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Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita Park, Feb. 1


By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds

6 One Firm Cat – Did not duck anyone in the Generous and BC Juvenile Turf; this test has to be easier than those races.

3 Parisian Prince – Was highly regarded at Del Mar in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf; returns with Gary Stevens up.

Long Shot – 1 Dice Flavor

Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

4 Shezabigbroad – Mark Glatt drops her to a class level lower than he claimed her at; had a very wide trip in last.

2 R Doubleday – Sharp win in last over lesser; takes the next logical step up, may be a useful sort at this level.

Long Shot – 1 Twirlybird

Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up

5 Patriot’s Voyage – Bob Baffert cull can win this at 80 percent efficiency; suspect this won’t be another Tweebster.

7 Three Vases – Horrible race last time at 20/1 odds; should be tighter and prepared for an improved race tonight.

Long Shot – 3 Nico Suave’

Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 4-year-olds and up

10 Max Cooper – Claimed by Vann Belvoir which has proven to be a lethal weapon; has tons of back class to beat these.

7 Vaundell – Speedball will have simple tactics today; Rafael Bejarano should go to the lead and improve position.

Long Shot – 6 Secret Jackpot

Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

2 Belonging – Gutsy MSW try in last squeezing thru late; she chased the talented Eblouissante two races back.

1 Special Charm – Key for me is the switch to Rafael Bejarano; will save all the ground and grind it out late.

Long Shot – 5 Chestnut Moon

Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up

8 Macho Dorado – Huge class drop for this Mike Mitchell cull; like the cut back in distance from a mile for this.

3 Master Chef – Impeccible Santa Anita record; has won 4-of-5 Arcadia starts with one second.

Long Shot – 7 Island Sunset

Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $58,000, Allowance, Fillies, 3-year-olds

1 Sarach – Sharp MSW win last time for this well regarded Richard Mandella filly; suspect she has a high ceiling.

2 Birdlover – Trouble trip in last, still fought gamely for second; U.S. debut in Miesque was also a game try.

Long Shot – 3 Tap the Magic

Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

6 Night Teller – Been stuck at this level her last 3 starts; the extra furlong today can only help her cause.

2 She’s Actceptional – Tepid chalk mainly due to her trainer Julio Canani; the less starts the better at this bottom class.

Long Shot – 5 Lady Comic

Best Bet – 8 Macho Dorado (race 6)

Santa Anita Park Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$32.40; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Park Totals – 368/103/$663.40; Long Shots, 181/22/$261.00; Best Bets, 21/7/$28.80

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #1 Al’s Lark (5/2) in race 2 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Bonjour Belle ran second at Tampa Bay Downs paying $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 18/13/$97.50; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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