Horse Racing: Today at Santa Anita, May 8
Post Time 1 p.m.
Race 1 - 4 1/2 furlongs, Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Fillies, 2-year-olds
8 Desert Steel - Do not like the parking lot post with quick run to the turn; key is bullet works and live baby barn.
2 Kyankes - Richard Baltas barn is smoking hot right now; FTS has shown rapid works so far, look at tote board for clues.
Long Shot - 6 Lookin for Money
Race 2 - 6 1/2 furlongs, Purse $23,000, Maiden claiming $30,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 This Cat’s Awesome - Large chalk sliding down the maiden claiming ladder; need not be much horse to defeat these.
3 Juliet’s Tizzy - Part of potential chalky exacta; taking the biggest class drop in racing from MSW to maiden claiming.
Long Shot - 5 Secret Wishes
Race 3 - 6 1/2 furlongs (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $45,000, Claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 A Toast to You - Claimed 3 back followed by 2 out of the money races; drops in class to below his claimed price.
7 Royal F J - Dead late closer gets a preferred parking lot post down the hillside turf course; will be flying fast late.
Long Shot - 3 Circa’sgoldengear
Race 4 - 6 furlongs, Purse $21,000, Claiming $12,500, 3-year-olds
6 Cousin Ricky - Has paired wins yet keeps dropping down the claiming ladder; the one to beat despite the red flag.
5 Bushwacked - Always respect a horse when Rafael Bejarano is riding; he places them in the right spot all the time.
Long Shot - 4 Runaway Que
Race 5 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $56,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
4 Jennyway U Want It - After two OK down the hill races, is stretching out in distance today; has good tactical speed.
3 Unusual Style - Lost to a decent sort Van Dien Avenue in last; may be her turn with her solid Unusual Heat pedigree.
Long Shot - 6 Warren’s Cracker
Race 6 - 1 mile, Purse $23,000, Claiming $16,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
9 Lily’s Perfect - Has a good turf record at Santa Anita and at today’s distance; Derby winning jock Victor Espinoza up.
4 Acute - Claimed by Mark Glatt off a pair of sharp wins under Mike Mitchell; raised in class to the next logical level.
Long Shot - 2 Magic Number
Race 7 - 1 mile (turf, rail at 24 feet), Purse $58,000, Optional claiming $20,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
5 Mangita - Speed sort at one mile has four frustrating seconds in a row; never out of the money in 6 career starts.
3 Water Issues - Like the cut back in distance where I don’t expect her in front early; stalking trip, grind it out late.
Long Shot - 7 Tiz a Kiss
Race 8 - 5 1/2 furlongs, Purse $19,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up
6 Superboot - Showed some early lick in his U.S. debut; Jerry Hollendorfer puts the blinkers on, drops in class tonight.
11 Tasha’s Courage - Grinder has cashed 3 paychecks so far in his career; like betting on Joe Talamo in the day’s finale.
Long Shot - 8 Echo Alley
Best Bet - 6 This Cat’s Awesome (race 2)
Santa Anita Park Sunday - Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 15/4/$28.60; Long Shots, 7/1/$12.20; Best Bet, 1/0/$0
Santa Anita Park Totals - 123/32/$209.60; Long Shots, 59/6/$61.60; Best Bets, 7/2/$5.60
SIMULCAST PLAY OF THE DAY - #8 Mighty Zealous (7/2) in race 4 at Belmont Park. For scoring purposes, we’ll make a hypothetical $2 win, place and show bet, $6 total. On Sunday, Mr. Palmer ran out at Aqueduct. Stats - 72/41/$391.50;
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