OAK TREE AT SANTA ANITA
By Richard Eng
Post Time noon
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $14,000, Claiming $12,500, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Sugar Doll – Monteleone has a hammer lock on this field with an uncoupled entry; dropping in class to try and win again.
Miss Melissa – Well spotted off the claim to reap quick dividends; suspect one Monteleone will leave, the other will sit.
Long Shot – Dee’s a Legend
Race 2 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Island Hop – Canani charge ran better than looked last time; can be a lot tighter in second start off a 2-month hiatus.
Foreign – Drysdale horses get overbet everytime on reputation alone; this looks more like a cull than one of his good ones.
Long Shot – Silver Moonshine
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Optional claiming $32,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Mary Ellise – Beaten favorite last time out can be taken to atone for that here; will offer a lot more value with these.
Sangay – Favorites like this get way overbet due to a daylight MSW graduation; this is a big step up in class today.
Long Shot – Rare Exchange
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $16,000, Maiden claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Lonely Highway – Ran a winning race for this bottom class last time out; dead late closer is capable of repeating the try.
Street Number – Should find the stretch out to 2-turns a lot more to his liking pace wise; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Long Shot – Behoogie
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $43,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Shem Tov – Beaten favorite didn’t run his race last time; suspect Espinoza will take him back further and make one run.
Indian Sun – Logical chalk grew wings late in debut to just miss; still, it’s hard to pass 11 horses in a downhill race.
Long Shot – El Legado
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
Jitterbug Ball – O’Neill drops him down in search of victory; this is the lowest class level he’s ever competed at.
French Souvenir – Did not run a step down the hillside turf course; is capable of bouncing back as he ran two races ago.
Long Shot – Red State
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
Moonlit Habit – Claimed by West who can improve them with the best trainers; well spotted class wise to compete, and win.
Catch That Thief – Dead late closer found his best stride too late in last; has a puncher’s chance in a wide open affair.
Long Shot – Mellow Cammie
Race 8 – 1 mile (turf), $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Black Mamba – Tiny edge in a terrific betting race; ran great in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon, faces none like Nashoba’s Key.
Double Trouble – Frankel at a square price is always worth another look; this is her toughest U.S. test to date.
Long Shot – Meribel
Race 9 – 6 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Allowance, 3-year-olds and up
Talkin to Mom Roo – Time to forego the turf sprint experiment; this is a fast 4-YO who should relish the Cushion track.
Street Boss – Dumb ride last time by Solis to rush him into the pace; this colt prefers to settle back and make one run.
Long Shot – Hurry Up Austin
Race 10 – 1 mile, Purse $26,000, Starter allowance $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Ballestero – The former Hines barn has been running very well of late; tiny edge in another very difficult heat.
Wing Walker – Like that Nakatani remains loyal despite a poor effort in last; adding blinkers on, could turn things around.
Long Shot – Wellnessfast
Best Bet – Mary Ellise (race 3)
Santa Anita Saturday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 22/3/$22.40; Long Shots, 11/2/$28.20; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.40
Santa Anita Totals – 510/113/$805.00; Long Shots, 253/35/$463.20; Best Bets, 30/10/$48.00