TODAY AT SANTA ANITA by Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 2-year-olds
1 Slapshot Man – Was disqualified from a win two races back; then stumbled at the start in last, speed from the rail tonight.
3 Whoyougonnacall – Showed improvement for Philip D’Amato in second career start; like that Joe Talamo remains loyal to the cause.
Long Shot – 7 Tiz Jolie
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $60,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 West Riding – Bob Baffert entered Front Range to make this race go; filly is a Tapit with a tremendously high ceiling.
1 Yahilwa – Her last two dirt starts were both in grade 1 stakes; the class relief alone gives her a puncher’s chance in here.
Long Shot – 5 Taste Like Candy
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $56,000, 2-year-olds
7 Diamond Majesty – Ran well in debut race on dirt; switches to turf where he should have the pedigree to handle it.
8 Bolo – FTS from the Carla Gaines barn; has been working terrific and has turf pedigree top and bottom to excel on grass.
Long Shot – 9 Grand Sky
Race 4 – 1 mile, Purse $17,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Silk in Silver – Silky smooth win in last, first race off the claim by Kristin Mulhall; looks well placed for a repeat effort.
6 I’m No Patsy – Has won 2-of-3 starts at this mile distance; figures to use her tactical speed to sit a nice trip.
Long Shot – 4 Magic Number
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Maiden claiming $75,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
4 Partyin – Really fell apart last time after contesting for the early lead; her two races at Del Mar were good, over synthetics.
3 Doctor Susan – Was well bet in debut and did show some ability; Peter Miller taking the blinkers off for this.
Long Shot – 10 Blooming Hannah
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $30,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Silver Torch – After good races over Del Mar synthetics, won his debut try on grass; draws the advantageous rail going one mile.
4 Gallant Charm – Is winless in 9 tries on turf; however he’s finished in the money 6 times so he keeps teasing us.
Long Shot – 8 Romar Success
Race 7 – 7 furlongs, Purse $60,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
6 Hoppertunity – Bob Baffert using these races as a personal warm up for the Breeders’ Cup; shame he had to scratch American Pharoah.
9 Diamond Bachelor – Ran a fine race last time chasing Indianapolis; repeat effort gives him a puncher’s chance with Joel Rosario up.
Long Shot – 10 Pimpernel
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
5 Kluszewski – Named for the Cincinnati Red slugger Ted K; he cut the sleeves from his uniform to allow him freedom of movement.
6 Signature Cat – Was clearly overmatched in the grade 1 Hopeful; this is much easier, has plenty of early speed to compete.
Long Shot – 3 Zinvor
Best Bet – 5 Silk in Silver (race 4)
Santa Anita Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/3/$22.40; Long Shots, 9/3/$33.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 340/81/$503.80; Long Shots, 167/25/$282.00; Best Bets, 20/10/$38.80
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 Glickman (9/2) in race 7 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Red Guard ran second at Belmont Park paying $4.10 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats – 166/97/$918.30; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick