Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita Park picks for Thursday, Dec. 26 (0pening day)

FIRST RACE: 1. Mikey T, 2. Gold Tie Please, 3. Crusher. LONG SHOT: Angel Charge.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Profire, 2. Battled, 3. Forest Boy. LONG SHOT: We Have Lift Off.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Tiz Zoe Cee, 2. Buckingham Bull, 3. Amanda. LONG SHOT: Cavalletta.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Five Palms, 2. Big Macher, 3. Wild Media. LONG SHOT: Drover Crazy.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Carbonite, Mr. Bossy Pants, 3. Koast. LONG SHOT: Trelawny.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Sweet Lulu (best bet), 2. Madame Cactus, 3. Executiveprivilege. LONG SHOT: My. Happy face.

This Jerry Hollendorfer trainee SWEET LULU was up against it in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & mare Sprint. With the No. 12 post, she was forced to send to try and save some ground. She ended up fifth in a tough race. She is back with 3-year-olds today and she will likely send, but at least it is from the rail this time. Jockey Rafael Bejarano regains the mount. He won with her in the first two races of her career.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. No Jet Lag, 2. Tom’s Tribute, 3. Gervinho. LONG SHOT: Procurement.

There are no Wise Dans in this race like there were in the Breeders’ Cup Mile when this son of Johar, NO JET LAG, finished sixth. He’s back with 3-year-olds here and Joel Rosario takes over in the saddle. A return to that Oct. 5 race at Santa Anita makes him awful tough here.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Zee Bros, 2. Central Banker, 3. Demonic. LONG SHOT: Bakken.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Confisio, 2. Magna Warrior, 3. New Order. LONG SHOT: Toomuchinformation.

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