HORSE RACING

TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK

By Richard Eng

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds

You Is What You Is – Slides down the claiming ladder to this very winable spot; best stride will come late.

Warrens Flyin High – Beat cheaper in last in a confidence booster; runs consistent numbers for this low class.

Long Shot – Afleet’s Design

Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up

Steady Demand – Speedball will try and steal this on the front end; plays catch me if you can with these.

Frankelstein – If you had him last time at 21/1, today’s price isn’t so appetizing; should close down the hill.

Long Shot – Shadown of Illinois

Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Keira’s Way – Finished well last time to just miss in a sprint; stretches out around 2-turns against a slow group.

Skinny Dip – FTS from the Mike Mitchell barn must be respected with Rafael Bejarano up; watch the tote for clues.

Long Shot – First Contact

Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), $125,000 Irish O’Brien, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Bel Air Sizzle – Was scratched on Saturday for this easier spot; first time down the hill, but she is classy.

Onebadkitty – Dead-heat upset win in last with today’s favorite; she has tactical speed to sit a bit closer.

Long Shot – Christiana’s Heat

Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds

South of France – Closer will see all the action inside of her; second start off a 3-month hiatus.

Nine to Dine – The race must come through this speedball; she will simply go as fast and as far as she can.

Long Shot – Call Aly

Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 8 feet), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds

Faraday – Second time starter picks up the skills of Garrett Gomez; Peter Miller adds blinkers on, watch out.

Dapper Gene – Had to swallow a short price from a low percentage barn; ran well in last and is sitting on go.

Long Shot – Wagels

Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up

Forest Phantom – Ran great off the claim by Jennie Green; has enough back class where a repeat race is possible.

Ukiah – Own worst enemy as he is a poor starter; figures to sit outside and make one wide sweeping move.

Long Shot – Taxi Fleet

Race 8 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 8 feet), $70,000 Pasadena, 3-year-olds

Smokey Lonesome – Makes his second start for Art Sherman; big rider switch to Victor Espinosa, offers a lot of value.

Hype – Logical chalk seems to find trouble and a reason to lose; bad luck can happen on grass with closers.

Long Shot – Leedstheway

Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds

Only Be Cause – His better races have come in elongated sprints like this; figures to be grinding in the late stages.

Marcade – Even run in debut for John Sadler, where he did take some betting; expect normal improvement at a square price.

Long Shot – New York Baby

Best Bet – Bel Air Sizzle (race 4)

Santa Anita Friday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/4/$24.80; Long Shots, 10/2/$19.60; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.00

Santa Anita Totals – 947/224/$1,537.40; Long Shots, 467/74/$863.00; Best Bets, 55/22/$77.40

SIMULCAST PICK OF THE DAY – #4 Just Jenda (5/2) in race 9 at Oaklawn. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Old Fashioned ran second at Oaklawn paying $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. Stats – 28/24/$162.60

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