TODAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK by Richard Eng
Post Time 12:30 p.m.
Race 1 – 6 furlongs, Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, 4-year-olds
4 Ranulf – Favorite figures to be a very short price; Bob Baffert cull is dropping down in class after a winning race.
2 Limited Response – Second start off the claim by Mike Pupye; like the jockey switch to main man Rafael Bejarano.
Long Shot – 1 No Contingency
Race 2 – 1 1/16th miles, Purse $26,000, Claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up
1 Shadow Runner – Sliding down the claiming ladder to this lower class; key vote is Rafael Bejarano willing to take the call.
5 Admission – Woke up in last with a much better effort for this price tag; tiny edge as the favorite in a well balanced field.
Long Shot – 4 Cook Inlet
Race 3 – 6 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 3-year-olds
6 Faith Hope Love – Logical chalk showed good improvement in second career start; your edge is seeing the action on FTS.
4 Greenfield d’Oro – Was flattered when Fashion Plate won next time out; will need to improve a step or two to beat these.
Long Shot – 7 Sweet Profit
Race 4 – 1 mile (turf), Purse $35,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
1 Heat Du Jour – Rafael Bejarano has a lot of live mounts, but will have to work for his wins; will save all the ground in here.
8 Smart N Dreamy – Big class drop after a strong third in last; interesting rider switch to Corey Nakatani for the money shot.
Long Shot – 3 Mom Nana Pete
Race 5 – 6 furlongs, Purse $30,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds
7 E Equalsmcssquared – Will need a new rider with Martin Pedroza out injured; her 3 dirt races are all pretty good.
1 Exotic Behavior – Claimed by Simon Callaghan off a sharp maiden claiming win; few trainers improve off a Bob Baffert cull.
Long Shot – 3 South Sound
Race 6 – 1 1/8th miles (turf), Purse $58,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
12 Moulin de Mougin – Has a tough post, but a lot of quality to her; like that Gary Stevens takes the call for Richard Mandella.
10 Nickels Wild – Speedy sort figures to be forwardly placed throughout; gets class relief from the Frankel for this.
Long Shot – 4 Clear Pearl
Race 7 – 6 furlongs, Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up
2 Omega Star – Chased the very talented San Onofre last time out; bugboy gets a rare ride from the maestro Jerry Hollendorfer.
4 Battled – Bob Baffert charge had to break his MSW twice; faces the always tougher test of facing winners for the first time.
Long Shot – 3 Chief Lion
Race 8 – 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), $75,000 Wishing Well, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
6 Purim’s Dancer – Has a strong turf resume, especially down the hillside turf course; like the outer post to start her rally.
4 Fanticola – Tepid chalk from the Mike Mitchell barn; he’s been very quiet this meet with only 13 starters so far.
Long Shot – 5 Miss Lucky Sevens
Race 9 – 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $20,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 4-year-olds and up
1 Old Pueblo – Did everything but win last time in a strong effort; huge rider switch to Joe Talamo signals intent.
10 Apache Ambush – Sliding down the maiden claiming ladder to this bottom rung; need not be much to be competitive.
Long Shot – 12 Atascaderan
Best Bet – 6 Purim’s Dancer (race 8)
Santa Anita Park Saturday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 17/5/$31.00; Long Shots, 9/1/$33.80; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals – 475/142/$878.20; Long Shots, 235/27/$311.60; Best Bets, 29/14/$61.20
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY – #3 Make Your Move (10/1) in race 8 at Aqueduct. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Saturday, Falling Sky won at Gulfstream Park paying $31.60 to win, $13.40 to place and $8.00 to show. Stats – 27/15/$149.40; Follow him on Twitter: @richeng4propick