Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Jan. 11 (updated)

FIRST RACE: 1. Fuzzy Logic, 2. Red N Black Attack, 3. Matt the Hammer. LONG SHOT: Ten to Show.

MATT THE HAMMER has been working well so watch out.


SECOND RACE: 1. Carlsbad Mountain, 2. Golden Itiz, 3. Mega Heat. LONG SHOT: Planet Sunshine.

CARLSBAD MOUNTAIN, a 5-year-old gelding, is making his first start for a claiming tag against winners. He broke his maiden over this track in October and trainer Bruce Headley is 31% with claimer. He also puts jockey Edwin Maldonado back aboard and they are 50% (5-for-10) at Santa Anita the last two years.


THIRD RACE: 1. Anita Marie, 2. Madoffwiththemoney, 3. Rossi Reserve. LONG SHOT: Sibella.


FOURTH RACE: 1. High On Final, 2. Satch, 3. Fly High. LONG SHOT: Old Pueblo.

Looks like owner/breeder John Harris is holding a fire sale here with HIGH ON FINAL as this son of Swiss Yodeler has finished third in two straight Cal-bred maiden special weight races and now drops to a maiden claimer for $20,000. We can understand Harris’ thinking since this is a 4-year-old gelding and Harris is looking for younger horses. This one has good speed and could be long gone once the gate is popped.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Top Fortitude, 2. Midnight Hawk, 3. Kristo. LONG SHOT: Ontology.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Peacenik, 2. Street Car, 3. Bertran Hill. LONG SHOT: Guidopanzini.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Gab Power, 2. Mr. Candy Bar, 3. Major Magic. LONG SHOT: Danderek.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Blingo, 2. Blueskiesnrainbows, 3. Rousing Sermon. LONG SHOT: Majestic City.

Tough race; if Majestic City gets the same kind of track he got on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita (speed favoring) watch out.


NINTH RACE: 1. Footstepsinbronze, 2. Melatonin, 3. Friendswith K Mill. LONG SHOT: Home Run Kitten.

Taking a shot here with first-time starter bred in Europe for the red-hot Simon Callaghan barn. Outside horses have the advantage.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 4 (Dreamnofatticus $5.60, second race; Whipstock $5, fourth; Jet Warrior $3.20, fifth; Warrens Puppy Love $12, eighth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Changethechannel $27.40, seventh)

Friday’s long shot winner: 1 (Lady of the Nile $12.60, third)


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