TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $14,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Blushing Bear Cat – Only starter to have finished in the money last time out; has done his best over synthetics.
Zaya – Third start off a 2-month hiatus; tactical speed to lead or follow close up throughout.
Long Shot – Jungle Girl
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $43,000, Claiming $62,500, 4-year-olds and up
One Union – Speedball will enjoy the turf rail out 24 feet; class drop will really help his chances.
Kruger Park – Logical chalk has tactical speed to sit just off the early pace; real fondness for the hillside course.
Long Shot – Railroad
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Vague Notion – Alex Solis had choices and rides here for Lisa Lewis; saves ground inside and comes grinding late.
Defense King – Ran evenly last time, his first for a price tag; Solis leaves for Vague Notion, Gomez takes over.
Long Shot – Vague Notion
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $52,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds
Advice – Highly regarded Todd Pletcher colt goes for a confidence builder on the comeback; been away 5-months.
Unbridled Roman – Another heralded colt was thrust into a stakes in second career start; ran a winning race in last.
Long Shot – Herr Mozart
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Cold Ruler – Garrett Gomez returns for unfinished business; should roll over the top of these late.
Haughty Topper – Beaten favorite was claimed by Matt Chew; big rider switch to Pat Husbands will help the price.
Long Shot – Eddie the Hat
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds
Charlie and Chris – Missed by inches in his career debut; if he improves one step he can get his photo taken.
Spendamillionbux – Slow meet for Craig Dollase; typically his babies improve a lot the second time out.
Long Shot – Vaundell
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $56,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 4-year-olds and up
Midships – Solid third chasing Court Vision and Cowboy Cal in the Hollwyood Derby; none such animals in here.
Slam Dunk – Chased the heralded Rail Trip in last; that exercise should have him plenty tighter for this start.
Long Shot – Patch of Blue
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Pacific Halo – Has run winning races for this bottom class level; could become the definition of seconditis.
Judge Kent – Dead late closer is improving with every start; like the turn back in distance to an elongated sprint.
Long Shot – Minnie’s Boy
Best Bet – Midships (race 7)
Santa Anita Wednesday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/5/$54.00; Long Shots, 8/2/$18.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.80
Santa Anita Totals – 734/180/$1,259.40; Long Shots, 362/53/$617.40; Best Bets, 42/15/$55.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #6 Urban Flight (5/2) in race 7 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Wednesday, Personal Shopper was scratched at Charles Town. Stats – 15/12/$86.30