Post Time 11:30 a.m.
Race 1 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Truly Beautiful – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low level; her race two back, if repeated, wins.
6 Real Bright Boots – Melody Conlon drops her lower than the price she claimed two races ago; need not be much in here.
Long Shot – 7 Nueva Fortuna
Race 2 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
9 Gisele At Fonz’s – Big class dropper from the Peter Miller barn; if he’s going to lose her, she might as well win.
11 Puttybadshark – Ran a career best off a one year hiatus; if she improves one step she’ll be awful tough.
Long Shot – 2 Mayie
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 My Monet – Claimed by George Papaprodromou off a sharp maiden win; barn fresh off Charles Town Classic victory.
5 Fanny Brice – Claimed by the clever barn of Robertino Diodoro; expect improvement first time out for Diodoro.
Long Shot – 8 More Stormyweather
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), $75,000 Desert Code, 3-year-olds
5 Royal Banker – Like the cut back in distance for a hillside turf course try; will sit in arrears for one brush.
1 Schoolofhardrocks – Huge class drop from the grade 1 Santa Anita Derby to this; tries grass for the first time.
Long Shot – 7 Karma King
Race 5 – 1 mile, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
7 Brave Act – Returns to dirt after a so-so turf try in last; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip for Tyler Baze.
9 Maverick Gun – Crushed bottom level maiden claimers in last; has a tough parking lot post, but is in top form.
Long Shot – 8 Wonderful Union
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
8 Swiss Perfection – Interesting that Rafael Bejarano opted for a FTS; Tyler Baze is a good sub, takes blinkers off.
10 Afleet Echo – Rafael Bejarano was only happy to ride this FTS for Mark Glatt; watch the tote board for more clues.
Long Shot – 4 Runningwiththelute
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
10 Grumpy Small Mouth – Huge rider switch to Joe Talamo for the money shot; NoCal invader is a very consistent sort.
6 Macias – Has won 3-of-4 races down the hillside turf course; figures to be well received facing a modest group.
Long Shot – 5 Candy’s Sunrise
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
4 Saticoy – Has not run in 15-months since breaking his MSW; did it in fast time for Gary Mandella, has a high ceiling.
10 Chicsdigtheshark – Has won 4-of-8 over the Santa Anita main dirt track; does his best racing on the front end.
Long Shot – 11 Master Chef
Race 9 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Hawkedon – Phil D’Amato era began with the retirement of Mike Mitchell; the barn remains in very capable hands.
2 Trelawny – Claimed in back to back races shows some popularity; this is the right class for his best turf efforts.
Long Shot – 8 Prospector’s Trick
Race 10 – 1 1/16th miles, $100,000 Precisionist, 3-year-olds and up
7 Fury Kapcori – Has proven his mettle over Santa Anita dirt with 3-of-4 wins in Arcadia; speed to lead or follow close.
3 American Blend – Should keep a square price with Aaron Gryder up; he’s more than capable, but seldom gets bet.
Long Shot – 5 Majestic City
Race 11 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
6 Another Sky – Ran for $50K price two races ago; she tries dirt for the first time, capable of big improvement.
7 Scene Queen – When Rafael Bejarano sticks for the finale, he’s bears watching; must include in vertical wagers.
Long Shot – 1 Lamazone
Best Bet – 7 Fury Kapcori (3/5) in race 10
Santa Anita Park Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/7/$38.80; Long Shots, 8/1/$11.20; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.80
Santa Anita Park Totals – 88/23/$140.00; Long Shots, 42/5/$49.40; Best Bets, 5/1/$2.80
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #8 Falling Sky (10/1) in race 9 at Churchill Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, My Miss Sophia ran second at Churchill Downs paying $4.20 to place and $4.40 to show. Stats – 70/41/$391.50; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick