Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 4-year-olds and up
6 Dress Code – Has shown nice improvement since claimed by Jack Carava four races back; these are his friends at this bottom level.
4 Relentless Heat – Even effort last time but certainly facing no killers tonight; tactical speed to sit close to a modest pace.
Long Shot – 1 Jackson Sundown
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
7 Courageous Call – Super hot Tyler Baze continues to hold all the cards; has a cozy outside post to stalk the early pace.
1 Sharkeitupbetty – Dead late closer will save all the ground while sitting in arrears; Kent Desormeaux can pick his spot to rally.
Long Shot – 6 Pica
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
4 Moscato Girl – Second start off the claim by Bill Spawr; his stable rider Agapito Delgadillo hurt his rotator cuff and is out for now.
8 J and S Express – Flew late from the clouds to upset last time; has enough back class to repeat that nice performance.
Long Shot – 3 Sensational Nikki
Race 4 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $75,000 La Puente, 3-year-olds
2 Papacoolpapacool – Has found his mojo since moving to the barn of Philip D’Amato; the Mike Mitchell protege I’m sure has a heavy heart.
1 Anytime Anyplace – Kent Desormeaux has a chance to save all the ground; that is a tactic never lost in grass racing.
Long Shot – 4 Hero Ten All
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds
3 Believe Too – Richard Baltas uses Felipe Valdez has his second string rider behind Rafael Bejarano; picks up some good mounts.
9 English Art – Flavien Prat is another jockey who has made a favorable impression; rides this live one for Bobby Wayne Grayson.
Long Shot – 4 Top Drawer
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
3 War Destiny – Faltered badly on the turf in last; his dirt races are much stronger so we like the return to the preferred surface.
9 Alamo – Returns today as a first time gelding; it’s that man Flavien Prat riding for Richard Mandella, solid record together.
Long Shot – J Serino
Race 7 – 1 1/4 miles, $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
6 Diversy Harbor – Ran flat last time as a beaten favorite in the Santa Ana; filly can do that if they are horsing, can rebound here.
1 Three Hearts – Saving ground on the rail never goes out of style; Tyler Baze can take his time and find a seam to rally in the stretch.
Long Shot – 3 Fanticola
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
3 Secret Appeal – Shows improving speed figures since claimed by Jorge Periban; drops in class off a strong second last time out.
6 Grey Girl Gone – Takes the blinkers off after a pop and stop effort in last; she is better than that and should hold her speed better.
Long Shot – 1 Lady Now
Race 9 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up
10 Passinaflash – Could be a good day for Flavien Prat if all things go right for him; sliding down the maiden claiming spot to here.
8 Village Kitten – Alex Solis gets very few live mounts; he picks one up here from the injured rider Agapito Delgadillo.
Long Shot – 2 Dually Affirmed
Best Bet – 2 Papacoolpapacool (race 4)
Santa Anita Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$20.00; Long Shots, 8/1/$17.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 1,090/288/$1,843.20; Long Shots, 545/80/$818.20; Best Bets, 66/23/$108.80
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #2 Biz The Nurse (8/1) in race 9 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Danza Cavallo won at Keeneland paying $6.60 to win, $4.80 to place and $3.80 to show. Stats – 54/38/$258.70; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick.