Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Sunday, Jan. 5

FIRST RACE: 1. He’s Not Too Shaby, 2. One Firm Cat, 3. Change of Plan. LONG SHOT: Hi Marino.


SECOND RACE: 1. Lyla Della, 2. Jetbird, 3. Cougarontheprowl. LONG SHOT: Siena Grace. 

This 4-year-old filly LYLA DELLA comes out of a race at Del Mar where she had all kinds of trouble and finished last of 11. Trainer Ben Cecil gave her some time off; she has had a decent work over the track and comes out of a race where the top three all have won races.


THIRD RACE: 1. With a Miracle, 2. Woebegon, 3. Magestic Stinger. LONG SHOT: Appealing Resume.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Raven Wild, 2. Beautiful Spirit, 3. Elusive Luci. LONG SHOT: O Happy Gray.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Gentleman Pete, 2. Awesome Okee, 3. Ice Cream Truck. LONG SHOT: Adamor.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Peace and Justice, 2. Brother Pete, 3. Money Clip. LONG SHOT: Jules Journey.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Nooten, 2. The Custodian, 3. Hye I’m Jack. LONG SHOT: Lucky Jack.

HUGE jock switch here from Doyle (???) to Hall of Famer Mike Smith for trainer Paddy Gallagher on NOOTEN. This one finished second in an open MSW on the turf and then went two turns on the turf against Cal breds. This is her first race against Cal breds and she is cutting back to six furlongs.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Winding Way, 2. Pontchatrain, 3. Ultrasonic. LONG SHOT: Kindle.


NINTH RACE: 1. Ninnavee, 2. Faith Proof, 3. Moving Seas. LONG SHOT: Strollin Home.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Cyclometer $5.20, third race; Jeranimo $4.60, eighth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Affliction $3.80, first; Bayern $3.60, fifth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 4 (Awesome Baby $12.60, second; Avare $5.60, fourth; Sheza Smoke Show $8.40, sixth; The Mad Hungarian $15.40, ninth)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Appealing Tale $12.60, seventh)


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