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Santa Anita selections for Saturday, Oct. 25

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.

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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.

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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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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