TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
High Investment – Petered out late when the jock may have moved too soon; expect more patience and a sustained late rally.
Scotty Jones – Exits a quick paced elongated sprint for this slow moving 2-turn route; offers value with Julien Leparoux.
Long Shot – Chalk Line
Race 2 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Exceeding – Just missed facing $40k and $50k toughies, gets big time class relief today; it’s his race to win or lose.
Forest Danz – Speedball figures to pop the gate and try serve the dessert early; simple speed tactics for Tyler Baze.
Long Shot – Watch Over Me
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $50,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Victory Pete – He’s been chasing some good ones like Signature Move, Gayego and Hoods Up; good value in an easier spot.
Shem Tov – Had the lead down the hill last time and couldn’t hold it; will appreciate the much softer pace of this route.
Long Shot – Red Door Drive
Race 4 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $28,000, Claiming $25,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds
Shawklit Sundae – Took to Tapeta at Golden Gate like a duck to water; has enough back class where a repeat race is likely.
Adarlyn Cat – Fell apart last time when sitting too close to a sizzling pace; her race two back is fast enough to upset.
Long Shot – Too Phar
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up
Zayed – Was dueled into submission last time in a suicide run; if Talamo takes back a little, the race will come to him.
Dark Past – Sharp win by the favorite last time for the now missing in action P Val; tactical speed to get involved early.
Long Shot – White Pine
Race 6 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $41,000, Claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Roanaway Bride – Just missed two races ago in a similar spot; tactical speed for Gomez to put her wherever he wants.
Jambalaya Joy – Eastern invader has been running against some good company at Belmont; she could wake up at fair odds.
Long Shot – Power Du Jour
Race 7 – 1 mile, Purse $55,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Down – She may not look too fast, but she has chased good ones like Curiously Sweet and Zenyatta; will save all the ground.
Quite a Stormkat – With the turf rail out a maximum 24 feet, her speed could be a real asset; we’ll see how slow she can go.
Long Shot – Queens Full
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Madame Kiawah – Failed last time as a beaten favorite, Mullins takes the blinkers off; like that Gomez remains loyal.
Little Bug – Tepid chalk in a wide open race; taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming.
Long Shot – Renees Beauty
Best Bet – Madame Kiawah (race 8)
Santa Anita Friday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 12/5/$31.20; Long Shots, 7/2/$25.60; Best Bet, 1/1/$9.00
Santa Anita Totals – 130/33/$239.20; Long Shots, 67/12/$125.20; Best Bets, 8/3/$18.00