TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Beltene – Impressive maiden claiming debut winner; she was further flattered when Dancing Erin won next time out.
Call Aly – Ran like she needed her last start, her first race in 6-months; beware if she improves even slightly.
Long Shot – Shelbydell
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $52,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Yankee Bay – Ran poorly in last, but his race two back is fast enough to upset; Alex Solis gets a turn today.
One Track Mind – With the turf rail out 15 feet, it could flatter his front running style; plays catch me if you can.
Long Shot – Angelonmyshoulder
Race 3 – 7 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Turk – Uneven debut for Bob Baffert; colt broke sharp, took himself back, then came flying late to just miss.
New Bay – Have every reason to think he’ll improve in second career start for Richard Mandella; watch the tote.
Long Shot – Captain Kelli
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
Flip the Penny – Sharp right now, especially if he runs back to his win two races ago; can sit a perfect trip.
Stern Wheeler – Woke up last time outrunning his 53/1 odds; was flattered when Going Forward won right back.
Long Shot – Storms of Life
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming 25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Go Cory Go – Big race for this class in last off a 9-month hiatus; switch to Alex Solis who rides for Dan Hendricks.
Thornmark – Logical chalk ran the largest speed figure, albeith 11-months ago; note that Solis is riding for Hendricks.
Long Shot – Outlaw Yodeler
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Chimera Star – Big class dropper from the John Sadler barn; she’s proven an affinity for the synthetic surfaces.
Rare Nugget – Sadler has an uncoupled entry, this one being ridden by Garrett Gomez; watch the tote for clues.
Long Shot – Miss Lydia
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Herr Mozart – Ran against good ones back east, now joins the Bob Baffert barn; adds blinkers on for SoCal debut.
Mark S the Cooler – Gets class relief from two tough stakes for this MSW; he has shown ability, first try on turf.
Long Shot – Egypt
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
Mostacolli Mort – In a race packed with early speed, Gomez on a deep closer makes sense; just claimed by John Sadler.
Marchfield – Another deep closer, from Woodbine no less; he’s proven to love the synthetic surfaces, lots of value.
Long Shot – Cowboy Cal
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds
Leavethegateopen – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; Gomez sits a trip tonight.
Bruin Bench – Has fought hard in his last two starts, with no wins to show for it; suspect he fits again with these.
Long Shot – Asti
Best Bet – Turk (race 3)
Santa Anita Friday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/3/$24.20; Long Shots, 7/1/$36.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 196/50/$338.60; Long Shots, 98/15/$186.80; Best Bets, 12/3/$12.00