HORSE RACING

TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

Ninth Infantry – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; took bet action in debut.

Pat Olcott – Just missed in last 2, clearly a logical contender; Melody Conlon takes the weight off with bugboy.

Long Shot – Laugh Til I Cry

Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds

Toro Trippi – Gets a big rider switch to Victor Espinoza; did well in last stalking a wickedly fast early pace.

Ministers Altarboy – Exits the same race as Toro Trippi; can see Rafael Bejarano trying to take back for one run.

Long Shot – Good Turn

Race 3 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds

Hockley – Good SoCal debut off a 3-month hiatus; big rider switch to Garrett Gomez for the money shot.

Seize Power – Improved in last despite a fifth place finish; would not be surprised if he passes them all late.

Long Shot – Outlaw Man

Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $10,000, Claiming $8,000, 4-year-olds and up

Scottish Diamond – Beaten favorite ran a winning race for this class; been an ATM dispenser since claimed by Jeff Mullins.

To The Penny – Nearly ran a career best in last win; chance to bounce, but a repeat certainly puts him right there.

Long Shot – Orientation Hall

Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds

Sabino Storm – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; adding blinkers on for this.

Kalookan Commando – Been away 3-months; dead late closer should see plenty of cheap speed to close into.

Long Shot – Little Ruler

Race 6 – 7 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up

Wicked Mischief – Did everything but win last time in a good comeback try; tighter off a 3-month hiatus.

Stand Tall – Wheels came off last time when aimed too high; glad to see his cheaper friends today, grinding late.

Long Shot – Midwesterner

Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds

Ace of Aces – Sharp MSW win in handy fashion suggests more; figures to get overlooked with Gomez and Bejarano on chalk.

Alfarabi – Stride late in last chasing a Bob Baffert good thing; negative is a wide trip with the turf rail out 24 feet.

Long Shot – Setsuko

Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds

Ferrandero – Ran a winning race for this level in last; if he can repeat the effort, he’s the most likely winner.

Born to Shop – Speedball figures to play catch me if you can; provides the target in a potential no passing zone race.

Long Shot – Blackman Bay

Best Bet – Ace of Aces (race 7)

Santa Anita Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$28.40; Long Shots, 9/1/$8.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Totals – 329/87/$559.80; Long Shots, 164/22/$223.40; Best Bets, 20/10/$44.80

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #5 Stormin Yank (9/5) in race 7 at Tampa Bay. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Shawnee Moon ran out at Aqueduct. Stats – 20/13/$89.60

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