TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $26,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Cee Stone – Big class drop and adding blinkers on point to a full bore effort; facing a less than stellar field.
Gula Gold – Dead late closer could be rounding back into form; Matt Chew made the race go with an uncoupled entry.
Long Shot – Spell Caster
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $20,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Sovereign Lord – Henry Moreno doesn’t win many races anymore, but he’s got a big shot here; like the subtle class drop.
Ringolevio – Was rank into the early pace last time; his best races are when he rates, sits and makes one run.
Long Shot – Free Lunch
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Smokey Beau – His two 2-turn tries show he’s better as a 1 turn sprinter; Joel Rosario will sit for one run.
Who’s Your Widady – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to compete.
Long Shot – Justice Reigns
Race 4 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Seize Power – Making his third start for his third different trainer; no worry, Bill Mott is a Hall of Famer.
Royal F J – Three close but no cigar finishes; logical chalk offers no value as he is sure to get overbet.
Long Shot – Outlaw Man
Race 5 – 1 mile, Purse $36,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds
Paddy’s Magic – His style suggests he won’t lose his punch going 2-turns; should get a nice stalking trip.
Temerity – Tepid chalk in a wide open 6-pack; last out win came aroung 2-turns, so that’s a large positive.
Long Shot – My Man Sumo
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $45,000, 3-year-olds
Victory With Honor – Got a test drive in debut and the public knew it; expect big improvement and best stride in the lane.
Nextdoorneighbor – Beaten favorite did run a bit better in last; saves ground, has the pedigree to go a distance.
Long Shot – Ivory Fudge
Race 7 – 1 1/4 miles (turf, rail at 8 feet), $150,000 San Marcos, 4-year-olds and up
Loup Breton – Logical chalk was a stride late in last while facing tougher; figures to be a lot less than even money.
Riviera Cocktail – Big rider switch to Joel Rosario; chased The Usual Q. T. who would likely be favored with these./
Long Shot – High Court Drama
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Glow Girl Go – Got a public workout off a year hiatus; like that Rafael Bejarano remains loyal, class drop is a huge thing.
Slews Copy – Ran like she needed the race, her first in 7-months; if she improves a step she has a puncher’s chance.
Long Shot – Atka
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds
Sabino Storm – Was flattered when High Success won right back on Sunday; blinkers on, drops for a price tag.
Little Ruler – Ran evenly in debut, now picks up Garrett Gomez; watch the tote board for additional clues.
Long Shot – Quillotano
Best Bet – Loup Breton (race 7)
Santa Anita Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/6/$36.20; Long Shots, 9/1/$11.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.60
Santa Anita Totals – 297/78/$513.20; Long Shots, 148/21/$215.00; Best Bets, 18/9/$40.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #7 Afrikaner (9/5) in race 3 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Victory Cure won at Philadelphia Park paying $5.40 to win, $3.40 to place, and $2.20 to show. Stats – 17/11/$73.60