Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita Park, Dec. 28


By Richard Eng

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Claiming $25,000, 2-year-olds

4 Justa Gusta – Speedball drops in class in search of a win; that is a winning recipe Steve Knapp likes to use.

5 Cariboo Road – Emerald Downs shipper may not be outclassed in here; exits a local stakes for this $25K price tag.

Long Shot – 3 K Court

Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $58,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

7 Vindicated Ghost – Was my best bet when he won last time; she is clearly a turf sprint specialist.

9 Lemon Hero – Dead late closer should see a fast pace to chase; Rafael Bejarano came out with fire in his eyes on opening day.

Long Shot – 11 Indecise

Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 3-year-olds and up

8 Aqua Fever – Is a perfect 7-for-7 in the money on dirt; has a ton of back class to repeat for Jeff Mullins.

3 Global Glow – Claimed by Steve Miyadi, typically a good trainer angle; taking blinkers off for this.

Long Shot – 6 Royal Encounter

Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

10 Pick and Pray – Speedball ran great down the hillside course in her lone try; huge class reduction today too.

7 Ms. G. I. Jane – Dead late closer will be value with Agapito Delgadillo up; he’s a capable rider, but seldome gets bet.

Long Shot – 11 Ghost N Your Heart

Race 5 – 1 1/8th miles, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up

3 Only the Gold – Got smoked as a 3/5 chalk in last; Marty Jones takes the blinkers off, one more shot.

1 Political Man – Dead late closer ships in from Keeneland; Midwest stock is strong as we’ve seen in SoCal.

Long Shot – 8 Swiss Emperor

Race 6 – 1 mile, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up

5 Awesome Year – He broke his maiden over Santa Anita dirt; like the drop in class in a now or never scenario.

8 Clear – Looks bad losing by 13-lengths in last; the winner A Toe By Three flattered by winning next out too.

Long Shot – 7 Jay’s Firetruck

Race 7 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

1 Starseeker – John Shirreffs has a 3-horse uncoupled entry; this one is the longest odds, that’s why I put her on top.

5 Fantastic Mizz – Two tough beats in a row could be bad luck, or a trend; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.

Long Shot – 3 Dime Piece

Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Allowance, 2-year-olds

4 Super Ninety Nine – Well regarded Bob Baffert colt sired by the late Pulpit; he’s supposed to win if he’s a real Derby horse.

3 Mico Margarita – This one is meant to be a pure sprinter; suspect races of 1-turn is what he’ll do best in.

Long Shot – 1 Distintiv Passion

Race 9 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 2-year-olds

11 Zippingaroundtown – He ran well in last and now takes on a very slow group; speed in a potential no passing zone race.

8 Money Makin Sam – Tried blinkers on in last but with the same result; speed is a good weapon in such a moribund field.

Long Shot – 12 Derringer

Best Bet – 4 Super Ninety Nine (race 8)

Santa Anita Park Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$19.20; Long Shots, 9/2/$33.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.80

Santa Anita Park Totals – 16/3/$19.20; Long Shots, 9/2/$33.00; Best Bets, 1/1/$4.80

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #1 Shesabronxbomber (7/2) in race 8 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Brilliant Autumn paying $5.80 to win, $3.40 to place and $3.00 to show. Stats – 1/1/$12.20; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick


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