Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Starter allowance $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
4 Urban Hunter – Gets top choice off a couple solid wins in a row; claimed by Julio Canani, he does not claim many empty wagons.
2 Kafister – Takes a subtle class drop to face an easier test; has a strong 4-of-7 wins over the Santa Anita main dirt track.
Long Shot – 5 Hadfunlastnight
Race 2 – 7 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 3-year-olds
9 Congrats Seattle – Name is a bad joke considering the end of the Super Bowl; ran a winning race last out for this bottom class level.
11 Captain Carchy – Has finished in the money in 4-of-6 starts; that consistency alone has him as one to fear in a very slow field.
Long Shot – 3 Fabber
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
1 Pat the Bear – Claimed by Peter Miller two races ago; ran a bang up winner in last and now is protected in the class rise spot.
5 Well Maybe – Chalk was last seen graduating over a good MSW field; was 40/1 odds that day, won’t be anywhere near that this afternoon.
Long Shot – 4 Conquest Harlanday
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
8 Chati’s On Top – Has three in the money finishes down the hill without winning; has come razor close to victory and must be feared.
2 Sprague River – Won down the hill last out; it’s a good sign as horses that win down the hill tend to keep doing well over it.
Long Shot – 9 Discatsonthesquare
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
8 tiz My Cherrie – If you didn’t respect Blaine Wright the first or second time, now it’s the third; this one is also very live.
5 Beth’s Bling – Ran evenly in career debut and figures to show improvement; value with Kathy Walsh and Martin Garcia.
Long Shot – 11 Sensitively
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
8 Lady Asano – Logical chalk is among some live mounts for Brice Blanc today; claimed by Ted West, is well spotted to win first out.
1 Nazareth – Leap of faith that the Hector Palma barn will remain hot; second start off a 4-month hiatus, will be a lot tighter today.
Long Shot – 3 Tribal Chatter
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
5 Courageous Call – Ran a career best in last, even more impressive it was off a 7-month hiatus; leap of faith that she won’t bounce.
7 Sayes So – Richard Mandella has given Alex Solis regular work on this filly; two HOF men who have been loyal to one another.
Long Shot – 6 Meinertzhageni
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), $100,000 Sensational Star, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
6 Ambitious Brew – Talk about a hillside turf course specialist; only blemish was losing by 3-lengths in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
2 Boozer – Another who absolutely adores the hillside turf course; cuts back in distance from 9-furlongs for this elongated sprint.
Long Shot – 5 Big Bane Theory
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds
12 Gimme Da Lute – Bob Baffert baby did everything but win in nice career debut; he takes the blinkers off in his second career start.
4 Howdy – His last two starts have been good ones and is knocking on the door; key is a repeat of his last quick speed figure.
Long Shot – 6 Vodka Texted You
Best Bet – 9 Congrats Seattle (race 2)
Santa Anita Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$28.60; Long Shots, 8/2/$19.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.80
Santa Anita Totals – 558/148/$952.00; Long Shots, 282/40/$386.60; Best Bets, 34/14/$64.00
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #6 Jack Milton (5/1) in race 10 at Gulfstream Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Wildcat Gaze ran out at Gulfstream Park. Stats – 28/21/$129.10; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick