TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time noon
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Poetic License – Even run down the hillside in her U.S. debut; has every right to improve with stable rider Martin Pedroza.
No Mistress – Logical chalk has run two fast races so far; note she does not race with Lasix, is that a major disadvantage?
Long Shot – Initial Impression
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Euro Gal – She has faced tougher than these already; her race two back is fast enough to beat these if repeated.
Lana’s Lovely – Among 7 last out winners from maiden claiming ranks; Joel Rosario could be sore from yesterday’s spill.
Long Shot – Naughty Mariana
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Krakow Queen – Speedball may last in a no passing zone field; bulky group is fraught with danger, watch the tote for clues.
Diva Gone Wild – The less starts the better at this bottom maiden claiming level; flattered by Miss Seamless victory.
Long Shot – If You Knew Susie
Race 4 – 1 1/2 miles (turf), Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Zappa – Like saving ground when you have to go a marathon distance; ran better than looked in the Super Bowl Party.
Yodelen Dan – On a sharp winning streak, figures to be a short priced chalk; too obvious on a day to shop for prices.
Long Shot – Falcon Rock
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $46,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Afleet Ruler – Been away 20 months, but has been training like a banshee; has all the back class in the world.
E Z’s Gentleman – Third start off a 16-month layoff should be a positive form cycle; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Long Shot – Fantasy Free
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf), $60,000 Pasadena, 3-year-olds
Alfarabi – Perfect his main nemesis is to his inside; Garrett Gomez has a better option of sitting back to make one run.
Macias – He is 2-for-2 wins on grass; quality colt has been handled judiciously by Bob Baffert, another small step up.
Long Shot – Get A Grip
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles, $150,000 Sham, 3-year-olds
The Program – Earned this test off a gutty win in last; tested for class in the Cash Call where he ran a close up fourth.
Nextdoorneighbor – Highly regarded colt won crisply in his MSW; this is not the toughest edition of the Sham we’ll ever see.
Long Shot – Kettle River
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, $250,000 Santa Anita Oaks, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Blind Luck – Task was made tougher in last when Rafael Bejarano snoozed at the wheel; showed her class by just getting up.
Crisp – Exits two bullet worked showing her current sharpness; saves ground and has live connections in Sadler and Rosario.
Long Shot – Cozi Rosie
Race 9 – 1 mile (turf), $250,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
Proviso – Appears primed for her U.S. turf debut; Bill Mott does not take lightly running a mare versus males in a grade 1.
Ever a Friend – Logical chalk was outfinished by Fluke in the Citation; has the talent to turn the tables on that one.
Long Shot – Battle of Hastings
Race 10 – 1 1/4 miles, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
St. Trinians – Can mares beat males in back-to-back grade 1 stakes; she has a late turn on synthetics you don’t see too often.
Loup Breton – Tries synthetics for the first time; his grass style is perfectly suited to handle this, Gomez sits and fires.
Long Shot – Jeranimo
Race 11 – 6 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up
Hovig – Been away 8 months, but Mike Mitchell returns him first time for a price tag; he need not be much to handle these.
Hasty Trend – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low level; like that Rafael Bejarano takes the call.
Long Shot – The Final Roar
Best Bet – Blind Luck (race 8)
Santa Anita Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/1/$5.20; Long Shots, 6/2/$18.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 750/191/$1,274.20; Long Shots, 372/57/$600.20; Best Bets, 46/16/$75.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #7 Win Willy (7/2) in race 7 at Oaklawn Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Sheik’s Serenade won at Gulfstream Park paying $4.00 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show. Stats – 46/33/$230.00