TODAY AT SANTA ANITA
By Richard Eng
Post Time 11:05 a.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $70,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Ramsgate – Third start off a 16-month hiatus could be his best; appears to be rounding into top form.
Guns On The Table – Logical chalk had a rough stretch trip in last; can high-5 the public from post 14.
Long Shot – Five Star Thief
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $70,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Carrie With a C – Small edge in another difficult race; her races are fast enough to win, but she’s no cinch.
Silk Thunder – Returns to SoCal, the scene of her better races; she may be a synthetic track specialist.
Long Shot – Surfer Girl
Race 3 – 7 furlongs, $1-million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Ventura – Love the turn back angle from routes to this elongated sprint; Gomez will come flying fast late.
Indian Blessing – Next to Zenyatta, she’ll be the shortest odds chalk; not as proven on synthetic as others.
Long Shot – Intangaroo
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf), $1-million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Consequence – Phipps filly has the best turf pedigree in the field; two educational races has her prime for this.
Laragh – Logical chalk won wire to wire at Keeneland in last; crushed the favorite Habaya in the Jessamine.
Long Shot – Sugar Mom
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles, $2-million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Sky Diva – Has won both her starts in a common gallop; no telling how good she’ll be, beat good ones in last.
Stardom Bound – Big favorite has one fault to be aware of; her gate manners are awful, gets left behind early.
Long Shot – Dream Empress
Race 6 – 1 1/4 miles (turf), $2-million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Halfway to Heaven – Could be the first of multiple Euros to win today; tactical speed to sit close to the pace.
Forever Together – She is one of the most improved horses the last 90 days; has a powerful late closing kick.
Long Shot – Pure Clan
Race 7 – 1 1/8th miles, $2-million Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Zenyatta – This is what a real champion looks like; like all the great ones, she can move early if she must.
Music Note – If she hadn’t lost a head bob in the Alabama, her odds would be lower; she’s a special filly too.
Long Shot – Cocoa Beach
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), $250,000 Las Palmas Handicap, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Black Mamba – Gets big time class relief from grade 1 stakes for this; saves all the ground under Gomez.
Lemon Chiffon – Mare has strong turf experience and appears in top form; offers a lot of value at 10/1 odds.
Long Shot – Valbenny
Race 9 – 7 furlongs, Purse $85,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Six Pack Abs – Sadler has an uncoupled entry in here; off a big win, proven he does not need the lead to succeed.
Doppio – Synthetic surface specialist also loves elongated sprints; will do his best turning for home.
Long Shot – Becrux
Race 10 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $75,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Esporte Dos Reis – His last two races are both better than looked; saves ground and comes grinding fast late.
Parc des Princes – Speedball should be able to cut his own fractions; tries Pro-Ride for the first time.
Long Shot – Vulcan
Best Bet – Zenyatta (race 7)
Santa Anita Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/2/$16.80; Long Shots, 7/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 388/91/$644.80; Long Shots, 189/25/$312.00; Best Bets, 22/7/$30.20