TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Champagneandlilies – Stretching out around 2-turns for the first time; showed promise in first two starts.
Skylights – Ran evenly in last, her first around 2-turns; vote mainly comes from John Sadler and Tyler Baze.
Long Shot – Dee Dee’s Flight
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Red Tomatoes – Logical chalk is among others taking a steep class drop; should be able to clock the inside speed.
Closing Steps – Speedball could be the most dangerous play in racing, lone speed; on the engine throughout.
Long Shot – Slew of Candy
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $30,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Good Brother – Calder shippers has a history of running well in SoCal; been training well since claimed by Mark Glatt.
Good Turn – Tepid chalk is a proven commodity at this class level; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.
Long Shot – Really Uptown
Race 4 – 5 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Kaylie’s Joy – Just missed last time in a solid effort; third start off a 7-month hiatus should be her best.
Suances Rio – Debuted in a stakes and split the field in a good try; been away 11-month, the key is her fitness.
Long Shot – Allie Wolff
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
His Boy Elroy – Faced much tougher 8-months ago at Del Mar; if he’s fit, he could easily invade the party.
Bullfighter – Bob Baffert 6-YO has only 3 career starts; been working fast and could rebound nicely here.
Long Shot – Proud Hillbilly
Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Classy Eva – It’s time she put it all together and graduated; big rider switch to Felipe Valdez for the money shot.
Dani Strikes – Tepid chalk in a wide open race; there are 5 FTS so you have the edge of seeing the tote board.
Long Shot – Chase the Fever
Race 7 – 1 mile, Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Self Made Man – Returns off a 6-month hiatus; Mike Mitchell barn is going so well, a win off a layoff is no big deal.
Good Measure – Logical chalk just graduated, albeit in impressive fashion; facing winners the first time is never easy.
Long Shot – Never
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Swiss Jewel – FTS from Carla Gaines is bred to win early; like that she hires Rafael Bejarano for maiden voyage.
Sibersky – Typical green debut, slow early and fast late; should move forward with the positive experience.
Long Shot – Ms Treasure Hunter
Best Bet – Kaylie’s Joy (race 4)
Santa Anita Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/3/$19.60; Long Shots, 9/1/$8.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 1,039/267/$1,765.40; Long Shots, 510/81/$832.80; Best Bets, 62/20/$100.00
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #5 Clear Faith (4/1) in race 5 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Unison ran out at Gulfstream Park. Stats – 63/47/$359.90