TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 11 a.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up
Tiz Afire – Should get a nice stalking trip from a wide post; Marty Jones barn is hotter than hot right now.
James Prior – Tepid chalk in an open race; class rise from $8K is not as big as it seems, key is he’s very sharp.
Long Shot – Brinson
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up
Quarter Given – Should be good to go either on sod or synthetics; Rafael Bejarano won’t take no for an answer.
Champ Pegasus – Ground saving trip for this uncoupled half of a Richard Mandella entry; best stride will come late.
Long Shot – Milyone
Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Puff This – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; simple tactics, boot and scoot.
Humble Maggie Go – In a race this slow, you need to examine all of the FTS; from the maestro, Jerry Hollendorfer.
Long Shot – Sombre
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Cenizo – Closer should benefit from a positive race shape; expect Garrett Gomez to sit a trip and make one run.
Right to Work – Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; tactical speed to sit close, but not get involved, in a speed duel.
Long Shot – Imperatriz
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Appealing Afare – FTS from Bob Baffert has been working ultra fast; she may not want to go far, but she’ll go fast.
S C Song Girl – Another working a hole in the wind for trainer Mike Machowsky; watch to tote board for clues.
Long Shot – Merrytagio
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $40,000, Starter handicap $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Kris Silver – Can’t imagine they’ll run on turf, if they race at all; speedball tactics from the rail.
Spurrier – Dead late closer is at the mercy of the early pace; Joel Rosario sits in arrears to make one run.
Long Shot – Zappa
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles, $150,000 San Antonio Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
Philatelist – He’s a much better horse on synthetics than grass; leap of faith that Rafael Bejarano knows the horse.
Richard’s Kid – He’s no Zenyatta, but he’s not too far back; Bob Baffert expecting a big year out of him.
Long Shot – Furthest Land
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Roos On the Loose – Third start off a 5-month hiatus; his race two back, if repeated, would crush these.
Move On Up – Beaten favorite was one stride late in last; sure to be overbet again as he has in both career starts.
Long Shot – Rocky Ice
Best Bet – Roos On the Loose (race 8)
Santa Anita Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 0/0/$0; Long Shots, 0/0/$0; Best Bet, 0/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 456/120/$773.00; Long Shots, 229/35/$382.00; Best Bets, 28/11/$54.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #9 Food Rules (7/2) in race 8 at Tampa Bay. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Visavis won at Fair Groounds paying $4.20 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.40 to show. Stats – 28/19/$129.30