TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds
Indian Love – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Sal Gonzalez adds blinkers on.
Defense King – Favored due to the reputation of Garrett Gomez and Mike Mitchell off the claim; need not be much to compete.
Long Shot – Dana Dynamo
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Summertime – Huge class drop from Jeff Mullins; that he hires Garrett Gomez will guarantee no value as the chalk.
Cato Major – Her last two seconds show she has finally found her comfort level; her best stride will come late.
Long Shot – Stately Appeal
Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Wagels – Made a big middle move in debut, now Mark Casse adds blinkers on; Chantal Sutherland is a long shot specialist.
Mythical Power – $78K pick 6 carryover starts here; beaten favorite now stretches out around 2-turns.
Long Shot – Kings Village
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $56,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Theodora – Her synthetic races are much faster than her turf tries; her last win was clear and authoritative.
Raiding Party – Was flattered when Onebadkitty dead-heated for a stakes win next out; she clearly prefers synthetics.
Long Shot – Wine and Dyne
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Royal Fortune – Tepid chalk can utilize her speed to the fullest with the turf rail out 30 feet; Rafael Bejarano should send.
On Approval – Dead late closer should solid improvement in second career start; race came off grass last time out.
Long Shot – Ruby Lane
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Cheese Face – Found her best stride very late in return off a 18-month hiatus; has the back class to handle these.
Miss Lydia – Taking a solid class drop in making her third start off a 3-month hiatus; need not be much in here.
Long Shot – Tallahsocean
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 30 feet), Purse $60,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Gotta Have Her – Edge in recency, class relief exiting a series of graded stakes; like the turn back in distance too.
Satan’s Circus – Not sure how tight she’ll be off a 6-month hiatus; she has the talent and pilot Garrett Gomez.
Long Shot – Sprung
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up
Dadsalittleunusual – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low level; leap of faith with Garrett Gomez.
South Coast – Red flag drop in class for Marty Jones; if this guy has anything left at all, he’ll be in the mix.
Long Shot – Twin Turbo
Best Bet – Gotta Have Her (race 7)
Santa Anita Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/2/$12.80; Long Shots, 7/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.80
Santa Anita Totals – 829/202/$1,391.80; Long Shots, 408/60/$693.00; Best Bets, 48/17/$63.20
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #2 Atomic Rain (3/1) in race 8 at Gulfstream. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Rightly So won at Aqueduct paying $2.20 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 21/17/$130.20