FIRST RACE: 1. Roper, 2. Notorious, 3. Colorado String. LONG SHOT: McSwiss.
ROPER (3-1) had some trouble in his debut at Santa Anita, breaking in and being steadied before eventually finishing fourth. The 2-year-old was vanned off but comes back here and jockey Fernando Perez sees fit to ride again for trainer Vann Belvoir. Inside posts might do well on this new layout.
SECOND RACE: 1. Wicked Heat, 2. End of Time, 3. Kaepernick. LONG SHOT: Decantered.
THIRD RACE: 1. Muchos Besos, 2. Newfound Gold, 3.Gal Has to Like It. LONG SHOT: Half Dome Dude.
FOURTH RACE: 1. Three Point Luke, 2. Gone Again, 3. American Style. LONG SHOT: Leedstobeaver.
FIFTH RACE: 1. Starlet O’Hara (best bet), 2. Ultimate Holiday, 3. Midnight Candy. LONG SHOT: Shh She’s Ours.
Trainer Bob Baffert is usually out to win first time when he starts a 2-year-old, no matter where it is. STARLET O’HARA (3-1), a filly, cost $100,000 at auction and the trainer is looking a quick return and not waiting for Del Mar, which will offer higher maiden special purses. Baffert puts the barn’s main rider, Martin Garcia, up.
SIXTH RACE: 1. Peacenik, 2. My Slew, 3. Brannaman. LONG SHOT: Industry Leader.
SEVENTH RACE: 1. Handsome Mike, 2. War Academy, 3. Old Time Hockey. LONG SHOT: Magic Mark.
EIGHTH RACE: 1. Amina Perfect, 2. Bellanza, 3. La Brisa. LONG SHOT: Swiss Heart.
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Thursday’s top choice winners: 2 (Desert Third $7.40, second race; Regally Soul $44.60, fourth)
Thursday’s second choice winners: 2 (I’m No patsy $4.20, first; Chattering Class $3.80, fifth)
Thursday’s third choice winners: 2 (Twenty Six Acts $10.60, third; Sheza Eyeopener $6.40, eighth)
Thursday’s long shot winners: 0
Winner Jockey Trainer Last start Last workout
1. I’m No Patsy $4.20 Trujillo Cecil Santa Anita Santa Anita
2. Desert Thief $7.40 M. Garcia Dominguez Santa Anita Santa Anita
3. Twenty Six Acts $10.60 Van Dyke Proctor —— Santa Anita
4. Regally Soul $44.60 Perez Solis Santa Anita Los Alamitos
5. Chattering Class $3.80 Pedroza Miller Santa Anita Santa Anita
6. Mary Helen’s Storm $10.60 Gryder Koriner Santa Anita Los Alamitos
7. Soi Phet $24 Desormeaux Powell SA turf Santa Anita
8. Sheza Eyeopener $6.40 Trujillo Becerra GGF turf Santa Anita