TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK by Richard Eng
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds
4 Oneandonlyloveman – With a name like that, he better be able to run; key vote comes from Rafael Bejarano up.
2 Takem by Surprise – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this career low class; need not be much to compete with these.
Long Shot – 3 Still Unbroken
Race 2 – 6 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Claiming $16,000, 4-year-olds and up
2 Fit to Rule – Won the final race of the NHC tourney; if he’d paid $1.20 more to win and place, he’d of changed history.
1 Shoer Hugh – Speedball tactics from the rail; sometimes in a race this slow, the leader is in a no passing zone field.
Long Shot – 5 Justa Gusta
Race 3 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
1 Caribe d’Oro – The devilish team of Tom Proctor and Gary Stevens; they keep on winning races together.
4 Majestic Minister – Dead late closer will try and get the job done tonight; like that Rafael Bejarano remains loyal.
Long Shot – 6 Lakota Road
Race 4 – 1 mile, Purse $21,000, Claiming $12,500, 4-year-olds and up
2 Twin Six – Big rider switch to Chantal Sutherland-Kruse; she figures to put this one of the lead and nurse him along.
3 Only the Gold – Like a horse that won while running a lower Beyer speed figures; suspect there will be more in the gas tank.
Long Shot – 6 Joe Carl
Race 5 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $35,000, Maiden claiming $75,000, 3-year-olds
1 Cernobbio – Has run two good seconds in only turf tries; will save all the ground inside and come running late.
9 Friendswith K Mill – Drops back down for a price tag again; ran like a short horse in last off a 2-month hiatus.
Long Shot – 3 Distillery
Race 6 – 1 mile, Purse $60,000, Allowance, 4-year-olds and up
3 Fury Kapcori – Jerry Hollendorfer and his main man Rafael Bejarano; is being allowed to win through his conditions.
7 Midnight Transfer – Gets class relief from four stakes for this; the last time he ran in a softer spot, he won.
Long Shot – 1 Battier
Race 7 – 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies, 3-year-olds
6 Euroclydon – Loses his rider to Magic Spot; Corey Nakatani is still one of the best turf riders in the business.
5 Ay Ay Ay – Tepid chalk in another wide open affair; ran well in debut, slow early, but was rolling fast late.
Long Shot – 2 Magic Spot
Race 8 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
3 Unique Suances – Was well bet at 5/1 in debut, and did not run a step; adding blinkers on, leap of faith for a better effort.
8 Swiss Peak – Favorite has not run in 2 years; that tells you what kind of field this is in the finale.
Long Shot – 5 Amina Perfect
Best Bet – 3 Fury Kapcori (race 6)
Santa Anita Park Thursday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 16/5/$35.80; Long Shots, 8/0/$0; Best Bet, 1/1/$4.80
Santa Anita Park Totals – 442/132/$824.00; Long Shots, 218/25/$265.80; Best Bets, 27/13/$57.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #1 Hang Cool (3/1) in race 8 at Oaklawn Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Thursday, Seven Seven Seven ran out at Fair Grounds. Stats – 26/14/$96.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick