TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $27,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Warren’s Summer – Ran well in her turf debut and promises to like the surface better than dirt; tactical speed to clock the chalk.
Rapid Romance – Logical chalk is strictly the one to beat in this spot; she gets big class relief, but has won once and is a 5-YO.
Long Shot – Charm N Broad
Race 2 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Ace High Hand – Typical patient handling by Headley, a 4-YO and has started only twice; looks like a nice colt who can be productive.
Squires Wingman – Chalk did his best running for a high price tag last time; this is a much tougher spot and the value is elsewhere.
Long Shot – Kailee Rush
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $55,000, Claiming $80,000, 4-year-olds and up
Devil’s Bay – He is the speed in a paceless looking race; Gryder will need to use all his guile to steal this front running verdict.
Terroplane – Drysdale chalk takes a serious class drop to face a much easier task; red flag drop because this horse has talent.
Long Shot – Mananan McLir
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $50,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Sindy With An S – Mitchell rarely wins with a FTS and this filly flat out crushed the field; a repeat race and she’ll win again.
Storm Queen – Sharp MSW win, now she turns back in distance to face winners for the first time; Mig gives her a perfect stalking trip.
Long Shot – Debie Ginsburg
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Pink Polkadots – Dead late closer is turning back in distance where her punch can be much stronger; has a tendency of trouble trips.
Flight to Cash – Tepid chalk has tactical speed to carve out a nice trip for Espinoza; if she loses here, could be claimers next time.
Long Shot – Uhadmeatneigh
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Extraordinary Girl – Turf Paradise import won’t get much credit for facing tougher in Phoenix; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Topper’s Smiling – Gets big time class relief to face these mid-priced claimers; Talamo must be considered in your exotic wagers.
Long Shot – Cheryl’s Sidekick
Race 7 – 1 1/4 miles (turf), $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Solva – She’s the tronger half of an uncoupled Cecil entry; exploded in her U.S. debut despite trailing a pedestrian early pace.
Naughty Rafaela – Frankel must always be respected in any graded grass stakes; she has the speed to lead or sit just off the pace.
Long Shot – Flip Flop
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Lucera – Facing a now or never scenario as she drops to the lowest class level of her career; she is supposed to beat these for fun.
Proud of My Curls – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to claiming; her race two back, if repeated, can upset these.
Long Shot – Love My Rose
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), $100,000 San Simeon Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
Siren Lure – Ran miserably last time so Sherman returns him to sod; may be better as a turf sprinter, loves the hillside course.
Get Funky – Rebounded off a miserable Sunshine Millions try to explode down the hillside turf course; same try gets a piece here.
Long Shot – Soul City Slew
Race 10 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Gotta Go Gal – Gets class relief where she could easily be the boss; Espinoza should pass Gomez to become the meet’s leading rider.
I’maladytak – Talamo loses the mount on the chalk, but he could boot this one in for a big upset; always helps to take off the weight.
Long Shot – In My Life
Race 11 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Oh I Tripped – Ran very creditably in debut, but was hindered stuck down on the rail; draws a better post to settle and rally late.
Tribble – FTS by top baby sire Trippi, he figures to come out running too; Flores must break sharp to give him any chance at all.
Long Shot – Brave Karol
Best Bet – Ace High Hand (race 2)
Santa Anita Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 14/4/$32.40; Long Shots, 6/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 1,378/361/$2,357.80; Long Shots, 689/75/$1,033.60; Best Bets, 79/32/$128.20