TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $22,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up
The Whammer – Regressed last time after a solid effort at Del Mar; she beat the chalk back on June 20.
Never – Bob Baffert has two culls in here; big rider switch to Garrett Gomez, Red Door Drive is the other.
Long Shot – Free Lunch
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $40,000, Allowance, Fillies, 2-year-olds
It Tiz – Big time class relief from the grade 1 Oak Leaf for this;
Seriously – Just broke her MSW, which puts her at a disadvantage; been well bet each start, must have ability.
Long Shot – City to City
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $29,000, Claiming $40,000 Fillies, 3-year-olds
Ocean Style – Class relief gives her an edge in here; like that she is racing with straight 3-YOs too.
Kinesiology – Ran evenly off the claim for Jack Carava; dropping one notch in class can only help.
Long Shot – Brooke’s Fantasy
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Boo Too – Ran evenly off the claim by Jorge Periban; expect subtle improvement on the class drop.
Ever So Humble – Ran evenly in debut for $50K, now double drops in class here; slight improvement beats these.
Long Shot – Good Guy
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Black Kettle – Like the big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano; figures to sit in arrears and make one run.
Uncle Jeep – Beat lesser lights in last, now moves up in class; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Final Journey
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Universal Peace – Just missed last time at Del Mar while facing tougher; Neil Drysdale has an uncoupled entry.
Quarter Given – Outran his 26/1 odds in career debut despite team of Richard Mandella and Rafael Bejarano.
Long Shot – Bring It Home
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Mona de Momma – Has a big edge over the chalk with recent action; tactical speed to stalk the pace outside.
Mi Chiamano Mimi – Was available for $80K in debut, but no takers; she is worth plenty more than that today.
Long Shot – Sleep Tight
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
Honour Family – Was well meant in debut when showing high cheese; slight improvement can win this.
Ur Turn Dubai – Beaten favorite has found his class level; is reunited with Joel Rosario who does little wrong.
Long Shot – Beau Maverick
Best Bet – It Tiz (race 2)
Santa Anita Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/2/$12.00; Long Shots, 8/1/$11.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 359/89/$552.40; Long Shots, 181/32/$330.60; Best Bets, 21/9/$37.20
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #12 Strong Commitment (7/2) in race 7 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Perfect Officer ran out at Keeneland. Stats – 157/116/$876.90