Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Thursday, Feb. 13 (updated)

Looks like jockey Kent Desormeaux might be making the move West as he has been named on a few horses this week. He won a race for trainer John Sadler last weekend and almost took the San Antonio with Imperative, finishing second to Blingo but beating odds-on favorite Game On Dude. The former SoCal resident will be a welcome addition to the riding colony.

No major contenders scratched off the program.


FIRST RACE: 1. Anabaa Premium, 2. Mensa Heat, 3. Majestic Moment. LONG SHOT: Tuckers Point.


SECOND RACE: 1. Macha, 2. Eblouissante, 3. Changethechannel. LONG SHOT: Melanistic.


THIRD RACE: 1. Quiet Force, 2. Copper Bay, 3. Boss of Me. LONG SHOT: Crusher. 

Trainer Richard Mandella drops QUIET FORCE, a 4-year-old colt, into a claimer for the first time so it could be fire sale time. The son of Dynaformer goes from outside to inside and hopefully that makes the difference around two turns.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Holiday N Newport, 2. Clearly Confused, 3. Pebble Beach Baby. LONG SHOT: Funny Gal.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Promiscuoussances, 2. Creditcardroulette, 3. Spiced Latte. LONG SHOT: Anita Marie.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Sams Blue Cat (best bet), 2. Runaway Que, 3. Lieutenant Seany O. LONG SHOT: Ghost of Harrenhal.

The 3-year-old colt SAMS BLUE CAT tries two turns for the first time and we’re hoping jockey Rafael Bejarano notices there is a lot of speed in this race so he waits until the turn to make his move. Bejarano and trainer Mike Pender are a 32% winning combination.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Tap It Rich, 2. Bayern, 3. Baranof. LONG SHOT: Brother Soldier.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Closet E, 2. Stenoa, 3. Reps and Warrants. LONG SHOT: Samurai Assault.

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Sunday’s top choice winners: 2 (Sweet Profit $13.20, third race; Smart N Dreamy $5.60, fourth)

Sunday’s second choice winners: 1 (Ranulf $2.60, first)

Sunday’s third choice winners: 3 (Admission $4.60, second; Omega Star $9.20, seventh; Sky High Gal $15.40, eighth)

Sunday’s long shot winners: 2 (Time For Angie $14, fifth; Moulin de Mougin $5.20, sixth)


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