Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Dec. 28

FIRST RACE: 1. Big Wags, 2. Admission, 3. Tiz Dynamic. LONG SHOT: Ezio.

This 6-year-old, BIG WAGS, was claimed last time out by Suffolk Downs trainer Michael Catalano Jr., who is wintering Southern California. This gelding is moving up in class and stretching out. He has five lifetime wins at Santa Anita and seven wins going around two turns. Suffolk jockey Tami Piermarini, who has a 42 percent winning percentage with Catalano, will ride.


SECOND RACE: 1. San Onofre, 2. Topper’s Ghost, 3. Life a Riley. LONG SHOT: Memphis.


THIRD RACE: 1. Rocked Twice, 2. Charisma Code, 3. Brando the Birdman. LONG SHOT: Oh Brother Go.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Craftsman, 2. Royal banker, 3. Enterprsing. LONG SHOT: Noble Metal.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Gameboy Luke, 2. Pimpernel, 3. Indian Smoke. LONG SHOT: Garen.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Kozani, 2. Ontology, 3. Number Five. LONG SHOT: Miraglo.

There is no doubt (No. 1) Ontology will be tough to beat after running in six straight stakes races and now returning to the maiden ranks, but this 2-year-old colt KOZANI turned in a great third place effort in his maiden effort. Jockey Corey Nakatani chose this horse over two others in the race so that’s a big plus.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Three Vases, 2. Seeking the Sherif, 3. Tribal Smoke. LONG SHOT: Whilly Pink.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Unbridled’s Note, 2. Handsome Mike, 3. Chips All In. LONG SHOT: Ain’t No Other.


NINTH RACE: 1. Red Barris, 2. Exotic Behavior, 3. Miraculous Mindy. LONG SHOT: Reflective Glory.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Pretzel Logic $5.20, second race; Cool Samurai $5.80, third; Kathleen Rose $3, seventh)

Friday’s second choice winners: 3 (Macias $7.60, fourth; Velvet Mesquite $7.60, fifth; Chitu $3.40, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (I’m No Patsy $5, first)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0


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