Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Jan. 4

FIRST RACE: 1. Graeme Crackerjack, 2. Affliction, 3. Only the Gold. LONG SHOT: Tuckers Point.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Taste Like Candy, 2. Crushed Velvet, 3. Awesome Baby. LONG SHOT: Uzziel.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Cyclometer, 2. Moonshine Bay, 3. Midnight Transfer. LONG SHOT: Color of Courage.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Know More, 2. Yankee Rebel, 3. Avare. LONG SHOT: Salutos Amigos.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Los Barrachos, 2. Bayern, 3. Hold Everything. LONG SHOT: El Nino Terrible.

Just a huge jock switch here on LOS BARRACHOS from apprentice Gonzalo Nicholas to Hall of Famer Mike Smith. Looks like trainer Richard Mandella just had this one out for some exercise in a tough maiden heat last time and now it’s go time.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Keezheekoni, 2. Divine Way, 3. Sheza Smoke Show. LONG SHOT: Sweet Bliss.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Cat Burglar (best bet), 2. Half Strike, 3. Northern Iowa. LONG SHOT: Appealing Tale.

CAT BURGLAR, a son of Unbridled’s Song, finished second in a Nov. 1 allowance race at Santa Anita. The date is important because that was one of the days of the “paved highway” in Arcadia and closers had no shot so a strong second needs to be upgraded. With a fair track in this race, this Bob Baffert-trainee may just have them over a barrel.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Jeranimo, 2. Slim Shadey, 3. Artic North. LONG SHOT: Dubai You X Y Z.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Seeking Asylum, 2. Mahalo Arturo, 3. The Mad Hungarian. LONG SHOT: Prospector Alley.

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Sorry been behind on posting results so here you go:

Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Made to Worship $4.80, first race; Fashion Plate $7.20, seventh)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Seeking the West $8.80, third)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 2 (Joeandbetty’sbabay $4.80, sixth; Customer Base $10, eighth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Amulay $10.80, second)

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Wednesday’s top choice winners: 0

Wednesday’s second choice winners: 1 (Fury Kopcori $5.20, second)z

Wednesday’s third choice winners: 4 (Glad’s Gals $2.60, first; Boller Bomb $8.60, sixth; Glorious Rebecca $14.80, seventh; Sushi Empire $8.40, eighth)

Wednesday’s long shot winners: 1 (Robertino $16.40, fourth)

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 4 (Inner Groove $3.40, fourth; One Time Only $3.80, fifth; Regally Ready $8, seventh; Sidebar $4.30, eighth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 1 (Oh Billy Billy $8.40, first)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 0

Thursday’s long shot winners: 2 (Perfectly Legal $8.60, third; Senza Fina $10.40, sixth)

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Friday’s top choice winners: 3 (Artemis $3.40, first race; Wild Dude $4, second; Happy Idea $6.60, sixth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Stoney Fleece $6.60, third; Lake Maracaibo $4.60, fourth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 0

Friday’s long shot winners: 1 (Proud Boss $16, fifth)

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