Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Saturday, March 8

Remember first post is noon on Saturday for the 11-race card and your clocks move forward one hour Sunday morning at 2 a.m.

Tough card. Won’t be surprised if there is a Pick 6 carryover into Sunday.

FIRST RACE: 1. Satirical, 2. Beverly the Boss, 3. Faith Hope Love. LONG SHOT: Daylight’s Coming.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Van Fraassen, 2. Cowtownmary, 3. Snuggley Bear. LONG SHOT: Excessive Kid.

VAN FRAASSEN, a 3-year-old colt, makes his third career start and he finally gets to do what he’s bred to do: two turns on the grass. His sire is Giant’s Causeway out of a Woodman mare. What more could you ask for? He showed big improvement in his first start of the year and should show even more for trainer Doug O’Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Tribal Smoke, 2. Pass the Pico, 3. Quick Cielo. LONG SHOT: Talk of the Town.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Act, 2. Sing With Bling, 3. Rough Passage. LONG SHOT: Fercious.

ACT, a son of War Front, finished third in his career debut on Feb. 8 after showing speed and then tiring. Trainer John Sadler brings him right back to go a half-furlong further and jockey Gary Stevens sticks around for the ride.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Midnight Hawk, 2. Schoolofhardrocks, 3. Kristo. LONG SHOT: Unstoppable Colby.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Nashoba’s Gold, 2. Diversy Harbor, 3. Screen Goddess. LONG SHOT: Sushi Empire.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sahara Sky, 2. Shakin It Up, 3. Midnight Transfer. LONG SHOT: Big Macher.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Za Approval (best bet), 2. Silentio, 3. Optimizer. LONG SHOT: Regally Ready.

ZA APPROVAL, a 6-year-old gelding, ran huge last fall when he finished second to Wise Dan in the Breeders’ Cup Mile over this turf course. Trainer Christophe Clement elects to begin the 2014 campaign in this spot. The son of Ghostzapper has four wins and five seconds in 11 tries at this distance. Joel Rosario retains the mount.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Will Take Charge, 2. Mucho Macho Man, 3. Game On Dude. LONG SHOT: Hear the Ghost.

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10th RACE: 1. Secretsatmidnight, 2. Got Even, 3. Protocol. LONG SHOT: Chief Lion.

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11TH RACE: 1. Abbey Vale, 2. Jules Journey, 3. Footbridge. LONG SHOT: Hawk’s Eyes

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Friday’s top choice winners: 2 (Rhagori $4.80, third race; Too Fast to Pass $6, fourth)

Friday’s second choice winners: 2 (Kathleen Rose $5.20, fifth; Our Pure Creation $26, sixth)

Friday’s third choice winners: 3 (Paseo Alegro $11.20, first; Heavens Stairway $6.40, seventh; Old Pueblo $5.60, eighth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 0

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