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

TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

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

1 His Royal Highness – Dead late closer is cutting back from route to sprint too; best stride will come late.

4 Gifted Prince – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; been away more than 2-years too.

Long Shot – 3 Cold Bay

Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds

5 Masaru – Second time out for trainer Steve Asmussen; barn has an uncoupled entry so keep an eye on Python too.

1 Taran Taran – FTS from Bob Baffert; barn has an uncoupled entry in Spirited Touch, so eyeball him here.

Long Shot – 3 Consurgo

Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

4 Ubelongtomemissy – Big class relief from the grade 2 La Canada for this; has tactical speed to sit a nice trip.

2 Catienus Gold – Claimed by Peter Miller off a sharp second; Miller taking the blinkers off for this.

Long Shot – 6 Royal Tiger

Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, 4-year-olds and up

2 Solar Rocket – Class dropper is exiting some decent races; if he repeats his last, he’ll be right there.

10 Vaundell – Dead game win in last, just needs to repeat the effort tonight; like that Rafael Bejarano remains loyal.

Long Shot – 9 Hidden Blessing

Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

5 Keyboard Courage – Gulfstream invader is a newcomer to the Peter Miller barn; suspect the private purchase can really run.

7 Sanibel Sid – Ran like a horse given a race in last off a 15-month hiatus; should be a lot tighter for this start.

Long Shot – 10 Baby Blake

Race 6 – 7 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up

6 Macho Dorado – Claimed off a win for Mike Mitchell; he doesn’t need to improve at all, just repeat the last race.

9 Mel’s Game – Nice win in last off a 7-month hiatus; Mike Mitchell charge can evolve into a decent sprinter.

Long Shot – 2 Memphis

Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $65,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 4-year-olds and up

8 Temple’s Door – Blew a tire in the San Marcos marathon; his race two back in the San Gabriel could upset these.

7 Causeithertz – This is a tougher test as he hasn’t faced a group this tough before; sure to be overbet from Bob Baffert.

Long Shot – 6 Tigah

Race 8 – 7 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 3-year-olds

11 Primed and Ready – Rallied well in last despite a tough, wide trip; like the parking lot post in an elongated sprint.

2 Zippingaroundtown – Speedball tactics might work in a possible no passing zone race; Tyler Baze is a fine speed rider..

Long Shot – 10 Majestic Desert

Best Bet – 11 Primed and Ready (race 8)

Santa Anita Park Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/2/$15.60; Long Shots, 8/2/$19.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.40

Santa Anita Park Totals – 641/170/$1,120.30; Long Shots, 315/40/$454.20; Best Bets, 36/14/$57.40

SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 Two Left Shoes (8/1) in race 6 at Fair Grounds. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Street Swagg ran third at Aqueduct paying $2.40 to show. Stats – 33/25/$176.30; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick

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