Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Jan. 16 (Thursday)

FIRST RACE: 1. Presenceofagenius, 2. China Girl Lover, 3. Incline Village. LONG SHOT: Perfect Set.


SECOND RACE: 1. Candiz, 2. Maximinus, 3. Horse Laugh. LONG SHOT: Pathway to Yes.


THIRD RACE: 1. Clouds Clearing, 2. Hobbits Hero, 3. Capo. LONG SHOT: I Rock the Party.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Anabaa Premium, 2. Graeme Crackerjack, 3. Big Wags. LONG SHOT: Go to the Pulpit.

BIG WAGS is scratched.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Happybirthdaybaby, 2. Burns Turn, 3. Indygo F M A. LONG SHOT: Zipping My Way. 

HAPPYBIRTHDAYBABY, a daughter of Successful Appeal, was claimed by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer at Golden Gate two months ago and resurfaces in Southern California to go down the hill against tougher. Hollendorfer is 37% first off the claim and we already know what a potent combination he is with jockey Rafael Bejarano.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Common Confusion, 2. Midnight Mayhem, 3. Anythingtogeteven. LONG SHOT: Stenoa.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Street Icon (best bet), 2. Bourne Hot, 3. Station House. LONG SHOT: Recanted.

Hollendorfer going for a down-the-hill double here as this 3-year-old STREET ICON tries the turf or the first time. Offspring of Street Boss have done well on the grass. Jockey Corey Nakatani is a master of riding this course and keeps the mount.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Crystalline Indy, 2. Sugar High Kaylin, 3. Elegant in Silk. LONG SHOT: Georgia’s Niece.

This is the first time in a maiden claimer for CRYSTALLINE INDY. Meanwhile, GEORGIA’S NIECE is coming out of a key race where five horses have come back to win.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (One Magical Girl $3.80, fourth race; Velvet Mesquite $4.40, sixth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 3 (Trelawny $8.60, first; I Don’t Care Who $6, second; Ready for More $7, eighth)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 0

Sunday’s long shot winners: 1 (Mom Nana Petrie $12, third)


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