Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Spring Forth – Well meant colt seems to be slowly progressing; big rider switch to Joel Rosario for the money shot.
Mindblower – FTS has a big shot under Rafael Bejarano in a race full of underachievers; watch the tote board for clues.
Long Shot – Imperial Pride
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $32,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Giganticus – Like the parking lot post down the hillside turf course; Garrett Gomez puts the pedal to the metal late.
Cadillac – Dead late closer runs like he’s going to get up, and he usually doesn’t; still this is a very soft spot.
Long Shot – Cavanal
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Tribul Witch – Sliding down the claiming ladder where she has found new friends; Julio Canani cull may overpower them late.
Fleet Royale – Drastic class drop is a red flag, but necessary to find the winner’s circle; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Long Shot – Warren’s Mystery
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf), $150,000 Budweiser Arcadia Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
Battle of Hastings – Wide trip off a 3-month hiatus was too difficult to overcome in the Kilroe; rail trip plus he’ll be tighter.
Compari – Speedball will find others want the same role tonight; vulnerable favorite despite the five race win streak.
Long Shot – Fluke
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Hennessy God – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Julio Canani with another cheapie.
Big Wags – Another dropping in class from MSW to maiden claiming; tough opener to an inscrutable pick 6 carryover.
Long Shot – Scrutinizing Kat
Race 6 – 1 1/8th miles, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, 3-year-olds
Sidney’s Candy – The key to the race is who will challenge him early; his main limitation is how far does he want to go.
Lookin At Lucky – With the goal of the KY Derby 4-weeks away, don’t expect Bob Baffert to have him fully cranked; upset time.
Long Shot – Caracortado
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $49,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 4-year-olds and up
Dance With Gable – Is 2-for-2 wins down the hill, so why stop now; in and outer is due for a powerful in effort.
Get Funky – Sliding down the class ladder to this easier assignment; hate the rail post, but he still has the talent.
Long Shot – Banner Lodge
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, $150,000 Potrero Grande, 4-year-olds and up
Ventana – Unlucky to chase Kinsale King and Bob Black Jack in last two stakes; much improved in recent stakes tries.
Sangaree – Longer odds of uncoupled Bob Baffert entry; may have found a niche as a late closing sprinter, square price.
Long Shot – Gato Go Win
Race 9 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $150,000 Providencia, Fillies, 3-year-olds
In the Slips – Tough trip did her in last time; rider switch back to Garrett Gomez, that alone moves her up 3-lengths.
Andina – Was stuck back with In the Slips in the China Doll; both got going too late while chasing a pedestrian pace.
Long Shot – Camille C
Race 10 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Pincelada – Was well meant in debut when fighting hard to the wire; key will be if she moves forward or regresses.
Primed – Win early pedigree from a trainer not known to win early often; key vote comes from Rafael Bejarano.
Long Shot – Marrymeonemoretime
Race 11 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $22,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Magic Launch – Just missed in last off a 10-month hiatus; if she improves one step, she could crush these.
Terrify – Speedball will try and play catch me if you can; need not be much facing a rather motley crew.
Long Shot – Naughty Mariana
Best Bet – In the Slips (race 9)
Santa Anita Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$28.00; Long Shots, 7/1/$8.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.20
Santa Anita Totals – 1,085/280/$1,846.00; Long Shots, 531/86/$878.60; Best Bets, 65/22/$108.80
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #3 Win Willy (8/5) in race 10 at Oaklawn Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Macias ran out at Keeneland. Stats – 66/48/$370.30