HORSE RACING

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

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