Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita selections for Sunday, May 18

FIRST RACE: 1. Take Back Spring, 2. Desert Thief, 3. City Ride. LONG SHOT: Line Leader.


SECOND RACE: 1. Fleet of Gold, 2. Tiz the Key, 3. Remarkable Moon. LONG SHOT: Scooter Bird.


THIRD RACE: 1. Rough Passage (best bet), 2. Vegas Strip, 3. Shakahari. LONG SHOT: Prodigious.

ROUGH PASSAGE, a 3-year-old colt, comes out of a key race on March 8 where the top two finishers came back to win. This son of Stormy Atlantic missed winning by a half length and gets the services of speed jockey Edwin Maldonado here. Also trainer Kristin Mulhall’s barn has started to heat up after a cold winter.


FOURTH RACE: 1. In Dad’s Honor, 2. My Monet, 3. Quinnette. LONG SHOT: Sweetrayofsunshine.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Jackson Sunshine, 2. Indygo Andy, 3. Tiznow Or Then. LONG SHOT: Mysterious Promise.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Ipolita, 2. L X Sunrise, 3. Irish and Lucky. LONG SHOT: Cheeseonaroll.

IPOLITA, a filly trained by Ron Ellis, returns to the level where she almost won two races ago. Ellis is 58% with horses coming off a 61-180-day layoff and regular jockey Joe Talamo rides back.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Vibrato Jazz, 2. Mr. Candy Bar, 3. Accelerant. LONG SHOT: Husband’s Folly.


EIGHTH RACE: #3 Floral Romance (SCRATCHED). NEW PICKS: 1. Let Faith Arise, 2. Eblouissante, 3. Spellbound. LONG SHOT: Yahilwa.

This 5-year-old mare, FLORAL ROMANCE, makes her dirt debut after 11 races on the grass. She seems to have trained well on the dirt and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer gets Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith to ride. Could be a home run or strike out in this Grade III event.


NINTH RACE: 1. Sheila’s Footsteps, 2. Kristo, 3. Kozani. LONG SHOT: Home Run Kitten.


10TH RACE: 1. Dirty Blonde, 2. Royal Shaft, 3. Wine Country Wanda. LONG SHOT: Up the Alley.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 4. (L T Reckless $2.80, first race; Obviously $3.40, fourth; Compulsive $13.40, seventh; Delta Flower $7.80, ninth)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Jovita’s Tuffy $5.80, fifth; Public Interest $11, eighth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 1 (Fly Boy Roy $17.60, 11th)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 2 (Honduran $9.80, third; Natalie Paige $40.40, 10th)


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