TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Third Dawn – Big rider switch to Garrett Gomez for the money shot; John Sadler barn has not lost any momemtum.
Million Seller – Graham Motion has brought some good stock for this SoCal sojourn; filly should relish the 2-turns.
Long Shot – Acronym
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $25,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds
African Gray – Clever win in debut at 12/1 odds; stretches out first time around 2-turns, Rafael Bejarano takes over.
Mat the Maiter’d – The rail post is a big assist going one mile; is bred by Cherokee Run to handle the stretch out.
Long Shot – Scorpio Dog
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Luckiest Man – Speedball exits a much tougher race at Del Mar than he faces today; suspect will get way overbet.
Air Strike – Like that he exited a key race in career debut; broke slow that day, hopefully he’s matured a bit.
Long Shot – Hold Fast
Race 4 – 1 mile, Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up
Lowther Street – Colt has been sitting on a win, been well bet in his last four starts; softest field he’s ever faced.
Bostoner – Like the stretch out in distance for trainer Mike Mitchell; Rafael Bejarano can’t shake Garrett Gomez.
Long Shot – No Pun Intended
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
North Fork – Was asked to rally into a paceless race last time; he’s proven to be better over synthetic surfaces.
One On the House – Second best last time to a very good Soupy; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Carona Time
Race 6 – 1 1/8th miles, Purse $14,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
Stormin Away – Jeff Mullins has given up on him, but he still wants to win the purse; like that Garrett Gomez is up.
One Shot – Just missed in this same condition last time; has enough back class where a repeat race is probable.
Long Shot – Raise the Heat
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
Dream Now – He won his MSW down the hillside like he was born to do it; Julio Canani barn is blazing hot right now.
Leedstheway – Speedball broke his maiden for an $80K tag, was not taken from Jeff Mullins; will love the rail out 24 feet.
Long Shot – Mensa Heat
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Dixie Lucky – Big barn switch as the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer takes over; first thing he does is hire Garrett Gomez.
Rev Her Up – Beaten favorite exits a key race, always flattering; she has tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Sky Marni
Best Bet – Dixie Lucky (race 8)
Santa Anita Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$18.40; Long Shots, 8/1/$15.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 344/85/$574.00; Long Shots, 174/28/$321.40; Best Bets, 21/9/$39.40