TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $40,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Milyone – With the turf rail out 24 feet, it should flatter his early speed; Mike Smith is a top send jockey.
Sky Victor – Tepid chalk in an open affair; can sit a favorable trip on the flank of Milyone and grind late.
Long Shot – Circle Diamond
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 2-year-olds
Langfuhrious – Mike Mitchell has an uncoupled entry, this is the longer odds of the two; colt also has Garrett Gomez up.
Bustanai – Huge favorite off of one good race in last; taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming.
Long Shot – Fog Alert
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
A Little Polish – Laughing winner up at Pleasanton; test is facing winners for the first time, Joel Rosario up.
Ridemetothemoon – Tepid chalk was clearly overmatched in a grade 1; her race two back gives her a big shot today.
Long Shot – Sandy Cheeks
Race 4 – 1 mile, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Sheskey – Ran well in a 3-turn route at Fairplex; the winner will inherit the lead and survive the journey.
Miss Edyta – Chalk stretches out around 2-turns for the first time under Kayla Stra; best kind of horse for her.
Long Shot – Don’t Reiterate
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
Scottish Diamond – Typical Jeff Mullins challenge, easy win, then drops in class; have to count the legs in post parade.
Rathor – When Garrett Gomez shows up in a bottom feeder like this, I first ask why; four legs can win this.
Long Shot – Ballistic Heat
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $25,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up
Never – Bob Baffert culls typically run better than you’d think; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Tizwhen – Garrett Gomez has been riding cheap and maiden claimers like stakes horses; runs first time for a price tag.
Long Shot – Feeling Fabulous
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $44,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Victory Dancer – Suspect Peter Miller will let him loose on the front end; edge with the turf rail out 24 feet.
Mama Rosa – Consistent sort has yet to bust thru with a big effort; she’s an Unusual Heat for trainer Barry Abrams.
Long Shot – Warren’s Appeal
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
Golden Boy Mark – Was overmatched in last MSW, now switches to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot; will be grinding late.
Cardiff Giant – Tepid chalk ran a winning race for this class in last; if he improves one step, he’ll win this.
Long Shot – Lucks Mine
Best Bet – A Little Polish (race 3)
Santa Anita Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$22.60; Long Shots, 7/2/$12.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 200/50/$345.80; Long Shots, 100/16/$193.60; Best Bets, 12/7/$31.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #2 Cruise (2/1) in race 4 at Hawthorne. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Pathway won at Hawthorne paying $4.20 to win, $3.00 to place and $2.20 to show. Stats – 150/113/$856.50