TODAY AT SANTA ANITA
By Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $35,000, Claiming $40,000, 3-year-olds
Gregorian Bay – Dead late closer did not have the best of trips in last; class drop and distance will help.
Level Red – Logical chalk runs first time for a claiming price; speedy sort looks for a confidence builder.
Long Shot – Slew Man Slew
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet) Purse $43,000, Claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds
Scat Thief – Gets class relief today which will greatly help; dead late closer in a wide open race.
Daytona – Didn’t run a step last time for Nakatani; key is he remains loyal and gets a nice class drop.
Long Shot – Wellnessfast
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Cupid’s Kitty – Someone has to be favored in each race; she’s been well bet in all career starts.
Almacita – FTS from the Mitchell barn; she has Carson City blood, which is win early pedigree to me.
Long Shot – Rockinanrollin
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, $75,000 Jack Goodman, 2-year-olds
Guns on the Table – Baffert baby is still a maiden, but the favorite in here; adds blinkers on for speed.
D. Double You – Is 2-for-2 lifetime, there’s no knowing what his ceiling is; part of an uncoupled Miller entry.
Long Shot – Gone Grand
Race 5 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $12,000, Claiming $10,000, 3-year-olds and up
Proud Hope – Mullins charge was knocking at the door at Fairplex; beaten chalk figures to offer value today.
Trail Mix – Exits a sharp Fairplex win where a repeat effort is needed; will be forwardly placed throughout.
Long Shot – My Master
Race 6 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $28,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up
French Souvenir – Has limited turf experience, but is on top of his game; Mitchell spots him aggressively.
Watch Over Me – Tries turf for the first time, but he is razor sharp right now; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Long Shot – Salah Who
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $43,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
Zetterberg – Strong debut effort for Dollase barn; if he improves a step for Nakatani, he’ll take some beating.
Rate of Change – FTS from the Harty barn has been working a long time for debut; bred to be quick, win early.
Long Shot – Bazzoom
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $45,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Prime Catch – Gave a strong effort last time at Fairplex where the speed isn’t as helpful as you might think.
Kalookan Lessie – Low percentage barn has already won twice this meet; adding blinkers on for more high cheese.
Long Shot – Intangaroo
Race 9 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $45,000, Optional claiming $80,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
Down – Frankel charge gets the advantageous parking lot post for down the hill; taking the blinkers off.
Nootka Island – Mitchell charge gets class relief facing an easier group today; part of a late cavalry charge.
Long Shot – Comedy Girl
Race 10 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, 2-year-olds
Dixieland Easy – Strong second last time at Fairplex running against the bias; shortens up and the rail today.
Swiss E – Tactical speed to sit a good trip; Harrington adding blinkers on for more speed and focus.
Long Shot – Just Bill Jim
Best Bet – Dixieland Easy (race 10)
Santa Anita Saturday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/2/$14.60; Long Shots, 9/6/$137.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 339/71/$502.40; Long Shots, 170/23/$331.200; Best Bets, 20/5/$27.00