TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time noon
Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Claiming $62,500, Fillies, 4-year-olds
Debie Ginsburg – Both her races at 7-furlongs and longer have been excellent; flattered when Holy Nova won her next start.
Lady in Love – She’s proven to be an above average closer in elongated sprints; another profitable claim by Hollendorfer.
Long Shot – Afleet’s Desire
Race 2 – 1 mile, Purse $29,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds
Pointed Home – Michael Baze riding for Nakatani who broke his collarbone Saturday morning; O’Neill won 4 races on Saturday.
Silver Dust – Sure to get overlooked from a low percentage barn; like the turn back in distance and drop in class too.
Long Shot – Romance Is Zenon
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Laday Tale – Been close but no cigar in his last three starts for Spawr; the Mig takes over for P Val who remains on hiatus.
Austie – Logical chalk appears to be a prime candidate for a bounce; ran a huge race off a 10-month hiatus, how will he react.
Long Shot – Sacred Mountain
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds
Cajun Gent – No impressed with the starters with experience; FTS from Shirreffs barn has good works and the look of a runner.
No Lien Here – Gomez takes over for the injured Nakatani; was well bet in career debut and did a classic pop and stop race.
Long Shot – High Stakes Silver
Race 5 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $45,000, Claiming $50,000, 4-year-olds and up
Uffizi – Tiny edge in an incredibly difficult race; Mitchell horse has enough back class to repeat his winning performance.
Dealer Choice – Just missed to Uffizi last time and can turn the tables at a square price; Bejarano gives a clever ride.
Long Shot – Quasimodo
Race 6 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $17,000, 4-year-olds and up
Mountains of Green – Tepid choice because the favorite appears tremendously vulnerable; his race two back can upset these.
Rock Creek Pass – Did a major pop and stop last time while going long and facing tougher; turn back in distance will help.
Long Shot – Emerald King
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $61,000, Optional claiming $80,000, 4-year-olds and up
Talking to Mom Roo – A juicy 10/1 odds morning line for a horse that’s won two straight; like the turn back in distance.
El Manuel – Offers value from the rail as Pupye drops him down in class; won down the hillside course during Oak Tree meet.
Long Shot – Worchester
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies, 4-year-olds
Real Lift – Claimed by Marlow off a terrible try as a beaten favorite; she’s won 6 races, enough moxie to like her here.
Warren’s Adventure – Gets class relief, which may be enough to get her home; like that Gomez remains loyal to the cause.
Long Shot – Smooch
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs, $75,000 San Pedro, 3-year-olds
Meal Penalty – Was never in the hunt in the Grade 1 Cash Call; gets big time class relief and Pletcher switches to Gomez.
Gayego – I’m not buying the short priced chalk Sea of Pleasure; this colt didn’t run at all except the final furlong in last.
Long Shot – Waafi
Race 10 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $28,000, Starter allowance $40,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Justice Is Brief – If the chips fall right, the pick 6 can carryover to Monday; speedy sort ran great on grass two back.
Warren’s Mystery – She is due to turn it around, and with Gomez climbing on board today might be the day; like the 8/1 odds.
Long Shot – Jak Sie Macz
Best Bet – Meal Penalty (race 9)
Santa Anita Saturday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/4/$24.40; Long Shots, 10/1/$10.00; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.80
Santa Anita Totals – 270/63/$458.60; Long Shots, 138/22/$268.60; Best Bets, 16/7/$28.20