TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $24,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
The Town Lady – Was not disgraced last time in a fast paced hillside sprint; better comfort level in today’s route.
Red Door Drive – Tepid chalk in an open NW2L condition; hard to bet against the Bob Baffert barn, as hot as it is.
Long Shot – Elmer N Mort
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies andmares, 4-year-olds and up
Lucy Got Lucky – Ran a winning race for this class in last; showed improvement off the claim by Julio Canani.
Speedy Cleaners – Exits a key race, albeit 9-months ago; big class drop too from MSW for hot barn of Jim Cassidy.
Long Shot – Acute Velocity
Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $11,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Recess – Has run consistently good numbers and figures strongly in here; subtle, but important, class drop today.
Saint’s Crown – Upset winner stretches back out in distance around 2-turns; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.
Long Shot – Red Alarm
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Justincredible – Speedball will relish the turf rail out 30 feet; solid send jockey in Mike Smith, boot and scoot.
Princess Suances – Wide post, but tactical speed to sit a trip; Joel Rosario likes to sit and make one run.
Long Shot – Mama Rosa
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Nitro Active – Doug O’Neill has an uncoupled entry, both have a big shot; blinkers off and Rafael Bejarano on.
Bad Boy – Logical chalk has improved a ton off the claim by Julio Canani; been grinding out wins and paychecks.
Long Shot – Quoted
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Lady Alex – Ran like a good turf horse two back; suspect that might be where her future lies, on the greensward.
Powerofvoodoo – Returns to face her friends in state-bred company; dead late closer will need an aggressive pace.
Long Shot – Ocean Style
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $46,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Jeranimo – Was overmatched in the Malibu, big class relief today; his best races have been in Arcadia over Pro Ride.
Total Bull – Ran great in debut, but a 5-YO FTS must have his problems; short priced chalk must prove himself to me.
Long Shot – Uncle Jeep
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Unknown Heat – Barry Abrams has an uncoupled entry and both have a shot; speedball should fire early under Alonzo Quinonez.
Torrey Cliffs – Tepid chalk in a race between the haves and the have nots; saves ground and grinds it out late.
Long Shot – Spanish Bunny
Best Bet – Jeranimo (race 7)
Santa Anita Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/6/$42.20; Long Shots, 9/1/$10.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.80
Santa Anita Totals – 214/55/$380.00; Long Shots, 109/16/$168.80; Best Bets, 13/7/$28.80
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #10 Pari (7/2) in race 8 at Tampa Bay. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Soda Jerk ran out at Tampa Bay. Stats – 13/9/$55.80