HORSE RACING

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

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