TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $26,000, Claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up
Black Jack Attack – Ran a miserable race last time off the claim by Mitchell; chance to redeem on the class big drop.
Political Maneuver – Speedball got torched last time like a meteor passing thru the atmosphere; slower pace will help.
Long Shot – Ghostrapper
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $57,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Costume – Would not be shocked to see Frankel win multiple races on the card; filly gets big time class relief facing these.
Carmel Coffee – She would be undefeated except for a super filly named Zenyatta; has pedigree to make turf debut a good one.
Long Shot – Seven Steps
Race 3 – 1 1/16th miles, $250,000 Santa Maria Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Tough Tiz’s Sis – She finally doesn’t have to face a heavyweight; draw a line thru the BC Distaff and her resume looks good.
Dawn After Dawn – Was well meant in the El Encino, when her saddle slipped under Gomez; chance to rebound at a square price.
Long Shot – Double Trouble
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Soothing Touch – Like the turn back in distance for going down the hillside course; might be the day to put it all together.
Burnt – You’ll know better than me if this filly is taking a lot of action; Frankel has been patient and she has pedigree.
Long Shot – Pegasus Lady
Race 5 – 7 furlongs, Purse $52,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Renagade Ruby – I don’t typically pick MSW graduates facing winners, but she was impressive; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Tizzy’s Tune – Has lost two gut wrenching decisions in a row, albeit a year apart; should be fully mature to step forward.
Long Shot – Lochinvar’s Gold
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Rate of Exchange – No exaggeration she would have won by 5-lengths if not bothered in the lane; figures to get way overbet.
Decorator – Made a late move inside to just miss; was able to avoid the trouble that affected many others in the race.
Long Shot – Interior Design
Race 7 – 1 mile, $250,000 Las Virgenes, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Lovely Isle – She was sent to Frankel after an pathetic try at Gulfstream; she’s better than that and well see why in here.
Golden Doc A – She’s not spectacular, but a grinder who seldom runs a bad race; chance to get a big piece at the very end.
Long Shot – Grace Anatomy
Race 8 – 1 1/8th miles, $250,000 San Antonio Handicap, 4-year-olds and up
Student Council – Would be ultra confident in him if not for the break in training at SA; proved he was legitimate last fall.
Awesome Gem – He’s a very nice horse but with a tendency to finish second in big races; showed he likes the synthetic surfaces.
Long Shot – Rathor
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 4-year-olds and up
Mast Track – Flattered by Monterrey Jazz continuing his winning ways; dead late closer should relish rallying down the hill.
Specalist Morgen J – Chance to redeem himself at a square price; don’t mind the parking lot post going down the hillside course.
Long Shot – Switzerland
Race 10 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Quityerbellyaching – Didn’t run much off the claim by Sadler; his debut was good, he’s dropped in class and Bejarano takes over.
Bad Big Al – Another taking the biggest class drop in racing, from MSW to maiden claiming; need not be much to compete in here.
Long Shot – Crimson Dynamo
Best Bet – Tough Tiz’s Sis (race 3)
Santa Anita Saturday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 22/4/$16.80; Long Shots, 11/1/$9.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 374/91/$653.80; Long Shots, 192/28/$329.80; Best Bets, 22/9/$37.60