Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita, May 31

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $40,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

2 Bench Light – Running better than ever after being claimed twice in last three starts; Doug O’Neill barn is running white hot right now.

4 Hog’s Hollow – His turf races for a $40K price tag are pretty good; repeat of either effort gives him a puncher’s chance tonight.

Long Shot – 6 Hawkedon

Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

9 Public Policy – Been away 4-months since being humiliated in the Cal Cup Derby; gets a restart in a spot facing his real friends.

3 Bob Consultation – Second start off a 2-month hiatus; outran his 20/1 odds in last, has a back speed number fast enough to upset.

Long Shot – 4 Whine for Wine

Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

3 Mayie – Has run two good races certainly fast enough to beat these; big rider switch to Joe Talamo for the money shot.

12 Screamin Earlienne – Did a classic pop and stop in career debut; takes a solid class drop, to the bottom, to face an easier task.

Long Shot – 1 Hollywood Producer

Race 4 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up

2 Schoolofhardrocks – Regrouped after getting thoroughly undressed in two graded stakes; Kentucky Derby fever has ruined many a nice 3-YO.

9 Monastic – Has a solid turf resume, just not in SoCal, yet; takes a huge class drop for Tom Proctor with hot bugboy Drayden Van Dyke up.

Long Shot – 1 Heat Flash

Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

4 Sunset Strip – The only thing missing from the horse’s name is 77; sight unseen since a well bet debut at Del Mar for Bob Baffert.

6 Alexis Tangier – Ran well in career debut, now gets first time Lasix; Richard Mandella babies typically improve with experience.

Long Shot – 13 Dancinginthestreet

Race 6 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

4 Exclusive Girl – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Elvis Trujillo is off to a hot start in SoCal.

6 Woodys Wharf – Another taking the biggest class drop in racing; good to see HOF Kent Desormeaux riding with such high energy.

Long Shot – 5 Scene Queen

Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles, $200,000 Californian, 3-year-olds and up

2 Fury Kapcori – Has really blossomed for the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; Corey Nakatani subs for the injured Rafael Bejarano.

1 Clubhouse Ride – He may be a cut below Grade 1, but no horse tries harder than this one; would like to have a barnful of these types.

Long Shot – 3 Sky Kingdom

Race 8 – 1 1/4 miles (turf), $350,000 American Oaks, Fillies, 3-year-olds

7 Diversy Harbor – Figures to be overlooked with sharp invaders and a logical chalk; her best is good enough to upset these.

2 Nashoba’s Gold – Has earned her heavy favoritism off sparkling graded wins; no respect as two talented shippers look for the gold.

Long Shot – 8 Room Service

Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up

7 My Jealous – Not sure what happened last time as a 3/5 favorite; if he runs to his race two back, he would absolutely crush these.

6 Newfound Gold – Claimed by Tim Yakteen and spotted to win right now; would not be shocked to see him claimed again in here.

Long Shot – 2 Senator Bob

Best Bet – 3 Mayie (race 3)

Santa Anita Park Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/3/$21.40; Long Shots, 7/3/$39.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Park Totals – 345/95/$637.20; Long Shots, 167/19/$187.80; Best Bets, 19/5/$16.40

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #2 Mah Jong Maddnes (10/1) in race 4 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Why Not Whiskey ran third at Belmont Park paying $4.80 to show. Stats – 85/50/$478.60; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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