Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Thursday, March 20

FIRST RACE: 1. Silk in Silver, 2. Kid Rollins, 3. Bully’s Magic Girl. LONG SHOT: Puligny.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Wine Country Wanda (best bet), 2. Itsabeautifulday, 3. Visions of Candy. LONG SHOT: Cleverly Beverly.

Trainer Eric Kruljac rarely cranks them up first time and WINE COUNTRY WANDA, a daughter of Stormy Jack, got off to a slow start in her debut, but she came on in the stretch, just like her sire use to do. Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke (4-for-18 last week) will get an extra furlong to work with here.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Candy for Debbie, 2. Harlington Night, 3. Mind the Master. LONG SHOT: Pulpit’s Express.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Our Glitter Ball, 2. Tickle Again, 3. Ryderroo. LONG SHOT: Betty Bing Bing.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Hugh Knew, 2. Lamazone, 3. An Unusual Group. LONG SHOT: Carnival Lights.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Heir of Storm, 2. Omega Star, 3. War Academy. LONG SHOT: Circle the Moon.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Monument, 2. Rangi, 3. Incline Village. LONG SHOT: Thunder Rode.

Jockey Gary Stevens very rarely rides for leading trainer John Sadler (four times in the last two years), but this is his second mount for the pair on the card. This 4-year-old, MONUMENT, showed a bit of spark in the stretch in his first try down the hill last time and with that experience it could propel him into the winner’s circle here.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Raja’s Rose, 2. Alice Roadtrain, 3. Divine Josephine. LONG SHOT: Royal Shaft.

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