TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 51/2 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds
One Vote – The two favorites tower over the rest of the field; Rafael Bejarano and Garrett Gomez play cat and mouse.
Belongs to Gotham – The main fear comes from 5 FTS in the field; logical chalk ran a strong race last time out.
Long Shot – De Brief Me
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $60,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Rail Trip – Unbeaten colt is being handled like fine china by Ron Ellis; won’t be battle tested until he has to be.
Racketeer – Old veteran gets big time class relief for this; will be the most talented horse Rail Trip has faced.
Long Shot – Dixie Meister
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Meteore – His lone turf start two back was pretty good; like that Gomez remains loyal despite exiting a stinker.
Great Home – Neil Drysdale barn has awoken after wearing a collar; stretches out in distance, adds Lasix and Bejarano.
Long Shot – Questing
Race 4 – 61/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $16,000, 4-year-olds and up
Bewitching Bartok – Sharp win running over the top of a slow pace; claimed by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer.
Make Mine Vodka – Looked very good winning last, but got set up by a speed duel; has back class to repeat his race.
Long Shot – Idaho Joe
Race 5 – 7 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Melody Makin – Sleeper pick because her race 2 back is much better than her last; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.
Crazy Tricia – Was overmatched in the grade 3 Santa Ysabel; reunited with Bejarano who won on her 2 races ago.
Long Shot – Motu Nui
Race 6 – 61/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Black Feather – Neil Drysdale has an uncoupled entry and they look strong in here; maybe a good 1-turn closer.
Hold Fast – Flunked badly last time first out with blinkers on; forgiving handicappers can get 8/1 today.
Long Shot – Megaholtz
Race 7 – 51/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Devoted Magic – Got no help in the Palos Verde when closing into a paceless race; his win 2 back was breathtaking.
Its in God’s Hands – Speedball imploded last time in an elongated sprint; runs a furlong less which can only help.
Long Shot – Onetimeatbandcamp
Race 8 – 51/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Elusive Chief – His only clunker came two races ago; class drop last time helped, he will be grinding late.
Stray Cat – Makes his third start off a 3-month hiatus; finally gets a break in post after drawing 11, 10 and 12.
Long Shot – Sky Ruler
Best Bet – Rail Trip (race 2)
Santa Anita Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/7/$42.80; Long Shots, 7/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 667/163/$1,108.00; Long Shots, 333/50/$583.60; Best Bets, 38/12/$47.20
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #5 Trophy Collector (2/1) in race 8 at Laurel. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Mor Chances won at Aqueduct and paid $4.90 to win, $3.30 to place and $2.20 to show. Stats – 12/10/$76.90