TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds
Leavethegateopen – Change of style led to his graduation last time; Garrett Gomez waited and rallied in the lane.
Devil Cat M D – Looked like a rat on grass, a runner on synthetic; won his maiden with complete authority.
Long Shot – Ubetimfast
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $21,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds
Haughty Topper – Part of an uncoupled Mike Mitchell entry in debut; he was the longer priced and flew home late.
Defense King – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; expect Alex Solis to send.
Long Shot – white Lace Jimmy
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds
Coronas At Delmar – Claimed by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer, expect improvement; like that he hired Garrett Gomez.
Superfecta – Logical chalk has proven this is his comfort level; tactical speed to sit just off of Summer Haze.
Long Shot – Summer Haze
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse 446,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
The Legal Blonde – Showing improvement with every U.S. start; may come together today for her at a price.
Spring Party – Got a good education in debut back at Laurel; has turf pedigree and interests Rafael Bejarano to ride.
Long Shot – Ermine Slippers
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Keep Thinking – Exits a key race including stakes winner The Pamplemousse; Eoin Harty adds blinkers on for speed.
Valkyrie Missile – Sharp debut where he chased a clever winner in Point Encounter; figures to move forward for Pupye.
Long Shot – Pauper’s Prize
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $48,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
Mr. Gruff – Two aides are the turf rail out 8 feet and the parking lot post is good going down the hillside turf course.
Cat Brulay – Was rallying hard into a soft pace last time and ran out of ground; if he turfs he’ll be right there.
Long Shot – Cardinal Zin
Race 7 – 7 furlongs, $300,000 Santa Monica Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Ventura – I voted for her in the Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter; guess what, this is a sprint today.
Jibboom – If Bobby Frankel doesn’t win this grade 1 stakes, there needs to be an investigation; has both barrels loaded.
Long Shot – Baroness Thatcher
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, $70,000 Wishing Well Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Society Hostess – Christophe Clement is one of my favorite trainers; when I can get him at juicy odds, it makes sense.
Sharp Susan – Makes her SoCal debut down the hillside no less; mare is proven on grass albeit at longer distances.
Long Shot – Bahama Mama
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Sacred Mountain – Logical chalk was in a tight photo last time; gets the ultimate rider switch to Rafael Bejarano.
Kearns Prints – Speedball will try to bottom out the field; he figures to clear hoping for a no passing zone race.
Long Shot – Brinson
Best Bet – Ventura (race 7)
Santa Anita Friday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/6/$36.00; Long Shots, 8/1/$8.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 441/110/$734.60; Long Shots, 222/34/$385.60; Best Bets, 26/9/$39.40