Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita picks for Friday, May 23

Remember first post is 3 p.m. today at Santa Anita.

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FIRST RACE: 1. G Q Grace, 2. Social Request, 3. Gotta Get Paid. LONG SHOT: Two Six Wins.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Chattering Class, 2. Ice Cream truck, 3. Salt of the Earth. LONG SHOT: Cache Wanted.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Heat Du Jour (best bet), 2. Smart n Dreamy, 3. Elegant. LONG SHOT: Putahexonher.

Trainer Richard Baltas claimed HEAT DU JOUR for $25,000 out of a runner-up effort down the hill. He now sends her long around two turns. Baltas is 27% with horses going from a sprint to a route and 30% with claimers. He puts jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard for the ride.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Halo La, 2. Miss American Pie, 3. Sizzling Lassie. LONG SHOT: Smil’n From Above.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Burns Turn, 2. Intoxicating Move, 3. Boller Bomb. LONG SHOT: Time for Angie.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Tiz Dynamic, 2. Footbridge, 3. Hear the Ghost. LONG SHOT: Puppy Manners.

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Race 7: #6 Vanlose Stairway (SCRATCHED)

This 3-year-old filly makes a return to going down the hill, where she broke her maiden at first asking. She got off a step slow last time and ran evenly around two turns. Horses cutting back usually do well down the hill plus trainer John Sadler and jockey Kent Desormeaux are a 75% proposition.

SEVENTH RACE: 1. Yes She’s Unusual, 2. Mark of a Gem, 3. Baruta. LONG SHOT: Hugh Knew.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Big Rosie Brown, 2. Room for Me, 3. Swissarella. LONG SHOT: Tiz Zoe Cee.

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Thursday’s top choice winners: 3 (Seduire $9.60, first race; Lakota Road $7, second; Kadesha $35.40, eighth)

Thursday’s second choice winners: 3 (Kate’s Event $3.60, third; Tough Business $5.80, fifth; Sea John’s Spirit $5.80, seventh)

Thursday’s third choice winners: 1 (This Cat’s Awesome $3.60, fourth)

Thursday’s long shot winners: 1 (Woebegon $20.60, sixth)

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