Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Thursday, May 1

FIRST RACE: 1. Wake Up Nick, 2. London Legacy, 3. Papa Kade. LONG SHOT: Player’s Charm.

This is the second 2-year-old race of the meet and trainer Doug O’Neill has three youngsters in here. We gravitate to WAKE UP NICK because jockey Mario Gutierrez decides to ride (he has first call on Paul Reddam horses) and the O’Neills (Doug and his brother, Dennis) appear to own a piece of the Cindago offspring, which were bred to sprint. LONDON LEGACY has been training well for trainer Walther Solis, but it’s tough taking a 2-year-old out of the No. 1 post.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Stenoa, 2. Roman Tizzy, 3. Wicked Heat. LONG SHOT: Heaveneleven.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Boyett, 2. African Oil, 3. Christopher Street. LONG SHOT: China Girl Lover.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Shackbamalama, 2. Northern Force, 3. Old Pueblo. LONG SHOT: Tiz Futurity.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Shapely (best bet), 2. Thisonesforricky, 3. Front Range. LONG SHOT: Sheza Dish.

SHAPELY, a 3-year-old filly, made her debut finishing second down the hill on the turf, but she is bred for the dirt (Empire Maker our of a Charismatic mare). Trainer Ron Ellis is 28% with maidens making their second start and the filly had a bullet work since her first start.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. One Time Only, 2. Rhagori, 3. Scarlet Strike. LONG SHOT: Silver Hustler.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Cause Ur My Babe, 2. Prayer Be Mine, 3. Frisco Fog. LONG SHOT: In Dad’s Honor.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Highly Rated, 2. Deity, 3. Flashy Dame. LONG SHOT: Include the Cat.

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