Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
3 Golden Chalice – Ran well for third in main track debut; like the subtle cut back in distance, been well bet in both career starts.
2 Missing Groom – Got the ultimate equipment change, a first time gelding; that alone can account for major improvement tonight.
Long Shot – 4 Prospector Alley
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse #17,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Mensa Heat – Been nibbling at this bottom class level, cashing lots of paychecks; 8-YO gelding has earned $537K the hard way.
6 Electrolyte – Claimed in NoCal by trainer Steve Miyadi; been chasing Mensa Heat in 3 of last 4 starts.
Long Shot – 5 Dekko
Race 3 – 5 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
4 Line Leader – Beaten favorite ran very well in career debut; figures to pop the gate again and play catch me if you can.
1 Slew’s Charm – Ran evenly in debut, but couldn’t get out of second gear; figures to improvement second time out for Mike Harrington.
Long Shot – 8 Luv Is I
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $60,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
2 Jules Journey – No doubt turf is his preferred surface; has been in the money 8-of-10 Santa Anita sod starts.
1 Oliver’s Tale – Turf debut was a scorching win down the hillside turf course; now stretching out to a mile, has the pedigree for it.
Long Shot – 4 Super Ability
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Gospel – Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this bottom rung; has back speed numbers to drown this group.
8 Omar Little – Claimed by Mike Pupye off a hard fought second; returns in a softer spot at this bottom class level.
Long Shot – 9 Chattering Class
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Bird In Love – The Doug O’Neill barn has been white hot of late; takes the blinkers off after it did not get the desired result.
3 La Pequena Gigi – Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to a much easier spot; Mark Glatt adding the blinkers on for more focus.
Long Shot – 5 Nikki Allyn
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
7 Let’s Get Crackin – Huge class relief from the grade 2 San Carlos to a $25k price tag; Bill Spawr teaming up with Agapito Delgadillo.
4 Senor Rain – Returns in a claim proof spot, a very strong trainer angle; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip thoughout.
Long Shot – 5 Carlot Cowboy
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
2 Boozer – Heavy favorite did everything but win last time out; we’ll find out in here if he’s a professional nibbler.
3 Mal Verde – Impressive career debut win down the hillside turf course; when horses win down the hill, they usually keep it up.
Long Shot – 5 Pressure Time
Best Bet – 4 Bird In Love (race 6)
Santa Anita Park Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/4/$23.80; Long Shots, 8/2/$14.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.40
Santa Anita Park Totals – 448/122/$869.80; Long Shots, 217/31/$286.80; Best Bets, 25/8/$27.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #6 Dowse’s Beach (3/1) in race 9 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Assateague ran out at Belmont Park. Stats – 90/54/$525.70; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick