Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds
Kalookan Commando – Alex Solis had choices and opted to ride for Leonard Powell; third start off a 3-month hiatus.
Working Capital – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; been bet in his last three starts.
Long Shot – Swiss Emperor
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $11,000, Claiming $8,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Gula Gold – Cheapest class she has ever run at; her last 2 starts over synthetics are both fast enough to compete.
Twoformeoneforyou – Won a head bob last time in a hard fought victory; dead late closer will save every inch of ground.
Long Shot – Sports Edition
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up
Pious David – Has run much improved races since joining the Mike Mitchell barn; figures to be a short price tonight.
Off the Wall – Speedball tactics from the rail; third start off a 11-month hiatus, should be a positive form cycle.
Long Shot – Goshawk
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Elegant – Been knocking on the door with 3 in the money finishes; third start off a 3-month hiatus could be her best.
I’mneverwrong – Been well bet in all career starts without graduating; like the turn back in distance, should be closing.
Long Shot – Donner Wasser
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 4-year-olds and up
Massone – Class relief from graded stakes for this; last non-stakes start was an easy win on grass at Del Mar.
Tap It Light – Gets tested for class after a sharp win in last; second start off a 16-month hiatus, Mike Mitchell magic?
Long Shot – Joshua’s Dream
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds
My Man Sumo – Jeff Mullins cull takes a drastic class drop for this; like that Rafael Bejarano takes the call.
A Royal Tizzy – Razor sharp off of 2 straight wins; Joe Talamo can clock the early speed from a parking lot post.
Long Shot – Run Over You
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles, $250,000 Santa Margarita Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Zenyatta – Puts her incredible 14 race win streak on the line; this is her one and only prep for the $5-million Apple Blossom.
Floating Heart – Ran much better than looked in last when had a trouble trip; Todd Pletcher shows faith in keeping Joe Talamo up.
Long Shot – Pretty Unusual
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
Top Feeling – Been in four dogfights in a row, winning only once; like that Rafael Bejarano rides for a low percentage barn.
Renegade Storm – Joel Rosario subs for Garrett Gomez who is riding Lookin at Lucky in the Rebel at Oaklawn Park.
Long Shot – Adam Suances
Race 9 – 1 1/16th miles, $150,000 San Felipe, 3-year-olds
Dave In Dixie – John Sadler has an uncoupled entry, bullet fast Sidney’s Candy and this talented dead late closer.
Caracortado – 5-for-5 wins and has done nothing wrong in his career; great story with unheralded Paul Atkinson riding.
Long Shot – Sidney’s Candy
Race 10 – 6 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Joint Agreement – Big class drop can help her compete with these; tactical speed to sit a perfect stalking trip.
Tribul Witch – Another taking a big class drop in search of victory; Joel Rosario riding for Julio Canani, top notch.
Long Shot – Hit the Brix
Best Bet – Elegant (race 4)
Santa Anita Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$22.00; Long Shots, 7/1/$21.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 833/209/$1,391.80; Long Shots, 414/66/$711.00; Best Bets, 50/17/$79.20
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #7 Odysseus (7/2) in race 11 at Tampa Bay. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Rocketing Returns ran third at Aqueduct paying $2.80 to show. Stats – 51/37/$264.00