TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds
Benezit – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this very winable spot; like the turn back in distance too.
Eddie the Hat – Logical chalk has plenty of early speed; cozy outside post gives him time to gain position.
Long Shot – Only Be Cause
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $39,000, Claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds
Uncle Jeep – Broke his maiden in impressive fashion; like that Garrett Gomez opted off Liturgical to ride here.
Omega Minister – Failed to make a dent in last, is now dropped in class; like that Rafael Bejarano remains loyal.
Long Shot – Liturgical
Race 3 – 7 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Six Pack Man – Tepid chalk adds blinkers on for the first time; his last two races are not too shabby.
Senor Afortunado – Dead late closer will hope the race falls apart; Joel Rosario has been a pleasant surprise.
Long Shot – Olympic Force
Race 4 – 7 furlongs, Purse $53,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Booted – Was badly overmatched in the grade 2 San Fernando; his race two back is fast enough to beat these.
Aggie Engineer – Sharp looking winner last time appears to have a big upside; has the pedigree win win farther.
Long Shot – Medzendeekron
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Black Magic Mama – Tries turf for the first time; should like the turn back in distance, will fire fast late.
L.A. Devine – Ran a very fast 44.4 half mile last time and kept on going; will like the turf rail out 15 feet.
Long Shot – G’s Heavenly Union
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Mrs. Rocha – Takes a small, but significant, class drop to face these underachievers; best can win it.
Zaya – Ran evenly in last after two sharp tries in previous races; reunited with Octavio Vergara may signal intent.
Long Shot – Suva
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $53,000, Optional claiming $62,500, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Carmel Coffee – After two 2-turn seconds, turns back to a sprint; appears better suited as a closing sprinter.
We Will Rock You – Has improved since making his U.S. debut over Keeneland synthetic; saves ground inside.
Long Shot – Gloriously
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds
Let’spickupthepace – Sharp win last time and is in a similar spot tonight; class drop got him in the winner’s circle.
Bowie at Saratoga – Jeff Mullins adds blinkers on; big class drop makes him a dangerous foe in here.
Long Shot – Elegant Card
Race 9 – 1 1/16th miles, $300,000 Santa Maria Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Leah’s Secret – Has won three straight stakes over three different tracks, she is legit; tacitcal speed to sit a trip.
Bsharpsonata – Her synthetic surface record is also above average; Todd Pletcher filly could have a big season.
Long Shot – Country Star
Race 10 – 7 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Mystification – Like the turn back in distance; he may prove better suited as a 1-turn closing sprinter.
Comical Alibi – Parking lot post should not be a hindrance in this elongated sprint; he too is shortening up.
Long Shot – Baroda Court
Best Bet – Let’spickupthepace (race 8)
Santa Anita Friday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 13/2/$8.80; Long Shots, 5/2/$15.00; Best Bet, 0/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 598/143/$980.20; Long Shots, 300/45/$513.00; Best Bets, 35/12/$47.20
SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #2 Mannington in race 7 at Tampa. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet. On Friday, Appenzell won at Tampa and paid $4.20 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show. Stats – 8/6/$42.10