TODAY AT SANTA ANITA
By Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile, Purse $45,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
North Rodeo – She is in the softest spot of her life and figures to graduate; the only filly that can beat her is herself.
Teacher’s Rule – This is not a class rise, she faced open claiming company, now is in with state-breds;
Long Shot – Unusually Hot
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $39,000, Claiming $50,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Pindaric – Gets class relief after facing much tougher fields in her last three starts; patient ground saving ride by Talamo.
Gold On Gossamer – Draw a line thru her last race where she didn’t get a fair chance; small field offers more opportunity.
Long Shot – Karlee’s Kitten
Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $18,000, Maiden claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Jen’s New Chapter – Hines filly continues sliding down the claiming ladder; she reaches a new low level facing a slow group.
Centorbi – Third start off a 3-month hiatus; she has the speed to dictate the pace in what could be a no passing zone race.
Long Shot – Nicole’s Image
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $12,000, Claiming $10,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Hemet Thought – One good start, one bad start, off the claim by Sherman; dead late closer will see enough cheap early speed.
Dark Past – Dead fit off a couple Fairplex starts, he ran a very sharp race two back; the Mig has become Spawr’s main man.
Long Shot – Trail Mix
Race 5 – 7 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds
Warren’s Ruler – Like the rider switch to the more aggressive Nakatani for the money shot; tactical speed to sit a trip.
Asteri – Produced for Cerin first out off the claim; has a ton of back class where he should be able to repeat himself.
Long Shot – Holy Lark
Race 6 – 1 1/8th miles (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $50,000, Optional claiming $62,500, 3-year-olds and up
Niagara Causeway – Makes his first SoCal start since breaking his MSW two winters ago; Talamo appears to have lost momentum.
Quasimodo – Disappointing Canani turfer facing the ignominy of running for a claiming price; somebody might just grab him.
Long Shot – Caribbean
Race 7 – 7 furlongs, Purse $55,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
Rush With Thunder – Was the claim of the Del Mar meet, showed he adored synthetic surfaces; like the turn back in distance.
Lucky J. H. – Switch from turf to dirt is not as drastic when the dirt is synthetic; suspect will run as a closing sprinter.
Long Shot – Bro Lo
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, Fillies, 2-year-olds
Warren’s Sillycat – Showed big improvement last time running for a price tag; if she improves another step, she can graduate.
Intimate Tales – Logical chalk due to Monteleone off the claim angle; another factor is top rider Espinoza taking the call.
Long Shot – Queen of the I.E.
Best Bet – North Rodeo (race 1)
Santa Anita Thursday- Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/3/$21.00; Long Shots, 8/1/$27.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Totals – 118/25/$173.80; Long Shots, 60/7/$78.40; Best Bets, 7/2/$10.20