TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Nine to Dine – Speedball has a chance to bottom out the field in an abbreviated sprint; plays catch me if you can.
Dixie Hawks – Logical chalk cuts back in distance; thus should stalk the pace and try to catch Nine to Dine late.
Long Shot – Call Aly
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $21,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
No Saint But Sweet – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; back speed figures are better.
Singita – Ran well off the claim for John Sadler; slides down in class and Garrett Gomez remains loyal to the cause.
Long Shot – Unknown Heat
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Stately Appeal – Dead late closer will need some pace up front to succeed; sliding down the claiming ladder with Bejarano.
Drama Cat – Just graduated in quick fashion, now facing winners for the first time; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Long Shot – If Not For You
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Questing – Logical chalk in a tough race, bulky field; Neil Drysdale adds blinkers on to maintain colt’s focus.
Egypt – Big rider switch to Joe Talamo signals intent more than anything else; similar effort may be good enough.
Long Shot – Cold East Wind
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $16,000, 4-year-olds and up
Five Star Thief – Mike Mitchell puts the for sale sign up on this cull; he’ll get claimed, but he wants the purse too.
Exceeding – Win a race, drop in class is a typical red flag maneuver; Bill Spawr is shoving him down our throats.
Long Shot – Mi Rey
Race 6 – 1 mile, Purse $56,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 4-year-olds and up
Elysium Fields – Comeback off a 10-month hiatus was a winning one; he has a huge upside, stepping stone races.
Aggie Engineer – Stretching out around 2-turns for the first time; proven he does not need the lead to succeed.
Long Shot – Victory Pete
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $53,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Ginger Pop – Gets big time class relief in a confidence builder race; she’s won going down the hill in the past.
Cool Haleigh – Dead late closer figures to see a positive race shape to rally into; parking lot post will help too.
Long Shot – Waveline
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Crooked Smile – Sliding down the claiming ladder to the lowest class rung; facing a very slow group today.
Classic Demand – Speedy sort just missed in a game effort last time; consistent sort figures to be right there again.
Long Shot – Girl of Mine
Best Bet – Elysium Fields (race 6)
Santa Anita Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/6/$35.20; Long Shots, 7/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.00
Santa Anita Totals – 1,165/282/$1,951.20; Long Shots, 566/86/$994.00; Best Bets, 68/27/$99.60
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #6 Tweeter (5/1) in race 10 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Skikilu ran out at Aqueduct. Stats – 40/32/$227.90