TODAY AT SANTA ANITA
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Maiden claiming $75,000, 2-year-olds
Vintage Dave – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; reunited with Rafael Bejarano.
Karolly – Tepid chalk in a wide open race; has speed and tired going long in last, now is turning back in distance.
Long Shot – Matching Whites
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Zanda Blue – Beaten favorite heads up a strong entry at this bottom class level; like Aaron Gryder the rider.
White Angel – Dead late closer gets a good pilot in Brice Blanc; he’ll sit in arrears and make one run.
Long Shot – Our Storm
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $13,000, Claiming $10,000, 3-year-olds and up
Vice Admiral – Just missed last time when dropped to a career low class; similar try puts him right there.
Sorcerers Spell – Tepid chalk is a good closer in a mediocre group; sliding down the claiming ladder.
Long Shot – Voracious
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $24,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Gold Star Status – Moves from 2 parking lots posts to midpack; like his fast closing style down the hill.
Michael’s Notes – Logical chalk in a difficult race; has speed which will aided by the turf rail out 24 feet.
Long Shot – Got Free
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Choice Cat – The Eric Guillot barn has a knack for winning with FTS; worktab laced with bullet drills.
Moontune Missy – Didn’t show much in debut, but respect the switch to Bejarano; watch the tote for clues.
Long Shot – Navigator
Race 6 – 1 mile, Purse $27,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 2-year-olds
Race Caller Luke – Suspect the Bob Baffert barn is happy he didn’t get claimed in last; might be a useful sort.
Feisty Suances – Darrell Vienna barn has surprised with 3 boxcar winners; another who stole this condition.
Long Shot – It’s Gotta Be Us
Race 7 – 1 mile, Purse $49,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Lemon Punch – Dead late closer exits some stronger turf races for this; she will be flying fast late.
Unusual Jane – Can do better than last when she had a rough trip; another who can be flying in the lane.
Long Shot – Inspiration Within
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Kickin’ Kongo – Exits a key MSW race headed by Alpha Kitten; drops to the bottom, need not be much horse.
No Wonder – Speedball takes a big class drop to face lesser lights; plays catch me if you can in here.
Long Shot – Rev Her Up
Best Bet – Vice Admiral (race 3)
Santa Anita Wednesday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 14/6/$30.80; Long Shots, 8/1/$17.40; Best Bet, 0/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 373/89/$628.00; Long Shots, 182/25/$312.00; Best Bets, 21/7/$30.20