Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $31,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
1 Oil – Was claimed two races ago for $20K, runs tonight for $50K; his last two races are both fast enough to beat this group.
5 Player’s Charm – In a group like this, running for $50K or $30K doesn’t make much difference; chance in a moribund field.
Long Shot – 6 Ultimate Luck
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), $75,000 Ultrafleet, Fillies, 3-year-olds
1 Avenge – Has paired wins for HOF trainer Richard Mandella; tries a minor stakes, but more importantly has excelled down the hillside.
5 She’s a Big Winner – Pretty obvious which surface she prefers to race over; like the cutback in distance, should finish better.
Long Shot – 3 Mio Me
Race 3 – 4 1/2 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
1 Tumbleweedprincess – FTS from John Brocklebank who trains his horses up in Idaho; this uncoupled entry could be very salty.
2 Runbrorun – This is the “other” Brocklebank FTS from Dixie Downs; watch the tote board for clues between these two.
Long Shot – 5 Xingontothebone
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $60,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
7 Horizontalyspeakin – This is a one dimensional speedball who should enjoy the turf rail out 24 feet; put him on the lead and let’s see.
4 Lucky J Lane – Was put on the lead in last and didn’t hang around at the finish; suspect he’s better sitting mid-pack or so.
Long Shot – 3 Street Maven
Race 5 – 1 mile, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weight, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
7 Ajac – My choice has a jockey and trainer both winless in 2015; the point I always make with newcomers is it’s still called horse racing.
4 Stormin Trick – Tepid chalk in a fairly open event; has shown good early speed and might try to bottom out a field like this.
Long Shot – 5 Book Thirty Four
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
7 Carrick Bay – Had a couple of close calls under Corey Nakatani; like the subtle slide in class and gets reunited with C-Nak.
2 Nicegirlsfnishlast – If you can draw a line thru last, her resume looks fine; this one if for forgiving handicappers only.
Long Shot – 3 Nazareth
Race 7 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Endless Cruise – Bill Spawr is typically a solid trainer to bet on; there is lots of speed in here, could end up sitting a nice trip.
3 Celtic Moon – May have bounced in last after a game win two races ago; has some back speed where we know he’s fast enough to upset.
Long Shot – 1 Parliamentarian
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $48,000, Claiming $75,000, fillies, 3-year-olds
3 Morning Coffee – Makes a second try down the hillside turf course; first run was in a much tougher stakes, gets class relief tonight.
5 Vow Me Over – Don’t typically like a recent graduate facing winners for the first time; fact is there are many in here that are too slow.
Long Shot – 8 Pankhurst
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
4 Hit a Homerun – Liked his debut where he looked others in the eye and fought gamely; from live Steve Miyadi barn and should improve.
7 The Gold Monkey – Been away 10-months but showed some ability last year; from Bruce Headley barn, he should be ready to rumble.
Long Shot – 1 Win Wish
Best Bet – 1 Oil (race 1)
Santa Anita Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$20.80; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.40
Santa Anita Meet Totals – 65/14/$85.60; Long Shots, 32/1/$8.60; Best Bets, 4/2/$7.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #5 Sheer Drama (3/1) in race 7 at Churchill Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Good Quality ran second at Churchill Downs paying $3.40 to place and $3.00 to show. Stats – 60/40/$273.20; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick