HORSE RACING

TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds

Mikeymike – Did a classic pop and stop in MSW debut; taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming.

Southern Defender – Has cashed two paychecks in two career starts; class drop can only help in tiny field.

Long Shot – Rise to Power

Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $30,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Salty Sarah – Like that Garrett Gomez stays loyal despite a poor finish; second start off a 3-month hiatus.

Ashton Girl – Logical chalk has not run for a price tag before; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.

Long Shot – Squeeze Me Tight

Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds

Swiss Arrogant – Was grossly overmatched in last; his race two back is fast enough to beat these, class drop helps.

Show the Flag – Turning back in distance from route to this elongated sprint; his best stride will come late.

Long Shot – Ur Turn Dubai

Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds

Saltendipity – Big run for second in debut breaking from a parking lot post; can save some ground today.

She’s Not Lion – Finished right behind the chalk and figures right there too; she started from post 13.

Long Shot – Z and I

Race 5 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

Sterkel – Been away 4-months since trailing much tougher; best late kick, could run over these at a square price.

Hyades – English import makes U.S. debut for Ben Cecil; exits a bullet workout to showcase his current sharpness.

Long Shot – Bring It Home

Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $46,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds

Concord Point – Bob Baffert baby crushed a key race field; colt is behind schedule, but will be stakes caliber.

Bulldogger – The main foe appears to be another Baffert baby; Saratoga win was a scorcher, been away 6-months.

Long Shot – High Success

Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), $60,000 Wishing Well Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Dreamt – Ran like a lost puppy in her U.S. debut; has ability, can only improve with more American experience.

Royal Taat – This is one great betting race; dead late closer has already won twice down the hillside course.

Long Shot – Dance to My Tune

Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

Miss Wined Up – Claimbed from Bob Baffert by the underrated Carl O’Callaghan; blinkers off and exits a bullet work.

Infinity n’ Beyond – Eric Kruljac adds blinkers on for more focus; she too exits a bullet workout for this start.

Long Shot – Musical Grace

Best Bet – Concord Point (race 6)

Santa Anita Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/3/$15.20; Long Shots, 7/1/$8.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Totals – 502/129/$813.00; Long Shots, 252/39/$412.40; Best Bets, 31/12/$58.20

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #4 Custer (6/1) in race 9 at Gulfstream Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Warrior’s Reward won at Gulfstream Park paying $5.60 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Stats – 31/21/$150.90

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