TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 2 furlongs, Purse $36,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
I Catherine – As sure as the sun sets in the west, Martin Pedroza is on the live babies in these debut drag races.
Dulce Maria – Wesley Ward has two in here, respect them both; Tyler Baze rides this one, keep an eye on the longer price too.
Long Shot – Chilliwack
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $41,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Gallardo – Logical chalk won last time in easier fashion that it looked; Gomez takes over for the injured Rafael Bejarano.
Scrummage – Chance to be lone speed, though that still may not be enough to win; slumping Joe Talamo needs to snap out of it.
Long Shot – Sacred Light
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $57,000, Allowance, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Gambler’s Justice – With the turf rail out 24 feet, speed helps; Spawr filly is a sprinter stretching out, the Mig will send.
Miss Fremont – I think the favorite is phony so I’ll try to be her with this class dropper; good try in the China Doll.
Long Shot – Yasinisi
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $10,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Abbey Cat – One of many with some back class, her recent races at least appear to be OK; will be grinding from the outside.
Pirate’s Charm – In a race this awful, many times it’s better to take the early lead and play catch me if you can.
Long Shot – Comparacion
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
June My Love – At least she shows some modicum of consistency on turf; tactical speed helps with the turf rail out 24 feet.
Flamingo Princess – Sprinter stretching out should show speed to protect her rail post; Gomez will depress her price.
Long Shot – Dolly Varten
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds
Remember Boffi – Big class drop points to him as the horse to beat; most of his recent races are fast enough to win here.
Quityerbellyaching – With Bejarano injured, many of his pick-up mounts figure to be live; more value with Joel Rosario.
Long Shot – Scott’s Poppy
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $50,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Spinning Yarns – I think speed has a chance to dominate the turf races; Joel Rosario would best be advised to send hard.
Yogi’ssplashofgold – Horrible effort as a beaten favorite in last; most will give up on her, forgiving handicappers won’t.
Long Shot – Tropical Bid
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Mr. Logan – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; should be dead fit exiting turf races.
El Vic – Suspect will be overlooked with low percentage connections and a parking lot post; speed to clear most of the field.
Long Shot – Mas Hombre
Best Bet – Gallardo (race 2)
Santa Anita Monday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$65.00; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 905/213/$1,577.40; Long Shots, 446/57/$707.70; Best Bets, 50/16/$67.40