Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
4 Runningwiththelute – Been away 2-months since a third sprinting down the hillside turf course; has a stronger dirt resume for sure.
3 Lust for Life – Richard Baltas barn has emerged right before our eyes; he’s a danger now in every race he spots his horses.
Long Shot – 1 Moscato Girl
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
5 Prevaricator – The less starts the better at this bottom class level; can show improvement under top rider Tyler Baze.
2 L X Sunrise – Has had more than enough chances to graduate; has run second 8-of-13 career starts, a proven nibbler.
Long Shot – 7 Bernier
Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
1 Howdy – Sprinting stretching out draws the advantageous rail at one mile; short run to the first turn and can save all of the ground.
4 Air Nashoba – Has the pedigree to be any kind, but has yet to show it; the fact he has been gelded so soon should tell you something.
Long Shot – 8 Book Thirty Four
Race 4 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
5 Tigah – Has been claimed in 3-of-5 recent starts; was flattered in last when Ezio won next time out.
3 Sizzlin’ Joe – Dead late closer has a tendency to be a stride late; horses like this are always at the mercy of the early pace.
Long Shot – 7 Jomelo
Race 5 – 1 mile, Purse $20,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Proud Vixen – Second start off a 3-month hiatus; got some useful conditioning in last, is dropped in class, should go better tonight.
7 Shopping Savannah – Claimed by Matt Chew off a win for Art Sherman; Chew barn has been hot, but Sherman’s tough to improve off of.
Long Shot – 6 Winninginfashion
Race 6 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $60,000, Optional claiming 462,500, 4-year-olds and up
1 Awesome Return – Dead late closer will hope for some pace up front to chase; lost be a few inches in last despite a huge late rally.
7 Lucky J Lane – It’s that Richard Baltas barn again that has been tearing them up; Rafael Bejarano has been the barn go to rider.
Long Shot – 9 Opsec
Race 7 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
4 Head South – Ran well but was second best last time; facing the same group, he figures to be right there again.
6 Off the Deep End – Was last seen facing this kind at Del Mar last August; speedball figures to have only one way of going.
Long Shot – 2 Brando the Birdman
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $35,000, Maiden claiming $75,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Currency Exchange – Takes the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Rafael Bejarano for the injured Corey Nakatani.
3 Big Hat Charlie – Showed gumption running a mile distance in last; like the cutback in distance where he could hang around longer.
Long Shot – 2 Vicious
Best Bet – 6 Currency Exchange (race 8)
Santa Anita Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/6/$33.00; Long Shots, 7/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.60
Santa Anita Totals – 872/231/$1,473.40; Long Shots, 439/62/$624.60; Best Bets, 53/21/$91.80
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #2 Unbridled’s Note (5/2) in race 7 at Oaklawn Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Remarkable Teresa was scratched at Gulfstream Park. Stats – 42/31/$206.10; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick