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