 1 Morganouska
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $23,000, Claiming $16,000, 4-year-olds and up
6 Miles Heir – Bill Spawr can have a good day if recent claims like this win first out; small edge in a tough heat.
3 Rocket Roan – Strong dirt resume with 13-of-16 races in the money; claimed by Dean Pederson who hires Joel Rosario.
Long Shot – 5 Belo Purse
Race 4 – 1 1/2 miles (turf), $150,000 San Luis Rey, 4-year-olds and up
5 Bourbon Bay – Hasn’t won since Del Mar but has had some close calls; Neil Drysdale tries Joel Rosario for this marathon.
6 Slim Shadey – Has won back to back turf marathons at 13/1 and 11/1 odds; if you missed the wedding this may be the funeral.
Long Shot – 2 Utopian
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up
3 Hidden Blessing – Mike Mitchell is never afraid to drop and win; cuts back in distance, will be finishing fast.
2 My Man Sumo – Aggressive class rise after a solid second last out; Ron Ellis barn picks his spots carefully so respect.
Long Shot – 1 Cut Fastball
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
6 Candys Girl – Mike Mitchell adding blinkers on, an angle that wins 24 percent for the trainer; third start off a 5-month hiatus.
1 Babeneau – Has had many chances but she’ll inherit a win one of these days; another live Ron Ellis entry.
Long Shot – 7 Lovely Sophia
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $150,000 Santa Ana, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
4 Strawberrydaiquiri – She looks like lone early speed so lets prime her for an upset; price comes with Mario Gutierrez up.
2 Cambina – She has been knocking heads with the best of her division in SoCal; always at the mercy of pace and a trip.
Long Shot – 7 Wild Mia
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Bull Ring – Draw a line thru the turf race in last; was claimed by Mike Pender off two good races for Bob Baffert.
2 Baron Von Red – John Sadler has an uncoupled entry so keep an eye on So Tough too; this one broke his maiden by daylight in last.
Long Shot – 1 So Tough
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds
9 Father Pabst – I can’t recall picking this many Mario Gutierrez mounts on one card; if he has a good day, so will I.
2 Smart Hombre – Marty Jones adding blinkers on for this; lost two close calls for this bottom level $20K class.
Long Shot – 4 Crestatorre
Best Bet – 3 Bull Ring (race 8)
Santa Anita Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/1/$5.40; Long Shots, 9/1/$8.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals – 901/235/$1,470.60; Long Shots, 453/65/$737.80; Best Bets, 51/21/$74.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #1 Castaway (2/1) in race 12 at Sunland Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Hailstone ran second at Gulfstream Park paying $5.60 to place, no show betting. Stats – 49/37/$330.00; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick