TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Sweet Thoughts – Filly has as good a pedigree as you’ll find; John Shirreffs adds blinkers on, expect improvement.
Ultra Awesome – Good speed effort at the tough debut distance of 7-furlongs; the pace should be smoother around 2-turns.
Long Shot – Tasty Temptation
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $37,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds
Cyprus Lady – Garrett Gomez had choices but opts to ride for Mike Mitchell; second to a very good one in Theodora.
Dances With Tigers – She makes her turf debut, but is razor sharp now; big improvement since claimed by Jeff Mullins.
Long Shot – Ditto This
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $14,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
Natural Touch – Claimed by Peter Miller who puts the blinkers on; 7-of-8 in the money at today’s distance.
Esporte Dos Reis – Rail runner takes a steep drop in class; need not be much horse to compete with these.
Long Shot – Lendell
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds
Threat – Been favored seven straight races with one win to show; still this class is a good comfort level for her.
Kafe – Logical chalk ran a monster of a race in a debut win; will be vastly overbet and could bounce off the victory.
Long Shot – Sam’s Queen
Race 5 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $46,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Hog’s Hollow – Has had some rough trips, but does exhibit turf talent; Alex Solis is riding like it’s 1999, not 2009.
Meteore – Logical chalk just missed last time in a big effort; beaten favorite figures to get way overbet again.
Long Shot – Great Home
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $53,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 4-year-olds and up
Aggie Engineer – Was flattered when Medzendeekron won a stakes next time out; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
All Man – Is on a heady 3-race winning streak; suspect if he can win today, they could try a stakes next time out.
Long Shot – Screen to Screen
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), $65,000, Moscow Burning, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Modern Look – Group 1 caliber filly makes her U.S. debut for Bobby Frankel; if ready she could steamroll these.
Charming Legacy – Good run from post 10 last time; she has run her best races when ridden by Alex Solis.
Long Shot – Ransom Captive
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Stray Cat – Just missed last time in a winning effort for this bottom level; he is clearly the one to beat.
Go Cory Go – Forgiving handicappers hope he runs back to his good race two back; didn’t show much last time.
Long Shot – Winterscore
Best Bet – Aggie Engineer (race 6)
Santa Anita Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/0/$0; Long Shots, 7/2/$21.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 913/218/$1,504.00; Long Shots, 449/71/$831.60; Best Bets, 52/19/$70.60
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #4 Study Abroad (5/2) in race 1 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, She’s My Fortune won at Aqueduct paying $3.80 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.30 to show. Stats – 26/22/$153.40