TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
3 Real Housewife – Did a putrid pop and stop in last first off the claim by Doug O’Neill; chance to rebound at a square price.
5 Courageousandbold – Claimed off a sharp win in last for John Sadler; can she repeat a career best race, we’ll find out.
Long Shot – 1 Good Acktress
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
7 Atta Girl Alma – Don’t usually like recent graduates; Richard Baltas has an uncoupled entry so be wary of Distant Glow.
2 Boller Bomb – The filly she beat, Callous Effect, ran awful on Thursday; double tough if she repeats her race.
Long Shot – 4 Distant Glow
Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $19,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
5 Hasty Trend – Small field kicks off the pick 6 with a C/O of $370K; hard not to get involved in a positive expectency.
1 Buds Pal – Sharp win over bottom rung claimers in last; when Julio Canani gets them good, they stay good for a while.
Long Shot – 2 Cook Inlet
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $35,000, Maiden claiming $75,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
10 Intoxicating More – Eastern invader likely has more class than it looks in the DRF; key vote is from Rafael Bejarano.
5 Mille Luna – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Garrett Gomez takes the call too.
Long Shot – 7 Lord Kitra
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
2 Southern Journey – Like the idea of Richard Baltas using Edwin Maldonado and blinkers on; chased Bikini Bottom, next out winner.
11 Hero’s Marine – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; may have gotten two test drives.
Long Shot – 4 Visions of Candy
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, 4-year-olds and up
1 Mr. Bossy Pants – Has won three times since claimed by Robertino Diodoro; interesting switch to Edwin Maldonado.
7 Distort This – Kevin Krigger takes over for Edwin Maldonado; like the outside post going down the hillside course.
Long Shot – 8 Oligarch
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 A Drop Dead Diva – Claimed by Jim Cassidy off a sharp debut win; ran protected as he’s got himself a useful horse.
7 Peppy Bolly – Has run second 4-of-4 starts on natural dirt; like the outside post to stalk the early speed.
Long Shot – 3 Cassandra Lynne
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $35,000, Maiden claiming $75,000, 3-year-olds and up
5 Indian Gods – Rafael Becerra claimed this Bob Baffert cull two races ago; good turf debut so he has flexibility.
7 Copper Bay – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; key move is switch to Rafael Bejarano.
Long Shot – 2 Grand Giant
Best Bet – 2 A Drop Dead Diva (race 7)
Santa Anita Park Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$14.40; Long Shots, 7/1/$19.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals – 1,122/298/$1,867.90; Long Shots, 557/74/$859.20; Best Bets, 64/27/$109.40
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #5 Mystical Star (5/2) in race 9 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Southpaw Slammer won at Keeneland paying $5.00 to win, $3.60 to place and $3.20 to show. Stats – 62/42/$322.90; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick