TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
So Hottie – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; got a test drive off a year hiatus.
Gale in the Vale – Tepid chalk in a wide open race; been away 11-months, returns with smoking Joe Talamo up.
Long Shot – Kafe
Race 2 – 7 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Bridging – Was well bet in debut when chasing Wall Street Wonder; Mike Pupye babies improve a lot second time out.
Turk – Odds-on favorite has shown a propensity for losing when he should be winning; extremely short price.
Long Shot – Mythical Power
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $60,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 4-year-olds and up
Mr. Napper Tandy – Takes a solid class drop to face easier foes today; choice be it grass or synthetic surface.
Victorian Prince – Speedball from the rail and off the claim by Steve Knapp; helped by the turf rail out 24 feet.
Long Shot – Sartorial
Race 4 – 1 mile, Purse $14,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
South Coast – Taking a red flag drop in class; if Marty Jones charge has anything left, he should win this.
Boule d’Or – Jeff Mullins keeps dropping him in class, yet no takers; keeps grinding out paychecks for the barn.
Long Shot – Raise the Heat
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Voodoo’s Vision – Solid second last time as the favorite; she’s likely found her comfort zone, should step up.
Thunder Babydoll – Peter Eurton barn has been winning races in bunches under the radar; found her best stride late.
Long Shot – Lady Kenzie
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $42,000, Claiming $50,000, 4-year-olds
Rumba Along – Has won two in a row, draws well to make it three; Chantal Sutherland saves all the ground inside.
Funny Me – Third start off the claim by Mike Mitchell; poor post, but Rafael Bejarano can figure out a trip.
Long Shot – Rivergrade Boy
Race 7 – 1 mile, Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Theodora – She’s bred to run two miles, much less a mile today; about time she starts strutting her stuff.
Thunder and Ice – Speedball will relish the turf rail out 24 feet; Aaron Gryder needs to harness her high octane.
Long Shot – Tripped the Light
Race 8 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Mickey Rocks – Ran a better than looked race in last; rallied well into a slow paced race, sits closer today.
You Wood – Tepid chalk in a wide open race; lost a narrow photo in last, one step improvement can win it.
Long Shot – Bruin Bench
Best Bet – South Coast (race 4)
Santa Anita Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/0/$0; Long Shots, 8/2/$25.40; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 585/141/$971.40; Long Shots, 295/43/$498.00; Best Bets, 35/12/$47.20
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #7 Appenzell in race 6 at Tampa. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet. On Thursday, Aqueduct canceled racing. Stats – 7/5/$32.30