Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Friday, March 7

FIRST RACE: 1. War Politics, 2. Londinium, 3. Paseo Alegro. LONG SHOT: Unstopper Topper.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Rprettyboyfloyd (best bet), 2. Party Time, 3. Vegas Strip. LONG SHOT: Shackleford Banks.

We’re going to give the ridgling RPRETTYBOYFLOYD one more shot after he finished third in the Grade II San Vicente as a maiden. He has now lost to Bayern, Chelios and Kobes Back, all quality sophomores. He drops back into the maiden ranks and tries two turns for the first time plus jockey Rafael Bejarano stays aboard. This horse is also entered in Saturday’s San Felipe and with the scratch of Bayern, the connections will probably run there, but we think it’s a mistake and they should stay here in this maiden race.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Rhagori, 2.Highly Rated, 3. Miss Well Molded. LONG SHOT: Silver Hustler.

Trainer Simon Callaghan has a nice pipeline from Europe and he has another invader here in this 5-year-old mare, RHAGORI. Callaghan is 31% first time in North America and 25% first time with a new horse in his charge. He also gets leading rider Bejarano to sign on so all systems might be go.

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FOURTH RACE: 1, Too Fast to Pass, 2. Great Friends Rule, 3. Limited Response. LONG SHOT: Stretch.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Sweet Red Cat, 2. Kathleen Rose, 3. Tap the Magic. LONG SHOT: High Junks.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Appealing Resume, 2. Our Pure Creation, 3. Sweet Factory. LONG SHOT: Fanny Brice.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Intoxicating Move, 2. Callous Effect, 3. Heavens Stairway. LONG SHOT: Ascription.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Take a Risk, 2. Tale of Power, 3. Old Pueblo. LONG SHOT: Rob’s Pal.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 1 (Oh Daddy Oh $4.60, fourth race)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 4 (Dubai Ruler $17.80, first; Candiz $5.80, second; I’m No Patsy $7.80, third; Number Five $7.40, fifth; Copperpolis $10.40, sixth)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Joelito $11, seventh; Yesterday Sings $5.80, eighth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 0

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