HORSE RACING

TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds

Threat – Big class dropper from Rafael Becerra; she ran OK in last, her race two back, if repeated, would crush these.

Lucky Striker – Consistent sort is 8-for-8 in the money lifetime; she has never run a poor race and never been claimed either.

Long Shot – Blame the Wine

Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds

Silent Stalk – The only filly with experience facing 7 FTS; her last race was OK, her first two races were much better.

Gumption – Bruce Headley rarely wins with FTS, but this one is bred to win early; has shown speed in the a.m. too.

Long Shot – Heartless Vixen

Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up

Eagle Strike – Stretches out around 2-turns for the first time, and on grass no less; key is the return of Garrett Gomez.

B’s Lucky Strike – Has lost three straight photo finishes in grass routes; he is overdue for some racing luck.

Long Shot – Deacon’s Cat

Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $42,000, Claiming $50,000, 4-year-olds and up

Gregorian Bay – Big class drop to face the softest test of his career; reunited with main man Rafael Bejarano.

Marenostrum – Speedball will try to take these wire to wire; his only fear is if Kalookan Event hounds him early.

Long Shot – Soul City Slew

Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds

Storm the Church – Ran fine in debut for Jeff Mullins; switches to Garrett Gomez for the money shot, will be overbet.

Gabby’s Golden Gal – Was 4/5 chalk in debut which showed how she was working in the a.m.; switches to the Bob Baffert barn.

Long Shot – Well Monied

Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $32,000, Claiming $32,000, 4-year-olds

Wink At the Girls – He runs first time for a price tag since his maiden days; reunited with Gerry Olguin, sleeper pick.

Rhetorically – Drops to the lowest class level of his life; key for me is Garrett Gomez picks up the reins.

Long Shot – High Stakes Silver

Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Flashover – Was badly overmatched in the Sunshine Millions; returns to SoCal and Barry Abrams hires Garrett Gomez.

Witchy Meeting – Been away 10-months, but showed some talent back when; Rafael Bejarano will sit a trip and fire late.

Long Shot – Summertime

Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds

J B Wine – Tiny edge in a difficult looking race; the key, once again, is Garrett Gomez does make a big difference.

Cracked Code – Split the field in debut and got some needed experience; if he improves a step, he’s right there.

Long Shot – Dolrdolrbillyall

Best Bet – Threat (race 1)

Santa Anita Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/5/$41.40; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Totals – 506/124/$832.60; Long Shots, 255/37/$418.80; Best Bets, 30/10/$42.00

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #6 Greenwood Boy (2/1) in race 1 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Diva’s Gold won at Aqueduct, she paid $3.10 to win, $2.30 to place, $2.10 to show. Stats – 3/2/$12.30

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