TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 2 furlongs, Purse $36,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Miss Maisy – Ward has won every baby race except one by Chipman; sired by a turf horse, Ward drills speed into all of his babies.
To B. Devon – Ran well in debut and can be around to pick up the pieces; always thought Atkinson was a better than given credit for.
Long Shot – Freckesgrandact
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Spoils of Excess – Did everything but win in a big debut effort 2-months ago; will have an easier time if he can start with the others.
Social Satire – Hasn’t run in over one year, but it was a decent debut effort; goes to new trainer, Sise, who can get them ready.
Long Shot – Set for Combat
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Swiss Lad – Speedy Mullins sort has proven he doesn’t need the lead to succeed; suspect Mullins barn is gearing up as we near Hollywood.
Debonair Joe – Dead late closer will need some help from some flash on the front end; gets big time class relief from stakes to claiming.
Long Shot – Celtic Fable
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $27,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Yodelen Dan – Sharp try in first ever race on grass; I liked him that day because of good races over Cushion track, a forgiving surface.
Prowling Cat – Logical chalk off a strong race down the hillside turf course; glad to see the Mig doing well and deciding to stay full-time.
Long Shot – Unusual Men
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $22,000, Claiming $16,000, 4-year-olds
Coronado’s Way – First start in 10-months last time was an excellent tightener; Mullins stretches him out and he should be moving forward.
Archon Star – Makes his debut on dirt, but I suspect he’s in good condition from all his turf routes; if he dirts, he’ll be tough.
Long Shot – Can’t Stop Slew
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Maemy – Ran a better than looked race last time out; I suspect she is rounding back into form and could produce a big effort today.
Watcher Knows – Turf Paradise shippers are usually tossed by most handicappers, not me; this filly is not outclassed facing these.
Long Shot – I’maladytak
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $55,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Cantabria – Looked like a stakes horse on Cushion track, like a dud on dirt; Frankel puts her on turf where she should excel once again.
Ready to Talk – Pletcher has made a solid dent in SoCal with a small number of runners; filly is a useful sort who will earn lots of cash.
Long Shot – Categorize
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
El Gato Famoso – Logical chalk has proven he’s no steamroller, even in this limited class; tactical speed to sit a trip and grind it out.
Bodacat – Ever bet a jockey who always wins the last race and gets you out?; Chavez is becoming that for me, he rides hard all the time.
Long Shot – Oh I Tripped
Best Bet – Cantabria (race 7)
Santa Anita Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/7/$33.00; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 1,165/309/$2,061.40; Long Shots, 583/67/$916.00; Best Bets, 67/27/$112.40