Handicapping notes for Thursday at Santa Anita …
Race 1 – Speed is good in turf sprints; six of the last 10 won by the pacesetter (five of those were favored). An Eddie Surprise (7) is chalk in this maiden race for Cal-bred 3yo fillies. She will rally from behind in a field that lacks a legitimate second choice.
Race 2 – Only six entered this Cal-bred N1X sprint; Portando (6) wheels back in 12 days and returns to dirt after a mildly compromising trip finishing fourth on the hill. Hardcore Troubador (4) and Gigantis (3) are speed. Wagering value is minimal in this small field.
Race 3 – A big last-out win by Fair Regis (4) stamps her the most probable winner on the card. She won the N3L claiming sprint despite “off slow” under Rafael Bejarano. It’s a parallel class move to $32k claiming, 4yo fillies. Good news? Fair Regis is 3-1 second choice in the program.
Race 4 – Pomp and Party (4) is favored in this N3L sprint as trainer Phil D’Amato tries to snap an uncharacteristic 0-for-31 funk. Winner’s Dream (8) is worth a look, first start off the claim by Jack Carava in a race that could set up for her closing style. She is listed at an appealing 6-1.
Race 7 – Move Over (3) ran well in his U.S. debut, runner-up in a N1X turf sprint; he stretches to a mile in this N1X turf route for 3yos. Move Over might be the one to beat. River Boyne (8) is the program favorite off a big maiden win at a mile and one eighth.
Race 8 – Santa Anita class levels have changed; this maiden-20 sprint is for 3-year-olds. The maiden-20 level historically has been for older fillies and mares. Ocean Bound (1) drew the rail but she has speed in race without much of that.
First post Thursday is 1 p.m.