TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time noon
Race 1 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Ava G – Gomez is attached to more favorites than the asterisk in the Daily Racing Form; will sit a trip and grind it out late.
Soaring Lauren – If you can get her morning line price of 12/1 odds, she has to be on your ticket; Bejarano remains loyal.
Long Shot – Sanmeli
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $15,000, Claiming $10,000, 4-year-olds and up
Kaianagandaia – Hard name to say, easier horse to bet; figures to offer a lot of value, his race two back can upset these.
My Master – West barn needs a win in the worst way; 9-YO has plenty of back class where he could pair up winning races.
Long Shot – Currency Trader
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $52,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 4-year-olds and up
Lead Stealer – Morey has done a terrific job since claiming him for $8k; only dislike is the rail post, Flores takes over.
Surf Town – Tepid chalk in a wide open hillside turf race; Blanc did nothing wrong in last, gets replaced today by Court.
Long Shot – Best Dressed
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds
Sing Me a Psalm – Another Gomez chalk, Sadler adds blinkers on for more focus; colt is capable of more than he showed in last.
Maeken Noise – Speedball draws the dreaded rail, which won’t hurt because he was leaving anyway; Gryder will burn baby burn.
Long Shot – Unbroken Vow
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), $100,000 Tuzla Handicap, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Good Mood – Dead late closer should see a positive pace scenario to do his best; Michael Baze can save all the ground inside.
Unspoken Word – Favorite is a speedy sort in a race packed with speed types; Bejarano is a master at relaxing his mounts.
Long Shot – Live Life
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Gambler’s Justice – Tough beat to Final Fling, a very talented filly for Mullins; a repeat race would beat these today.
Little Gypsy – Beaten favorite has yet to make a quantuum leap forward; she shows good ability, but must show improvement.
Long Shot – Suziqcutie
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $28,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
Ballestero – Solid improvement in last, now a switch to Nakatani for the money shot; Corey loves to save all the ground.
Capi and Max – Turf debut was a good one, losing a difficult head bob; this may be his preferred surface, we’ll find out.
Long Shot – Fantastic Meeting
Race 8 – 1 mile, Purse $57,000, Optional claiming $32,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Sunday Dress – Claimed by the maestro claiming trainer Hollendorfer; mare is well spotted where she can repeat her effort.
Silber – Gomez factor is always powerful; mare has yet to win on synthetic surfaces, but she is dead fit exiting turf routes.
Long Shot – P Town Princess
Race 9 – 1 1/4 miles (turf, rail at 15 feet), $150,000 San Marcos, 4-year-olds and up
Champs Elysees – Ran very well in U.S. debut chasing Pletcher’s Sunriver; the pace has to be faster than set by Sunriver.
Medici Code – Underrated horse runs hard every time facing top competition; negative is he’s giving weight to tough foes.
Long Shot – Obrigado
Race 10 – 7 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 4-year-olds and up
Warren’s Scooter – Gomez could easily win 3 or 4 races; taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming.
Scottish Diamond – Sharp speed effort last time under P Val; Bejarano takes over, he is a much more patient jockey.
Long Shot – Court Rule
Best Bet – Champs Elysees (race 9)
Santa Anita Friday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/4/$19.80; Long Shots, 8/1/$13.20; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.60
Santa Anita Totals – 252/59/$434.20; Long Shots, 128/21/$258.60; Best Bets, 15/6/$25.40