Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Saturday, April 26 (update)

Suppose to rain overnight so we’ll wait until the morning to handicap the grass races fully, but we’ll give our opinions for now. This is a first for me as both of the horses I gave early opinions won’t run Saturday. Trainer Doug O’Neill said Journey On with run in a Grade III on Sunday and Turn On the Brites was scratched out of the 11th so we have to start all over again.

UPDATE: It rained over night but races remain on the grass. Jon Lindo reported via Twitter that the main track was sealed last night in anticipation of the rain so we’ll see if it’s speed-favoring or not.

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Race 4: #6 Journey On (WILL SCRATCH TO RUN ON SUNDAY)

This 4-year-old drops from open company to a Cal-bred stakes races and she gains the services of Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. Smith and trainer Doug O’Neill are hitting at over 40% over the last two years and scored last weekend.

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Race 11: #3 Turn On the Brites (SCRATCHED)

Trainer Matthew Chew started to heat up in the last month. He drops this 5-year-old gelding in class and the son of High Brite has two wins and two seconds in six tries over the Santa Anita dirt. Chew is also 5-of-10 bringing a horse off a 61-180-day layoff plus he puts apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke aboard.

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FIRST RACE: 1. Vanlose Stairway, 2. Cause Im a Bigshot, 3. Famous Alice. LONG SHOT: Amnesia.

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SECOND RACE: 1. K Thirty Eight (best bet), 2. Next Book, 3. Chattering Gambler. LONG SHOT: Burnaroundtheedges.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Fifteen Black, 2. Dehere is Gone, 3. Boom Boys. LONG SHOTS: Dead Easy.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Unusual Hottie, 2. Ciao Bella Luna (SCRATCHED), 3. Halo Dolly. LONG SHOT: Kathleen Rose (SCRATCHED). NEW PICKS: 1. Unusual Hottie, 2. Halo Dotty, 3. Unusual Way. LONG SHOT: Dancingtothestars. NO SHOW WAGERING

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Kate’s Event, 2. Storm Fighter, 3. Rousing Sermon. LONG SHOT: Soi Phet.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Durango Flier, 2. Duke of Cornwall, 3. It Is Living Water. LONG SHOT: Warrensgoldenyears.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Our Pure Creation, 2. Warren’s Veneda, 3. Quizzical. LONG SHOT: Marks Mine.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Awesome Prospect, 2. Deraptor, 3. Woodmans Luck. LONG SHOT: The Mad Hungarian.

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NINTH RACE: 1. Swiss Lake Yodeler, 2. Rovenna, 3. Harlington’s Rose. LONG SHOT: Magic Spot.

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10TH RACE: 1. Aotearoa, 2. Tamarando, 3. Pray Hard. LONG SHOT: Frensham.

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11th RACE: 1. Jovita’s Tuffy, 2. Southern Sunrise, 3. Siempre Mio. LONG SHOT: Aliza’s Dream.

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Friday’s top choice winners: 1 (Take a Risk $4.20, second race)

Friday’s second choice winners: 0

Friday’s third choice winners: 3 (Velvet Mequite $9.80, sixth; Magic Mark $17, seventh; Kozani $5.60, eighth)

Friday’s long shot winners: 2 (She’s a Go Girl $20.20, third; Quick Casablanca $34.60, fourth)

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