TODAY AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds
Band of Thunder – Reclaimed by Rosales, a strong trainer angle; his four career wins look good, as does his stalking style.
Instant Action – Sharp maiden claiming win from parking lot post 12; draws better, but faces better in test versus winners.
Long Shot – Cry Me No River
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $48,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Palladian General – Has a nice stalking style for a route race with multiple speed types; Talamo will settle for one run.
Rushen Heat – Speedball from the rail figures to save all the ground under Nakatani; key is how slow he can make the pace.
Long Shot – Proud Heritage
Race 3 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $26,000, Maiden claiming $62,500, 2-year-olds
Storm Brave – They may not win, but it won’t be for lack of trying; Sadler legs up Gomez for the money shot, short odds.
Uncertain Heights – Knight has the reputation, well earned, of a dangerous baby barn; has shown some quick a.m. drills.
Long Shot – Buzzin Mon
Race 4 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $33,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds and up
Oceanus – Offers value considering he won off the claim for Hollendorfer; when he gets them good, they usually stay good.
Imitation – Faltered in last in return to grass route; his Cushion track race two back was very good, the one to repeat.
Long Shot – Cousins Lew
Race 5 – 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 10 feet), Purse $45,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Carly Effect – Beat the morning line favorite Placid Lake at Del Mar, so she’s legit; like that Nakatani remains loyal.
Placid Lake – Tepid chalk in a wide open race; the wide post is a hindrance in turf sprints versus down the Arcadia hill.
Long Shot – Tizthen
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $42,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Just N Excess – Speedball has come up a little bit short in both career starts; facing seven FTS, watch the tote board.
Smooth Performer – FTS from Sise gets the services of the great Gomez; that alone makes her one to keep an eye on.
Long Shot – Onebadkitty
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 10 feet), $65,000 War Chant, 3-year-olds
Sandwaki – Pletcher shipper got a rough initiation to U.S. racing at Keeneland; he needed the race and has a high ceiling.
Karazi – Sadler underachiever gets a huge rider switch to Gomez for the wake up call; gets class relief from two Grade 2s.
Long Shot – Warning Zone
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
Flirting for Love – I’ll go with three FTS in this bottom class level; Miller barn had a breakout season in 2007.
Kiss My Crown – Gomez takes the call from O’Neill in here; Gomez figures to win the riding title by a 3-wood distance.
Long Shot – Apple Martini
Best Bet – Storm Brave (race 3)
Santa Anita Sunday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 18/4/$41.40; Long Shots, 9/1/$6.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Final Totals – 528/117/$846.40; Long Shots, 262/36/$469.20; Best Bets, 31/10/$48.00