TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $27,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds
Fantasy Free – Game win while involved in a slow paced route race; his back class should allow him to repeat.
Hunter Creek – Art Sherman charge will save every step of ground inside; Jon Court will sit and make one run.
Long Shot – Unbroken Vow
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Threat – Appears the most impressive of 5 last out maiden winners; like that Garrett Gomez takes over.
A Sassy Fusaichi – Proven he does not need the lead to succeed; the pace could be contested among many.
Long Shot – Flew First Class
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $25,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Must Be Joking – Easy win in last, now faces winners for the first time; suspect can be the best closer.
Got Free – He shows good speed on the stretch out, closes well as a sprinter; Alonzo Quinonez has options.
Long Shot – Sidepocket Lou
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $48,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Red Arrow – Showed ability in his U.S. debut; John Sadler import could develop into a nice turf sprinter.
Belafonte – Ran like he needed a race in last, his first start in 4-months; figures to be closing fast late.
Long Shot – Master Daniel
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $14,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
One Shot – Was flattered when Twin Turbo won his next start; saves all the ground and grinds it out late.
Outrageous Limit – Slides down the claiming ladder to a level he can boss these; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Long Shot – Gary’s Got Rhythm
Race 6 – 1 mile, Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds
Korban – Was closing well in debut in a MSW that should be a strong one; appears well suited for a mile route.
Unbridled Story – Twice beaten favorite comes off turf to try synthetic surface; Jeff Mullins barn must like him.
Long Shot – Just Heat
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 8 feet), $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Marzelline – Draw a line thru her Aqueduct race and her SoCal form looks fine; she has beaten many of these before.
Valbenny – Mare could show more improvement as she settles into the Bobby Frankel barn; long overdue for a score.
Long Shot – High Heel Sneakers
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $56,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Cherokee Artist – Graham Motion is running him thru his conditions to build his confidence; colt has a high ceiling.
Serra Song – When you’re a 5-YO and have 5 career starts, there must be problems; still he has lots of ability.
Long Shot – Solemn Promise
Race 9 – 1 mile, Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Taste’s Sis – Tiny edge in a very difficult heat; she’s kept good company, will save all the ground inside.
Solo Piano – Bobby Frankel barn is heating up so expect more good performances; she’s still learning how to run.
Long Shot – Tee Off
Best Bet – Threat (race 2)
Santa Anita Saturday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/6/$55.00; Long Shots, 9/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.40
Santa Anita Totals – 134/36/$248.20; Long Shots, 66/9/$96.80; Best Bets, 8/3/$12.00