Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks Thursday, Jan. 30

I’ll be honest, not a fan of Thursday or Friday’s cards at Santa Anita. There are a couple of interesting races, but otherwise very boring. Maybe it’s just me.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Mambo Man (best bet), 2. Square Dancer, 3.Hog’s Hollow. LONG SHOT: Mega Heat.

Trainer Vann Belvoir continues to play the claiming game. He claimed this 5-year-old MAMBO MAN for $40,000 on opening day and he hopes to improve upon his 30% win rate first off the claim. The gelding appears to be better around two turns, the only question is whether he wants longer than this, but last summer he was running some pretty good numbers against tougher company.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sweet Bliss, 2. Lady Bugatti, 3. Mum. LONG SHOT: Candy Eye.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Master Chef, 2. Seeking the Sherif, 3. Hadfunlastnight. LONG SHOT: Candy Waltz.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Indygo Andy, 2. Senor Pegasus, 3. Angel Charge. LONG SHOT: Fearsome Charisma.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Van Dien Avenue, 2. Hot and Pleasing, 3. Kana Flavor. LONG SHOT: A Little Luckier.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Hoppertunity, 2. Day of Fury, 3. Snuggley Bear. LONG SHOT: Como Mi Padre.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Craving Carats, 2. Magic Channel, 3. This One’s for Mel. LONG SHOT: No Contingency.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Londinium, 2. Know More, 3. Will he Amaze. LONG SHOT: Smart Masterpiece.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 4 (Exclude $3.40, third race; Horizontalyspeakin $6, fourth; Writer Fever $8.40, fifth; Lakerville $19.60, eighth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Chelios $5, seventh)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 3 (Branding $10, second; Diversy Harbor $13, sixth; Fit to Rule $15.60, ninth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 0

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