TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Brendolyn – She’s had her share of near misses lately; drops in class and adds Garrett Gomez to ride.
Quite a Stormkat – Speedball may be the best bet in racing, lone early speed; catch me if you can.
Long Shot – Shebang
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $32,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds
Dances With Tigers – She is 4-for-6 wins at today’s mile distance; Jeff Mullins loves using Chantal Sutherland too.
Mud Sweat ‘n Tears – Claimed by Jack Carava and spotted in a smart spot; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Ditto This
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 4-year-olds and up
Minor Mesa – Ran evenly in debut for Carla Gaines; her babies tend to improve with more racing experience.
Itsnotjustagame – Like the turn back in distance, albeit 11-months ago; in the clever hands of Jim Kasparoff.
Long Shot – Grand Turk
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $32,000, Maiden claiming $100,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Closing Speed – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; like the blinkers on too.
Fine Time to Leave – Good education in debut, fine gallop out despite a poor start; improves second time around.
Long Shot – Entabeni
Race 5 – 1 mile, Purse $23,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds
Uncle Jeep – Stretches out around 2-turns for the first time; tactical speed to sit close up throughout.
Form a Posse – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low level; was finishing strongly in last.
Long Shot – Doggie Bear
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
Enriched – Half-brother to Lava Man ran well in his career debut; logical improvment puts him right there.
Spirit of Cochise – Tries turf for the first time; like that Garrett Gomez remains loyal, will finish.
Long Shot – Kaptain Kordough
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Sayit – Been away 6-months, but ran against much tougher at Del Mar; shown she likes synthetic surfaces.
Unusual Spirit – Third start off a 3-month hiatus; like the turn back in distance, should be closing fast.
Long Shot – Masterful Miss
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Million Seller – Ran like she needed the race in last; exits a strong heat, Graham Motion takes the blinkers off.
Switch It Up – Second go around for Neil Drysdale baby; expect improvement and with first time Lasix too.
Long Shot – Spanish Bunny
Best Bet – Brendolyn (race 1)
Santa Anita Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/2/$13.00; Long Shots, 8/2/$23.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 749/182/$1,272.40; Long Shots, 370/55/$640.40; Best Bets, 43/15/$55.40
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #5 Cryptic Moon (2/1) in race 8 at Fair Grounds. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Urban Flight ran out at Aqueduct. Stats – 16/12/$86.30