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HORSE RACING

TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 1 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds

Chicks Rule – Been away 8-months, but returns in a much lower class level; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.

Proud Garrison – Chalk shortens up in distance from a 2-turn route to a sprint; Mullins adds blinker after a win.

Long Shot – Sam’s Queen

Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $80,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

Music Magic – SoCal newcomer off a sharp MSW debut win at Keeneland; we know she’ll handle the synthetic surfaces.

Empressive Lady – Speedball gets a huge class relief for this; Mullins wants a confidence builder, simple tactics.

Long Shot – Cosmic Queen

Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $23,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

Vital Force – Garrett Gomez had choices and lands on this Bob Baffert horse; perfect style for the hillside.

Complexity – Speedball will enjoy the turf rail out 24 feet; Corey Nakatani will go as fast and as far as he can.

Long Shot – The Firebird

Race 4 – 7 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

Pacific Halo – Joel Rosario exits the favorite to ride here for Jorge Periban; last race, if repeated, can upset here.

Cajun Gent – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; interesting chess match.

Long Shot – Job Boss

Race 5 – 1 mile, Purse $52,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Suziqcutie – Joel Rosario has been one of the big stories of this meet; filly goes 2-turns for the first time.

Filter – She has good tactical speed to carve out a trip; will appreciate the slower pace of a 2-turn mile.

Long Shot – Perfect Hostess

Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Ellie L. – Sliding down the class level to this very winable spot; Joel Rosario could have a very big day.

Soldier Betty – Favorite has had too many chances at this level; still she is fast enough to always play a part.

Long Shot – Sherri Said

Race 7 – 1 1/2 miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), $70,000 La Zanzara Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Brushed Gold – Second best last time in a slow paced Hermosa Beach; Garrett Gomez returns to sit a perfect trip.

Caprice – The key to winning a marathon is running relaxed; this mare lags back early to make one late rally.

Long Shot – Lickety Lemon

Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

L’Aziza – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to graduate.

Secret Potion – Could be a capper to a multi-win day for Joel Rosario; has been well bet in both career starts.

Long Shot – Queen Missy

Best Bet – Music Magic (race 2)

Santa Anita Sunday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$37.20; Long Shots, 8/1/$18.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.40

Santa Anita Totals – 554/138/$951.60; Long Shots, 280/40/$464.60; Best Bets, 33/12/$47.20

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #3 Jet Setting (2/1) in race 3 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet. On Sunday, Happy Bull won at Philadelphia paying $2.80 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 6/4/$29.40

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