Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Easter Sunday, April 20 (updated)

Not sure how I accomplished it, but had all nine winners in my selections (eight in the top three) on Saturday, but managed to not win any money at Santa Anita. Bad bettor.

FIRST RACE: 1. Que Sorpresa, 2. New Nature, 3. Chasing Hope. LONG SHOT: She’s Flush.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Cuneo, 2. Askingfortrouble (SCRATCHED), 3. Lovmeister (SCRATCHED). LONG SHOT: Mary Helen’s Storm. NEW PICKS: 1. Cuneo, 2. Mary Helen’s Storm, 3. Warren’s Tyler S. LONG SHOT: Minister of Trade.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Abbey Vale, 2. Stoney Fleece, 3. American Act. LONG SHOT: Irish Surf.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Alexis Tangier, 2. Spy Girl, 3. Faith Hope love. LONG SHOT: Enchanted Fortune.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Nazareth (best bet), 2. Not a Love Song, 3. Tough Business. LONG SHOT: Secret Appeal.

Trainer Mike Puype seems like “king of the downhill” with all the winners he seemingly gets over the unique course. This 3-year-old filly, NAZARETH, tries for a third time over the layout with one key change: she’s dropping into a maiden claimer for the first time and Puype is 18% with that move. Jockey Tyler Baze takes over.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Good Samurai, 2. Happy Idea, 3. Seeking Asylum. LONG SHOT: Betting McCann Can.

Trainer Mike Mitchell is going into semi-retirement after this race, turning his stable over to assistant Phil D’Amato, so this will be the final horse to officially run in Mitchell’s name. GOOD SAMURAI, a 3-year-old colt, broke his maiden in impressive fashion and might be able to make the step up with ease as jockey Martin Garcia keeps the mount.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Safety Belt, 2. Royal F J, 3. Rangi. LONG SHOT: Zenji.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Beholder, 2. Magic Union (SCRATCHED), 3. City At Dawn. LONG SHOT: Eblouissant (SCRATCHED). NEW PICKS: 1. Beholder, 2. City At Dawn, 3. Legacy. LONG SHOT: Moulin de Mougin.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Proud Boss, 2. Bench Light, 3. Affrettando. LONG SHOT: Hawk’s Eyes.

@Jeff_Nahill on Twitter

Saturday’s top choice winners: 2 (Yahilwa $3.80, third race; Glitter of Silver $4.40, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 1 (Valley Cat $5.60, first)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 5 (Back to Bako $22, second; Rhonda Rocks $10, fourth; Aqua Revelation $4.40, sixth; Doctor Dempsey $7.80, seventh; Flamboyant $15, eighth)

Saturday’s long show winners: 1 (Among the Stars $14, fifth)

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