Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Thursday, Feb. 20 (updated)

No major early scratches on program.

FIRST RACE: 1. Granny Calling, 2. Addendum, 3. Secret Genius. LONG SHOT: Ghost N Your Heart.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Cleardofallcharges, 2. Bluegrass Fox Trot, 3. Crushed It. LONG SHOT: Patriot Vow.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Best by Far (best bet), 2. Brown Is Beige, 3. Eltoninadress. LONG SHOT: Giannonatti.

BEST BY FAR, a 4-year-old filly, is only 1-for-10 lifetime, but the key here is the addition of leading jockey Rafael Bejarano. The veteran rider doesn’t need to ride this $8,000 claimer unless she had a big shot to win for trainer Vann Belvoir. The two are 5-for-12 (42%) the last two years, which shows Belvoir only goes to Bejarano for a horse that is well meant.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Quinnette, 2. Warren’s Rosebud, 3. Mangita. LONG SHOT: Blazen All Star.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Acute, 2. Bas, 3. Second Time. LONG SHOT: Farmers Wife.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Indygo F M A, 2. Chilada, 3. Amanda. LONG SHOT: Feline Forum.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Heir of Storm, 2. San Onofre, 3. Mels Game. LONG SHOT: Spirit Rules.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Lust for Life, 2. Kissin Lucky Lips, 3. Kitten de Pere. LONG SHOT: Don’t You Want Me.

Again we’re going for a horse Bejarano is jumping aboard. This 3-year-old filly LUST FOR LIFE ran into trouble last time with Julien Couton aboard when she was making her first start around two turns on the grass. Now she drops into a maiden claimer for the first time for trainer Richard Baltas’ barn. Bejarano and Baltas have won 29% of their races from 21 starts the last two years. This is a tough race and no one would surprise me. Look for a price.

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