TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $38,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Oakhill Girl – Square price on a filly who did all the work last time and got passed up late; doesn’t need the lead to succeed.
Kalookan Lessie – Just missed last time in a solid effort down the hillside turf course; repeat effort puts her right there.
Long Shot – She’s Got Skills
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $34,000, Claiming $32,000, 4-year-olds
Paul’s Hope – Claimed by Mitchell, one of the very best in the trade; is well spotted for a quick return on investment.
Appealing Dream – NoCal invader has had two eventful trips over the Tapeta track; tries a different group over soggy Cushion.
Long Shot – Quick Enough
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $52,000, Optional claiming $32,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Princess Amelie – Faces winners for the first time exiting a superb career debut win; a win on sod would prove her versatility.
Ghostly Girl – Dead late closer is very close to getting her picture taken; she’s a square price with low percentage connections.
Long Shot – Charm N Broad
Race 4 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Looks Great – Is knocking on the door of victory; can save all the ground inside and grind it out late under Rosario.
Awesome Shine – He has a tendency to break poorly hindering his chances; closer has a chance to do some late damage.
Long Shot – Maj. Trouble
Race 5 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $26,000, Claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Watch Me Win – Stretching back out around 2-turns; should enjoy the more relaxed early pace, can save valuable ground inside.
Topper’s Gold – Claimed by the clever Avila barn; guess who rides, Berrio, will offer lots of value in a productive spot.
Long Shot – Feel Ridge
Race 6 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $21,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Point Reyna – Showed good speed going long around 2-turns for the first time; chance to set the pace and provide a target.
Quaint Lass – Dead late closer could be a sneaky contender in here; have to like the skill Quinonez has been showing of late.
Long Shot – Titan Queen
Race 7 – 1 mile, Purse $28,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds
Touch My Abs – Had some trouble last time out; can offer some value if he runs back to his winning race two back.
County Tune – Switches barns from Marlow to McFarlane; has been off slow lately, hindering his chances to upset.
Long Shot – Latin Lobo
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Kickin Back – Miller barn is heating up once again in 2008; like that Gomez remains loyal to the cause.
Premier Won – Beaten favorite did not run his best race last time out; tactical speed to sit a perfect trip.
Long Shot – Obedience
Best Bet – Looks Great (race 4)
Santa Anita Monday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$30.20; Long Shots, 8/2/$21.60; Best Bet, 1/1/$5.80
Santa Anita Totals – 304/70/$511.00; Long Shots, 155/24/$290.20; Best Bets, 18/8/$34.00