HORSE RACING

TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up

General Dan – Like the turnback in distance to this elongated sprint; his race two back is fast enough to upset these.

Swiss Ski – Sharp win in last and appears capable of repeating under Rafael Bejarano; is 0-for-9 wins at 7 furlongs.

Long Shot – Quarta Coroa

Race 2 – 2 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

Walkin D Talk – Was well meant in debut with finished third; should move forward with that race experience.

Free Time – Tepid chalk off a very good second in career debut; was well bet at 3/1 and will be a short price today.

Long Shot – Cabo San Lucas

Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Maiden claiming $75,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

Appealing Afare – Two good tries by this Bob Baffert baby; now she goes for a high price tag, not that big of a class drop.

Marrymeonemoretime – Fought hard last time on a contested early pace; if she clears here, she could be tough to catch.

Long Shot – Good Vibration

Race 4 – 1 mile, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $23,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

Cookie’s Jewel – Rafael Bejarano had choices and opted for this Eric Kruljac baby; saves all the ground, grinds late.

Syncobeat – Ran OK last time first trip around 2 turns; he is capable of improvement and has good tactical speed.

Long Shot – Country Impact

Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $46,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds

Farmer Giles – Joe Talamo opted for this colt after a big run in last down the hill; must have a higher ceiling.

Leroy’s Dynameaux – Sharp MSW debut win down the hillside course; is bred to go a lot farther than this distance.

Long Shot – Ivory Fudge

Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $14,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up

Sir Ben – Same maiden claiming win in last, first time for a price tag; is well spotted to not be overmatched versus winners.

Elmer N Mort – Disappointed as a solid chalk in last; chance to rebound, his race two back is fast enough to upset.

Long Shot – Sovereign Lord

Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Gripsholm Castle – Huge class relief from two graded stakes for this; she really outclasses this group by a lot.

Welken – She loves the Santa Anita turf course; key is this is probably farther than she really wants to go.

Long Shot – Van Brit

Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds

Follow the Crowd – You have a big edge over me in seeing the tote board; Harris Farm has an uncoupled entry, longer price here.

Portfolio – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; her race two back was not bad.

Long Shot – Mabeeawishcometrue

Best Bet – Gripsholm Castle (race 7)

Santa Anita Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/3/$17.20; Long Shots, 8/2/$13.60; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.40

Santa Anita Totals – 1,220/308/$2,032.40; Long Shots, 601/100/$1,017.20; Best Bets, 73/27/$144.20

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #2 Persistently (7/5) in race 3 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Citizen Balley won at Aqueduct paying $6.20 to win, $3.50 to place, and $2.80 to show. Stats – 72/52/$407.00

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