HORSE RACING

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

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