TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds
Life By R R – Appears to be rejuvenated since claimed by Doug O’Neill; watch the early races closely to see how the Pro Ride plays.
Victory Dancer – Game win last time and she appears to be rounding into top form; suspect her best stride will come late.
Long Shot – You Can Dream
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Kimmyv – Logical chalk ran fast enough in last to crush this field; Bob Baffert has been using Martin Garcia early and often.
Hit the Brix – Like that Rafael Bejarano had choices and rides here for Mike Pupye; green debut, slow early, fast late, still won.
Long Shot – Terrify
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 4-year-olds and up
Times Gone By – Ran evenly in last as a beaten chalk; his run in the grade 1 Hirsch shows he has a high ceiling.
Art Currency – Tepid chalk in what should be a cavalry charge of a finish; make sure the race stays on grass too.
Long Shot – Gothic Samurai
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
I Can Yodel Too – Mike Mitchell second time out babies are winning at 42 percent; watch the tote board for additional clues.
Excessive Chatter – Logical chalk is no single if you know what I mean; many question marks and those who could improve.
Long Shot – Sarazona
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Sunny Peace – Loses Rafael Bejarano to Tallahsocean; Tyler Baze is a great sub, be patient early and grind late.
Tallahsocean – Claimed by Bob Hess, he adds blinkers on; has won twice when he ran for this low class level.
Long Shot – Dine At Nine
Race 6 – 7 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Raushchenberg – Chased a good looking colt in Clutch Player; many of these look capable of improving a lot in second start.
Leothelion – Logical chalk ran a fast second in last; if he repeats that race, he’ll win, capable of bouncing too.
Long Shot – Close the the Edge
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $46,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
Adam Suances – Ran like he needed the race, his first in 4-months; should be tighter for this second return start.
Spirit of Cochise – Dead late closer taking a big class drop; the parking lot post is actually good down the hill.
Long Shot – Charlie and Chris
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
Supreme Summit – Is reunited with Rafael Bejarano; figures to be an aggressive pace for him to close into.
Dancing in Silks – Winners of BC races have a hard time repeating next out; giving a lot of weight to his talented foes.
Long Shot – Eaton’s Gift
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Irish Pepper – Paired some good races together; like that Rafael Bejarano remains loyal to the cause.
Prophetise – Like the turn back in distance from route to sprint; he figures to sit in arrears and make one run.
Long Shot – Warren’s Player
Best Bet – Kimmyv (race 2)
Santa Anita Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 0/0/$0; Long Shots, 0/0/$0; Best Bet, 0/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 297/78/$513.20; Long Shots, 148/21/$215.00; Best Bets, 18/9/$40.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #2 Rule by Night (8/5) in race 4 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Monday, Afrikaner ran second at Aqueduct paying $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Stats – 18/12/$79.00