TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up
Wineshine – Poor start in last, but fought gamely to the wire; run consistently good races since claimed by Doug O’Neill.
My Friend Luis – Upset win in last rallying from the clouds; big improvement since joining trainer Jorge Periban.
Long Shot – Common Trust
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Foxy Games – Big class drop could give Jorge Periban the early daily double; expect Rafael Bejarano to take a hold.
Julia M – Claimed by Jack Carava who has been operating a red hot barn; slight improvement puts her in the mix.
Long Shot – Alex’s Wish
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up
Milyone – Speedball will like the turf rail out 24 feet; expect Mike Smith to send and nurse him on the lead.
Blasterman – Chalk just missed last time in a cavalry charge finish; Garrett Gomez is at the mercy of the pace.
Long Shot – B’s Lucky Strike
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds
Delaware Doe – Steep class drop makes him the one to beat even with a modest effort; third start off a 2-month hiatus.
J B Wine – Dead late closer got up by the skinniest of margins in last; will sit in arrears and make one run.
Long Shot – Rochelle’s Jimmy
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $52,000, Allowance, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Rosy Mantle – Top rated among the Euro imports in here; Rafael Bejarano takes the call, first time with Lasix.
Jemmealey – Expect Bob Baffert to try aggressive tactics with the turf rail out 24 feet; filly gets key class relief.
Long Shot – Vikkilee
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 3-year-olds
Dream of Kaylee – Been handled like fine china; was at the mercy of pace last time in a 4-horse field, more pace today.
Supreme Summit – Sharp MSW win for Doug O’Neill; don’t like the rail post but Garrett Gomez figures to take back.
Long Shot – Bet On Victor
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $48,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Mr Gruff – His two races down the hill have been excellent; his stalking style will be aided by the rail out 15 feet.
Midnight Crush – Was flattered by the emergence of Tuscan Evening; proven to love the downhill turf course.
Long Shot – Elusive Pleasure
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Mo Cheese – Claimed Rafael Becerra and spotted smartly to win right away; has run winning races for the bottom class.
Runway Starlet – Tepid chalk in an open race; taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming.
Long Shot – Moon Over Malibu
Best Bet – Mr Gruff (race 7)
Santa Anita Sunday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/3/$24.40; Long Shots, 9/4/$37.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 882/214/$1,479.40; Long Shots, 435/69/$810.40; Best Bets, 51/19/$70.60
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #5 Volos (5/2) in race 6 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, May Day Now ran second at Aqueduct paying $2.30 to place and $2.10 to show. Stats – 24/20/$140.30