TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 41/2 furlongs, Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Alpine Empire – Leap of faith that the vote of Rafael Bejarano is more than enough; Empire Maker is a top stallion.
Chatty Lula – You’ll have a big edge over me because you can see the betting action; has quick, win early pedigree.
Long Shot – Ura Star
Race 2 – 61/2 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Maiden claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
So Hottie – Her last race, if repeated, is fast enough to beat these; was flattered when Free Flying Soul won again.
She’s Icy Hot – Gets the ultimate rider switch to Rafael Bejarano; has shown some late running ability.
Long Shot – Ultra Awesome
Race 3 – 7 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
No Sweat – Dead late closer was claimed by underrated trainer Jim Kasparoff; chance to improve at big odds.
Draft Choice – Speedball draws the rail where he can do his best work; big class drop can only help him.
Long Shot – One Chin Again
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Storm the Church – Joe Talamo has become the rider of choice for Jeff Mullins; has pedigree to handle turf.
Kicken Vixen – Bejarano gets off, I still like her chances with Tyler Baze; Julio Canani adds blinkers on.
Long Shot – Mama Rosa
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds
Defense King – Had multiple excuses last time in a race he should have won; Mike Mitchell drops him in class.
Making Dreams – Speedball figures to be on the Bill Daley tonight; Danny Sorenson plays catch me if you can.
Long Shot – Dolrdolrbillyall
Race 6 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $48,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Burna Dette – Tepid chalk in a very difficult race; gets class relief from the Irish O’Brien for this.
Rocket Kitty – Speedball ran big off the claim by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; could step forward again.
Long Shot – Precious Union
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $50,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Miss Silver Brook – Highly regarded Julio Canani filly gets class relief; she was rushed into a couple tough spots.
Grace Anatomy – Her turf races have been nothing to write home about; she may be better on synthetic surfaces.
Long Shot – Hard Kisses
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Justalittletipsy – Peter Miller likes to gear his stable up for Hollywood; filly is dangerous on the stretch out.
More Than Music – Logical chalk has run two much improved races for a price tag; hopes for a target tonight.
Long Shot – At Your Service
Best Bet – Defense King (race 5)
Hollywood Wednesday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$20.40; Long Shots, 8/3/$20.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.20
Santa Anita Final Totals – 1,386/337/$2,300.80; Long Shots, 673/105/$1,245.80; Best Bets, 80/33/$121.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #6 De Star Xpress (4/1) in race 7 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Lawless Falls ran second at Keeneland paying $3.00 to place and $2.40 to show. Stats – 54/45/$355.00