Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, April 19

FIRST RACE: 1. Timeless Indy, 2. Valley Cat, 3. Half Strike. LONG SHOT: Harlington Night.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Valdirone (best bet), 2. Boozer, 3. Back to Bako. LONG SHOT: Love Rules All.

VALDIRONE tired in his return to the races last month, but was hardly disgraced, finishing fourth at this level. Jockey Joe Talamo will have him forwardly placed early and that style has been working down the hill.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Yahilwa, 2. Fleet of Gold, 3. Sagebrush. LONG SHOT: Melasistic.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Born Lucky, 2. Fiesta Express, 3. Ronda Rocks. LONG SHOT: Quinnette.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Ruff Proof, 2. Mia’s Storm, 3. Silk in Silver. LONG SHOT: Among the Stars.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. King of Jazz, 2. Powerful, 3. Aqua Revelation. LONG SHOT: Lord Lochinvar.

KING OF JAZZ, a son of Giant’s Causeway, must overcome a couple of obstacles in his career debut: running long on the turf. Still, we think trainer Hector Palma will have this 4-year-old ready to go, especially off the last two works showing. On top of that, Palma owns a piece of the colt.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Midnight Storm, 2. Sooner Born, 3. Doctor Dempsey. LONG SHOT: Shakahari.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Home Run Kitten, 2. Enterprising, 3. Flamboyant. LONG SHOT: Excessive Kid.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Glitter of Silver, 2. Gospel Music, 3. Bart the Barrister. LONG SHOT: Tavern Law.

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