TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Mensa Heat – Like the turn back in distance and blinkers off; suspect Amir Cedeno can put him on the lead and try to steal.
Exile – Dead late closer should see sufficient pace to close into; most are stuck in a no passing zone mentality.
Long Shot – Ghost Ruler
Race 2 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds
Run Over You – Beaten favorite was claimed by Caesar Dominguez; key vote is Rafael Bejarano opted for him over others.
A Royal Tizzy – Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; loses Bejarano, but is in top form of a game victory.
Long Shot – Devil Cat M D
Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Indian Jones – FTS working bullets for Kathy Walsh, and she’s not that kind of trainer; hires main man Joel Rosario.
Locksley Hall – Only one with experience has been well backed in both U.S. starts; he’s got some talent to him.
Long Shot – Coastal Smarty
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $10,000, Claiming $8,000, 4-year-olds and up
Wicked Mischief – Cost me when he missed by an inch in last; reunited with Joel Rosario, Mike Mitchell charge will be tough.
Midwesterner – Speedball will appreciate today’s shorter distance; simple tactics of catch me if you can.
Long Shot – Swiss Ski
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
Stella Mark – Figures to be far back early on the turn back in distance; Joel Rosario sits in arrears for one run.
Vaundell – Just missed last time in return off a 9-month hiatus; if he doesn’t bounce, he figures right there again.
Long Shot – Hot Damon
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up
Gold Aly – Dead late closer should see a positive pace scenario; second start under Jeff Mullins could show big improvement.
Off the Wall – Logical chalk if he runs back to his debut second; suspect can rate better than he did in last.
Long Shot – Prarie Falcon
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $32,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Noblety – Tiny edge in the hardest race of the day; like the parking lot post rallying down the hillside turf course.
Cadillac – Big class drop figures to put him right into the mix; among many who will be trying to close down the hill.
Long Shot – Hey Elvis
Race 8 – 7 furlongs, $150,000 San Vicente, 3-year-olds
Sidney’s Candy – Ran too poor to be true in last off a 4-month hiatus; find out today if there’s substance to the hype.
Quiet Invader – Turns back in distance from 2-turn route for elongated sprint; there’s early speed so he could sit a trip.
Long Shot – Raging Wit
Race 9 – 1 mile (turf), $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Tuscan Evening – Clear chalk loves SA and the mile turf distance; if it wasn’t for Ventura, she’d have won 3 straight stakes.
Cat by the Tale – Visualize a ground saving trip from the rail; she has done a lot of good things for trainer Neil Drysdale.
Long Shot – Pretty Unusual
Race 10 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
D. C. Tapit – Big class dropper from the white-hot Mike Mitchell; if he doesn’t win this, it’ll be on to Phoenix next.
Warren’s Tommy Too – Typical green baby, broke slowly, found his best stride too late; chance to move forward some.
Long Shot – Nathaniel
Best Bet – Tuscan Evening (race 9)
Santa Anita Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/2/$16.40; Long Shots, 8/2/$23.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 554/137/$861.40; Long Shots, 278/43/$456.80; Best Bets, 34/13/$60.60
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #5 Gator Prowl (5/2) in race 6 at Laurel. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Bright Abyss ran second at Philadelphia Park paying $3.60 to place, and $2.20 to show. Stats – 34/23/$166.50