Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
3 Straight N Strong – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; her debut race at Los Alamitos showed good early speed, a logical weapon.
6 Stormy Angel – Exhibited some good late run albeit never threatened to win; would not be shocked to see improvement second career start for trainer Richard Baltas.
Long Shot – 5 Hail Mary Play
Race 2 – 6 ½ furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
3 Flat Footed Mama – HOF trainer Bob Baffert starts a rare cull in a claiming race; there were no takers for $25K in last, now is offered for a bargain price of $12,500.
6 Kantina Kowgirl – Hard to believe but jockey Kerwin John had a choice of mounts in this dreadful heat; he opted to ride for trainer George Papaprodromou, choice made.
Long Shot – 1 Italian Baba
Race 3 – 6 ½ furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
11 Sutton’s Smile – Only maiden with a decent race on her resume, and it was going long on grass to boot; she shortens up tonight and gets the great Rafael Bejarano up.
5 Miss Catomine – Her pedigree suggests there must be more under the hood than she showed in her debut; I like the rider switch to Corey Nakatani for a wake up call.
Long Shot – 9 Active Runner
Race 4 – 1 mile, Purse $52,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
7 Arabian Leopard – Was highly touted in his debut, then barely raised a hoof in anger as a 3/5 favorite; let’s give him another chance at more generous odds.
3 Nightly News – HOF trainer Bob Baffert has an uncoupled entry so caveat emptor; it looks like a strong hand so both parts are must use in the early Pick 5 wager.
Long Shot – 6 Semper Fortis
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 2-year-olds
9 Start a Runnin – Has some early speed which can be good in a potential no passing zone field; took a lot of betting action last time and from a sneaky good barn too.
3 I’mcomingthrough – When I worked at Santa Anita, if we had four maiden races on a weekend card, it was considered a disaster; times change and it is what it is today.
Long Shot – 6 Small Town Shuffle
Race 6 – 6 ½ furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), $100,000 Eddie D., 3-year-olds and up
3 Midnight Storm – Exits 3 grade 1 races in a row for this much easier spot; if his confidence hasn’t been crushed too badly, this is a nice soft spot to rebound.
2 Majestic City – Does not have much turf experience; but when you team up trainer Richard Baltas and jockey Rafael Bejarano a lot of good things can happen.
Long Shot – 7 Toowindytohaulrox
Race 7 – 1 mile, Purse $53,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
9 Chief of Staff – Exploded with a big win last time and Jerry Hollendorfer is hoping to build upon that; he has an uncoupled entry here, the other horse is Skip Tony.
4 New Summit – Interesting sprinter stretching out around 2-turns for the first time; Tyler Baze can go for the lead if Got Even doesn’t or just stalk that one early.
Long Shot – 10 Just Kidding
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, 3-year-olds and up
8 Gimme Da Lute – HOF trainer Bob Baffert is smart enough to know there is no Breeders’ Cup race for this one except maybe the Sprint; like the cutback in distance.
2 Masochistic – Didn’t run a bad race in the Bing Crosby, but stuff happens; got run over late by Wild Dude, question is if he rebounds to his Triple Bend win two back.
Long Shot – 6 Wild Dude
Race 9 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), $70,000 Swingtime, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Alexis Tangier – Gets class relief from a pair of grade 2 stakes for this softer spot; HOF trainer Richard Mandella never has a problem using HOF rider Gary Stevens.
3 Gender Agenda – Has won two grass routes in a row so deserves this shot for trainer Carla Gaines; is in top form and is looking for this modest black type for her resume.
Long Shot – 2 Journey On
Race 10 – 6 furlongs, Purse $36,000, Claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Mr. Jay D – If you draw a line thru his turf debut debacle in last, his resume looks a lot better; when Rafael Bejarano stays for the end, he’s on a real live one.
13 Great Lou – Must overcome a parking lot post for the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; been claimed in 3 of his last 5 starts, main thing is he likes to win horse races.
Long Shot – 9 Henry’s Holiday
Best Bet – 8 Gimme Da Lute (race 8)
Santa Anita Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$23.00; Long Shots, 8/1/$8.00; Best Bet, 0/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 69/18/$93.60; Long Shots, 35/6/$91.80; Best Bets, 3/2/$5.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #7 Exaggerator (7/2) in race 8 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, House of Sole ran second at Keeneland paying $6.00 to place and $4.00 to show. Stats – 146/96/$724.90; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick