HORSE RACING

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

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