Santa Anita Friday sheet for 4-28-23 – FREE TO DOWNLOAD

Santa Anita Park Friday; Cost $8.00; April 28, 2023, by Richard Eng, author of Betting on Horse Racing for Dummies 2nd Edition

Post Time 1 p.m. PT                      

Race 1– 6 ½ furlongs (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $34,000, Claiming $32,000, Fillies, 3-year-olds and up

5 Katerini – I’ve written how I believe Umberto Rispoli will have a big Hollywood meet, this is a good example of why

2 Dolly May – Claimed by Vladimir Cerin and spotted right back in this class level, beaten favorite at 3/5 odds last time out

Long Shot–  7 Gritty Girl

Race 2– 6 furlongs, Purse $40,000, Maiden claiming $40,000, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

5 Lulu Lemon Drop – In a field where no one looks good, you probably should move over to handicapping trainers, Peter Miller

6 Side by Side – Not many of these horses has ever finished in the money, but this trainer Karen Headley filly has

Long Shot–  3 Anybody’s Choice

Race 3– 1 mile (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $42,000, Claiming $40,000, 4-year-olds and up

1 Mecklenburg – If any horse looks like a lone early speed on today’s card it is this guy, catch him to win the race

2 Hudson Ridge – Trainer Bob Baffert has gotten as much as he can out of him, now he is available to all for only $40,000

Long Shot– 5 Rip City

Race 4– 6 ½ furlongs, Purse $24,000, Claiming $16,000, 3-year-olds and up

6 Sonofafinch – Has not been out since June 2022 for trainer Jonathan Wong, he is spotted at a low class level to give him a shot

1 Divine Rascal – Second start off the claim by trainer Jorge Periban, need not be much to compete with these low level claimers

Long Shot–  3 Quick Intro

Race 5– 6 furlongs (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $61,000, Maiden special weights, Cal-breds, 3-year-olds and up

4 Grand Tiger – Trainer Brian Koriner is among the best at getting a FTS to pop right out of the cardboard box

6 Moon Ice – He has been well bet in this condition before, he’s been close but no cigar, like that J. J. Hernandez remains loyal

Long Shot–  9 Barely Funtional

Race 6– 1 mile, Purse $22,000, Maiden claiming $20,000, 3-year-olds and up

1 Nickel Nickel Nine – Like the rail draw in this 2-turn mile, Ramon Vazquez should be able to save all the ground

6 Donttestyourluck – Ran an improved effort last time when dropped down to this $20,000 level, one step improvement possible

Long Shot–  8 Take Charge Curly

Race 7– 1 mile (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $63,000, Optional claiming $40,000, Cal-breds, Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

6 True Patriot – Missed against some of these last time , is reunited w J. J. Hernandez which may just be enough to get it done

3 Eleuthera – Logical chalk was among those who faced each other in January, there is not a lot to choose among them

Long Shot–  2 Sunshine Babe

Race 8– 6 ½ furlongs, Purse $71,000, Allowance, Fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

4 Teddy’s Barino – If she can repeat her last race she will win this, big advantage of recency over the morning line favorite

1 Eda – She is by far the classiest filly in  field but she has not started since March 2022, the winner if she is tight enough

Long Shot–  2 Kristi’s Tiger

Race 9– 6 ½ furlongs (turf, rail at 20 feet), Purse $35,000, Maiden claiming $50,000, 3-year-olds and up

5 Heartbreak Kid – Tiny edge is likely the hardest race on today’s card, I’m relying on the class droppers to do some good things

2 Warrior Road – Tepid morning line favorite ran an okay third in this class albeit on dirt, tried grass two races before that

Long Shot–  7 Overrule

Best Bet – 1 Mecklenburg (race 3)

Santa Anita Sunday – Picks/Winners/Mutuels, 20/4/$24.40; Long Shots, 9/4/$34.00; Best Bet, 1/0/$0

Santa Anita Hollywood meet Totals – 55/14/$82.20; Long Shots 28/7/$65.20; Best Bets 3/1/$2.40

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