Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, 3-year-olds and up
3 Cervaro – Third start off a 7-month hiatus; key rider switch to Rafael Bejarano for the money shot.
8 Mikey T – Showed improvement first race off the claim by Doug O’Neill; moves up from claiming to MSW tonight.
Long Shot – 7 Seamark
Race 2 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
6 Silver Wings – On the class rise off a sharp win over softer foes; claimed by Ron Ellis two races ago.
8 Truelee Scrappin – Tepid chalk in a day full of wide open races; Mike Mitchell drop down must be respected.
Long Shot – 5 Sandys Diamond
Race 3 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $24,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 2-year-olds
6 Takem by Surprise – Taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming; his race two back was a good one.
11 Muck N Grind – Speedball fits the profile of this young rider F Perez; as long as he breaks OK, he’ll send from the get go.
Long Shot – 2 Capo
Race 4 – 1 mile, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
3 Candy Boy – John Sadler takes the blinkers off for this; showed good improvement from debut to second career start.
9 Gift Exchange – Tom Proctor barn has been red hot this meet; Gary Stevens is one of his go to riders.
Long Shot – 7 Tap It Rich
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $31,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
8 Zuboff – Claimed by Peter Miller and spotted nicely to win first out; has tons of back class to handle this motley crew.
9 Trelawny – Was unlucky to be DQ’d from a win two races ago; was overmatched in last, these are his friends tonight.
Long Shot – 3 Major Magic
Race 6 – 7 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $25,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Know More – Dead late closer drops way down in class in search of victory; Doug O’Neill never afraid to drop horses to win.
1 Woodmans Luck – Been gelded since running in the Cal Cup Classic a year ago; cuts back in distance in return run.
Long Shot – 10 Change of Plan
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 15 feet), $100,000 California Distaff, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
1 Bella Viaggia – Heavy favorite has a near perfect record with just first and seconds; speed to protect her inside post.
8 Ismene – Was scratched from a tougher stakes for this; will get a cozy outside post to clock the early speed.
Long Shot – 3 Mia Lady
Race 8 – 6 furlongs, Purse $51,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
13 Life a Riley – Must stay in the body from this parking lot post; claimed by master horse trader Bill Spawr.
4 Master Chef – He loves Santa Anita and Kristin Mulhall knew that when she made the claim; definitely a horse for the course.
Long Shot – 9 Passing Game
Race 9 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 15 feet), Purse $51,000, Optional claiming $25,000, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
8 Turn On the Pumps – Carla Gaines regained the operation of her barn; with five seconds, has been pounding on the door.
14 Bench Light – Must draw in off the also eligible; he clearly fits on the class drop, but must overcome a parking lot post.
Long Shot – 5 Empty Headed
Race 10 – 6 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 2-year-olds
4 Pray Hard – Just missed in a game try last time; showed big improvement in that race and could improve more today.
3 California Jade – Did everything but win first out with blinkers on; another logical contender with a step improvement.
Long Shot – 10 Mass Transit
Best Bet – 1 Bella Viaggia (race 7)
Santa Anita Friday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/4/$27.00; Long Shots, 8/2/$38.80; Best Bet, 1/1/$2.40
Santa Anita Totals – 156/36/$260.60; Long Shots, 74/12/$160.60; Best Bets, 9/2/$6.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #4 Alterite (9/5) in race 9 at Keeneland. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Friday, Funny Money won at Belmont Park paying $7.80 to win, $3.70 to place and $2.80 to show. Stats – 159/106/$883.70; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick