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HORSE RACING

OAK TREE AT SANTA ANITA

By Richard Eng

Post Time 12:30 p.m.

Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $24,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Perfect Hostess – I like her pedigree best for handling grass; has finished fast in both her sprint starts.

Moscow Rising – Tepid chalk in a less than inspiring race; she is 3-for-4 in the money over turf.

Long Shot – Ms Toomsuba

Race 2 – 7 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up

Mark of a Pirate – Leap of faith that Garrett Gomez is taking over for a reason; tactical speed to sit a trip.

Orientation Hall – Logical chalk runs just fast enough to finish second and third; remains the one to beat.

Long Shot – Winning Yield

Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $23,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up

Tour Da Bronx – Has come around since Mike Mitchell lowered his expectations; tactical speed to sit a trip.

Natural Touch – Claimed by Jack Carava, like that Garrett Gomez remains loyal; needs to hold his good form.

Long Shot – Tice

Race 4 – 7 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up

Vital Force – Beaten favorite may have finally found his class level; like the wide post in an elongated sprint.

Magna Cum Laude – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; has some early lick.

Long Shot – No Thinkin Allowed

Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $37,000, Claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds

Tommys Luck – I don’t mind a parking lot post going down the hillside turf course; can rebound in this spot.

Lucky Honey – Reunited with Gomez who knows this colt well; one of the fastest closers in the stretch.

Long Shot – Honouramongfriends

Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds

Dream of Kaylee – Chased not one, but two stakes winners in debut; suspect this spot has to be easier.

Princeandrew – Blew a tire last time after an interesting debut; reunited with Tyler Baze, expect better.

Long Shot – Mr. Hot Stuff

Race 7 – 7 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up

Sure Thing Eva – Returns from a 9-month hiatus; John Sadler wins with all kinds so we’ll take a leap of faith.

Harlene – Running first time for a claiming price; he’s a sluggish sort who has not sprinted in a long time.

Long Shot – Victory Joe

Race 8 – 7 furlongs, $100,000 Cascapedia, Fillies, 3-year-olds

Highland Torre – Dead late closer should see a sizzling race shape to flatter her; moving fastest in the lane.

Quisiana – Has shown just a smidge of ability to rate; she won’t want to duel early with some of these.

Long Shot – Foxy Danseur

Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $29,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Bright Moon – Final race of the meet could be a long price for Chantal Sutherland; closer is shortening up here.

Shebang – Tepid chalk in a wide open affair; claimed by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer off a game win.

Long Shot – No Ka Oi

Best Bet – Tour Da Bronx (race 3)

Santa Anita Saturday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 22/4/$55.20; Long Shots, 10/1/$14.60; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Totals – 430/100/$735.60; Long Shots, 208/27/$358.40; Best Bets, 24/8/$33.20

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