Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, Feb. 15

FIRST RACE: 1. Chat n’ Cut, 2. Omar Little, 3. Gold Tie Please. Long shot: No Ez Money.

It won’t take a world beater to win this maiden claimer for older horses so why not go with a fresh face? This 4-year-old gelding CHAT N’ CUT is trained by Craig Dollase, who has outstanding numbers with first-time starters (40%) and debut maiden claimers (60%). He puts red-hot Tyler Baze aboard and the son of Include has a couple of nice works leading up to this debut.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Wonderful Union (best bet), 2. Caramuru, 3. Awesome Prospect. LONG SHOT: Salutos Amigos.

This is an interesting placement by trainer Ron Ellis because he is running a maiden against winners in this starter allowance. Again, there are no world beaters in here, but Ellis obviously wants to get this 4-year-old gelding WONDERFUL UNION around two turns for the first time and the maiden claiming races must not be filling. Ellis is 59% from 17 starts in horses running between 61 and 180 days plus he’s 25% with jockey Edwin Maldonado.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Death Star, 2. Presenceofagenius, 3. Rangi. LONG SHOT: Cacau.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Macias, 2. Seeking the Sherif, 3. Master Chef. LONG SHOT: Close to the Edge.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Cowtownmary, 2. Bury Pacer, 3. Go Black Tie. LONG SHOT: Crushed It.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Footstepsinbronze, 2. Vegas Strip, 3. Superlooper. LONG SHOT: Simon Kenton.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Bajan, 2. Famous Alice, 3. Susans Express. LONG SHOT: Soresca.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Iotapa, 2. Fiftyshadesofhay, 3. Let Faith Arise. LONG SHOT: Ondine.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Kid Rollins, 2. Itsabeautifulday, 3. Teacher Teacher. LONG SHOT: Cassie’s Harbor.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Magic Mark $4, second race; Head South $6.20, third)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 1 (Peace and Justice $5.80, fifth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 3 (A Toast to You $12.20, first; Browsing $9.80, sixth; Valtari $16.60, seventh)

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