TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
Gold Rush Trail – Was rushed into the lead last time and faded late; his preference is to sit just off the pacesetters and grind it out.
Take a Chance – Tepid chalk ran miserably in last, but his race two back is fast enough to beat these; long shot rider Agapito is up.
Long Shot – El Salvador
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $34,000, Maiden claiming $75,000, 3-year-olds
Dart River – Runs for a claiming price first time since his debut effort; tactical speed to protect his inside post around 2-turns.
Big Motor – If Talamo doesn’t win, he gives his horses every chance to finish in the money; O’Neill has put him on two winners already.
Long Shot – Headcoach
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Holly’s Gold – She didn’t beat much last time, but she did it for laughs; Spawr is one of the few who can claim from Mullins and do well.
Gotta Go Gal – Ran miserably as a beaten favorite in last at NoCal; Miller finds a soft spot where is she rebounds she can be tough.
Long Shot – Leslie Lill
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $33,000, Maiden claiming $62,500, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Itsallgreektou – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to claiming; she has speed and with today’s class relief, could be tough.
Flower Fusion – Ran well considering Sadler rarely cranks up on his FTS; if she improves a smidgeon in her second start, she can win.
Long Shot – Exploited Dream
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $55,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds
Unusual Beauty – Graduated at a ridiculous 3/5 odds in MSW last time; has the pedigree to handle turf today in her grass debut.
Summer News – Logical chalk gets big time class relief from an open stakes for this Cal-bred turf route; Talamo offers a weight break too.
Long Shot – Tiz A Blend
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Elusive No More – One thing about a race this bad, having the early lead is usually a big advantage; suspect Potts will send hard.
Closet Trader – The fact that the main contenders are all dead late closers, will make them more vulnerable; sits for one run.
Long Shot – Unbridled Harmony
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
River’s Prayer – She may be the quickest sprinter, turf or dirt, in SoCal; there doesn’t appear to be any who want a piece of her early.
Indian Flare – She’ll be favored due to the Frankel-Flores connection; she’ll stalk the pace but needs River’s Prayer to stop running.
Long Shot – Wild Storm
Race 8 – 1 1/4 miles, Purse $55,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Tice – Has run a number of good races, without winning, since being gelded; chance to upset a Frankel short priced chalk in the pick 6.
Tioga Junction – Not sure if he wants to go this far, but it’s the same question for all of them; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Men Only
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $46,000, 3-year-olds
Silver Light – I never mind a parking lot post coming down the hillside turf course; surface switch make wake up a disappointing colt.
Smart of War – Good turf debut down the hill last time out; Garcia adding blinkers on, like Agapito riding my live long shots.
Long Shot – California Flag
Best Bet – Holly’s Gold (race 3)
Santa Anita Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/4/$25.80; Long Shots, 10/1/$27.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.00
Santa Anita Totals – 1,317/346/$2,257.60; Long Shots, 659/73/$995.80; Best Bets, 76/31/$125.20