Horse racing

Santa Anita picks for Friday, Sept. 27

FIRST RACE: 1. Arethusa, 2. Be Proud, 3. Georgia. LONG SHOT: Loan Savant.

The Bob Baffert-trained trio of BE PROUD, GEORGIA and LADY BUGATTI will be tough to beat in the opener of the Santa Anita fall season, but ARETHUSA, a 2-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy, is an interesting long shot. Jockey Garrett Gomez jumps off a Peter Miller horse (AMY JANE) to ride this one for trainer Eoin Harty. She hopped in the air at the start and just ran around the track. She is bred to run this far and should show big improvement.


SECOND RACE: 1. Eleven Zip, 2. Oh Daddy Oh, 3. Infosec. LONG SHOT: Code of Pleasure.

ELEVEN ZIP gave an even effort in career debut at Del Mar. He drops into a maiden claimer for the first time and might be ready to go. Note: Eleven Zip lost to Tamarando in that first race and all Tamarando did was go on to win the Grade I Del Mar Futurity on closing day.


THIRD RACE: 1. Chicsdigtheshark (best bet), 2. Truelee Scrappin, 3. Dress Code. LONG SHOT:  Coo Cachoo.

CHICSDIGTHESHARK, a 4-year-old gelding, ran just once at Del Mar and that might have been to just stretch his legs for this spot because he has won 3-of-4 at Santa Anita. On top of that trainer Bill Spawr is an amazing 60 percent (9-of-15) the last two years with an ROI of $6.32 with horses going from a route to a sprint.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Ella’s Kitten, 2. Valtatri, 3. Cuneo. LONG SHOT: Navarre.

ELLA’S KITTEN ships West from Saratoga for trainer Eric Guillot. She comes out of a key race at The Spa in which three horses have come back to win. The outside post is a tough draw and not the biggest fan of jockey Martin Pedroza on turf, but this son of Kitten’s Joy may outclass these. VALTARI, who is owned by Santa Anita president Keith Brackpool, showed early speed in his debut but just might prefer turf and not Polytrack.


FIFTH RACE: 1. One World, 2. Hurry Home Clover, 3. Shackbamalama. LONG SHOT: Jets to Brazil.

ONE WORLD has been training well for his return to the track since last running on May 26. He comes of out a key race (three winners) and trainer John Shirreffs knows how to get them ready. HURRY HOME CLOVER is another one of those Spawr 60 percent stats going from a route to a sprint.


SIXTH RACE: 1. D’ Obession, 2. My Samurai Warrior, 3. Appealing Tale. LONG SHOT: Blu Jon.

Tough race. D’ OBESSION draws a good outside post and has never been worse than third down the hillside turf course.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Omega Star, 2. Imperial Fortune, 3. Tiz the Truth. LONG SHOT: Usbek Thunder.

OMEGA STAR is another who loves the Arcadia track. He has two wins and a second in four tries on the Santa Anita dirt. IMPERIAL FORTUNE and TIZ THE TRUTH come from the Baffert barn and will likely be among the favorites.


EIGHTH RACE (Grade II The Eddie D.): 1. Majestic City, 2. Boat Trip, 3. Unbridled’s Note. LONG SHOT: Rosengold.

Here’s another tough race. A bomber wouldn’t surprise in this spot and we’re going with one in MAJESTIC CITY. Yes, we’re friends with owner Jeff Bloom, but look at who MAJESTIC CITY has been facing in his most recent races: Fed Biz, Goldencents, Points Off the Bench, Jimmy Creed, Paynter, Commatothetop. Then go back to last year: Liasion, Dullahan and Drill. This 4-year-old colt has been facing some tough fields and he gets another here, but maybe with some luck and the addition of jockey Gary Stevens it will make a difference.


NINTH RACE: 1. Carrytheteam, 2. Wildcat Candy, 3. Running Water. LONG SHOT: Wave Catching.

CARRYTHETEAM drops into a maiden claimer for the first time for trainer John Sadler. WAVE CATCHING drops out of a Del Mar key race which has seen three winners for far so you’ve been warned.

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