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Santa Anita selections for Friday, Oct. 31 (Breeders’ Cup Day 1)

FIRST RACE: Allowance/optional claiming

  1. #11 Intoxicating Move (8-1)
  2. #7 Night Song (3-1)
  3. #8 Hide My Heart (4-1)
  4. #5 Starry Skies (6-1)

Intoxicating Move has been in the money 6-of-8 times on the downhill turf course with two wins. She just missed last time and gets a preferred outside post. Night Song makes her U.S. debut for trainer Simon Callaghan. She has been away from the races for a year, but Callaghan is 27% with long layoffs and Jamie Spencer, from across the pond, rides and she is coming out of a key race (three next out winners).

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SECOND RACE: Grade II Las Vegas Marathon

  1. #7 Sky Kingdom (5-1)
  2. #9 Cary Street (10-1)
  3. #3 Irish Surf (4-1)
  4. #6 Mystery Train (4-1)

Sky Kingdom could just be the start of a big weekend for trainer Bob Baffert. This 5-year-old horse has been off form but he loves these marathon distances. He has three wins from six tries at Santa Anita and could be ready for a big effort. Mystery Train is the real mystery here after showing high speed in the Pacific Classic and Awesome Again. Maybe he wanted to go this far all along.

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THIRD RACE: Golden State Juvenile Fillies

  1. #4 My Fiona (2-1)
  2. #6 Joylicious (12-1)
  3. #7 Ashley’s Sassy (3-1)
  4. #1 Stormy Adieu (9-2)

My Fiona has done little wrong in Cal-bred company, having never been off the board in four lifetime starts. Southern California leading jockey Rafael Bejarano takes over for the daughter of Ghostzapper. We might get a clue how the Santa Anita oval is playing in this 7-furlong event. Joylicious just broke her maiden in Northern California and could be the upsetter.

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FOURTH RACE: Grade II Twilight Derby

  1. #8 Flamboyant (6-1)
  2. #11 Ring Weekend (3-1)
  3. #10 Long On Value (6-1)
  4. #5 Patriots Rule (12-1)

This race is wide open and any of the 12 horses could win it, especially since the favorite, Ring Weekend, is parked in an outside post. Flamboyant didn’t like Del Mar’s grass, but showed an affinity for the Santa Anita course in winning his U.S. debut in April. Word on the street is that he has been training well for this spot and jockey Joel Rosario keeps the mount.

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FIFTH RACE: Damascus Stakes

  1. #3 Chitu (4-1)
  2. #2 Midnight Hawk (7-2)
  3. #12 Unbridled’s Note (8-1)
  4. #11 Bahamian Squall (4-1)

Trainer Bob Baffert could legitimately hit the trifecta here as in addition to the top two horses he has Declassify (6-1) in the race, too. Chitu and Midnight Hawk were on the Kentucky Derby trail this spring but only Chitu got there (finishing ninth to California Chrome). Both horses have been training well for their return with Midnight Hawk slightly better, however, Chitu beat him twice this spring so we’ll stick with that.

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SIXTH RACE: Juvenile Turf

1. #2 Daddy D T (15-1)

2. #14 Danny Boy (20-1)

3. #5 Hootenanny (3-1)

4. #7 War Envoy (9-2)

Trainer John Sadler experimented last time by putting this 2-year-old Daddy D T on the dirt. Big mistake. This ridgling is a turf horse, scoring a stakes win over the green stuff at Del Mar. Jockey Corey Nakatani is reunited with the horse, who should get a nice inside run from the No. 2 hole.

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SEVENTH RACE: DIRT MILE

1. #8 Fed Biz (7-2)

2. #1 Goldencents (6-5)

3. #6 Golden Ticket (15-1)

4. #2 Carve (15-1)

Fed Biz just lost to Shared Belief, who will be the odds-on favorite in Saturday’s BC Classic. The Bob Baffert-trainee can either press the pace or come from off of it. Goldencents is the defending champ and will be tough in this spot.

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EIGHTH RACE: JUVENILE FILLIES TURF

1. #3 Sunset Glow (7-2)

2. #14 Qualify (5-1)

3. #4 Lady Eli (6-1)

4. #6 Sivoliere (12-1)

Sunset Glow has done well in Europe and then came over to win the Del Mar Debutante, but trainer Wesley Ward thinks she is best on turf and who are we to argue. Qualify, an import from Europe, has a tough post but is quality. Sivoliere is jockey Gary Stevens’ first start back from knee replacement surgery.

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NINTH RACE: DISTAFF

1. #10 Untapable (5-2)

2. #2 Tiz Midnight (10-1)

3. #11 Close Hatches (3-1)

4. #8 Valiant Emilia (20-1)

Untapable will be everyone’s Pick Six single and with good reason. She has been training lights out and with Beholder out of the race Untapable will be less than 2-1. Love the way Tiz Midnight is coming up to the race for Bob Baffert and it’s tough to figure out Close Hatches’ last race.

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10TH RACE: Allowance optional claiming

  1. #11 Whine for Wine (8-1)
  2. #2 Day of Fury (6-1)
  3. #7 Jimmy Bouncer (9-2)
  4. #5 Test Ride (12-1)

How wide open is this race? Jimmy Bouncer is the morning-line favorite at 9-2. Whine for Win is one of our tophorses, coming out of a race with four next out winners. Day of Fury just broke his maiden for trainer Bob Baffert and has been training well for his initial try against winners. Jockey Gary Stevens, he of the knee replacements, takes the mount.

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Santa Anita early opinions for Thursday, Oct. 30 (updated)

Sorry no other picks today. Some times life gets in the way of horses. We’ll have Friday’s BC picks up later today and catch on twitter later today for any other opinions I might have. Thanks for reading.

Race 3: #4 Coyotero (12-1)

The light bulb turned in that last maiden claiming victory and since that time this 4-year-old gelding has been throwing nothing but bullets in the morning for trainer Leonard Powell and jockey Saul Arias. This isn’t the toughest group in the world so bomber might be the right call.

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Race 6: #5 Erte (12-1)

We are not the biggest fans of trainer Peter Eurton with first-timers, but we love offspring of Street Boss on the turf and first time out. This 2-year-old filly has been training steady in the mornings and Eurton is 21% with jockey Martin Garcia.

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 2 (Diamond Majesty $6.80, third; Silk in Silver $4.40, fourth)

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 2 (Doctor Susan $8.20, fifth; Pimpernel $14.20, seventh)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 2 (Yahilwa $4.40, second; Crux $14.40, sixth)

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Santa Anita selections for Wednesday, Oct. 29

FIRST RACE: 1. Whoyougonnacall (best bet), 2. Empire Cat, 3. Slapshot Man. LONG SHOT: Condition.

WHOYOUGONNACALL (3-1), a 2-year-old gelding, has shown speed in both of his races and now gets to go around two turns for the first time. He is a son of Ghostzapper and should relish the added distance. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 21% sprint-to-route and jockey Joe Talamo is 28% with D’Amato.

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SECOND RACE: 1. West Riding, 2. Mangita, 3. Taste Like Candy. LONG SHOT: Yahilwa.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Bolo, 2. Diamond Majesty, 3. Secreto Primero. LONG SHOT: Clever Move.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Silk in Silver, 2. Magic Number, 3. Cayanna. LONG SHOT: Siberian Winter.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Inspeight of Us, 2. Partyin, 3. Doctor Susan. LONG SHOT: Blooming Hannah.

Since Leandro Mora has taken over for the suspended Doug O’Neill the barn has been winning at a 25% clip and the 2-year-olds have been firing. INSPEIGHT OF US (6-1), a daughter of Speightstown, has had some good works for her debut at Fairplex Park. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano takes the mount.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Silver Torch, 2. Gallant Charm, 3. Watch It Buster. LONG SHOT: Crux.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Alberts Hope (15-1), 2. Hoppertunity, 3. Pimpernel. LONG SHOT: Diamond Bachelor.

One of the top 2-year-olds on the West Coast last summer, ALBERTS HOPE (15-1), a gelding, came back with a disappointing race last month. He only figures to improve off that effort for trainer Mike Puype and might surprise in here against some toughies.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Signature Cat, 2. Hot Lightning, 3. Dontpreachto Darcy. LONG SHOT: All Around Brown.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Decisive Edge $4.40, first race; No Problem $8, ninth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Desert Madam $14.60, second)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Bluegrass Reward $17.80, third; Twenty Percent $9.40, seventh)

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Santa Anita selections for Sunday, Oct. 26 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Warren’s Assassin, 2. Eltoninadress, 3. Rosewhitenblue. LONG SHOT: Acute.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Here’s Bella, 2. Desert Madam, 3. Twenty Eleven. LONG SHOT: Hollywood Royalty.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Welcome Home Ryan, 2. Chicsdigtheshark, 3. Fly Blue. LONG SHOT: Bluegrass Reward.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Decisive Edge, 2. Pantera Rojo, 3. Yes Yes Yes. LONG SHOT: Card Trick.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Madiba (best bet), 2. Hauler, 3. Pioneerof the West. LONG SHOT: Vartan.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sends MADIBA (7-2), a $700,000 yearling purchase, around two turns for the first time and puts blinkers on. Hollendorfer is 23% sprint-to-route and 32% with jockey Rafael Bejarano.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Smoove It, 2. Cal Gal, 3. Chati’s On Top. LONG SHOT: Yana.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Echo Zulu, 2. Compulsive, 3. Presiding Justice. LONG SHOT: Twenty Percent.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Hay Dude, 2. Old Time Hockey, 3. Starspangled Heat. LONG SHOT: Artest (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Power Ped.

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NINTH RACE: 1. No Problem, 2. Bandido Too, 3. Verraco. LONG SHOT: Lovenseek.

NO PROBLEM, a son of Munnings, showed speed in his debut and then faded. Trainer Michael McCarthy, formerly Todd Pletcher’s right-hand man, drops this 2-year-old from MSW to a maiden claimer for first time and jockey Victor Espinoza sticks around.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 0

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Devil’s Beauty $8, third race; Lexie Lou $8.40, eighth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Backwoods Belle $8.80, first; Beth’s My Babe $14.60, second; Conquest Two Step $4.60, sixth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

 

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Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Oct. 25 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Lindz Winz, 2. Mahalo Princess, 3. Backwoods Belle. LONG SHOT: Miss American Pie.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sheza Dish, 2. Afleet Echo, 3. Beth’s My Babe. LONG SHOT: Sunday Stroll.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Midnight Candy, 2. Devil’s Beauty, 3. Awe Gee. LONG SHOT: Oh Deann.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Fast Magoo, 2. Temeeku, 3. Onedewoman. LONG SHOT: Sidepocket Run.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Pure Thunder (best bet), 2. Firing Line, 3. New Summitt. LONG SHOT: Remo.

Trainer Craig Dollase has had a quiet year, but he is 37% with first-time starters. PURE THUNDER (6-1), a son of Yes It’s True, has been training at Los Alamitos. Good gate jock Edwin Maldonado is aboard and he is 24% with Dollase.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Brando the Birdman, 2. Royal F J, 3. Conquest Two Step. LONG SHOT: Heat Flush.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Kill Shot, 2. Night Badger, 3. Justification. LONG SHOT: True Ten (SCRATCHED) new LONG SHOT: Eddie’s First.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Zindaya 2. Lexie Lou, 3. Diversy Harbor. LONG SHOT: Famous Alice.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Chaco, 2. Tasha’s Courage, 3. Shaniel. LONG SHOT: Takeit Tothe Limit (SCRATCHED) new Long shot: The Twelfth man.

Think CHACO (8-1), a gelding, has been in over his head in his first two races. Now dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time, he has shown speed and is bred to be a sprinter. Jockey Tiago Pereira sticks for trainer Daniel Dunham, who is looking for his first win of the year.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Faith Hope Love $3.80, first race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 1 (Greeley Awesome $12.80, second)

Friday’s third choice winners: 2 (Secret Wishes $12.40, fourth; Lindante $27, sixth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 3 (Miss Mandate $12.20, third; Songforjohnmichael $6.20, seventh;  Great Lou $54.80, eighth)

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Santa Anita selections for Friday, Oct. 24 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Faith Hope Love, 2. Warren’s Cracker, 3. More Stormyweather. LONG SHOT: Theartrical Cast.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Grandstand, 2. Greeley Awesome, 3. Mambo Man. LONG SHOT: African Oil.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Bayonet, 2. Redshirt, 3. Conquest Superstep. LONG SHOT: Olivia’s Greatdane (SCRATCHED). New long shot: Miss Mandate.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Fonz, 2. Go Black Tie, 3. Secret Wishes. LONG SHOT: Stolen Property.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Tester, 2. Smokey’s Legacy, 3. Nevada Time. LONG SHOT: Couldashouldadid.

TESTER (8-1), a gelding, hasn’t been seen on the track for 15 months. He drops into a maiden claimer for the first time, a move trainer Phil D’Amato is 50% (4-for-8). D’Amato is also 33% with long layoffs.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Tap Dancing, 2. Act, 3. Lindante. LONG SHOT: Monsieur Power.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Valley Cat, 2. Wanstead Gardens, 3. Timeless Indy. LONG SHOT: Songforjohnmichael.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Jet Trick (best bet), 2. Bodie Bojangles (SCRATCHED), 3. Arigato. LONG SHOT: Great Lou. New picks: 1. Jet Trick (best bet), 2. Arigato, 3. Lucky Shoes to Win. LONG SHOT: Great Lou.

Trainer Gary Sherlock drops JET TRICK (9-2), a 2-year-old gelding, a level where he finished second at during Del Mar. He also cuts back in distance and has a big work over the track since his last race.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Maybellene $6.20, second race; All Star Bub $4.80, third)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 5 (Desert Thief $9.60, second; Soul Driver $17.80, fifth; Belonging $10.80, sixth; Scooter Bird $3.60, seventh; Golden Triumph $4.40, eighth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Comin’offthebench $9.40, fourth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita selections for Thursday, Oct. 23 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1.Holiday Maker, 2. Desert Thief, 3. Global Hart. LONG SHOT: Yes She’s a Dancer.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Maybellene, 2. Morning Coffee (SCRATCHED), 3. Achiever’s Legacy. LONG SHOT: Don’t Blame Me. NEW PICKS: 1. Maybellene, 2. Dpn’t Blame Me, 3. Daddy’s Duo. LONG SHOT: Achiever’s Legacy.

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THIRD RACE: 1. All Star Bub, 2. Bullwinkle Babe, 3. Ritzy Tags. LONG SHOT: Golds Venice.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Flowinwiththebreez, 2. Goofy Rainbow, 3. Comin’offthebench. LONG SHOT: Sophistry.

Watch out for #6 Lazy Lightnin, whose listed trainer is Brian Pitnick (1-for-29 on the year), but clocker Andy Harrington reports that the horse has been working with a saddle towel from trainer Jeff Mullins’ barn. Might be a betting coup in the making.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Willing to Travel (best bet), 2. Soul Driver, 3. Film Freak. LONG SHOT: Pretentious.

WILLING TO TRAVEL (2-1), a son of Pleasantly Perfect, gave an even effort when coming down the hill, making up some ground the stretch. Should enjoy the stretch back out to two turns, something he did twice at Arlington Park. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is 23% sprint-to-route and 32% with jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Highly Rated, 2. Belonging, 3. Sheza Eyeopener. LONG SHOT: Wildy Excessive.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bunairgead, 2. Aguafria (sCRATCHED), 3. Scooter Bird. LONG SHOT: Irish Presence. NEW PICKS: 1. Bunairgead, 2. Scooter Bird, Irish Presence. LONG SHOT: Perfecta.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Nextdoorneighbor, 2. Golden Triumph, 3. Bench Press. LONG SHOT: Warren’s Cole.

NEXTDOORNEIGHBOR (2-1), a 7–year-old gelding, returned from a 13-month absence to run a bang-up second at this level and was promptly claimed by trainer Robertino Diodoro, who is 30% first off the claim.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 3 (Jomelo $7, fourth race; Red Outlaw $3.80, sixth; Push Girl $4.60)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 2 (Pioneer Charlie $6.40, third; Windy Forecast $4, seventh)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 1 (Gal Has to Like It $5.20, second)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Demonica $9.60, first)

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