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