TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $38,000, Claiming $50,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Yankee Romance – Beat males easily to break her maiden; went unclaimed, she can certainly win back facing fillies.
Roman Charity – Grinder is good at cashing paychecks, but not winning; tries a group she can handle tonight.
Long Shot – Dinnr With Nikki C
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Lupita’sluckyangel – Dropping in class to face the weakest field of her life; she can win on or from off the pace.
Recess – Last out winner facing many of the same foes; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Pokomoke
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $22,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Coracao Beijo – Dead late closer draws the advantageous wide post going down the hillside turf course.
Angel Before Us – Tepid chalk in a difficult heat; like the turn back in distance from one mile for this.
Long Shot – The Town Lady
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $23,000, Claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up
Fenice – Was going well late in last while facing tougher; dead late closer will need some pace to do his best.
Skippy Due – Sharp wake up race when reunited with Art Sherman; when he runs this cheap, he is awful tough.
Long Shot – Freesgood
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Onefunsonofagun – Game win and appears capable of a repeat effort; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Carnival Queen – Claimed by Jack Carava off a solid second in last; appears to have adapted well to synthetics.
Long Shot – Petite Cherie
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $48,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds
The Program – Lookin at Lucky’s punching bag gets his own star today; would like to see him stalk the pace.
Hawaiian Springs – Galloped out strongly to win at first asking; has the pedigree to go a route distance.
Long Shot – Quiet Invader
Race 7 – 1 1/2 miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Bourbon Bay – Neil Drysdale has a uncoupled entry and both appear strong; marathons are won by gallopers.
Power Blitz – Third start off a 5-month hiatus; Joel Rosario will sit in arrears and make one sustained run.
Long Shot – Prize Play
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Mum’s Zip – Gets a better post today to stalk and pounce; can improve in second start off a 4-month hiatus.
Shine’n Time – Second best to an impressive winner; shows some gumption in a very spotty field.
Long Shot – Melbisha
Best Bet – Yankee Romance (race 1)
Santa Anita Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$19.20; Long Shots, 8/1/$8.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$7.20
Santa Anita Totals – 131/35/$222.00; Long Shots, 67/8/$81.00; Best Bets, 8/5/$19.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #2 Christmas Parade (2/1) in race 7 at Tampa Bay. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, I Am Thor ran out at Golden Gate. Stats – 8/6/$36.20