Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita Park selections for Thursday, June 5

FIRST RACE: 1. Always an Angle, 2. Soar Home, 3. Super Defence. LONG SHOT: Wildly Excessive.

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SECOND RACE: 1. Mahalo Princess, 2. Burns Turn, 3. Thermal Nermal. LONG SHOT: Le Fascinator.

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THIRD RACE: 1. Heart of Paradise (best bet), 2. Screaming Skylar, 3. Meta Mu. LONG SHOT: C’Mon Sister.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sends out HEART OF PARADISE, a first-timer by the sire More Than Ready, who is good first time out. Hollendorfer is 29% with first-timers and 23% with 2-year-olds. Hollendorfer has already sent out one first-timer this meet. Jockey Corey Nakatani jumps aboard.

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FOURTH RACE: 1. Theatre Star, 2. Kathleen Rose, 3. Unusual Hottie. LONG SHOT: Spring Bloom.

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FIFTH RACE: 1. Wine Country Wanda, 2. Lust for Life, 3. Charissa. LONG SHOT: Italian Hamony.

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SIXTH RACE: 1. Wonderful Lie, 2. Tiz a Kiss, 3. Casey’s Clem. LONG SHOT: Toppers Sunshine.

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SEVENTH RACE: 1. Macias, 2. Graeme Crackerjack, 3. Fit to Rule. LONG SHOT: Cook Inlet.

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EIGHTH RACE: 1. Sir Macho, 2. Hobbits Hero, 3. Go Black Tie. LONG SHOT: Green Tag.

SIR MACHO, a 3-year-old gelding, draws an outside post going a route of ground on the turf, but jockey Corey Nakatani should be able to work out a nice trip. Trainer Richard Baltas has been on fire (31% with claimers) and has put in a couple of big works into the son of Macho Uno.

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