TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
Bad Boy – Has a big advantage of recent action over at Fairplex; two old-timers will be heavily favored in here.
Screen to Screen – Logical chalk has the negative of being sidelined 4-months; figures to be a very short price today.
Long Shot – Russian Liquor
Race 2 – 5 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
Ferrandero – Well bet in both career starts, albeit spaced 5-months apart; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.
Toro Trippi – Tepid chalk in an open race; taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming.
Long Shot – Boston Baked Bean
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $42,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Moon de French – Bob Baffert filly stretching out around 2-turns for the first time; controlling speed throughout.
Dave’s Revenge – Easy score off the claim by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; we know he can get the 2-turns.
Long Shot – Pretty Katherine
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $36,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Looking for Candy – FTS from John Sadler; like that he hires Rafael Bejarano, must be another live one.
Oceanographer – Good third chasing the very talented Sidney’s Candy; like the rider switch to Victor Espinoza.
Long Shot – Wayman
Race 5 – 1 mile, Purse $12,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Stanford Dolly – The last time she won was with Rafael Bejarano up; saves ground and grinds it out late.
Dances With Tigers – Jeff Mullins has been shoving these culls down our throats; beaten favorite last time out.
Long Shot – Sunny Peace
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $38,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Wings of Sound – Ran a solid second facing much tougher foes at Del Mar; would not be surprised if he goes off favored.
Royal F J – Tepid chalk in an open turf MSW; too much credit for second in last, a 52/1 long shot ran third.
Long Shot – Who’s Up
Race 7 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $11,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Girl of Mine – Vulnerable favorite has me searching elsewhere; dead late closer will see plenty of cheap speed.
Ata Atay – Ran like a short horse in last off a 3-month hiatus; tighter and the class drop can only help.
Long Shot – Gifted Gina
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), $100,000 Harold C. Ramser, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Mrs Kipling – Nothing went right in the American Oaks; given time, she has a world of ability for her return.
Acting Lady – Is reunited with Rafael Bejarano; tactical speed to sit a trip and fire fast in the lane.
Long Shot – Minute Limit
Race 9 – 7 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Escaping the Storm – Bob Hess adds blinkers on for the money shot; Rafael Bejarano could cap off a big night.
Crazy Wager – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; takes the blinkers off.
Long Shot – Father Grumpy
Best Bet – Mrs Kipling (race 8)
Santa Anita Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$17.20; Long Shots, 8/2/$25.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 310/79/$492.40; Long Shots, 155/28/$287.40; Best Bets, 18/9/$37.20
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #8 Workin for Hops (9/5) in race 6 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Chantilly Nayla won at Keeneland paying $3.20 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show. Stats – 154/115/$870.70