TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time Noon
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Goodlookindude – Why not start Big Cap day with a 12/1 long shot winner; Kayla Stra is vastly underrated.
Judge Kent – I wonder if a horse that lost by a hair knows if he lost or won; best stride will come late.
Long Shot – Leavin in a Limo
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $63,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Devoted Magic – Had a horrible trip in last, yet lost by a scant nose; Mike Smith replaces the fired Joel Rosario.
Maui Mark – Sharp win in last facing state-breds; moves up in class to face open, she could inherit the early lead.
Long Shot – Gold Star Status
Race 3 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $67,000, Optional claiming 440,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Grace Anatomy – Doug O’Neill takes the blinkers off for this; she’s winless on turf, but is always right there.
Carnival Queen – Garrett Gomez riding for low percentage trainer James Lloyd; figures don’t lie, the filly can run.
Long Shot – Fire n’ Brimstone
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $60,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Unionize – Good second to the highly touted Point Encounter; given time by Cliff Sise to grow out, the one to beat.
Temerity – Big improvement in second career start for Ron Ellis; Mike Smith will sit in arrears and make one run.
Long Shot -Dixie Passion
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, $100,000 Honest Lady, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Foxy Danseur – Dead late closer should see a searing speed duel to rally into; proven to love the synthetics.
Sweet August Moon – Another dead late closer in a logical positive race shape; offers great value at 8/1 odds.
Long Shot – Petite Cherie
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $63,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
Tribal Justice – Spectacular win in last when broke tardy, but still swallowed up the field; fast closing sprinter type.
Scott’s Spirit – Speedball figures to get to the top under Mike Smith; if they don’t put pressure on him, watch out.
Long Shot – Brian the Bold
Race 7 – 1 1/16th miles, $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Stardom Bound – The most likely single on today’s pick 6; she hasn’t broken any stop watches, all she does is win.
Nan – Like the way she is improving since coming to SoCal; Corey Nakatani will wait and pick up the late pieces.
Long Shot – Hooh Way
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $71,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 4-year-olds and up
Riley Tucker – Good confidence builder in last off a 8-month hiatus; Bob Baffert still not rushing him into stakes.
Zappa – Speedball is a synthetic turf specialist; tough parking lot post, but he has the gas to get to the top.
Long Shot – Cherokee Artist
Race 9 – 1 mile (turf), $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile, 4-year-olds and up
Ventura – Top mare took on a stronger male groups last summer in the Woodbine Mile; saves ground and rallies for Garrett Gomez.
Artiste Royal – Dead late closer should see an honest pace to close into; concern is a mile may be too short.
Long Shot – Gio Ponti
Race 10 – 1 1/4 miles, $1-million Santa Anita Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
Zambezi Sun – Prepped in the San Luis Obispo for this, it’s the Bobby Frankel way; expect big improvement over synthetic.
Colonel John – Prepped in the 7-furlong Malibu, which was a key race; should be legged up perfectly for the Big Cap.
Long Shot – Matto Mondo
Race 11 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $52,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Rathor – Bobby Frankel cull drops down to the lowest class level of his career; will see a fast pace to close into.
Mt. Orient – Garrett Gomez had his choice of mounts and rides here for Jerry Hollendorfer; loves the Arcadia grass.
Long Shot – El Grego
Best Bet – Stardom Bound (race 7)
Santa Anita Friday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/7/$40.00; Long Shots, 8/1/$12.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.60
Santa Anita Totals – 845/209/$1,431.80; Long Shots, 416/61/$705.40; Best Bets, 49/18/$67.80
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #Mr. Fantasy in race 9 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Atomic Rain ran third at Gulfstream paying $2.80 to show. Stats – 22/18/$133.00