OAK TREE AT SANTA ANITA
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Costa Marta – Showed sharp improvement when last seen at Del Mar; if she repeats that effort she’ll be tough to handle.
Runway Starlet – Just missed in debut at a boxcar 34/1 odds; figures to be a lot lower today, but could improve even more.
Long Shot – Crazy Tricia
Race 2 – 7 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds
Sandita – Claimed by Bill Spawr off a disappointing loss at Fairplex; like that Rafael Bejarano takes the call on this one.
Honor Your Wager – Chalk was claimed by the underrated Frank Monteleone; he’s teamed up with Victor Espinoza for many wins.
Long Shot – Byjohn
Race 3 – 7 furlongs, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Unusual Smoke – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; red flag move in a very slow field.
Vital Force – Another taking a significant class drop in search of victory; Bob Baffert cull will get claimed, wants the pot.
Long Shot – Quite the Man
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $33,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Euroglide – Let’s shoot for a bomb with the Fairplex underachiever; his turf sprint two back showed a lot of promise.
Kewen – Logical chalk has one strike going against him, he loves to run second; super consistent long or short on grass.
Long Shot – Don’t Ya Lovett
Race 5 – 7 furlongs, Purse $25,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Rush With Thunder – His race two back is fast enough to upset today; like the turn back in distance in a wide open sprint.
Seven Point One – Interesting that Bejarano exits others to ride this long shot for Cerin; steep class drop can only help.
Long Shot – Stand Tall
Race 6 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $49,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Cherokee Artist – Gets class relief from four stakes for this first level allowance; first time turf, synthetics races good.
Parko – Dead late closer should save every bit of ground under Fairplex champion rider Martin Pedroza; hear from him late.
Long Shot – Smooth and Savvy
Race 7 – 1 mile, Purse $49,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Star Nicholas – Always like the inside posts going a mile here; big edge with a short run to the first turn.
Vulcan – Horses who just graduated from MSW typically get way overbet facing winners for the first time; caveat emptor.
Long Shot – Esporte Dos Reis
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), $100,000 Morvich Handicap, 3-year-olds and up
Get Funky – Chalk has progressed to be among the best turf sprinters in the country; he’ll be running sans steroids in here.
Rebellion – He’s the best closer in the field, but I don’t like his inside post down the hill; Bejarano must carve a trip.
Long Shot – Easy On The Eye
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $44,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
Concerto’s Thunder – Skipped the Fairplex meet after a couple strong showings at Del Mar; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Cajun Gent – Tepid chalk despite Garrett Gomez up; switches barns from John Shirreffs to Cliff Sise, been away 8-months.
Long Shot – Eisenheim
Best Bet – Concerto’s Thunder (race 9)
Del Mar Wednesday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 19/6/$32.00; Long Shots, 10/1/$24.40; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.00
Del Mar Final Totals – 681/166/$1,126.40; Long Shots, 351/50/$622.20; Best Bets, 42/13/$61.40