TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $23,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Red Alarm – Exits a turf trial that she apparently did not like; in an even race, why not vote for Rafael Bejarano.
Twoformeoneforyou – Tepid chalk in a 5-horse field where anyone can win; ground saving trip is a major factor.
Long Shot – Marquee Player
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $20,000, Claiming $16,000, 4-year-olds and up
Souvenir Slew – Been away 8-months, but faced much tougher foes at Del Mar; tough to handle if heís ready.
Cousin Joe – Tepid chalk in another open race; was grinding late in last, but not nearly fast enough.
Long Shot – Swiss Ski
Race 3 – 61/2 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Desperate – Claimed by Mike Mitchell who is spot on to win the trainer title; figures to stalk and pounce late.
Steam Iron – Didnít run her best on turf, should relish the return to Pro-Ride; square price with Octavio Vergara up.
Long Shot – Shantikaís Dream
Race 4 – 7 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
Crimson Star – Leap of faith that backing Bejarano is usually a good maneuver; this is an impossible race to figure.
Rogue Scholar – Old-timer has lots of back class and speed; however, he has slowed down dramatically of late.
Long Shot – Justinplace
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Hot ën Dusty – Her last race, if repeated, is fast enough to crush these; Alex Solis must stick it out inside.
Justice Is Brief – Finished third in a similar condition last time out; big rider switch to Rafael Bejarano.
Long Shot – Royal Heraldry
Race 6 – 61/2 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Unionize – Has run two races fast enough to typically graduate already; could he have some hang in him?
Speight the Halo – Been away 9-months since Del Mar; colt faced much tougher foes at Del Mar, tough if ready.
Long Shot – Margarita Shot
Race 7 – 61/2 furlongs (turf), $100,000 San Simeon Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
Prussian – Unleashed a fearsome finish last time to win down the hill; heís a potential grade 1 grass winner.
Desert Code – Ran out of his comfort zone in last going 1-mile; his down the hill exploits are already legendary.
Long Shot – Euroglide
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds
Deep Pockets – Could be a useful claim for Kristin Mulhall; taken from Bob Baffert, you know heís got pedigree.
Deluxe Cat – Dead late closer figures to get a cozy parking lot trip; will be passing a lot of horses late.
Long Shot – Ata Benchmark
Race 9 – 1 ? miles (turf), $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Toque de Queda – Makes her stakes debut under Bobby Frankel; he has no shortage of terrific fillies, dirt or turf.
Black Mamba – She lost to another Frankel horse, Champs Elysees, when facing males; chance to rebound tonight.
Long Shot – Foxysox
Race 10 – 7 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Foreign Taurean – Even third in last and we know heís capable of better; switch to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot.
Victory Knock – Slides down the claiming ladder, albeit he debuted in a 5-horse field; should improve in second start.
Long Shot – Kitty Caliente
Best Bet – Unionize (race 6)
Santa Anita Friday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$31.80; Long Shots, 8/1/$16.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 1,347/331/$2,261.80; Long Shots, 655/100/$1,196.20; Best Bets, 79/32/$117.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #8 La Rocca (3/1) in race 10 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, More Than Willing ran third at Keeneland paying $2.60 to show. Stats – 51/43/$334.40