TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $16,000, 4-year-olds
You Is What You Is – Second start off the claim by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; should see a hot pace to chase.
Exotic Story – Speedball was overmatched in last and faltered; his race two back is fast enough to upset these.
Long Shot – Khun Dan
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Lady Lumberjack – Like the turn back in distance to today’s sprint; will sit a trip and fire late for Rafael Bejarano.
White Lamb – Would not be surprised to see a Bejarano-Gomez stretch duel; had a rough trip in last, needs clear sailing.
Long Shot – Shiksa
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $25,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds
Joe Carl – Claimed off a maiden claiming win by Jerry Hollendorfer; former Cerin charge looks like he can run.
Tap Tap I Win – Grinding second last time in a similar spot; logical chalk, faces no world beaters in here.
Long Shot – Aquicksting
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up
Wharf Cat – Rail horse lost to two good colts in Trumpet Player Jay and Temple City; David Flores sends from the wood.
Holladay Road – Tepid chalk in a race you’ll have an edge; watch the tote board and see where the money is going.
Long Shot – Adebayor
Race 5 – 7 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
Common Trust – For Garrett Gomez to ride in a bottom level claimer, he expects an easy win; Jeff Mullins special.
Extreme Notice – Would not be shocked if this race upset the apple cart; third start off a 5-month hiatus.
Long Shot – Palamoun
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $52,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds
Kelly Leak – Gets class relief to face first level allowance foes today; has shown an affinity for the grass.
Oil Man – Also gets class relief from two stakes for this NW1X; big rider switch to Garrett Gomez signals intent.
Long Shot – Arashi Cat
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $47,000, Optional claiming $80,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Hudler – Ran like a FTS with big plans on her mind; she has the pedigree to handle more ground, exciting prospect.
Yodelady O – Exits by far the toughest test in the Sunshine Millions Oaks; Gomez sits a trip and fires late.
Long Shot – Chalula One
Race 8 – 1 1/2 miles (turf, rail at 8 feet), $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
Zambezi Sun – On reputation alone, he looks like a monster for Bobby Frankel; group 1 horse has a huge upside.
Church Service – Has not gone favored since claimed by Mike Mitchell; has won about $330K all in stakes races.
Long Shot – Artiste Royal
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Kentucky Nectar – Just missed in debut and Gomez decides to ride back; should move forward from the race experience.
Captivating Lyrics – Logical contender may have moved prematurely in last for Joe Talamo; she could improve too.
Long Shot – Tripped Fuse
Best Bet – Zambezi Sun (race 8)
Santa Anita Saturday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/6/$65.60; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.00
Santa Anita Totals – 703/173/$1,196.80; Long Shots, 348/51/$599.00; Best Bets, 40/14/$52.60
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #6 Island Whirl Girl (7/2) in race 5 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Keepinonestepahead ran second at Oaklawn and paid $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 14/12/$86.30
TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK