Horse Racing


By Richard Eng

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds

7 Warren’s Dove – Speedball figures to dominate from the get go; P Val goes as fast and as far as he can.

4 Good Brother – Dead-late closer claimed off a solid second; stalkers and closers have been doing better of late.

Long Shot – 1a Mark of a Warrior

Race 2 – 7 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds

4 Tone for Atonement – Has good dirt experience for the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; tactical speed to sit a trip.

2 Summers At Delmar – Julio Canani has been laying in wait; he likes to pick his spots and this is a good one.

Long Shot – 1 Coo Cachoo

Race 3 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), $150,000 Robert J. Frankel, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

5 Harmonious – Draw a line through the Breeders’ Cup debacle and she looks fine; should be a big player in the division.

3 Eclair de Lune – Game try in the Breeders’ Cup; she won the Beverly D so she is a serious contender to the heavy chalk.

Long Shot – 1 Go Forth North

Race 4 – 7 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up

1 Warren’s Concept – In a field this slow, the lead can be very important; looks like a no-passing-zone race.

4 Warren’s Tommy Too – Has cashed checks in 5-of-11 starts; should get good value with unknown bugboy riding.

Long Shot – 9 Oh Mighty Dollar

Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

2 River Glow – Mare is old enough to have run on Santa Anita dirt back in 2007; if right she can be tough.

6 Tamerin – If anyone can steal this on the front end, it’s this gal; sliding down the claiming ladder for Mike Mitchell.

Long Shot – 4 Grand Mischief

Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $54,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds

1 Full Instinct – Should see a nice pace scenario to close into; Peter Miller adding blinkers on, keeps Garrett Gomez too.

3 Shelter Cove – Doug O’Neill adding blinkers on; he’s been well bet in all 5 starts, they obviously like his ability.

Long Shot – 10 Classy Lion

Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up

2 Catalan – Dead-late closer could see a perfect pace scenario; Joel Rosario can mow the pacesetters down late.

3 Solar Rocket – Speedball figures to have lots of company on the front end; lost to a good one in China for Bob Baffert.

Long Shot – 6 Irrefutable

Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), $100,000 Daytona, 4-year-olds and up

2 Afleet Ruler – Dead-late closer should see a wicked fast pace to close into; offers nice value at 9/2 odds.

1 Dance With Gable – Speedball is perfect 3-for-3 wins down the hillside turf course; catch him to win.

Long Shot – 7 Dilemma

Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Claiming $8,000, 4-year-olds and up

13 Beyond Loaded – Was flattered when Dapper Gene won next out; big class drop and picking up Joel Rosario to ride.

3 Cafe Con Leche – Sneaky choice in a wide-open, bottom-level claimer; has good tactical speed to be forwardly placed.

Long Shot – 12 Candy Coast

Best Bet – 5 Harmonious (race 3)

Santa Anita Park Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$31.20; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Park Totals – 82/27/$159.80; Long Shots, 40/5/$48.60; Best Bets, 5/3/$10.80

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – 2 Stepaside (6/1) in race 6 at Tampa Bay Downs. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Our Royal Affair ran third at Parx Racing paying $2.40 to show. Stats – 5/3/$23.40

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