TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 2 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
Walkin D Talk – Before the meet ends, Walther Solis will win his share of baby races; bred to win early too.
Warren’s Gus – Top baby race combo of Martin Pedroza and Cliff Sise; watch the tote board for additional clues.
Long Shot – Bourne to Romp
Race 2 – 2 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
Kept Secret – Could be a Walther Solis daily double; you have a big edge over me in seeing the betting on this filly.
Quick Tide – Bullet works and bugboy spell simple tactics for Mel Stute colt; you leave quick and improve your position.
Long Shot – Warren’s Royal Cat
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $46,000, Optional claiming $46,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
Spot the Diplomat – Showed immediate improvement off the claim by Jeff Mullins; grinder figures to be right there again.
Lordgivemealift – Speedball was claimed off a win at Golden Gate and shipped south; has won in SoCal more than once.
Long Shot – Buck’s Bro
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up
Pious David – Mike Mitchell is giving Tyler Baze more work lately; will sit a trip and explode down the lane late.
Unionize – Returns off a 10-month hiatus is a very soft spot; was well regarded when 3-times a defeated favorite.
Long Shot – Derive
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
No Mistress – Ran OK in first race under Doug O’Neill; expect him to tighten the screws in her second out for the barn.
Spun Silver – Speedball returns off a 9-month hiatus; been well bet in both career starts, we’ll see what she’s got.
Long Shot – Stormy Slew
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $32,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds
Vikkilee – Key for me is Rafael Bejarano had choices and opted to ride for Vladimr Cerin; won only start down the hill.
Forever My Love – Like the turn back in distance from routes to hillside sprint; expect best stride to come late.
Long Shot – Foxy Bailey
Race 7 – 7 furlongs, Purse $46,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Blame the Wine – Consistent sort runs the same race every time; she seems to give as good as she gets in tight finishes.
Wood Art – Like the turn back in distance from 2-turn routes for this elongated sprint; best stride will come late.
Long Shot – Initial Impression
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Oh Now – Flew home late to just miss in last; Chantal Sutherland returned to Woodbine, Martin Pedroza takes over.
Hollywood Mogul – Decent return off a 14-month sabbatical; outran his 43/1 odds, chance if he improves another step.
Long Shot – Olympic Magic
Best Bet – Blame the Wine (race 7)
Santa Anita Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/3/$12.40; Long Shots, 8/2/$28.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.00
Santa Anita Totals – 1,140/294/$1,951.00; Long Shots, 559/89/$912.80; Best Bets, 68/24/$135.00
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #9 Road Track’s Dream (3/1) in race 9 at Gulfstream Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Targe was scratched at Gulfstream Park. Stats – 68/50/$388.90