Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Thursday, April 3

FIRST RACE: 1. Swan Street Lady, 2. Broadway Bells, 3. Indian Fields. LONG SHOT: Blind Dreams.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Sweetrayofsunshine, 2. Vicki Victoria, 3. Clearly Confused. LONG SHOT: Valarta.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Our Pure Creation, 2. Quizzical, 3. Tiz Molly. LONG SHOT: Peppy Bolly.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Mavericks Gun (best bet), 2. Take a Risk, 3. Goyan. LONG SHOT: End of Time. 

MAVERICKS GUN, a son of Officer, has been racing way above his class level in his last three races (Starter allowance twice and MSW once) and now he finally drops to the bottom of the maiden claiming ranks for the first time. Seems to have some tactical speed and at least one decent workout since his last start.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Bobby Flay, 2. Nahem, 3. Cook Inlet. LONG SHOT: Macias.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Mahalo Princess, 2. Rossi Reserve, 3. Fourthornsnoroses. LONG SHOT: Secret Genius.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Ginger Tap (turf only), 2. Feline Forum. LONG SHOT: Scooter Bird. LONG SHOT: Sweet Red Cat.

Trainer Neil Drysdale and jockey Rafael Bejarano rarely hook up with just six rides the last two years, but they have won twice (33%). This 4-year-old daughter of Tapit, GINGER TAP, makes her third start off the layoff and seems to be rounding into form.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Backseat Blonde, 2. Shakeitupbetty, 3. Gouyen. LONG SHOT: Charming Starlet.

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