TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up
10 Mind the Minister – Twice he’s run for a $20K price tag and twice he’s run a close second; strictly the one to beat.
2 Funny Man – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; adding blinkers on for hot Richard Baltas.
Long Shot – 5 Hold’em Hustler
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
4 Sweet Red Cat – Showed a solid late kick in graduation race; key is she’s first time dirt, all her experience comes on sod.
3 O Happy Gray – Second start off a 2-month hiatus; showed tactical speed in last to hang around for the placing.
Long Shot – 5 Sense of a Woman
Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
5 Wine List – Ron Ellis colt returns to dirt after two strong turf routes; would be handy to have a dual surface threat.
4 Misdeed – Bob Baffert has a lot of stable action today; this one makes his second start and should improve a lot.
Long Shot – 1 Dead Easy
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $58,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
4 Mum’s Truckee – Her best results have come on grass for Peter Miller; Garrett Gomez likes to sit back and make one run.
6 Luxuriance – Sprinter stretching out will surely go for the early lead; go pilot for that in Tyler Baze.
Long Shot – 7 Distant Glow
Race 5 – 1 mile, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
8 Governor Charlie – Ran greenly in debut, slow early but fast late; second time out for Bob Baffert, expect improvement.
5 Footbridge – Logical chalk off a strong second in last; will be interesting to see the strategy of Garrett Gomez.
Long Shot – 7 Pure Loyalty
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up
3 Copper Bay – Showing steady improvement and has already routed on turf; will be in best stride late in the lane.
2 Broker Brett – Among many exiting a crazy hillside race with a 21 quarter, 42 half-mile; that won’t happen in here.
Long Shot – 8 Miss Malibu
Race 7 – 7 furlongs, $150,000 San Vicente, 3-year-olds
2 Shakin It Up – Bob Baffert trains half the field; he ran well in the Hollywood Prevue, may be further along in his growth.
5 Mudflats – Private purchase ran awful in Jerome, debut race under Doug O’Neill; brings him home to start all over in SoCal.
Long Shot – 6 Treasury Bill
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
2 Baby Blake – Lost to a very good colt in Klisz last time; that one is trained by Michael Ewing who has An Shanachie in here.
3 Cuvee Exchange – Tries turf ror the first time; liked her debut win, now she takes on the boys for John Sadler.
Long Shot – 7 An Shanachie
Race 9 – 7 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 4-year-olds and up
14 National – Don’t mind the parking lot post in this elongated sprint; figures to stalk from the wide out and rally late.
9 Scofield Barracks – Dead late closer may be rounding back into form; in the good hands of Michael Pender.
Long Shot – 7 Aqua Fever
Best Bet – 2 Shakin It Up (race 7)
Santa Anita Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/4/$22.60; Long Shots, 10/1/$9.20; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.20
Santa Anita Park Totals – 536/146/$966.50; Long Shots, 264/34/$379.40; Best Bets, 30/10/$41.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #1 Cheery (2/1) in race 8 at Oaklawn Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Don’t Tell Sophia won at Oaklawn Park paying $5.00 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 28/20/$148.00; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick