TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Bullfighter – Ran well in debut from a parking lot post 12; tactical speed to get involved from the get go.
Elusive Destiny – Bounced to the moon in last after a nice return off a 16-month hiatus; chance to rebound tonight.
Long Shot – Brayden Buddy
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Seize Power – Educational debut for former Bobby Frankel aide Humberto Ascanio; suspect will improve with experience.
Kid Edward – Had traffic woes in mid-stretch or would have been closer; is bred to like a a grass route.
Long Shot – Outlaw Man
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up
Scottish Diamond – Been very productive since claimed by Jeff Mullins; tactical speed to stay involved throughout.
Six Pack Abs – Sliding down the claiming ladder for John Sadler; takes the blinkers off and adds Joel Rosario.
Long Shot – Doc On the Rock
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, $100,000 Cal Breeders’ Champion, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Evening Jewel – Was flattered when Caracortado won a stakes on Saturday; she’s improving with each start.
Camille C – Speedy sort figures to provide the target; exits much harder open stakes for these Cal-breds.
Long Shot – Warren’s Jitterbug
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $26,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up
Mind the Minister – The parking lot post will surely enhance his odds; has back class and likes SA sod.
Polonius – Was chewed up last time dueling on a too fast early pace; big class drop can only help his cause.
Long Shot – Zappa
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Irrefutable – Main part of an uncoupled entry from Bob Baffert; this one attracts main man Garrett Gomez to ride.
Solar Rocket – Another Bob Baffert colt who is working lights out; watch the tote board for clues on the FTS.
Long Shot – Good Measure
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Loup Breton – Not sure who he beat in U.S. debut, but he crushed them in cruise control; may be this good, this soon.
Proudinsky – Has thrived the last two winters in Arcadia; much tighter off the Citation, first start in 6 months.
Long Shot – Acclamation
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $49,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Dapper Gene – Dead late closer should see plenty of high cheese; suspect his best stride will come late.
Monolingual – Clever win in last, moves up the class ladder; proved he does not need the lead to succeed.
Long Shot – Wiredfortwotwenty
Race 9 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds and up
Ace of Aces – Ran evenly in a difficult U.S. debut; he’s facing his maiden friends today, much easier task.
Royal Import – Bob Hess tries blinkers on tonight; big rider switch to Garrett Gomez for the money shot.
Long Shot – Hockley
Best Bet – Bullfighter (race 1)
Santa Anita Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$14.00; Long Shots, 9/1/$10.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.80
Hollywood Final Totals – 443/118/$720.60; Long Shots, 217/31/$303.20; Best Bets, 26/13/$44.00
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #8 Happenstance (1/1) in race 2 at Turfway Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Pashito The Che ran second at Aqueduct paying $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 1/1/$4.50