TODAY AT SANTA ANITA by Richard Eng
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Race 1 – 7 furlongs, Purse $22,000, Starter allowance $10,000, 3-year-olds and up
1 Muchos Besos – Huge class drop points to an obvious contender; last time he ran at 7-furlongs he won two races ago.
7 Half Dome Dude – Tries a slightly tougher spot off a sharp win; these are clearly his friends at this class level.
Long Shot – 3 Big Note
Race 2 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $33,000, Claiming $32,000, 3-year-olds and up
2 Danderek – Has run 3 good races since being claimed by the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer; early speed to sit a nice trip.
10 Depreciable – Hate the parking lot post, but like the horse a lot; Jeff Mullins drop down figures to run best late.
Long Shot – 4 Major Magic
Race 3 – 1 mile, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
3 Ella’s Kitten – Eric Guillot puts the for sale sign up; adding blinkers on and dropping from MSW to maiden claiming.
6 Crusher – The less races the better at this lowest level; need not be much horse to be competitive with these slowpokes.
Long Shot – 3 On Holy Ground
Race 4 – 6 furlongs, Purse $17,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds and up
9 Change of Plan – Peter Miller barn has had a wonderful meet; class dropper ran fast enough to beat these 2 races ago.
11 Turn On the Brites – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this new low level; still like the bugboy Irving Orozco.
Long Shot – 6 Lovmeister
Race 5 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
2 Kathleen Rose – Ran great from post 10 last time out; goes down the hill for the first time, like the cut back in distance.
5 Peggy Sue’s Loose – Another cutting back in distance for the hill; big rider switch to Joe Talamo for the money shot.
Long Shot – 7 Tickle Again
Race 6 – 6 furlongs, Purse $48,000, Maiden special weights, 2-year-olds
10 Beach Hut – There are many FTS in here, so why not Bob Baffert; your edge will be seeing the tote board activity.
3 Snuggley Bear – Showed improvement in second start versus debut; Julio Canani has been ice cold this meet.
Long Shot – 8 Rock Hard City
Race 7 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), Purse $51,000, Allowance, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up
10 Tribe – Like the cut back in distance; the parking lot post is an advantage going down the hillside turf course.
2 Ambitious Brew – Tepid chalk has run 3 good races to cash paychecks; has tactical speed to sit a decent trip.
Long Shot – 7 Free Time
Race 8 – 7 furlongs, Purse $51,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Mum’s Truckee – Suspect Peter Miller will let it all hang out on closing day; tries dirt for the first time.
8 Conkate – Doug O’Neill had good luck and bad in the BC; Goldencents was big in Mile win, Concave unlucky in accident race.
Long Shot – 3 Gifting
Race 9 – 1 mile (turf), $150,000 Goldikova, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Egg Drop – Has found a nice career as a turf horse; has tactical speed to sit a nice trip and fight on late.
1 More Chocolate – Hasn’t been on turf in a year; she won twice on it, so the surface switch is no big deal.
Long Shot – 7 Miss Pippa
Race 10 – 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
10 Sheriff Hutton – Tiny edge in a wide open finale to the meet; if you’re live in the Pick 6, I hope you are spread.
2 Western Seeker – Keith Nations got out of the business; runs first time for Paddy Gallagher, which can be a good thing.
Long Shot – 3 Awesome Okee
Best Bet – 9 Change of Plan (race 4)
Santa Anita Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 24/7/$51.60; Long Shots, 12/1/$15.60; Best Bet, 1/1/$3.60
Santa Anita Totals – 397/96/$650.20; Long Shots, 191/28/$236.20; Best Bets, 22/11/$39.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #5 Stopchargingmaria (9/5) in race 5 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Romansh won at Aqueduct paying $7.90 to win, $5.50 to place and $3.30 to show. Stats – 172/115/$944.10; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick