OAK TREE AT SANTA ANITA
By Richard Eng
Post Time 10:10 a.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/2 miles, $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon, 3-year-olds and up
Muhannak – Synthetic surface lover is a marathon specialist; dangerous and one of the largest prices in the field.
Sixties Icon – Logical chalk is a winner of multiple group stakes in England; long-winded, runs first time on Lasix.
Long Shot – Zappa
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), $1-million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, 3-year-olds and up
True to Tradition – Trainer Scott Lake has this guy running a hole in the wind; tactical speed and a juicy 15/1 odds.
Get Funky – Outside posts are good down the hillside turf course; will sit a trip and come flying fast late.
Long Shot – Salute the Comet
Race 3 – 1 mile, $1-million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, 3-year-olds and up
Lewis Michael – Synthetic surface lover draws the rail to save all the ground; tactical speed to sit a nice trip.
Slew’s Tizzy – Easy prep win off a 7-month hiatus; fresh, talented colt is sure to be overlooked in the betting.
Long Shot – Albertus Maximus
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf), $1-million Breeders’ Cup Mile, 3-year-olds and up
Goldikova – She beat males in a group 1 stakes at Longchamp; considered one of the best horses Europe has to offer.
Shakis – His best distance is 9-furlongs, so he is turning back today; suspect he’ll be closing fastest of all.
Long Shot – Whatsthescript
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles, $2-million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, 2-year-olds
Midshipman – Tough trip cost him the win in the Norfolk; big rider switch to Garrett Gomez for the money shot.
Bushranger – I compare him favorably to hot horse Square Eddie; main question is first race over the Pro-Ride.
Long Shot – Pionerof the Nile
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf), $1-million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, 2-year-olds
Coronet of a Baron – Would have been one of the choices on dirt, but Eoin Harty opted for turf; bred to adore sod.
Donativum – As the races get longer, he gets better; like that Frankie Dettori will ride, he’ll sit and finish.
Long Shot – Grand Adventure
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, $1-million Breeders’ Cup Sprint, 3-year-olds and up
Street Boss – Home field edge and a race shape to suit his closing style; Bruce Headley has won this before.
Fabulous Strike – If there is a speed of the speed, I think this guy is it; simple tactics for Ramon Dominguez.
Long Shot – Cost of Freedom
Race 8 – 1 1/2 miles (turf), $3-million Breeders’ Cup Turf, 3-year-olds and up
Soldier of Fortune – The Euros look like they have a hammerlock on this; solid third in the l’Arc de Triomphe.
Red Rocks – Third try in the Turf, he appears in better form than prior years; as honest as the day is long.
Long Shot – Eagle Mountain
Race 9 – 1 1/4 miles, $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic; 3-year-olds and up
Curlin – I thought Zenyatta and Curlin were the two free bingo squares; the champ will strut his stuff over Pro-Ride.
Go Between – Will be overlooked despite an enviable record; Garrett Gomez will give him a perfect rail skimming ride.
Long Shot – Duke of Marmalade
Race 10 – 7 furlongs, $100,000 Damascus, 3-year-olds
Gayego – This should be called the “layoff Derby”; his four synthetic races were great, he eventually wore down.
Georgie Boy – Nice horse but a lousy price off a 7-month hiatus; this is strictly a prep for bigger fish later on.
Long Shot – Hatta Fort
Race 11 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), $150,000 Oak Tree Derby, 3-year-olds
Madeo – He’s talented enough to run a BC turf race, but opted for this; could cap a sensational week for Mike Smith.
Nownownow – Been slow in coming around, he won a BC turf stakes a year ago; might be ready to put it all together.
Long Shot – Deal Making
Best Bet – Curlin (race 9)
Santa Anita Friday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/5/$35.60; Long Shots, 9/1/$31.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.00
Santa Anita Totals – 408/96/$680.40; Long Shots, 198/26/$343.80; Best Bets, 23/8/$33.20