TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $46,000, Optional claiming $32,000, 4-year-olds and up
Noblety – Has won 4-of-5 turf starts since being claimed by Eric Kruljac; been steady as they come down the hill.
Greenwich Park – Interesting newcomer from John Sadler; Rafael Bejarano opted to ride this South African grass import.
Long Shot – Worth Repeating
Race 2 – 2 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Seethe Girlgo – Walther Solis excels at this abbreviated baby races; like that top gate rider David Flores is up.
Fil’slastscore – Tepid chalk from another live baby barn in Mel Stute; your edge over me is you can see the tote action.
Long Shot – Rockin Heather
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Lodi Red – Just a very ugly horse race; FTs from Sean McCarthy has as good a chance as any, no strikes against yet.
Warren’s Kong – Logical chalk because his back to back seconds make him look like Secretariat in here; saves all the ground.
Long Shot – Water Landing
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $14,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Recess – In a race this cheap, to see Rafael Bejarano is always interesting; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Dona Mary – Has earned paychecks in 4 of his last 5 starts; saves ground under Michael Baze and grinds late.
Long Shot – Malibu Artiste
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Dontmesroundwitjim – Joel Rosario had choices and opted to ride for Don Warren; nice comeback off a one year hiatus.
Absolutlypositivly – Loses Rosario to the favorite, but still has a puncher’s chance; stretching out from hillside races.
Long Shot – My Boy Walsh
Race 6 – 1 mile, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up
Fenice – Got a tightener in first race in 2-months off the claim by Jeff Mullins; well spotted for victory.
Our Partner – Big class drop even for Mike Mitchell; he could win by broad daylight or be trailing at the end.
Long Shot – One Shot
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $48,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Thorondor – Speedy sort clearly ran like a short horse in last; speed will be aided by the turf rail out 15 feet.
Pinstripe Kid – Good second in last outrunning his 36/1 odds; will save ground and appears capable of holding form.
Long Shot – Warrens Attack Cat
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Melbisha – Has been well bet in last 3 starts without graduating; switch to Joel Rosario for the money shot.
Royally Large – Showed enormous improvement for Jeff Mullins off a 6-month hiatus; can win if she improves one step.
Long Shot – Skyangle
Best Bet – Melbisha (race 8)
Santa Anita Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/3/$32.80; Long Shots, 9/1/$6.20; Best Bet, 1/1/$22.20
Santa Anita Totals – 1,125/291/$1,938.60; Long Shots, 551/87/$884.80; Best Bets, 67/23/$131.00
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #8 Targe (5/2) in race 2 at Gulfstream Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Mr. Silver won at Gulfstream Park paying $6.40 to win, $3.80 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats – 68/50/$388.90