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Santa Anita selections for Thursday, Oct. 23

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, 3. Achiever’s Legacy. LONG SHOT: Don’t Blame Me.

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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.

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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, 3. Scooter Bird. LONG SHOT: Irish Presence.

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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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Santa Anita selections for Sunday, Oct. 19

FIRST RACE:  1. Cee’s Tizzy Belle, 2. Susan B Good, 3. Three Blondes. LONG SHOT: Demonica.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sacred Ovation, 2. Valdirone, 3. Gal Has to Like It. LONG SHOT: W. Giles.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Warren’s Sunny Boy, 2. Pioneer Charlie, 3. Cernobbio. LONG SHOT: Higher Mandate.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Jomelo, 2. Local One Thirty, 3. Sizzlin’ Joe. LONG SHOT: Buymeabond.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Marla Hooch, 2. Quinnette, 3. Love the Breeding. LONG SHOT: It’s Aine.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Red Outlaw, 2. Street Icon, 3. Bolita Boyz. LONG SHOT: Daraybi.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Girl Downstairs, 2. Windy Forecast, 3. Lady Dedlock. LONG SHOT: Ascent.

Trainer Bob Baffert takes the blinkers off GIRL DOWNSTAIRS (7-2, a daughter of A.P. Warrior, who showed speed in her debut and now shortens up. She was favored first time out and Baffert is 24% second time out.

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Race 8: 1. Gangnam Guy (best bet), 2. Sir Barclay, 3. El Tovar. LONG SHOT: Valentine Boy..

GANGNAM GUY (4-1) drops out of a Cal-bred stakes race (Real Good Deal) which has proven to be a key race with four next out winners. This 3-year-old gelding has finished second twice on the downhill turf course, including once to the undefeated Red Outlaw. Has some good works for this start for trainer Mike Machowsky and jockey Joe Talamo.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Push Girl, 2. Southern Owah, 3. Jo’s Approval. LONG SHOT: Turn On.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 6 (Stored Attaq $9.60, first race; My Samurai Warrior $11.60, second;Boozer $3.40, third; Watdifrenzdzitmake $6.40, fourth; Chilada $8.80, eighth; Ferrero $18.80, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 0

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Backstreet Lisa $21.60, sixth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Oct. 18 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Stored Attaq (best bet), 2. Mark of the Affair, 3. English Annie. LONG SHOT: Queen Mad.

Trainer Bob Hess Jr. entered STORED ATTAQ (4-1) earlier in the week, but elects to run here going 7 furlongs. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke takes over the mount.

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SECOND RACE: 1. My Samurai Warrior, 2. Hadfunlastnight, 3. Heir of Storm. LONG SHOT: Apollo Ten.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Boozer, 2. Tamarando, 3. Ain’t No Other (SCRATCHED) new pick: Heat Flash. LONG SHOT: Super Ability.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Watdifrenzdzitmake, 2. Misty Warrior, 3. Seattle Music. LONG SHOT: Dana’s Delight.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Real Deal Appeal (SCRATCHED), 2. Salt Power, 3. Bourne Hot. LONG SHOT: Znelle. New picks: 1. Bourne Hot, 2. Znelle, 3. Salt Power. LONG SHOT: Red Man Run.

REAL DEAL APPEAL is coming out of a maiden claiming victory that produced five next out winners.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Flat Footed Mama, 2. Vow Me Over, 3. Backstreet Lisa. LONG SHOT: Educating.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Cyrus Alexander, 2. Fame and Power, 3. Kantune. LONG SHOT: Ghost of Navigator.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Chilada, 2. Tangelo, 3. Frandontjudge. LONG SHOT: Winninginfashion.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Ferrero, 2. Sindys Luck, 3. Roper. LONG SHOT: Sonic Fever.

FERRERO (6-1), a son of Old Topper, makes his debut going 5 ½ furlongs. Old Toppers do well first time out, especially in Cal bred company. The 2-year-old had a good gate drill over the track last week for trainer Mike Machowsky.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (St. Joe Bay $7.80, first race; Mascato Girl $8.20, sixth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Pulmarack $9.40, fifth; Shysheisnot $6.40, seventh)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Nighttiming $6, fourth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita selections for Friday, Oct. 17 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. St. Joe Bay, 2. Lofe On Riviera, 3. Mr. Chase. LONG SHOT: Follow Me Cerv.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Blackford, 2. Red N Black Attack, 3. Papa’s Paisley. LONG SHOT: Prince of Paris.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Up the Alley, 2. New Nature, 3. Cravin’ the Heat. LONG SHOT: Fly to Freedom.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Star Act, 2. Seek a Star, 3. Nighttiming. LONG SHOT: Purple Rose.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Flexible (best bet), 2. Pulmarack, 3. Temple Keys. LONG SHOT: Quiet Thunder.

We’re going to find out how good the Acceptance maiden race is as this 2-year-old colt, FLEXIBLE (7-2), is one of the first horses to return out of that event. The son of Olmodavor  tries two turns for first time for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who is 23% with sprint to route types. Top jockey Rafael Bejarano stays on.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Moscato Girl, 2. Nothing to Hide, 3. She’s Flush. LONG SHOT: Marla Hooch (SCRATCHED) new long shot: Cin City Lady.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Jennyway U Want It, 2. Shysheisnot, 3. Market Quote. LONG SHOT: Mindfully.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sweetpeacefuldream, 2. Bunuska, 3. Shared Image. LONG SHOT: Swiss Heart.

Interesting jockey switch here as Kayla Stra rides regularly for Kory Owens but gets off his horse in this race (#1 Shared Image) and rides SWEETPEACEFULDREAM (20-1), a 4-year-old filly, who was fifth in her SoCal debut a couple of weeks ago.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Coolington $4.60, first race; Air of Royalty $23.20, seventh)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Bettys Bambino $5.60, second)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (Kafister $4, third)

Thursday’s fourth choice winners: 0

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Santa Anita selections for Thursday, Oct. 16

Some interesting post position stats after the first few weeks of the Santa Anita meet:

+ In sprint dirt races, posts 1-3 are winning 40% of the races;

+ In dirt route races, posts 1-5 are winning 81% of the races;

+ On the turf, post No. 1 is 0-for-34; 0-14 down the hill and 0-20 in two-turn events.

Just keep it in mind when handicapping.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Coolington, 2. The Twelfth Man, 3. Boss Cat. LONG SHOT: Whole Lotta Run.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Rangi (best bet), 2. Surfcup, 3. Bettys Bambino. LONG SHOT: Jules Journey.

RANGI (5-2) didn’t take to the Del Mar grass or want to go that far. Love coming down the hill here at Santa Anita with 2 wins, 2 seconds and a third from seven tries on it. Been training lights out for this and jockey Joe Talamo takes over.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Awesome Indy, 2. Oligarch, 3. Kafister. LONG SHOT: Senor Rain.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sir Macho, 2. My Secret Affair, 3. Magna Warrior. LONG SHOT: Tosheen.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Stipend, 2. Chexcess, 3. Patsy G and Me. LONG SHOT: Heat the Rocks.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Greeley Awesome, 2. Swift Eagle, 3. Dysprosium. LONG SHOT: Trelawny.

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith doesn’t have to ride $25,000 claimers but GREELEY AWESOME, a 4-year-old, might be ready to pop for trainer Bill Spawr, who has finally gotten hot after a slow summer. This first-time gelding has a win over the course and has won twice at this distance.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Air of Royalty, 2. Steel Lady, 3. My Monet. LONG SHOT: Bonus Spin.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Hollywood Royalty, 2. Bold Decision, 3. Stored Attaq. LONG SHOT: A B C Me Awesome.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 1 (Light the City $4, third race)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Island Freedom $7.20, fourth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Matzoh Ball Magic $8, ninth)

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Monday’s top choice winners: 3 (Tuckers Point $11.60, first race; Anxious Times $15.40, second; Sam’s Sister $4.60, fourth)

Monday’s second choice winners: 2 (Day of Fury $11.80, third; Lord Nelson $3.60, seventh)

Monday’s third choice winners: 2 (Full of Spice $14.60, fifth; Miss Ellany $21.60, sixth)

Monday’s long shot winners: 0

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Santa Anita selections for Monday, Oct. 13

FIRST RACE: 1. Tuckers Point, 2. Diamondsdiplomat, 3. Harlington Night. LONG SHOT: Usbek Thunder.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Anxious Times (best bet), 2. Candy’s Shoes, 3. Spring Action. LONG SHOT: Burning.

ANXIOUS TIMES (6-1), a 3-year-old colt, drops into maiden claimer for the first time and trainer Richard Mandella is 33% with this move. Sired by Tiznow, the colt has been training well and jockey Elvis Trujillo takes over.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Power Crazed, 2. Day of Fury, 3. Opsec. LONG SHOT: Tumbaga.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Sam’s Sister, 2. Clearly Confused, 3. Wasted at Midnight. LONG SHOT: Proud Vixen.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Smoke ‘n’ Whiskey, 2. Ski’s Copper Penny, 3. Full of Spice. LONG SHOT: Chain Lightning.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Upbeat Mood, 2. Halljoy, 3. Miss Ellany. LONG SHOT: Lookinfor Mr Right.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. All Indians, 2. Lord Nelson, 3. Tizcano. LONG SHOT: Sebastian’s Heart.

ALL INDIANS (6-1), a 2-year-old colt, showed impressive speed at Del Mar while breaking his maiden. The son of Latent Heat should be able to handle the extra half-furlong and he seems to be enjoying training over the dirt. Rafael Bejarano rides for trainer Bob Hess Jr.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Too Fast to Pass, 2. Craving Carats, 3. Exotic Slew. LONG SHOT: Moonlit Meteor.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Diablo Caballero (SCRATCHED), 2. Forest Chatter, 3. Wade. LONG SHOT: Bitter Heat. NEW PICKS: 1. Forest Chatter, 2. Wade, 3. Bitter Heat. LONG SHOT: A Black Tie Crypto.

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Santa Anita selections for Sunday, Oct. 12 (updated)

Seems like a lot of scratches today.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Heyyouncan, Zoom Bag, 3. Zip Cat (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Xuang Feng. New picks: 1. Heyyoucan, 2. Zoom Bag, 3. Xuang Feng. LONG SHOT: Traweek.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Surfer Moon, 2. Armensky, 3. Broadcaster. LONG SHOT: Troy Hunter.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Light the City, 2. Seduire, 3. Starlet O’Hara. LONG SHOT: Holiday Maker.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Kings Adventure, 2. Island Freedom, 3. Tribal Dude. LONG SHOT: Mosso.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Alissa R N, 2. When I’m Calling U, 3. Glorious Rebecca. LONG SHOT: Eddies Curl.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. #2 Temeeku (best bet), 2. Smart Typical, 3. Williams Bay. LONG SHOT: Tap Dancing.

TEMEEKU (9-2), a daughter of Unusual Heat is making her debut on the turf, the surface that many of siblings excel at, The 3-year-old pressed the pace in her last and leading jockey Rafael Bejarano takes over for trainer Peter Eurton.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. One Gun, 2. Miss Centerfold, 3. So You Say. LONG SHOT: Midnight Miley.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Bailoutbobby, 2. Misdeed, 3. Play Hard to Get. LONG SHOT: Husband’s Folly.

Assistant Leandro Mora took over the Doug O’Neill barn this week after O’Neill was suspended by the CHRB and NYRA. Mora’s horses won four races early in the week and BAILOUTBOBBY, a 4-year-old gelding, is sitting on a victory after finishing third by a head at Del Mar.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Militant, 2. The Twelfth Man (SCRATCHED), 3. Barbar’s Passion. LONG SHOT: Matzoh Ball Magic. NEW PICKS: 1. Militant, 2. Barbara’s Passion, 3. Shop Forever. LONG SHOT: Matzoh Ball Magic.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 3 (Carlot Cowboy $10.40, first race; Polytechnicien $6.60, fourth; Velvet Mesquite $7.40, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 0

Saturday’s third choice winners: 2 (Cloudy River $13.80, third; Denotation $11.80, seventh)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 0

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